Friday, October 31, 2008


Jetpack Dreams Trailer from Mac Montandon on Vimeo.

...thing is what trips me out is that is this a guy who described me as "Jim—a poet or whatever..." once in a piece he got published in Modern Spectator, and I dig that. thing is.

O.K. I L-O-V-E love Facebook

Here's some guy I went to high school with who just "friended" the FFF was I ever supposed to find this guy, or have him find me like ever in any other "world model"?


He'd've never showed up for the reunion. (Like I would have?!...)

He'd've gone off-my-radar...even tho he plays a part or two in sleep-time dramas when my personal 90210 comes on in the midnight hour.

Christian Barry

- Teaches philosophy in the School of Humanities and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University.

- He also produces Public Ethics Radio, an online audio broadcast with ethicists discussing timely and important practical dilemmas.

- Christian has served as a consultant and contributing author to three of the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Reports.

- He was editor of Ethics & International Affairs, and directed the Carnegie Council's program Justice and the World Economy.

- He is author (with Sanjay Reddy) of International Trade and Labor Standards: A Proposal for Linkage (Columbia University Press, 2008).

- He is co-editor (with Thomas Pogge) of Global Institutions and Responsibilities: Achieving Global Justice (Blackwell, 2005), and (with Barry Herman and Lydia Tomitova) of Dealing Fairly with Developing Country Debt (Blackwell, 2007).

- Christian holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University, where he was a fellow at the Center for Law and Philosophy. He is the recipient of the 2009–2010 Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship.

And we just usta be we're "friends" again.


From Terry Heaton's PoMo BlogReport author Julie Katz goes on to make three recommendations to address the ignorance:

1. Advertise syndication as “easy information.”
2. Create RSS tutorials.
3. Collect and share customer testimonials.

RSS feed images from the website inquisitr.comFor information-seekers, RSS is a life-changing experience, and let me give you an example of exactly what this report is talking about. My 27-year old future son-in-law is a manager at a GameStop store. He’s an XBOX360 guy and an expert at “Call of Duty.” He wants to make retail gaming his future and is in with a very good company. Thinking that staying informed about the online gaming industry would benefit his career, I asked him a few days ago if he’d ever heard of RSS. He hadn’t, but that’s no surprise, so I walked him through setting up a feed reader and loading it with news feeds from his industry. He faithfully uses it now, and I hear him quoting things he’s read from the feeds. He admits that he is “the guy in the know” at work.

Now he knows what RSS is, why he should use it and how it works. He’s a convert, and his information-gathering life is changed as a result.

The real problem with RSS — and the Forrester report does not get into this — is that traditional media companies and advertisers are the most ignorant of the whole lot. Moreover, there’s no incentive for them to become educated, because they cannot see how to make money by using a consumer pull technology like RSS. The best Steve and I see are feeds from companies designed with one thing in mind: drive traffic back to their portal sites, so they can monetize the page views.


I make the case that Judaism was really intended as a form of media literacy. Out with the heiroglyphs (literally, “priestly writing”) and in with the aleph bet. Judaism asks, “what would a world of literate people look and act like?” Of course, over time, being a literate person got replaced with being a literal person.

Halloween in Berkeley

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Oh Bondage Up Yours!

...if you don't know the title, it's the name of the Xray Spex song that helped kick off the whole punk rock movement in the 70s, so this interview's gotta have a point to it, right? I mean wasn't the whole scene a play on BDSM culture?

From Vice magazine: an interview with Nayland Blake, none of which really touches on the mysterious and mercurial nature of his art, that's VERY focused on his fetishes...

but I only just learned at the last interview that being a big, gay man with a BDSM and role playing fascination is a significant part of the singular and insightful nature of his works that are beyond categorization.

Below's a clip from the interview (the portrait's by Richard Kern):

VICE: A lot of art films that included graphic sex had no other outlet but those places. I guess it’s a function of just being in New York City, but it doesn’t surprise me that the communities of so-called perverts and artists overlapped a lot.

