Saturday, 16 October 2004
Heather's Blog So check this out: my friend Heather has an excellent blog where she is vision statementing and providing news about her pet rabbits.
Tomorrow there is a big race at Santa Anita: the Grade Two Oak Tree Derby. I like Whilly, the Irish horse, and Greek Sun.
And here's a tip for all you poetry lovers: why not subscribe to Thomas's excellent Tolling Elves magazine, the hottest publication in London? Yes. It is the hottest publication in London. Thomas publishes poets and artists in a folded newsprint format that will be delivered right to your doorstep and will really make your day. You can get twelve issues for $40. Recent Tolling Elves authors/artists include Peter Gizzi & Tom Raworth, Deirdre Kovac & Erin Wade, Brian Kim Stefan & Nicola Woodham, Kelly Holt & Murray Pert, Kevin Killian, Clark Coolidge, Allen Fisher, and so on.
And remember that your subscription will help to support Harry and Bela's new friend Mina the trans-Atlantic cat. Let's hear it for Mina. If you are ready, willing, and able to subscribe to a good poetry magazine and to support our furry friends, send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Thomas at email@example.com.
Thank you and good night.
It's true that Jacques Derrida is dead and that Harry and Bela have yet to deliver eulogies for the great philosopher across the Atlantic. Stay tuned for the cat's eye view of intellectual French dudes.
And this just in from the employee lounge at the library at UC Davis: (thank to Dr. Walleye):
The Trader Joe's lowfat peach yogurt in the fridge carries a "best before"
date of April 26th (year unspecified). Owner please toss--space in there
is at a premium.
And check out the cool work my man Tony is doing:
Now available online and at bookstores:
Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove
Voices of a People's History of the United States
Tony and Zinn do a book
The long-awaited primary-source companion to A People's History of
the United States.
For this new book, Zinn and Arnove have selected testimonies --
speeches, letters, poems, songs, memoirs, protests -- from our rich
history of resistance.
Here, in their own words, are:
Frederick Douglass, Bob Dylan, Fannie Lou Hamer, Cesar Chavez, George
Jackson, Helen Keller, Public Enemy, Patti Smith, Tecumseh, Eugene
Angela Davis, Rachel Corrie, Martin Luther King Jr., and hundreds of others.
Coming tomorrow: hat and bone update, photos of the handsome Burmese prince who has won my heart, Lisa takes another trip to London, and Alejandro's Excellent Galapagos Events in Brooklyn.
As they say in my hood, Peace.
Thursday, 14 October 2004
This just in:
Right, so I'm doing a gig tonight at Galapagos in Brooklyn, North 6th Street: that is Williamsburg. I know I was supposed to mention this a long time ago. Check out the sidebar for more info: Alejandro's Nolej Records site. Ale and his brother are doing great stuff in the world of music/poetry/performance happening stuff. They are completely happening.
And today's other news: there were four cases of mad cow disease confirmed in Kingston, New York, George Bush still believes in God, John Kerry outed Dick Cheney's daughter last night, and Kobe Bryant has a bad attitude.
Coming Tomorrow: Peak performance update: how to survive short days and long nights: prayers to Ra and harvest festival activities for the whole family.
Wednesday, 13 October 2004
more bones: what is the thorax?
Today we are discussing the thorax. Meanwhile, out in a vacant lot in Queens, New York, detectives have been finding bones of mafia dudes. You should know about bones. It's good fun. Here is the thorax:
"The skeleton of the thorax or chest is an osseo-cartilaginous cage, containing and protecting the principal organs of respiration and circulation. It is conical in shape, being narrow above and broad below, flattened from before backward, and longer behind than in front. It is somewhat reniform on transverse section on account of the projection of the vertebral bodies into the cavity."
And a new feature: The New York and London Update:
Today in New York, Lisa is burning discs of Poems from Black Dog Songs. You can still get one for eight bucks.
Today in London, Mina ate a mouse, and someone stole Thomas's bicycle.
Stay tuned for more in-depth reporting on this breaking news.
Tuesday, 12 October 2004
Bone of the Day
Ah fellow blogsters, there's so much to do in life. Over the summer we learned the skull bones and now we have to learn the bones of the upper extremities. Let's start with the clavicle. The clavicle is also known as the Ossa Extremitatis Superioris, the Clavicula, and the Collar Bone. Here is a description from Gray's Anatomy:
"The clavicle forms the anterior portion of the shoulder girdle. It is a long bone, curved somewhat like the italic letter f, and placed nearly horizontally at the upper and anterior part of the thorax, immediately above the first rib. It articulates medially with the manubrium sterni, and laterally with the acromion of the scapula. It presents a double curvature, the convexity being directed forward at the sternal end, and the concavity at the scapular end. Its lateral third is flattened from above downward, while its medial two-thirds is of a rounded or prismatic form."
This is the beginning of our study of the clavicle.
Also, I am looking for a sheep farm. I would like to live on a sheep farm and feed the sheep. I do not know how to shear sheep, but I could learn. If anyone has a sheep farm or knows of one, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This sheep farm can be on either side of the Atlantic. A sheep farm near San Francisco, New York City, London, or Dublin would be ideal. I plan to live on the sheep farm with three cats and a Burmese prince. We all come with good recommendations and have had our shots.
Coming tomorrow: a very exciting picture of the clavicle.
Monday, 11 October 2004
It's true that I'm back and that Lisablog is up and running. Top Ten Reasons Lisablog was quiet for a week:
1. I had to do the laundry.
2. Grocery shopping took longer than I thought.
3. Spiritual retreat (and enlightenment).
4. Back up of paperwork in my office at an undisclosed location in the hills of Kabul.
5. More fighting in Tora Bora.
6. I was photographing nuclear power plants, Tom Ridge.
7. Decided to read all of the Zohar.
8. Electrical storms in other galaxies shorted out my computer.
9. My soul was lost on the astral plane for six days.
10. Actually I had to teach two classes, feed the cats, meet my boyfriend at the airport, and take a walk in Central Park.
