Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ken Nordine - The Eye Is Never Filled (2005)


This is a long play at 90+ minutes, but it's just as good to listen to. I've been enjoying it while goofing off around the house this morning.

previously in Uncertain Times

Uncertain Times v.ii tribute to Ken Nordine

Ken Nordine - The Eye Is Never Filled (2005) (DVD)

kennordine on YouTube

Ken Nordine's Word Jazz

The Christmas Lights - Show Your Teeth


Song & Story By Kenny Tompkins
Art By clinton Jones
Animation By Clinton Jones & Kenny Tompkins

The Christmas Lights

via Comfort Music

Monday, March 30, 2009

Owl visitation



In a remote area of New Mexico, amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft operates an all-sky camera for nightly monitoring of meteors and fireballs. "The other night I caught a big one," he says. "An owl descended from the sky and landed on the clear dome of my fireball camera," explains Ashcraft. "It stayed for a few minutes and then flew away." This visitor was probably a Western Screech-Owl or a Great Horned Owl, two varieties common to New Mexico. Ornithologists may be able to pinpoint the species; the owl glances down during the video for a revealing self-portrait.

via Projectionist

Hammock - Mono No Aware

(David Altobelli)

Directed by David Altobelli


Living the diurnal.... the weather has been lovely.

Enjoy your days.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The man who survived both atomic bombs

BBC - Man survived both atomic bombings:

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip on 6 August 1945 when a US plane dropped the first atomic bomb.

He suffered serious burns and spent a night there before returning to his home city of Nagasaki just before it was bombed on 9 August.

Is this good luck or bad luck?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rare footage of Stanley Kubrick

From the Dutch television program, "Startdust".

Malcolm McDowell's anecdote is worth hanging out for.

(big view)

Rare footage of Sergei Prokofiev


The Russian translates thus:

Prokofiev is being asked: "Sergei Sergeevich, maybe you will tell our viewers about your work?"

He replies: "Well, right now I am working on a symphonic suite of waltzes, which will include three waltzes from Cinderella, two waltzes from the War and Peace, and one waltz from the movie score "Lermontov." [The War and Peace] has just been brilliantly produced in Leningrad, where the composer Cheshko (?) made an especially noteworthy appearance as a tenor, giving a superb performance in the role of Pierre Bezukhoff. Besides this suite, I am working on a sonata for violin and piano [no.1 in f minor], upon completion of which I will resume work on the sixth symphony, which I had started last year. I have just completed three suites from the Cinderella ballet and I am now turning the score over to copyists for writing the parts, so that most likely the suites will already be performed at the beginning of the fall season."

I liked the little spaz-montage at the end.

via Jessica Duchen's classical music blog

Monday, March 23, 2009

My favorite Röyksopp videos

Many of you have probably already seen these videos, but thanks to RöyksoppTV, you can view them in much higher quality than the YouTube versions I've seen over the last few years. Enjoy.

Remind Me
directed by Ludovic Houplan & Hervé de Crécy

Poor Leno
directed by Sam Arthur

directed by ?

directed by Thomas Hilland

From The Journeys Of Röyksopp…


I love Röyksopp's music. Their new album Junior is out today. You can listen to it here.

Apparently, they will be releasing a second album later this year titled, Senior.


Ansel Adams on visualization


A rare, previously unreleased video of Ansel Adams provided by The Ansel Adams Gallery and Mark Silber. Sound advice from a master; short and sweet.

via lens culture

The Internet's librarian

Brewster Kahle wants to create a free, online collection of human knowledge. It sounds impossibly idealistic—but he is making progress…

“For a man who has set himself a seemingly impossible mission, Brewster Kahle seems remarkably laid back. Relaxing in the black leather recliner that serves as his office chair, his stockinged feet wriggling with evident enthusiasm, the founder of the Internet Archive explains what has driven him for more than a decade. “We are trying to build Alexandria 2.0,” says Mr Kahle with a wide-eyed, boyish grin. Sure, and plenty of people are trying to abolish hunger, too.

It would be easy to dismiss Mr Kahle as an idealistic fruitcake, but for one thing: he has an impressive record when it comes to setting lofty goals and then lining up the people and technology needed to get the job done. “Brewster is a visionary who looks at things differently,” says Carole Moore, chief librarian at the University of Toronto. “He is able to imagine doing things that everyone else thinks are impossible. But then he does them.”

