September 2007

i had to go renew my visa last week. they’ve changed the building you do it at:

which normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but the building they changed it to seems to be some sort of temple to kitsch:

when i was there there was a couple out front taking wedding shots. along the front are a row of topless women as lightposts:

along the backyard of the building are a row of cherubs and along the side half and fully naked men and women. it’s definately the oddest building i’ve ever had to go to to renew my visa. my first impression was that it may have been a love motel or hostess bar before. but the building feels too small for such things. another possiblity is that it was a brothel that was converted. it’s probably something uninteresting like the owner of the building defaulted on a loan and so the government took it over. whatever it is, it’s definatly high kitsch. intially i was pretty dumbfounded by it, but now i’m pretty much in love with it and have already gone back once to take more pictures of it.

ah, i think i have it. i bet it was a ktv(karaoke) before. the size is just about right and some of them have crazy architecture like this.


roseanne cash recalls what it was like to go to school the day after bob dylan appeared on her father’s television show:

On June 8, 1969, I walked in to Holy Cross School in Ventura, California, and into my eighth-grade classroom with a new mandate of confidence and coolness. My dad’s television show, The Johnny Cash Show, had aired the night before and his guest had been Bob Dylan. My dad and Bob had sat at the edge of a small stage, wearing hip black suits, with only their two acoustic guitars, and had sung a duet of “Girl From the North Country.” The entire country, or at least my entire generation, was buzzing. It was a certifiable, seminal musical event. My new mandate was justified thusly: the English teacher who had told my entire class, right in front of me — only to pretend that he had forgotten that I was there — that none of my dad’s work was worth listening to, save perhaps “Folsom Prison Blues”; the boy who had said my dad couldn’t sing and could barely talk; the nuns who had made nasty comments about my dad’s profession and attendant personal catastrophes … they could all kiss my ass. They could at least back off. No one was cooler than my dad, well, no one but Bob Dylan. But even Bob Dylan thought no one was cooler than my dad. Everything was forgiven under the terms of my new mandate (at least until MUCH later): the long absences, the drugs, the overnight jail stay, the infidelity, the bizarre and dangerous behavior and the divorce. The stratospheric level of coolness witnessed the evening before on television healed and dissolved just about every problem I had in my 14-year-old life.

via taking it back to the roots.

quiddity, has a disturbing(but not all that surprising) post on fashion and stupid moms. why would anyone use a 13 year old to model adult clothes? are there women out there that look to 13 year olds as role models? maybe i don’t want the answer to that last question…

the server’s temporarily down, so if you’re wondering what happened to the pictures – that’s the scoop!

heino and jerry have done it again and posted a fantastic album by nino nardini. great sci-fi space sounds. is anyone making music in a similiar vein today? somehow i doubt it. it certainly puts a lot of sci-fi soundtracks to shame. via pcl linkdump.

awhile back kodak did an online survey about film usage among photographers. well the results have been released:

Kodak Survey Shows that Professional Photographers Remain Ardent Users of Film
More Than Three-Quarters of Photographers Surveyed Will Continue to Use Film, Even as Some Embrace Digital Technology, “It’s An ‘And’ World Where Digital and Film Co-exist and Complement Each Other”

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 19 — A survey of more than 9,000 professional photographers in the U.S. shows that film continues to have an avidfollowing, with 75 percent of photographers saying they will continue to use film, even as some embrace digital imaging technology. The results of the U.S. survey, conducted by the Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK), mirror the results of a similar survey the company recently conducted in Europe, where more than two-thirds of professional photographers surveyed plan to continue using film.

good news for us devoted to film usage. now if kodak(and polaroid) would just start promoting their film stock instead of ignoring it.

what do you do when a somewhat sleazy motel in your town is set to be demolished? have a party/happening of course:

the link above has links to various galleries of still photos from the night as well. somehow, this makes me a little homesick for seattle.

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