What Could Have Been…

December 12, 2007

Update: As of August 16 2008, when I happened to peek in here, the fake Rolling Stone magazine cover I’d created was shown to be expired. Expired?!!? WTF is that?! How absolutely stupid is that!? FAIL! I should have done a screensnap. If I knew this was going to happen, I would have — and replaced their eejitastic version.

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Rachael Cornick, Heather Fairlight, Liz Kelly

Girls Don’t Cry <//3
(In English: Girls Don’t Cry broke my heart…)


Never Never Never Never Never Never Ever Quit

December 8, 2007

I never thought I would write this.

And it has to appear here.

Because it’s about Girls Don’t Cry.

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They no longer exist. They’ve disbanded.

They’ve quit.

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Girls Don’t Cry as they were on June 21, 2007:
Sora An, Rachael Cornick, Hannah Fairlight, Liz Kelly, Caitlin Gray

Don’t Quit!

Charles Bukowski

Having failed to hold a job, and now fast becoming a failed student, there was increasing tension at home. When his father discovered he had been writing stories on the typewriter they bought to help with his college work, Henry tossed the manuscripts, the typewriter and his son’s clothes out onto the lawn. Bukowski took $10 from his mother and caught a bus downtown where he rented a room on Temple Street before moving to a ‘plywood shack’ on Bunker Hill. He dropped out of college soon afterwards, In June, 1941, and, after working manual jobs for six months, in the Southern Pacific railroad yards and at the Borg-Warner factory on South Flower Street, he set out to explore America so he could write about ‘the real world’ of rooming houses, factory jobs and bars, like John Fante.

He caught a bus to New Orleans and worked in a warehouse there, saving his money until he had enough to quit the job and pay his rent in advance so he could stay in his room all day and write. When he ran short of money, he tried to live on candy bars to postpone getting another ‘eight-hour job of nothingness’. The only friend he made in New Orleans was a near-senile old man, and the only place he went was a depressing bar near Canal Street, ‘the saddest bar I was ever in’ as he wrote in his poem, ‘drink.’

In Atlanta, Georgia, he lived in a tar-paper shack lit by a single bulb. He was still trying to write, but the stories kept coming back from the New York magazines and he allowed himself to starve rather than get a regular job, believing that writing would save him, like the deluded hero of Knut Hamsun’s Hunger, another favorite novel. Atlanta was the nadir of Bukowski’s time on the road, almost the end of him. Sick with hunger, he wrote to his father asking for money and, after getting a long letter of admonishment by reply, he considered committing suicide by touching a live electric wire. Then he noticed the blank margins on his newspaper and began writing in them. Looking at his life in retrospect, he said this was the moment that proved he was a writer. Although nobody would ever read what he had written, he felt compelled to scribble something.
— Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life – the biography – Howard Sounes

Nicole Griffith

I read somewhere that someone once said that in order to make one’s living in any field of creative endeavor one had to be almost psychotic. You have to believe in yourself so strongly, to sit there day after day with your computer or your pen or your piece of paper or guitar, and think “I can do this. 999 billion people before me have failed, but I can do this.” It’s quite a psychotic state of mind to have to hang onto year after year. It takes years. Nobody does it overnight.
— interview printed in the eBook, “The Reality Break Interviews: Volume #0” – Dave Slusher

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Don’t quit!

If you are going through hell, keep going.
–Winston Churchill


Band: Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows In NYC Tonight September 27 2007 @ 11PM

September 27, 2007

Timestamp edited to make this the blog’s top post for the day.

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BRIGITTE HANDLEY & THE DARK SHADOWS – USA TOUR!

Thurs 27th Sept 2007
Cave Canem, New York City, NY

24 First Ave, (between 1st & 2nd Streets), New York, NY 10009

Onstage 11pm. Cost : $5

Directions: Near F train 2nd Ave. station. Entrance below red lanterns at Lucky Cheng’s.

Tel: 212-995-5500 (You’re better off just going. That phone number is one of those horrible menu systems that offers zero information about the downstairs club!)

Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows website

Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows Myspace Page

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Band: Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows In NYC Tomorrow Night September 27 2007 @ 11PM

September 26, 2007

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Brigitte Handley & The Dark Shadows is a band from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia that I came upon on MySpace while stealing Friends.

They’ve been touring in the western U.S. and I’ve emailed them wailing that they should be playing in New York City.

Today I got a MySpace Bulletin announcing:

BRIGITTE HANDLEY & THE DARK SHADOWS – USA TOUR!

Thurs 27th Sept 2007 – Cave Canem, New York City, NY
24 First Ave, (between 1st & 2nd Streets), New York, NY 10009
Onstage 11pm. Cost : $5

Directions: Near F train 2nd Ave. station. Entrance below red lanterns at Lucky Cheng’s.
Tel: 212-995-5500

What a shock!

Tomorrow I have DigitalLife. And 11PM means I wouldn’t get back to Hell Satan Island until about 3AM!

My head hurts just thinking about this…

Go to their MySpace page and listen to Identity. Great song!

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India At 60

September 25, 2007

India is celebrating sixty years of independence from their former British overlords.

A whole bunch of events are taking place in New York City.

Last night I happened upon an Indian pop singer giving a free concert in Bryant Park. He was great!

He’s Remo Fernandes. [PDF link]

If you ever get a chance to see him or hear his stuff, do!

His website.

Mumbai City song sample [right click Save As…]

News article about Remo Fernandes at the India celebration
Remo Fernandes wikipedia page
Article about Remo Fernandes

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Band: Venomentality On Radio Tonight Sunday September 23 2007 At 10PM EDST

September 23, 2007

Go to Albany Edge’s audio stream to hear it live tonight!

Warning: This sites requires registration to access the stream (stupid, stupid, stupid!). Ordinarily, I wouldn’t blog something because of that (stupid, stupid, stupid!) requirement, but I think it’s worth the effort to hear Venomentality tonight. Do it early in case there are other requirements relating to compatible media player and/or codec.

Previously in this blog:
Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Thursday)
Band: Venomentality @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC Tonight September 20 2007 At 7PM!
Photo Album: Venomentality At Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands (Sunday)
Photo Album: Virgin Megastore Battle Of The Bands In New York City
Band: Venomentality, Today Sunday September 16 2007 @ Union Square Park NYC
Band: Venomentality, Tomorrow Sunday September 16 2007 @ Virgin Megastore Union Square NYC
MySpace Music: Feh!
Why You Should Be On MySpace


Major eDonkey Servers Down

September 22, 2007

DonkeyServer, BigBang & Byte Devils eDonkey servers down/offline [update: dead link]
According to anti-piracy.nl, 12 “BigBang” eD2k servers are being offline for 2 weeks already, after their hosting provider received a cease and desist letter from the dutch anti piracy organization BREIN.

Once again, it shows that their news report is full of deception and misinformation.

BREIN claims that those eDonkey servers facilitate and provide illegal content which they offer by payment. Now how ridiculous is that!

Also, DonkeyServer 1-6 are down/offline, along with Byte Devils and some other servers which were the major ones. It’s unclear if it has anything to do with BREINs action. It could also mean that other servers decided to shutdown so people would move on to the serverless Kademlia (Kad) network.

This is good news only, no more servers is no more centralization. Kad is a completely decentralized network, which enables searches without the use of an eDonkey server.

This I was beginning to wonder about:

Forget the eD2k servers, many of them left are fake, setup by anti piracy organizations to monitor you.

Now that the eD2k servers are gone and I can’t trust the rest, I’ll have to find a tutorial about KAD.

I don’t have many things left in my P2P queue. And once they are done, I’ll most likely be finished with P2P. There are other services that are faster. They don’t have the historical depth of selection, but there isn’t much stuff I’m looking for (and there’s just about zero new stuff that interests me at all). Plus, the CopyNazis can’t infiltrate them.

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