Saturday, March 12, 2005

Eros Blog: The Sex Blog -- By Bacchus

Eros Blog: The Sex Blog -- By Bacchus:
"Ladies, that's what it's like for single men all the time."

Can I get an amen?

Friday, March 11, 2005


"AN ANGRY husband shot his wife with a rifle built into a pair of crutches as she arrived at court yesterday for a divorce hearing."

so, there are worse things than being single.

Mass extinction comes every 62 million years, UC physicists discover

Mass extinction comes every 62 million years, UC physicists discover:
"Said Muller: 'We're getting frustrated and we need help. All I can say is that we're confident the cycles exist, and I cannot come up with any possible explanation that won't turn out to be fascinating. There's something going on in the fossil record, and we just don't know what it is.' "

ok...65 million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped out...
so we're a few million years late...
2012 - end of the mayan calendar - and of course the time travellers can't even go there... so that's another clue...
we're nearing the end folks...make your reservations for the space ships...start your expeditions to the entrance to the hollow earth (north pole? south pole? black mesa? I'm not sure, let me know when you find out)
this is it folks...
the final days!
and all I have to say is this,
"'bout damn time!" Theatre in Houston, Texas - Forum Theatre in Houston, Texas - Forum

this sounds really interesting...
must check this out...
maybe next wednesday.


So, yesterday at lunch I decide just to go wandering around and end up at a used bookstore around the corner from the office. I picked up a couple of philosophy books, Barthes' "Mythologies" and an anthology called "The Pleasures of Philosphy" by Charles Frankel.
I like to pick up random cheap philosophy anthologies from time to time and re-read classic selections in a new frame. Yeah, yeah, I know... Anyway, I'm flipping through it and I decide to take a gander at Frankel's frame for "Notes from the Underground" and this bit resonates so strongly with what I was talking about regarding economics that I have to quote it:

Is there an objective truth to be found? Yes, Dostoyevsky says, but reason isn't the
way to find it, for reason is simply the mask men wear when they want to hide their prejudices from themselves. Is reason at least the best instrument available to man for mastering the world and serving human interests? The question would make more sense, replies Dostoyevsky, if men wanted to satisfy what are known as their interests, but they also have an invincible interest in self-destruction. "The more I have recognised what is good," says his anti-hero, "and what constitutes 'the great and the beautiful' the deeper I have plunged into the mire."

Not exactly what I was talking about sure, but it's one example of the kind of reality modern economics does not address...
If I wasn't at work I'd write several more pages on this stuff, cause it's got my wheels spinning...
but I am at work and I can't finish a goddamn thought w/o an interruption...


The Washington Monthly

The Washington Monthly

"....While economists' models traditionally regard humans as rational beings who always make intelligent decisions, econophysicists argue that in large systems the behaviour of each individual is influenced by so many factors that the net result is random, so it makes sense to treat people like atoms in a gas."


I hate economics.
Tried to take a Macro-economics class to complete my degree a few years back.
I finally had to stop going. I disagreed with the premises that economics was based on SO strongly that I had to fight the urge to yell, "BULLSHIT!" every few minutes...
Maybe their methods give us decent predictive models...
but that does not make them any less wrong...
ok maybe a little less wrong,
but not much less wrong.
Sometimes people are rational animals acting in their own best interests,
and sometimes, they're just animals.
Any social "science" that doesn't account for that is essentially full of shit.

Wired News: Battle for the Belle of Amherst

Wired News: Battle for the Belle of Amherst:
"'As you interact with her, you start with a cordial relationship,' he said. 'She (either) becomes romantically obsessed with you, or goes into a suicidal depression, and at the end, she can delete herself from the memory stick.' "

Via Halley's Comment

I don't know if I'd play a video game based on Dickinson...
but create one based on Bukowski and I'm there...

Click opera - Click Opera Interview: Rhodri Marsden

Click opera - Click Opera Interview: Rhodri Marsden:

"McCulloch's statement has two levels of arrogance to it; it implies that people might actually have paid attention to anything he said to a music journalist in the first place, and that we should also sit down and thoughtfully analyse 'Bring On The Dancing Horses'."

Momus interviews Rhodri.
Good read so far, even if you aren't familiar with the work of either of 'em...

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Scholarships for Activists

Lying Media Bastards

LMB has the skinny on a scholarship from Davis-Putter
for student activists...

so go change the world young man/woman!

"The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are building the progressive movement and will be enrolled in school during the 2005-06 academic year…"

Fist of Kong

Had a great Fist of Kong session last night.
Ended up being me, Charlie, Danny, and Jim...
We played 2 pieces. Each about half an hour long...
Nothing like a free improv session to give you a nice psychic cleansing.

