spring thunder

Submitted by la miller on 12 March, 2006 - 23:24

Not many words for posting just now. Painted today. Got somewhere.

There's been thunder the past couple nights and rain. One night this past week, I got soaked, riding home in a down pour. It's still too cold to take any delight in sloshed socks and drippy pant legs. ... The thunder feels odd. Not sure why.

Sheldon Rampton is a GOD

Submitted by la miller on 8 March, 2006 - 18:29

[http://www.sheldonrampton.com|Sheldon Rampton] is one of my favorite heroes, ever. He has helped me with this blog SOOOO much. Without Sheldon, there would be no Miller's Crossing. In fact, he coined the name. ... Well, you know, he thought it might work for the blog. And he just helped me register my blog on [http://www.technorati.com/|Technorati]. So, we're getting ready for the big time here.

A million thank yous to Sheldon.

In the news...

Submitted by la miller on 8 March, 2006 - 16:27

"We're eager to work with Congress on legislation that would further codify the president's authority," the [http://nytimes.com/2006/03/08/politics/08nsa.html?hp&ex=1141794000&en=7b6645b10226f272&ei=5094&partner=homepage|New York Times] reports White House spokeswoman Dana Perino as saying. "We remain committed to our principle, that we will not do anything that undermines the program's capabilities or the president's authority."

She's referring to the Senate Intelligence Committee's failure to provide any meanful oversight of or investigation into Bush's secret, domestic wiretapping. But really, it's a plain statement of the Bush doctrine: the president has the authority to do whatever he wants and nothing shall undermine that authority. (Thanks to the smart and saavy [http://www.warandpiece.com/|Laura Rozen] for pointing out this quote.)

light in snow

Submitted by la miller on 6 March, 2006 - 11:53

I like March snow. I think March is a month of genesis. Our perceptions of March, however, have everything to do with attitude. More than any other month, I think March is misunderstood, maligned and rejected. I am an advocate for the month of March.

Military Contractor's Contract Makes My Head Hurt

Submitted by la miller on 3 March, 2006 - 19:19

In their "Statement of Objectives for Global Media Development, Production and Dissemination Support," the [[Lincoln Group]]'s prose plumbs the depths of meaningless PR blather. You might recall the Lincoln Group was outed by the LA Times in November for paying Iraqi journalist to run U.S. military authored stories on how great things are going in Iraq. Keep in mind that the Lincoln Group, along with [[SYColeman]] and [[SAIC]], were awarded a contract of up to $300 million to do [[psyops]] work for the [[Pentagon]].

The PR wordsmiths write for their "Contract Objectives":

2.1 Media Approach Planning: Apply subject matter expertise to develop media approaches that effectively convey messages to foreign audiences to achieve specified goals and objectives. Based on market research and analysis develop and/or validate proposed themes, symbols, and messages that will elicit responses from the recipients that achieve stated goals and objectives. Media campaign plans should include recommendations on type of media, timing, frequency, and proposed methods of distribution and dissemination to include locations, resources, and cost.


Such Sweet Thunder, part ii

Submitted by la miller on 2 March, 2006 - 11:21

I'm not an English-lit smarty pants. I wouldn't have known the [w:William Shakespeare|Shakespeare] credit for the delicious phrase "such sweet thunder" were it not for [w:Duke Ellington] and his sweet jazz suite "[http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000IMYN/104-5731335-8062313?v=glance&n=5174|Such Sweet Thunder]," composed for the Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario and recorded in 1957.

I first heard this recording when I was about 20. Ellington definitely opened the door to jazz for me and helped me appreciate the creative potential that America itself allows for composers and musicians and other artists.

It seems to me that the Americas offer a place for music from all different parts of the world to meet and mingle. And in the best examples, it happens in an organic and egalitarian way. It's truly exciting how music melds and morphs around the world and holds it together.

As I write this I'm listening to [http://www.wrasserecords.com/artists/info/50.html?AddInterest=1010|Daara J], a Senegalese rap group. On track 2, titled "Esperanza," of their 1998 album Xalima, they sing in Spanish and rap in French, blending salsa with hip-hop. They are an awesome group. Definitely check them out. And while you're at it, give Duke's Such Sweet Thunder a listen.

Such Sweet Thunder

Submitted by la miller on 28 February, 2006 - 00:04
I was with Hercules and Cadmus once,
When in a wood of Crete they bay'd the bear
With hounds of Sparta: never did I hear
Such gallant chiding: for, besides the groves,
The skies, the fountains, every region near
Seem'd all one mutual cry: I never heard
So musical a discord, such sweet thunder.
--[w:William Shakespeare], A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ka-Boom!Box @ Mickey's, redux

Submitted by la miller on 22 February, 2006 - 15:27

Let opportunity knock ...

... hear [http://www.ka-boombox.com|Ka-Boom!Box] rock!!

Come join a friendly crew of dynamic DJs and rockers, MCs and melody droppers.

We got gold-medal splice, but no spills on ice. Get on your swill and spice, so you can swerve so nice at [http://www.mickeystavern.com|Mickey's] Saturday night.

That's right!

Turntable actions provided by: lmnop'ollyanna, Eastside J-Dub, Christopher Robin and the Boy Wonder.

"We'll get going on the early side of things and stay kind of late," pollyanna told this blog. "See old loves and new. It's a party, for sure."

(Simian sidekicks welcome so long as their initials aren't [[George W. Bush|GWB]].)