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February 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm

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On to day three…

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It’s funny the resistance I have to writing my posts beforehand. Even though the interface isn’t all that friendly, and I don’t have a client loaded on this laptop, I’d rather write on the lj post page than use my word processor. Well this is a little attempt to overcome that resistance.

Yesterday was another sunny day out here. I got into see my friend Kim Anno’s panel on shifting abstraction in the morning. After it ended, I ran into Prof Ray K. who is, I gotta say – so very cute ( sorry about the objectification, Ray) and who made the astute remark that on the whole, the attendees of CAA are not the most prepossessing bunch. It’s sadly true, I’ve seen many more downtown bums on this trip who have turned my head than conference goers. That being said, it has been wonderful to connect with so many pals at CAA. It feels like a part of my life that has fallen by the wayside a bit.

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In the afternoon I ditched to meet up with the Dave White, who braved the pain of his surgical recovery to take me first to a great Mexican place in Silverlake for lunch and then a couple of doors down to a little thrift store that reminded me of how terribly picked over all the places in New York are. I managed to get out the door with only a couple of purchases, luckily. And then I gave him a mission: trusting to his impeccable taste I told him to take me to Amoeba and “metal me up” unfortunately, I didn’t get to meet Extreem Aaron, nor Alonzo who had work related stress disorder, but I did get to have the great experience of sitting in the store while Dave said, yeah you should have this , yeah this too. I was ready to splurge on a Plasmatics T-shirt but the cashier couldn’t figure out how to get one and it was getting late. Now when I get home I get to experience the blissful brutality as I ponder the futility of all things not metal.

There’s another weird thing: I’m traveling around without any sort of disc playback device. CDs have become just the thing I carry the music home on, before I rip them to my hard drive: a software delivery system.

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February 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

It cleared up….

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Free wifi is scarce on the ground here so I can’t really spend time looking through LJ. It’ll be hit and run posts for the most part, written while i sit in the hotel lobby with the chatty barista. I’ll post a picture of what the inside of the academic art world looks like, but for now I’ll say that I am once again confounded by the distances of LA. Practically everything sprawls out of control. It’s a four block walk from on e end of the convention center to another, which is pretty damn funny to think about but not to experience.

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February 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm

But it’s overcast…

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So, made it into LA last night despite some boneheaded maneuvers on my part. I’ve managed to work out Saturday accommodations, so thanks to all the people who offered. The hotel I’m staying in is a little funky, but good value for the money.

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February 25, 2009 at 11:45 am

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Hey LA…

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I’ll be getting into town tomorrow evening, and will be leaving Sunday evening on the red eye.

I’ll be staying at Stay hotel in downtown for the first four nights, and I’m looking for a place to stay Saturday.

I’ve been in contact with a couple of people already, but if you want to get in touch with me comment here (they’re screened) and I’ll touch base. Hope to see you soon!

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February 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

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Wet inside…

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February 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

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Wet outside…

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February 18, 2009 at 9:56 am

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