Friday, February 29, 2008
Nicholson Baker on The Charms of Wikipedia
"The thesis procrastinators, the history buffs, the passionate fans of the alternate universes of Garth Nix, Robotech, Half-Life, P.G. Wodehouse, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charles Dickens, or Ultraman—all those people who hoped that their years of collecting comics or reading novels or staring at TV screens hadn't been a waste of time—would pour the fruits of their brains into Wikipedia, because Wikipedia added up to something. This wasn't like writing reviews on Amazon, where you were just one of a million people urging a tiny opinion and a Listmania list onto the world—this was an effort to build something that made sense apart from one's own opinion, something that helped the whole human cause roll forward.
Wikipedia was the point of convergence for the self-taught and the expensively educated. The cranks had to consort with the mainstreamers and hash it all out—and nobody knew who really knew what he or she was talking about, because everyone's identity was hidden behind a jokey username. All everyone knew was that the end product had to make legible sense and sound encyclopedic..."
Posted by Peter at 6:59 AM
Thursday, February 28, 2008
huge benefit for Scott Harding Order Tickets
A Benefit for the Scotty Hard Trust :: March 19, 2008 :: Highline Ballroom :: New York
Music producer Scott Harding has recently been partly paralyzed in a car crash in New York. Without any health insurance he is facing very large medical fees.
100% of proceeds will be going to the Scotty Hard Trust.
Vancouver native and longtime New Yorker Scotty Hard has a long and varied list of production credits, including New Kingdom, Positive Black Soul, Charlie Hunter, Barney Bentall & the Legendary Hearts, Tricky, Crooklyn Dub, Dubadelic, Bailter Space, DJ Logic, Badar Ali Khan, Sex Mob, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Material, Soul Crib, Michael Blake, Chris Brown/Kate Fenner, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Metabolics, and Organ-ized. He also engineered and mixed pioneering music by Wu-Tang Clan, Gravediggaz, Jungle Brothers, Vernon Reid, Chris Rock, Ultrmagnetic MC's, Salif Keita, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, PM Dawn, De La Soul, Boogie Down Productions, Brand New Heavies, Prince Paul, Biz Markie, Chubb Rock, Teo Macero, and others.
March 19 at the Highline Ballroom :: New York, NY
$35 GA / $50 VIP Balcony / $65 VIP Floor. VIP tickets include reserved seating and an after show meet & greet with many of the musicians.
Concert starts @ 9PM
Doors open @ 8 PM
Posted by Peter at 11:37 PM
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
SUBWAY UNDER BYZANTIUM by Maxine Gadd :: BOOK LAUNCH
Friday, February 29, 2008
Time: 8 PM
Location: Spartacus Books 319 W. Hastings St.
Contact: Carellin Brooks
Join New Star Books, the Kootenay School of Writing, and Spartacus Books for a reading and launch to celebrate the publication of Maxine Gadd's great new book SUBWAY UNDER BYZANTIUM.
Free admission! Refreshments available.
Posted by Peter at 2:45 PM
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
ex-Vancouver now NYC hip-hop producer Scott Harding was very badly hurt in a traffic accident recently. Like many self-employed people in the US he had no medical insurance & he is going to need a LOT of financial help, which can be sent to
The Scotty Hard Trust
c/o Heesok Chang
970 Kent Ave #401
brooklyn ny 11205
much more info from his Jazzmanian Devils partner at Condensed Milt
Posted by Peter at 9:48 PM
today's YouTube - P.P. Arnold--The First Cut Is The Deepest (rare)
a version with better sound
Cat Stevens' original
Keith Hampshire's Canadian version
Posted by Peter at 5:46 PM
farewell Teo Macero, producer & one of Miles Davis' most effective collaborators. It's sad that the release of all the unedited sessions from which he sculpted such classics as "in a Silent Way" & "On the Corner" upset him, for they vindicate his taste & acumen at every turn...
Posted by Peter at 10:37 AM