amnesiack: (SPAZ)
SPAZ Episode 002!

Episode two is here! This is the first SPAZ Radio episode, featuring eight songs by bands that have played at the Grn Strp Haus in Seattle. Enjoy!

Show Notes:

* 1:00 - "Crass A Nova" by Anchor Down, from Steel To Dust
* 4:53 - "Gentlemen Prefer Tea" by Destruction Island, from Preaches The New Wilderness
* 7:29 - "Rage Blackouts" by The Mark Sparkles, from Parking Enforcement
* 10:37 - "Full House" by The Sweet Revenge, from Creatures of Routine
* 12:45 - "Loose Teeth Don't Need My Help" by Like Claws!, from Prints & Things
* 14:40 - "My Boss My Hypocrite" by Marginal Way, from Marginal Way
* 17:49 - "Mind Eraser" by Shakes, from Shakes
* 20:31 - "Revolution Schmevolution" by Success!, from Success!

SPAZ Radio

Nov. 12th, 2009 02:43 pm
amnesiack: (SPAZ)
In an effort to put out at least two episodes of my podcast each month, I have decided to launch SPAZ Radio. SPAZ Radio will consist of music-only episodes that will appear regularly between interview episodes, featuring songs by local and touring bands that have played shows in Seattle recently.

I hope to have a theme for each episode to help pick the music that I play. For the first several SPAZ Radio episodes, the theme will be "Best of Venue". For these episodes, I will pick songs by bands that I have seen play at a specific location in Seattle; the first one will be "Best of GRN STRP Haus"!

Since interview episodes come out on the 1st Monday of every month, I'm planning to release SPAZ Radio episodes on the 3rd Monday of every month. However, the first SPAZ Radio episode may be a bit late, since I am just now getting started on it. We'll see!

Tiny Update

Nov. 3rd, 2009 11:58 am
amnesiack: (Scott YES)
Seattle Punk Audio Zine is available in iTunes now as well.
amnesiack: (SPAZ)
The first episode of Seattle Punk Audio Zine is now available:

In this episode, I interview The Damage Done and play four songs from their album Scream All Of Our Cliches.

If you're at all interested in punk music or would just like to hear what's been eating a good chunk of my brain lately, please listen to show. I've learned a lot just from doing my first couple of interviews and editing this episode, but I know I still have a lot to learn. Feedback, especially if it will help to improve the show, is welcome and encouraged.

There is also a feed you can subscribe to in order to get updated on future posts and episodes. It will probably be available in iTunes in the next couple of days as well.

amnesiack: (ramona hood)
I went to a great show on Saturday night with [ profile] lesleymac, [ profile] retrocareer, and Reid at Studio Seven (The Damage Done, Shook Ones, The Riot Before, Living With Lions, and A Wilhelm Scream, for those wondering). The music was great, and it was tons of fun hanging out with my friends there, but I always feel a little weird about shows at that venue.

I think it's a combination of the size of the room and the height of the stage. It's not remotely like a stadium or even a concert hall in size, and there's no barrier or security guards between the crowd and the edge of the stage. Still, there's just enough of a distance there between the performers and the crowd that it feels fundamentally different from shows at Grn Strp Haus, Black Lodge, The Bit, FBK, The Morgue, Barnhouse, etc. that goes beyond sounds systems, admission prices, or audience makeup. Hmmm...

More Books

May. 12th, 2009 10:01 am
amnesiack: (Lain Bear)
I've burned through three more library acquisitions in the last few days.

Too Cool To Be Forgotten by Alex Robinson

Solanin by Asano Inio

Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
amnesiack: (Lain Bear)

Couch by Benjamin Parzybok

Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Losing My Faculties: A Teacher's Story by Brendan Haplin

Just A Geek by Wil Wheaton

The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
amnesiack: (american astronaut)
San Diego, CA joins Little Rock, AR and Springfield, MO on the list of airports I have visited that have free wi-fi. Way to step up, San Diego.
amnesiack: (ccninja)
I've seen enough at home and abroad to know how thoroughly broken our political and governmental systems are. I could very safely be labeled a liberal, but unlike many of my liberal friends, I've never expected the Democratic party to fully represent my interests, and I'm rarely surprised when it screws us over. I don't become disenfranchised because I never bought into the chain to begin with.

