“Because this whole rotten system has become so vicious and cruel, that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy entire countries and profit from their reconstruction in order to survive. And that's not a system that changes every four years, that's a system that we have to break down, generation after generation after generation after generation...” - Zach de la Rocha, Coachella 2007
File under: I Just Don't Get It...
This emerging art/music/fashion movement got its name from the verb “abravanar”, which means to stretch, to be lazy, to liberate oneself. The movement is defined by lots of color and vibrancy and has been heavily influenced by the musician Rick Castro. There are even “Abravantation” parties, which bear noticeable resemblance to a Mardi Gras parade in the insouciance of activity, behavior and dress.
What: Wii Tournament!
When: Sunday, May 13th at 3p.m. We know it's Mother's Day, but we figure you can do the mother thang in the morning and party it up in the afternoon.
Where: The Shelley's place.
Details: Arrive at 3p.m. for an hour of practice. The last time to sign up for the Wii tournament is at 3:45. Sign ups are limited to only 16 people, so arrive early. The tournament will begin promptly at 4. It will be a standard bracket with 16 names. Wii sports include: Tennis, boxing, bowling, baseball, and golf.
DJ Shadow at the FIllmore last night was dope. I went with my homie who owns/runs a studio in the East Bay...he's in the midst of recording a mind-blowing hip-hop album with live instrumentation right now and while I can't give details, I can tell you that this lil' pilgrim's gonna be in the house when Ghostface, KRS-1, DJ Q-Bert and Carlos Santana are coming in to record tracks. My toungue still has asphalt sprinkles from having fallen on the ground upon learning this. Carry on. Here's a grammar tip that I found useful today...
When you mean “for example,” use e.g. It is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase exempli gratia. When you mean “that is,” use “i.e.” It is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase id est. Either can be used to clarify a preceding statement, the first by example, the second by restating the idea more clearly or expanding upon it. Because these uses are so similar, the two abbreviations are easily confused. If you just stick with good old English “for example” and “that is” you won’t give anyone a chance to sneer at you. If you insist on using the abbreviation, perhaps “example given” will remind you to use “e.g.,” while “in effect” suggests “I.E.”
Since e.g. indicates a partial list, it is redundant to add “etc.” at the end of a list introduced by this abbreviation.
Not being a big fan of the massive concert (I prefer this Thursday night's DJ Shadow at the Fillmore to the stellar lineup of Coachella for example) my interest is piqued by this summer hip-hop jam...
Written while groovin' to I've Heard About from the album “Real Music For Real People” by D'Nell
Made it into NYC after the storms. Almost got upgraded except I didn't...instead was in the last row in a middle seat. That's a big delta let me tell you. Not that I'm a pampered rock star but really, last seat middle? When I was this close to being in caviar class? I need to be waay more humble. The folks I was sitting with were nice...and there was power in my seat so that was nice. Recommended viewing: My Flesh and Blood. Though if you're watching it in a plane you may want to warn your neighbors, there are some graphic scenes in it. Live and learn.
Written while groovin' to Cleopatra In New York (Zim Zam Mix) from the album “Endangered Species” by Carol C
The government proposed relaxing its rules on labeling irradiated foods and suggested it might allow some products zapped with radiation to be called “pasteurized.”
Great. And I say that with the uttermost sarcasm.
Not sure where I heard this but I jotted it down sometime in the past couple months...
The psychological plague of the 21st century: the feeling that we are more different than we are alike.
Written while groovin' to Safe In Mind from the album “Never, Never, Land” by Unkle
In my line of work I have to be concerned with, among other things, bad words. It's one of the more snicker-filled areas I work in. Turd burglar is on our not-allowed lists...translated into Spanish...ladrón del turd, dung do-duk-nom in Korean (props DK).