Saturday, February 28, 2009

Are you here to kill my little girl?
No. Ma'am, no!
Why not?

The 16th Amendment|1913

Sow, as you sew, so shall you reap.


And the door was left wide open for Part II.

Still, not a bad movie.
If you're into those good v evil kinda things.

The Lecture.

I triple-dare you.

You couldn't make it through this selection of photographs,
even if you KNEW what was going on.

Personally, I was thrilled that Sherwood pissed her pants.
And I was quadruple-thrilled she called me a racist.

Either way,
I gave them permission to leave,
and like a eunuch, she sat there,
forgetting that I said it was going to be offensive,
and leaving was perfectly fine with me.

My finest moment, with blue-black hair,
at that sore-ass excuse for an educational institution.

Brutus Maximus

Equivalents|Talk about mano a mano!
All hands on...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Depeche Mode|WRONG
The Official 1st Video

The "Hidden" Shame of George Bush
Gates reverses war dead policy coverage

© (AP Photo/Department of Defense via, File)

By ANNE GEARAN – 16 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is reversing an 18-year ban on news coverage of the return of war dead, allowing photographs of flag-covered caskets when families of the fallen troops agree, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

"My conclusion was we should not presume to make the decision for the families," Gates said in announcing results of a quick review of a ban that had stood through Republican and Democratic administrations.

Although details are being worked out, the new policy will give families a choice of whether to admit the press to ceremonies at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the entry point to the United States for the caskets of overseas war dead.

President Barack Obama asked for a re-examination of the blanket ban and supports the decision to change it, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

"I have always believed that the decision as to how to honor our fallen heroes should be left up to the families," Vice President Joe Biden said. "The past practice didn't account for a family's wishes and I believed that was wrong."

Critics including some Democrats and liberal groups claim the government was trying to hide the human cost of war by preventing modern versions of an iconic image from long-ago wars: a line of flag-wrapped coffins coming home.

"We should honor, not hide, flag-draped coffins," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. "They are a symbol of the respect, honor and dignity that our fallen heroes deserve."

This Day in History|1998
Apple discontinues Newton

1978 – 2009|Journals_Updated
Found: 1979 – 1995; 1994 – 1999

1978|Annual by Day appointment book
1978|journal (denim-look, red lines); noted January 1978

80s|mid-eighties; handmade US letter, pale orange cover,
black plastic spine binding; rotted
80s|eighties; b/w Composition-style; lined; rotted
1982|5" x 7" artist sketch-type, unlined; heavy rotting
1985|embossed, smooth + patterned leather binding; broken; heavy rotting
1986|Colored Pictures handmade planning book; red textured cover; heavy rotting
1986 – 1987|handmade book, pale-blue laminated HALSTON cover; heavy rotting
1988|January; antique RECORD journal-type; lined; 10ç at a Key West flea market
1989|mid-April; 8" x 11", black sketch book; unlined; pencil sketches, notes

1991|late November, antique RECORD journal-type; lined
1994 – 1999|mid-August 1994 – December 1999; copies: weekly psychiatric visit notes, psychiatrist's handwriting.
1995|May 28; Ledger, small; lined; broken spine
1995|Book Proof; dummy layout, QuarkXPress, hand-bound, including notes; 1979 – 1995; BLink (first proof)
1996|September; Ledger, small; lined; ink mostly dissolved
1997|July; Ledger, large accounting-size; lined; broken spine
1998|Diary: Mapplethorpe b/w negative gerber; daily
1999|Diary: partial, black, spiral-bound, artbook

2000 + 2001|Diary: partial, both years, chartreuse cover;
2003|September; small, black, leather-bound; Italian; gift of Mickey $5 @ Marshalls in Cheshire; crayon-colored edges; flip book; each way has entries
2003|composition book; Hallbrooke, few entries; post-Aug 16|17
2006|scrapbook; orange glitter, spiral-bound, partial
2005 – 2009|blogs

OrangeMercury on AdRants!

Read the original posting here.

Having a Ball, Wish You Were Here
Paris Is Burning

Fuck your "tuxedo" ball. That's all for show, and it's real.
These "balls" were all about passing, for real.

And sadly, about 95% of the people profiled in Jennie Livingston's brilliant documentary are, tragically, dead.


Because if you were born black, you had one strike against you.
If you were born black, male, and gay, you had three strikes against you.

You wanna do a story about being BLACK IN AMERICA, Soledad?
Interview Jennie Livingston, and ask her what it was all about.

Oh. And by the way?
Jennie Livingston is a white girl.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

For Sale: The Holy Grail of Comic Books
Unrestored Copy of Action Comics No. 1

After being hidden away for years, a copy of the original "Superman and Friends" comic book will make a comeback -- at a price of about $400,000, a comic expert said Thursday.

