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[19 May 2014|08:08pm]
hello nostalgia!
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vegan pizza collective zine [07 Jul 2011|11:03pm]
so i've been talking a lot about doing this, and today i've been pushing myself to get it done.

man, i am out of practice writing anything of any length, and it shows. oof.

on the other hand, this is the best household i've had for a long time.

given that it's easy to complain all the time, i like to remind myself of things i'm actually happy about and keep myself appreciating things i used to pine for. i hated living so far outside the city, and being able to walk five minutes each way to a fun show at a cool diy space is something i shouldn't just take for granted.

there's brewing i should be doing, but i feel like i shouldn't distract myself from getting more work done on the zine.
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the best line i've read recently [28 Apr 2011|01:53pm]
"his childhood was difficult, but he was difficult back"

about slim brundage, from "the beats: a graphic history".
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[28 Jan 2011|12:12pm]
also, this louvin brothers reunion is sad.
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does this count as a nighmare? [28 Jan 2011|12:09pm]
had a dream about interviewing for a job at a vegan pizza shop run by the owner of dimio. fucking scary.

i figure he may be dead in five years from stress anyway.
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... [07 Nov 2010|03:15am]
i think in a lot of ways, going to a party by yourself is a good barometer of who you are as a human being. based on tonight's experience, i think i am a lot more grown up and emotionally mature than i give myself credit for, which i would do well to remember in daylight hours. that and part of being awesome is believing that you are awesome. i was thinking a few weeks ago that i have a lot of qualities of a natural leader that i've done absolutely fuck all with in the past couple years, out of a general misanthrophy that has led to me storming off from people in general. maybe what i'm feeling is the gestating of something awesome. i don't know. i can only hope. even being able to say "i can only hope" is such a foreign concept to me that i think my own capacity for hope may be it's own gift. i don't think i need hope, but it would nice for it not to be a total luxury like civet shit coffee or something like that. i am unexpectedly feeling good about life right now. how novel.
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[24 Jul 2010|04:04am]
i feel like whatever inhabits the dining room at 22 goodale street in peabody may have strongly shaped my attitudes to the supernatural in general, which is that it deserves a good hard stare, like a bully or a frat boy*. this is coming from my conversation tonight in my favorite bar in allston, ringer park. which also included long talks about soviet history. yet no jake carman, although he would have loved it. too much housing crap going on, and too many nights on almost no sleep. steel reserve on a summer night is comforting nostalgia, even for a professional beer snob.

* is it bad that my gut reaction to "i keep hearing chair scrapings from my upstairs apartment that i know to be empty that someone hung themselves in and i know it's the sound of the chair getting kicked away" is to thump on the ceiling with a broom and yell "keep it down up there, some of us are trying to sleep" like any other annoying neighbor, living or dead?

also, i enjoy the neighborhood i live in because frequent loud barbecues with loud brazilian pop music and the occasional freakout when brasil is in the world cup make my occasional too loud electric guitar noises much less likely to make anyone call in a noise complaint.

so there's a "taste of allston" food festival. i didn't think pbr and despair made for all that great of a taste combination myself, but that may have had something to do with my move across the river.

this is the anecdotally worst boston housing market i've seen. almost no one is looking for a room, and a ton of people are looking for roommates. hanging out with friends is like a constant game of chicken.

i saw inception. it was ok. imax is something i'm not all that taken by. woah, every seat is the fourth row can be had by sitting in the fourth row for 1/3 less money. and the damn ads and previews shouldn't be so loud i'm almost going for my earplugs. not to sound like r crumb or nothing.
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[15 Jun 2010|09:12pm]
i came across this quote, and it seems like one of the best responses to the really ugly nihilist strain of postmodernism that's never sat very well with me. the whole "there are no new ideas, so why should we bother to make art or organize, let's just do piles of coke instead" bullshit i never liked.

"For every fifty year old that says 'There's nothing new under the sun', or every thirty year old who says 'There's nothing new under the sun', there's some twenty year old who's experiencing it for the first time. The problem with 'There's nothing new under the sun' is that it only works if everyone is born and dies at the same time. We have this birth/death, life/birth, death/life thing going on all the time. So that means that somebody's just figuring it out.

Somebody, right now, is just about to get his or her heart broken for the first time. Somebody, right now, is just about to kiss somebody for the first time. Somebody, right now, is about to get his or her first kitten. This is new stuff. Somebody, about a month from now, is about to walk to school for the first time. Somebody, right now, is about to become a mother. That mother wants to hear a song about hope and joy for her, and the future of her child. She doesn't mind if it's been sung a million times before, but it needs to be a new song for her time and her perspective."