Nayland Blake:I have a kind of high-falutin’ theory about it.

VICE:Let’s hear it.

Nayland Blake: I think that the rise of leather culture in the mid-60s through the 70s paralleled the rise of performance art. People like Marina Abramovich and Vito Acconci were basically born out of the same impulse as the leather men, but one was taking place inside the art world and one was taking place in the underground. Many of the same issues were being looked at. You can talk about leather culture as being the anonymous folk-art version of the supposedly more respectable gallery work.

VICE:I like that way of looking at it.

Nayland Blake: It’s also no coincidence that both of those things were being cracked down on in the 80s by Ronald Reagan. It’s that sort of cultural surge, that way of playing with power and trying to expand the body’s limits that was met with all this backlash and repression later on.

VICE:It seems like this impulse is nowhere in the art world right now. Nobody is carrying on that tradition and I don’t know why. I had a really good theory about it a second ago, but I forgot it.

Nayland Blake: Well, for one, it’s really hard to sell. Also, ideas no longer really occur in the art world. Ideas have been turned into style. The social implications of all of that body work have been stripped away, and now it’s just seen as a style of art-making. It’s a style that’s down right now, but it will be up later on.

VICE:Shit, so there are no ideas in the art world right now?

Nayland Blake: It’s really pervasive. I lay the blame for it on the internet. Here’s another way to tie the leather world and the art world together—there was a time when, to be interested in either of those things, you had to put your body on the line. In other words, you had to show up to the gallery or the club.

VICE:And now, everything can be seen on the internet a couple of minutes after it happens. It’s the same thing with music. It’s way easier to be a poser and a dilettante with the internet as a research tool for more effective bullshitting.

Nayland Blake: And that’s one of the reasons why I’m loathe to talk much about the event I’m going to this weekend. I think it’s great that there are still some things in society that you have to be initiated into. You have to make a commitment to it to be able to see it.

VICE:Sometimes I wish the internet would die and we could just use the phone and the mail and zines and mixtapes again. Maybe that means I’m getting old.

Nayland Blake: Some of the work I’m doing now involves these things that I make totally anonymously and leave out on the street. I’ve been doing things like drawing on garbage, making little pieces that I leave out, sort of as gifts for people. I don’t document them with photographs or anything.

VICE:That’s awesome. Nowadays if there isn’t a photo of something on Flickr, it’s like it never existed.

Nayland Blake: On the internet, we have all this information but it doesn’t necessarily have any value for us because we didn’t work for it. You turn on the tap and information comes out. We don’t know what the consequences of that will be yet.

a new appreciation for the movies

For Halloween the local Piedmont movie theater played FREE cartoons at 9:45 this morning! It was awesome!

Li'l E loved it, and it looks like we might be making it to the movies with him in not too long.

It totally made me love movies in the theater all over again. a real wow moment. the cartoons were old and wonderfully silly, incl. Little Lulu (pictured) and something about a flying horse who went to ancient Baghdad.

The last one was a Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny called Transylvania 6-5000.

And so Li'l E met Bugs for the first time.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bancroft Dedication

UC Pres. Yudof in his first public event type thing...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

twitter vs. yammer

From today's New York Times in an article entitled:
Popularity or Income? Two Sites Fight It Out

The founders and backers of Twitter, which has reportedly raised $20 million from venture capitalists, are just as adamant about their decision to grow first and monetize second.

Like the value of the telephone network or the Internet itself, the value of Twitter increases with the number of users. So growth is its top priority, said Evan Williams, Twitter’s chief executive. “If we spent time monetizing early on, it would have meant we weren’t doing other things that made the product better for users,” he said. Registrations have grown 600 percent over the last year.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

it ain't nothing but a's everything.

Play it. Play it.

Oh My FFFin' Gosh...It's Jack White, Sofia Coppola, Kate Moss an'........,...... turn it UP!

The First Time Ever I saw Your Face

Frankie Avalon, William Shatner, Zsa Zsa Gabor and the Carpenters...

