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Sunday, December 21st, 2008

alert: [21 Dec 2008|12:51pm]
The domain '' is somehow still available for purchase --
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Monday, November 24th, 2008

I made this desk. [24 Nov 2008|10:49pm]
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Thursday, November 6th, 2008

[06 Nov 2008|02:15pm]
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Monday, September 22nd, 2008

[22 Sep 2008|03:35am]
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Monday, September 15th, 2008

A recent email to a friend: [15 Sep 2008|01:14pm]
Yes yes, like Uncle Ron and Uncle Andy. By the way, did I ever show you this?

It's from my grandmother's yearbook. She grew up in Pittsburgh and was in Warhol's graduating high school class. She worked in pastry shop, so Andy signed her yearbook "A sweet tooth friend." Unfortunately, my grandmother has no recollection of Warhol(a) whatsoever. She didn't even know he'd been in her class until my family saw a copy of her high school yearbook on display in the Warhol Museum a couple years back.

No monk visits yet, though I've had a couple varieties of "La Trappe," which is made at the only Dutch Trappist brewery. They probably have it at Monk's. Not bad. I'd go with the Dubbel. I'll probably take a train up to the monastery one of these days. And I should probably try get down to Dusseldorf in the coming month for a taste of the Oktoberfest action.

Nice touch on the facial hair semiotics. You could write a teaching guide -- 
Did you ever read the David Sedaris story in which he teaches writing at a community college and has his students write 'guessays' predicting the next Port Charles (or some such soap)? I think it was in 'Me Talk Pretty one Day'. I was pretty into Sedaris in high school.

Do send the Osman/Spahr wiki if it's something you can share. I'm curious about what this writing program will become. You're on the MFA track now, yeah?

I didn't know there was a Delaney doc. I guess it'll be online soon enough. Man, those two SubStance essays must be a gas.

Did I send you my set of KG tips? It takes some finagling to get things rolling at the beginning (eg downloading things you don't want for the sake up guaranteed upload ratio). Let me know if you need any help.

Rotterdam is amazing.  My social group, so far, includes French, Canadian, Dutch, Romanian, British, Israeli (x 2), Australian, Swiss, Portuguese, Italian, German, and a few of those Eastern European nationalities I'm always getting mixed up. It feels a bit like that Audrey Tatou movie "L'Auberge Espagnole" -- a bunch of international students living together, learning life lessons, etc. etc. That's an overly cute way of putting it, but this sort of multiplicity of languages and aesthetics and politics and personalities is quite new for me. I didn't study abroad, and I've never been to Europe before. That said, Dutch life is beginning to feel pretty normal. I'm getting over my initial giddy phase, in which I tried every new candy I found and bought things labeled "American Style" in the supermarket just to see what the Dutch think of us.

Yesterday I took a train to Eindhoven to see the Van Abbes museum. I think it's my new favorite art museum -- a ton (ton!) of Russian constructivist paintings, drawings, sculpture &c. The biggest El Lissitzky collection anywhere, including the ol' 'Red Wedge' graphic. Lots of contemporary work, a confusing and beautiful internal architecture, and a series of exhibits curated by artists. One going on while I was there was a shelf of old subculture how-to books and a working photocopier. So I have a few new things to hang on my wall. After the museum, we went to a performance involving a crowd of people standing around a huge flying-saucer-shaped building (the Philips Evoluon: and trying to telekinetically levitate it.

I just found an apartment last week, so I'll be living with an Israeli woman in my program and another person to be determined. If things go as planned, we might set up a guest room. I'll be moving in on the 25th. The rental agency isn't sure which unit they're going to put us in, so I don't have an address yet. It's a subsidized apartment -- thus, less than what I was paying in Philly for a really large two-floor space with a balcony and roof access. The only downside is that it's totally unfurnished -- so in addition to beds and couches we have to find an oven and fridge.

I've been here a month so far (staying with the art commune I mentioned), and classes don't start for another two weeks. So I've been spending a lot of time hanging around with fellow students and Kenny connections, and exploring the territory on two wheels. Last week I took a 100 km bike ride into the countryside. There really are windmills out there. Once you get out of the city, there are a few scattered suburbs, then just pure flat farmland from horizon to horizon for miles and miles. Land development is nationalized, so there's no sprawl problem here.

I have a few errands to run, so I should get going. Keep me posted on the Brotherly haps.


p.s. David Foster Wallace. Have you read C.S. Lewis's 'The Screwtape Letters'? It was apparently Wallace's favorite book. I just read it a few weeks ago (well, listened to John Cleese read it on tape).