Tia Sillers
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[11 Apr 2010|04:33am]
also, seriously, it's been over a year or so since i've posted, but 200+ entries back, and just groups, and no posts from actual people on my friends list?

is not being on facebook really this big of a deal?
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[11 Apr 2010|04:13am]
allston, alcohol, and morrissey are all unyielding lenses that don't change nearly as much as you do. take as needed.

also funny: friends 10 years or so younger, that are family, that you've looked after, having younger girlfriends more responsible than they are, and drunkenly laughing and laughing and laughing and telling said friend's significant other "ha ha ha, now you have my old job".

or when your friend's band's gear is behind gear of berklee band who is not on the bill, repeatedly offering them a knife and saying, dude, whatever, just get your gear back, those kids won't say shit.

evaporative cooling and lagers are hopefully go.

someone find me old time musicians, who are punks, anarchists, or both. i can find the old time musicans, but having to explain yourself less is a godsend.

all the ethiopians are surprised i know what tullah is.
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[15 Nov 2009|03:19am]
basement shows in allston may not change.

parties in allston may not change.

but jesus fucking christ, i'm not sure i've ever seen a dumpster pay off like the new trader joe's. there's so much food that it's actually kind of stressing me out and my fridge and freezer are full and i'm hoping my roommates don't get pissed. that and it's amazing at how many people don't pick up their phone at three am to hear about this kind of bounty.

naan and gouda is surprisingly edible.
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[12 Nov 2009|07:08pm]
Baguette Dropped From Bird's Beak Shuts Down The Large Hadron Collider (Really)
By Stuart Fox Posted 11.05.2009 at 11:09 am 66 Comments

The Baguette Incident: Re-enacted according to eyewitness accounts. CERN; Bird via Foxypar4/Flickr
The Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, just cannot catch a break. First, a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam. Then LHC officials postponed the restart of the machine to add additional safety features. Now, a bird dropping a piece of bread on a section of the accelerator has, according to the Register, shut down the whole operation.

The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.

This incident won't delay the reactivation of the facility later this month, but exposes yet another vulnerability of the what might be the most complex machine ever built. With freak accident after freak accident piling up over at CERN, the idea of time traveling particles returning from the future to prevent their own discovery is beginning to seem less and less far fetched.
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[20 Oct 2009|08:52pm]
A particle God doesn’t want us to discover
Could the Large Hadron Collider be sabotaging itself from the future, as some physicists say
Jonathan Leake
Hadron Collider

Explosions, scientists arrested for alleged terrorism, mysterious breakdowns — recently Cern’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has begun to look like the world’s most ill-fated experiment.

Is it really nothing more than bad luck or is there something weirder at work? Such speculation generally belongs to the lunatic fringe, but serious scientists have begun to suggest that the frequency of Cern’s accidents and problems is far more than a coincidence.

The LHC, they suggest, may be sabotaging itself from the future — twisting time to generate a series of scientific setbacks that will prevent the machine fulfilling its destiny.

At first sight, this theory fits comfortably into the crackpot tradition linking the start-up of the LHC with terrible disasters. The best known is that the £3 billion particle accelerator might trigger a black hole capable of swallowing the Earth when it gets going. Scientists enjoy laughing at this one.

This time, however, their ridicule has been rather muted — because the time travel idea has come from two distinguished physicists who have backed it with rigorous mathematics.

What Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, are suggesting is that the Higgs boson, the particle that physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be “abhorrent to nature”.

What does that mean? According to Nielsen, it means that the creation of the boson at some point in the future would then ripple backwards through time to put a stop to whatever it was that had created it in the first place.

This, says Nielsen, could explain why the LHC has been hit by mishaps ranging from an explosion during construction to a second big bang that followed its start-up. Whether the recent arrest of a leading physicist for alleged links with Al-Qaeda also counts is uncertain.

Nielsen’s idea has been likened to that of a man travelling back through time and killing his own grandfather. “Our theory suggests that any machine trying to make the Higgs shall have bad luck,” he said.

“It is based on mathematics, but you could explain it by saying that God rather hates Higgs particles and attempts to avoid them.”

His warnings come at a sensitive time for Cern, which is about to make its second attempt to fire up the LHC. The idea is to accelerate protons to almost the speed of light around the machine’s 17-mile underground circular racetrack and then smash them together.

In theory the machine will create tiny replicas of the primordial “big bang” fireball thought to have marked the creation of the universe. But if Nielsen and Ninomiya are right, this latest build-up will inevitably get nowhere, as will those that come after — until eventually Cern abandons the idea altogether.

