Your Daily Bamford

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Published in: on April 30, 2007 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Your Daily Bamford

Get it while you can, folks.

Published in: on April 30, 2007 at 8:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Andy Mckee – Huge Talent

I get the same feeling of excitement listening to this guy as I did on first hearing Michael Hedges (rest in peace).

Published in: on April 24, 2007 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brain-sticky Book-Banning Gallery Site


Martin Konrad’s concise, elegant commentary.

“based on concepts ‘dirty’ and ‘book’. series of books as reminder of ongoing censorship and restrictions on intellectual freedom.”

(Bonus: some nice furniture designs.)

Published in: on April 24, 2007 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brain-sticky Book-Banning Gallery Site


Martin Konrad’s concise, elegant commentary.

“based on concepts ‘dirty’ and ‘book’. series of books as reminder of ongoing censorship and restrictions on intellectual freedom.”

(Bonus: some nice furniture designs.)

Published in: on April 24, 2007 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kurt is Dead; Long Live Kurt

Kurt Vonnegut died while I was in Amsterdam. Here’s the best tribute I found.

15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will.
By Scott Gordon, Josh Modell, Noel Murray, Sean O’Neal, Tasha Robinson, Kyle Ryan
AV Club, April 23rd, 2007

1. “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

The actual advice here is technically a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s “good uncle” Alex, but Vonnegut was nice enough to pass it on at speeches and in A Man Without A Country. Though he was sometimes derided as too gloomy and cynical, Vonnegut’s most resonant messages have always been hopeful in the face of almost-certain doom. And his best advice seems almost ridiculously simple: Give your own happiness a bit of brainspace.

2. “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”

In Cat’s Cradle, the narrator haplessly stumbles across the cynical, cultish figure Bokonon, who populates his religious writings with moronic, twee aphorisms. The great joke of Bokononism is that it forces meaning on what’s essentially chaos, and Bokonon himself admits that his writings are lies. If the protagonist’s trip to the island nation of San Lorenzo has any cosmic purpose, it’s to catalyze a massive tragedy, but the experience makes him a devout Bokononist. It’s a religion for people who believe religions are absurd, and an ideal one for Vonnegut-style humanists.

3. “Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, ‘Why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.”

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Published in: on April 23, 2007 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kurt is Dead; Long Live Kurt

Kurt Vonnegut died while I was in Amsterdam. Here’s the best tribute I found.

15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will.
By Scott Gordon, Josh Modell, Noel Murray, Sean O’Neal, Tasha Robinson, Kyle Ryan
AV Club, April 23rd, 2007

1. “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

The actual advice here is technically a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s “good uncle” Alex, but Vonnegut was nice enough to pass it on at speeches and in A Man Without A Country. Though he was sometimes derided as too gloomy and cynical, Vonnegut’s most resonant messages have always been hopeful in the face of almost-certain doom. And his best advice seems almost ridiculously simple: Give your own happiness a bit of brainspace.

2. “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”

In Cat’s Cradle, the narrator haplessly stumbles across the cynical, cultish figure Bokonon, who populates his religious writings with moronic, twee aphorisms. The great joke of Bokononism is that it forces meaning on what’s essentially chaos, and Bokonon himself admits that his writings are lies. If the protagonist’s trip to the island nation of San Lorenzo has any cosmic purpose, it’s to catalyze a massive tragedy, but the experience makes him a devout Bokononist. It’s a religion for people who believe religions are absurd, and an ideal one for Vonnegut-style humanists.

3. “Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, ‘Why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.”

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Published in: on April 23, 2007 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

No, David Blaine! Just Stop it, David Blaine! David Blaine!

Published in: on April 22, 2007 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

No, David Blaine! Just Stop it, David Blaine! David Blaine!

Published in: on April 22, 2007 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Guess Who’s Ratting Shrub’s Base Out Now

I’ll give you twenty guesses who said this.

“Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don’t need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?”

Give up? Of course you did.
Hint: He’s an old-school conservative, Republican campaign supporter, and his company is a habitual corporate welfare recipient (not to mention a major RNC PAC contributor). Need one more hint? He changed his name to the acronym for “I Am Chairman Of the Chrysler Corporation of America.” Which he isn’t (anymore).

Fairly compelling stuff. But more importantly, as they say in the newspaper business, from an unimpeachable source. No totally and completely ironic pun intended.

Published in: on April 18, 2007 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment