only a few days late! pretty good considering all the other crap ive had goin on. anyways, this was my self assigned homework of a while ago. its not really a song, more of an exercise. i used my comp keyboard as a midi controller, programmed the beats, and sampled the drum bit at the end. just trying to acquaint myself with ableton a little.
well i was going to post that song i made, but tumblr only takes mp3s and i dont know if i can render the master as such, so its fate is for now undecided. instead, heres a video of pakistani leader pervez musharraf retiring from the military after 50 years in uniform, the last 6 of which having been as the nation’s effective military dictator. the purpose of his resignation is so that he may take the mantle of civilian leadership without the connotations of dictatorships like, oh i dont know, suspended elections. of course, thats exactly what he is and thats exactly what he did, but thats beside the point. i guess he never really rocked the ‘sunglasses all the time’ look most dictators in the past have dawned, but then again i guess its alot sunnier in south america. ayways, behind that charming, tea-drinking, ommpa loompa exterior lurks one of the most aware and frightening political minds in the world. general elections in pakistan go down in january, so itll be interesting to see what happens.
ok so my goal for the week (due today) as mentioned here was that i was going to put up my first song using ableton for all of you to hear. sadly i dont know if its gonna happen by today. i worked on it a bunch last night, but i still have to rehearse a presentation im giving for a class, finish citation crap on a term paper, and go record some bass tracks for a friend. i think im gonna go with the fallback ‘last week of undergrad classes ever’ excuse. yeah thats a pretty good one. shit, its my last week of undergrad classes ever.
if anyone wants to take the liberty of turning this into a comic/horrible childrens story, go ahead. just make sure to kick me some from the back end profit. anyways, i had this dream where there was a dinosaur, i think he was an allosaurus. anyways, suffice it to say, a large therapsid who was a mormon and all he wanted to do was chat with people a little about joseph smith and jesus in america and all that. but when he showed up at their door, even though he had the tie and nametag and everything, people still freaked out and ran away cause you know, hes a fuckin 25 ft tall lizard. this made him very sad cause he really was just a nice dude, well, nice cold-blooded carnivore from 80 million yrs ago and he didnt understand why people were so irrationally afraid of him. i dont really know if this is a commentary on people, mormons, dinosaurs, or some combination therein, but if anyone wants to illustrate, ill pen that sucker good.
“a pastafarian depiction of the creation of the universe sent in an open letter to the kansas school board. it includes the monster, a tree-covered mountain, and a midget”—the description that accompanies the picture below, from the wikipedia article on the flying spaghetti monster. im proud to say i am about to graduate from the very school that produced the revelations about his noodly appendage
i like the fact that french revolutionaries decided one day to rename the months. their idea was the change the names to better reflect the seasons and, in kind, better reflect the agrarian conditions of the country at those times of the year. this extended from the notion that the gallic peasantry figuratively rose from the very soil of france. unfortunately it didnt really stick. a century later, john ruskin also decided to rename every plant in the world, taking it upon himself to rid botany of the unchaste ideas of ‘birds’ and ‘bees’ and all that ‘fertilization’ stuff.
yes, both of these sound crazy, but then i got thinking. the only reason we stick to names of months or plants or anything is because its convention, right? its just easier if everybody uses the same referential names, but the things didnt come into existence with those titles. my point is this - i would like to rename something and have everybody just decide they like my name better and start using it. it could be anything, i dont really care, but thats my goal.
“Let’s face it, if you’ve sold 1.5 million albums off one single, and here comes your clothing line, and here comes your personalized phone, you haven’t really built a fan base. You’ve built fans of songs.”—bruce flohr (ato records) from this ny times article on the prevalence of ‘360’ deals in music. man, i wonder what its gonna be like when the big 5 die. oh, and ato is releasing radiohead’s new album in january
so youre saying youre gonna light my country music award on fire?
you know how often the slightest detail about someone can be the most telling about their personality as a whole? like that one habit can sum up the person better than an explanation that would take days. i have been witness to one of these phenomena.
i had a roommate a few years back. we lived in a big house with a bunch of dudes (dream scenario sophomore year, right? a pool table in the kitchen no less) and i was paired with a certain young man because of a number of circumstances. anyways, it started out amicably enough but for whatever reason it soon became a cold war in our room. he was a nice enough kid, i dare say it was fun for a while, but he had a penchant for goldfish and world of warcraft and i liked to… oh whats the word…oh thats right, function in society.