This is, of course, far from being the first science scare linked to the LHC. Over the years it has been the target of protests, wild speculation and court injunctions.

Fiction writers have naturally seized on the subject. In Angels and Demons, Dan Brown sets out a diabolical plot in which the Vatican City is threatened with annihilation from a bomb based on antimatter stolen from Cern.

Blasphemy, a novel from Douglas Preston, the bestselling science-fiction author, draws on similar themes, with a story about a mad physicist who wants to use a particle accelerator to communicate with God. The physicist may be American and the machine located in America, rather than Switzerland, but the links are clear.

Even Five, the TV channel, has got in on the act by screening FlashForward, an American series based on Robert Sawyer’s novel of the same name in which the start-up of the LHC causes the Earth’s population to black out for two minutes when they experience visions of their personal futures 21 years hence. This gives them a chance to change that future.

Scientists normally hate to see their ideas perverted and twisted by the ignorant, but in recent years many physicists have learnt to welcome the way the LHC has become a part of popular culture. Cern even encourages film-makers to use the machine as a backdrop for their productions, often without charging them.

Nielsen presents them with a dilemma. Should they treat his suggestions as fact or fiction? Most would like to dismiss him, but his status means they have to offer some kind of science-based rebuttal.

James Gillies, a trained physicist who heads Cern’s communications department, said Nielsen’s idea was an interesting theory “but we know it doesn’t happen in reality”.

He explained that if Nielsen’s predictions were correct then whatever was stopping the LHC would also be stopping high-energy rays hitting the atmosphere. Since scientists can directly detect many such rays, “Nielsen must be wrong”, said Gillies.

He and others also believe that although such ideas have an element of fun, they risk distracting attention from the far more amazing ideas that the LHC will tackle once it gets going.

The Higgs boson, for example, is thought to give all other matter its mass, without which gravity could not work. If the LHC found the Higgs, it would open the door to solving all kinds of other mysteries about the origins and nature of matter. Another line of research aims to detect dark matter, which is thought to comprise about a quarter of the universe’s mass, but made out of a kind of particle that has so far proven impossible to detect.

However, perhaps the weirdest of all Cern’s aspirations for the LHC is to investigate extra dimensions of space. This idea, known as string theory, suggests there are many more dimensions to space than the four we can perceive.

At present these other dimensions are hidden, but smashing protons together in the LHC could produce gravitational anomalies, effectively tiny black holes, that would reveal their existence.

Some physicists suggest that when billions of pounds have been spent on the kit to probe such ideas, there is little need to invent new ones about time travel and self-sabotage.

History shows, however, it is unwise to dismiss too quickly ideas that are initially seen as science fiction. Peter Smith, a science historian and author of Doomsday Men, which looks at the links between science and popular culture, points out that what started as science fiction has often become the inspiration for big discoveries.

“Even the original idea of the ‘atomic bomb’ actually came not from scientists but from H G Wells in his 1914 novel The World Set Free,” he said.

“A scientist named Leo Szilard read it in 1932 and it gave him the inspiration to work out how to start the nuclear chain reaction needed to build a bomb. So the atom bomb has some of its origins in literature, as well as research.”

Some of Cern’s leading researchers also take Nielsen at least a little seriously. Brian Cox, professor of particle physics at Manchester University, said: “His ideas are theoretically valid. What he is doing is playing around at the edge of our knowledge, which is a good thing.

“He is pointing out that we don’t yet have a quantum theory of gravity, so we haven’t yet proved rigorously that sending information into the past isn’t possible.

“However, if time travellers do break into the LHC control room and pull the plug out of the wall, then I’ll refer you to my article supporting Nielsen’s theory that I wrote in 2025.”

This weekend, as the interest in his theories continued to grow, Nielsen was sounding more cautious. “We are seriously proposing the idea, but it is an ambitious theory, that’s all,” he said. “We already know it is not very likely to be true. If the LHC actually succeeds in discovering the Higgs boson, I guess we will have to think again.”
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[27 Aug 2009|05:26pm]
quote i found online somewhere from the book cold mountain:

"Many a night Stobrod wandered from place to place until he found a fellow working at a stringed instrument with some authority, some genius of the guitar or banjo. Then he'd take out his fiddle and play until dawn, and every time he did, he would learn something new.

