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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Darlene. L train to Bklyn. Reggage: Aqui Tatu Cayao. Cereal for breakfast. (click photo for whole series)

Rion & Jake have organized another photo-bloggers presentation at Apple in SoHo tomorrow (Thursday night) at 6PM (scheduled before the debates were. Thank you DVR.) I'll show some pictures from a project where I ask people if I may take their picture, ask what they are listening to in their headphones, and ask a few other questions.
The project has been successful in many ways:
It's taught me some of the differences between spycam-shooting and portrait shooting. Just about everbody generously complies. Sometimes they let me listen to their music—sometimes they give me their music.
And yet it is also somewhat questionable in others ways:
I'm not a natural portrait photographer, it turns out. I don't have my camera set right sometimes for the light-conditions. People's skin color doesn't look all that natural in the subway.

And I'll also have a few other things to talk about.

hmm. secrets.

The lineup includes: Michael Cosentino/meccapixel, David Gallagher/lightningfield, Chris Glenn 114th, Laura Holder/lauratitian, Joseph Holmes/joe's nyc, Ixtayul Martinez/metroplus, Eliot Shephard/slower, Christopher Stangland/dirt dirt, and Keith Kin Yan/overshadowed, Fotolog plus maybe Gothamist (who I stole these links from) may be speaking? I'm not clear on that... But come on out. The debate doesn't start until 9 PM.
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Friday, September 23, 2004

+ Democracy in the Park: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
September 26 ~ 4:00 PM
McCarren Park
"Join us as we gather in the park and use our free weekend cell phone minutes to call voters in swing states. We'll provide the lists and scripts; you just need a cell phone and a willingess to sit under the trees and help uproot a particularly malignant Bush."
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

If you take photos or write music or make other works and want others to be free to sample it, mix it, play bass over it, print it, reprint it, post it, publish it... all without being required to ask your permission as long as you get credit for it and as long as it doesn't get sold or used for commercial purposes, meet Creative Commons. Sure, their logo is brilliant, really, but the idea behind it is equally smart and appealing.

Relatedly, creator of Outfoxed announces he is making much of the Outfoxed unedited footage available free of charge, under (CC) license, to the public for remixing and re-using in nearly any manner imaginable:
+ Outfoxed Offered for Remix (Wired)

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+ David Byrne is a great dancer, with Gilberto Gil
(This is a small movie I took. Sadly it works in Windows Media Player only I think.)
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+ Why Believing the polls is a big mistake (Newsday):
"The telephone polls do not include cellular phones. There are almost 169 million cell phones being used in America today - 168,900,019 as of Sept. 15, according to the cell phone institute in Washington.

There is no way to poll cell phone users, so it isn't done.

...The people who are using telephone surveys are in denial, ... they try not to mention cell phones. ... They go ahead with a method that is old and wrong."

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+ Sign a petition to insist on paper-ballots in the upcoming election. Call your Congresspersons and Senators. Get info at moveon.org/protectourvotes:
"Every voter should be able to verify his or her vote on a paper ballot. Election officials must make sure electronic voting terminals produce Voter-Verified Paper Ballots, and they must provide backup paper ballots in case the terminals aren't working."
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+ Phil Parlock is a douchebag and an abusive father. Phil Parlock loves George Bush enough to make his daughter cry for the media. Does Phil Parlock love Bush enough to fire a bullett and blame Democrats, too?
Excerpt from Scamming the Media, Parlock Style, By William Rivers Pitt:

"This would be funny, in a sad sort of way, but for two things.

First, this is how campaigns get mired in utterly mindless trivialities. Instead of discussing the upswell of catastrophic violence in Iraq, we get to hear about poor Phil and his crying daughter. There are important matters to discuss, matters central to the future of the country, but media tricks like this blow the whole show off-track. That's bad.

The second reason this isn't so funny happened two weeks ago. A gathering of Republicans at the local GOP headquarters got a nasty scare when someone fired a bullet at the building. About two dozen people were there to watch the Republican Convention in New York when a single shot hit the window.

Dee Delancy of WCHS news in Charleston reported on the incident, and interviewed several people who were there. One of them was Phil Parlock, who said, "I think this is definitely, definitely an act that was by an extremist kind of thing.

Parlock was there."
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Kills as in Slams. Slams as in Slam-Dunk. He was sharp, present, conversational, smart, unapologetically critical of the mess our country is in at present due to current administration; he was on task and still casual, if not a bit overly smiley. Smiley is better than totally unhumored. I actually felt giddy after he read #1 in the top-ten list. He's turning it on. His speech at NYU yesterday had some razor-sharp hotspots of fire. Can't wait for the Debate. Take that, bumbling frat-guy election-stealing America-divider. There's my future president, and his middle initial ain't Dubya.
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Friday, September 17, 2004

+ chromasia: rich rich photography by David J. Nightingale

Make your own t-shirts (spam slogans or otherwise) at the highly enjoyable
+ Spam Shirt website
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+ I found some of your life:
"You are unknown to me.
Your camera's memory card was in a taxi; I have it now.
I am going to post one of your pictures each day.
I will also narrate as if I were you.
Maybe you will come here and reclaim this piece of your life."

Like Natalie, only contemporary. And a meaner. But pretty funny.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

+ http://www.sorryivotedforbush.com/:
"This is the story of a conservative guy who voted for George W. Bush in 2000...." [via satanslaundromat]
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+ A daily view out the back window of apt 615:
"apt615 is a visual diary: every day, when I wake up, I photograph the view from my apartment window."

+ Brooklyn SoundMap: I love this
[both via lightning field (happy upcoming bday DG)]

+ Quiet American (audio) Vacation: file under wonderful. [thx heif]
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+ The Future Soundtrack of America: The Music compliation featuring new songs and rarities from David Byrne Sleater-Kinney Bright Eyes Death Cab for Cutie Yeah Yeah Yeahs The Flaming Lips Old 97's Laura Cantrell Tom Waits Elliott Smith and more lots lots more...