Then I went over to talk to a friend who just got her heart broke.
She's hurting, but she'll be o.k.
The guy's a jerk and in the long run it's for the best.
There is of course more to the story, but it's not for telling here.

Tonight the mathletes get together and maybe learn a new tune or two...
and polish the full R. Kelly cover...whoooohoooo!

Friday night it's The RX Medicine Show at Rudz...
They'll be doing the rock set, and me, J. Babylon and maybe
even Charlie Naked will be sitting in on horns.

I've got two new concepts for poetry books,
so I'm starting to go through my stuff and see
what I've already written that works.

One is a book on virtue...
with poems like -


for you
fuck up

and then a book of poems about the devil...
he's everywhere ya know?
and he manifests sometimes in the least likely places,
and people...

eh, a lot more I'd write about,
but it's all on the topic of
"women and the chasing of"
which IS NOT blog fodder for me,
so I guess I'll get to work...

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


just noticed theirs been a lot of political posts lately...

so here's what's up...

Haven't been in rehearsals for anything...
gonna have a drumless mathletes practice thursday...

the gala was amazing...
I drank too much Scotch,
and danced
and spent a lot of time
flirting with other people's girlfriends and wives...
I do that.

Last night I got a call that resulted in me drinking
whiskey alone at midnight.

** Symphony played a KICK ASS show at Taft Coffee House Sunday...
They just keep getting better! YAY!
It was the perfect end to an alcohol fueled weekend.
(Yes, I was drunk at gala band practice Friday night too...)

My internet is cut off at home...
at least until pay day...
boo hiss money!

Just got the script for the show I'm supposed to do sound design for in Dallas.
Gonna be technically challenging,
but I'm not actually crazy about the script.
In fact I cringed at least once while reading it...
I'm gonna have to read it many more times so I hope it grows on me.

oh yeah,
and as always,
Everyone I know is crazy,
and work sucks!

think that about sums it up.


Tuesday, March 08, 2005

RIchard Hell Interview

Bookslut | Interviewing Hell

haven't read it yet...
but I will,
and you should...
it's important.

Click opera

Click opera:
"'How about if we said that communication is a fiction, rather than a lie? And that it's a creative pleasure to negotiate intimacy by means of a continuously self-edited self-mediation? Is that so terrible? Do we abandon that process just because of some slippery puritan notion of 'the truth'?'"

This momus cat never fails to impress...
go read this entry...lots of interesting ideas about identity, responsibility, etc...

REAL ART (and politics and culture)

More on Senator "Man-on-Dog"'s new fuck the workers bill.

REAL ART (and politics and culture):
"Even though the $2.13 minimum wage for tipped employes currently required by the federal government is nearly a joke now, getting rid of it entirely is no laughing matter. There's a lot of work that waiters, for instance, are required to do that has nothing to do with tipping, like rolling silverware, prepping wait stations, or even mopping and sweeping. What will happen under Senate Majority Leader Santorum's bill if it becomes law is that all these additional tasks would be done simply for the 'privilege' of working for tips. I can already feel myself bending over. "

They're gonna roll it all back...labor law, the environment, civil rights, all going the way of the dodo...
if you engineer your society around the idea of "every man for himself" you get the kind of society you deserve - a selfish one.
They're going to fold on Social Security. It's one they can't win. But they can use it to distract us while they deliver the one-two punch with the bankruptcy bill and this atrocity Santorum is pushing. These are the bills we need to be fighting.

Monday, March 07, 2005

The Rude Pundit

The Rude Pundit:
"Congress may as well pass a law allowing collections agents from Visa to walk into your house and smack you in the head. No, actually, this bill is so vicious in its specifics, it may as well say that goons from the Discover card can come into your home, beat your spouse to death with a lead pipe, cut off your cat's head and fuck its neckhole, and slice open your gut and fill your stomach with starving rats. All while your children are forced to watch."

That about sums it up.

Add that to Santorum's new bill, and we are all truly fucked.

Think Progress � John Bolton: Bashing the UN

Think Progress � John Bolton: Bashing the UN

“There’s no such thing as the United Nations,” saying that ‘’If the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.'’

the shrub is absolutely amazing.
this is not a compliment.
"V For Vendetta matters because its about taking personal responsibility for the country you live in, realising the connection between people and power and the understanding that the government are the servants and you get the political system you deserve."

They are making a very bad movie of a very good comic...
it won't just be bad aesthetically compared to the comic...
it will be bad IDEOLOGICALLY...
and that sucks!

Sunday, March 06, 2005


" You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it! Is that clear?! You think you've merely stopped a business deal -- that is not the case! The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back. It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity. It is ecological balance. You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West! There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, Reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU WILL ATONE!

Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale?

You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen, and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and A T & T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state -- Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale! It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war and famine, oppression or brutality -- on"