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Fur Arvo

Posted in God Almighty, music, NYT linking with tags on October 17, 2010 by John

I was happy to see Arvo Part pop up on the front page of nytimes.com today. The NYT Magazine did a profile of the minimalist composer for his 75th birthday.

At certain points in his life he was obsessed with seagulls and unlocking the secrets of Gregorian chants. That didn’t take. His system of “tintinnabuli” though, pairing melody with a second stabilizing line beneath the melody, became his musical and philosophical cornerstone.

A fascinating read about a fascinating mind.

Of course, I have some albums for you. The late seventies were when Part reached his mature period and when tintinnabuli really kicked in. These are two of his biggest releases from back then.

Alena (1976)

Tabula Rasa (1977)

Deep Inside…

Posted in asperger's syndrome, books, God Almighty, Mind Control, NYT linking, out-of-body experiences with tags , , on October 13, 2009 by John

Jung red book

Jung’s Red Book is coming out next week.  It’s already being buzzed about in academea, but how do you get the kids to get excited?  Well you get cool guys like Charlie Kaufman and David Byrne ( & many more) to talk about it and vlog it.  They’re not out yet, but look for them.

About the book though; it’s one of a kind.  It’s Jung’s personal account of his trip into the Inferno.  For sixteen years, durring a ‘mid-life crisis’, he spent his free time tearing down the wall between his concious and subconsious mind.

In it, Jung travels the land of the dead, falls in love with a woman he later realizes is his sister, gets squeezed by a giant serpent and, in one terrifying moment, eats the liver of a little child. (“I swallow with desperate efforts — it is impossible — once again and once again — I almost faint — it is done.”) At one point, even the devil criticizes Jung as hateful.  NYT

Of course there’s much more to it than dragons and a morbid liverwurst.  This is a record of the subconcious of a man that formed a good deal of the contemporary ideas about the subconcious.  The book’s translator, Sonu Shamdasani, who wrestled with the book for ten years called it “the nuclear reactor for all [Jung’s] works.”

The log of  his journies has taken a twisted path itself.  The New York Times has done a great job putting that story to pixels, and you can find it here.  It’s all very exciting, but for now, I don’t have $115.

Caterpillars: When God Gets Bored.

Posted in animals, God Almighty, monsters, nature with tags , , , , on May 31, 2009 by kevin y.

Why would you want to hide in a cocoon when you look like this?
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The NeverEnding Story…indeed.

Posted in film, God Almighty, poop, web chatter, white people with tags , , , , , , on February 28, 2009 by kevin y.

So, a crappy year in film should inspire those hard working people in Hollywood, right?  I mean, shouldn’t the fact that “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” only took home technical awards tell you that people are smart enough to realize that Fincher took a CGI dump (although, a gorgeous dump) on a Forrest Gump remake?  Hollywood doesn’t think so!  Instead of searching for that great new screenplay, director, or original idea, the execs at the studios find it easier just to hire a couple kids with iphones to scour IMDB and pick out a piece of nostalgia from a generation’s childhood that they can exploit.

A ton of “Coming Soon” blogs report that Warner Bros. is in the works to make a modernized version of “The NeverEnding Story”.  I’m not gonna go overboard and claim that Hollywood is destroying a cinematic classic, but come ON!  I’m just expressing my pre-emptive anger caused by the moment when I see the teaser trailer before Will Smith’s “Karate Kid” (rumored), showing Falkor looking like a CGI composite of all three of the Jonas Brothers and starring Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, and Dwayne Johnson as the Rock Biter. (Ha…get it?)

Like I said, I am not gonna be one of those people that claims that “The NeverEnding Story” changed my life and blah blah blah, but I will be one of those people that claims that the theme song changed my life.  Once again, I’m pre-pissed off because you know someone at Warner Bros. will screw it up and do something like pay for “six million dollar man” surgery for Travis Barker and get Blink 182 back together to redo it. In a the spirit of a mini nostalgia fest, and to calm me down, here is a video of Kid’s Inc. singing the song that NeverEnds…in your heart.

P.S. I dream of the Flaming Lips using their Warner Bros. contacts to try and take a stab at the theme song.

P.P.S. I feel like I should say both, “I’m sorry” and “You’re welcome” for such a long post on this subject. 😀

Poetry for

Posted in 2009, America, books, God Almighty, poetry, public intoxication, reading, web chatter with tags , , , on January 29, 2009 by kevin

I’m at a loss for words. Check it out.

animals

Posted in animals, british humour, God Almighty, tubes on December 3, 2008 by kevin

If you are a fan of the brits version of office work…

The Man on Every Front Page in the World

Posted in celebrities, God Almighty, Guns, NYT linking, Obama, politics, public intoxication, Super Tuesday, web chatter with tags , on November 5, 2008 by John

morningpaper

Really.

& the US.

There’s been a sea of hyperlinks that have popped up all over today.  Being at work all day, I didn’t get to check out as much as I wanted to, but here are a few things that caught my eye.  If anyone has some links that dig a little deeper, I’d love to read them, and maybe I’ll go a little bit more in depth in a couple days.

  • Oh, and by the way the baseball statistician got it 100% right.
  • and as one race ends, another begins, the search for the “optimal dog”.

But,

All in all, yesterday wasn’t too surprising to me.  It spoke to how far we can come and how far we still have to go, (thanks to them).  How about everyone else?  What else are you feeling besides that warm Obama glow?*

*An educated guess.