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Saturday, June 26, 2004 | 1:37 PM
BREAKFAST NEAR TIFFANY'S

breakfast near tiffanys

My photos are in the group exhibition:
+ PINUP REDUX at jen bekman gallery
Opening is Wednesday June 30 6-9pm
Please come by.

photos, prints, drawings: all $600 & under, cash & carry
10% of proceeds from opening night sales will benefit Teachers Count.

featuring the work of
agnes barley | mara bodis-wollner | kursten bracchi | tim carpenter | jacqueline dimilia | jake dobkin | benjamin donaldson | luke dougherty | anne hall | laura holder | andrea hornick | elinor mckay | dana miller | eliot shepard | tema stauffer | jeffrey teuton | lucas thorpe
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Tuesday, June 22, 2004 | 12:57 PM
HOME, JAMES; HOME, JESSICA

Home James has launched in LA. Are you drunk late night in a bar in a sprawling metropolis unable to drive yourself home? Or, perhaps you've found yourself at LAX about to embark to New York in August (for some ungodly reason) and you don't want to leave your Hummer in the longterm parking for fear of it being assaulted by "I SUCK" stickers or at the very least hissed at by pesky Prius drivers. In zips James on a mod scooter, dapper in a suit and checkered cap. You hand James your keys. James folds his scooter up and tucks it into your car trunk and drives your drunk-self (or your lone combat/highway vehicle) home. He leaves your vehicle at your home and scoots away into the night, his tie whipping in the wind on the Los Angeles freeway. Hopefully coming soon to a state near you. Also possibly coming soon: "Home, Jessica"?
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Thursday, June 17, 2004 | 1:24 PM
SOME THINGS TO LOOK AT AND LISTEN TO

Reading: NO LOGO by Naomi Klein. Perhaps not the best reading material for someone shoulder-deep in a logo and identity design project (or is it?), but compelling (yet ultimately disheartening) nonetheless. I remember sharply the day I found an advertisement on my banana in 1997.

Listening to: Uh Huh Her. Polly Jean Harvey's really done it. Again. (nevermind what UK Guardian says). The whole album seems like a love letter to V.G. But despite the deep gratitute she expresses, it feels more like a Love-slash-Goodbye letter. What do I know, but I like to think she's singing 'The End' (dedictated to him in liner notes) and references his 'Dirty Mouth', in response to his right-wing republican diatribes. Hating Vincent Gallo at first feels so much more difficult than simply hating Bill O'Reilly. He annoys, and yet I was resistant to disliking him so much. Why? I guess because he's an artist. However, I can feel disgusted by VG's differing ideologies, but, I mean, I still want to see Brown Bunny.

Watching: finally, The Triplets of Belleville. Just unique and great.

Throwing down $7 in Illinois Theatre: to watch the remake of The Stepford Wives. I got the feeling that all the humor and timing became just totally awkward and unfunny in the editing room. There were about 3 good moments of out-loud laughter for me, but most of the humor evaporated in the homogenous air of Stepford. But! I'm a mise-en-scene person, and the sets and costumes are really fun... And Glenn Close has the steal-the-show scene in the end. But for my 2 hours, the Original 1974 version wins.
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 | 5:50 PM. PLEASE JUST RAIN NOW.
Subway shooters to set their sights on underground camera ban:

"The MTA's move to stop the shooting of unauthorized pictures or video has pissed-off everyone from photobloggers to subway advocates and free-speech activists. To show their opposition to the ban, a group of photographers plan to gather at the main information kiosk in Grand Central station this Sunday, June 6, at 1 p.m. They'll fan out across several train lines, shooting photos throughout the system in a peaceful demonstration. " —full Village Voice article »

If only I had my camera back from the shop.

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Last chance to catch Dieter Roth at MoMA QNS before it ends on Monday, June 7.

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unrelatedly...
this would make a lovely tattoo
Who can name this Brooklyn restaurant toilet?