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Monday, June 2nd, 2008

[02 Jun 2008|02:19pm]
Been trying to get an invite to KaraGarga. Can you please try and get me one if you're a member? Send it to:

2:03 AM
Anonymous said...
Hello! I'm from Romania, and I need an invitation for the karagarga! Pleas HELP ME!

10:08 AM
jargonauts said...
I, like many others I imagine, am trying to get an invitation to karagarga. I'm not sure what to write that would make me seem more worthy than other supplicants.

8:06 AM
David Sacal said...
Like the others i would like to get an invitation to join Karagarga community. If you still have some please invite me. I'm actually studying a cinema related career in buenos aires and KaraGarga would really be a good and useful tool for me. Thx

6:52 AM
mathieu said...
Hello, I'm from France and many movies, especially the english/american ones just can't be found in my country! I'm a huge fan of the marx brothers and I know Karagarga would be the ONLy way to find some ressources about them. Please, I'm a serious guy and it is very important so if someone could send me an invitation it would be amazing!
Here my email adress:

Thank you very much

8:18 AM
Gabrielle said...
PLEASE!!!! Someone send me one.

7:21 PM
Ernest said...
about 17 000 movie torrents at the moment ;)

7:59 PM
Raúl said...
Can someone invite me to Karagarga, I just found out about it and it is made for my size, just can't wait. This is as of August 2, 2007. My email is: Thanks a lot!

12:57 PM
Anonymous said...
Anyone can give me an karagarga invitation?, i'll trade it with an cinemaobscura invitation.My e-mail:

5:27 AM
Anonymous said...
anybody out there, make me a happy person, invite me to karagarga. (remove all X). will send you swiss chocolate. trade with cinema obscura membership also possible.
(it's august 14th 2007).

9:52 AM
Anonymous said...
anyone..i need a karagarga invite..plz..can trade it for cinema-obscura invite.. mail me @


3:38 AM
Anonymous said...
Hi, if anyone could invite me to Karagarga, I'd really appreciate it. My e-mail is


8:38 AM
aru said...

I need an invite for the karagarga. I can share really many films of Jost, Marker, Sokurov, Farocki, Cohen etc. And I have David Lamelas films 1969-1972. It's really intresting dvd.

thank you in advance.
arunas (at)gmx (dot) at

6:24 AM
Anonymous said...
Please give me an invitation for Karagarga. I'd be eternally grateful.

7:00 PM
Mina said...
please please, can anyone invite me to become a member of karagarga?? I have some good movies here I can share. please mail me at: zigarillios[at]gmail[dot]com. I hope someone out there can invite me, thank you in advance!


12:18 PM
Id it is said...
I missed the bus; too late, Karagarga is not accepting any more sign ups! Is there any way I can get aboard?

11:46 AM
Rick said...
I would like to post my film on Karagarga in exchange for an invite. The film is a short documentary (25 min) called 'Marcin & Ola', a chronicle of the lives of two Polish immigrants in Brighton, produced by an anthropology student and a contemporary arts graduate. It is the first in a series that will focus on migrants' experiences as told by them. The project also seeks a marriage between social science and art.

Enough said. Anyone out there who can help?

1:34 PM
plantwhatcanbegrown said...
PLEASE!!!! Someone send me one.

5:19 AM
Anonymous said...
Hello!!i;d like an invite for karagarga if someone can spare one...
I can trade with oink, torrentleech and cinema-obscura(when the site is up...) invites...
Thank you!!

4:07 AM
Mother said...

Definitely looking for a karagarga invite, I could trade for demonoid and/or dimeadozen.

10:21 PM
Anonymous said...

Definitely looking for a karagarga invite, I could trade for demonoid and/or dimeadozen.

10:21 PM
Anonymous said...
I'd really appreciate an invite to Karagarga. My e-mail is


2:10 PM
Anonymous said...
I am a former KG user, my harddisk suicided and I could not seed, so they evicted me from the community, therefore I would really apreciate another invitation


6:12 AM
Dacha said...
Iam a member of DEMONOID and CINEMA OBSCURA but not within Karagarga ... if someone is willing to share invitation ... than please contact me. My name is Danilo ... and e-mail is ... ...Thank you and have a nice day.

3:46 PM
David F. Bello said...
God, I would love an invite.
I have Oink invites to share in return...

7:35 PM
Hawkeye said...
I too was a member but they kicked me out after I uploaded High Fidelity, which wasn't deemed obscure enough. I would like another invite from someone, and I can pay cash! Email:

Invite for cash!

