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April 11, 2008

why

there are a couple of reasons that i want to keep a blog, but they are boring. and either way i do not want to inhibit the direction it takes with what would, eventually, just be arbitrary structure.

the title of this blog and post comes from something the austrian designer, stefan sagmeister, mentioned in the documentary by hillmancurtis. he was chosen as part of hillmancurtis’ artist profile series.

we justify what is convenient.

sagmeister’s website

documentary on sagmeister

i made a huge mistake

here is my old place, nostalgia is underrated

a clean kitchen and wood flooring were nice. i do not know what the flooring is here, but it seems like linoleum with a big wooden-looking sticker on top of it. only 2 more months.

books

i need to stop doing this lazy movie watching when i should be reading. in the past few months, i have started three books-only getting through the first quarter, at most, of them. my excuse is the time that reading for class takes. what really happens is that i just keep acquiring too many books, magazines and movies to consume at once, and at this pace only the quickly digestible ones are attempted-the magazines and movies.

  • opened three
    • the tropic of cancer
    • walden
    • ishmael
  • untouched one
    • the neon bible

movies

the recent acquisition of a tv has led to an absurd amount of movie watching.
here is my past week:

o foxy brown (4) – the lines are hilarious, and willie hutch’s sound track is great. the old and cheap sound effects remind me of watching old kung fu flicks. one of my favorite dialogues:

  • “i dont know, vigilante justice….”
  • “it’s as american as apple pie.”
  • “well, ok.”

o dave chappelle’s for what it’s worth (4) – “i want some of that purple stuff”

o fando y lis (4) – every jodorowsky leaves me speechless
o adaptation (3)
o lost in beijing (1) – this was a fucking soap opera, no really
o across the universe (1) – i only saw a few minutes of this a couple weeks ago, but i wanted to point out how terrible this movie is. it was on at the dude’s place and i couldn’t take it. someone at the journalists for human rights meeting brought it up. the conversation didn’t go too well:

  • she mentioned how much she liked it
  • “really?”
  • “you have to understand that i was really high when i watched it.”
  • “well yea, i was too.”
  • great justification for liking a movie, smoking. people suck. everybody thinks they are right.

music

of course, frances and i stopped at sonic boom while waiting for a table at carta de oaxaca:

  • e*rock: conscious (tbd) – i have not been chilled out enough to listen to this much. shrink ray reminds me of kid a’s “everything in its right place.”
  • marco benevento: invisible baby (5) – “bus ride,” “record book” and “atari” one after another are where jazz is going/where i want it to go

frances also burned me

  • the dirty projectors: rise above (4) – the reinvention of black flag punk in a more current medium makes it hard to get at first. it makes a lot more sense understanding it as a concept album. i need to hear more of these guys.

raney, courtesy of her sub pop internship, lent me her copy of

  • the ruby suns: sea lion (tbd) – “oh mohave” resembles animal collective’s “winters love” and “doggy” too much

i also downloaded some lost and much needed french hip hop and old school shit this week. i may be more specific in the future, but usually i just move on. so it goes.

  • mc solaar
  • quarashi
  • booba
  • sugarhill gang
  • eric b. & rakim
  • afrika bambaata
  • big daddy kane

eats

this has been a good week for eats. by this time in the year, i am so sick of the u district. my cabin fever tends to manifest itself in taking the bus to get dinner when eating out is an option.

  • paseo (5)-i got the ham press this time. very tasty, the messy kind, but not as good as the roast i got last time.
  • la carta de oaxaca (3) – presentably authentic, but overpriced-probably because of the hip interiour design or some other shit i didn’t recognize/don’t care about
  • volunteer park cafe (5) – i got the prosciutto and cheese panini which was real good, but liz out ordered me with the french toast. that shit was unbeatable.
  • cafe vivace* (4) – the cafe nico man, just do it
  • stumptown (5) – coffee cupping every day at 3:00, sometimes seattle overwhelms me
  • the ocho – 21+, fuck you
  • cafe vita* (2) – bad capp

china tries

beijing has been receiving an increasing amount of criticism because their human rights record has not changed. but what is unfortunate is that people seem unwilling to recognize that no change will be initiated until economic sanctions are placed or atleast threatened. the us and eu are the only powers capable of doing this, but our addiction to cheap ass, shitty goods prevents us from doing this. so let’s enjoy our cheap electronics, housewares and athletic clothes for now-who knows how much longer we will have them. plus, in a couple of decades-if not sooner-beijing will be too fiscally powerful and internationally integrated to be threatened by the other, older world powers.

san francisco did ok. no thanks to mayor newsom, though. he, as expected, changed the torch route immediately before it came through the city. some say that they do not want the olympics to get political. they have not realized that every human act is motivated by subconscoiusly understood political principles. many act as if politicizing the olympics is a one-sided choice: going is not political, but choosing not to go is absolutely political. this is hypocrisy. these athletes and volunteers need to recognize that everyone of them is going to bring a lot of money to the powers in beijing. only then can they make their own personal decision, that is without being lied to about the possibilty of keeping politics out of the olympics.

these people, students for free tibet, were arrested-well done san francisco. everyone thinks they are right.

sis216

this is my paper from chaloupka’s science and society. it is so hard for me to imagine what it is like growing up under international disasters and conflicts. chaloupka lived in czechoslovakia during nazi occupation. by wondering what it is like to grow up in these situations, i am really asking how different my sense of values would be. here is our first paper, there are some things i like about it, and some things that aggravate me about it. this is a running problem with my writing-lack of organizational structure. i am also not to keen on citing a magazine and a news paper, but my procrastination did not allow for finding more respectable source material.

