21 December 2008
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25 November 2008
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09 October 2008
27 September 2008
25 September 2008
24 September 2008
10 September 2008
25 August 2008
21 August 2008
FASCINATIONS OF LATE:
- INTERNET DATING SERVICES BASED ON LOGARITHMIC ALGORITHMS & RIGID PERSONALITY QUESTIONNAIRES: "i'm thinking, bring your friend or better yet your sister who is the exact opposite of you just in case." (not recommended)
- INTERVENTION (the tv show)
- BELUGA 24-HOUR LIFE-CASTING (recommended) (way better than anything on justin.tv ever)
19 August 2008
04 August 2008
31 July 2008
17 July 2008
15 July 2008
21 June 2008
17 June 2008
Richard & Alan Bishop of sun city girls play the Whippersnapper Gallery tomorrow night at 8pm in tribute to deceased band member Charles Gocher (middle youtube video). $15 at soundscapes which is right down the street from the venue. Stuff of legend.
16 June 2008
11 June 2008
"Magnificent structure. Hands down, the most pitying since preembryonic bending of the circle square. An undone halfbred free range feeler of a record, unflinching in the slitbreeze chaos of developmental clamor."
"A corpse voyage."
"Harsher realities more real than the highest planes of existence. Truly superb. Tantamount to a declaration of war on all pithy platitudes & Neo-Stallone ironic queef humour of the Post-911-Tila-Tiquila-Romantic-Era."
"9.5 out of 10 asterisks on the asterisk scale."
"...Benevolent boy creatures create aural architecture whilst falling gracefully from acrobatic heights.... using a highly developed acoustic nomenclature... to the effect of a revival of pre-raphaelite stoic lyricism."
06 June 2008
04 June 2008
29 May 2008
19 May 2008
08 May 2008
29 May - Deep Dark United at the Tranzac at 10 o'clock. FREE
30 May - No Gold (formerly known as Yukon; toured with Adrian Orange last year, they're amazing) at the Drake unfortunately $?
31 May - St. Dirt Elementary School (wonderful local weird jazz) at the Tranzac at 10 o'clock FREE (probably)
07 May 2008
imagine yourself seated in a comfortable chair now imagine your eyes closed imagining your insides black gooey velvety texture imagine how peach fuzz soft your heart is warm & squirming like a black rat in your hands now imagine the buzzcocks coming thru the floorboards from the apartment below:
i begin to piece together the puzzle i feel a warm hum come over me i feel the dogs tongue on my face...
dear bridget riley,
when you say forever do you mean forever?
in my mind we're already married.
no one is going to be willing to love me in such a way when they find out i love you.
and i've been thinking about what you said about you & what you said about me & about everybody else you really love and want to be with.
i dunno if you love me, maybe you do. i mean, i know you do. but obviously not like i love you. which is ok.
but i think if you did love me you'd take some responsibility for it & not dick me around & say shit to make me stick around like "some day" kinda shit. because it has a huge effect on me, in everything i do. and i wish it didn't but it does.
so i think you should decide, if not now, when. either to tell me to fuck off it's not going to work. or be with me & love me. i love you so fucking much i don't want to feel like this ever again.
if you love me, you should want me to be happy, whatever that is. that's rhetoric, but true.
i don't want to be the guy on the side, i'm not oblivious to what goes on in your life. i don't want to live my life totally loving you only to find out you've fallen in love with someone else & are now getting married & having kids & etc.
this isn't a rehash and this isn't an ultimatum. this is me finally completely decisively know what i want.
your companion always,
03 May 2008
Isle of Bile
28 April 2008
26 April 2008
23 April 2008
22 April 2008
20 April 2008
hey, anybody feel like making some records?
today 'trans-elders' (for now) are working on some 'unplugged' renditions of songs for future outdoors show, we'll be on Rob's balcony if interested, after 6:30. Alex, outdoors music, soon?
17 April 2008
16 April 2008
14 April 2008
Also, music at my house (or the house that Linton used to live in) on Saturday April 26th (also happens to be my birthday). If you want to play, COME. If you want to play something besides CAREER, email me, or reply, or just come with what you need. There might be free food. Oh, and everybody has to learn happy birthday on something (preferably the spoons, not that I'm nit-picking). BOLD TEXT.
13 April 2008
11 April 2008
The Residents covering Elvis ^
The Lounge Lizards
i hope you all enjoy this wonderufl program. there are other videos too - people like leonard cohen, richard thompson, pharoah sanders, pere ubu and lots more.