7:16 AM
Anonymous said...
I deeply appreciate things like this because I've been looking all over for non-mainstream movies in my country the Philippines but cannot find such and would like an invitation...have no problem sharing. DSL is such a godsend when you've had dial-up for a long time...he he =)


4:28 AM
ludmila said...
Please,please, please, I was needing an invitation for karagarga y cinema-obscura. Help to the people which love the experimental y classic cinema. If someone can send me one. I´m from Russian.

3:36 PM
Anonymous said...
Please I need a Invitation for karagarga, Pleeese, my mail:

2:47 PM
diego said...
Pleaase I need an invitation for Karagarga PLease

2:50 PM
Anonymous said...
Hello. Can someone please help me with an invitation for karagarga or cinema obscura? thank you very much!!
adriap01 at

12:27 AM
Anonymous said...
haha I got an invite
go to artblogs site

11:45 AM
Anonymous said...
I`m looking for a karagarga invite. Got some? Please send to:


7:32 PM
Germán said...
24fps is an international tracker of arthouse cinema, classic films, animation and more, where you can find a good place to debate, and make some friends.
Look at google: veiticuatrofps dot com

3:10 PM
king of rock said...
Hi, if anyone wants a Cinema Obscura invite, I'd be glad to trade one (or even several) for Karagarga or Cinematik. thanks.

ccscsd212 at yahoo dot com

4:22 AM
Anonymous said...
mucho rare to share if anyone would grant me an invite:)

3:53 AM
Anonymous said...
Have Cinema Obscura invites and great film to upload. Looking for Karagarga.

Thanks so much,

jonnyrottenish [at] yahoo [dot] com

5:38 PM
mmmm said...
can someone please send me an invite to karagarga,, ive got the whole janus box set to upload and some other films I can borrow from my film school. thanks

9:42 PM
Anonymous said...
hello, i'd also like to have an invitation for karagarga. thanks in advance. my email is:


3:18 PM
viktorvodnik said...
If anyone could invite me for cinema-obscura or karagarga I'll be greathefull to him for the rest of my life...thank you! mail is

12:06 PM
viktorvodnik said...
if anyone could send me an invitation code for cinema-obscura or karagarga i'll be grathefull to him for the rest of my life...thanks! mail is

12:11 PM
Anonymous said...
could you please send me an invitation ?

thanks a lot !

7:17 PM
Victor said...
Hi. does anyone might help me get a invitation to karagarga. :(

sendo it to


4:49 PM
Anonymous said...
I'm looking for invite to Karagarga or Cinema Obscura.

I got 5 invites to Nordic-T.

If interested email me:

3:59 AM
ConstantineHB said...
And another one in the "give a invite" bandwagon... :P
I'm a member of Cinematik and Cinemageddon too, would love to be in KG!

3:10 PM
Anonymous said...
I am looking for an invite. I am a media studies graduate student at the New School and have many foreign films to offer that I have compiled over the years.

Please contact me at pnapoli72[at]gmail[dot]com

Thank you.


7:53 AM
Anonymous said...
I would SOOO love an invite!

I'll draw you a picture!


9:21 PM
miklo said...
please can someone send me an invitation too. thanks

5:10 AM
mike18xx said...
Will trade Demonoid for karagarga....

mike18xx -at-

8:58 AM
Anonymous said...
Like everyone else, I am looking for a KaraGarga invite. I can trade a Demonoid or various others.

5:25 AM
Luis Ricardo said...
I would crucify myself Life of Brian style for an invitation to Karagarga. Also I have mexican underground classics and... whatever you want.

10:11 AM
Malick said...
Could someone send me a invitation?
I really really need it ! Plz help me !!!

11:52 PM
Anonymous said...
hi there - i'm a media study student from buffalo, ny. would really really appreciate getting a KG invite.
Please mail on to me at naradamuni(at)
thx - g
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Friday, March 28th, 2008

Beating the machine [28 Mar 2008|05:11pm]
A major victory today:

Last fall I made a looping Automator workflow that took a screen shot on my Mac once per minute over the course of two months, resulting in a collection of images I strung together at ten frames per second to create a 34-minute video. I've posted a sample here.

There were some problems with this setup, however, leading me to quit after two months. First, using Automator was inelegant. I'd have to re-start the workflow manually about ten times per day, which is how often I crash the finder. Not only was this annoying, it also meant I was missing screen captures while my machine was running, destroying the whole one-shot-per-minute concept. I knew there was a way to manage this at the Unix level, but I hadn't the faintest idea how.

