Archive for August, 2005

Pictures from Coquetel Molotov

For those wondering, this years Coquetel Molotov festival
went off with only a measly 2000 showing up which has
left Aninha a tad bit sad… ahhh if only such things happened
everywhere. Pic here

randomly added this in here:

August 28, 2005 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

Those Damn Anti-Americans

Edit August 5th 2006. This was written, what almost a year ago. Anyway, this post was based off one incident I encountered of people talking about the U.S. While I still hold by the naivety of their information and the surprising amount of their ignornance, the anaylsis of their possible pyschologies I do take back and have striken through.

Upon leaving the U.S. I encountered the expected anti-american stuff from other English speakers. Here in Korea I’m surrounded by British ex-pats who hold themselves several moral leagues higher than Americans, New Zealanders who just say, “I hate Americans,” some Canadians who joke about the whole matter, and a Brazilian who naturally views the U.S. as a imperialist power that South American countries bow down to. What was depressing is that as an American, I’ve yet to meet anyone outside of the country who seems focused on providing viable solutions to the problems they find with the U.S. scratch that presenting a detialed case of what Americans have done wrong to them or the world. In fact in conversation their views of the u.s. seem more like muddled fairy tales than actual stories of oppression. This was especially disappointing coming from a Brazilian. Off the bat I can name probably at least 3-5 major failing of American diplomacy and militarism in South American not to mention the despicable conditions that foreign businesses have forced upon South Americans farm workers, and oh yeah all those times we funneled money and guns to groups that proceeded to assinate leaders and regimes with little hope of providing the services and goverance of the former party. The New Zealnders seemed kinda unaware of America and Australia’s occasional strong arming of New Zealand about their stringent environmental policy, and frankly I’m not sure why the British holds the U.S. in such high esteem but also despise us for good reason (foreign policy and all that) and bad (stereotyping). But every example I’ve named are the problems we, as Americans, admit to. I was hoping for something new, some definable concrete rationale for their hatred of the u.s. i.e. why do British people dislike the U.S., Brazilians, etc.

The problem is in all of these people’s hatred of the U.S. I don’t see reason, but defeatism or arrogance. It seems like they’ve accepted on some level (and this belief doesn’t run to the heart) that their victims becuase they don’t have the opporunities that Americans are rumored to have. Percieving the U.S. as so ahead in the race, they’ve just decided to sit down and wait for foreign investment or whatever to save them. This is an over-exageration. I mean they let me into their company, they seem to be moving ahead, but the most shocking thing is just how out of date their rhetoric seems to be. This might just be me, I mean ya know I’d like to thing I’m up to date on some current events and thinking, but the New Zealanders still seem commited to ideologies that even modern day hippies don’t necessarily beleive in, the Brazilian wailed against corporations despite that Brazil’s economic strategy is dependent on those businesses, getting Brazil to be an international hub for manufacturing and the exchange of ideas, I don’t know what the British are bitching about their country is exploding with green ideas and I want one of these bikes, and the Canadain just seemed to find it all quite funny. But the rationale giving for hating the u.s. revolved more around vague mythologies of events than investigation in them, in other words knowledge isn’t the game as much as slander scratch this closing yourself off. These people have little interest in learning from the mistakes of the U.S. and instead seem content to use these little facts as better than thou points and justification of themselves as victims. It amounts to nothing more than just spite. Most of the middle eastern bloggers seem to have far more concrete detials on why they don’t like the u.s. Aside from the obvious, dude you just bombed us and killed certian members of our press, one Iranian women expressed frustration with American and European feminists who constantly want Islamic women to go unveiled. “We’re modest,” I recall her saying, and she seemed to see in it as an advantage in that Islamic women are a little more outside of the slut it up in your daisy dukes and plastic surgery to make your ass look a little less fat conudrum than what Western and especially Asian women compete with (women in South Korea get eye jobs so they look more Western). Wrapping it all up, we’re commonly accused to economic and political blackmail, but when and where? Why did it happen? What kinds of regulations can be taken to keep this from occuring again?

August 28, 2005 at 4:28 am 2 comments


got this from move on today.
fairly interesting and usefull website that
let’s you sign up to recieve weekly updates
on what your senators and congressmen are voting on
or more likely just your congressmen. regardless, worth
it to keep up with what’s going on in the government


August 22, 2005 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

Seoul Record Shops

Purple Records
Location: Green Line @ Hongkick University exit 1
The Hongdae area is actually kinda fun, becuase unlike most of Korea someone with a design sense seems to be scrawling grafitti everywhere and shops seem to be trying to actually have an identity.
Anyway, Purple Records is a nice little shop up the bend that seems to be importing with an ear towards the sad lonesome sounds of the pacific northwest. Little Wings is the soundtrack to the store (and yeah I picked them up), Herbert is the mood of the electronic bin, and the rest of the store shows the signs of a consistent engagement with that beast of six and 12 strings. Prices are actually quite a bit higher in Korea for imports than in Japan although Korea is cheaper than Brazil.

Record Forum
Basically the experimental section that should be in Purple Records instead is available in one store here. Record Forum is heavy on re-issues of good jazz records and world-ee stuff. Cateano box sets, Evan Parker 3rd pressings, and Zorn micro-labels. Like Purple the collection seems to stop abruptly, I kept expecting to find something totally crazy I hadn’t heard of before, but instead it seemed to be more like an exhaustive collection what they can get in here.

