Friday, August 27, 2004

fuck you, ASCAP!

ASCAP Shakes Down Burning Man for Music Royalties ||

ASCAP Shakes Down Burning Man for Music Royalties || "LOS ANGELES, CA -- Officials from ASCAP today indicated they intend to pursue music royalties from the organizers of Burning Man, an artist's gathering and celebration held over the Labor Day holiday near Reno, NV. The unconventional event, held annually since 1986, has never paid fees for any of the music played at the event, says ASCAP. 'We intend to pursue all available avenues to get this issue resolved,' said Tony Wilcox, ASCAP spokesperson. "

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

disorient, 2 years ago

Found this in an old pile of Word docs:

Disorienters- i miss you all deeply already. has it only been 48 hours? i'm still a mile high and emotionally not yet home. i feel like Jon Voight at the beginning of Midnight Cowboy, a stranger in a strange land, wandering around a city that's too busy to connect with one another. i look around and wonder how i can contribute to everyone's beautiful magical community, wonder where are all of the open, creative, naked people are, wonder where are all the smiles and all the dreams.

people frown. i smile and laugh until they smile, too.

this past week made me love more, feel more, dance more, give more, live more, laugh more, cry more, create more, spin more, be naked more, smile more, share more, kiss more, trip more, fly more, dream more, hug more, quack more (duckman!), swing more, fuck more, scream more, connect more, touch more and love more than i ever imagined i could.

i don't think i'm ever going to put this feeling down. and i don't want to.

thanks to Leo, Nicholas, Pierre, Bacchus, Glen, ishkabibble, fuck it EVERYSINGLEFUCKINGBODY, you and you (you hottie) and you and you and especially YOU.

if you're ever in Portland, you've got a place to stay and a friend to connect with.

everyone in Disorient made this year epic, and i only hope i can help make next year even better.

i miss you all. in your presence my dreams grew bigger, stronger and closer.


2004 Vault of Heaven Theme Art Installations - Solar System

Preparing for Burning Man and the Fantasy Football League draft. Posts will be slow-going until September 8th. Ish.

2004 Vault of Heaven Theme Art Installations - Solar System: "The Spiral Eye of the Celestial Falcon %0D%0Aby Ann Hallatt"

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Halloween costume

as Burning Man fever grows to a pitch, from the BM newsletter known as JackRabbitSpeaks, the following description. i.e. I know what I'll be for Halloween this year:

Maid Marian: "At 6 pm. I made a mad dash from Gerlach to BRC and morphed into the PBR-fairy, flitting from DPW camp to camp bearing cold gifts. The last were distributed as the troops trudged to dinner."

Sunday, August 22, 2004

wow, wow, wow

.Take a look at this image, from either NASA, or last year's Halloween party

Playing Politics With Security

Talked with the Moms a few months ago about Kerry.

Testicles, testicles, testicles, I said. Show the country that you've got the nuts to kick ass and fight the good fight, and the country will inherently believe that you'll do it in a smarter, more sensitive way.

Playing Politics With Security "That makes sense at this point. Around 55 percent of the U.S. public wants a new president%2C says a senior Democrat who lives and breathes polling data. But 52 percent fear changing leaders in wartime. Kerry%27s task%2C this Democrat believes%2C is to win the confidence of enough voters in that second group to win the election. "

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Fuck da Blazers, yo

Had a really cool minimal soul of the game Blazers campaign that Harry the motherfucking Hutt fucked up.

Would've done with Denzel's monologue from this section. Called up my black copywriter hero and asked him about it while i was writing, and he was cool. Said Sheed could do the VO.

I've wondered if it was smart or racist of me since then to ask him. Page 2 - Sports Guy%27s Top Sports Movies%3A No. 40: "In the first scene%2C as Jesus slowly warms up to his father%2C they walk along the Coney Island Shore as Denzel waxes poetically about the great Earl Monroe. We find out that Monroe was so good%2C blacks started calling him %22Jesus%2C%22 which the white media changed to %22Black Jesus %28subtle info that only a director like Spike would have known%29. That%27s how Jesus got his name. Spike even throws in some Earl the Pearl footage to hammer the point home. It%27s a wonderful scene%2C and I don%27t mind using the word %22wonderful%2C%22 even if it makes me sound like Rex Reed. It%27s that good"

No on Constitutional Amendment 36

I did something both good and amazing today. We filmed a commercial for the group on 'No on 36.'

