Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Before You Drink
Here's part of the article:
In 2002 The New York Times reported that of the approximately 2.5 billion pounds of clothes donated to charity in America each year, as much as 80 percent is shipped globally. The Times article inspired filmmakers Hanna Rose Shell and Vanessa Bertozzi to research the history of recycled clothing. From 2003 to 2007 they visited rag yards in Miami, dug through archives in London and Washington, D.C., and traveled to Haiti to see the international secondhand markets for themselves. The result is the recent documentary Secondhand (Pepe), which explores the global trade in used clothing.
David Cook'd and David's a Maze in
When was the earth created?
Archbishop James Usher, working out a chronology from the Bible, calculated in 1654 that the earth was created on the night of October 23, 4004 B.C. Other timetables reach back as far as 10,000 years, which was the last time David Cook's new single would've sounded original.
Meanwhile in Utah, David Archuleta was honored with a huge (12 acres) maze on a corn field with his likeness and the words "Archuleta 4 Prez" above it and "Utah's Idol" below.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I bought the commemorative copy of Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola's all story magazine. There is a translation of Mircea Eliade's Youth for No Youth. I think FFC is making this into a movie. Anyway, I also spotted in my excuse of a library (nagkapatongpatong na mga libro) "Notes" by his wife about the making of Apocalypse Now in Philippines. The movie almost ruined FFC's earnings from Godfather (mostly on account of the weather) but it slowly paid off. Here's her entry for September 29, 1976:
I am sitting on a rock on a set. It feels like a rock, it looks like a temple fragment, but I know it was made by the art department. The crew had been waiting since 8:00 A.M. to shoot. It is almost three in the afternoon now. Francis and Marlon have been down in his houseboat, workign out his death scene today, and most of yesterday. The assistant director is saying that if they don;t start shooting in the next thirty minutes, it will be too late to get a shot today: "Eighty thousand dollars down the drain."
Ichiro: Eternal Sunshine in the Spotty Ms
Friday, September 26, 2008
Oregonian interviews Mr. Fight Club
A. In American culture, writers come from one of two schools: They either come from academia, where they have a fairly limited amount of personal experience and exceptional writing skills -- they can write beautiful prose about very little -- or they come from journalism, where they have an enormous wealth of experience and exposure to people and events, but their writing tends to be kind of pedestrian, very plain. So they tend to write very plain-language stories about very important events. So it's either fancy writing about nothing or it's plain writing about huge things.
Q. Your own writing style is very direct. I'd be curious to know what you make of some of the overwriting in literary fiction.
A. Some of it annoys the hell out of me. [laughs] More
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, October 16, 2000
Madame Hosoe Kodama was a "doctor" of flowers. A practitioner of ikenobo, a Japanese art form of flower arrangement, Mrs. Kodama displayed her work at exhibitions and flower shows throughout the Northwest, and she earned "sokatoku," the field's highest scholarly degree. Later, Japanese officials expert in flower arrangement granted her the title "madame" in honor of her lifetime achievements.
But as accomplished as she was in her own right, Mrs. Kodama worked to teach others how they might do the same."She was the foremost teacher in the state of Washington," said her daughter Nobie Chan of Seattle. "Her arrangements were huge and absolutely astounding."
Chinese Milk vs Russian Milk
In This Corner, Levy vs. Zizek!!!!
The audio is available over at NYPL Live.
Bernard-Henri Lévy, France's "rock-star philosopher," and Slavoj Žižek, the Slovanian "Elvis of cultural theory," will scrutinize the totalitarianisms of the past as well as those of the future, as they argue for a new political and moral vision for our times and investigate the limits of tolerance.
Does the advent of capitalism cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of the neighbor? asks Zizek in Violence: Six Sideways Reflections.
Are human rights Western or Universal? How is it that progressives themselves-those who in the past defended individual rights and fought fascism-have now become the breeding ground for new kinds of dangerous attitudes? asks Lévy in Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against New Barbarism.
Father's Day Spot Remover.
The (once) young boy in the picture asked for help in the Internet about the white spots on his Dad's shirt. He wanted to fix the picture for Father's Day. Some people did help, but this is the Internets and you don't really get what you want especially if you are demanding and haughty like the boy. Look at the help he got.
View from the Lobby
In Vang Vieng, the prettiest GRO (they call them "service women") in a ramshackle karaoke for lao people only turned out to be a kathoey. But I didn't know that. She used the word, "ladyboy" which is the only English word she knew. Only the next day after asking a kathoey herself did I learn what it meant. Anyway, in that karaoke bar, the songs were all Thai and Lao songs. Two hours later, they were able to find a karaoke CD of English songs. Only it was the songs of MLTR. Michael Learns to Rock. Osiyett! And I'm the only one among the international people who knew the songs. Because I was expected to be the ambassador of my country, I dutifully sang 20 minutes too late and too soon.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This must be another boring party. How do you explain me concentrating on reading Philippine Star when there's beer galore. That is Toots S. behind me and Vic Alambra who would later join the Philippine Star. I think this was in Iggy's House during the launching of Atras Pinoy with Andy Zapata and the late Benjie Villa elected as co-presidents. Jawo may be laughing then but he is now the president.
Nostalgia: Washington DC
Obama's Campaign Soundtrack
1. Eternity - Lionel Richie
2. Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
3. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer
4. American Prayer - Dave Stewart
5. Battle Cry - Shontelle
6. Make It Better - Los Lonely Boys
7. Pride In The Name Of Love - John Legend
8. I Have A Dream - BeBe Winans
9. Am I All Alone - Suai
10. One Is The Magic # - Jill Scott
11. Love & Hope - Ozomatli
12. Looking East - Jackson Browne
13. Out of Our heads - Sheryl Crow
14. Promised Land - Malik Yusef with Kanye West and Adam Levine of Maroon 5
15. Hold On - Yolanda Adams
16. America The Beautiful - Keb' Mo'
17. America - Ken Stacey
18. Wide River - Buddy Miller
Nostalgia: Roland Tolentino in UCLA
One of my favorite Peanuts strip. Ever since the Martial Law, it had been my habit to cut out my favorite strips. I then cut out Sgt. Bailey, Edd Aragon, Snoopy etc from Bulletin Today. Later, I would include Garfield, Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes and many others until I can afford to buy the books. Internet has made the cutting for me but old habits die hard