He first spent his attention to matters of tuning and fingering and phrasing. Then he began listening to the words of the songs the (slaves) sang, admiring how they chanted out every desire and fear in thier lives as clear and as proud as could be. And he soon had a growing feeling that he was learning things about himself that had never sifted into his thinking before. One thing he discovered with a great deal of astonishment is that music held for him more than just pleasure. There was meat to it. The grouping of sounds, their forms in the air as they rang out and faded, said something to him comforting about the rule of creation. What the music said was that there was a right way for things to be ordered so that life might not be just a tangle and drift but have a shape, an aim. It was a powerful argument against the notion that things just happen. By now he knew nine hundred fiddle tunes, some hundred of them being his own compositions."
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[27 Aug 2009|05:23pm]
"It seems to me that the more wildly fantastic a tale is, the more likelihood there is for its being grounded in reality one way or another. The average human is so unimaginative that the highest flights of fantasy are beyond his power to create out of nothing"

- Robert E. Howard
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[10 Aug 2009|04:46pm]
Mike Seeger, Singer and Music Historian, Dies at 75

Published: August 10, 2009

Mike Seeger, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who played an important role in the folk revival of the 1950s and ’60s, died on Friday at his home in Lexington, Va. He was 75.

The cause was multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, said his wife, Alexia Smith.

Although a quieter voice on the national stage than his politically outspoken, older half-brother, Pete, Mike Seeger was a significant force in spreading the music of preindustrial America during an increasingly consumerist era. In 1958 he helped found the New Lost City Ramblers, whose repertory came from the 1920s and ’30s, and in his career he recorded or produced dozens of albums of what he called the “true vine” of American music, the mix of British and African traditions and topical storytelling that took root in the South.

Mr. Seeger’s dedication had a strong effect on the young Bob Dylan, who wrote fondly of him in his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles: Volume One.” Although only eight years his junior, Mr. Dylan called Mr. Seeger a father figure — for helping the under-age Mr. Dylan with his paperwork — and rhapsodized about him as the embodiment of a folk-star persona.

“Mike was unprecedented,” Mr. Dylan wrote, adding: “As for being a folk musician, he was the supreme archetype. He could push a stake through Dracula’s black heart. He was the romantic, egalitarian and revolutionary type all at once.”

But Mr. Seeger made his mark less as a star than as a careful, steady student of his beloved Southern music. He was born in New York to a prominent musical family. His father, Charles Seeger, was a well-known ethnomusicologist, and his mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, a composer and folk-song collector. Besides Pete, Mr. Seeger’s sister Peggy also became a noted singer.

The intellectual pursuit of folk music was part of Mike Seeger’s life from an early age. At 5 he made a recording of the old British folk ballad “Barbara Allen,” his wife said in an interview on Sunday.

Mr. Seeger played banjo, guitar, autoharp and other instruments, which he learned from old records and in some cases from the musicians who played on them. A dogged researcher, he sought out musicians who had been lost for decades and introduced them to an eager (and young) new audience. One was Dock Boggs, a banjo player from western Virginia whose records were prized by folklorists. Mr. Seeger brought him to the American Folk Festival in Asheville, N.C., in 1963.

Mr. Seeger’s most recent album was “Early Southern Guitar Sounds” (Smithsonian Folkways), in 2007, and he played autoharp on Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Grammy Award-winning album “Raising Sand” (Rounder), also released in 2007. In his career Mr. Seeger was nominated for six Grammys.

In addition to his wife, his half-brother Pete, of Beacon, N.Y., and his sister Peggy, of Boston, Mr. Seeger is survived by three sons, Kim, of Tivoli, N.Y., Chris, of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Jeremy, of Belmont, Mass.; four stepchildren, Cory Foster of Ithaca, N.Y., Jenny Foster of Rockville, Md., Joel Foster of Silver Spring, Md., and Jesse Foster of Washington; another sister, Barbara Perfect of Henderson, Nev.; another half-brother, John Seeger of Bridgewater, Conn.; and 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
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[09 Jun 2009|05:00am]

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an article i liked from stylus magazine [06 Apr 2009|03:46pm]

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[26 Feb 2009|06:27pm]

i really, really hope that movie isn't wretched.

we had a first neighborhood collective meeting in my living room, and someone said my kitchen "looked like prohibition".
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[07 Feb 2009|04:40am]
y'know, maybe if i felt a little better adjusted, i'd feel less inclined to steal from parties, but right this second, i'll enjoy my bottle of cheap whiskey, my bodega candle, and my two bananas.  maybe i'll feel differently when i sober up.  i'm a little inclined to doubt it.  also, despise it as i might, shows in allston are, regret it or not, part of my community.  i just need to find someplace i feel challenged.  or less like a weird alien.  and i'm sick to death of hating everything.  or someone come play old time with me.
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