get out of there cat. you do not belong at the back of that drawer. that is for food storage supplies only. you are not a food storage supply you are a food consumption supply. i certainly am never going to get my bacon back from you cat, at least not in way that would make me want to eat it.
Metadata Futurecat! My cat is internet famous.
Law school is not as bad as you may have been lead to believe, except for early December and the month of April. At those times, law school is the worst thing in the world. That’s why there was no Entertainment Inter Alia.
That said, I couldn’t avoid talking about entertainment law*, specifically the notion of social norms as a way of enforcing IP rights, the efficacy of which has found demonstration in the jamband community. Like TVOTR, which had a large presence on the show this week, the Grateful Dead and their ilk have shown an incredibly generosity to their fans. This generosity has encouraged those fans to respect the copyrights that the band seeks to enforce, even to the extent of becoming voluntary IP police for the bands. Mark M. Schultz has documented in detail how this works in his Fear and Norms and Rock and Roll: What Jambands Can Teach Us About Persuading People to Obey Copyright Law.
For more on social norms and IP protection, check out Talk Derby To Me: Emergent Intellectual Property Norms Governing Roller Derby Pseudonyms, by David Fagundes, and Intellectual Property Norms in Stand-Up Comedy, by Dotan Oliar and Christopher Jon Sprigman.
1. Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy**
2. Girl Talk - On and On
3. Beans (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) - Mellow You Out
4. TV on the Radio - Keep Your Heart
5. Lee Scratch Perry (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) - Higher Level
6. Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin’ On
7. The Albertans - Mila
8. Chad VanGaalen - Inside the Molecules
9. The Rheostatics - Saskatchewan
10. Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings
11. Hey Predator! - No Stars, Just Coins
12. Foals - Electric Bloom
13. Ringo Death Starr - Chloe
14. Chikita Violenta - The Pause
15. Cage the Elephant - Japanese Buffalo
16. The Rural Alberta Advantage - The Dethbridge in Lethbridge
17. Quiet Parade - End of Day
* It’s a compulsion.
** For the fine gentlemen of Island Greek, purveyors of quality poutines.
get out of there cat. you cannot be in that phone booth. you are not doctor who. you are not a time traveling british man you are a cat.
So far this summer I have spent my days waiting for David Tennant to fly up in his TARDIS and take me away from all of this.
I already have a kitty.
I have more or less been living in the library for the past two weeks. Eating microwaved dinners in the Student Union Building, drinking copious amounts of coffee of varying qualities (from Horton’s to Java Blend), and listening to a lot of music. It drowns out the sound of the air ducts, fluorescent lights, and chatty undergrads.
Today, in reverse order: Lykke Li, Joy Division, Jonathan Richman, TV on the Radio, New Order, Neutral Milk Hotel (x2), Velvet Underground, the XX, TV on the Radio (because Nine Types of Light is awesome and you should probably be getting it right now or at the very least watching this), and the Mountain Goats.
Now I don’t know what I’m going to listen to, but I have 6 hours until the library closes and another month’s worth of Evidence to learn.
"Every writer of sufficient intelligence to appreciate the difficulties of the subject-matter has approached the topic of presumptions with a sense of hopelessness and has left it with a feeling of despair."
- Morgan, “Presumptions” (1937)
Hopelessness and despair. Seems about right.
Please watch this, it’s amazing.
First: it’s the most inspiring Ted Talk you’ll ever watch.
Second: Latin. Kind of garbled latin, but latin all the same.
Third: the audience reactions in the first half, before they warm up to Nardwuar’s unique sensibilities, are priceless.
Going over my Constitutional lecture notes:
"… Federal Paramountcy renders the provincial law inoperative (which means that if the federal law is repealed, then the provincial law, inoperative, may spring back into life like a motherfucking gazelle).”
I have limited simile-making capabilities. There are only two ways something can spring, according to this guy:
(1) like a gazelle.
(2) like a motherfucking gazelle.
Another stellar double-header: Entertainment Inter Alia and CKDU Surprise!
Entertainment Inter Alia:
This week a lot of talk about Google, that glorious behemoth - the rejection (yay!) of the proposed Google Book Search Settlement, and Google’s response to Viacom’s mulligan on YouTube copyright infringement. I so enjoy a court battle between gigantic and gigantically shady corporate entities. But the highlight of the show was, of course, hearing “Doctorin’ the Tardis” in it’s entirety. I could do an entire show on the KLF, and perhaps some day I will.
1. Belle and Sebastian - Wrapped Up in Books
2. Roky Erikson with Okkervil River - John Lawman
3. The Flag - Doctorin’ The Tardis
4. The Clash - I Fought the Law
I have overcome my fear of the radio station telephone and tried my darnedest to fulfill requests, with mixed success.
1. Scissor Sisters - I Can’t Decide
2. Tomboyfriend - Skank
3. Architecture in Helsinki - Wishbone
4. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Bright Lit Blue Skies
5. Grinderman - Love Bomb
6. Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire
7. The Wilderness of Manitoba
8. Bonnie “Prince” Billy - Love Comes to Me
9. Hayden - This Summer
10. Quiet Parade - Running With The Wolves
11. Elliott Smith - Twilight
12. The Decemberists - January Hymn
13. Jay-Z - 99 Problems
I will be back on the air on the 16th for another go-round. It might be two hours of me editing my copyright paper on the air. 120 minutes of pen scrawling noises and me muttering under my breath and sobbing.