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wow. has it really been ten years since goatse?


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"great" stuff you may have missed over the last uhm, 14 years. :D

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classical schmassical

recently lautreamax lent me a book entitled "the rest is noise" by alex ross

well, right after i finished the john ralston saul book i was already reading (the guy is totally reasonable and funny - if a little depressing - i kinda like him) i started reading "the rest is noise"

it is the story of 20th century classical music. it's very very very good so far.

in fact the stories are kind of better than the music they are about. you read about these groundbreaking, riot causing operas (like Strauss's Salome, for instance) and then you go listen to them and it's like uhm. well, clearly the avant-garde did a very good job because our ears are certainly attuned to atonality now.

then again, schoenberg's weirder stuff still sounds weird today.

i also find it very cute that we still have the same conversations about commercial art vs. 'underground', avant-garde art, popular music vs. elitist music, etc. they were having 100 years ago. like it's that difficult to figure out (hint: who gives a shit). there is some truly cringe inducing stuff in the book - particularly the french avant-garde les SIX - 1) take foot: 2) insert into mouth. 3) repeat

so i'm torrenting 20th century classical music like crazy now... if anyone's interested...
So I've decided to clean up my mp3 collection. Basically what i want is to keep it under 80g so that I can sync the entire thing to my iPod.

While I'm doing this, well, I need to fix the tags. Titles, years, genre, artwork, etc etc. It's a lot of work. Luckily here's two things that will help.

Musicbrainz Picard

This will search the enormous musicbrainz database to match your mp3s and update the tags. It works really well, but it takes some getting used to. The main workflow that you're going to use is:

Drag and drop an entire album (the folder or the files..) into the Unmatched files folder

Press the "Cluster" button - this will group your files into a "Cluster"

Click on the cluster and click 'Lookup'. If it found something, it'll be in the right panel. It may find more than one match. After that you make sure that the files on your drive (on the left) have all been matched to the search results - then you click save. That's it you're done.


The tricky part is that if you're using iTunes and you're drag & dropping files from iTunes and it's set to "Keep my music folder organized', you'll have to force it to refresh. Easiest way is to select all the tracks from the album you've just updated, click Apple+I to view the information and then update a field and click okay. I usually type "update" in the comments field.

That's it! For album art, Picard can help you but ultimately you'll find better/higher quality covers with Google Images. Select the entire album in iTunes, click Apple+I to view the information and you can drag & drop cover images directly from Safari or Firefox.


Second tool is Max

This is a super useful tool for transcoding between format. I mainly use it to go from FLAC to Apple Lossless. It's pretty easy to use.

Have fun wasting innumerable hours!

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nyc

came back from a short trip to NYC last weekend on monday

here are some interesting highlights:

it was raining almost the entire time. in CHINATOWN, i thought you couldn't get an umbrella cheaper than 'five dolla' until someone proposed a 'three dolla!' solution. well, we already had UMBRELLAS.

we had a late dinner at LUPA, one of Mario Batali's restaurants whom you may recognize as one of the american IRON CHEF. it was good. i'm not hugely into italian cuisine but that was great.

we saw the takashi MURAKAMI show at the Brooklyn Museum. it was great! next time, i'm gonna to whitney to see chuck close paintings.

That's in the museum's entrance:
http://234jellyfish.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/img_6245.jpg

This is like 20 feet by 10 feet and it's amazing.
http://www.dezeen.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/murakami_gero_tan-square.jpg

more stuff:
http://www.takashimurakami.com/art.php


i went to see a play at a tiny theatre (seriously, it's minuscule) on bleecker st. titled 'ALMOST AN EVENING'. we picked it because it was written by ETHAN COEN, and who doesn't love the coens, and olivia didn't want to see 'young frankenstein'. we went there for the saturday matinée, at 2pm.

after the play was over, i get up and grab my stuff and turn around and lo and behold, ETHAN FREAKING COEN was sitting directly behind me. i was like, dude. i started thinking, what would i tell him and by the time i reached the end of the row (we were both leaving our seats) some guy goes 'hey ETHAN, we love your movies, you're the best!' to which he 'uh thank you, that's very nice'. i couldn't really think of anything else to add, so i left the theater.

something that occured to me when i got out of the theater is that according to the internet, ethan is 5'8". anyways I am 6'3". i was sitting right in front of him. i have a feeling that he saw the back of my head for most of the play that HE wrote.

it was good, btw. it was funny.

