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"Un-tribal" [mp3 removed]
I recycled a riff from "Bass-o-matic" and added some new tunes around and on top of it. Still working with my self-made drum machine samples. I called it "un-tribal" because it has a kind of pounding jungle rhythm but is still inherently geeky.
Update: Took about 50 seconds out of this.
This is not the Onion, this is from CNN:
Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs"Testy US mobs?" Protesting, say, the Iraq war? Bad immigration bills? An Air Force that wants to cook US citizens for "good public relations"? Michael Wynne would be a great test subject. We could all laugh when he staggers to the ground, incapacitated by painful invisible rays.
POSTED: 7:56 p.m. EDT, September 12, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday.
The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne.
"If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in a way that was not intended, I think that I would be vilified in the world press."
The Air Force has paid for research into nonlethal weapons, but he said the service is unlikely to spend more money on development until injury problems are reviewed by medical experts and resolved.
Nonlethal weapons generally can weaken people if they are hit with the beam. Some of the weapons can emit short, intense energy pulses that also can be effective in disabling some electronic devices.
Public sculpture that's actually good: Matthew Geller's Awash, which opened tonight in Collect Pond Park in Lower Manhattan, and will be installed through November 25. It's a "portable fountain" made of sidewalk scaffolding, Plexigas, and PVC pipe. As you sit in the swings, water flows over your head like rain sliding down a loft skylight, and is then recycled through the PVC ductwork and back up through a pump in the water tank. It's romantic, carefree, and absurd at the same time, and the materials are completely unassuming. Last year, Geller's piece Foggy Day--notable for its artificial fog bank in Chinatown's Cortlandt Alley--was criticized by no less than the New York Sun and Fox News as socially dubious "fog art." The site for this new, budgetarily conscious urban earthwork is Collect Pond Park, a bland but historically charged spot across from the Tombs (bounded by Franklin, Leonard, Centre and Lafayette). In Manhattan's early history this was once a beautiful lake called the Collect, which became putrescent with urbanization, was drained, and served as the boggy foundations for the Five Points slum, made famous in The Gangs of New York. Now the land's surrounded by courthouses and other government buildings, and is in bad need of being rescued by something as funky as this. (One thinks also of the World Trade Center kiddie pool memorial--but that wasn't supposed to be funky.)
Re: the twilight photo
Update: photo lightened and color-corrected from the original crepuscular blue; another photo moved to the comments that is still blue but shows the flowing water more clearly. Yes, I fell down in my role of NY art documentarian. I got lost in the Five Points government building maze and the hour was getting later and later...
Update: Here are some better pictures from the LMCC blog:
Heh, on the Bloglines RSS reader, which consistently makes hash of this page, Ashley's piece reads as...invisible. The caption reads "Very Small Abstractions." Not that small. Bloglines, kindly eat me.
People magazine weighs in on stingrays, post-Irwin.
Thank heavens the 9/11 anniversary is over. "A wounded but resilient America paused to remember a calamitous day," says the New York Times. Oh, poor pitiful us. In the name of "9/11" we invaded and essentially destroyed an entire Mideast country that had nothing to do with the attacks, but it's important that we spend time reflecting and obsessing over our own wounds. The best course now for citizens who really want to respond to that day is to hand Bush his ass on a platter in the next election. No, we don't get to vote against him personally, as if we ever did, but returning the House and Senate to the opposition party at least creates the possibility of putting some brakes on this maniac. Two years of Congressional investigations of various White House misdeeds, hauling one functionary after another from this secretive Administration before righteous Senators and Congressmen to explain their misdeeds, would be delightful. I think we could handle the resulting "paralysis" of our ability to wage elective wars. I know the rest of the world would like a breather from us.
The image at the top was on the front page of the New York Times online edition. I hate to further exploit this woman's grief, but it bugs me that the "pool" in the photo is just a temporary prop assembled for a photo-op, because five years after 9/11/2001 no memorial exists. The photographer who took this picture, and/or the editor(s) who cropped it, are, in effect, liars. The bottom photo is from a series of wide angle shots on the DailyKos website showing the pool without the cropping.