anyways, so he did this thing on instant messanger that is more explanatory of his personality than a dozen paragraphs i could write. when he was im-ing girls (almost exclusively the only way he communicated with them) and had the fortune of being able to use the phrase ‘about it’ he would purposely screw up the spacing, typing ‘abou tit’. this was all the grand realization of the dream that was being able to type the word ‘tit’ while talking to a girl. now you know what im talking about. im out
your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries
i, like most casual news followers, am fascinated with nocalis sarkozy and for one very good reason; he’s different. i dont mean ‘different’ in the american cadidate campaign commercial or the kfc bbq snacker vs regular snacker kind of way, but sarkozy actually has the potential to cause a major shift in the cultural face of the french politican. its always interesting to watch when the career of one man has the ability to change anything, let alone something as entrenched and fundamental to a national identity as french culture. that’s not to say the man will singlehandedly ban smoking, soft cheeses, and smugness nationwide or anything but this new york times article outlines some of the basic divergences he has made from the traditional image of a french politician.
heads of state in france have always made themsleves out to be thinkers, philosophers, men of intellect- and rightfully so. his predecessor chirac was an ena grad and a highly credited scholar on sino-western relations, as well as a hell of an author. sarkozy, besides engaging in the highly unfrench practice of ‘jogging’ (maybe its pronounced ‘yogging’, it might be a soft ‘j’), has pissed off people on both sides of the aisle in france and abroad. he has just made his first state visit to the u.s. and was applauded for a straight 3 minutes because of his stances on afghanistan and iran. despite this apparent pandering, his opinions on those issues, as well as transatlantic relations among other things, are fairly unilateral in their own right.
read an article or two about him. he’s an interesting cat. now back to your regularly scheduled dick and fart jokes
Here are some weird things, and they are movie related:
Lately, all 6 Star Wars movies have been on the movie tier of the digital cable a whole lot. If “The Empire Strikes Back” is playing, guaranteed when I turn it on, within 5 minutes will come the scene right after the Millenium Falcon reactivates its hyperdrive and eludes the Death Star. Darth Vader angrily walks off and as he passes a pawn the guy looks up from his chart as if his face were saying “what is that dude’s problem?”
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 I believe is the only film where Piper Perabo does not play an enraged lesbian.
brilliant. i chose this one to lead you to the gold mine that is the ‘pajiba guide to whats good for you’ (go read them all) and because i vividly remember fast forwarding through the credits on my vhs copy of robin hood: prince of thieves to get to bryan adams scratchily crooning in sherwood forest.
i do some pickin’ and a singin’ and a cello-in’ and some arrangin’ (ok those last two dont really fit the form) with my friend evan sometimes. he’s making an effort to get it a little more together, so we had our friend blake take some pictures for us a few days ago. also, the inherent admission of narcissim involved in starting a blog to begin with allows me to post this next picture.
breakfast at the speed of sharon OR come home potato, potato come home
so i went up to portland with a few friends on friday to go hang out with a few other friends and, although i brought my camera, completely failed to take any pictures. sad times. but i did buy 3 books (stranger in a strange land, the autobiograohy of mark twain, and world war z) and a pair of pants that took me until today to realize might be the very pants matthew mcconaughey wore in dazed and confused with a little less bell. im alright with it. this leads me to an excuse to run this picture:
in other news, i wanted to link it up to my friend matt’s record label website. i had the pleasure of playing in my previous band with matt for a few years and he has taken on the task of releasing our last ep, as well as a bunch of other good friends’ records. he’s living in ecuador right now, but dont let that stop you from ordering something. i hear they have this thing called the interw3bs or something where you can look at these sorts of things from anywhere.
“there’s no reason to accept that the web is this inferior, junkie, sort of entertainment”—jakob lodwick. now considering i’m sort of in the man’s backyard being on tumblr, i’m sure you all watched the interview from which this quote is drawn. my feelings on him are mixed, but you can’t deny he’s right, and from what little i know it seems vimeo is one of a handful of companies that is using the web to its current exploitable potential.