So many big, big, big thanks to Food Chain Films, and especially Vance Malone.

More on it later, but I learned a ton today about love, commitment, marriage and family.

In its depth and emotional honesty, today was a good preparation for Burning Man.

No on Constitutional Amendment 36: "Why fight Constitutional Amendment 36%3F Our Constitution is designed to protect people%2C not hurt them. Constitutional Amendment 36 hurts real Oregonians by putting unequal treatment for gays and lesbians in our Constitution. It would deny many families health care%2C inheritance rights and the ability to make life-saving medical decisions. We may disagree about social issues such as marriage%2C but those disagreements do not belong in our Constitution. "

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Letter of apology

An explanation/basic letter of apology to my friends at Disorient:

I won’t be officially camping with Disorient this year.

With just my heart involved in the decision, i would’ve stayed. But my brain (damn brain!) decided that it would be a lot better for my back if I stayed somewhere else.

I am NOT camping with another theme camp; no Benedict Arnold am I.
I’ll be with 4 portland friends at around 7:30 and whatever 3 streets back is. (Earth? Venus?). And I’ll still be contributing financially.

But physically, I won’t be based in Disorient.

Everyone in camp contributes to and creates this amazing thing called Disorient. I didn’t feel like this year that I’d be able to match your incredible efforts, and I didn’t want to let anybody down.

Basically, with the amount of love and teamwork contributed by everyone in the camp, i decided there was no way i could trust myself not to pitch in more than i physically should. Even, as Josh said, ‘if we had you wear a sign that says, “No, I can’t carry anything.”

I love you all, and I’ll be around camp as much as I can.

I’m not thrilled with this decision, but it was the right one for me to make at this time.

Warmth and joy,

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

How to win my semi-home state, from Slate.

Ah, crap. look at all the fancy weird HTML symbols that aren't being read.

So, if you'd like, go read this article about the coming election in Florida.

Florida - Cubans 3 million old people and my girlfriend's dad the keys to victory in the Sunshine State. By Seth Stevenson

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Cooper Mountain Gathering, Wine and Picnic


Fluxblog Is Not Essing Around

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Official non-disoriented

so, i'm officially not going to be camping at disorient.

i'll be involved, i'm donating, time and energy, but my stay there has ended.

i don't feel good about this.


Win Polyphonic Spree goodies and watch the new video! - NME.COM

Go here to see the new Polyphonic Spree video.

Yes, i've freebased the kool-aid.

Win Polyphonic Spree goodies and watch the new video! - NME.COM: "Click on the links below to watch the video to 'Hold Me Now'."

Polyphonic Spree hit the road - NME.COM

Due to money issues (new back stuff) and time issues (anti-fucking Constitutional Measure 36 tv spots) I won't be following the kids around the country.

But you should see them if they're in your town.

Polyphonic Spree hit the road - NME.COM: "Chicago Park West (August 13-14)
Washington DC 9.30 Club (16)
Boston Paradise Rock Club (18-19)
Philadelphia First Unitarian Church (21-22)
New York Irving Plaza (24-25)
New York Late Show With David Letterman (26)"

Polyphonic Spree in bomb scare - NME.COM

If you're in NYC, go see them next weekend.

i offer a half-money back guarantee, but if you like the show, you owe me a beer.

must leave comments before showtime.

Polyphonic Spree in bomb scare - NME.COM: "

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE have revealed how they found themselves at the centre of a bomb alert.
A terminal area and five gates were shut down at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Texas after fears that an explosive was being carried in the luggage of percussionist Brian Teasley.
A bomb disposal robot was deployed to remove his suitcase and after a water cannon was used to open it, bomb experts found a custom-made Copperphone.
The luggage was destroyed but according to Teasley, he was apprehended by armed government agents when he arrived home.
The Texan percussionist told Billboard: 'All of a sudden, these cars block me in my driveway. They've all got tinted windows, ?X-Files' style.
'Then here comes one guy with a bullet-proof vest on, another with a gun showing. It was a very harrowing day.'
Despite the airport drama, Teasley said that his microphone is still in working order."