Why is this comic book so unique?

"Of the 100 existing copies, 80 percent have been restored, but people want an untouched copy," Fishler said. The book is listed in "fine" condition, a six on the 10-point rating scale.

"It's the Holy Grail of comic books," Fishler said.

The book is in high demand because "there was no such thing as a superhero before Superman. It spawned everything that came after -- like Batman and Spider-Man," Fishler said.

What's the difference?

What's the difference in being black and being gay?

You don't have to tell your parents you're black.

CNN Presents|Soledad O'Brien
REALLY Black in America, Too.

The Hartford Business Journal
CT's 250 highest-paid employees

The 250 highest-paid state employees, including the University of Connecticut's three top head coaches, earned a combined $76.3 million in 2008, according to the state comptroller. If each took a 5 percent pay cut, the state would save more than $3.8 million a year.

Designers Work to Rescue a Dying Art Form
The Album Cover

Eliot Van Buskirk has covered digital music since 1998, after seeing the world's first MP3 player sitting on a colleague's desk. He plays bass and rides a bicycle.

Eliot Van Buskirk, for WIRED:
The album cover -- once a crucial part of any band's identity -- has been dying a slow death for decades. For the most part, music fans put up with the shrinkage of album art from expansive vinyl records to hand-size plastic jewel cases. But with the music experience moving almost exclusively online, album art has suffered another compression -- this time all the way down to thumbnail images. (Worse still -- they're missing from most of the music files we've all ripped and downloaded.)

But music label designers are working to raise the album cover back up to an art form. They're experimenting with new tools and hatching plans to reinvent album art for the digital age, all while weathering the tectonic shifts that ultimately rule the music industry.

As things stand now, designers face challenges due to the size restrictions on album art images. "Bands still have a romantic notion that their art is going to be 12 inches by 12 inches -- a glossy LP, a glorious image," says Maggie Fost, designer for Merge Records. "But when I design an album cover, I come up with some design elements -- and then zoom all the way out to 50 pixels by 50 pixels. Because on blogs, on Amazon, on iTunes -- everywhere people see it is the same (small size)."

All this comes at a time when bands need good album art more than ever. They're playing in an increasingly crowded arena with less support from the labels. In fact, Brian Stuhlmacher, president of (a division of his DiscMasters company), points out that album art often helps fill the image-building vacuum left by labels, which are investing less in promoting artists.

"(The major labels) have broken away from something that they were extremely good at in the past, which was the development of their particular act or artist," says Stuhlmacher. "They now tend to sign (a bunch of) acts and throw them against the wall of radio and basically see what sticks."

Places like are working with artists and labels to figure out the next phase of album design. Some of the ideas (like online contests that interact with music listeners) sound straight out of a manual for advanced web design; others (like liner-note fly-throughs and DVD-style menus) have the potential to offer more information in a more compelling way.

George White, Warner Music Group's senior VP of strategy and product development, put together a digital packaging demo for Apple to re-imagine album artwork as more than a JPEG on an iPod.

"We've been looking at a few technologies (for digital album art), and have been trying to bring these to Apple, to encourage them to bring that level of experience to the iPod," says White. "A very simple demonstration that we've done takes the Gnarls Barkley liner notes and does a fly-through (using Adobe Flash Lite). You're actually moving through the lyrics and artwork. It's sort of like a theme park ride through the album. It's really, really cool-looking on an iPod."

(Apple did not respond to questions about whether it's considering any of Warner Music Group's suggestions.)

White also pointed to Warner's Wamo pack, which gave Japanese cell phone users digital albums with ringtones, video, full tracks and artist interviews. Wamo packs aren't new -- they launched overseas a year ago. But White says Warner plans to produce more of these bundles. He also mentioned that while Wamo packs use Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language, or SMIL, for their interactive menus, Adobe's Flash Lite would be a better candidate for "the level of sophistication people expect from Warner Music Group's artists."

(Adobe confirmed that Warner's iPod/Flash Lite demonstrations had taken place, but said that the company "has not announced any joint plans for Flash or Flash Lite to be used in next-generation digital albums.")

Once digital artwork plays on computers and portables, White said, the next phase will involve the possibilities of home entertainment equipment. "If you move that content over to your Xbox 360, your PS3, or your Wii, is there more that we can do in terms of interactivity? Is there better artwork? There's certainly high-definition artwork that you can introduce at that point."

Because of all the players involved, the future of album art depends on which digital packaging formats emerge as standards for computers, portable devices and televisions. White thinks that when it comes to deploying new digital album packages, there's no time like the present, and that an open standard will emerge on its own.

"There's no reason why this stuff can't be scalable across the industry. That's what we'd like to push for ... by creating some really compelling content.... Others will copy it, and a de facto standard will emerge," White explains.