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Friday, June 4, 2004 | 3:19 PM (BBQ TIME)
I WANT MY TAX DOLLARS BACK

...OR, I want to allocate how my quarterly tax payments are spent. I do. They can't use my money to tear down a building they tortured prisoners in —as if the prison were to blame— only to build a new prison in the name of solving a military problem. This makes me insane. New leadership, stat. (Perhaps in the next 4 years we can take back the word 'superb' from its new 'Bushy' botched meaning.)
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+ Cold Turkey by Kurt Vonnegut
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+ Enron shows true colors on tape. Can you believe this? It's Get Your War On come to life.
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I was reading —and getting ready to link to— a Gothamist peice about Bruce Davidson's photo update (and the reissue of his subway series book). I was going about my business creating my link here to Gothamist's peice when I realized G had kindly mentioned my subway photos as well. Now, immensely flattered by the mention, here i sit unworthy of the the comparison.... but mad thanks for the props G.

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Memorial Day May 31, 2004 | 2:30 PM
KICK BALL KICKS MY ARSE

Orphan friend Autovac invited us to join the Sunday night Brooklyn Kickball league in McCarren Park.

Three consecutive Sunday-night kickball games later —(on top of a Saturday afternoon BBQ-turned-kickball-game where we, "the Cyphers", got creamed by that other team)— I am in the throws of a Memorial Day Monday where I can barely walk.

No. I'm Completely Serious.
Woman Descending A Staircase... Takes Hours.

But we'll be back next Sunday.

NYTimes reports on Greenpoint Brooklyn Kickball:
+ Grown-Up Kickballers Find Their Inner Third Grader.

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unrelated:
Photography: Martin Parr at Janet Borden gallery, NYC

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Friday, May 28, 2004 | 5 PM
WHETHER THE WEATHER... OR WEATHER THE WHETHER?

Happy birthday A P.

Hope for clear skies this evening:
+ Gotham Equinox
"Today, if it is clear, Manhattan will flood dramatically with sunlight just as the Sun sets precisely on the centerline of every street. Usually, the tall buildings that line the gridded streets of New York City's tallest borough will hide the setting Sun. This effect makes Manhattan a type of modern Stonehenge... If today's sunset is hidden by clouds do not despair — the same thing happens every May 28 and July 12. On none of these occasions, however, should you ever look directly at the Sun. "


Al Gore speaks at NYU on fear:
+ webcast
+ transcript
"Now the White House has informed the American people that they were also 'all wrong' about their decision to place their faith in Ahmed Chalabi, even though they have paid him 340,000 dollars per month. 33 million dollars (CHECK) and placed him adjacent to Laura Bush at the State of the Union address. Chalabi had been convicted of fraud and embezzling 70 million dollars in public funds from a Jordanian bank, and escaped prison by fleeing the country. But in spite of that record, he had become one of key advisors to the Bush Administration on planning and promoting the War against Iraq.

And they repeatedly cited him as an authority, perhaps even a future president of Iraq. Incredibly, they even ferried him and his private army into Baghdad in advance of anyone else, and allowed him to seize control over Saddam's secret papers.

Now they are telling the American people that he is a spy for Iran who has been duping the President of the United States for all these years. "
—Al Gore, May 2004
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Friday, May 21, 2004 | 10:34 AM
SAD CURIOUS CREATIVE TOURISTS AND FORMERLY LENS-HAPPY LOCALS

Now Firstly:
[NY Times].
Ready to chalk up another loss of civil rights to the tune of 'increased security'?? (or another reason to say 'the Terrorists have won'):
+ Gothamist on the photo-ban-proposition
Secondly:
Thirdly:
Hey Ladiiiees:
What: Paul & Joe 'Sample' Sale When: 5/20-5/23; Thurs.-Sun. noon-7 p.m.
Where: Find Outlet Warehouse, 361 West 17th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues
Why?: Because you're too savvy to pay full retail price!?
[via jkh_22].

Fourthly: Art in Chelsea
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Wednesday, May 19, 2004 | 4:43 PM
GIRL'S FANTASY BAND CAMP FUND-RAISER TONIGHT at Knitting Factory!

