Saturday, October 28, 2006

drunk blogging


i had an incredible day today

how 'bout you?

went to a wedding

of a friend

and the way
the good will flowed

watching it

watching people just
being nice to each other

was invigorating

2nd time ever drunk on wine
so we'll see how tomorrow feels

all I can do to keep from going dancing


but since I spent
the groceries
on whiskey
last night
dancing isn't
a realistic option

and I think
that says a lot



but right now
I'm kinda drunk
and kinda high
and really amazed
that people
maybe aren't
as damned awful
as I expect

on that note
I'm off

maybe tomorrow
I'll still like all of you

we'll see

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ned Lamont for Senate | Barack Obama Writes Emails

Ned Lamont for Senate | Barack Obama Writes Emails:

"Ned earned the Democratic Senate nomination through his hard work and clear message. And his victory paved the way for an entire crop of Democratic challengers to stand up and fight for the common good. Today the candidacies of Diane Farrell, Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy are integral to the Democrats’ strategy to regain the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A majority of Connecticut Democrats supported Ned Lamont in the August primary. I hope they will see this impressive movement through to the end by volunteering their time with Ned in these next two weeks.


U.S. Senator Barack Obama"

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A living wage for Wal-Mart workers | The Progressive

A living wage for Wal-Mart workers | The Progressive:

"Wal-Mart could lift the average salary of its 1.3 million U.S. workers by a hefty$4,000 a year without raising the price of its pickles or Pampers even one penny."

Gore Vidal Interview | The Progressive

Via Real Art...

Gore Vidal Interview | The Progressive:

"Q: What do you think of the conspiracy theories about September 11?

Vidal: I’m willing to believe practically any mischief on the part of the Bush people. No, I don’t think they did it, as some conspiracy people think. Why? Because it was too intelligently done. This is beyond the competence of Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld. They couldn’t pull off a caper like 9/11. They are too clumsy."

I generally try to post link to any and all Gore Vidal interviews I run across...
the man is just so damned smart.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

spelling with flickr is fun!

DSCF1412 I D O R N E is for Restaurant R Y

YouTube - Slowly I Turned

YouTube - Slowly I Turned

pardon me pal.

did you say pal?
it's been a long time since I heard that word.

slowly I turned, step by step, inch by inch...

this makes me very happy.

Listen to this podcast!

Kid Ornery presents...

Crazy Sounds from Houston, Tx.

A mix of interesting music from Kid Ornery and his associates.
Free Jazz, Drone, Noise, Improv, and general weirdness from Last Bastions, The Defenestration Unit, Kid Ornery, Avijit, and many more...

Enjoy! -- Mike Switzer

Click here to get your own player.

The Blog | Davis Sweet: Every Review of a Richard Dawkins Book (slightly condensed) | The Huffington Post

The Blog | Davis Sweet: Every Review of a Richard Dawkins Book (slightly condensed) | The Huffington Post:

"The problem with all his logic and evidence and rationality is that he just doesn't understand how good nonsense feels.

Anyway, Bertrand Russell did it first."

Monday, October 23, 2006

The Blog | Richard Dawkins: Why There Almost Certainly Is No God | The Huffington Post

The Blog | Richard Dawkins: Why There Almost Certainly Is No God | The Huffington Post:

"My scientific colleagues have additional reasons to declare emergency. Ignorant and absolutist attacks on stem cell research are just the tip of an iceberg. What we have here is nothing less than a global assault on rationality, and the Enlightenment values that inspired the founding of this first and greatest of secular republics. Science education - and hence the whole future of science in this country - is under threat. Temporarily beaten back in a Pennsylvania court, the 'breathtaking inanity' (Judge John Jones's immortal phrase) of 'intelligent design' continually flares up in local bush-fires. Dowsing them is a time-consuming but important responsibility, and scientists are finally being jolted out of their complacency. For years they quietly got on with their science, lamentably underestimating the creationists who, being neither competent nor interested in science, attended to the serious political business of subverting local school boards. Scientists, and intellectuals generally, are now waking up to the threat from the American Taliban.

Scientists divide into two schools of thought over the best tactics with which to face the threat. The Neville Chamberlain 'appeasement' school focuses on the battle for evolution. Consequently, its members identify fundamentalism as the enemy, and they bend over backwards to appease 'moderate' or 'sensible' religion (not a difficult task, for bishops and theologians despise fundamentalists as much as scientists do). Scientists of the Winston Churchill school, by contrast, see the fight for evolution as only one battle in a larger war: a looming war between supernaturalism on the one side and rationality on the other. For them, bishops and theologians belong with creationists in the supernatural camp, and are not to be appeased."