Some random record shop down some street I can’t remember the name of
had a bunch of old korean lps. gotta go back and see if I can bring a portable
table. worth a look.

August 22, 2005 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Korea cries… like Ben Gibbard

Korea has emo apparently:

anyway, greenline to Hongkick University. Walk up, turn left at Hongkick u.
purple records. found 3 record shops. reviews coming soon.


August 21, 2005 at 4:59 am Leave a comment

survey on hyrid cars

worldchanging posted this
ahhh the internet… when I have you at school all my students write long essays on comic books for 2 hours… yes how sweet your wrath…


August 16, 2005 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

Add to my rss feeds

hey folks,

for awhile now I’ve been compiling all my rss feeds using feed on feeds.
if you want to add anything to my collection of blogs you can go here

and add stuff. don’t delete anything though.


August 16, 2005 at 7:31 pm 1 comment

Shanghai in review

The city is a technology we drive with our feet, and while it’s paths might be laid by calculations through commerce and design, it’s unlike computers or microchips becuase it’s driven by a kinda pheremone. Chips force information and assimilation through design, cities must attract assimilation by aesthetics and guide it’s component parts through the right districts for processing. The city attracts us to use it’s features, wether libraries or diversity not just through design but it has to dress like a whore and get people to come there. Make your city to atrractive and all people will want to do is fuck, example Orlando, Fukouka, etc. Make your city useful and attractive and people will flourish. Such design concepts seem to inform Shanghai which is a colony of Chinese living quite well with a bunch of “foriengers” While my home of South Korea continues to break new genetic barriers while still proving it’s immigration policies are practically neo-lethic (“foriegn” doctors are now allowed to practice medicine on foriegn patients) Shanghai’s citizens are becoming international at an alarming rate. It once was remarked Hong Kong seems to be swallowing China, and it definitely seems to be, Hong Kong real estate developers have placed down some of the oddest and most innovative buildings in recent memory ranging from space towers that remind of Russian cosmonauts to the standard Californian designs of yesteryear. Seeing as how we currently lack a definitive standard or building for office work as comfortable as the aeron, China seems to be marching towards archecture’s play ground full force, if any place will discover the most suitable building for neuavo-economic work, it will be China. Rem Koolhaas’ building for the tv networks is aesthetically fairly conservative compared to China’s exuberance, but of course such buildings attract theit detractors and while their an American archetict and 10 year member of the communist party criticized China’s building boom as to ornate and not terribly practical, his solution, ironically, is consulate with the future residents of the building in a democratic process before even designing the thing, which might not be a bad idea were it not for the remarkably shitty quality of music and enterntainment that comes out of census surveys. While democracry is good at impowering people, it’s consumerism’s respite from choice that seems to drive it on, do we want to live in a product we designed or do we want to experience a dialog with a product we didn’t design? isn’t the ipod all the more sweet becuase we don’t have to make a choice regarding it or Proust worth reading becuase we didn’t do the work? The critic’s ideas though could be valid if we can figure out a way to not just poll people, but to engage them in the poll. Maybe an essay contest, best person get the top floor

The Chinese have also decided that whatever Americans imperil in theological debate their going to emrbace or perhaps having consulted and discussed in an actual ethical debate about the fate of societies and stem-cells they came to the conclusion that ethically to create supply and demand chains for basic genetic materials off the dicates of the vatican’s whims is far less ethical than to just create cheap efficient technologies that can easily heal bodies. I spent most of my early life running from dinosaur exhbits and science fairs in Houston’s areas and had grown jaded on the entire concept of diaramas, but it turns out all museums have to do get me interested is make everything bigger… a lot bigger… I mean like Chinese size big. The Shanghai science and technology museum is approximiately twice the size of an American science museum and houses collections of animatronics 2x the size of America’s interactive-i-zation of the museum in the 80s. Insects pop and bounce in the rain forest exhibit, robots dance, and they have these kick ass robot dogs that strangely your not allowed to plant. While the effects of childhood implants on the memory can be debated, at the very least your average Shanghaist at least has a more fully formed (and moveable) knowledge of contemporary scientific thought and conservationism the museum doubling as a critique of China’s environmental policy and providing maps of Shanghai’s waste paper and burn-able garbage plant along with yes the honda robots that play guitar and the drums. Upper floors focus on stuff like relativity and quantum mechanics with out going into terrible amounts of detial and one exhibit lets kids model fiber optic cable communications using balls. It’s kinda cool. Pattern recognition and even Intel are historicized by the Chinese. It’s a big museum and worth going too.

Culturally I never managed to go out drinking in Shanghai, after all the subway closes at like 12 and buses don’t have English language stops while cabbies are just plane rude, but really I’m just lazy and usually found myself exhausted after walking around for a full day. Spent about 45 minutes at Shang Art at the most, browsed through the 50 Moganshen road area which houses artist lofts and galleries in ample supply. Got exposure from the sun, bought a bunch of junk the last day, now I got a mad headcold and I’m 2 hours away from work ending.


August 3, 2005 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment


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