...thing is, this video's like hearing or seeing Michael Jackson or Stevie Wonder for the first time. Karen Carpenter is, to use a phrase from Elvis Costello...Beyond Belief.

Good night sweet, Karen. Revel in it. You are beyond belief.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


As part of the MATRIX 30th Anniversary Events:
(Hoping I can make this one...)

Artist and Curator in Conversation
Nayland Blake and Lawrence Rinder

Sunday, October 19, 3 p.m.
Museum Theater
Admission Free!

As per BAM/PFA web blast -- "Our yearlong celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the MATRIX program continues with a public conversation between artist Nayland Blake, who was featured in the program in 1989, and Lawrence Rinder, MATRIX curator from 1988 to 1998 and current director of BAM/PFA.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see Nayland Blake, whose work explores the complexities of identity, race, relationships, and representation, and has revealed a diverse set of interests and concerns—from popular culture and Camp to the queer body in the age of AIDS and the legacy of racism in America."

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Philanthropy Forward

David Friedman: The earthquake engineer is a member of the San Francisco Foundation's board of trustees and sits on its investment committee. Together with his wife, he has directed up to $3 million over the past two decades to fight poverty through donor-advised funds.

Point-and-click giving

From the Chronicle this past Sunday, October 12, 2008:

The San Francisco Foundation created its donor-advised Web portal in 1999, at a time when only five other community foundations had point-and-click giving. Since then, Web-based giving has become ubiquitous, and San Francisco donors have used the site to send $152 million to Bay Area nonprofits.

"Technology has helped keep donors philanthropically informed," Hernández said. "If there's a hurricane, they can go on our site, see the places we researched to give and - boom! - make a grant."

Dr. Sandra R. Hernández (CEO, San Francisco Foundation) also maintains a medical practice at S.F. General Hospital where she is EVERY Friday, according to the Chronicle. Wow.

And John Killacky, program officer for arts and culture, is amazing -- real mentor figure.

Shriver's Not behind Palin

FROM (SF Chronicle)

And, Shriver said, Palin has clearly evoked passions on both sides.

"I've been at dinner tables, and people start screaming about Sarah Palin ... and they don't scream that way about Barack (Obama) and John McCain, and I find that very interesting," she said.

"Let me just say the debate swirling around her, and around women in general, has been heated, confusing, conflicted, interesting, emotional. It has been, in many ways, a thought-provoking year for women of all ages and all choices."

Shriver, a Democrat, has endorsed her party's presidential candidate, Obama; her husband, a Republican, has endorsed McCain.

She said she remains impressed with Obama, particularly "his temperament."

"I found him from the beginning to be a man of calmness, very collected, introspective and really steady temperament ... and I think it's important in life and particularly important in a leader," said Shriver, who is the niece of Sen. Edward Kennedy and of the late President John F. Kennedy.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Robt. Williams Lecture at Oakland Museum

"I see this as conceptual realism, you can think whatever you want..."

"...his head becomes a hole...but he only has a small penial devise to satisfy himself with."

open museum

Francesco Spagnolo presents in MemoryLab at MAGNES as an introduction to John Fox of memoryminer.

All very much in-line with yesterday's presentation at UC.

Gotta blog this all together.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

FW: okapi

The Scholar’s Box is a four-year U.S. Department of Education project to develop models for creating and sharing open and reusable digital collections to improve campus scholarship and K-12 education. The Scholar’s Box is supported in part by the US Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE Grant # P116B040739).

Leah Wittman, Project Lead
Amy Kimball, Finance Manager
Elizabeth Ha, Media Production Manager


Raymond Yee’s Scholar’s Box Software
An early inspiration for this project

Mankita, Isaac et al. “A Handful of Things:Calisphere’s Themed Collections from the California Digital Library” D-Lib Magazine. May 2006.
Describes data gathering and design process of Calisphere Themed Collections.

Scholar’s Box eLiterature Review

Case Studies of Digital Collections Use

Focus Group Report:

Catalia Digitization Lab:
Created to pilot digitization and digital asset management services

Curiosity Box
An effort to collect feedback and “prized research and teaching resources” from a broad range of faculty. This project is on hold.

