Archive for "Nov 2013"

Essential Sounds: Nicholas Jaar

Nicholas Jaar is a young Chilean-American producer and musician. He fuses together minimalist electronic (often near a dreamy 100 BPM), groovy guitar riffs, sparse vocals, blues, synthesizers, and so much more. It is a very modern but classic sound. Influences for Jaar span from the Chilean electronic  artist Ricardo Villalobos all the way to Erik […]

Myth and Magic in the Artist’s Studio with José Luis Rodríguez Guerra

I recently visited the artist, painter, and sculptor José Luis Rodríguez Guerra in his studio to have a discussion and private viewing of his art. Our conversation went in many directions. Here is a crude selection of excerpts from our conversation and a glimpse at some of his art. I should say that the recorded […]

Sunday Haiku

how does it rain here asked the whale to the human who held their last breath   some people I know have slipped on leaves this winter cold wet dirty leaves   earth ran out of clouds foreign correspondents are reporting a smiling moon   Haiku contributed from Nite Rote.

Essential Sounds: Moondog

“The only one who knows this ounce of words is just a token is he who has a ton to tell that must remain unspoken.” Words from Moondog, “The Viking of 6th Avenue”, the enigmatic figure and blind composer. He was born as Louis Thomas Hardin in Kansas. At 16 he picked up a dynamite […]

The Dimensions of Art

In this posting (by yours truly) art becomes data, and then becomes art once again. Pictured above is the outline dimensions for more than 65,000 pieces of artwork held by the Tate Collection. Check out my article to see more details about this fascinating dataset. The Dimensions of Art (If We Assume)


If you’re in LA this December, I have an assignment for you… This art show appears to combine several of my real joys in life: coffee, people, art. I’m in no way affiliated with the show, but I’m entranced by the mere idea of it. Local coffee roasters are a sacred industry here in Seattle, […]

When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer

When I heard the learn’d astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room, How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick; […]

Comet ISON in the Sky

There is a new object in the sky. Comet ISON is an icy wanderer making its first and probably last last trip into the solar system from its previous home in the Oort cloud. It will graze by the Sun brilliantly and then depart. As it approaches the inner solar system, it is now inside […]

Sunday Haiku

the folds of the brain velveteen rabbit discarded still wiggle your toes   she employs rupture techniques treating trials as lynchings a jackal haunts her   Chechnya girl leave your home burns keeping you warm as you watch helplessly   Haiku contributed from Nite Rote.


David Foster Wallace took his own life. He chose that. There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one […]