Saturday, July 30, 2005

There's a story over on Accordian Guy's website about some a thuggish moving company, named Quick Boys Moving (who seem to be neither quick, nor boys) threatening him over comments on a post about movers in Toronto his blog. I found it pretty amusing. I feel bad for Accordian Guy for all the flying bullcrap, and the inherent threat of Eastern European thugs, but the almost viral like spreading of this story across the web has to be doing more damage to Quick Boys Moving's reputation than one initial negative comment ever could do. Via Boing Boing. I found the whole "refresh your browser" thing especially funny.

Oh yeah, and Anthony also told me about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Apparently, some good citizens of this country decided to take umbrage with the attempt by the Kansas State School Board's attempt to sneak 'intelligent design' (i.e. RELIGION) into the scientific curriculum, and have made attempt to get their creation myth, that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world, put into the curriculum. Thus showing the inherent flaw in trying to staple 'revealed' 'knowledge' onto a scientific curriculum. Be sure and check out the inverse relation between the number of pirates in the world and global warming. A visit to kooksville has never been so funny. Or so full of wry parody and social commentary.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

So, Memphis was great. It was really cool to see the family. My brother and sister are both doing fine. I actually really dislike Memphis. It's far too hectic and cluttered for my tastes. And hot, my God it was hot. Family is really one of the only reasons I would go there.

That being said, I made a few cool finds in Memphis. I totally was not intending to buy any records, but I found two really cool ones. One, and I can't EVEN believe this, is yet another Lee Scratch Perry record, called "From the Secret Laboratory." Very cool. Produced by Adrian Sherwood in 1990. I'm actually getting a pretty good dub collection on vinyl. And I loves me some dub. The other record is by the Rust College A'Cappella Choir, and it's called "A Tribute To Natalie Doxley, Director Emeritus." Basically it's good old fashioned homegrown Mississippi black gospel. Not the crappy 70's big-haired white family gospel that clogs the flea markets in this area. I got both records for under 10 bucks.

In other news, I'm using this new Wiki called WikidPad for my D&D campaign, Ereth. Basically, I'm going to be using it as a dynamic database to help my keep track of everything in the game. Plus it's searchable. We'll see how that goes.

Finally, mdsp at smartelectronix has published a Beta version of LiveCut, for both Windows and MacOSX. Basically, it's a VST effect that slices up sounds and can give you that stuttering, glitchy, kind of Squarepusher kind of effect to your breakbeats. I've played around with it a little and I can tell you that it's so incredibly cool. Instant jungle madness. Splintering breakbeats. I can't wait until he's finished with it.