Various bits of flotsam that washed up on our computers, before we moved to a better blog system in November 2004. Now a repository for YouTube videos and testing new tools. Go to for more recent content.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cubenis NORML


more proto-Photoshop experiments, this one circa 2000
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Friday, September 25, 2009

a Russian postage stamp

from 1969. Don't remember exactly where I got this
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Rick Fox and Doug Christie

ahh, the good ole days for the Sacramento Kings
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

War President

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Photos for sale

Forgot I had uploaded a few photos to imageKind to see what it was all about.

Monday, June 16, 2008

TPMtv: Release the Hounds!

corporate media sucks, the full Monty version

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town

no footage, just a great song
Following the release of the cocaine-fuelled Station to Station, Bowie began to rekindle his interest in art. As a recovering cocaine addict, (although he never fully dropped the habit and continued to use sporadically during recording and mixing), his songwriting on Low tended to deal with difficult issues; many of the songs concern lethargy, depression, estrangement, or self-destructive behavior. Producer Tony Visconti contended that the title was partly a reference to Bowie's "low" moods during the album's writing and recording.

The format of the album was unusual for its time: side one contained short, direct song-fragments; side two comprised longer, mostly instrumental tracks. On these tracks help was lent by ex-Roxy Music keyboardist and conceptualist Brian Eno, who brought along his EMS 'suitcase' synthesiser (Bowie was later given this exact synthesiser as a birthday present after a friend obtained it in an auction).Often incorrectly given credit as Low's producer,Eno was responisible for a good deal of the direction and composition of the second side of the album and actually wrote the theme and instrumentation for "Warszawa" while Bowie was in Paris attending court hearings against his former manager. Eno in turn was helped by producer Tony Visconti's four-year-old son who sat next to Eno playing A, B, C in a constant loop at the studio piano. This phrase became the "Warszawa" theme. On Bowie's return Eno played him the work which impressed Bowie who then quickly composed the made-up, vaguely eastern European sounding lyrics.

Although the music was influenced by German bands such as Kraftwerk and Neu!,Low has been acclaimed for its originality and is considered ahead of its time, not least for its cavernous treated drum sound created by producer Visconti using an Eventide Harmoniser.On the release of Low, Visconti received phone calls from other producers asking how he had made this unique sound, but would not give up the information, instead asking each producer how they thought it had been done.

The influence of Low spans many genres that would come to prominence in following years such as Post-punk, New Wave and Industrial. Not only was it an influence on these styles, but the fact that an artist of Bowie's prominence had experimented with these styles made other proponents of the genres more respectable. Trent Reznor would later claim Low to be one of his influences while creating The Downward Spiral. As late as 2000, Radiohead looked to be attempting a similar concept and sound with their album Kid A.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare

Monday, May 19, 2008

David Lynch Remix: Panties in my Mouth

not sure why, but nonetheless

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bush's Sacrifice

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bill O'Reilly Flips Out — DANCE REMIX

Monday, May 12, 2008

Bill O'Reilly Goes Nuts!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

banned commercial for glasses

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Line Rider - Transcendentalâ„¢ by TechDawg

way too much time on the creators hands....

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Sandinista has long been one of my favorite albums, Mikey Dread played a prominent role on it.

Mikey Dread, who has died aged 54, was a revolutionary force in Jamaican popular music and became known in Britain as a producer of the Clash; he produced the band's single Bankrobber and contributed to several songs on their album Sandinista! (both 1980).

Immensely popular with the Jamaican public, and a source of fascination for overseas listeners who obtained copies on audio cassette, the show was eventually deemed too wild by the station management. Dread resigned in 1979, by which time he had already assembled his debut album, Dread At The Controls, which was licensed to Trojan Records in Britain. A second disc, called African Anthem, was a dub album mixed to mirror the style of his radio broadcasts and proved highly popular with punk audiences in Britain.

A major turning point came in 1980 after Dread was approached by the Clash, with whom he subsequently toured and recorded, helping reggae to penetrate a wider international audience. He was involved in the band's recordings for the Epic label, and, following his involvement in the group's experimental album, Sandinista!, he attended the National Broadcasting School in Britain; this led to his narration of Deep Roots Music, a six-part reggae documentary aired on Channel 4 in 1982, and his subsequent hosting of the television series Rockers Roadshow.

A later link with UB40 resulted in extensive European tours and the laid-back album Pave The Way, but by the mid-1980s Dread was spending more of his time in the United States. In the early 1990s he moved to Miami, where he became programme director of the Caribbean Satellite Network. He continued to deliver exciting live performances until he became ill with a brain tumour last summer, resulting in a move to North Carolina for medical treatment. [From Mikey Dread]

"Fucking hell, Mikey"

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Theremin Killed the Radio Star

Not the best rendition (actually sounds a bit like Santa Claus is coming to town in parts), but still funny

Monday, March 03, 2008

White Horse - LAID BACK

Thanks to skippy

Thursday, February 28, 2008

David Lynch on iPhone

I agree with Mr. Lynch, movies are meant to be seen on a big enough screen

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Republican Call Girls

Call is free because your grandchildren will be paying for it....

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band : Rosa Majeur

Queen Ida rocks! (or rolls, or swings, or whatever you want to call it). If you play an album of Zydeco (Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, Professor Longhair, Buckwheat Zydeco, Boozoo Chavis, you get the idea) at a wedding, at a party, even while cooking dinner for your family, watch as people get up off their asses to dance a little. Such infectious music. Nothing complicated, no weird time signatures or off-beat keys, just happy music.

"Caught in the Act" (Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Devo - Worried Man

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Macworld Expo 2008, Apple Keynote: Randy Newman (Full)

not many corporations would host a (so-called) Bush bashing musical appearance on stage

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Prayer By: William S. Burroughs

Haymarket Riot snapshots

More recent content is here

Haymarket Riot memorial, old version.

Haymarket Riot memorial, old version.
(old) Haymarket memorial. Now removed.
If you want a copy of this photo, there is one available at cafepress

New statue here

Fly to this location (Requires Google Earth)

Designated Bird Feeding Area

Designated Bird Feeding Area
Stencil in front of the Haymarket Memorial statue.

Not officially endorsed by The Mayor.

We Are workers not criminals

We Are workers not criminals
some signs at the immigration rally

Haymarket Touchup

Haymarket Touchup
prep work for the May Day rally at the Haymarket Riot memorial site

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Not The Daily Show, With Some Writer

What is the writers strike about anyway?