New Kerry/Edwards campaign slogan

Google Search: "Coke is on the way"

2 Americas; Bon Jovi to perform

John Edwards talks about 2 Americas. One where the elite are okay; and marry European heiresses(Hi, Clegg!) and one where things aren't so easy. Like for Tommy, who's working two jobs and still struggling to survive. - Press Release "Kerry bringing Bon Jovi, DiCaprio to Oregon": News and information from Bend, Oregon

Once upon a time not so long ago:
Tommy used to work on the docks
union's been on strike

He's down on his luck - It's tough
so tough.
Gina works the diner all day
working for her man

She brings home her pay for love
for love.

She says: We've got to hold on to what we've got
'Cause it doesn't make a difference if we make it or not.
We've got each other and that's a lot for love -
We'll give it a shot.

Toronto Sun: NEWS - Baring all for Canada

Damn, French-Canadian socialists ruining a good thing.
Toronto Sun: NEWS - Baring all for Canada: "IMMIGRATION OFFICERS are having to pore through naked pictures of hundreds of exotic dancers to keep impostors out of Canada. Foreign strippers planning to table dance in clubs here must now provide photos of themselves with no clothes on to qualify for a visa for Canada, immigration officials say. "

Yahoo! Sports - NCAA Football - Oregon freshman shot and killed

I'm not bustin on this guy at all, but does anybody remember what happened to Ricky at the end of Boyz in the Hood?

Fuckin' sad.

Yahoo! Sports - NCAA Football - Oregon freshman shot and killed: "RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) -- Oregon incoming freshman Terrance Kelly was shot to death two days before he was set to leave for school.
The 18-year-old linebacker from De La Salle High School in Concord was shot in the driver's seat of his car while waiting outside a home for a family member Thursday night.
Kelly was found lying in the street next to his car, shot in the chest, Richmond Police Sgt. Enos Johnson said Friday. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police were investigating and had not yet identified "

Friday, August 13, 2004

Komen Portland Race for the Cure?:

This just in: (and they said it, not me):

So go here, and support Alison Forsythe:

Komen Portland Race for the Cure?:: "Boobs are very important!

Support Alison! Join Alison's Team!
Kate's Crew

Goal: $3.00
Achieved: $25.00

Show your support for boobs!
One in seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Last year my good friend Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer.

This year, The Official Bridge Club, of which we are both founding members, will be walking in the 5k Portland Race for the Cure on September 19th, to raise money for breast cancer prevention and, of course, a cure."

Yahoo! Weather - Gerlach

Go here for BurningMan weather approximations. Just add 10-12 degrees to the high and ignore everything else.
Yahoo! Weather - Gerlach

Thursday, August 12, 2004

The Onion | U.S. Military Clears A-Team Of Charges

American military finally admits a mistake.

The Onion | U.S. Military Clears A-Team Of Charges: "WASHINGTON, DC?After more than 30 years spent hiding in the Los Angeles underground as wanted criminals, the members of the crack commando unit Alpha Team, commonly known as the A-Team, were cleared of all charges brought against them by the U.S. military, an army official announced Monday.

Above: The A-Team circa 1984.
'In 1972, we arrested the members of the A-Team for a crime they swore they didn't commit,' Gen. Stephen Lupo said. 'They broke out of our maximum-security stockade, and from that moment forth, I thought of nothing but their recapture. However, a recent audit of their file has revealed that the arrest of the Alpha Force members was made in error. The U.S. military deeply regrets the mistake.'
According " Page 2 - The day the world stops Page 2 - The day the world stops: "With 'Madden 2005' hitting stores tomorrow, here's my annual plea for someone to make this a holiday. No male under 40 should have to work on the same day that 'Madden' is released. It's not fair. Just give us one day to spend the requisite 12 hours setting up our franchise, making shady trades so we can find room for the best three free agents, picking our playbooks and audibles and everything else. That's all I ask."

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Movie Spoiler for the film - THE VILLAGE


Cheers. Please spend your money on something else. I mean this.

Movie Spoiler for the film - THE VILLAGE

bloggus interruptus

so, now that i'm back, i'm not back.

off to seattle for a week of work, starting tomorrow (today).