Stop motion art hanging

Tue 16 Jun 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

at the Morris Book Shop in Lexington, KY:



Caruso was framed

Mon 18 May 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Here’s an interview with David Suisman just in time for his reading this Thursday at Barnes & Noble (105 Fifth Ave. at 18th St., New York, at 6pm) in NYC:



Amherst and why is this brilliant?

Fri 24 Apr 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

We are at the Juniper Fest at UMass Amherst tomorrow: 6 PM until late, Saturday 12 midday (that’s a decent hour) until later. Eric Lorberer, Lucy Corwin, and all sorts of good people will be there. (And Gavin will disappear off to Boston for a panel at MIT partway through the PM, oh well.)

Embedding is disabled by request (boo!) but you have to watch this and then tell us just why it it so brilliant and funny? (It absolutely is!)



The real reason car sales are falling

Wed 18 Feb 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin



Ed Emshwiller on YouTube

Thu 12 Feb 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Sunstone:



Dr Dr

Thu 29 Jan 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

One day (and it will have to be a very long day), we will go and re-watch all the Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee Doctor Whos. (I think we’ll skip Benny Hill.) Until then, Metafilter (I think), has provided this to tide us over:

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.


Cartoon time

Sat 17 Jan 2009 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

A bit of early anime with decent, not great, animation, a bit of Mr. Roboto in the theme tune and a great story (well, an old one, at least), all made for a great show to watch as a kid. Will now go see if it is on DVD.

It is the 31st century. Ulysses killed the giant cyclops when he rescued the children and his son Telemachus. But the ancient gods of Olympus are angry and threaten a terrible revenge.



Oliver Postgate, RIP

Thu 11 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

(Via)



video hits 100,000 views

Mon 8 Dec 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

We can’t take any credit for this—except for thinking, “Wow, cool, must record,” while at the Hugo Award ceremonies in Yokohama, Japan, in 2007—but this is our first vid to hit 100,000 views, just visit Video production miami beach. Can it be long until some of our author interviews break the 100K mark, too?



The future is here

Thu 6 Nov 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This is an amazing time to be alive. President Barack Hussein Obama. Yay! As Alisdair Gray quotes in many of his books: “Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.”

Boo to California (and Florida and Arizona) for officially being Anti-Love States.

Some other things:

  • Christopher on spelling (and it makes us all weepy).
  • Jack is fascinated that Rahm Emanuel’s “brother is Ari Emanuel, the real-life inspiration for Ari Gold, the Hollywood agent played by Jeremy Piven on HBO’s Entourage.”
  • NYTimes on an Ecuadorian cocoa-growing coop that apparently makes great chocolate bars under the Kallari name. You can bet we are going to try this. (Ecuador is on our minds these days.)
  • Read a great science fiction YA novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, which won the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize. It has a very old-school (think John Wyndham, Heinlein, The Giver) set-up with a boy growing up in a village cut off from outside contact. As the world gets filled in it becomes clear that things have not gone well on this recently-settled world. Also: talking dogs! (To paraphrase: “Todd. Todd. Need a poo, Todd.”)
  • Jenny on Armitage Mondays.
  • PW looks at two presses we like a lot: Featherproof Books and Two Dollar Radio and the idea that indie presses can make beautiful objects that are also books.
  • Speaking of Two Dollar Radio, we both get a little bit of love in the latest issue of Details, sadly not from cover boy Keanu Reaves, but lovely to get a shout out along with Two Dollar and the magnificent Dalkey Archive. Is this the first time John Crowley (or at least one of his books) has appeared in Details?
  • The new LCRW is in the process of being assembled (a leg from here, and arm or three from there) and let’s just say how much fun it is to get a great nonfiction piece from Ted Chiang.

Don’t know why this version of WordPress hates pictures being aligned and insists on them being freestanding. Oh well.

Updated: King Rat made us check the html—this visual editor is weird. The image above has a weird “float” tag, so changed that and it went in on the right ok. The one below, the lovely Two Dollar tattoos (they’re real: see them at the Indie Press Book Fair in NYC in December) can stay where it is.



Mock the Week

Mon 27 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Recommended by family in the UK this is not at all for anyone who does not enjoy sweary words. For those who don’t mind, a tea break (do not drink tea during this tea break if you are watching this clip):



Unbelievable, yet

Mon 27 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Working at the satellite office (as compared to the 70 storey underground moonbase where everyone else is) in Easthampton today (it’s a somewhat easier commute). The old mill we work in is (see LA Times below) “a refurbished New England mill that looks like something out of Blake, surrounded by trees that burst into violent color in the fall.” True. What isn’t mentioned is that some of the refurbishment, well, it’s more simple and whoever did it took a colorful attitude to what really needed to be done. So for instance high up in the corners between this space and the next there are gaps in the drywall around the pipes which run through the building (which carry, er, who knows? The liquified algae being turned into biofuel on the floor below us?).

trapped birdAnd one of our neighbors has left a window open. How do we know? Because this morning there was the too-familiar fluttering sound of tiny wings. Nope, not a fairy nor an angel. Yes, indeed, ladies and gentlemen, we have a trapped birdie. No cameras here today (besides the ones on the Macs—we’ll keep trying with Photo Booth) so no pics yet….

Weekend review update:

Scott Timberg writes about Kelly in the LA Times and we have a new quote about Small Beer Press (thanks Scott!), we’re a “Hip house”!

Beam Me Up eats up The Ant King and Other Stories, “for me it was like the desert cart, each amazing bite building on what came before and promising so much more in the future.”

A summary of Geoff’s week at Omnivoracious.

Missed a review of The King’s Last Song which ran in the Washington DC City Paper in time for Gaylaxicon.