Anthropology Digital Resource Pool:
Designed to facillitate sharing of digital research and teaching materials

Open Archaeology Collection
Open access materials for teaching archaeology

Remixing Catalhoyuk

This multimedia exhibit shares the products and process of an international team of archaeologists

Okapi Island in Second Life

An offshoot of the Remixing Catalhoyuk project and an effort to explore the project goals within the more immersive, social, and participatory environment of Second Life

Omeka Theme

Our Omeka theme will provide an open source solution for publishing our digital collections

Media Vault Program

Many of the technologies and practices pioneered in the Scholar’s Box have been folded into the campu-wide Media Vault Program

FreeCulture Conf 2008

The End, the living end.....

She keeps Moet and Chandon in her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says, just like Marie Antoinette
A built in remedy for Khrushchev and Kennedy
And anytime an invitation you can decline
Caviar and cigarettes well versed in etiquette
Extr'ordinarily nice

She's a killer queen gunpowder gelatine, dynamite with a lazer beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind... (anytime)
Recommended at the price Insatiable an appetite (wanna try?)

To avoid complications, she never kept the same address
In conversation, she spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China went down to Geisha Minah
Then again incidentally if you're that way inclined
Perfume came naturally from Paris (naturally)
For cars she couldn't care less, fastidious and precise

She's a killer queen gunpowder gelatine
Dynamite with a lazer beam, guaranteed to blow your mind (anytime)
Recommended at the price, Insatiable an appetite (wanna try?)

Drop of a hat she's as willing as a playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action, temporarily out of gas
To absolutely drive you wild, wild
She's out to get you
She's a killer queen gunpowder gelatine
dynamite with a lazer beam, guaranteed to blow your mind (anytime)
Recommended at the price, insatiable an appetite (wanna try?)

Gwanna cry an' cry an'......

Main Entry: ba·thos \ˈbā-ˌthäs\
Function: noun
Etymology: Greek, literally, depth
Date: 1727
1 a: the sudden appearance of the commonplace in otherwise elevated matter or style b: anticlimax. 2: exceptional commonplaceness : triteness. 3: insincere or overdone pathos : sentimentalism.


RUIN -- an old Philly Hardcord band that gigged down in Baltimore a coupla times in the 80s. "He Ho, the world's on fire..."

Nobel Prize for Bunny

File under "Life Imitates Art"

Artist Eduardo Kac writes, "My transgenic artwork "GFP Bunny" comprises the creation of a green fluorescent rabbit, the public dialogue generated by the project, and the social integration of the rabbit. GFP stands for green fluorescent protein. "GFP Bunny" was realized in 2000 and first presented publicly in Avignon, France. Transgenic art, I proposed elsewhere [1], is a new art form based on the use of genetic engineering to transfer natural or synthetic genes to an organism, to create unique living beings. This must be done with great care, with acknowledgment of the complex issues thus raised and, above all, with a commitment to respect, nurture, and love the life thus created."

Yahoo! News reports 2008, MBL scientist Osamu Shimomura wins Nobel Prize for discovery of green fluorescent protein

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA — Osamu Shimomura, a senior scientist emeritus and Corporation member at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of green fluorescent protein (GFP), one of the most important tools in contemporary science and medicine for illuminating life at the microscopic level.

Aequorea, the jellyfish from which green fluorescent protein is derived.

Friday, October 10, 2008

really, really not sure what to think...

jeanz Fri, Oct 10, 2008, 9:25 PM

I would have to say..its not the old britney. Its def. BETTER AND SEXIER! this time it isnt so force like how it was when she was 17!She's on her way back to the top..lets hope she stays there this time!!

popis Fri, Oct 10, 2008, 9:36 PM

IT'S BRITNEY B*TCH!!!!!She's totally back!!!! real!!!!Biggest comeback EVER!!!!!

BlueEyedBitchyGirl Fri, Oct 10, 2008, 9:37 PM

I love Britney! SHES BAAAA-aaaCK! Go girl!