Well, I ain't no scientist but I reckon I belong to the radical version of the second camp.
I mean the good ol' scientific method is a pretty rigorous way of testing things...
more rigorous than just reading the truth outta the bible anyway.
Don't ya think?

Out of position: Against the politics

Out of position: Against the politics:

"According to Layard, Frank and others, we fiercely value positional goods because we fiercely value status—the ultimate positional good. This explains, they posit, why average self-reported happiness has not gone up over time, though wealthier people at any time are more likely to be happier. Higher relative standing makes us happier, but the middle of the income distribution is the middle, no matter how big the number. So there simply is no avoiding the positional downside of every positional upside. But, they argue, we cannot simply shrug off the inevitable cruelty of a world in which our interests are in irreconcilable conflict. Policy must take human nature seriously, and do what it can to help. We should take the dismay and anxiety caused by zero-sum competition over positional goods just as seriously as sludge dumped in a stream, the roar of jets at a nearby airport, or other classic examples of negative spillover effects (or ‘negative externalities’) of economic activity."

TPMmuckraker October 20, 2006 06:09 PM

Catching up on my reading...

This pisses me off...

TPMmuckraker October 20, 2006 06:09 PM:
"Ah, the magic of the presidency. The Senate has refused to confirm former coal company executive Richard Stickler as the head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). So, while they were out, Bush gave him a recess appointment to the post.

MSHA exists to protect miners' well-being. Once a miner himself, Stickler spent most of his career above ground, much of it as an executive for companies like coal giant Massey Energy. According to the Charleston Gazette, Stickler's mines had accident rates of twice the national average."

The Lower Depths - a play by Maxim Gorky

The Lower Depths - a play by Maxim Gorky:
"Luka is the one bright spot in the play; technically, he serves as the contrasting figure to the rest, while his prophetic optimism makes the hopeless misery of his fellow-beings blacker. He is intensely Russian in his philosophic questioning of the meaning and ultimate purpose of all life, as well as in his inordinate desire to talk. Like Turgenev's Rudin, he is forever theorizing, and that tendency is perhaps whas has caused his failure in life."

Fw: Suchu Dance -- Open Rehearsal THIS TUESDAY EVENING

I know where I'll be Tuesday night...

Featured Event

TUE, October 24, 2006
7:00 pm FREE
at Barnevelder
2201 Preston St.


Suchu Dance presents
an Open Rehearsal of its new production premiering in December 2006,
I love mumoo ba* (* not affiliated with mumoo ba)

One in a series of open rehearsals to provide you with some insight into how Suchu Dance's new shows evolve, what that process is like, and what things are going through the minds of choreographer Jennifer Wood and the Suchu Dancers at a point roughly half-way through the rehearsal cycle. As you witness an actual rehearsal in progress and hear insightful explanations by the choreographer and dancers, get a glimpse of the challenges that arise and the methods employed to craft the movement and the mood into a cohesive whole.

Please join the artists and Board of Directors of Suchu Dance before and/or after the rehearsal for casual meet-and-greet conversation while enjoying wine and light nibbles. There is no need to RSVP to attend this FREE event. Just show up at Barnevelder and you’re in like Flynn!

7:00 pm -- pre-rehearsal reception with board
7:30 pm -- open rehearsal
8:15 pm -- post-rehearsal reception with artists and board

"At this Open Rehearsal, I'm looking forward to offering our guests -- those who would like -- the opportunity to try learning and executing a couple of simple movement phrases from our new choreography. Nothing conveys better what's different about the material we've been working on than trying it out on your own set of muscles! I swear it'll be fun, so don't be shy."

-- Jennifer Wood, Artistic Director

Suchu Dance | 2201 Preston St., Ste. A | Houston | TX | 77003-2222

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Directed by Robert Wiene

Germany, 1920

Black & White
75 Minutes

Show Times:

Fri., Oct. 27 7:00 PM
Sun., Oct. 29 7:00 PM

Live Accompaniment by Two Star Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Life, Meet Art: Pinter’s Last Stand - New York Times

That Pinter is doing Beckett is amazing, and I would love to see it...
but this is the real news to me...

Life, Meet Art: Pinter’s Last Stand - New York Times:
"He had, he said, eschewed parts of the original script that show Krapp gorging on bananas. “This is the first ‘yes, we have no bananas’ ” version, he said, speaking from a set strewn with boxes of tapes where Krapp has hurled them. The wheelchair remained behind Krapp’s desk like a sentinel.

It was “an artistic decision,” Stephen Pidcock, a spokesman for the Royal Court, said."

My understanding was that you just don't get to do things like that.

Very interesting.