This is not a joke. You can scan a package of index cards, and if no-one has scanned that UPC first, you get to name a submissive anime girl, who will love you forever. Until some other obsessive nerd gives her more money.
This is the first time a spime has given me a case of the howling fantods.
Here’s a preview of a very spare, somewhat strange theremin/singing saw piece that’ll be on the upcoming album. When Dan and I decide to make a “haunted chamber music” record together, we knew there needed to be at least one theremin/saw duet! We tried a few different things. This was the idea that stuck: two lost and lonely shades calling to each other across some incomprehensible gulf. The track’s been called “Purgatory” and “Cleave” and “Sheol” but who knows what the final title will be.
Various compositions by Arvo Pärt, the Estonian minimalist composer of sacred music, have been tintinnabulating in my heart ever since I first heard Tabula Rasa as a kid. Claude Debussy said “Music is the space between the notes.” I didn’t truly grasp that until I heard Pärt. Cage’s “4’33” conveys some of the same concepts intellectually, in a zen sort of way, but Pärt’s the one who actually got me to understand that the In-Between is where the angels hang out, so to speak. I don’t know that I actually believe in angels, or ghosts… but I believe in the architecture of stillness, in the space between the notes.
It’s not mixed yet. (Nothing’s mixed, nothing’s 100% done. Soon, hopefully.) We’re planning to split and filter the two instrument tracks through some intense binaural panning so they really feel like they’re tugging around the listener’s skull.
Not heard of it? It was on the shores of Lake Titicaca. “Less a centralized state than a clutch of municipalities under the common religio-cultural sway of the center,” Tiwanaku (founded around 800 B.C.E.)
took advantage of the extreme ecological differences among the Pacific…
— February 2009: A Marine named Kody Brittingham is arrested and charged with plotting to assassinate President Obama. Brittingham also collected white-supremacist material.
— April 2009: A white supremacist named Richard Poplawski opens fire on three Pittsburgh police officers who come to his house on a domestic-violence call and kills all three, because he believed President Obama intended to take away the guns of white citizens like himself. Poplawski is currently awaiting trial.
— April 2009: Another gunman in Okaloosa County, Florida, similarly fearful of Obama’s purported gun-grabbing plans, kills two deputies when they come to arrest him in a domestic-violence matter, then is killed himself in a shootout with police.
— July 2010: An agitated right-winger and convict named Byron Williams loads up on weapons and drives to the Bay Area intent on attacking the offices of the Tides Foundation and the ACLU, but is intercepted by state patrolmen and engages them in a shootout and armed standoff in which two officers and Williams are wounded.
— September 2010: A Concord, N.C., man is arrested and charged with plotting to blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic. The man, 26-year—old Justin Carl Moose, referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden” in a taped undercover meeting with a federal informant.
Eighteen examples of right-wing domestic terrorism detailed by freelance journalist and author David Neiwert (via Digby)
I remember many of these. But of course each one happened in its own convenient vacuum. No need for society to turn a critical eye to itself, no siree.
And who knows when this information might come in handy?
Nineteenth-century accounts shed light on how the castration procedure was undertaken in China where total castration was the norm and the “eunuch-maker” was a special occupation. In preparation for surgery, the patient’s abdomen and…