Thursday, February 24, 2005
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
John's video is running wild on the fan sites and there's a possiblity it could get MTV air time. That is frightening. John is one of the best kept secrets in music and sometimes it's nice to be one of the few people who know about him, kind of like wearing a one-of-a-kind dress to a party. I read somewhere that he claims to have about 100,000 core fans, people who will buy everything he puts out. I count myself as one of those.
Some of the other albums he released in the past year(that's right within a year's time): Automatic Writing, Sphere in the Heart of Silence, DC EP, Inside of Emptiness, Shadows Collide with People and The Will to Death. They're ALL original and span different genres of music.
Curtains is a beautiful CD. It's just John and his guitar. The video, directed by Mike Piscitelli and produced by Partizan, is shot inside his Hollywood home. It's simple and reflective of John as an artist. I think this is the year that John breaks out and in a way, that's unfortunate.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
"If I'm not able to express myself through music I'll probably die" needs to learn she won't die and that she can still sing even after American Idol. For the girl who missed her son, good for her. American Idol is not the end all.
Friday, February 04, 2005
For writers out there who've never been to a writer's retreat, I highly recommend trying it and I highly recommend University of Minnesota's Split Rock Arts Program. I went about three years ago. It was a one-week retreat in Duluth, Minnesota in the summertime. It wasn't a snooty writers' workshop, although there are many of those. It was practical for beginners as well as published writers.
The thing that blew me away was the talent in my group. I learned a lot from all of them.
It was hard work but fun and I met so many interesting people. My roomie, we stayed in the dorms, is still one of my good friends. She is a filmmaker and writes screenplays. I also keep in touch with another, who is just about to have her first book published.
Shay Youngblood was our leader. We wrote to music. Some of the music that we listened to in the workshop, I still listen to today. Shay's written several books including "Soul Kiss" and "Black Girl in Paris." I've also seen some of her work in O magazine. She inspired me to take on a writer's life.
Here's a preview of some of the classes they're offering this summer. I believe the cost is about $600.
June 26-July 2
The Short-Short Story
Fabric Collage and the Stitched Mark
Landscape and Memory: A Workshop in Poetry and Prose
Stretching: A Drawing Workshop
Sally Brown and Sally Nystrom
Creating a Dream: Illustrating Children's Picture Books
Woodcut Printing: East Meets West
Knitwear: Exploring Color and Design
Interpreting the Landscape: A Drawing and Painting Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
All I Want To Do Is Paint: A Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Writing Toward a Just World
SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Designing Commissioned Textiles
SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Fiber Arts Brainstorm: Ideas and Experiments
SPLIT ROCK SHORT: Photographing Urban Communities
Wing Young Huie
SPLIT ROCK SHORT: The Fiction Writer's Fingerprint
SPLIT ROCK SHORT: The Expanded Hand: Introduction to Digital Drawing
Creating Your Future
The Essence of Place: A Watercolor Workshop
The Complex Cloth
Intimate Terrain: The Art of Knotting
Ed Bing Lee
Telling True Stories: The Art of the Personal Essay
Scott Russell Sanders
The Alphabetized World: A Poetry Workshop
Drawing for the Truly Terrified: A Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Sally Brown and Sally Nystrom
Between Grass and Sky: A Nonfiction Writing Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Art and Design From Nature: A Screenprinting Workshop
Fashion Design: Function, Form, and Fit
Wool Work: Surface Design and Techniques
The Secret River: Mentoring and the Practice of Poetry
The Third Eye: Painting in a New Century
Writing the Travel Memoir: Spirit, Place, and Change
Writing in New Ways: A Fiction Workshop
The Five Elements: A Mixed-Media Drawing Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Reinventing Reality: A Fiction Writing Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center
Writing the Book-Length Literary Memoir
Paulette Bates Alden
The Anti-Masterpiece: An Alternative Approach to Artists' Books
Warp and Fabric Painting for Weavers
Beneath the Surface: Fabric and Fiber as Expressive Media
Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy
Shaping the Page:Playing With Poetic Forms
July 31-August 6
Transformations and Translations: Surface Design for Art Quilts
The Geometry of Hand Knitting
Writing as Collage
Literary Journalism: Writing Portraits of People and Place
Sara Mansfield Taber
Digital Textile Design
The Recollected Landscape: Painting From Observation and Memory
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
He said the Microsoft building in Bangalore is "cute." Lots of plants, glass windows. Like American workers, he gets two 15 minute breaks and one half hour break. He can take them when he wants but he has to punch in and out. Ick. There is a "sports room" with games. But he said there's no time to play. Microsoft pays well. He has a four year engineering degree and plans to get a master's. He'd like to study in the US but says it's too expensive.
Here's a surprise: THERE AREN'T ANY STARBUCKS. They have Barista and Coffee Day coffeehouses. What's the deal Starbucks?
He works the 2:30 am shift to 11:30 am shift.
He says Americans are nice. He has had a few calls from very angry Americans. They say that he's stolen American jobs. He says he understands.
It's a small world getting smaller.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
I call MS and they say they can send me a Windows XP CD and help me recover my computer. I figured since their software messed up my computer, they'd overnight it. Nope. 7-10 days. My CD arrived today.
I called Microsoft and the call center couldn't help me without knowing what key to press to boot up using the CD-Rom first. MS didn't know Toshiba's key? Isn't that something they should know, or at least be able to look up easily? So MS says I need to call Toshiba and he'll call me back tomorrow. MS guy is already booked up for the day and the guy that "owns my case" is off today.
So there's the update. I've decided that I'm going to try and learn how to use Linux after this experience. It's the only way I can fight back.