Mr Kahle is an unostentatious millionaire who does not “wear his money on clothes”, as one acquaintance graciously puts it. But behind his dishevelled demeanour is a skilled technologist, an ardent activist and a successful serial entrepreneur. Having founded and sold technology companies to AOL and Amazon, he has now devoted himself to building a non-profit digital archive of free materials—books, films, concerts and so on—to rival the legendary Alexandrian library of antiquity. This has brought him into conflict with Google, the giant internet company which is pursuing a similar goal, but in a rather different (and more commercially oriented) way…”

Economist.com - The Internet's librarian

via Roamin

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Stereolab - Neon Beanbag



Evelyn Lambart & Norman McLaren - Begone Dull Care/Caprice en couleurs (1949)


NFB.ca Curator's comments:

As a teenager, McLaren became interested in Colour-Music, an art form in which moving patterns of coloured lights were projected. When he was at art school, McLaren and fellow student Stuart McAllister tried to create colour-music by painting abstractions directly onto 35 mm movie film. McAllister would later become a great editor of documentary films. McLaren was delighted with the experience but knew the results were primitive. Then, in London in 1936, he saw Len Lye’s revolutionary hand-painted-on-film Colour Box. It did not influence McLaren but it gave him the confidence to continue drawing directly on film. He had to wait ten years, however, before he would have access to a three-colour film printing stock, which would allow him to copy a multi-hued hand-painted original. And what an original it is! For me, it is hard to imagine a more satisfying jazz film – in this case, a marriage of hand-painted improvisations to the piano improvisations of a young Oscar Peterson.

hat tip to Brand Upon the Brain!

How Well Do You Know Rover?

They never did fully explain the nature of The Prisoner's mysterious balloon sentry, but it was certainly feared, respected, effective and quite capable of serving some serious pain.

Do you think you know Rover? Or would you like to know more? Then go take the quiz over at AMC's The Prisoner Blog. (I scored 3 out of 5, but I was just guessing.)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson & Co. - Hackensack


John Coltrane and Stan Getz performing Thelonious Monk's "Hackensack" on German television in 1960. Accompanied by Oscar Peterson on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.

via Bifurcated Rivets

Poet Passports

Ezra Pound's passport

more poet passports in Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Voyage to Inner Space

In 1680, physicist Giovanni Borelli attempts to recycle his own breathing air.

I assume that the date cited is the date of the print, as Borelli died in 1679 at the age of 71.

according to Wikipedia:

Borelli is also considered to be the first man to consider a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus along with his early submarine design. The exhaled gas was cooled by sea water after passing through copper tubing. The helmet was brass with a glass window and 0.6 m (2 ft) in diameter. The apparatus was never likely to be used or tested.

from the vast and fascinating NOAA Photo Library

via unpalombaro

Back and ready to rock!


It's good to get off the nets every once in a while. It's also good to be back. I missed you all.

image via colABLE DANGERrev
by way of GIF Anime

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hello out there....

Real Life™ has left me way behind with my online pursuits and will continue to leave me there until after Savannah's mad St. Patrick's Day is over. (We have the second largest SPD celebration in the United States. It goes on for days and it's like a mini Mardi Gras.)

I'm going to try to sneak a few sessions in between, so hang in there with me. I hope to not completely disappear during the next week.

Fredo Viola - The Sad Song

(Fredo Viola)

music and video by Fredo Viola

via Comfort Music

LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations


directed by Dougal Wilson

LCD Soundsystem

hat tip to Brand Upon The Brain!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Ken Nordine - Maybe the Moment


Ken Nordine

Hobo Nickels

image: OHNS

The hobo nickel, an early form of creative currency modification, had its heyday during the circulation run of the Buffalo nickel, from 1913 to 1938. Since they were small, cheap and easier to carve, they were popular with hobos, who often used them to trade for food and goods. (Jefferson nickels and other denominations were used, but the old "Indian Head" design was considered best because the large profile gave the artists a greater area to work with and allowed for finer detail.)

The period from 1940 to the late '70s saw the Buffalo nickel almost completely fade from circulation and with this, the styles took a decided turn to the modern. In the early 1980s, there was a resurgence of hobo nickel carving and collecting and this time period marks the separation between the "old" and "modern" eras.

You can find many examples, old and new, at The Original Hobo Nickel Society.

