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:: Thursday, December 04, 2003

Cybrid, 2002. Photo by Bitboy

Head out this Friday to the new and improved Up & Down club and groove to Electro, Ghetto-tech, minimal techno, tech-house as Tokyo Electric goes head to head with Audio (a.k.a Cybrid). It's NOT to be missed.

Friday, Dec 5th - Tokyo Electric vs. Audio
10pm to 2am
21+ w/ID - $8
Up & Down Club
1151 Folsom (between 7th & 8th)

Julian Destrukt (Tokyo Electric)
Caltrop (The Clap, E.D.M)
Seraphim (Sister SF, Bad Kitty)
Audioel (Cybrid, Zero)
Dave Aju (Context, Circus Company)
Bloom (Freerange SF)

:: Sunday, November 30, 2003

Good grief, is the holiday weekend really over? I hope yours was as good as mine, I spent low-key style, in the Northern California countryside with friends and family. I also had a chance to catch up on some long overdue reading. Already highly suspicious of our fairly-elected leader – oh, assuming I lost most of you there I meant our President in a tongue-in-cheek way – anyhow, I had the privilege of being further enlightened by Al Franken’s genius piece of political satire, Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. It was provocative and funny but mostly a well-researched, infuriatingly frustrating look at Bush, Bush’s cabinet and the lying reporters who knowingly distort the truth before the American public. I consider it a must-read for anyone who claims to care about this country, regardless of their political affiliations – as one Amazon reviewer put it, “Read it and enjoy being an American again”.

On the car trip home, I also started listening to Michael Moore’s Dude, Where’s My Country?, which is beginning to paint even a darker, more sinister picture of the current American political landscape. And finally, I was able to crack two great design books, Problem Solved!, a designer’s look at contemporary advertising, and The Art of Looking Sideways (pictured above), a fantastic book (and value at under $30) from Phaidon Press that, as on the Amazon website states, is an absolutely extraordinary and inexhaustible "guide to visual awareness," a virtually indescribable concoction of anecdotes, quotes, images, and bizarre facts that offers a wonderfully twisted vision of the chaos of modern life. Worth checking out.


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