"indecision may or may not be my problem."
i'm going to attend a wedding in mexico, for which the hosts have asked us to bear as gifts 'trabajos artisticos como musica, fotos, videos, poemas y cuentos para poner durante la fiesta y todo tipo de objetos funcionales y no funcionales hechos con sus propias manos,' or in english 'works of art like music, photos, videos, poems, and stories that can be used during the party, as well as any kind of functional and nonfunctional objects made with your own hands.'
so i decided to draw a flipbook for the happy couple. i love the look of hand-drawn animation, and i hope they will, too. i animated the drawings and edited the clip to some music.
then i bound it with some loungy velour paper. you can see a gallery of crappy cellphone cam pictures here.
"the truth knocks on the door and you say, 'go away, i'm looking for the truth,' and so it goes away."
robert m pirsig, "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance"
ok, it's time to face up to the facts. my planned travel date is nearing and i still haven't got most of the shit together. so slim chances that i'm gonna be writing before i leave for a month long trip into the unknown.
guess it's time to officially douse the juice on this blog for a while.
still haven't decided if i'm gonna run my travel log from this location, but i'm guessing that internet access might not really enable that very well.
so since it's gonna be a while before i return, and i don't expect anyone to hang around...
if you want to get an email when i'm back and back writing here, send me an email to .
first off, pittsburgh is very cool.
they're all interesting, especially the interview with kenyan economist james shikwati, who says among others that
If one were to believe all the horrorifying reports, then all Kenyans should actually be dead by now. But now, tests are being carried out everywhere, and it turns out that the figures were vastly exaggerated. It's not three million Kenyans that are infected. All of the sudden, it's only about one million.
AIDS is big business, maybe Africa's biggest business. There's nothing else that can generate as much aid money as shocking figures on AIDS. AIDS is a political disease here, and we should be very skeptical.
In the industrial nations, there's a sense that Africa would go under without development aid. But believe me, Africa existed before you Europeans came along. And we didn't do all that poorly either.
Shikwati basically says that all that aid is turning africa into a country of beggars, which is ultimately bad for their development. it's pretty standard right-wing economics, and should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but is still interesting reading.
for some reason, only my cohort found this incredibly funny. most people on the airplane looked, how shall we say it? less psyched about the situation.
what i have is a blurry image of a lobby dining hall. and how the outside seemed dark and white and freezing. i also remember some wooden stairs leading up the side of the guest house.
the way i would imagine the gaza evacuation going down around here is:
(1) IMPORTANT DEADLINE: last date for application for monetary compensation is July 1st. If you are eligable for compensation, you MUST complete Form EVC-G/05 and Form MON-G/05 and mail them before July 1st. Late applications will not be considered.
* Please note important regulations regarding disorderly conduct and monetary compensation (p.23) . If you are arrested during the evacuation you might lose eligability for monetary compensation. Please contact your local Army civilian relations office for more details.
the radio show i'm co-hosting called 'the most merciful thing' now has online archives of the last 3-4 shows at any given time.
it's kind of a annoying audio stream (no, not the content, the format!) that you can't download, but in case you missed a show and are severely bored, this is the place to go.
the show airs midnight between wed and thu every week, and you can also listen live on the wmbr website
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