Saturday, January 31, 2009

Media Mead for the Week

Little time for blogging this week. I have managed to almost complete the revisions to a chapter for the thesis beast. I have been doing nine hour days for a most of the week, but Friday was spent in HUMlab which is always very cool. Not much else to say. We are in Stockholm on Monday for the programming of son Ben's cochlear implants. Sort of exited about it. However still a lot of work I should be doing.
Here are a few pieces I have encountered on the web this week that are worthy of attention.

Weekly Signals: John Lamb Lash author of Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief (Podcast)
Not in His Image delves deeply into the shadows of ancient Gnostic writings to reconstruct the story early Christians tried to scrub from the pages of history, exploring the richness of the ancient European Pagan spirituality—the Pagan Mysteries, the Great Goddess, Gnosis, the myths of Sophia and Gaia—and chronicles the annihilation of this Pagan European culture at the hands of Christianity.

UbuWeb Sound - Brian Joseph Davis "Minima Moralia" (2004) (Mp3s)
It's just a bad idea, and it began when I was mentioning to a friend about how funny it is that all those old anti capitalist punk albums with the "PAY NO MORE THAN $3" warnings can now be Ebay-ed for a $100. For some reason, we then both thought of Greil Marcus's book Lipstick Traces. How he made a glib aside about Marxist theorist Theodore Adorno and his exhiled-in-1940s-America memoir, Minima Moralia. With its bleaker-than-black humour and dismantling of modern life, Marcus said it would have made an excellent punk album. Why not take this pop wish and make it come true?

Rhizome | 'ROAD TO RUINED' Remix Album (2009) - Jesse Hulcher
Jesse Hulcher took to the song-splicing for his pragmatically titled art piece "Ramones Remixed," which loops and splices the punk band's songs into extended, lengthy jams that magnify the natural repetition in the band's songs. "Pinhead" is stretched out longer than 20 minutes -- longer than an entire side of the vinyl release of 1977's Leave Home on which the original appeared.

Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository

Welcome to the Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository On this site you will find select broadcast quality footage that Al Jazeera has released under various Creative Commons licenses. Through Creative Commons licensing, you are able to legally share and reuse our footage. Learn More. - Watch quality Canadian Documentary, Animation and Fiction
The National Film Board of Canada launched Screening Room last week. The site hosts over 700 films produced by NFB, which are now available for streaming and sharing. During the span of their 70 year history, the National Film Board of Canada have been a major force in independent Canadian cinema, underwriting a number of forward thinking documentaries, animations, and short films. NFB have been especially supportive of experimental and emerging film practices, a fact that becomes apparent when perusing their collection. (More recently, the organization began supporting moving image on other platforms as well. mobiDOCS: Confessions in a Digital Age, co-produced by NFB, is a series of short documentary films made especially for mobile phones.) See below for a few choice selections from Screening Room.

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have a great weekend....

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