i disagree with everything you just said.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

see the elephant.

my old college pal ryan up and turned himself into a videographer, and his latest work to date, see the elephant!, is also far and away his most ambitious.

from the site:
An immersive four-screen video installation with surround sound audio that features convergent viewpoints during the 2004 Republican National Convention (RNC). The Republican National Convention was held in New York City at Madison Square Garden August 30th through September 2nd. The four video trajectories take place inside the RNC, outside the venue with the authorities, in the streets with the demonstrators, and at arms-length with mass media. Content for the projected piece includes natural sound, impromptu interviews, and overlapping content with the intent of creating an intelligible, multi-linear, political narrative.


courtney and i went to last night's screening. immersive is definitely the word for it. there's something about seeing protestors getting the smack-down side-by-side with rich old white women fronting their utterly frightening gop bling bling — all while wolf blitzer gazes blankly out into the convention void — that really drives home the challenge this country's currently facing. we're living in some seriously different worlds.

there's another screening tonight, and a list of future showings available on the web site. highly recommended; not just by me, but also the sf weekly and the bay guardian.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

i hate ichat.

apple, you fuckers, that ridiculous "the aim service could not send the message: you have sent too much data too quicklyā€¯ message that appears every other line i type in ichat has finally gotten the better of me. what, the internet can manage to send 100 megabyte files across continents in minutes, but it can't handle a couple of bytes of text sent between two desks in my office? i don't think so.

mac programmers: who's up to the challenge of finding some way to hack out this flaw? certainly, one of you out there must be as frustrated by this as i am; and you're clever, obviously, since you're programming for the mac, so get to it. plus, i'll sweeten the deal: i'm trying to raise somewhere between $500 and $1000 dollars, as a gift to the person who figures out how to rid the world of that sentence. who's up for it?

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

childhood's purest treasures.

i know exactly which san francisco bars these kids will frequent when they grow up.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

the woman is requested to pay.

"It's like experimenting with drugs," Davies said. "You just keep playing with it and it becomes customary. ... If it's OK to dress like a girl today, then why is it not OK in the future?"

a personal chronology: 1988, high school dance, dressed like kathy whitmire, then-mayor of houston. 1994, halloween, at the pumpkin ball. 1999, burning man, mrs. claus. 2001, 2003, 2004, burning man, mrs. claus redux. 2004, halloween again, mhs cheerleader.

my god, she's right. i'm putting on a pair of camo pants right now.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

life on parade.

several days into my experiment with having the visual detritus of my friends' lives as my computer desktop in 15 minute increments, here is what i have discovered about what the people i know and care about know and care about: then we start to notice the mash-ups: i could go on, but i won't.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

courtney's stools in the san francisco chronicle!

"jury's still out on furniture designed to be art." she got a whole paragraph:

"courtney skott's tree stools are sumptuous silk ottomans embroidered with wood grain and slip-covered with a darker quilted wool 'bark' with a prominent zipper. couture-quality stitching transforms the log stool at once into a coy, beautiful object."

with a picture, even, on the front page of the home & garden section. and if you liked that, here's a few more.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

eventually, even the red states will go blue.

oceans to rise one meter by 2100 &mdash arctic expert:

"global warming is melting the arctic ice faster than expected, and the world's oceans could rise by about a meter (3 feet) by 2100... much of florida south of miami would be inundated by a one meter rise."

suckers.

meanwhile...

bush sticking to his guns on global warming:

"despite the release of two major studies that conclude global warming is having a major impact on the united states faster than many scientists had anticipated, president bush is unlikely to significantly alter his stance on the issue, a white house official said monday."

suckers.

Monday, November 08, 2004

2001.

update on 1001, my new favorite wep/desktop app: it now supports regular updates to both your desktop and your screensaver, which meant that yesterday i was getting constantly changing desktop pics of my pals meg and alaina running the new york marathon, alternating with shots of chihuahuas and an amusing cross-continental banana bread bakeoff. i live in the future!

it's nice here. come visit sometime. we're one of the blue states.

that said, new feature request: only use photos with 2+ megapixels for the desktop photo. cameraphones are nice, but by the time they've stretched out to fill my 15" powerbook's wide screen, they're almost unrecognizable.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

on the plus side.

we're looking @ a good four years for art and comedy.