Thursday, 21 October 2004
All About New Cross
And now, a message from Mina the Great Cat of London. This post is going out to Harry and Bela. And to Cori, the greatest cat-sitter on the Eastern Seaboard.
Greetings earthlings, my name is Mina the cat and I live in New Cross, London, which is part of the borough of Lewisham in the southern part of the city. I am a black and white cat and I like to sleep on the sheepskin rug on the sofa. I also have a new toy mouse which is green and has blue and yellow feathers for a tail. My life in New Cross is a good life. It's a sunny day here and out the window I can see people entering and leaving the King Rooster Chicken Shack. Also, it's windy. Also sometimes there are foxes. Yes, real foxes, just across the road in the garden lane. And downstairs is another chicken shack, the Honey Pot. There is always plenty of spicy Jamaican chicken in my flat. And I should not fail to mention the salmon we had for breakfast. Thomas made an excellent breakfast of fresh salmon with fennel and dill on lemon sour dough bread with fresh red currants on the side. Also, when there are no foxes to watch or mousies to chase, I can go across the street to make cheap international calls at the internet cafe. Or how about lunch at the New China Jade restaurant? One tip for my American cat friends: the cars drive on the wrong side of the street here. And finally, some cat trivia. Here is the ethnic breakdown of the cat owners of New Cross:
Until tomorrow, chin up! and happy napping!
Stay tuned for the following important updates: why are there foxes in New Cross? what kind of crazy shit is Miles doing now that he's an American? what do they really sell downstairs at the Honey Pot?
Monday, 18 October 2004
I mean go USA. This post is going out to my fellow American Miles Champion. Welcome to the land of opportunity Miles. You are the One!
Sunday, 17 October 2004
Lisa and Thomas Come Out
This is a photo of me and the guy who stole my heart. Let's hear it for Thomas. He's the one for me.
Hat Update and a Happy Birthday to Aunt Marge!
Glorious Hat Update:
Mark's dogdeer is done!
These hats are being mailed out on October 25th:
Daniel?s bright guy
Jeff Chester?s Field Theory
Russ?s two crazy kid caps
These hats are in production:
Thomas?s Persian rug 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
Jordan's hat hat Jan 7th
Lizzie?s Sheepinator Jan 7th
Jeff Chang?s Another basic hipster Jan 14th
Angelo?s spider man hat Jan 21st
Dave Perry?s Chupacabra Especiallo January 28th
Alejandro?s Uncommun Headgear February 10th
Dave?s Zig-zag Sacramento ear warmer Hat February 17th
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.
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