Archive for December, 2009
Blogger criticisms get under the skins of some mainstream (corporate) journalists. Time's Joe Klein is bugged that people out there hate him and his breed. We'll spare you the part of his essay where he erects a false equivalence between independent bloggers and Fox News. But the part where he describes "Villagers" such as himself (reposted on Hullabaloo) shows that he at least comprehends the problem:
In the snarkier precincts of the left-wing blogosphere, mainstream journalists like me are often called villagers. The reference, so far as I can tell, has to do with isolation: we live in this little village on the Potomac — actually, I don't, but no matter — constantly intermingling over hors d'oeuvres, deciding who is "serious" (a term of derision in the blogosphere) and who is not, regurgitating spin spoon-fed by our sources or conjuring a witless conventional wisdom that has nothing to do with reality as it is lived outside the village. There is, of course, some truth to this. Washington is insular; certain local shamans are celebrated beyond all logic; some of my columnar colleagues have lost touch with everything beyond their armchairs and egos.
"Serious" isn't a term of derision per se--it's used ironically whenever an utter fool is held up as an expert (Newt Gingrich has serious views on foreign policy). Klein also omits to mention a major plank of the left's "snarky" complaint, which is that Villagers take their daily talking points from sites like The Drudge Report (ABCNEWS's political director and the national politics editor of the WASHINGTON POST once famously wrote "Drudge rules our world") and pack the chatting head shows with Republicans. The number of times John McCain has appeared on Meet the Press and the like staggers the mind, since he was the loser of the last election and generally has nothing to say on the topics in question.
In the Time essay Klein professes surprise that anyone would object to a government mandate to buy insurance from private companies who overcharge customers and deny coverage on a whim. But it upsets him that people think he's one of the pundits who have "lost touch" with everything. The "far left" critique that "Washington is controlled by crooks and sellouts," as he phrases it, is very different from the "far right" critique, which is more along the lines of "Washington is controlled by liberals who want to kill babies and grandmothers."
remix of found GIF of a "popular superhero" (missing in action)
Large version (more exciting)
They needed the last button - this is a proposed revision to the web's equivalent of the applause light. "Typical" could be a synonym but that's probably not how the HuffPo meant it.
I asked Deborah Solomon of the New York Times why she interviewed Bush torture memo author John Yoo:
TM: Do you regret interviewing John Yoo, author of the Justice Department memos that claimed that President Bush was legally entitled to ignore laws prohibiting torture?
Solomon: No, I had to interview him. It was my job. As a journalist, I had a public. The public needed information.
OK, that didn't really happen (satirical license and all that). Here's the conversation that actually ran in the Times:
Solomon: Do you regret writing the so-called torture memos, which claimed that President Bush was legally entitled to ignore laws prohibiting torture?
Yoo: No, I had to write them. It was my job. As a lawyer, I had a client. The client needed a legal question answered.
"Metro Blorp" [2.3 MB .mp3]
After the Mac SE stuff I wrote in the '80s the sound production world evolved, in the sense of more channels, processing power, etc., leaving those tunes in an interesting techno-temporal warp. (Thx to Travis for posting one recently--that was the very first one of those I did.) A friend in the Bush I years who had been married to an avant garde musician playing Cage, etc assured me that those Mac pieces were not good. That gives me confidence to keep plugging away in the current home computer state of the art.
this isn't even a listicle, just a list
Carl Orff - Schulwerk - Volume One / Musica Poetica (Celestial Harmonies label)
Tomas Jirku & Robin Judge, "Coffee Grind"
Lory D - Sounds Never Seen and misc. single releases
Egg, The Polite Force
From Beyond compilation, Interdimensional Transmissions label
A paint program (MSPaintbrush) version of an acrylic-on-canvas painting done a few months ago (Vermicular Traffic). Not the same painting but the same basic "ground rules"--tinted background, wormy shapes rendered in black and white. In this one I tried to make more proactive use of the negative space.
"Three Times" [6.1 MB .mp3]
The beats are done with Reaktor "Rhythmaker" - an easy-to-program, all-synthesis drum machine that I find fairly hypnotic. The electro-ish melodies were done with a Reaktor User Library instrument called "3X." A sequence someone else wrote, altered slightly, then a more synthpop sequence I wrote, then both together, in the style of a canon or round.
Update: Made a few little changes for continuity and variety and reposted.
In case you can't read it due to jpeg mush the caption says "PREPARE YOURSELVES, CREATURES! AWAY WE WILL ZOOM! I'M THE NEW MONARCH OF CHRISTMAS!"