Dulcie Fri, Oct 10, 2008, 9:39 PM

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

definetly back Fri, Oct 10, 2008, 9:40 PM

she's def back. so fierce. YOU GO GIRL

Great Show in Milwaukee

Thursday, October 09, 2008

All the News that's Fit to Print

According to Chris “Long Tail” Anderson, Christopher Hitchens wrote in his Letters to a Young Contrarian that he “checks his vital signs by grabbing the front page of the New York Times."

Always sweet and irascible, Hitchens notes, “All the News that’s Fit to Print,’ it says. It’s been saying that for decades, day in and day out. I imagine that most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice the bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture."

In fact "All the News that's Fit to Print" has been the slogan since some time around the Civil War, which is even more damning, and a lot of folks are keenly aware of the slogan since the paper's an American icon but anyway...

Hitchens goes on, "...I myself check every day to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it’s as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse.”

Now, I felt the same in the months/years immediately following 9/11, especially the one morning when a lead column started, "According to the administration...” and the article to follow was about the status of world affairs…. (what administration?! The Bush administration?!).

All that is to say that today my NY Times' HOME section -- that usually is a paean to Martha Stewart and excess -- was today something of a wake up call.

Oh, sure. Hitchens is right, but today I was struck by the NY Times' choice of stories in its titled HOME section. The headlines and images are as follows:

Move Up? Move Out? Families Squeeze In

“Although the poor are most often associated with crowded living conditions, upper-middle-class professionals like Dr. Shaw and Ms. Avery are increasingly choosing to live in a small apartment in Manhattan because they cannot afford to upgrade to a two-bedroom and they do not want to move to the suburbs.”

MASTER ILLUSIONISTS Dina Weiss and Jason Severs have given up the bedroom in their Lower East Side home to their children, Matilda and Sam, to share. Now, they sleep in a former closet.

MAKING IT HOME by Leslie Kaufman

Can the design of a home improve the lives of severely wounded veterans and their families?

And lastly a domestic profile of the Oklahoma City home ofMaestro of the Apocalypse Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.

The areas surrounding his house are described as "...vacant lots on either side of the main house [that] belong to him as well. In Flaming Lips circles, the ever-expanding property is known simply as the compound."

“It’s our firewall,” Mr. Coyne said, standing under a pecan tree in the fenced-in courtyard surrounded by the houses. “It staves off the crack dealers.”

We are cramped, wounded and crazy in America right now. And apparently, now it's fit to print.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

...and i KNOW this guy?!!

Here's John Maccabee looking fantastic, doing amazing things and getting profiled in Smithsonian Magazine!

No, c'mon, really? I know this guy?!

check out the article and his company.

Sunday, October 05, 2008


I DUG it! The Chronicle wasn't overly enthusiastic.

(l to r) Amaya Alonso Hallifax and Ben Freeman star in the world premiere of Itamar Moses’ Yellowjackets at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Photo courtesy of

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Memories of Shanghai

Robbie Cohn called the other day asking about Karen's and my trip to Shanghai (2005). Man, what a great trip.

Here I visit the Center for Jewish Studies, Shanghai.

I am posting now, so I can share with Dr. Pan Guang there.

Friday, October 03, 2008

magnes gets cwf for bowls!

The MAGNES just received the Creative Work Fund grant to work with Jewlia Eisenberg on a project based on ancient incantation bowls! The grant's highly competitive. The project will kick off with an installation at Djerassi Program - the 1st collaboration of its sort between Djerassi and another Bay Area Arts organization. Much to be proud of here.

(image: an incantation bowl in George Blumenthal's office n.y.c. Thanks, Francesco for all the hook ups....photographer: j.g.l.)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

conspiracy theory

Right now listening to Jello Biafra and V. Vale at 924 Gilman.

It's a real trip to be in the same room as Jello Biafra. He sounds so much like Jello Biafra, it's eerie.

Both Vale and Biafra are still so grassroots, it's astounding. Really FFFin' fantastic actually.

