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Archive for October 2003

A little different:

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Five Small Joys From Today:
1 – The flavor of what Hale and Hearty listed as “Boston Baked Bean soup with Smoked Sausage”: it actually reminded me of the baked beans of my youth and the ones I have made.
2 – Hearing my friend George’s voice on the phone as we planned our trip together this weekend. It’s been almost a year.
3 – Actually filing the small heap of papers that had accumulated on my desk
4 – Receiving my dvd of “The Hypnotic Eye”: trashy, quirky, filled with screeching line readings and actresses tearing their own faces off
5 – Being asked to do a job I think is very important. I was surprised that the forces that be would even think to ask me.

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October 23, 2003 at 3:42 pm

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Felled by weather…

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It’s chilly here now. Time to return to the rituals of temperature regulation in the shower: my landlord’s aged water heater and whimsical pipes mean that the water goes from tepid (25 seconds) to steam (1 minute, 16 seconds) to frigid (6 minutes). any attempts to even out the temp means dexterity like a safe cracker’s applied to the funky taps. As an added pleasure, there is a 4 second delay between the tap adjustment and any result. So imgine the intricate ballet that occurs in the morning as I attemt to manipulate the taps, lather, rinse, soap, adjust etc., etc. Is it any wonder I stink perhaps more than I should?
On a lighter note I woke myself up in the wee hours with a series of ideas for piieces, got out my notebook, recorded them actactually got back to sleep! Will any of them turn into actual pieces? I dunno, but I’m attracted to this idea that involves fifty video monitors and a lot of slapping.
Yesterday my collaborator sent me pictures of our pieces installed in the show at Yerba Buena in San Franciso. Everything looks a little creepy, and a little sad. I wonder if it’s chilly there.

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October 23, 2003 at 10:01 am

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Cubism

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Well as some sort of a “reward” for some sort of “achievement” I went out and bought myself a Game cube. Just another way to waste the 18 minutes or so a day that I haven’t wasted already. I’m much more of a recreational gamer than a hardcore one: things like colecovision and pong were the provence of my rich “spoiled’ relatives and I only had a grudging access to them once every few months. Speaking of which: electronic gaming monthly is crap for the most part, but this is definitely worth a look: http://www.egmmag.com/article2/0,4364,1338730,00.asp

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October 20, 2003 at 10:55 am

What I did, did I?

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Ok, so here it is: I now have three shows up: new work in London, retrospective at the Tang in Saratoga Springs, and collaboarative video installations in San Francisco. So i think i can say that the harvest season is over. Next official deadline: new two channel video piece for group show in Jan. This harks back to what things were like for me twelve years ago, except then I didn’t have the added workload of running a graduate program. I wish I knew some other way to work, to be honest. This week I was frantically getting the videos for SF made into DVDs and fedexed so that they would arrive on time, Meanwhile there was a huge opening in Saratoga, attended by my Mother and Sister as well as a number of friends. After the dinner, I djed a dance party for the Skidmore students, an interesting effort since the record collection I was using started in the early sixties and ended around ’91. Luckily they all came ready to dance, so the only real problem was that their hopping up and down made the turntables skip on occasion.
I think this post should be firmly filed under count your blessings. Although each of these projects brought up wildly varied emotions, moment to moment , each was an oppurtunity I am grateful for:a chance most people in my field don’t have. I wish that I could proceed through them with grace, rather than by causing drama for the other people who work with me. Drama through shutting down and being uncommunicative. Drama through waiting til the last minute. Yes, everything got to where it needed to be at the right time but it still is at the expense of frayed nerves, for people that I know and care about. SO here’s a public apology to everyone who deserves one.

(side note to the shrink: just noticing that I can’t talk about good news without talking about how badly I’ve behaved – that must get a bit tedious for you, eh?)

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October 19, 2003 at 11:38 am

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October 19, 2003 at 10:33 am

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By the Light …

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Still on a LJ honeymoon. Is it the agreeable sensation of wasting time at work? Or the feeling of being at a party where you get to talk to folks for exactly as long as you want? As a person who takes a long time to feel comfortable and warm up in unstructured situations, I love having to get a glimpse inside peoples’ psyches before having to make the halting first bits of conversation. Two quick bits of reflection about online life: Does anyone else have the feeling that LJ is killing off the Bears Mailing List? Traffic on the BML seems way down, and mostly restricted to club announcements. I know several prominent posters have made their way over to here. Personally I find it a much more workable and richer format here. Secondly, I’m finally on Friendster and I find it completely daunting and baffling. Lots of work for a thin gruel of endorsements and truncated messages. Is this a generational problem? When I browse though there everyone seems a good 15-20 years younger than me. Maybe it’s just one of the many things I’m not getting these days.

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October 13, 2003 at 9:37 am

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my first meme

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Age:43
Boyfriend: only exes at this point – god bless ’em
Chore you hate: was trained to hate the very concept of “chore” by my family (not intentionally) to my current regret
Dad’s name: Nayland
Essential make-up item: gloom
Favorite actress: Mink Stole
Gold or silver: aluminum, rubber, cotton duck
Hometown: NYC
Instruments you play: once played recorder with Sun Ra’s Arkestra
Job title: chair
Kids: Nothing but, it seems some days
Living arrangements: Five room apartment in Brooklyn, crammed with 43 years worth of crap
Mom’s Name: Joan
Number of people you’ve slept with: low hundreds I guess
Overnight hospital stays: tonsils, appendix
Phobia: deadlines and disapproval
Quote you like: “From the depths of hell I summon thee – Me Zombie Flygirls!” The leprechaun, from Leprechaun 4 – in the ‘hood
Rude habit you have: not returning phone calls
Siblings: sister, who rocks, by the way.
Time you wake up: 6:50 am.
Unique habit: the longer i live the more i notice that my supposed singularities are ubiquitous.
Vegetable you refuse to eat: down on zucchini these days – overrated
Worst habit: self destruction – see just about all responses above
X-rays you’ve had: the usual, yet the implant remains undetected
Yummy food you make: soup
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius- what else? (stolen from robert510)

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October 12, 2003 at 10:26 am

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