...Not only is it a one-of-a-kind show, but it's also for a great cause.
The Knitting Factory/NYC
Wednesday, May 19
8:00 p.m.
$12


Liz B. of The 801 says this of tonight's fund-raisin' line-up:
The 801—"Tribute band" puts it wrong I think- imagine a lovingly done passion play based on the Gospel According to Brian Eno. I've seem them, and its heaven.

The Naysayer—Anna Padgett's songs are like no else's, and I mean that in the best way. ...they're beautiful/sad, hilarious, and sexy/rocking all at once.

Ida— in a top-secret mode: In the past, Ida has done evenings of music by Prince and Neil Young. I'm not at liberty to say who's music they'll be playing at this show, but I can reveal that it is a massive endeavor. Helping out will be Rose Thomson (of Babe the Blue Ox and stunning recent solo performances) and Ruth Keating.

All proceeds got to The Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, a non-profit day camp in Portland, Oregon that gives girls age 8-18 the chance to learn the basics of creating and playing rock 'n' roll music. Campers study an instrument, form bands, write songs, experiment with sound, and have the chance to perform their music at a big end-of-camp show at a local venue.
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Monday, May 17, 2004 | 10:14 PM
YOUR PENNY-THOUGHTS, TO COIN A PHRASE (CONTEST, CLOSED.)


The contest has come to an end.
A 4-year collection of coins were scooped from a green mesh bag into a greedy, green coin-counter in a supermarket in Greenpoint, Bklyn. The machine is very smart and spits out non-redeemable stray items including:
1 peice of cereal, 1 AA battery, 1 Tums wrapper, the following coins: coin from Nederland. 2 French Francs. 5 shilling peice from Kenya (picture of Pres Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi). Coin reading Ceska Republika. A 10 pence (picture of a lion and Elizabeth II). A Canadian .25 cent peice (picture of a cool looking moose and QE II on the flip). Another Nederland coin.

Coin amounts were less than they appeared to owner of the coins. ie: I sorely underguessed.

Your guesses ranged from the 1-hour-massage-amount of $78.24 (lovely Annie of Au revoir Simone) to the plane-ticket-to-Asia-heights of seven hundred eleven dollars thirty two cents (I wish, Meadows).

The average guess was: $338.07*

The Distinction (read: no actual prize) for the Sister-Contest for Best-Spending Idea goes to tim w., who along with a $114 guess, suggested: "get 114 individual dollar bills and randomly drop them all over the city."

That was a very good idea, Tim. I like it, but I'm probably not going to do it. But in homage to it, I might just drop a dollar somewhere in Brooklyn tomorrow. Perhaps on the block where I lost my earring today.

The most frequently suggested spending-idea involved an ipod... I might just do that, too.

And the official amount of coins in bag + jar = $369.59

And the winningest guess was: $370.69, submitted by CptnJAVA, aka Dick F., aka Dock, of Main St, Bloomington, IL. And so CptnJAVA is the lucky recipient of the Mug-from-my-Collection-Award. Congratulations!

The difference between CptnJAVA's guess and the actual amount was $1.10.
The difference between the average guess and the actual amount was $31.52.
The 2nd and 3rd closest guesses were $287.81 and $234.56. So, the differences between the the 2nd and 3rd guesses and the actual amount were $81.78, and $135.03, respectively. Meaning that only the winning guess beat the average of all guesses. Good thing CapnJAVA is a math-man; maybe he can explain the significance of that if indeed there is significance.
I also have word that CptnJAVA is also a champion lover of coffee, which ensures the mug he won will be in good hands.

Thanks to y'all for entering.

We now need a new doorstop.

Miscellany:
Along with his guess, Pierre G of Montréal wrote that the coins contest reminded him of a short story by Truman Capote: Jug of Silver. He read it in a recent edition of The Grass Harp Including A Tree of Night and other stories".
Thanks, Pierre.