Wikipedia provides a serviceable survey of the topic.

thanks to Ledgergermane for tip!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Four Tet - As Serious As Your Life


directed by Dougal Wilson

Four Tet

via Brand Upon the Brain!

The Specials - Do Nothing


I love The Specials. I also love how the singer can chew gum and lip-sync at the same time.

via watcher of the skies

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Carlos beatboxing and playing the thumb piano


He's really good.

via the music of sound

Google Image Ripper

Google Image Ripper

Instant inspiration. No more thumbnails, straight to the good stuff

This has been around for a while, but in case you haven't found it yet... it's an excellent tool for a blogger, or anyone looking for an image - be it specific, a particular type, or anything in general.

thanks to Great Map for the reminder

北京土著 - Beijing Natives (Chinese rap video)


Full translation:

Slice me a piece of watermelon, about four or five liang
Only the truly thin-skin watermelon comes with this crisp and grainy texture
When the scent of jasmine wafts in the tea room of the siheyuan
One forgets all the heat of the summer
Pour a glass of fine wine as your thoughts wander afar
The senses are drunk with the fragrance of the wine steeped within the hutong alleys
As the sun sets at the corner of the old city wall that echoes with the beat of the toy rattle-drum
This native Beijinger feels a little sad
Squatting alone at the corner of the wall, receiving not even a passing glance
With eyes unseeing and confusion in my heart
Why do I feel so weary today?
Feels like I lost my soul while writing my lyrics
A wonton stall by the roadside in the early morning
A farmer rides a three-wheeled handcart as he pulls his load of bricks to work
A bowl of jellied beancurd costs a dollar
The music of a Pekingese big drum storyteller rings in the air
Drink a bowl of sour soy juice with a fried ring of dough
Dregs of oil scented with malt heave in porcelain jars with floral design
A hawker at the entrance of a hutong alley is stringing candied haws,
There's a photo of Ma Sanli displayed at the teahouse nearby
The vats are deeper than the basins, the basins are deeper than the bowls, the bowls are deeper than the plates
Waiting for your consideration
After being left there for so many years, they're still so funny…
pay attention
Native Beijingers, pay attention
Squat when you're tired of standing, sit when you're tired from squatting
Lie down when you're tired of sitting, lie prone when you're tired from lying down
Sleep when you're tired of lying prone, nap when you're unable to sleep
Keeping a myna brings special prestige
Be kind and generous and courteous too
Greet others kindly and never, ever be late
Keeping score only means making trouble for yourself
Better to smile and the world turns, infinitely beautiful
There's an old man in the park, hand in hand with his old wife
About eighty years old and he still looks so suave
Sucking on a popsicle and wearing a vest
Bloodlines run pure at the home of Peking Man
At the side of the Right-Right-Right-Right Gate of Peace
There's a shop selling Dog-Dog-Dog-Dog Wouldn’t-Notice buns
Buy half a jin of sliced-sliced-sliced-sliced glutinous cake
Spend a day free from worries at the Heavenly Bridge, just like an immortal

Seems like a decent enough message... but now I'm kinda hungry. (Though, I think I'll skip the Dog-Dog-Dog-Dog.)

thanks, Ledge!



Directed by Clément Soulmagnon, Yann Benedi, Sébastien Eballard & Quentin Chaillet



Monday, March 2, 2009

John Cage - Rozart Mix


John Cage: "Rozart Mix" (1965) According to Paul Griffiths, "A Guide to Electronic Music", the score for Rozart Mix "consists of an exchange of letters with Alan Lucier, proposing that at least 88 tape loops of unspecified sounds be played on at least a dozen tape recorders."

Please Plant This Book by Richard Brautigan

image: Wikipedia

Books Are People, Too:

This is the rarest of Brautigan’s books. Four are currently listed on ABE, ranging from $395 (for an incomplete set) to $1,250.


Richard Brautigan published Please Plant This Book in the Spring of 1968. It consisted of eight packets of garden seeds, each printed with a poem, all gathered in a small folder.

Here is a digital version of Please Plant This Book, typographical errors and all. Seeds not included.

more info at the Brautigan Bibliography and Archive

The Prisoner Production Design Sketches

Episode 4, "Free for All." Production sketch by art director Jack Shampan.

The Prisoner 1960s Production Design Sketches

Saint Pauli - I need rhythm


produced and directed by Johannes Haverkamp and Tim Piotrowski

Saint Pauli