Fost agrees, adding that "the digital art issue will resolve itself probably within the next couple of years." But she worries about the indie labels. For them, "It's still an issue of design resources," Fost says, especially because they already design about 15 versions of each album cover because of all the different formats and promotional materials.

Fans could fill in the gap by providing some of that content through contests and other collaborative efforts, of course. "Hopefully, this will reach a point where the artist themselves can create multimedia experiences" to accompany a digital album, says Jadon Ulrich, designer for Saddle Creek Records.

Ultimately, digital packaging could reinvent the album cover, finally taking advantage of the digitization of music not for added convenience, but for advanced possibilities. The MTV generation, which grew up deprived of large album covers, could get the last laugh after all.

Mars Opposition Uranus

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Depeche Mode|Sounds of the Universe

Sounds Of The Universe - CD+DVD

1. In Chains
2. Hole To Feed
3. Wrong
4. Fragile Tension
5. Little Soul
6. In Sympathy
7. Peace
8. Come Back
9. Spacewalker
10. Perfect
11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
12. Jezebel
13. Corrupt

Sounds Of The Universe [A Short Film] (10.05)
Wrong (promo video - 3.16)

Sounds Of The Universe in 5.1 surround sound
In Chains - Minilogue's Earth Remix
Little Soul - Thomas Fehlmann Flowing Ambient Mix
Jezebel - SixToes Remix

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This Day in History|1903, Gitmo

On this day in 1903, U.S. signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, which is mostly covered by clouds.

On this day, President Barack Obama said he was committed to closing Gitmo.

But I still can't see beneath the clouds.

Depeche Mode. Right?

I was born with the wrong sign
In the wrong house
With the wrong ascendancy
I took the wrong road
That led to the wrong tendencies
I was in the wrong place at the wrong time
For the wrong reason and the wrong rhyme
On the wrong day of the wrong week
I used the wrong method with the wrong technique



There's something wrong with me chemically
Something wrong with me inherently
The wrong mix in the wrong genes
I reached the wrong ends by the wrong means
It was the wrong plan
In the wrong hands
With the wrong theory for the wrong man
The wrong lies, on the wrong vibes
The wrong questions with the wrong replies



I was marching to the wrong drum
With the wrong scum
Pissing out the wrong energy
Using all the wrong lines
And the wrong signs
With the wrong intensity
I was on the wrong page of the wrong book
With the wrong rendition of the wrong hook
Made the wrong move, every wrong night
With the wrong tune played till it sounded right yeah



Too long


I was born with the wrong sign
In the wrong house
With the wrong ascendancy
I took the wrong road
That led to the wrong tendencies
I was in the wrong place at the wrong time
For the wrong reason and the wrong rhyme
On the wrong day of the wrong week
I used the wrong method with the wrong technique


Happy Birthday, Steve.

Just think, you're the same age as Annie Lennox!
And may you grace us with another fifty-four amazing years!

The AIDS Crisis isn't over.
Support AIDS. Buy this disc.

The RedHot! Organization has been around since 1990, reflecting on the impact of AIDS on society in the late 80s with the dawning of the searingly brilliant RED HOT + BLUE, a re-working of the sounds of Cole Porter by some of music's most notable names and pioneers, with an equally amazing compilation of music videos finally released on a remastered CD/DVD companion set.

Its 19th project, DARK WAS THE NIGHT, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and a number of online CD discount houses. It's not important that you save money, it's important that you buy this, the latest effort by one of the longest-standing AIDS organizations set up to donate all the proceeds from their sales, with the support of an amazing list of people:
Red Hot relies on generous contributions of talent from top musicians, artists, designers and directors. Here's just some of those who have helped make our projects so successful: 

Laurie Anderson, Roy Ayers, Angelo Badalamenti, Beastie Boys, Clint Black, Mary J. Blige, David Bowie, Brooks + Dunn, Busta Rhymes, David Byrne, Ron Carter, Johnny Cash, Common, Sarah Cracknell, Crosby, Stills + Nash, D'Angelo , De La Soul, Jonathan Demme, Brian Eno, Erasure, Melissa Etheridge, Everything But The Girl, Cesária Évora, Jean Paul Gautier, Richard Gere, Gilberto Gil, Astrud Gilberto, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray, Herbie Hancock, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry, Hal Hartley, Lauryn Hill, Hole, Nellee Hooper, Derek Jarman, Jim Jarmusch, Waylon Jennings, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Neil Jordan, Kelis , R. Kelly, Frankie Knuckles, Alison Krauss, Femi Kuti, kd lang, Annie Lennox, Steve Lillywhite, Baaba Maal, Madonna, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Mayfield, Sarah McLachlan, George Michael, Steven Miesel, Mobb Deep, Moby, David Morales, Me’Shell NdegeOcéllo, Willie Nelson, Nirvana, Dolly Parton, Pavement, Carl Perkins, Iggy Pop, Q-Tip, Lou Reed, Nile Rodgers, The Roots, Sade, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seal, Sly & Robbie, Smashing Pumpkins, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Michael Stipe, Sting, U2, Caetano Veloso, Tom Waits, Albert Watson, Bruce Weber, Wim Wenders, Wilco, Bobby Womack, Wu Tang Clan

But remember: supporting AIDS is more than wearing a red ribbon, and it's much more than buying a benefit disc by a worthy organization.

