Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Alexia Silvagni

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Patti Smith

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Stan Brakhage

Fritz Lang

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, April 24, a date marked in history by the official beginning of the Turkish genocide of Armenians living within the borders of the old Ottoman Empire.
On the night of April 24, 1915, another date “which will live in infamy,” some 200 of the most prominent Armenian civic leaders were rounded up in Constantinople on orders of a cabal of army officers known as the “Young Turks.” The Armenians arrested that night were taken to prison camps in the interior of the country to be shot.
Although the word “genocide” was not yet in use, the first of the 20th century’s three most horrifying episodes of racially motivated mass murder was underway. At the hands of firing squads, contrived deprivations of food and medicine, and long forced marches into the desert, more than a million Armenians – most of the population – were slaughtered.
There was little armed resistance because, in a grim irony, most of the able-bodied male population of the ethnic group accused of disloyalty had enlisted in the Ottoman Empire’s armed forces. There, Armenian soldiers were pulled out of the ranks and either killed or forced into slave labor details. Meanwhile, their women, children, and elderly parents on death marches were attacked by armed and organized vigilante groups that raped women, kidnapped children, and randomly put people to the sword.

 From RealClearPolitics

Monday, April 23, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Well? Maybe.


Friday, April 20, 2012

 The only problem with seeing too much is that it makes you insane. 
- Phaedrus

Robert Wyatt Alifib


Internet is for porn (Disney)

robert wyatt - at last i am free

Robert Wyatt Strange fruit

Suicide Circle (Train Jump)

          I was expecting this film to have been an excuse for gratuitous violence and near comical wallows in horror. It  turns out it possessed a compelling atmosphere of dread and banality.Haunting. The absurdity of the films premise  (an epidemic of teen suicides) perfectly mirrors today's adolescence. Worth your time.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012



Brutalitat in Stein - 1961 - Alexander Kluge & Peter Schamoni

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thom Gunn reads his poems "Jamesian" and "The Home"

What it’s like to edit at Hustler magazine

NOTE: This post contains explicit language.
When Eric Althoff answered a Craigslist ad for a copy editor for a publication with adult content, he had no idea that he’d soon work for one of the most famous (or infamous) magazines in America: Hustler.
But that’s exactly what Althoff did for four years, editing copy for the pornographic magazine and doing some reporting for it as well. He met porn stars, rock stars and publisher Larry Flynt. Althoff shared his experiences at a session at the ACES conference titled “Even Porn Needs Style.”
In some ways, Althoff said, working at Hustler was like working at any other magazine, dealing with page layouts and production deadlines. Larry Flynt Publications had what he called a “conservative corporate environment.”
The content of Hustler, of course, is hardly conservative. The copy that Althoff worked with contained what he called “the saucy language and colorful terms” of porn that also popped up often during the session.
“Images of a salacious nature have always included words,” he said. Those words may appear in headlines, captions and story text. That’s why, he said, porn needs editing like anything else.
Hustler’s stylebook is similar to others, Althoff said, offering guidance to writers and editors at the magazine on word choice for its readers. Among those at Hustler:
— blow job vs. blowjob
— porno vs. porn
— phone-sex vs. phone sex
— girl next door vs. girl-next-door
— cover babe vs. coverbabe
In each of these examples, Hustler prefers the latter usage. On occasion, the magazine would update its stylebook. For example, it now uses “hos” rather than “ho’s.”
Indeed, Hustler will bend its style rules on occasion. Althoff said that the magazine prefers “come” as a verb and “cum” as a noun in references to ejaculation. But on the magazine’s cover, it would allow “cum” in either situation to get the attention of potential buyers. “‘Cum’ is going to jump out at consumers,” he said.
Althoff stressed the need for porn editors who edit such content to keep a distance between their professional work and their personal lives. He did that, he said, but after four years, he had had enough of Hustler for personal and professional reasons.
Althoff went into consulting work for a Web company and then to Brides magazine. He’s now freelancing and said that potential employers always ask about his Hustler experience.
Regardless of the type of content, Althoff said, it’s important for editors to keep in mind how language evolves. “The English language is very elastic,” Althoff said. “Change it if you need to.”
— Contributed by Andy Bechtel

Friday, April 13, 2012

History of CGI

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When we talk about compassion we talk in terms of being kind. But compassion is not so much being kind; it is being creative [enough] to wake a person up.

- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoch

Nose sex

At a given moment, if you’re breathing through your nose, the lion’s share of the air is going in and out of one nostril, with a much smaller amount passing through the other. Every few hours, your autonomic nervous system, which takes care of your heart rate, digestion and other things you don’t consciously control, switches things up and your other nostril does all the heavy lifting for a little while.  The opening and closing of the two passages is done by swelling and deflating erectile tissue – the same stuff that’s at work when your reproductive organs are aroused – up in your nose.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

God damn! That looks like fun!

Basillica of Assisi (detail) (1310-1329)
Pietro Lorenzetti
Finding What You Didn’t Lose
by John Fox

When someone deeply listens to you
it is like holding out a dented cup
you’ve had since childhood
and watching it fill up with
cold, fresh water.
When it balances on top of the brim,
you are understood.
When it overflows and touches your skin,
you are loved.
When someone deeply listens to you,
the room where you stay
starts a new life
and the place where you wrote
your first poem
begins to glow in your mind’s eye.
It is as if gold has been discovered!
When someone deeply listens to you,
your bare feet are on the earth
and a beloved land that seemed distant
is now at home within you.

My love,
We have found each other
Thirsty and we have
Drunk up all the water and the
We found each other
And we bit each other
As fire bites,
Leaving wounds in us.

But wait for me,
Keep for me your sweetness.
I will give you too
A rose.

Pablo Neruda
It may be that what you could be haunts you. It is real. It is a weight you have to carry around. Each failure to become, to be, is a weight. Each state you could inhabit is a burden as heavy as any physical weight, but more so, because it weighs on your soul. It is the ghost of your possibilities hanging around your neck, an invisible albatros, potentials unknowingly murdered.

- Ben Okri
The Leonardo da Vinci-Designed Handbag

My favorite Van Gogh

Rain, 1889
Vincent van Gogh