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in place of sleep

for the last few weeks, i've followed the same routine on friday nights. i come home, i have dinner and spend some time with the only person crazy enough to live alongside my own craziness. eventually, i brew a pot of coffee and, around midnight, i sit down in front of the computer and start writing until i feel like i'm about to lose consciousness.

it occurred to me today that have really, really gotten to love my friday nights. despite the fact that i end up going to bed shortly before the sun comes up, despite the fact that i know when i go back to start reading the things i've written, i'm going to find all sorts of strange mistakes to testify to just how tired i was getting, this just seems to have become the time when i feel most relaxed and most able to accomplish something.

of course the problem now is that i've started wanting to do this every night, which can get a little tricky when you have a day job and have to get up at 6 in the morning (well, having …

fearful spammetry

spam mail is useless you say? NOT SO! for instance, it can be used to create new and interesting things, such as this little poem i threw together entirely from the bung in my spam filter...

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What stops loving
It’s about you or no?
Your loads of pleasure
Accumulator of your desire
Become virile like a rabbit
Make her your rod’s slave
You’ll surprise her with your hulk
Blow her with your hormones
Become a perpetuum mobile of love
This is, indeed, to ride like an angel in the whirlwind and direct the storm:
like an angel whose mercy is equal to his power.

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Hey, why do you not write?
Please answer me
It’s about you or no?
What stops loving
Stop night fails!
Nothing heals better
Set your wife on fire
Uplong our dignity
Please read
I am very unhappy without you

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Why do you cost me?
Economy in cris…

dj kali @ burning monday- burns day extravaganza

another longer-than-usual set following the comedy stylins' of paul ash, joel west and 'devil' dan derkson. had a lot of fun with this one... along with some better known (relatively speaking) stuff, the crowd let me get away with a lot.

blondie :: hangin on the telephone
the gun club :: sex beat
dead kennedys :: halloween
the damned :: lively arts
the cramps :: garbageman
45 grave :: riboflavin, non-carbonated, polyunsaturated blood
perverse teens :: little doll
devo :: s.i.b. (swelling itching brain)
led er est :: woman in a cafe communication
mortuo similis :: past time of the glamour charme
portion control :: chew you to bits
the screamers :: punish or be damned
killing joke :: war dance
siouxsie & the banshees :: night shift
shockheaded peters :: blue rosebuds
the residents :: blue rosebuds
maska genetik :: haut
asche :: kiss the whip
komm intern :: ufo
byetone :: plastic star
drahomira sound orchestra :: they came out of the earth
colin newman :: alone
gary numan :: you are in my visi…

a lovely mess

movie review :: the lovely bones

it's a heartwarming family movie! it's an emotional meditation on the nature of life and death! no, it's the lovely bones, peter jackson's latest film, an adaptation of alice sebold's novel of the same name.

you can never fault peter jackson for not trying. whatever he does is going to contain some elements that make it fascinating to behold and moments that will stick with you long after. that said, most of his films also contain moments that leave you cringing, wondering if you're missing some in-joke between crew members, or if his editor is trying to get back at him for something. and true to form, the lovely bones has both.

on the positive side, the premise for the story- told from the point of view of a 13 year old girl who has been murdered- is an unconventional one. saorise ronan (best known for playing keira knightley's younger sister in 'atonement') gives the lead role everything she's got and stanley t…

mixed nuts

i've always been fond of sinking some time into on line quizzes. so i decided to indulge my cyberchondria and see what a handful of on line psychological tests had to say in response to the simple question: what's wrong with me?

going through these, i tried to select to ones that at least had some pretense of seriousness and i set one rule: to the best of my ability, i answered every question honestly. this is what i ended up with.

this first one asks a series of general questions involving a range of psychological disorders and attempts to identify by percentage likelihood of your having any or all of them. as you can see, according to this test, one does stand out. (i fault this one for using the old-fashioned term "manic depressive". the correct medical term, at least in north america, is "bipolar". if you want to be cutesy about it, i supposed you could say "unpredictable".)