The Future Dictionary of America (Edited by Jonathan Safran Foehr, Nicole Krauss, and Dave Eggers), a look at post-Bush America from over 180 of our finest writers. Every cent of the proceeds from this book will go to progressive organizations working on the 2004 election.... Includes contributions from almost 200 writers and artists, including Kurt Vonnegut, Art Spiegelman, Stephen King, ZZ Packer, Michael Chabon, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, Jim Shepard, Rick Moody, Sarah Vowell, and many, many more. The book comes with the above-mentioned compilation CD.
Order from McSweeney's here
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Special Event: RNC Video Project
September 30 - October 2 at Monkeytown
Video artist Ryan Junell has created a 4 screen, quadrophonic installation with the help of Matmos, Sagan, and Bjork collaborator J Lesser, and several other producers and videographers. He covered dozens of protests. He gained access to the Convention. His producer was arrested. It's all there. It's all true. As the Pink Slips shouted, "This is what America looks like." If you're in Bklyn / NYC area, you can catch it at Monkeytown. "You saw the news, read the papers, now see the Republican National Convention as it was: a gigantic hallucinatory spectacle."

....After his 3 nights at Monkey Town, Ryan will be taking his entire production on the road for a monthlong tour of Swing States. All proceeds from your attendance will go towards Ryan's caravan. For more info or to book the video project in your town, visit the project's website at: http://junell.net/

TUESDAY, September 14, 2004

Vote in your local elections today.
Not sure who's running for what?
+ ActionCitizen.org can help you sort it out at the state and neighborhood level.

Presidential Elections: 7 weeks from today.
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Rejoice and Fret:
+ American Apparel Opens Storefront in Williamsburg, Bklyn
104 N. 6th St. Brooklyn, NY 11211
+ www.americanapparel.net
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Wednesday, September 11, 2004

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Dad, outstanding in your canyon (with tallulah jane, 1 yrs old)

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+ Puppy Pulls Trigger, Saves Life of Self, Litter-mates

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+ my entry from 3 years ago after 9-11-2001

+ on meeting Frank DeMartini (in memory and honor of his heroic spirit)
Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Am i describing the days and nights of this past week's RNC in NYC? No!, just some of the real-live animals we saw during our escape from the GOP's invasion and twisted "fear for your life you are safe" message. We fled NYC for the Great North into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area-Wilderness (above Minnesota, below Canada) for a week of camping and canoeing. A week of deep dark nighttime skies pinpricked with sharp starry flecks, some of which slid sometimes, and someone would say "i just saw a shooting star" except when it was torrentially raining on our very last night and instead of watching stars, we made ourselves small under a loud tarp as the rain slammed it while Mark cooked one pot of beans and rice under his newly heroic previously mocked umbrella. We held our spoons in our hands waiting to eat beans and rice straight from the pot and you know that I know that I don't have to tell you how good that tasted.

By day, we paddled our canoes, surrounded by nothing much more than water and trees, moss and minks, beaver lodges and river otters. We were often fishing. Eerie, crooning calls of loons echoed off lakes and trees, and sometimes were the only sounds we heard for hours. Loons can swim underwater faster than fish and they also mate for season, but not for life. They carry their young on their backs. Mark read a book.

The mosquitos had their moment with us at dusk, except on the nights it was quite hot. Northern mosquitos are such pussies about the heat.

The first few nights we sat on our rock which jutted out into the lake and sipped our whiskey as the sun set. The whiskey was not rationed well, and we were drinking hot coco by night 4 during our nightly euchre matches.

S'mores aren't very good it turns out.

Every day we immersed ourselves into a Good Cold Lake and had a Good Cold Lake Swim. When you try to gradually lower yourself very slowly off of a rock into a Cold Lake, the rock is probably slimy and you sometimes will slip, and find yourself in the Cold water quite fast. When the lake is 60°, you want to keep swimming some more but your body turns you around and swims yourself back to the rock and gets you out, even when you were wanting to swim out farther for a little bit.

And speaking of fish, a largemouth bass became our dinner one night just shortly after it was pulled out of the lake by Kristy's natural fishingabilities (live leeches for bait); the fish's head was chopped off and guts were pulled out by Mark. I never found out if it was a girl fish or a boy fish; he/she was fried and salted and eaten by all of us.

I won't quickly recover from my tragic experience of failing to remove the hook out of a fish I caught who was too small to eat. When you insert your fingers into a fish's gills, it will force his/her mouth open so you can get in there and get the hook out. As you peer into into it's fish mouth, you can see your fingers coming into the side of it's throat in through its gills. Kind of like seeing inside of a puppet. Fish's teeth are kind of down there in the throat too, and good to avoid, but fins are sharp too. Leech is still squirming and alive on the hook stuck in fish's mouth. Fish bleed red blood, and this hook wouldn't come out, not from yanking forward or backward, pulling up or down. Because I couldn't quickly unprong the hook from its throat and throw 'em back, I decided to give him a little breather from the yanking and lowered back him into the water to have a rest before I jammed my fingers back into its gills and resumed going at it with the forceps some more... but we didn't know that the line had snapped, so when I let go, fish managed to just swim away — the tri-pronged hook still deeply lodged down there his throat...

Stay gold, little walleye fish. Stay gold.
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morning ritual

+ This site has some looney loon call sounds on it and other good information about BWCA.
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Happy Birthday dear dear dear smart cutie Tallulah.
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Oh, and George W. Bush's missing year on Salon.com.

+ Mike C's photos of RNC protests

+ Neil's photos of RNC protests

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