Second, the shutter release sound effect that plays when a screen capture is taken was getting under my skin. Being reminded of the passage of each and every minute spent in front of a computer monitor was beginning to feel mildly morbid. I knew there was an aif sound effect tucked away somewhere in the masses of packages under the System directory which, if found, could be replaced with a silent audio file to solve my problem. But dozens of Google and Sherlock searches turned up nothing, and the brute mass of branches between "/" and that single file made it impossible to find manually.

So about three weeks ago I started learning Unix (long overdue) and figured out how to write a shell script to take care of the screen capture part. And a week later I figured out how to use the Apple utility "launchd" to run this script once per minute.

And today, at long last, I stumbled upon just the right Google keyword combination — "os x" system audio shutter — to locate the elusive aif. Thank you, macnn forums:


I swapped "Grab.aif" with a silent file, and I'm now taking a screen capture every minute in silence. In a year I will have passively produced a three-hour epic encompassing all my hopes, fantasies, nightmares, shopping habits, and misspellings.
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Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Struck Obelisk [19 Mar 2008|05:23pm]

An evening stroll with a trash-picked bass drum pedal and a portable audio recorder. Cat and I sound some objects, the most resonant of which was a steel obelisk for the disposal of cigarette butts.

Struck Obelisk
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

h0ttr0us3r$ video [26 Feb 2008|06:20pm]

A little project from last semester, carried out in collaboration with Cat Turcich-Kealey and Matt Abess.
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Monday, February 11th, 2008

[11 Feb 2008|06:02pm]
A simple cassette loop, made from a thrifted mixtape titled (in crayon) "Van-O-Rama."

Van Morrison Loop

That is, cassette case opened, a bit of tape cut out and glued into a loop, re-inserted, and case screwed shut. This is one cut of many from a little loop spree about a month back.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

French Press [30 Jan 2008|04:00pm]

Steve McLaughlin - Run For Your Life : The Complete Beatles In One Hour

Tous les LP anglais des Beatles compressés en une heure. Tout comme la trajectoire des Beatles en elle-même, les premiers albums ne sonnent plus vraiment, mais une fois que ça frappe, c'est comme si la drogue vous prenait.

Kenny's New York Times playlist was picked up by the French site Webzine Millefeuille.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

New York for the day [02 Jan 2008|06:55pm]


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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

dreamy camera phone [01 Jan 2008|01:29pm]

This is my first camera phone.
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Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Chronic Rockism [23 Dec 2007|01:39pm]
Glenn Branca solo in 1978:

Counterbalance (Eno):

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

playing a show tonight: [18 Dec 2007|05:34am]
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Thursday, November 29th, 2007

[29 Nov 2007|09:44pm]
Noisy Channel Coding - Ax Madness

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

[22 Nov 2007|11:39am]

Polysics - I'm a Worker
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Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

64 [06 Nov 2007|03:18pm]
Las night I recorded "Windowlicker" onto the video track of a VHS tape. When I played back the recording, the track was cut up into little speed-warped pieces, each separated by several seconds of silence. The silence-ridden audio sounded pretty good, but in the vein of time compression I've been working with lately (e.g. Chirpin' Hard, The Beatles discography,, I decided to remove all the silences, reducing Aphex Twin's original 6:08 track to a jumbled 2:16.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

[31 Oct 2007|11:21am]
Hey guys, so you know:


We have received a formal DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice
regarding allegedly infringing content hosted on your site. The specific
content in question is as follows:

The party making the complaint (Justin G. Sinkovich, Touch and Go
Records, Inc. --, claims under penalty of perjury to
be or represent the copyright owner of this content. Pursuant to 17
U.S.C. § 512(c), we have removed access to the content in question.

etc. etc.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

63 [23 Oct 2007|02:36am]
This is a series of small small non-mp3 files loaded as mp3s in Audacity and linked together:

Here's a list of the files included here:

Sift thru.stmp.mp3
pilam dj
Menthol edit session.stmp.mp3
Menthol edit session.stmp.mp3
Minidisc 2 sifting.stmp.mp3
Collage 3.stmp.mp3
Dan Edit Session.stmp.mp3
Adobe Design Suite
Ableton Set 1 copy.als.mp3
Ableton Set 1.als.mp3

These files came out of the process of figuring out what formats can and can't be loaded as mp3s, so they're relatively arbitrarily chosen from all the files on my hard drive.
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