What mental disorder do you have?Your Result: Manic Depressive You have e…

resurrection

a few of you- i won't name names, but you know who you are and i hope you know how much your feedback and interest has meant to me- may remember that i was for several months posting episodes of a story for public (or at least friend) consumption.

that got put on hold indefinitely as i put my energies into a screenplay and then, of course, getting that screenplay ("conversion" if anyone hasn't heard me talk about it enough) filmed this summer.

now that filming has been over and the pieces of the picture have been handed over to experts in post-production, i have the time to be creative again, something i really haven't indulged in for a year. i thought about all the new things i could work on, but, in the end, the unfinished serial called to me.

so i'm redoubling my efforts and throwing myself into the task of getting this completed.

since i'm not publishing it in serial form any more, it isn't a serial. i'm not sure what it is. i just know that i…

focus on the positive

ok, so now that we've all had our say on pieces of music that we never want to hear used again in film, let's look at the other side of the proverbial coin. after all, there wouldn't be all these bad examples if there weren't also examples of music and movies being blended to a shimmering perfection.

i maintain that there is an artistry to finding the perfect song to bring a film moment to life for the audience. personally, i'd like to see some of these big awards ceremonies add a category for that. after all, while most elements of a film are crafted particularly for it, using other people's music is taking something independent and recontextualising it within the film. properly done, it's magic.

here, to get things started, are a few of my favourites:

eliot smith :: needle in the hay/ the royal tenenbaums

i personally think that i could make up a list of great uses of music in film just from wes anderson movies. he seems to have an uncanny sense of how to m…

stop me if you've heard this one before...

i've just returned from a night at the movies and, my feelings about the particular film aside (more on that later), there was one thing that stuck in me like a splinter about the experience.

at an appropriately dramatic moment in the film (because it always has to be a dramatic, emotional moment), this mortal coil's "song to the siren" starts wafting out of the massive sound system. i think i kind of liked this song when i was about thirteen. that was before every director and his dog started throwing it in movies, television shows and documentary footage to augment the dramatic, emotional scenes.

i'm all in favour of the use of various forms of music (aside from an original soundtrack) in movies. i firmly believe it's an art form- finding the perfect piece to work in a scene- and nothing convinces me of this more than when i see a film that forces me to warm to a track i would hate taken out of the context in which it is used.

however, i'm also of the b…

national insecurity

i'm just thrilled to learn that air travel, thanks to new security regulations, will now mean longer line-ups than ever (arrive three hours in advance? what if i have an early morning flight? the damn counters aren't even open before 5:30), less chance of having luggage space to carry on books, music and anything else that might make a long flight bearable (i guess i'm supposed to succumb to the dubious charms of the in-flight entertainment) and being felt up before entering the plane by someone who likely flunked out of the police academy.

i've spent most of the holidays hearing about the nigerian student who allegedly attempted to blow up a northwest airlines flight. i've heard all about his family relations. i've even been subjected to pictures of his underpants (i really hope those brown stains are burn marks, i really, really do). and as if days of hysteria and hyperbole weren't dispiriting enough, the last few shreds of tolerability have now been strip…

to recap

i can honestly say that i have never had a year like 2009. i mean, every passing block of time has things that distinguish it from others, but this last year was really something special.

for one thing, 2009 for me really started in the middle of 2008. some may recall that, when the year got off to a rocky start, i opted to fire 2008 about half way through. coincidentally, that lines up with when i moved back to montreal and started giving some serious thought to the process of what i wanted to be doing.

but if we're really sticking to the calendar year, it started with me half-jokingly telling my boyfriend over brunch that i wanted him to direct a screenplay i'd just written. i was kind of surprised to learn that this was actually feasible and, for the next several months, i was wrapped up preparing for something that, until we started filming in august, i never really believed was going to happen.

of course, before that, i managed to fulfill a long-term ambition of mine and …