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You might have noticed the CBS News story "McCain Backs Bush's Iraq Strategy" on the blogroll to the left for several months now (or maybe not--well, it's been there). Lots of other people linked to the story, too, and now it shows up in the top 10 Google searches if anyone is looking for information about Mr. Flak Vest in the Baghdad Market (aka Mr. Bomb Bomb Iran). It looks like his presidential campaign is tanking with the announcement this week of huge staff departures (yay!) so some blogroll space will now be devoted to another overrated individual aspiring to be the leader of the free world, with the inclusion of the following three articles:
Rudy Giuliani was kicked off the Iraq Study Group because he never showed up for meetings.If the thought of Giuliani as president makes you queasy and you have a blog or links page, you might consider getting the word out by pointing to these mainstream media stories, with the link around the words "Rudy Giuliani."
Rudy Giuliani was the only candidate not invited to speak to the firefighters' presidential forum.
Rudy Giuliani: worse than Bush. (Matt Taibbi article headline in Rolling Stone)
See also: this Firefighters Union video about "Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend"--it mentions Giuliani's foolishness in locating his mayoral "Command Center" in WTC 7--destroyed on 9/11/01 and forcing him to go operate out in the street (while running away from the danger).
Update: Just noticed an extra "i" in Giuliani in some of the links--duh--fixed now.
Update 2: And here is a review of Wayne Barrett's & Dan Collins' book on the Giuliani myth, Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11.
The Art Guys, Waste Stream (Video Trashcan), 2004. Currently on view in the group show "Ready-Made" at the Yvon Lambert Project Space, NY. The mouth in the trashcan strains to maintain its gaping rictus in the jittery video loop; the effect of looking down into the trash-lined "bunghole" is obscene in the best Bataillean sense. The show contains few actual ready-mades; this is an art gallery after all, and people want to see craft. Cady Noland, for example, is represented by one of her late fabricated aluminum cutout pieces and not her early found junk.
"Grow a Brain 2" [mp3 removed -- a remixed version of this track is now on Bandcamp]
Some nasty drum and bass for a nice summer's day.
Update: A couple of minor tweaks designed to take even more advantage of the (extremely) basic melodic content!
After one of my occasional anti-iTunes rants a friend asked me what I did for a content management system. He thinks one of the benefits of iTunes is that it organizes your soundfiles and you can search and create playlists within this data. Myself, I don't keep any permanent playlists (except a master file of music I wrote). For recreational listening I assemble temporary playlists piecemeal, picking and choosing songs from folders I've created on my hard drive. I use Winamp to find and play the files and save the playlists. Unlike iTunes, Winamp will stream them from anywhere on your PC (maybe iTunes has changed, but you used to have to resave all your music to a special iTunes folder).
My folders are organized roughly chronologically (by decade) and alphabetically within each decade. Thus I can visualize the entire collection and also think about relationships within it (once a rock critic always a rock critic--pity me). This scheme makes me less reliant on someone else's bad metadata from the individual tunes--a real problem with iTunes in my opinion. I do a fair amount of pruning--whereas I had a hard time deaccessioning CDs and vinyl I'm pretty merciless with mp3s. If it's not floating my boat it's not taking up space on my hard drive. As the collection gets larger I'll start breaking the decades down into years. Oh, and the folders also contain jpegs of covers and other info. The entire schmear is backed up on a separate hard drive.
Excuse this nerdy indulgence but I wanted to put forward a model different from the one Steve Jobs expects you to use as part of his entertainment colonization scheme.
Also, as I mentioned I don't use a portable mp3 player (headphones bug my ears) but if I did I would just move songs out of these folders and wipe them from the player when I was tired of listening to them. DIY, baby, DIY.
"VCJS (Slow)" [mp3 removed]
This is "Vox Computational (Japan Square)" at half-speed, minus about 30 seconds of the drum break.
Not every song is going to get the DJ Screw treatment, but this one works pretty well, I think, as a "romilar dub" piece.
"Vox Computational (Japan Square)" [mp3 removed]
A variation on a tune previously posted. I like the "compuvox" preset but it was so full-bodied it was masking things in the mix. This one has lighter leads and is a bit longer so I could hear some of the percussion stuff I liked. It's sort of stiff and halting by design. The arpeggios at the beginning are kind of an experiment.
In a previous post I mentioned my and John Parker's Scratch Ambulance CD was being marketed through iTunes. This led to a friendly email wondering why I'd changed my mind about iTunes. I haven't!
The company we used to press the CD also helps the artist market the work through a number of different indie and non-indie sources, one of which is iTunes. It's gonna be a couple of weeks before it's available.
I still don't have iTunes on my computer and still dislike it. I just don't dislike it enough to prevent a few pennies possibly coming my way by withholding my music from it.
I've never used a portable stereo type device (headphones hurt my ears) but I also like the idea of DRM-less sound files being freely distributable outside a monolithic single-company scheme.
On my computer I have Winamp, which takes files from my own foldering system.