Now, as for business. The people at Lisablog want to assure you that all of your hats continue to be in production and coming along quite nicely. Lisa of Toronto got her hat on Saturday and Mark's matching dogdeer will be ready by the end of the week. Daniel B, your bright guy is ready! Jeff Chester, the field theory is slogging along and will be done by the weekend.
Also, and most importantly, it's time to update your monthly vision statement. The weather is changing and maybe you are feeling that autumn melancholy of shorter days and longer sleeves. But don't forget that you are the One. You are a true Olympian. Here are three suggestions for autumn inspiration, just in case you forgot:
Drink eight glasses of water a day. It's good for you. Distilled water is really good for you because it's clean. Add some lemon. Make it a habit.
Exercise: you need to stretch and run. You are a mammal!
Positive Visualization plan: Tell yourself who you are every morning and every night. You are the one, my friend, you are the One.
Coming tomorrow: Lisa's transatlantic vision statement for the autumn/winter of 2004, a recap of the importance of garlic in your life, and a short introduction to the muscles in the human body (for all of those who would like to massage your loved ones.)
Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.
Sunday, 10 October 2004
where is lisa?
Bela: today's blog show is being run by us, the best cats in the world.
Harry: There is no horse racing news today.
Bela: On the mouse front, we watched Werner Herzog's Nosferatu last night and there were lots of gray mice.
Harry: and now a preview of the week:
Bela: more on the koran, oedipus rex for dummies, and the glorious hat update.
Harry: where is lisa anyway?
Bela: I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.
Monday, 4 October 2004
Love's Will, and Why They Call Us Infidels
This post is going out to my peeps in Milwaukee.
So check this out. We were reading the Holy Koran tonight in English 64 and everyone is yapping about the cows and the women and the jews and christians and the orphans and my student Fatma says "you dudes don't get this at all." (but she doesn't use the word "dudes".) Fatma is from Palestine. So she says "this shit is for real." (my paraphrase) And then everyone says "for real, how?" And she says to all the infidels, "Dig-- you have no idea what this says in Arabic. It is for real." And I say "Can you read it for us in Arabic?" Which she does. And everyone stops and says "Wow" in a collective rush of awe. And she says "Arabic is way hipper than English. When a man says 'I love you' in Arabic, you know if he's telling the truth or not" and then everyone is like "say 'I love you', say it!"
Before I sign off to swoon, here is my Cool list of stuff Dante would buy at the grocery store in preparation for a visit from Beatrice if she happened to be flying into JFK late on a Tuesday night:
components of an excellent thai bouillbaise:
fresh stalks of lemongrass
fresh ginger root
[a little bit of fish sauce fills out the complexity of the flavors, trust Dante!]
other miscellaneous items:
a tin of McCann's finest oatmeal
Sunday, 3 October 2004
Hippos, hats and harmony
Greetings Blog Machines, here is the news. Correspondent Paul McC was at Belmont Park yesterday and he swears Funny Cide is as bright and shiny as ever. I had a trifecta box on that race: Funny Cide, Newfoundland, and The Cliff?s Edge. How much money would I have made if I had actually gone down to OTB and placed the bet? $356. Newfoundland is still my favorite horse this season. Go Newfy go! Pico Central and Voodoo were hot yesterday too. And if you lost money at the race track this weekend, don?t sweat it. A bad day at the race track is still better than a good day anywhere else.
And now: the Optimistic Hat Production Update: A Season in Hats:
Daniel?s bright guy Oct 7th
Lisa and Mark?s dogdeers Oct 7th
Jeff Chester?s Field Theory Oct 7th
Russ?s two crazy kid caps Oct 14th
One special secret agent hat Oct 20th
Joe?s chupacabra two Oct 24th
Janet?s field theory hat Oct 31st
Laynie?s Rose Colored hat Nov 7th
Jake?s Chupacabra Nov 15th
Peter O?s sherpa cap Nov 22nd
Kaia?s Walla Walla Wear Dec 1st
Stacy?s Dog Dear mubarak Dec. 7th
Jennifer T?s field theory hat Dec. 15th
Devin?s Dog Deer Xmas
Kelly?s pink and green hats Xmas
Juliana?s pick of the month Jan 1st
Chris B?s Seafood Deluxe Jan 1st
Sophie?s light blue snowflake Jan 2nd
Lizzie?s Sheepinator Jan 7th
Jeff Chang?s Another basic hipster Jan 14th
Angelo?s spider man hat Jan 21st
And last but not least, mind the gap. That?s right dear Lisablog readers. You may notice a slight gap in programming this week. Why? Like Dante in La Vita Nuova, I have to go on another one of those secret agent missions. I could tell you about it, but then I?d have to kill you, and that would be unpleasant for all of us.
Here are some wise words from that great Italian bardster to keep you occupied while I am away:
?It was but a short time before I became so weak and so frail that many of my friends were concerned about my appearance; while others, full of malicious curiosity, were striving to learn about me that which above all I wished to keep secret. Then I, becoming aware of the maliciousness of their questions, by Love?s will, which commanded me according to the counsel of reason, would answer by saying that it was Love that had governed me so. I said that it was Love because on my face so many of his signs were clearly marked that they were impossible to conceal. And when people would ask, ?For whom has Love so undone you?? I, smiling, would look at them and say nothing of my friend across the Atlantic due to arrive at JFK at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.?
Saturday, 2 October 2004
Community Service Update
Go to Guatemala and help people My friend Giselle works for this organization. Check it out.
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