Any parting words?
My dad had this quote pinned to the wall of his studio that didn’t make sense to me until I got older. It’s from Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Makes a lot of sense now.
*An excerpt from GIRL/CHOCOLATE art director Andy Jenkins' interview with SLAP
**As a youngster, I really dug Girl/Chocolate for their esthetic(s), funny fun serious team, personalities (i.e.- Mike York, Keenan, Spike Jonze...), dope skating, etc. I think my role model was a cross between Eric Koston and Mike York. Haha.
I visit the CHROMEBALLINCIDENT blog everyday to revisit older skateboarding magazine excerpts. Recently that blog put up a post on Greg Hunt, with the ill quote.
Q: "What's one thing people should know about life?"
A: "It's short." -Greg Hunt
October 29, 2008
October 19, 2008
“It’ll take a nation of fools to hold us back.”
A climate conducive to the oversatursation of bulging politicians. Every campaign stop from villages in the Catskills to Seattle is covered with the same grandiosity and fever a stop in Washington, D.C. gets. They’re all televised live on the cable news giants. There are no small cable news outlets and won’t be with ol’ Rupert and Teddy Turner scoring the game. Further proof politics has lost its sport.
Speeches can no longer be immortalized by writers, such as Hunter S. Thompson did with then presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter’s Law Day speech in 1974. Carter was only speaking to the public – Thompson being the lone reporter in the crowd that afternoon. The speech was written about by Thompson in an issue of Rolling Stone, which arguably turned a young public onto Carter thus changing the tide of the election, but ultimately the face of American politics.
Today, candidates’ deep words are showcased between commercial for SUV hybrids and home pregnancy tests. Today, scores of emboldened bloggers broadcast their view of each candidate’s words, didactically relaying the facts, “facts,” fictions, “fictions” … spewing fire and brimstone. The only difference in the frenzy between ‘em and the Reverend Billy Graham is not interspersing every third sentence with glorification due/undue to the one Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and/or God himself (God is a man, so the Christians say and if they say so, then…). Making the tail wag.
But even writing this is screaming in space. Everyone’s drunk on the gratificazione immediate of what is simulcast or printed as (the) news. People’ve become deep junkies for this. There’s no convincing them of no more television/newspapers/magazines but most importantly INTERNET. See, some of these folks preach about how they do not have a television and/or cable yet spend more minutes online than the average person – which is to say the time equals those minutes they aren’t sitting in front of the TV so they’re both equal via alternate parities.
They’ve both become so diluted politics has lost its edge/importance/ relativity and more people vote for American’t Idol than a presidential election. The round the clock coverage permits even the most simple person in American society – the redneck – to stay current alongside the Caucasian CEO fellow on the latest trends and words of their candidate.
The politicians are not men – each is the consummate trained actor. Each is quite aware he or she will constantly be on camera or caught on mic, so they have precocious handlers whose sole purpose it is to be pre-occupied with their employer’s ever lasting Gobstopper image. The candidate’s vast knowledge is sold as a gimmick, a selling point for the product…kind of like a freshness guarantee with a fast food hamburger. The handler’s savviness is synonymous with sliminess. Men like Kennedy and Nixon never had this gig figured out as skillfully as the ace thespians Barack Obama and John McCain do, and they did not have to back then.
The world has become one where highbrow individuals tend to follow the gossip of politics because it appears more real/genuine/relative than of movie stars’ – but they are and have become molded into one in the same. Politics have become a viral circus at the hands/words of the media and bloggers who break the politicians down into as interesting figures as they do with Lindsey Lohan. (Just what were her and Sam Ronson up to this past weekend anyways?) A cartoon army of politicians have decided the day, and the people have given them the permission.
Sometimes the best thing about a bar is the water fountain.
at 4:10 PM
October 16, 2008
Recently I was visiting a website, and I noticed a strange third-party process occuring at the bottom left of my Mozilla browser. It stated "edge.quantserve.com". Further research led to an understanding that it was some form of demographic extracting pseudo-spyware thing. I guess these kind of hidden sites are everywhere, and we're no longer safe to be innocently web-surfing like we all did at one point.
October 14, 2008
October 9, 2008
I will update soon with more pics....but here is some info on two great shows, with John Slaby at the Fleisher Art Memorial coming up and Drew Leshko, ongoing, at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists:
Six artists converting what we would normally think of as undesirable architecture or activity into something of beauty.
curated by Lee Stoetzel
October 2 - 24
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists
237 S. 18th. Street
The Barclay, Suite 3A
Philadelphia, PA 19103
closing reception: October 23 5:30-7:30
John Slaby at Fleischer:
"The Wind Challenge Exhibition Series is a regional competition, presented by the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. It has gained a national reputation for excellence since its establishment in 1978. The Challenge Exhibitions encourage recognition of regional talent and serves as an incentive for Fleisher's diverse student audience to move forward with their own creative work."
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia PA 19147-2811
Opening Reception this Saturday at 6pm. -Jag
at 4:36 PM
October 8, 2008
October 5, 2008
It's been a long time, since I've been excited about purchasing a new cd.
Jake One, producer extraordinare via Seattle, is dropping his 2nd Album called "White Van Music" on Rhymesayers Entertainment. It comes with a bonus disc of instrumentals. The album features Freeway, 50 Cent, Alchemist, Brother Ali, and Evidence among other people. Rik Cordero is shooting the videos for the single and the promos
It will be available at all retailers this Tuesday. You can cop it at Target for 9.99, so there's no real excuse to download it (either from a blog or even iTunes).
Here's one track off the album with the legendary M.O.P:
I'd like to quote my coworker in relation to this track: "This song makes me want to get a brick and break it up into nicks..."
And while we're on the topic of rap music, here's a pretty cool video of Eminem and Proof (RIP) freestyling in Em's car. It's always good to see people kickin' it without politics and bullshit.
at 12:54 PM