March 2004

Looking for Fante and Hird

Looking: for Laura Hird’s Born Free and Dan Fante’s Chump Change (check out Wifebeater Bob). Both have been published in Finnish by Sammakko.

Having: a hard time getting through Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction. Like in Franny and Zooey, the first story is great. Raise High is beautiful. But in Seymour, the narrator is just nuts.

Ilya

Anything to sell out

Carl Newman of the New Pornographers: “Money would change everything. If someone waves money in front of us, we’ll follow them anywhere. I think we’re pretty anxious to sell out. We will do anything to sell out as long as it doesn’t involve compromising our music whatsoever. I don’t know it that’s an easy thing to do.”

Ilya


Projektiapupyyntö

Janne Martola tarvitsee apuasi. Alla Katasto.fin i-postituslistalle lähetetty projektiapupyyntö.

“Kiinnostaisiko ketään auttaa ympäristö-teokseni toteuttamisessa. Apureille luvassa kohtuullinen palkkio.

“Projekti koostuu kolmesta eri työvaiheesta. Ensimmäisessä osassa tarvitsen mahdollisimman monta työ-miestä.

“Apureiden tehtävänä on maalata seiniä, katuja, puistoja, puita, huoneistoja... kaikenlaisia pintoja ja esineitä. Maalaaminen tapahtuu aluksi pääkaupunki-seudun alueella, mutta myöhemmin se jatkuu myös muualla suomessa ja ulkomailla.

“Maalina on krominvärinen Montana-spraymaali. Maalattavana pintana ovat kaikki ympäristön esineet ja asiat. Eli kaikki mitä tulee eteen maalataan kromiksi.

“Teoksen toteuttamisessa vahingoittuu yhteistä- ja yksityistä omaisuutta, joten projektiin osallistujat voivat joutua teostaan vastuuseen.

“Tavoitteena on peittää planeettamme jokainen neliömetri kromilla, jotta auringon valo heijastuu ja valaisee ympäröivän avaruuden.

“Halukkaat ilmoittautukaa hyvissä ajoin. Työt alkavat kesäkuun alussa.”

Ilya

All hail scientific relativism!

From The Nation’s article The Junk Science of George W. Bush.

“Science, like theology, reveals transcendent truths about a changing world. At their best, scientists are moral individuals whose business is to seek the truth. Over the past two decades industry and conservative think tanks have invested millions of dollars to corrupt science. They distort the truth about tobacco, pesticides, ozone depletion, dioxin, acid rain and global warming. In their attempt to undermine the credible basis for public action (by positing that all opinions are politically driven and therefore any one is as true as any other), they also undermine belief in the integrity of the scientific process.

“Now Congress and this White House have used federal power for the same purpose. Led by the President, the Republicans have gutted scientific research budgets and politicized science within the federal agencies. The very leaders who so often condemn the trend toward moral relativism are fostering and encouraging the trend toward scientific relativism. The very ideologues who derided Bill Clinton as a liar have now institutionalized dishonesty and made it the reigning culture of America's federal agencies.”

Ilya

  • Okay, this is for Karkki.




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