25 April 2006

A 97-degree drop??

YES! This coaster has a 115-foot first drop that's BEYOND vertical.



Check out the video on that first link (warning: Coldplay on soundtrack), then start passing the hat to pay my plane fare to the UK so I can ride this. :)

(Jeremy, you have to go check this out and report back- heh!!)

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23 April 2006

MAGMA



Ah... so THAT'S what that was all about.

I remember running across a friend's mom's Magma albums (she was French) when I was in the 7th grade or so, and I was completely freaked out by them. (Not in a good way.) I actually don't think I've heard any of their music since then... I should probably give them another listen.

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Thomas Dolby is AWESOME

I suppose it might be lame to link a blog post I wrote somewhere else, but I'll do it anyway! Under the guise of spoiler-warnings! If you're going to see Thomas Dolby on his new tour, you might not want to read this review I wrote about last night's show! (huh? huh? how's about that -- I'm just lookin' out for folks!)

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20 April 2006

Bowling for Real Estate



Oh MAN, this makes me wish I could bowl worth a crap.

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19 April 2006

Still Free

I'm still speechless from this. Mark Ecko has tagged Air Force One, right under the noses of the military. Brilliant. The video got my heart racing and adrenaline pumping just watching it. What balls. I still HATE taggers (as opposed to true graffiti artists, who are cool with me), but the political aspects of this make it so cool to me. Too bad he didn't really do it!

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16 April 2006

Might have seen this already

This could be old news, particularly if you check the Bog, but this Interview with the Residents is hilarious (via YouTube).

Also, in an attempt to pimp out more projects and stuff, I've got another additional blog, too! A friend of mine's got an online radio station at Steve.FM, and he asked me to maybe put together a group-blog for him, and so I did! I'm basically the editor, and there's a few other folks. The main thrust will be local Seattle acts, but, well, it won't be exclusively so... so, check it out if you're so inclined. Hooray for self-promotion!

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Personal DNA



That little bar is the result of my taking the personality test at PersonalDNA.com. It's a very cool little quiz... a strange but clever interface, and better questions than you usually see on these kind of things.

The test categorized me as a "Respectful Visionary"... heh! You can mouse over the colors to see what they represent.

So... try it and post you result here! (I had to use the HTML version of the results graph- there's a smaller script version, but apparently Blogger wouldn't display it.)

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13 April 2006

One (daydream) nation, indivisible...

How cool is this: Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation is now part of the U.S. Library of Congress!


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My Mix In The Bush Of Ghosts



okay, so I'm jumping the gun a little.. the remix section isn't up and running yet, but then I'm jumping the gun on even mentioning that too!

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"My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts" was the way-way ahead of it's time album, put together by Brian Eno & David Byrne. it was released in 1981, though in fact was even more ahead of it's time than that, in that while it had been recorded prior to the Talking Heads "Remain In Light", it had been put on hold so that album could be the first release. (aside: I remember being particularly impressed that Iggy Pop used this album as the pre-show warm-up music, when I first saw him play in July '81).

if you don't know the album, it's basically a montage of "found" sounds (political commentators and exorcisms as overheard on radio broadcasts, etc.) cut up and fit to a funky percussive backdrop. it was "sampling" before way before such a thing became common in modern music.

fast-forwarding to now, after being cited as being such an influencial album by musicians of many different genres, it's now been remastered and released with extra tracks and outtakes - information of which you can find here...

http://www.bush-of-ghosts.com/

what is particularly exciting is this announcement on the site...

In keeping with the spirit of the original album, Brian and David are offering for download all the multitracks on two of the songs. Through signing up to the user license, and in line with Creative Commons licenses, you are free to edit, remix, sample and mutilate these tracks however you like. Add them to your own song or create a new one. Visitors are welcome to post their mixes or songs that incorporate these audio files on the site for others to hear and rate. Stay tuned, the remix site is coming soon!

methinks they probably won't offer the track that samples the Quran as a download (indeed, the second pressing of the album didn't even include that track), but personally I'd love to lose myself in a remix of "Mea Culpa" - especially as any errors on my part would be excused by the "lyric"...

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11 April 2006

Japanese exploitation films of the 70s

This one is for Lee

How Pink Got So Violent: A guide to Japanese female exploitation films of the 70’s on DVD

Found at Metafilter

Cheers!
CW

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You missed your turn you f**king stupid sod!

Yeah yeah, we've all seen these GPS gadgets that let you navigate by satellite. Some of them will even give you prompts so you can make your turns audibly. So why not have a celebrity voice lead you to your destination? How about directions read by Mr. T or Ozzy Ozbourne??

Do NOT miss the comments on the Mr. T link.

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10 April 2006

Greenaway

This is mostly for Lee, but hey -- looks like this week a box set of Peter Greenaway's early stuff. I have to admit that I'm not really a Greenaway fan (though Windows is pretty good), but I have to admit that he is a gorgeous photographer. His composition is outstanding; it's a standard film-school cliche that you should be able to take any one frame of a film and be able to put it on your wall as an art print, but with Greenaway, it's actually true. And this does underline the great thing with DVD -- stuff like this is more readily available, with bonus stuff and explanatory material and everything.

And, on the other side of the coin, after being released on a special Big Box type edition, David Lynch's Dumbland just got released on normal DVD, too -- which is completely and utterly ugly, stupid and hilarious. It's not for everyone, but I love it. The only down side is that there were only 8 episodes, each only a few minutes long. Still, though, it's pretty hilarious.

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07 April 2006

But... WHY?


THIS is not a photograph. It took 11 months to complete. But... WHY?

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02 April 2006

Spring!


Dogwood
Originally uploaded by lee_3dhighway.
OK, it has kinda been spring here in Atlanta for almost a month, with all the daffodils and whatnot, but our street suddenly looks like spring this weekend... yeeha! :D

Of course, not every growing thing is welcome.

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