You were born immortal

Tue 14 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

It’s drop day for the new Winterpills CD, Central Chambers so one more video. This is the last song on the CD and it is just gorgeous. “You were born immortal and you’ll die immortal” is one of the most beautiful, wise, and sad lines, and Flora’s singing matches it perfectly.

The band will be playing two local shows coming up: a pre-debate fundraiser tomorrow night at the Apollo Grill in Easthampton (7-9 PM, see you there) and then at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Oct. 25. Yes, they might be out there closer to you sometime, too.



Last night we went to see Andrew Bird

Sat 11 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

and didn’t bring any kind of recording device, still or motion. Woe. (Well, a phone, but that doesn’t count, right?) This was after we’d gone up to the Bookmill for a short set by the Winterpills, whose new CD comes out on Tuesday. But we got a copy, yay! (It is fabby. More TK on that—they play the Iron Horse on Oct. 25th if you’re in the area, see you there.)

Bird is (previously unbeknownst to us) a star. People went nuts when he whistled(!), played the glockenspiel, violin, and occasionally, a(n often tuned) guitar. Those big triffid things behind him are the speakers (“spinny,” “stripey,” and the two large unnamed ones). He’d pluck out a loop on the violin then another then another then add in some whistling, and sometimes singing to get a one-man wall of sound. It was music, Bob, but not as we know it. There were a couple of new songs (see below), and, he gave a shout out to the cave episode of Blue Planet.

Fortunately for us someone else up there in the balcony was recording:

You can see spinny at work in “Sectionate City” (Section 8 City?), Kelly’s new favorite Andrew Bird song:



Thu 9 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

And now a tiny car for the Future as seen in France—where all good things, like Nobel Prize winnerz (why is that funny with a ‘z’?), come from today—which also, and you won’t be surprised to find this, being a futurehead yourself, involves llamas. Source:



Thu 9 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

And now a tiny car for the Future as seen in France—where all good things, like Nobel Prize winnerz (why is that funny with a ‘z’?), come from today—which also, and you won’t be surprised to find this, being a futurehead yourself, involves llamas. Source:



Central Chambers

Thu 9 Oct 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Pretending we are part of the hype machine. Tiny track from the new Winterpills CD:



The Serial Garden . . . on film

Tue 16 Sep 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Some mornings are just that bit crappy so to wake up and watch this was indeed cheering. These kids, they are having the fun:



Like being at at reading

Tue 24 Jun 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

without having to think up a question (“Um, someone or other says science fiction is pap for the weak-minded masses who can’t deal with the present, um, what’s your favorite color?”).

Ed Park—whose first novel Personal Days is not only dark and funny but is a must for writers to see someone pull off some incredible virtuoso writing—gets search-engined:



LA to NY in 4 minutes

Wed 9 Apr 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Old fun YouTubery:



Camberwick Green

Sat 29 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The first half of the second season of Life on Mars is pants, mince, rubbish, etc. The 5th episode instead of just featuring the rightly-scary test card girl also featured Camberwick Green:



Synth Loops

Tue 18 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

This is just fantastic (lifted whole cloth from Bookslut):

Christian Bök performs part of “The Cyborg Opera: Synth Loops” & “The Aria of the 3-Horned Enemy” (from R. Murray Schafer’s The Princess of the Stars). Kamau Brathwaite reads from Born to Slow Horses.



PC

Sun 2 Mar 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

In the early 80s metal bands were pretty politically aware. Well, not sure if that’s what Iron Maiden qualify as. Metal, that is. They always seemed like a hard rock band more than heavy metal monsters—despite their predilection for a certain monster, Eddie. Yes, they were part of the New Wave of NWBHM Heavy Metal (could have picked a better acronym than NWBHM), but listen to this lovely pop song (the sound quality on this video is pretty poor) and see what you think.

Hmm. Iron Maiden are playing in LA during BookExpo. Tempting. Haven’t seen them since 1987.

This posted due to someone with a sense of humor giving me a CD of Number of the Beast at some point and me digging it up today while at work. I don’t know how often the CD will be played but it is clean, crisp old-fashioned somewhat-familiar rock’n’roll and is refreshingly noisy. Tomorrow will be time enough for calmer climes.

One funny thing is that I remember most of these songs pretty well (they were used to wake me up when I was 12 so they’re pretty deeply worn into the failing brainpan) except “Total Eclipse.” Without doing further digging to see if I still have a tape of the original album I suspect the reason is that that song may not have made it on to my tape.* Funny. It’s an ok song and there’s some fun Maiden-y time signature change-ups in the second half. Who knows why it didn’t make the cut. Funny to have it now as basically a new 26 y.o. song.

It’s ok Jed, I won’t play it while you’re here.

* Yes, as in taped album (or cassette), rather than something I owned. Naughty? Perhaps. Penurious way to acquire music in pre-internet age? Yes. Sued by record companies at the time? No. Later purchases of music owing a debt to those tapes: quite a lot. RIAA: go sue yourselves out of existence for being so anti-fan.



The Girl Detective: movies and song

Thu 17 Jan 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

The Girl Detective’s mother is missing.

On Ninth Letter there is an amazing video interpretation of Kelly Link’s story “The Girl Detective” put together by videographers Samuel Copeland, Kelly Cree, Fabiola Elias, Mark Hauge, Andrew Nguyen and Brett Tabolt and narrated by Hannah Gottlieb-Graham. (Parts of it can be seen on youtube: 4, 7, 11, 13.)

And, Uglinessman sent in this mellow and somewhat startling techno/trance song where he samples part of Alex Wilson’s reading of “The Girl Detective”.

You can download the story for free as part of Kelly’s first collection, Stranger Things Happen.



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