07 April 2008
"After all, the essential difference between cities and suburbs lies in the diversity and density of the former, the lack thereof in the latter. Since most growth occurs in the suburbs, perhaps it's not surprising that corporate thinking has become lazy and one-dimensional. Clearly, operating in the city requires they learn to walk and chew gum at the same time. In a city, they can't just throw up boxes that sit dumbly in the middle of a parking lot. [...] To build downtown is to build within a context. It requires intelligence, creativity and a little sophistication. That may be asking a lot of these corporations, but then, they take a lot from Toronto. That's why they want to be here."
-Christopher Hume, in this
06 April 2008
04 April 2008
03 April 2008
01 April 2008
31 March 2008
"Oneida, Mono, Entrance, Makoto Kawabata of Acid Mothers Temple, Marissa Nadler, Bardo Pond, Tara Jane O'Neil, MV&EE with the Golden Road, Jack Rose and the Black Twig Pickers, Windy and Carl, Kinski, Damon and Naomi, the Bevis Frond, Major Stars, Wooden Shjips, Black Forest/Black Sea, Simply Saucer, Antietam, Tanakh, Grails, Linus Pauling Quartet, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Paik, The Photographic, United Bible Studies, Dead Maids, Hush Arbors, Ignatz, Parlour, Sharon Krauss, Helena Espvall, & Masaki Batoh, Motorpsycho, Sapat, Rob Sharples, Insect Factory, Pelt, and Kohoutek among others."
29 March 2008
27 March 2008
26 March 2008
probably the two greatest influences on my art that i can think of, mike diana & the music of captain beefheart. hope you likewise enjoy alex. (click the picture of the makeout session to download captain beefheart's "lick my decals off baby")
25 March 2008
23 March 2008
22 March 2008
20 March 2008
19 March 2008
14 March 2008
Here's an excerpt from a Toronto Star article from today about this part of Toronto that studies show has the most people with post-graduate degrees in the G.T.A.
"It's a no-brainer to Ken King, who frequents the area, that it's home to the intellectually advanced.
'I'm not surprised because this is an expensive area to live,' he said, adding the neighbourhood's posh highrises, expensive designer boutiques and tony eateries attract business people, lawyers and doctors who can afford to live there."
Why is it that intelligence is thus understood to manifest in expediency and wealth? Is this implying that wealthy people are intelligent, or intelligent people are wealthy? Both are ridiculous. Plus, I think this article is confusing, as so many people do, academic competence & learnedness with intelligence.
05 March 2008
02 March 2008
01 March 2008
Consciousness is independent of space and time. Present is defined by mean consciousness.
First thing to think about: Is our future predetermined? Yes it is, but it is predetermined by us. You see, we're not living in the future, we're living in the present, but just because no one is in the future consciously, it doesn't mean that the future doesn't already exist. Time is a dimension, like an axis on a graph, with values reaching to infinity. Think of time as the distance to a place that you can go to. Think of Jupiter’s moon I.O. Just because we're not on the moon I.O., doesn't mean it's not there. It's just a matter of reaching it. So the future exists, it's there, but our consciousness only exists in the present.
Take a simple function y = t. Say john is running, and we suppose that he runs forever (all in the same direction). The value of y would be his distance from his starting point, and it would depend on the value of t, which is time after he started running. So say when t = 20 seconds, y = 20 meters, meaning that john is 20 meters away from the starting point. So if we were to ask, “where is john in the present?”, we may be disposed to say that in the present, john is 20 meters away from his starting point. But we are then assuming that the present exists at t = 20. This is not necessarily true. The present isn’t determined by t, as t is a variable value that can be anywhere between infinity and negative infinity (the amount of time before he started running). Therefore, the present is not t, but a coordinate of t. The value of t that is the present is the value of t at which john is conscious. So let’s suppose that john is conscious at t = 10, then therefore john’s distance from the starting point would be y = 10 meters. But just because the present is at t = 10, the value of y at t = 20 is still y = 20 meters, just like the value at t = 0 is still y = 0. We know that john will run for an infinite amount of time, and therefore he is at an infinite distance, but because his consciousness is independent of t, he can be conscious at t = 10, and therefore we define the present at t = 10.
To say that the future is not predetermined is to say that there is no future, only present.
