Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Awards! Yay!!!

Best Editing of the first annual Arch 253 Film Festival goes to:

Le Complice Malin by:

ME!!! Yay!
They mocked me on Tuesday, on Thursday they loved me. Ha!


Below are three cool ones from the makeblog, which is one of the coolest blogs ever.

Happy Halloween!

Lego Shaun Of The Dead

From here.

Decapitated Marie Antoinette Costume

More here.

Knit Leia Buns

Free Pattern: The Leia Hat. This pattern is copyright by Ansley Davies and is intended for personal use only.

B-Horror Flicks!

1. Alien from L.A. - Let's just get the premise out there, Kathy Ireland is a nerdy girl who still looks gorgeous but whose father falls down a bottomless pit and lands (stay with me) in a ten million year old spacecraft. She does the same. The spacecraft is Atlantis, which had floated on the surface of the ocean for years, but suddenly sank a couple thousand years ago. It sank so long ago that Atlantians debate whether there is a surface world or not. I give it a C+.

2. I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Interesting. A guy gets anal probed the night before his wedding and looses all taste for alcohol. Then I fell asleep. I give the first half a C.

3. Killer Klowns From Outer Space - Wow. Um. What? Did that clown that looks like a balloon just shoot popcorn out of a gun? F.

4. High Tension - A French Lesbian drama meets compulsive necromancer in plumbing van. Actually quite well done, but takes itself too seriously for my tastes. A-.

5. Return Of The Killer Tomatoes - George Clooney with hair that blows me away. Tomatoes turn into humans. That's it. It is cheesy and stupid, but ultimately mindless and fun. A+.

6. Evil Dead II - This was good! I liked it. There is this mythological element, as well as your stereotypical horror flick elements: man turns into zombie, then gets better with daylight, cuts off his hand and replaces it with a chainsaw, fights the devil and they both get sucked into a wormhole where he saves the world. It was just serious enough for me. A+.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thank You Tara!

Your music brings me to a place that only drugs can - and much quicker than drugs. Most drug users use drugs to unlock that state, and continually try and get to that stage in their sober lives. You totally get there and never use drugs to do it. This music is chill.

I mixed it, but Mogwai, Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, and Saul Williams are the soundbytes. Tara f--king blew me away today. Thank you!

Friday, October 27, 2006

Happy Birthday DT

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This Is Where I End

The author would like to thank Monster energy drink, Delirium Tremens, CPI, Bridgeport Ropewalk, and Layalina molasses-tobacco for helping keep him awake at night, and all his friends and family, especially his girlfriend, for their love and support. He still sees pink elephants.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

The News

Dear Reader-

The film will have its world and international premieres tonight. The world premiere will be from 6-8 PM in the second floor studios of AAN. Feel free to drop by if you are in Moscow. If any of you have been following my progress through this blog, I sincerely apologize – this film took me.

The film's international debut will be here, available for viewing October 27th, 2006, at 10:00 AM. Please let me know what you think. Thank you.




*Don't ask. I need sleep - or more Monster.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

This Is Where I Begin

This is the final piece. One eighteen hour run to the finish fueled by CPI, Monster, tobacco, and confidence. Thrown in there is a poetry meeting and a couple previous sleepless nights. I am a member of the Cult of Architecture. The bags under my eyes are my ID tag. Put it all together and we have the Studio Lifestyle - up all night. God, I wish it was that simple: up all week is much more like it.

Alright, let's go.

File: New

This Is How I Go To Bed (Not When) 5 & This Is How You End

This Is Where You Go

This Is How You Begin


Or what I have left of it is in this picture. You can have it.

I'm not sure I need it anymore.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

War In Sudan? Not Where The Oil Wealth Flows.