*if andrew c.'s guess in liras or pounds is converted to dollars at a 1-1 ratio.
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Thursday, May 2, 2004 | 2:18 PM
L-A-R-Y-N-G-I-T-I-S

Things to do when you have laryngitis:
Play Scrabble in bed. Spell B-O-V-I-N-E.
Lose at Scrabble. Blame it on Robitussin.
Read the whole paper in bed on a beautiful spring Sunday.
Turn into a caveperson and text-message your friends things like: Me no can talk~ me call when me well.
Rent Matrix Revolutions. What the hell was that? Blame movie, not Robitussin.
Read Dr. Pitcairn's Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Highlight things like some cats love Gardenburgers.
In a few days, record new answering machine message with sexy husky voice.

Things not to do when you have layrngitis:
Don't call your friend in Wisconsin. She will laugh at you.
Don't try to order carryout.
Don't try to chat it up with your downstairs neighbor:
"Great Dress!"
"What's that?"
"That's a great...Dress. Your dress. Its... great."
"Stop trying to talk."
"right."
Oh, and don't listen to Lucinda Williams if you can't help but want to sing along.
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From the Sunday NY Times today:
"What if the art world were based on a socialist system instead of a capitalist one?" ... What if the goals ... were sharing, equality and mutual support, instead of competition, rarefication and celebrity?":
+ The Biennial That's not at the Biennial » (nyTimes)

The Pixies, the critically lauded alternative pop pioneers, are currently performing on a much-anticipated reunion tour. Now, a mere hour after the final notes of each concert, fans can own a recording of the complete show, thanks to a new distribution strategy that allows concertgoers to buy recordings of the event — legal, band-sanctioned versions — on the spot.:
+ Rock's Best New Souvenir » (nyTimes)

"...Jackie Curtis was a drag queen, a prolific Off Broadway playwright..., a downtown eminence..., a cabaret performer, an Andy Warhol superstar, a regular talk show provocateur, an alcoholic, an amphetamine addict and an occasional heroin user whose demented approach to fashion turns out to have made him an influential style figure decades after he died... Jackie Curtis was born John Holder Jr. on the lower east side...".
+ A Vision in Thrift-Shop Chic Visits From the 60's » (nyTimes)
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Thursday, April 29, 2004 | 3:38 PM
IAMBIC SPAMTAMETER

My most recent favorite spam subject header is simply:
Subject: guthrie

That's right. Why not appeal to my deep-rooted love of American folk music to persuade me into buying something to enlarge something I don't own?

The latest spam subject header to catch my attention and appeal to my sense of... everything, was this:

Subject: buzzard emery humble saginaw bangkok division groat ethereal appointee ellis palmolive encephalitis marlborough rattlesnake clannish adonis altogether nucleoli butterfat inexpiable explore lares coven escapade pragmatism basidiomycetes eros gorilla prosodic cell gillespie presume allegation angeline glorify marvel pius propagate

Pretty poetic. And next, this:

Subject: conrad saturable greedy seymour lazy botany foe bowditch sheffield hypoactive covert modus own laymen marquette drier nolo shotgun kennecott bangle edwardian carboloy sextillion

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Monday, April 26, 2004 | 11:08 AM
SOME LINKS

+ Steve Martin's Banjo Newsletter [via heif]

+ Au Revoir Simone, the brooklyn-based 4-woman keyboard quartet, has a nice song you can listen to on their website: The Pony Song.

+ The Trixie Update, "keep track of the new kid": an obsessive and fascinating minute-by-minute log of new-kid Trixie, by her stay-at-home-dad. And Jenni's own + Taullah-update.

+ End Commercial, a photographic archive containing more then 60000 pictures:
"ENDCOMMERCIAL® is a striking book of photographs that isnít really about photography. Instead itís a book of images that locates the soul of New York City in its details — encoded into broken bicycles, markings on pavement, words on signs, on concrete, on buildings, on people... Here no distinctions are made between garbage and luxury, advertising and handwriting, and in the end this beautiful book becomes a celebration of the order found in chaos, and the chaos in order."
—Jim Jarmusch

+ Woman looks great, for a 32-year-old [The Onion]

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