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yoinked from dextra
A list of the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded but you never actually crack the cover.

Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. Put an asterisk * next to the ones you'd read again or recommend to someone, even if you originally read them for school.

Since I went to french school, the only english books I remember reading for school is Animal Farm.

1. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2. Anna Karenina
3. Crime and Punishment
4. Catch-22
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
6. Wuthering Heights
7. The Silmarillion
8. Life of Pi : a novel
9. The Name of the Rose
10. Don Quixote
11. Moby Dick
12. Ulysses
13. Madame Bovary
14. The Odyssey
15. Pride and Prejudice
16. Jane Eyre
17. A Tale of Two Cities
18. The Brothers Karamazov
19. Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
20. War and Peace
21. Vanity Fair
22. The Time Traveler’s Wife
23. The Iliad
24. Emma
25. The Blind Assassin
26. The Kite Runner
27. Mrs. Dalloway
28. Great Expectations
29. American Gods *
30. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
31. Atlas Shrugged
32. Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
33. Memoirs of a Geisha
34. Middlesex
35. Quicksilver
36. Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
37. The Canterbury Tales
38. The Historian : a novel
39. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
40. Love in the Time of Cholera
41. Brave New World
42. The Fountainhead
43. Foucault’s Pendulum *
44. Middlemarch
45. Frankenstein
46. The Count of Monte Cristo
47. Dracula
48. A Clockwork Orange
49. Anansi Boys *
50. The Once and Future King
51. The Grapes of Wrath
52. The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
53. 1984
54. Angels & Demons
55. The Inferno
56. The Satanic Verses
57. Sense and Sensibility
58. The Picture of Dorian Gray
59. Mansfield Park
60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
61. To the Lighthouse
62. Tess of the D’Urbervilles
63. Oliver Twist
64. Gulliver’s Travels (read in french)
65. Les Misérables
66. The Corrections
67. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
68. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time *
69. Dune
70. The Prince
71. The Sound and the Fury
72. Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
73. The God of Small Things
74. A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
75. Cryptonomicon
76. Neverwhere
77. A Confederacy of Dunces *
78. A Short History of Nearly Everything
79. Dubliners
80. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
81. Beloved
82. Slaughterhouse-Five
83. The Scarlet Letter
84. Eats, Shoots & Leaves
85. The Mists of Avalon
86. Oryx and Crake : a novel
87. Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed (more like not finished.. multitasking)
88. Cloud Atlas
89. The Confusion
90. Lolita
91. Persuasion
92. Northanger Abbey
93. The Catcher in the Rye
94. On the Road
95. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
96. Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (no good ebook reader yet)
97. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
98. The Aeneid
99. Watership Down
100. Gravity’s Rainbow
101. The Hobbit
102. In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
103. White Teeth
104. Treasure Island
105. David Copperfield
106. The Three Musketeers

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solution to last post..

I'm at work and I can't remember the song names, but I think I remember all the band names.

1) Hey toi, dis moi que tu m'aime, meme si c'est un mensonge
Celluloide  can't remember the title

2) Whoa, surprise. Welcome to my enterprise.
Mindless Self Indulgence ('Like Shit' i think)

3) Theres a halfman, half horse, who still runs through my thoughts as he rides on a flame in the sky
Klaxons (a band that's getting a whole lot of hype these days. I would say they deserve about half of it) 'The Four Horsemen of 2012'

4) I was feeling sad and lonely and my heart was torn in two
Freezepop  'Duct Tape My Heart'

5) Summertime, don't give it all away
Shit, I forget.  I think it's the Sea & Cake.