SIS216 Response Paper #1 Spring 2008 word count (700-900): 887

last name: QUIJANO first name: Tim grade: /10

Subject: Reflections on the Introductory Lectures and Readings

How it feels to recognize yourself on the wrong track

Humans are on the wrong track. As the most powerful species, that we are familiar with, we have awarded ourselves with the gift of owning anything and everything. We, in the loneliness of modernity, have altered the evolution of an innumerable amount of species for reasons as seemingly trivial as wanting another species to come home to-a domesticated animal. We, in factory farming, have injected so many hormones into our turkeys that they are no longer able to reproduce (Good 2008). We, in industrialization, have dug through the top layer of the planet in our search for resources to power the creation of pollution and waste that will eventually be shot into space, buried (poisoning plants and animals) or burnt (releasing chemicals and greenhouse gases).

Daniel Quinn outlines the possessive nature of human civilization in his Ishmael. In the story, a wise gorilla, Ishmael, contrasts the stories of two contemporary civilizations, “the Takers” and “the Leavers.” Ishmael forewords the stories by informing his student, “the premise of the Takers’ story is that ‘The world belongs to man.’…The premise of the Leavers’ story is ‘Man belongs to the world.'” This philosophy results in the demise of the Takers. Unfortunately, Quinn’s solution is impractical and insufficient. He suggests that humanity must deny itself the gift of determining right from wrong-an aspect of human nature that is intrinsic and central to our definition of self.

This solution is similar to the solution posed by Bill Joy-“relinquishment.” Joy advises humanity, more specifically scientists, that they will soon need to discontinue their paths of research and theory development. Not only is this impractical in the sense of enforcement, but also this also denies humanity a defining characteristic-curiosity.

Vladimir Chaloupka, in his “What Is To Be Done?” more conciselyoutlines the looming problem in the scientific world, but his solutions are vague and impractical in the near future. Much of the impracticality of implementing the changes necessary to sustain life on the planet derive from global inequality and mistrust of large ultra-powerful governing bodies-for good reason.

Particularly in foreign relations, the US has acted poorly in recent decades-the War in Iraq will, perhaps, leave as disgraceful of a footprint on US foreign policy as the Vietnam War. As a result, the United States voter turnout has loomed around 50% for eligible citizens according to the US Census Bureau. Americans often are more likely to place their trust in large corporations than in government.

Chaloupka accurately describes the US government’s inability to address and rectify disaster situations. The government’s response to Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 attacks are at best disappointingly incapable and at worst a comprehensive statement of the direction of the US government-careless, wasteful and unorganized. This, regrettably, suggests that it is, as Chaloupka states, “perhaps naive to expect that our response to a large-scale disaster will be rational.”

The US government, in its myopic understanding of foreign affairs, seems yet to have recognized the legitimacy of the complaints and wishes of the terrorist groups that in their alienation from US-led global capitalism brought the 9/11 attacks. Instead, in a seemingly childish “eye for an eye” rebuttal, the US engaged Middle Eastern, purportedly Islamic Fundamentalist-friendly, countries in a military response. Repeatedly, the US government has proved itself incapable of properly confronting problems/disaster situations at hand, thus a quick-response program to deal with future catastrophes will be unsuccessful. Conversely, bioerror is not as serious of a problem as Chaloupka considers it-I put faith in our ability to deal with this problem. A “bioerror” problem will likely arise in an environment that is easily quarantined, where as bioterror will, by definition, be instituted in a place will be very difficult to contain and its existence will most likely not be recognized as quickly as in a bioerror situation.

Although perhaps “the real driving force of History will be Science and Technology,” this is largely unrealistic in the foreseeable future. Presently, science and technology are simply means by which to attain knowledge, granting one access to money and power. Science and technology will not surpass money and power as the driving forces of history until the world is truly “flat.”

Thomas Friedman’s blindly optimistic defense of globalization as a global (economic) equalizer, in his The World is Flat, is a premature exaggeration of present circumstances. The New York Times states in “What’s Your Consumption Factor?” that the developing world (5/6 of global population) consumes and produces at a factor of 1:32. While US institutions like United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) assist developing nations “modernize” and thus reach developed nation consumption rates, these rates are unsustainable even when only a fifth of the global population participates in them. This impending energy and resource crisis will define the next two centuries just as much if not more than the rising accessibility of scientific knowledge. Humans are on the wrong track, but will not accept that the gifts that have brought them their comfortable lives in modernism will soon be the cause of their looming destruction

seattle weekly

for some reason i feel like this needs be in here. maybe because it is what started all this madness.

thank you seattle weekly, tim sweeney and victrola*

*why do the names of so many coffe shops start with “vi-“?

ending thoughts:
“she’s a ho’ lotta woman.”
hipsters love the wu-tang clan
everybody thinks they are right
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