To understand Sudan’s defiance toward the world, especially the Western world, check out the Ozone Café. Here young, rich Sudanese, wearing ripped jeans and fancy gym shoes, sit outside licking scoops of ice cream as an outdoor air-conditioning system sprays a cooling veil of mist. Around the corner is a new BMW dealership unloading $165,000 cars. While one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises continues some 600 miles away in Darfur, across Khartoum bridges are being built, office towers are popping up, supermarkets are opening and flatbed trucks hauling plasma TV’s fight their way through thickening traffic. Oil has turned it into one of the fastest growing economies in Africa — if not the world — emboldening the nation’s already belligerent government and giving it the wherewithal to resist Western demands to end the conflict in Darfur. American sanctions have kept many companies from Europe and the United States out of Sudan, but firms from China, Malaysia, India, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are racing in. Direct foreign investment has shot up to $2.3 billion this year, from $128 million in 2000, all while the American government has tried to tighten the screws. As long as Asian countries are eager to trade with Sudan, despite its human rights record, the American embargo seems to have minimal effect. The country’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, keeps demonstrating his disdain for the West by refusing to allow United Nations peacekeepers into Darfur, despite continued bloodshed and pressure from the United States to let the peacekeepers in. Business leaders say the biggest danger would be if the United States succeeded in persuading Sudan’s Asian and Middle Eastern trading partners to join the boycott. “The Americans are not a threat, but if the international community lines up against us, ahh, that is a different issue,” said Osama Daoud Abdellatif, chairman of the DAL Group, a conglomerate that owns the Coke factory, the Ozone Café and a number of other businesses. “Everything has been going so well, but Darfur could spoil the party.”

Courtesy of the New York Times article here

Fall Music 2

Electronic music is hard. I think it is harder to create than rock or indie. These are who I feel. This is a total list, including mash-up artists.

DJ Shadow - Thanks Colin. I ain't heard any of his new stuff, but what I have heard is really good.

DJ Dangermouse - I remember Grey Tuesday. That was my introduction. Currently I'm in Demon Days and St. Elsewhere.

CPI - She f--king rocks! "Poetry is for Fairies", download that. She definately takes me away. Free music.

Eddie - That's right. My experimental friend from Wazzu takes mixes to a whole new level. He needs to drop BioChem and buy a couple turntables.

Woven - Technically a 6 man band, but "8 Bit Monk" is one of my top ten CD's right now.

mum - 'nuff said.

The Kleptones - Great mash-up artists. I love "A Night At The Hip-Hopera" and "Yoshimi Battles The Hip-Hop Robots." Free music.

The Silence Xperiment - The one who brought us the Q-Unit. Yes, that is Queen and the G-Unit. Trust me on this one. Free bittorrent link.

MC 900ft. Jesus - I have no idea what is going on here, but I like it.

DJ BC - The Beastles. That's right, the Beastie Boys and the Beatles.

Jimmy Tamborello - The head behind Dntel, Figurine, The Postal Service, Further, and The Tyde is a genius. Dntel is one of my favorite groups, and "Life is Full of Possibilities" is a great album.

This Is How I Go To Bed (And When) 4

Actually, I lie. Sleep has left me, or me it. I can't think.

My Blood Runs Green

Monday, October 23, 2006

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006

Dear Reader,

Seventeen years ago I fled Darfur.

But not a day goes by when I don’t think of my family and friends who remain in the region – along with the millions of other Darfuris currently suffering at the hands of a genocidal regime.

Yet, despite the devastation, we must not give up hope. There is something we can do to stop this genocide. It begins with raising awareness to help build pressure on our political leaders to act.

That is why I am so pleased to tell you that this Sunday evening the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” will air a story about the genocide in Darfur.

The Sudanese government continues to deny its role in the perpetration of genocide, restricting reporters from entering the region in order to hide the truth.

Yet CBS correspondent Scott Pelley and his "60 Minutes" crew went anyway, putting their lives in jeopardy. Their report on what is happening is both powerful and devastating.

I know because I was with Pelley and his crew when they filmed this piece. It is haunting and evocative – because it is real. There is no doubt in my mind that after watching this segment, millions of Americans will be compelled to act to stop the genocide in Darfur.

Thank you for everything you continue to do.


Omer Ismail
Fellow at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Founder of Darfur Peace and Development Organization

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Monday, October 09, 2006


After months of harvest and field burning, the sunrise this morning was pure, the sky a clear blue without its usual scar of clouds. The trees still cling to their green leaves, but not for much longer. Last week was eighty, today my breath is on display. I drove around town as the sun came up, watching the light cascade down buildings, trees, grain elevators on their last legs. The empty sky means there will be wind, a palouse, what this region was named for. Trees will shed their leaves. Squirrels will hide in the lee of buildings, chimneys, thick trees. Today, I will watch as my roof resounds with the feet of animals, coat my throat with hot tea, read Glück. Today, when the Palouse is perfect, I will dream of Seattle, of home. Not because I want badly to be there, but because when I was there, I was without the responsibilities bringing me down here. This fall day will be appropriately somber and breathtaking. I promise.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

One Thing On Writing

Last night I learned what kind of man I want: Chris Abani.

