yesterday. i was also on the list for the general flu jab too. so that was one in each arm. now both my arms are really sore and stiff, and it FEELS like i have the flu. i woke up so groggy today. really not that cool.
my dissertation is coming along slowly. been through about 15 or so articles so far. maybe another 5 to go and i’m gonna start writing. i did a plan (kinda) over the weekend too. first draft before christmas? lets hope so! latin america essay was in last week - think i nailed it okkkkk, aiiiight. in the last few weeks we’ve been reading about chavez and the populist left in the region as well as guerrilla groups. pretty ace rad! can’t believe the semester is nearly over. time just zooooooms. no time to do anything else. various projects; cd-r comps (!!!!), zines, music, writing, whatever - just don’t get finished.
two things that have been/will be happening - good guy david from glasgow (hansei records) is putting together a zine called STILL COLD. gonna have some totally kick ass reviews/interviews/cool stuff. i got a parcel of cool things to listen to last week so gonna get them finished soon. i’ve also been working on some ‘laptop’ music with ex-cap sante bassist. its kinda like fennesz/mountains/helios type stuff (but not as good). we’ve got pretty much 4 songs of bleepy glitchy noise done. maybe get another 2 or 3 done and do something with it. we even had the crazy idea of sending it away to 12K but i doubt they’d bat an eye lid. YOU CAN DREAM THOUGH.
the summer of 2001. on a 3 week holiday with my parents where we drove round the north east of the U.S and weezer’s green album had just come out. i bought it and made my mum, dad, and brother listen to it on the car cd player in the rental. i have no idea what made me think of this memory but i LAUGHED. at the time i guess i thought i was some cool hipster kid who listened to COLLEGE ROCK. or something. who knows. in fact, i also remember going to paris the next year and buying pinkerton in a tower records. i then made my mum listen to butterfly because it was the only acoustic song on the album. i must have been like, “mum mum mum - you’ve just GOT to listen to this song!!!!" she said she liked it but only now do i realise she probably never did.
i don’t understand the point. its just another alley of faceless internet human interaction; anonymous, and without consequence. it reminds me a piece in a sinaloa record sleeve. it goes like this;
“there is a vast universe of online spaces, and it seems that many people respond to that vastness by desperately trying to be noticed, to be distinct amongst the countless masses, but not necessarily being desperate to connect with anyone else in a meaningful way. people are forgetting what it is to look another person in the eye. the most important, and most trivial, topics are debated vehemently (often expertly), but because the trivial seamlessly neighbours the important, very little gets beyond debate. very little turns to action. a generation of people see very clearly the problems of their day, but largely in isolation, and the real mimics the tone of the hypothetical.”
clicking my teeth together when i walk; usually when i listen to music and i click along to the beat - but today i didn’t have music so i was just clicking along in my head on my walk down to uni. and then i added in a bit of a bass hum thang, ya know, so i had this little song going on. and then you realise that people can HEAR YOUR CLICKING and you stop.
just saw a morbidly obese woman wearing a t-shirt with homer simpsons face on it, the speech bubble read “you fry it, I’ll eat it.” on the same day a local newspaper runs with a story about how 10% of children admitted to Glasgow hospitals are malnourished.
this reminds me of a letter in saturday’s guardian weekend magazine about the juxtaposition of an advert in a previous issue for an expensive panasonic camera (the tag “ideas for life”) with a picture of a malnourished child drinking water from a ditch.
that means i can put instruments STRAIGHT into my mac and garageband. so no more pussy-footing around with microphones and the sound of my mac overheating while recording. TOTAL WIN. i’ve meaning messing around with the line-in effects and come up with some pretty epic SKREAMO. gonna upload it when i’m done lullllz.
SERIOUSLY. all it does is rain. it rains all the time. if it isn’t raining now it’ll be raining very soon. you leave the flat when it isn’t raining - it’ll be raining on your way home. not just that spitting rain, but full on RAIN. and then WIND. together. in your face. i’m not usually one that complains about the weather but this has been going for WEEKS. no motivation to leave the flat at all.