Ok, time to get a bit more complicated. Say that mindy is also running, from the same starting point as john, but she starts 10 seconds after he does. That means when t = 20, john is at y = 20 meters, and mindy is at y = 10 (y = t – 10). This means that both mindy and john are in the same place in time, but a different place in space. We also know that when john and mindy are at y = 10, john is at t = 10 and mindy is at t = 20 (t = y + 10). This means that john and mindy are in the same position in space, but in a different position in time. Now if we define the present as being t = 10, then that means that john is consciously at y = 10, and mindy is consciously at y = 0, just beginning to run. Now let’s imagine that mindy wants to travel back in time. Since we’re assuming that mindy existed before she began running, and that she will run forever, then in actuality mindy exists in all times. But what we’re concerned with is the position at which mindy’s consciousness is. So if she is indeed travelling back in time, then really what is happening is that her consciousness is changing position in time. So say her consciousness is at t = 0, 10 seconds away from the position of john’s consciousness. So, at t = 0, let’s say we know that mindy is at y = -10 (10 meters behind where john starts running). Since we know that at t = 0, john is at y = 0, mindy would therefore see john 10 meters ahead of her, but since john’s consciousness is still at t = 10, mindy would not be seeing the conscious john, but the unconscious john, running forwards. She would then see the unconscious john repeat, step for step, everything that the conscious john has already done. This mean’s that the unconscious john’s actions are predetermined by the conscious john.
Now there’s the issue of defining present again. If john’s consciousness is at t = 10, and mindy’s consciousness is at t = 0, then at what position is the present? Well, to understand that, we must look at time travel in the other direction.
Let’s say mindy wants to travel (be conscious) into the future. Let’s say she is conscious at t = 20, at this point, her position in space is y = 10 meters from the starting point. Now john’s consciousness is still at t = 10, so the john at t = 20 is unconscious. So mindy would still see john 10 meters ahead of her, but because john is unconscious at this time, his actions must be predetermined by his conscious self, and his conscious self is still at t = 10. So his actions at t = 20 are determined by his actions at t = 10. This makes intuitive sense because we usually think that choices precede actions, and making a choice is in itself an action.
Now, back to the issue of present. Now, when mindy travelled back in time, meaning that she was conscious 10 seconds away from where john was conscious, she saw john follow actions that were predetermined by his conscious self 10 seconds ahead of his unconscious self. When she travelled into the future, she saw john carry out actions that were being determined by his conscious self 10 seconds behind her. Now, what we also have to consider is john’s perspective of mindy. If mindy is 10 seconds behind john (after travelling into the past), then her actions at t = 10 are being determined by her consciousness at t = 0. So, by this logic, john’s ‘present’ would be mindy’s ‘future’. But that would mean that present is relative, and not a definite value. But think about it, if mindy (conscious at t = 0) is seeing john’s actions predetermined, and john is seeing mindy’s actions predetermined, then neither of them is in the present. The present would then be the mean point of consciousness for the both of them. So if john’s consciousness is at t = 10, and mindy’s consciousness is at t = 0, then (10+0)/2 = 5. Thus the present is at t = 5.
Your past and your future are determined by your present. You present determines what you’re about to do, and it also determines what you will have done already. Since mindy is at t = 0, watching unconscious john do what was already determined by conscious john ten seconds in the future, and since john is watching unconscious mindy do what will be determined by conscious mindy ten seconds in the past, then the present must be somewhere in between the consciousness of john and mindy.
We have failed to consider the fact that consciousness does not last a single instant. John may be conscious at t = 10, but that is just where his consciousness is in the timeline. Our conscious minds cannot perceive space and time in more than one instant. Even though john will hypothetically keep running forever for an infinite distance, and therefore be in an infinite amount of positions, he is only aware of his position where his conscious mind is in time and space.
Now, there still exists the obvious problem of how mindy is able to consciously exist in a different time, essentially time travel. The issue becomes somewhat foggy, as we do not have a substantial proven definition of what consciousness is, or what comprises it. If we can accept that consciousness is intangible, meaning that it is not a ‘thing’ that we can point to, then we are accepting that it is not matter in space. If consciousness is therefore not defined by a position in space, then perhaps it is not defined by a position in time. As an example, say I want to move my conscious mind 3 meters to my left in space, I would then move my consciousness through my body by stepping 3 meters to my left, and then my consciousness would have changed its position in space by going to my body when it’s in a different position. Now let’s say that I want to move my consciousness 10 seconds into the past, because it is not defined by one particular position in time, I could then move my consciousness to where my body was ten seconds ago. Just as in the example before, mindy moved her consciousness through time by moving it to where her body was in that time.
A more solid explanation may be required for this. If consciousness isn’t simply ‘the brain’, but rather, a configuration of the brain, then consciousness can be transported through time by configuring the brain of someone in the past to the configuration of that person in the present. It’s similar to how we send images from one phone to computer. A phone will take a picture, and instead of sending the actual picture, it sends the ‘code’ for the picture to a computer in another position in space, configuring the computer screen to display the same picture. Consciousness could be considered as this ‘code’. But in order for it to be able to move through time just as the phone’s radio waves would move through space, it would have not been defined to a particular position in time.
28 February 2008
-riding my bicycle everywhere with my people like you