Archive for February, 2009

Best Band Name I’ve Seen In Awhile


Click on the picture and go to “Office Naps” to read about The Madmen of Note, and download “Peppermint Fink.”


Before Telling Dragons

Some songs make headaches worse. That statement would be true if you substitue “some” with “most.”

Some songs make headaches better; as long as this song is playing, I am drawing away from this reality. 

It’s not just the sound’s texture or volume: it’s all the internal structures of the song. 

That is the amount of coherence you will wring from me today (the rest is being stored up for thesis-ness), but this has been written about intelligently here.

Also, you can listen to all of Karl Blau’s album, for free.


Let me now add the  basic—I am not making money from this song, I just really like it and want to share it. Official people, I would be more than happy to take it down if this bothers you—disclaimer. 

I think I’m in love


by Clifton Burt

(this is also a haiku).

People next to me at Raos Coffee Shop are talking in rhymes

Don’t you remember him?

We all went out to the bar?

He played the GUITAR (makes strumming motions; this is the most emphatic communication of  ‘guitar’ that I have ever witnessed).

Shadow Play

The voyage had irreversibly changed my seeing, made of me a cultural mongrel, and transformed the world into a fleeting shadow play I felt no mre need to possess or dominate, only appreciate in the ever extended present.

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

 I found this quote in a book I’m reading: Alternative Africas by Ruth Mayer

Perceptual Knowledge

Even with necessary incorporation of various conceptual considerations, the ultimate reference and basis of our aesthetic judgment has to be what is directly perceivable. In this regard, we have to take note of Leopold’s insistence on cultivating informed “perception” in his promotion of a land aesthetic. Acquired knowledge from ecology and natural history must be translated into the way in which nature looks, sounds, and feels. Though referring specifically to cultural landscape, Arnold Berleant is correct in remind us that gathering various information pertaining to a landscape is necessary, but  not sufficient, in understanding it until we “relate this information to perceptual experience.”

from Everyday Aesthetics by Yuriko Saito