Archive for November, 2006

November 5th, 2006

What Grilleration Are You On?

You had Bill Clinton, Condi Rice, Dustin Diamond and I think one more. I believe it works with the Mario Paint mouse but we need a new mouse ball to get that functional. Can you taste the suspense? If anything, SNL should be the place to take a potshot at yourself not do eight minutes about California Drivers and Whacky Suicides.
That is specifically prohibited along with things such as earthquake, fire, theft, malicious mischief, riot and hitting an animal. I asked for a map of it and basically was denied.
The TSA sketch was okay but lacked an effective climax. I live in a PO Box now.
Plus, I get some exercise hiking up the hill after work to meet up with her. What a silly Captain Concorde of the snowy egret zoo.
They have hired help. Here is the list of shows that are still up right now. Subject titles can be outright strange.
Typically, I need to post at least three messages every two weeks to maintain a positive average.
FYI – We have a few mic problems during the first ten minutes but it clears up quickly!
There is an endorsement that you can buy where the Insurance Company will cover their theft to a certain limit.
Hopefully like Alissa says, the initial frost will calm the Fall allergies and kill these repugnant villains.
I raise your insurance premiums.
One of the coolest things ever happened.
Joining them in a combination of factors: experience, right timing for auditions, class start dates, grooming habits and spelling competition.
Or more accurately the police station and the High School. I raise your insurance premiums.
To vallahalla with them so saith me! I miss my friends in Rochester lots – especially from Church, Wrestling and Improv.
What grilleration are you on? I raise your insurance premiums.
I was reminded of some of the setting for Dead Alive. I work in a giant building. There is an endorsement that you can buy where the Insurance Company will cover their theft to a certain limit.


November 4th, 2006


I’ll be discussing and demonstrating “Mashup Poetics and Pedagogical Practice” as part of the SMT Committee on Diversity Special Session at this year’s joint annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory, which is happening in Los Angeles from Nov 2-5.

See the program for full details on the conference, but here’re the deets for our session:

“Collisions, Mashups, and Trajectories: New Intersections in the Analytical Landscape”
Saturday Evening, Nov. 4, 8-11 pm
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

8-8:45: Nina Sun Eidsheim (UC San Diego)
8:45-9:30: Philip Ewell (Univ. TN-Knoxville)
9:30-10:15: Wayne Marshall (Univ. Wisconsin-Madison)
10:15-11: Yayoi Uno Everett (Emory Univ.)

Followed by a response from Adam Krims (of Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity fame).

If you’re in LA — or even better, a member of SMT or AMS — come on by!

November 2nd, 2006

Telling Truth

RE: the ongoing discussion of how we tell the truth —

I wonder, do the fuzzy storylines of Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything help to bring things into focus? (I feel like they do.) Can sharp perspectives emerge through blurry lenses? (I think they can.)

I heartily recommend catching up with Ben (there’s quite an archive) — or simply subscribing — but I suggest that you begin with his most recent series of episodes: a two-part exposé of “party politics” in the hyperreal post-9/11 conspiracy-laden world. Wild rides —

part one

part two

What’s more, the (second half of the) first part is undergirded by a track I made several years ago, which provides, if I don’t feel so myself, an appropriately haunting accompaniment for the story’s ominous twists and turns. Its original setting was a puppet show production of Macbeth, for which I produced a laptoppy soundtrack, including the piece that caught Ben’s ear, an ethereal, melancholy melody which surprised me as it emerged nearly fully formed after the simple procedure of reversing me some Morricone:

But what’s even more more, is that the second part of Ben’s most recent series connects us up fairly directly to the sordid Sylvester affair, invoking the hulking specter of a Terminator-led illuminati.

Oh yeah, and it goes deeper than that. Don’t sleep.


November 1st, 2006

Turtles All the Way Down

Clifford Geertz passed away this week. An innovative and influential anthropologist, Geertz’s clear, engaging prose advanced what he called “interpretive anthropology” in the early 70s — taking a semiotic or hermeneutic approach, reading/writing culture as text, thickly describing what he called, after Weber, “webs of signficance” and interpreting them in search of meaning.

It’s quite impossible to talk about L20C anthropology or ethnography (and for me, quite hard to conceptualize culture) without thinking of Geertz. His illuminating perspectives will be sorely missed, but we rest assured that we’ll be reading along with him for some time yet.

We just read Geertz’s “Thick Description” (1973) in class a couple weeks ago. In the essay, he advocates, among other things, “cutting the culture concept down to size, therefore actually insuring its continued importance” (4). Well before anthropology’s “crisis of representation” in the late 80s, Geertz noted that we may as well embrace our role as interpreters and give up on false notions about objective observation and representation, arguing that “what we call our data are really our own constructions of other people’s constructions of what they and their compatriots are up to” (9). And yet, he was careful to warn that “Nothing will discredit a semiotic approach to culture more quickly than allowing it to drift into a combination of intuitionism and alchemy, no matter how elegantly the intuitions are expressed or how modern the alchemy is made to look” (30).

Some other gems from that essay, which you should certainly read for yourself:

“Culture is public because meaning is.” (12)

“Understanding a people’s culture exposes their normalness without reducing their particularity.” (14)

“The aim here is to draw large conclusions from small, but very densely textured facts; to support broad assertions about the role of culture in the construction of collective life by engaging them exactly with complex specifics.” (28)

“Cultural analysis is intrinsically incomplete.” (29)

i.e., it’s turtles all the way down — or as he relates it himself:

There is an Indian story — at least I heard it as an Indian story — about an Englishman who, having been told that the world rested on a platform which rested on the back of an elephant which rested on the back of a turtle, asked (perhaps he was an ethnographer; it is the way they behave), what did the turtle rest on? Another turtle. And that turtle? “Ah, Sahib, after that it is turtles all the way down.”

ps — the natives over at Savage Minds recommend some resources for those who want to learn more, including a relatively recent “auto-obituary” by the man himself as well as the quite comprehensive HyperGeertz archive.


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