Vale came in with a box of RE/Search and his OWN tablecloth. I loved that. If you ever do any kind of pamphleteering or promotion you'd understand that your own tablecloth means you are ready for anything. I bought the Modern Pagans book. It's got a recent profile of Genesis P-Orridge.

The night was a real recharge. Really small crowd. Mainly kids into the punk scene c.2008. Jello did some great rants in all his voices.

Jello says:

Don't hate the media: be the media.

We all believe what we want to believe.

About kids on the internet and self-publishing -- You don't exist unless you advertise yourself [and I'm not sure that's good]. That creeps me out.

He wants to "spread some positive disease."

Doing something is better than nothing.

About alternative culture disseminated through mainstream outlets -- Tomorrow's weird people or shitsters need to find the thing that will change their lives.

This evening was some real lo-fi, D.I.Y. sh*t that reminds me of the youthful energy that's got me to where I'm at on this planet. Very fulfilling. Glad to be here now.

The event was to support the Green Party slate for the Rent Stabilization Board in Berkeley. My invite came from Jesse "D.J. Luscious" Townley. Run, Jesse, run.

Chris Anderson

"One of the features of powerlaws is that they are 'fractal,' which is to say that no matter how far you zoom in they still look like powerlaws.

Mathematicians describe this as the "self similarity" at multiple scales, but what it means is that the long tail is made of many minitails, each of which is its own little world."

Chris Anderson's Little World, Long, Long and Longer Tail.........


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

With Best Wishes for Rosh Hashanah - #1 in Heaven!

Sparks : Number One Song in Heaven (Ron & Russell Mael, Giorgio Moroder)

It's number one, all over heaven
It's number one, all over heaven
It's number one, all over heaven
The number one song all over heaven

If you should die before you wake
If you should die while crossing the street
The song that you'll hear, I guarantee

It's number one, all over heaven
It's number one, all over heaven
It's number one, all over heaven
The number one song all over heaven

The one that's the rage up here in the clouds
Loud as a crowd or soft as a doubt
Lyrically weak, but the music's the thing

Gabriel plays it,
God how he plays it
Gabriel plays it,
God how he plays it
Gabriel plays it,
God how he plays it
Gabriel plays it, let's hear him play it

The song filters down, down through the clouds
It reaches the earth and winds all around
And then it breaks up in millions of ways

It goes la, la, la......

In cars it becomes a hit
In your homes it becomes advertisements
And in the streets it becomes the children singing

RE/Search: I am a kid all over again...


RE/Search grew out of Search & Destroy, which Jello Biafra, Dead Kennedys founder, called “the best punk rock publication, ever. It combined art and photography with in-depth interviews and articles.” Every RE/Search book continues the Punk Rock Cultural Revolution, but strives to provide permanent inspiration to artists/cultural scientists of the future, providing careful editing, reference sections, photos, art and anthropological history.

The books in the RE/Search library are a constant source of imagination, curiosity and challenge to all preconceived notions of the world. Vale’s love of literature and particularly his obsession with the novelists JG Ballard and William S. Burroughs, the prophets of the twenty-first century whose mission inspired Vale’s own, to, in Burroughs’ words, “Wise up the marks.” The paranoid visions of these two writers could never be more timely or accurate. RE/Search offers an excellent volume on Burroughs and Gysin as well...

Re/ about forward slash

Support DJ Luscious

I am going to an event at 924 Gilman tomorrow.

First time at 924 Gilman. First time meeting Jell-O Biafra.

First time at an East Bay, grassroots political event.

First time for Jesse Townley who has taught me that getting involved, even if you ain't got time or money, means something over lunch at the Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe.

His hockey stats rock.

everything old is new again...

..and I'm sayin' this hip Jewish thing's old; but my sermon today about Reb Luria of S'fed...who I googled, who Madonna's got a song called "Isaac" about, got me lost at

Jewliscious, which is "old." again?

I read the lyrics, by the way...they're sorta 'ouch,' really bad..I don' wanna post 'em.