So funny and so honest. He let us see all of him. He work has this sense of being Abani - more than many writers he is honest and personal in all of his work. It floored me. For well over an hour I worshipped him. The lynching scene from Graceland, the fire scene from The Virgin of Flames, the suicide in Becoming Abigail - he stunned me. Christian asked what his take on the relationship between violence and sex was and Abani replied so honestly I was breathles. He also said canibalism is one of the most sexual experiences he can imagine. Abani is obsessed with humanity and the rites of passage in becoming human - the ability of humanity to be faced with pure brutality and come away more human for it. Someone asked if he liked Los Angeles and he said L.A. was the most unnecessary, illogical, segregated, third world city - in the best possible sense - he had ever been in. Anyone can make L.A. whatever they want it to be and for that, he loves it. All of Abani's work focuses on becoming, and last night he showed us his path.

Three Things On Darfur

From the SaveDarfur.org daily newsletter.

1. Some 130km (80 miles) north of El Fashir, the administrative capital of North Darfur, lies Kutum. It is a desolate landscape, and that sense of desolation is shared by the African Union troops posted here. They are sent to patrol the airstrip or ride in convoys through the market, in an effort to be a "presence" and give some reassurance to people who call this home. This is the territory where the Janjaweed - the Arab militia - roam, and 5km (3 miles) north of Kutum is where a handful of militia groups are now fighting for territory. It is a civil war that, since the signing of a peace deal back in May, has grown far more complex. Twenty-one women and girls have been raped in Kassab camp in the past two weeks - 21 of them! It is a staggering figure that gives some insight into the vulnerability of areas where peacekeepers are absent. One of the victims, Hawa, clutching a baby to her breast, relived her ordeal. "I left the camp with two other girls, to get grasses for the donkeys," she remembers. "Along the way we met more than four men with guns. One of them grabbed my arms and another one grabbed my legs. They said they would kill me if I didn't co-operate." She was raped in broad daylight, the way it often happens here.

2. One corner of Sudan's violent Darfur region is green and peaceful in this post-rainy season thanks to a powerful village militia that has kept the fighting around it at bay for more than a year. At the center of a coalition of neutral villages that unites more than 10,000 people, the village of Gusa Jamat's homegrown militia kicked out Darfur rebels more than two years ago and made sure the government forces they are fighting did not come back in their place. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a passionate plea to the international community to persuade the Sudanese government to open Darfur to U.N. peacekeepers. "We're tired of the fighting," said Shaieb. Every man here has a gun and they can be at the ready if alerted by the warning network with surrounding villages, he added. Gusa Jamat is about 60 miles southeast of El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur state. The government has mobilized some 8,000 fighters in El Fasher, a move the U.N. says violates the cease-fire. Though Khartoum pledged to disarm the janjaweed, many El Fasher residents say they recognize some of the dreaded fighters among the newly arrived troops.

3. She sleeps less, goes out less, and has reduced her course load to work 30 to 40 hours a week organizing student campaigns. Her goal: to end the suffering in Darfur, Sudan, perhaps the world's worst humanitarian crisis. "If people are still dying, I need to keep working," says Bailey Cato, a University of Oklahoma senior and a regional coordinator for a student antigenocide coalition called STAND. And tomorrow she'll be fasting - along with Don Cheadle, Hollywood star of "Hotel Rwanda," and other celebrities and politicians in a show of solidarity with the people of Darfur. Student fasts are nothing new, of course. But the Darfur crisis has caught on with American activists in a way not seen since the anti-apartheid movement of the 1980s and early '90s. And the big surprise is: They're achieving results. "The grass-roots people have really kept the issue alive and forced the hand of the governments," says Alex de Waal, a fellow of the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard University, who has been advising the African Union on Darfur. He says the UN Security Council's decision in March 2005 to refer Darfur war crimes cases to the International Criminal Court and the US move two years ago to label the conflict "genocide" would not have happened without advocates' pressure. "I think [grass-roots efforts] have made [Darfur] almost a top-tier issue for the Bush administration," says John Prendergast, a senior adviser of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. "There's no question [President] Bush feels political pressure to respond."

As always, the situation continues with bright little points of hope mixed with utter hopelessness. The UN still can not get in.

North Darfur is an interesting region because the offensive started there, before progressing West, then finally entering the southern region en masse last February. What happens in the North will sonn be hapening in the other two as well.

The Professor

I wish more professors did this. You have no idea how students act today. Professor's need to do this with laptops too.