Tuesday, May 30, 2006

More shit I totally disagree with from Tufts's alumni mass emails

"It doesn't matter how much you give, but THAT you give. Participation is the key factor in US News & World Report's annual rankings of colleges and universities."

Why can't they be like Reed College and decline to participate in the ranking fuckfest?

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' "ART SCHOOL GIRL" IS THE BEST SONG MAKING FUN OF HIPSTERS EVER

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

when occurrences occur too quickly to be analyzed in writing,

i take pictures.



but i don't have my ibook in the bag i've been living out of for 2 weeks, so i can't post them.

Friday, May 19, 2006

now in waynesboro, va

...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

That Salem State College sign I always laugh at finally means something,

Sunday, May 14, 2006

never expect

anything from anyone other than yourself.

never look up to any human. only look across or down.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

"LIKE F**KIN CLOCKWORK!"*

The time has come for the parents of dead chick Imette St. Guillen to sue everyone possible, including numerous state agencies, because money equals love.


*One of my dad's favorite phrases.

Friday, May 12, 2006

ERIC GALES LIVES!

Eric Gales may be one of the blackest musicians in America ever to win a major label contract, which he promptly lost. This left-handed, Memphis-bred and based motherfucker outhendrixes Hendrix by playing his guitar upside down--not strung lefty, but upside down. Seeing him contort his fingers into mirror-image chord shapes causes phantom pain in even the most able of guitarists' knuckles. I once unwittingly saw Gales open up for Indigenous at the Paradise, and the sickness of his playing (then combined with headliner Mato Nanji's onslaught) left me speechless for hours.

Gales was hailed as a blues prodigy and recorded a few albums as a teenager in the 90s. In 2001, MCA released THAT's WHAT I AM, a solo album whose message fell on deaf, racist, and/or scared ears. Once Gales's MCA contract magically disappeared, so did money for national tours. I bought his CD the day after the show and then never found anything post-2001 on him anywhere, neither in the real world nor on the internet. He never had a website to begin with, and the content on his MCA Records page gradually disappeared. Today, only two publicity photos, his name, and a bunch of blank text boxes exist there.

In a sea of shitty emo and high school bands, Gales resurfaces on MySpace! As of this writing, he has nearly 1600 "friends" and a new album out on the Shrapnel label. No other southern black dude could pull off a combination of Memphis blues soloing driven by Zepellin-quality metal, plus Hendrix's far-out influences and what are often dark, cautious lyrics written in Gales's own southern dialect.

Obviously there is no room for an angry, humongously talented, instrument-playing black man who can play an instrument in America--at least no room for one who refuses to smile for publicity photos. I only hope that Gales's career continues to fund itself and that I'll have an opportunity to see him perform again.

Until then, I'll have to order his new CRYSTAL VISION and let you know what I think.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

NEVER USE THE PHRASE "THE FACT THAT" IN ANYTHING, EVER

Monday, May 08, 2006

XCAN IS ON

DAN M AND I HAVE JUST BOUGHT OUR TICKETS TO VANCOUVER! We will fly Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) from JFK-YVR, rent a shit car, and explore British Columbia and Alberta for close to two weeks. We will take many photos and live on bad Canadian whiskey. We will be poor when we return.

In other news, I'm meeting my apparent goal of never being in the same place. I'll be in NY and VA May 13-26 and will then try to hit all 50 states doing my new job.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

War on Photography continues--don't let cops ruin your pictures

Another amateur photographer is attacked by police. I won't share my own experiences today, but remember:
  • Officers cannot "confiscate," i.e. steal, cameras, film, or memory cards.
  • Officers have no legal right to ask you to delete any pictures you have taken, i.e. destroy your own property.
  • You have the right to photograph any person, place, or thing that exists in public or in public view as long as you are not trespassing and have the right to be standing where you are.
  • If illegal confiscation, i.e. theft, of photographic equipment occurs, you must immediately file a theft charge against the offending officer(s).

Go take pictures!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Middle-American trade publishing gone horribly awry

From the makers of Blossom: The complete New Testament for Girls comes...



ARUBA: The Tragic Untold Story of Natalee Holloway and Corruption in Paradise, by none other than her dad and two ghostwriters.



This is a company whose objective is to "Honor God and Serve People," according to its website. Don't forget that God wants us to profit from our relatives' deaths.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Working at Home

An old, white Corolla with "Bitch~~~FUCKS" spray painted across the entire driver's side just drove by my window.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Late evening at the Central Laundromat

I love how one machine is always "AUT OF SERVICE."

Italian chicken, muthafucka!


It's back--at select locations only. That means everywhere but Boston. Still, I have managed to have two in the past week. I used to get these whenever I went to Toys R Us as a kid. Go America!

In the official BK Press Release (link to HispanicBusiness.com!), a corporate official remarked that in combination with the Chicken Whopper and Original Chicken Sandwich, the Italian Chicken "limited-time offer will feature the great taste of our chicken sandwiches and will leverage our HAVE IT YOUR WAY(R) equity by emphasizing a choice between these all-time favorites."

Monday, May 01, 2006

How did I miss this?

Yet another small, educational publisher was swallowed up.

HOMOGENIZATION OF CONTENT! HOMOGENIZATION OF CONTENT!