Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Chain Thing.

Oh dear. I seem to have been called in for one of those blog chain things. Hoped the day would never come.
So anyway, deep breath and let's try this thing out.

I) Volume totale di file musicali sul tuo hard disk:
Translation: Total amount of audio files on your hard disk.

The premises are imprecise. You will have noticed the italian text said "music files". Not everything i listen to can exactly be considered music, but i listen to it anyway. The distinction is subtle, but it's there.
Well, whatever. Total audio files: 34.660Mb. Yes, almost 35 gigas. And proud of it.
For the record: as of writing, i have 17511 tracks loaded in my winamp playlist. Do the math. Actually don't, it's irrelevant. Go do something useful. Turn that damn computer off. Go out and have fun.

II) Ultimo CD che ho comprato:
Transl: Latest CD bought.

I consider a "bought cd" as something you go to a shop, give some money for, and then hold in your hands and play on your stereo when you get home. So buying some audio files online wouldn't really count to me, even though it apparently would to Pelodia. Back to the answer.
More or less at the same time, if you consider two of them were bought online(i.e. sent the money, waited some time, got two nice brown packages, found cds and other neat stuff inside):
Jun Miyake - Innocent Bossa In The Mirror (Prod. Arto Lindsay, ft. Vinicius Cantuaria)
Pizzicato Five - ça et la du japon
Trio Bobo - Self-titled debut album.
I used to update the sidebar on the left with this stuff. Hope to start doing that again soon, never really got around to it since 2004.

III) Cosa stai ascoltando mentre scrivi:
Transl: What you're listening to while typing.

Van Morrison - Ballerina (Live at Point Theatre, 1995)
Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is still one of the most beautiful albums ever published, and i've found myself moving back towards it in the past months.

IV) Cinque canzoni che ascolto spesso:
Transl: Five songs i listen to often.

Let's see. Assuming the word "recently" was included somewhere in that question:
Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby. (Actually, the whole Dear Catastrophe Waitress album, over and over, lying on the bed, singing the backing vocals out loud, not doing anything else all day)

YMCK - Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and Black (YMCK no THEME). Someday i'll actually understand what they're saying in that song. I could start by finding out if it's english or japanese.

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Space Robots. Just because.

Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You. The work of Konishi Yasuharu succeeded in showing me how great west coast easy '70s pop can be. Another thing i would never have expected

Frank Zappa - Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus. Who couldn't fall in love with this tune? And with the amazing vocals at the end?

V) Persone cui passo il testimone:
Transl: Next blogs in the chain.

Blood Shot Adult Commitment
Gnap is the colour
Pino - So he finally starts writing again.
(it didn't say anywhere that these were supposed to be five blogs, they just happened to be.)

Notes: hadn't checked this page in a few days, so didn't seen people's comments. Should have answered most of them, scroll down and check.
Also, my recently-born Audioscrobbler page helped me answer question IV. Shows it's actually useful for something (Useful for something useless, but never mind).

Well, this chain thing seems to have awakened some of that narcissistic attitude inherent to the whole idea of blogging. Let's see how (and if) the others respond.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sith Aftermath

First thoughts walking out of the cinema after seeing the new Star Wars movie:
"Wow, can't wait for it to be 1977 so i can find out what happens next!"

First reaction upon getting home: changing the default windows critical error beep with a soundclip of Chewbacca roaring.

Monday Night Plans

Me: I'm going to slovenia with my brother tonight...
Her: Cool!
Me: ...To see Star Wars.
Her: Oh.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Mon Dieu.

Mooon Dieu.

Zappa Plays Zappa - TOUR DE FRANK

Thursday October 27, 2005 - Milan Forum, Milan (Italy)
Ticket prices and further details TBC

Friday October 28, 2005 - Palalottomatica, Rome (Italy)
Ticket prices and further details TBC

I am so already there.

And they're even announcing the release of Trance-Fusion. Scaaary.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

One more from the lady, after which i shut up about her for everybody's sake

‘Artists constitute, ‘ethnic group’.
‘We too are exhibited as touristic curiosities on Monday, extolled as culture on Tuesday, denounced as immoral on Wednesday, reinstated for scientific study Thursday, feasted for some extremely stylish reason Friday, forgotten Saturday, revisited as picturesque Sunday’.

-Maya Deren, from a 1953 statement.

Must agree, i've also had my fair share of forgotten Saturdays myself.

Update: Barry posted a picture here which relates perfectly with the above. Once again proving the fact that great minds stumble into wierd stuff alike.

Academic doubts.

So last night i came home around two and started researching about a surrealist filmmaker named Maya Deren (as you may see from my last post). I carried on until around four o'clock in the morning, but found scarce results on the web and eventually just dwindled off to sleep.
I continued research in my sleep: i dreamt i went to ask one of my university teachers about the artist, he gave me some useful information among which was, for example, that all her works were originally in color but are now seen in black and white due to deterioration of materials.
I now have a dilemma. Is it perhaps unprofessional to include facts you learnt while dreaming into your thesis' bibliography? And if not, which criteria should be used for annotation?
Suggestions welcome.
(No, the fact that most or all facts learned during aforementioned dream had no connection whatsoever with reality doesn't bother me in the slightest, but thanks for asking anyway)

I had no idea!

Apparently Maya Deren worked on a biopic about me, in 1944.
Imagine that!

Monday, May 09, 2005

When in doubt, post a Steinberg cartoon.

Saul Steinberg
Untitled, 1983
ink, pen and watercolor on paper
14-1/2" x 23" (36.8 cm x 58.4 cm)
© The Saul Steinberg Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pure genius.