It's being very vocal about putting an end to the absolutely stupid practice of bare-backing, and educating the young by letting them know that they too might not make it to the ripe old age of 25...if they choose to live their early years as if they were invincible.

Proudly, I am 48, and HIV-, a gay white male who saw his friends cut down one after another after another, with about two dozen dead by 1986.

Remember: safe sex is hot sex.

Leave bare-backing for horse-riding.

And put an absolute end to this most foolish, stupid and vulgar practice, one voice at a time.

Is it me?

Hey Annie.
Your stylist did a "wonderful" job on fixing that shirt.
Looks absolutely terrible.
Not that he needs to look like a coverboy, but really.

Depeche Mode can do WRONG!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Political Cartoonists

While I do find this political cartoon particularly tasteless, I think it actually reflects badly on the two dumb white police officers with the quick trigger finger, as well as the tangential relationship between the bullet-riddled chimp and President Barack Obama.

Why don't we spend MORE TIME on issues that matter, and tell the Right Reverend Al Sharpton to shut the fuck up and stop calling for another congressional investigation.

Wait a minute? Are we sure that wasn't the Right Reverend Al Sharpton who was portrayed as the dead chimpanzee???

Just a thought.

Political Cartoonists

Closing Credits Dance Sequence

OrangeMercury's Oscar Predictions: 82.35%

An excerpt from the review over at The AV Club:
Slumdog Millionaire is an unabashedly swooning romantic fairy tale, a love letter to the bright colors and outsized complications of India's cities, its storytelling, and its cinema. It takes place in Boyle's usual deterministic world of contrivance and coincidence; it's no surprise that Boyle seized upon Vikas Swarup's bestselling book Q&A; as something he wanted to adapt to film. But for all the darkness Patel encounters along his road, Slumdog is a relentlessly positive, joyously sentimental adventure, best summed up in the breathtaking Bollywood-esque dance number that arrives over the closing credits. Boyle's eye for beautiful images and fast-driving sequences is as sharp as ever, but here for once, they pen his stars into experiences they might have wished to avoid, but that lead them exactly where they want to go.
24 categories; 7 categories: no choices made
17 remaining categories: 14 accurate choices, 3 misses

Accuracy: 82.35%

Actor in a leading role: Sean Penn (MILK) BINGO!!!
Actor in a supporting role: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) BINGO!!!
Actress in a leading role: Kate Winslet (The Reader) BINGO!!!
Actress in a supporting role: ??? (PENELOPE CRUZ)
Animated Feature Film: Wall-e BINGO!!!
Art Direction: The Dark Knight BENJAMIN BUTTON
Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire BINGO!!!
Costume Design: ??? (THE DUCHESS)
Directing: Slumdog Millionaire (MILK, a close second) BINGO!!!
Documentary Feature: ??? (MAN ON WIRE)
Documentary Short: ??? (SMILE PINKI)
Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire (MILK, a close second) BINGO!!!
Foreign Language Film: (Departures) no choice made
Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button BINGO!!!
Music (Score): Slumdog Millionaire BINGO!!!
Music (Song): Slumdog Millionaire BINGO!!!
Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire (MILK, a close second) BINGO!!!
Short Film (Animated): ??? (LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES)
Short Film (Live Action): ??? (TOYLAND)
Sound Editing: Slumdog Millionaire THE DARK KNIGHT
Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire BINGO!!!
Visual Effects: The Dark Knight Benjamin Button
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Slumdog Millionaire BINGO!!!
Writing (Original Screenplay): MILK BINGO!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

And the Oscar for Best Picture 2009 goes to


And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to
The MILKman, Sean Penn!!!

Sean Penn.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Oscar goes to HEATH LEDGER!


And the Oscar for Best Cinematography goes to
Anthony Dod Mantle|Slumdog Millionaire

Anthony Dod Mantle

Writing|Best Adapted Screenplay
And the Oscar goes to...
Simon Beaufoy|Slumdog Millionaire

Simon Beaufoy.

Writing|Best Original Screenplay
And the Oscar goes to...
Dustin Lance Black|MILK

Dustin Lance Black.

And the Oscar goes to...

This Day in History|1885
A work in progress:
The Washington Monument

Et tü, Brute?