Friday, March 28, 2008

Song for a Happy Friday

Wax Tailor
Positively Inclined

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Serving up fresh flesh for the children. It's a heart warming scene.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


So I went home for the weekend.
Out Back

I have a relationship with this place that I may never fully understand.
Pee Dee 2

It is where I'm from.
Trestle 3

But sometimes I'd rather not feel so connected to a place where I know I'll never live again. On those acres, generation after generation of my family lived their lives but that ends with me.

If I felt no connection, if I felt no love, it would be easier to walk away. But I do love it.
Trestle 6

While there, I always feel a strange struggle between decay and life, permanence and impermanence, past and present.
Silo crop

What once was a giant forest became a field of cotton, then milo, then soybeans and then, became a forest again. Only to be wiped away
Once a Field

by the jaws of angry insect creatures of steel.

Angry Insects 3

And all of this living and dying has occurred during my life while I was away thinking all things there remained constant.
Angry Insects 1

But these cycles extend far beyond my life. Trees became lumber, lumber became structures, structures became rot and rot nurtured trees.

And as all these things happen, the human emotions seem to linger like ghosts haunting these places- like the pride someone must have felt when this silo was complete.
Silo 3

I still feel it. I still see it. In the precisely laid horizontals and finely mitered corners, there are emotions. Human emotions.
Silo 4

And now as it decays, as it turns into something unintended, it seems at peace with its surroundings. They all become one.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Song for a Happy Friday

LCD Soundsystem
"North American Scum"

Since I'll be flying over said continent tomorrow, I'm posting early.

And for those of you
Who still think we're from England
We're not.

Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day

On your way in, please kiss my thermometer.

It's Irish.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Songs for a Happy Friday

Imitosis- Andrew Bird

It's a good thing I didn't buy this on vinyl because I would have worn a hole through it by now.

And oddly, someone has set one of my favorite Andrew Bird songs, Tables and Chairs, to a tour of a video game called Shadowrun. Odd because it fits. On second thought, no it doesn't. It is all way too solitary and glum for that song. There will be snacks after all.

Edited to correct mistakes of all kinds.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Dear Dallas Drivers,
I know the signs along the tollway that read "Yield to Ramp" are confusing. Many of you seem to think these mean that you should yield to the ramp itself. It's a logical conclusion. And, if any ramp should decide to get up and move around, I would recommend yielding. However, the sign actually means yield to the traffic coming off the ramp. I hope that you stupid morons fellow citizens will try this next time.
Thank you.

Dear Co-Workers,
I know you love your jobs dearly and wake up in the morning yearning to get back to your desk. When the time spent driving to the office is viewed as simply time that could be spent in meetings or answering emails, it is hard not to want to get back to your cubicle asap. But, there are 5000 of us who work in the same building. Given the American propensity to car pool, that means that 5200 cars are entering our parking deck at about the same time each morning. When you speed through the stop signs in the deck you are endangering me and could possibly keep me from getting to my desk. And that would be unbearable for me. So, would you please, SLOW YOUR ASS DOWN.
Best regards.

Dear Lady Driving the Silver Chevy Citation at the Dry Cleaners on Lomo Alto today,
I'm not sure why you cut through that parking lot today. I'm not sure why you almost rammed into my parked car while doing so. I'm not sure why you sat at the parking lot exit when there was no traffic keeping you from leaving. I'm certainly not sure why you suddenly decided to put your car in reverse and slam into my front bumper as I waited behind you. I'm not sure why you did any of those things. However, I would like to point out to you that when one rams into someone else's car, they generally should make sure they did no damage and seek to find the owner. When you simply drove away, I felt rejected. As I followed you down Lemmon Ave. and discovered that the final destination of your desperate, erratic journey was the McDonald's drive-thru, I got a clue as to why you did all of those things above. YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT. And I have your license plate number.
Much Love,
Homo Ono

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Audio Slideshow: Campus reacts to Carson's death - University

Audio Slideshow: Campus reacts to Carson's death - University

It is still so hard to believe this happened at my alma mater, that idyllic place, memories of which come to mind every single day.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Song for a Happy Friday

Most people who know me know of my obsessive love for The Hidden Cameras. I just wish I had more chances to see them play live. When I saw them in Atlanta last year, I spent the entire night pressed to the stage bouncing with a giant grin on my face. But Joel Gibb, the absolute genius who heads the band, lives in Berlin now so their US tours are far too rare.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Oh god

All debates about the existence of god or higher powers can now end.

We have the answer.

And the answer was found in a litter box.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


18 Months Ago: The company I worked for announced they were closing the NY office.

17 Months Ago: All executives in the NY office were offered a move to the new office or a generous severance package. I chose the latter.

16 Months Ago: I negotiated a better severance package by agreeing to help set up the new office on a temporary basis.

14 Months Ago: I stopped working.

14 Months Ago: I began to enjoy 12 months of essentially full pay and benefits w/o working.

1 Month Ago: I started my new job.

1 Week Ago: The old company declared bankruptcy. Everyone will be let go. No one is getting any severance this time.

How do I feel?

Option #1: Lucky
Option #2: Grateful
Option #2: Guilty

Guess which option I have chosen.

I've chosen option #2.