May. 31st, 2012

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Here's something I've been working on off an on all week. Writing that last story had me thinking quite a bit about the character. As K said, I'm beginning to wonder if the character became wrapped up in Megatron's revolution after slumming it just a bit too much. 

Did he just get too deep into Megatron for credits because of drugs or gambling? Were his services too useful for him to just be tossed into the scrap heap? 

He reminds me a bit of Lou Reed, Bill Burroughs, with a smidge of John Waters' dirt campiness. He also reminds me of James Maynard Keenan as well. 

He's just not much of a true believer in the Decepticon cause...whatever it really was before the war broke out. He's an opportunist with a better sense to shut the hell up before Starscream.

You can find it here

  • The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
  • Smiths - This Charming Man
  • The Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting For The Man
  • Unkle - Rabbit In Your Headlights
  • Johnny Cash - Hurt
  • Depeche Mode - John The Revelator
  • Lou Reed - Vicious
  • She Wants Revenge - Tear You Apart
  • Iggy Pop - The Passenger
  • David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
  • The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
  • Tool - Right In Two

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On the Miami flesh eating incident. I was struck by it because it was so easy to dehumanize both individuals involved in the incident and turn it into just another internet meme. That bothers me. I haven't seen much on the victim yet, but here's a report about the perpetrator and the family. 

Of course, there's still a lot unknown, and will probably never be known. Could it have been a delusion created by a strong belief in voodoo? There's more going on here than just some Romero shit.

From the Miami Herald article:

"The man being depicted by the media as a “face eater” or a “monster” is not the man she knew, she said. He smoked marijuana often, though had recently said he wanted to quit, but he didn’t use stronger recreational drugs and even refused to take over-the-counter medication for simple ailments like headaches, she said. He was sweet and well-mannered, she said.  

Eugene’s girlfriend has her own theory on what happened that day. She believes Eugene was drugged unknowingly. The only other explanation, she said, was supernatural — that someone put a Vodou curse on him. The girlfriend, who unlike Eugene is not Haitian, said she has never believed in Vodou, until now.  

“I don’t know how else to explain this,” she said.'...

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Got a couple of articles here that are more or less related, and something from Bandcamp that's worth checking out. I'm always intrigued how people in the developing world, where Internet access is not as ubiquitous as in our own country share information and culture. It can be an interesting look through a prism into a world that never can quite existed in our own country. After all, our authorities pretend to be active in combating media piracy because of the stranglehold our media companies have over our culture. This is so much to the extend that we almost seem to have two or three competing cultures going on at the same time.

In the developing world, where basic needs such as clean water and a stable food supply are more of a struggle than in the United States, the people's there have come up with some creative adaptive techniques. 

Here, we've got a story about in Africa where there are markets where people take their USB drives and purchase pirated mp3's from dudes in the know and with the access. 

Down and Out in the Mp3 market

The second article goes into a bit more depth about historical "theft" has been to the evolution of music, including during the punk years when so much included a certain DYI aesthetic to doing things. Where would we be if people didn't make those little connections, joined the dots, and remixed the things of their past into something almost wholly new? What's more important to us as a people? Big media making more money, or artists truly being recognized for what they do to their audiences? If people aren't listening to you, or sharing you with your friends, how do you plan to make any sales? How do plan to be known?

Collateral Damage: Marcus Boon

Finally, the last article links up to a mix tape that is now working through Bandcamp for sale. When I've got the three bucks to spare, I might be picking this up. Music from Africa from all eras and genres can be pretty interesting. Again, its a bit of ourselves that is refracted through someone else's world view and traditions. Unlike the majority of Christian rock, its brilliant.

Again, I tried to embed, but for some reason, LJ isn't taking Bandcamp's embed code. 

Of course, all this got started from a nice posting over on Boingboing.

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Here's an article about the now identified victim who is still hanging on. It seems like an equally sad trip to the incident. When you just don't know what happened to a love one, and then you find out that they're still alive this way?


"Long before Ronald Edward Poppo took to wandering the streets of Miami as a homeless drunk and petty criminal, he was a bright teenager attending an elite New York City high school who joked about becoming president. Records from Stuyvesant High School, class of 1964, list an above-average IQ of 129. A school photo shows Poppo with a thick head of dark hair, dark eyes and a strong chin."

I know how easy it is to just lose track of someone, even a loved one, but...damn.


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