However, I've been a registered independent voter since I turned 18, and I vote in every election, be it local or national. In this election, I'm voting for Barack Obama.

I have my beefs with him, as I do with all politicians, and I don't think he's going to magically fix our country. But I think he will tear down some important barriers, both real and symbolical, and that's something.

Adrienne Maree Brown, a political activist and pursuer of election reform, wrote an essay on similar thoughts that I found to be extremely compelling. If you can't read the whole thing, I think that this is the most important part:

what i realize is simply that i feel like two people watching this.

one sees this strategic, dynamic, mixed race man, skillfully touching all the bases on his way home to the white house. that self drinks the kool-aid as much as a cynic can, i am impressed by his grasp and execution of community organizing and mobilization, how he has crafted himself as king and kennedy and more. he seems to have been made for this moment, even for skeptics and community organizers. i lean in when he speaks, trying to disguise my own smiles at some of the lovely lines that slip in between the ones that hurt me, or disappoint me.

the other side sees the parts i disagree with, the special interests, the effects of a broken and at this point actively stupid and elitist, capitalist, empire-protecting system. i see how he has to say things that are morally reprehensible if he wants to consider being elected to this position, and god knows which of his values will have to be compromised once he's in office, that place most distant from the people of the nation. i believe that we would need 50,000 baracks or people more radical than him running at the local level to experience any changes based on leadership like his. and yet...

what the rest of world will understand with this shift!

i am not on a fence between republican or democrat, i am not tempted by green at the federal level. i want a multi-party system with permanent records of voting (paper ballots), same day registration, a vote for anyone paying taxes, and proportional representation, but i don't think the path to get there is by placing us in john mccain's fragile, feeble, maverick hands by splitting the progressive vote. i specifically want barack obama to be the next president of the united states, in spite of all my doubts and cynicisms and fears. i like how he splits the difference on the hardest issues, i like his (or his speechwriter's) ability to find a common sense middle ground, and i like that he is passionate and visionary at a time when the easiest space to occupy is debilitating and isolating anger.

and because it scares me to feel even slightly authentic in my excitement about a candidate, understanding what i do about the history of candidate failures, disappointments, flip-flopping or sheer incompetence, the broken system, the inherent flaws of humanity that makes us desire hierarchy so...i will not hit the streets stumping for obama, i will not start a little fundraising page for him that spirits more money away from the projects i work on 365 days a year election or not. i will continue to pour my energy into election protection, and raise money to support grassroots organizations who make sure candidates who are willing to listen have organized bodies to hear from.

but behind a closed door, rereading the transcript of his speech on race, delving into his organizing analysis from his early years in chicago, seeing parts of my story in his own, and wanting to debate him about those issues on which i deeply disagree with him, i confess: i want barack obama to be the next president of the united states.
amnesiack: (Default)
Is anyone here going to San Diego Comicon?
amnesiack: (uber die)
I've been reading Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko and thinking about the games that could be used to play in a setting like this. Mortal Coil comes immediately to mind, but, for now at least, I want something that's both mechanically less complex and something that mechanizes the struggle between free will and the machinations of the waring Others that is present in the book. Reading through the pdf of Don't Lose Your Mind has re-excited me about Don't Rest Your Head, so I thought I'd take a stab at hacking it to play in the Night Watch world. Here's what I've got so far. )
amnesiack: (suicidemouse)
I picked up the Don't Lose Your Mind pre-order this morning, and I've been reading through the pdf on breaks and while waiting for reports to finish rendering.

Overall, it's a cool addition to Don't Rest Your Head. The "advice" sections on creating and using Madness Talents aren't particularly revolutionary, but they might be useful for people who are having trouble coming up with their own ideas (which, I suppose, is the book's overall point anyway). Where the book really shines, though, is with the twenty-six example talents (one for each letter of the alphabet). I particularly like how the relationships between the talents and the Fight and Flight options are detailed, and I love the fact that the sorts of Nightmares you become if you succumb to a particular Madness are described. I think these steps are worth including for all Madness Talents for any DRYH game that's going to run longer than a single session.

In a nice bit of textual unity, it feels like most of the talents choose one of the suggested talent creation methods from the advice section and run with it. Some are like slightly askew superpowers, while others are more of afflictions than tools. Taken as a whole, you end up with a nice mix of the weird, the horrific, and the just plain fun.