6) We've made an enemy of time, with violent undertides of lying.
That would be Hood - i know it's from the Cold House album

7) Since your mother cast her spell, every kiss has left a bruise. You've been reading too much meaning from existence.
James 'Lullaby' - i believe that album, Laid, was Brian Eno produced.

8) You said too much. And what you said it was a lie.
EMF (!!!) 'Lies'

9) Ooh my love for the first time in my life, my eyes are wide open.
That's definitely Martin Gore singing, but I think it's a cover.

10) I'm at the mall i'm cutting school and it's the middle of day. I'm in the Spencer's but i'm scoping out the girls over at Rave's.
Freezepop again.

11) Sugar hiccup, hiccup. Sugar hiccup.
The Cocteau Twins 'Sugar Hiccup'

12) You know I can't stand the haters and I hate their fucking face so the haters in the place get the fuck out my face.
Gold Chains

13) I'm proud of both my hands I just won't get loud about it
The Radio Dept. 'A Window'   I totally love this band. They're a lot like how I imagined my band would be.

14) Here I sit planted in the mud. A mushroom of melted molecules. Where language has been reduced we can only use abbreviations. skjlb hjkgdfn uji AhFGsd uWiaAn.
Of Montreal - 'Lecithin's Tale Of A DNA Experiment That Went Horribly Awry' from the insane 'Coquelicot asleep in the poppies' album

15) Working at a fire on a factory, there's no fire inside of me. Fill me up inside with your machinery, I wanna know what it feels like.
Marbles - Out of Zone   Points to lautreamax

16) Old machinery's broken down
I think that's Modern English 'Machines'

17) Every boy and every girl. All round the world. Lives in hope. One world at one time. One world only. That's the secret.
I think that's Comsat Angels but i'm not sure.  Hmm.

18) If my name were Howard, I'd dress up in a cummerbund and fez.
Momus

19) I still remember the first time I saw you. In the library lift up to the twenty fourth floor. From where I stood you looked like an angel. So I
 didn't move until you walked out the door.
Figurine

20) We're off the rails. Now we are trains ourselves, no wait and see.
The Notwist 'Off the rails'

21) She knew she was able to fly because when she came down, she had dust on her hands from the sky.
Ride 'Polar Bear'

22) Rhiannon rings like a bell throu the night and wouldnt you love to love her
Fleetwood Mac 'Rhiannon'

23) I am a servant, son of servants, I was born to serve but I know this place in life is less than I deserve. So I've become a trainer not of beasts or birds but the beautiful sister I've raised for this from birth.
another ones by Momus 'How do you like my sister'

24) We are the Gothic Archies, death tentacles and pen.
That's right, the Gothic Archies.  Another Stephen Merritt side project and this is from the Lemony Snicket soundtrack. It's great, too.

25) Viens petite fille dans mon Comic Strip..
That's Serge Gainsbourgh of course.

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music meme

Music Meme

Step 1: Put your media player on random.
Step 2: Post the first line(s) of the first 25 songs that play
Step 3: Everyone guesses/brags about the ones they know in the comments, even if they've already been guessed

Bah forget the rules. If anyone guesses more than 5 sans-google, they are super champions anyways.

