Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hip hop is Dead?!

This track is a little more groove oriented than most of the hip hop I like, but is worth a gander.

Monday, April 27, 2009

1 reason to become a hippie

Victor Jara, Chilean musician, tortured and murdered by the Pinochet regime.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009


dream car Pictures, Images and Photos

So Five and I are discussing whether or not to somehow purchase a car. Mostly because we have been using Zip Car (a service that allows you to reserve a car for a few hours that is sitting in your neighborhood that has prearranged insurance, gas, etc.) but its prices are kind of ridiculous. We spend $25 to use the car for the 2 hours it takes to get groceries. Not to mention that visits to my family several times a year cost close to $300 for a weekend rental. Other travel is largely hard to do without friends with vehicles--camping, visiting nearby cities, and friends. Also getting the dog to the veterinarian or ourselves to medical appointments further away than busing distance is difficult.

The car, if we were to get one, would only really serve these functions because on a day to day basis public transport and bicycling are going to be infinitely more convenient, cheaper, more appropriate, and keep the weight off. But I am leery of binding myself to more large scale commodities (beside the house). Also, the American obsession with automobiles leads to massive deaths--human sacrifice in late capitalism. Nevertheless, the need for occasional driving seems pretty important.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Dog Diarrhea

So over the last few days Hollywood has been releasing these pretty foul dumps, which at times have an almost rainbow color to them (Orange, yellow, and green) and were pretty watery.

It looked kind of like this

Holy fuck
Uploaded by kafka71

or, maybe more like this,

Lightning Bolt - Dracula Mountain from Czlowiek Kamera on Vimeo.

While on walks I became one of those bad dog owners because there was absolutely no way to pick up said deposits.

After panicking, remembering that pitbulls historically have very senstive stomachs, and then turning to my singular source of vernacular diagnosis, the internet, I found this website which recommends giving the dog 3 smaller meals a day of boiled rice and chicken, and also human probiotics (good for intestinal health). After two days of chicken and brown rice the poop has solidified, although remains somewhat fluorescent, her mood is clearly better.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Drunk History Volume 3

This set of youtube videos are rather hilarious. They feature drunk folk renarrating moments from American History which are then enacted by professional actors. Volume 3 is by far the most amusing.

Somali Pirates and Terrorism

So today, on National Public Radio I heard a disturbing and specious set of speculations by international security experts on the possibility that Al Qaeda might turn to the Somali pirates (who recently took a US captain hostage) for aid and support. To set such ridiculous speculations in play in the public sphere seems tantamount to a useless and pathetic scare tatic.

Moreover, it doesn't match the reality on the ground where the so-called "pirates" are actually fishermen who have been fished out of their seas by European fishing boats and the dumping of nuclear waste in their ocean.

A San Francisco Bay View article indicates:

The “pirates” have the overwhelming support of the local population for a reason. The independent Somalian news site WardherNews conducted the best research we have into what ordinary Somalis are thinking - and it found 70 percent “strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defense of the country’s territorial waters.”

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Elderly Defecating

In a brief conversation about having to listen to the elderly person perched in the stall adjacent to your own taking a dump, and all of the important descriptors involved. We began to discuss the ways in which the images such sounds conjure include sea turtles laying eggs, see below:

Cursing President

So in a brief moment of adulation/enjoyment mirroring that for JFK, I delighted myself giggling over a recently discovered an audio version of Barack Obama's book, where he second hand recounts the colorful language of a highschool friend, Ray. Click on the link and listen to the clips. I recommend the one titled "Ignorant Motherfuckers."

Also, after a return to the senses, the new face of imperialism.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Alain Badiou on BBC HARDTalk

If you are interested, Alain Badiou the contemporary communist/philosopher who made me think twice about dialectics, interviewed by some British nitwit. Badiou himself seems to bumble somewhat.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Five Things I Currently Find Annoying About Pittsburgh

1) Itinerant Editorializers:

I swear there is at least of these, either unemployed or friendless graduate student, men wandering the East side per neighborhood. They like to frequent coffee shops, in some sort of oversized sweat shirt that is either a piece of Steeler's gear or something with a three-times-removed Native-American pattern. These people generally address commentary to everyone inside a coffee shop or decide to provide passersby with helpful information about what they are wearing, how to walk their dogs, or the average fertility of lava-based soil.

These men are generally friendly but want to consistently insert themselves into conversations into which they are not invited.

2) At least one schizophrenic or psychopath per coffee-shop and (occasionally) restaurant. In some cases they own the place, in others they've been made the official mascot.

3) Pothole Filling:

Anyone who bicycles regularly can attest to the problem. The method for filling up potholes in this community makes it such that the asphalt buckles halfway out of the pot-hole in effect producing an additional obstacle to avoid, not just the hole that remains (with depth somewhat reduced) but also some sort of rim that sits several inches above the road. The mayor has vowed to fill all potholes in the city, which may mean a much more textured road and a more difficult dangerous ride for bicyclists.

4) People Who Leave Half-Eaten Chicken Parts in the Empty Lots Where I Walk My Dog, Hollywood, which She Attempts to Eat and I Then Have to Wrestle Them From Her Mouth.

5) Pittsburgh Show Attendees with the Wrong Attitude:

I don't know if it is the poor air quality or the over-consumption of ranch dressing but PGH youth have the wrong attitude at shows. When I go to shows I generally want to move a little bit. Kids in PGH tend to bob their heads exclusively. I remember attending a Limp Wrist concert where an audience member yelled, "less ass, more thrash" to lead singer Martin, who at the time was wearing only a jockstrap and a leather vest. Martin replied to the skinny kid, "whatever, you need to eat a hamburger." No one laughed.

This weekend attended a show (band Tyvjk) where some chubby drunk asshole spat a mouthful of his malt-liquor forty ounce at me because I was trying to dance a bit to the music. I promptly gestured in a lewd way that he should perform cunnilingus on me. Later he dragged me into a short-lived mosh-pit--the highlight of the evening.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Native American Studies scholar Ward Churchill Wins Against University of Colorado

Churchill who was ostensibly fired for cases of "plagiarism" and "scholarly misconduct" by the University of Colorado, won in a case against the University recently, which really fired him because of his controversial piece following the Sept. 11th, 2001 attacks in which he called those who died in the attacks, little Eichmans.

Although this is ostensibly a "win" for Churchill (of $1 in damages), because the 9/11 essay was not a sufficient grounds for dismissal, which according to the jury it was, some commentators view the damages as a commentary on the value of academic positions and only a grudging acknowledgment that this case may have been the context for much more intense McCarthy-style witch hunt.