Some of my favorites are "T is for Teddy", "X is for Xenophile", "H is for Hands", and (of course, being me) "N is for Ninja".
amnesiack: (skull panda)
This blog entry is pretty challenging for me. Vegetarianism, once I got over the initial hurdles, was an easy choice because it felt like a simple means of living out parts of my ethics in regards to exploitation, and it didn't take that much effort. Approaching the problems surrounding the exploitation of the human labor involved in producing food, both plant and animal, is much more difficult and without anything resembling easy personal solutions. Why are big, difficult problems always so big and difficult, dagnabit?
amnesiack: (LiMuBai)
Kung fu movie post!

I was finally able to pick up a copy of The Banquet as a domestic dvd release. Lesley and I loved it when we saw it at SIFF last year. For some reason, they changed the U.S. title to Legend of the Black Scorpion, which is extremely dumb, but it's still an awesome movie, so, yeah. Whatever.

I'm still waiting to be able to pick up A Battle of Wits as well.

Next Friday is the theatrical release of The Forbidden Kingdom with Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and some American kid. The Friday night movie group will be seeing it, and I truly hope it delivers. Anyone out there want to come with us?
amnesiack: (uber die)

The Cosmic Gamblers

A Game of Competitive Narration, Played In Fleeting Encounters

by Andrew Henderson & Lukas Myhan


(With apologies to Michael Moorcock and his brilliant book Blood: A Southern Fantasy, which I rip off shamelessly)

The world is populated by Gamblers. The games they play are the games of reality, creating fictional worlds and pitting their elements against one another for dominance. Such games are often fleeting, played in idle moments and brief passings between other activities until one or the other emerges victorious.Read more... )
amnesiack: (mohawk1)
I love Bella Morte's video for their cover of "Earth Angel." It makes me wish I liked their regular music more.

amnesiack: (blue sun)
Adam Baldwin is going to be a guest at this year's Emerald City Comicon. Sweet.
amnesiack: (commie star)
I went to the Democratic Caucus today. It was my first time participating in one, and it turned out to be extremely disorganized, but once everything worked out, it was really cool. There were three precincts, including mine, meeting in the room where I was. The final delegate counts ended up being 5 Obama - 1 Hillary, 5 Obama - 1 Hillary, and 10 Obama - 1 Hillary. I ran into my friend Dan afterwards, and he told me his 6 delegate precinct ended up with all 6 going to Obama.

I hope this is a state-wide trend.
amnesiack: (uber die)
Ben Lehman, author of the blisteringly awesome story game Polaris, is now taking preorders for his new game Bliss Stage. In Bliss Stage, you play a teenager who combats alien invaders by piloting a mecha constructed from the dream-fragments of your friends, loved ones, and enemies. How much more awesome can you get? He also set up a promotional quiz...

"I'm a Devoted Lover!"

"Every time I fight... everything I do... I'm thinking of you. I do everything for you. No one else understands me. If anything happened to you, I just couldn't go on."

Personality:As a Devoted Lover, you're absolutely committed to a single deep relationship. In battle, this commitment makes your ANIMa a deadly weapon. At other times, however you're isolated and moody. Can your love survive the realities of combat?

Advice: Get out more. Your commitment to your lover is admirable, but you need to make more friends. Even if you can't see it, your dependence has put enormous strain on your relationship. Paradoxically, if you spent a little time apart, your love would get deeper. This is easier than you think. Others may find you a little stand-offish, but they'll like you as soon as they get to know you.

Which Bliss Stage Pilot are you?
Bliss Stage
amnesiack: (american astronaut)
So, I'm really burnt out on the house searching/buying process already. It sucks. However, I'm not quite as down on it today as I have been (like, say, Thursday). We looked at two more properties today, and both of them rocked. We've put in an offer on this place. It's a spacious (for real, not just in realtor-speak) 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhouse in the Central District. By bus it's 15 minutes from work and 20 minutes from the U-District. There's a Trader Joes 0.7 miles away, and all three of us and our stuff will actually fit comfortably in it. I really hope we get this one; we should know if our offer is accepted by noon tomorrow, and then we'll go through the inspection process again. Woo.

If that one falls through, here's the second one. It's not as big, but it's nice and has cool hardwood floors. The location isn't quite as desirable either (Columbia City again), but I'd already gotten used to the idea of living there, so that wouldn't be a big deal.

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