1) Hey toi, dis moi que tu m'aime, meme si c'est un mensonge
2) Whoa, surprise. Welcome to my enterprise.
3) Theres a halfman, half horse, who still runs through my thoughts as he rides on a flame in the sky
4) I was feeling sad and lonely and my heart was torn in two
5) Summertime, don't give it all away
6) We've made an enemy of time, with violent undertides of lying.
7) Since your mother cast her spell, every kiss has left a bruise. You've been reading too much meaning from existence.
8) You said too much. And what you said it was a lie.
9) Ooh my love for the first time in my life, my eyes are wide open.
10) I'm at the mall i'm cutting school and it's the middle of day. I'm in the Spencer's but i'm scoping out the girls over at Rave's.
11) Sugar hiccup, hiccup. Sugar hiccup.
12) You know I can't stand the haters and I hate their fucking face so the haters in the place get the fuck out my face.
13) I'm proud of both my hands I just won't get loud about it
14) Here I sit planted in the mud. A mushroom of melted molecules. Where language has been reduced we can only use abbreviations. skjlb hjkgdfn uji AhFGsd uWiaAn.
15) Working at a fire on a factory, there's no fire inside of me. Fill me up inside with your machinery, I wanna know what it feels like.
16) Old machinery's broken down

( at this point, I'd like to point out that's two songs in a row with 'machinery' in the first line of lyrics, out of the 7118 songs in my library)

17) Every boy and every girl. All round the world. Lives in hope. One world at one time. One world only. That's the secret.
18) If my name were Howard, I'd dress up in a cummerbund and fez.
19) I still remember the first time I saw you. In the library lift up to the twenty fourth floor. From where I stood you looked like an angel. So I didn't move until you walked out the door.
20) We're off the rails. Now we are trains ourselves, no wait and see.
21) She knew she was able to fly because when she came down, she had dust on her hands from the sky.
22) Rhiannon rings like a bell throu the night and wouldnt you love to love her
23) I am a servant, son of servants, I was born to serve but I know this place in life is less than I deserve. So I've become a trainer not of beasts or birds but the beautiful sister I've raised for this from birth.
24) We are the Gothic Archies, death tentacles and pen.
25) Viens petite fille dans mon Comic Strip..

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oh just one more thing

Right when I say it's my birthday, what I really mean to say is FRIDAY is my birthday.

I am procrastinating making bday plans, but expect a call like tomorrow, because well it's my 30th and I feel it would be in my best interest to celebrate, a little, even though I hate birthdays, holidays, special occasions and fun.

Just kidding, I love special occlusions and guns and hall idees and mirth days.

Okay time for bed.

happy birthday to me

So, it's my birthday, and I bought a few things from Amazon. I also made use of their 'gift note' feature so that all my items would have a little bday note that says 'From: Bruno To: Bruno Re: Happy Birthday'

Books:

Brian Eno: His Music and the Vertical Color of Sound - Eric Tamm

I really am looking for 'A year with swollen appendices' but it's sold out, and I can only find 50$ and up (way up) used copies. If anyone sees it for a reasonable price, please buy it and I'll pay you back. And i'd like to go on record and say that he's pretty much my idol.

Rainbows End: A Novel With One Foot In The Future - Vernor Vinge

Taking a chance with this one, haven't read reviews, or heard anything but I think I may like it. Apparently it's made quite a splash (didn't splash me apparently).

The Soundscape - R. Murray Schafer

Apparently a must have.


A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews

I heard a reading of this book on the CBC while I was vacationing at my mom's in the eastern townships. Kept forgetting to buy it.

Music:

Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos - Hans Hotter

I'm a total Beethoven n00b, and getting all the symphonies and all the concertos in one box set done old school style seems like a good way to get acquainted, and hopefully permanently damaged psychologically.

Movie:

Jeremy - Robby Benson

- So anyway, my mother died when I was 5 and I lived with my father and different relatives who came over to help you know...
- Wow. That must have been rough.
- No, not really.

Back in Gatineau I had cable (sort of - it was kind of a mistake because I never paid for it) and this movie came on Moviepix. I used to record a lot of movie and tv stuff and sample it for music. I've sampled a lot of stuff from that movie (and in particular from that part of the dialogue). It's also a passably good teenage romance movie. Kinda touching in a nerdy way.

I must admit that the movie I've used the most samples from is The Revenge Of The Teenage Vixens From Outer Space Now that's some classy cinema.