11 May 2005

The Journal Of Ride Theory Omnibus

Yes, I will be getting this book. One of our neighbors here on Blogspot, Dan Howland, apparently published a 'zine called The Journal of Ride Theory, concerning

"Rex Everything of Negativland on the Haunted Mansion; Teresa Bergen on the Tiger Balm Gardens; "Power to the People Mover"; Jacques Bouchard on the American Carwash; the Pep Boys; Carl Houston on Ride Brut; Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin; Universal Studios Hollywood; World's Fairs of the 20th Century; the 1939 "Futurama" ride; Flying Saucers at Disneyland; submarine busses; Freedomland; new introductions to each issue by the editor, and previously unpublished bonus material"

...and now all the issues have been compiled into a single book.

Hell, I'm all over that!


Anonymous Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

I might have to check that out. I'm rather intrigued by the Rex Everything essay; IIRC, Negativland's been working on a project on that forever (I think it's been "coming soon" for about 5 years...), so that's going to be pretty interesting. I checked out his blog, and he linked to a film from Archive.org about Copyright Law, and it even has Don Joyce in it, and since I am inexplicably incredibly interested in Copyright Law, I am downloading it now.

Speaking of N'land, did you ever see the Deathsentences project? I've never actually listened to the CD part of it yet (though I really, really should....), but the book is a thing of beauty.

12:16 AM, May 12, 2005  
Anonymous Rev. syung myung me said...

WHOLLY off topic, but as an obsessive They Might Be Giants fan, I'm basically just telling everyone, regardless. But apparently someone found a copy of the "Rabid Child" video and encoded it and put it online. The link was first found at TMBWiki.net. But yeah -- here's the embedded page and here's a direct link.

So, yeah. Basically, I'm just really excited about that. It's a video John Flansburgh made, pre-first album, I think, and basically said'd never see the light of day. There's a short clip of it in Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns, which basically floored me, since that was, I dunno, 10 more seconds of it than I'd ever expected to actually see, and then to find this is amazing.

The video itself? It's not the best thing in the world, but I'm not sure why Flans is pro-burial w/r/t it. It's decent, in a no-budget sort of way, if a little bit boring (but I think the strangeness kind of counteracts the boringness a bit).

Anyway, though, yeah. Just wanted to give you a heads-up, just in case anyone's an obsessive TMBG fan, like I am.

3:30 AM, May 12, 2005  
Blogger Lee H. said...

No, never even heard of Deathsentences, but I'll have to look for it!

7:02 AM, May 12, 2005  
Anonymous Rev. Syung Myung Me said...

OH -- it's awesome. They went to garbage dumps where they had old wrecked cars and combed through the wrecks for notes or other items like that, and then photographed the wreck and the Found-Whatsit, and put them next to each other on the pages. It's really beautiful. (Also, kind of a downer sometimes, but...)

I haven't heard the CD, but from what I understand, it's an instrumental noise record, much different than what Negativland usually do. They seem to describe it as it sounding like all their gear getting destroyed in an auto accident.

5:47 PM, May 12, 2005  

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