DJ Matty Q

So I sent my gift package off to Kris Dikeman at Clarion West today care of the US Postal Service. I insured it, asked for delivery confirmation, and even tore up little pieces of paper and put them in the box to make sure nothing broke. I hope it arrives okay because I made her a CD. I’ll give you a little sneak peak of the track listing because I’m sure she’s too busy writing.

01 – Intro by AlteredFluidians
02 – Alberta Hunter – Two Cigarettes in the Dark
03 – Bloc Party – So Here We Are
04 – April March – Cet Air-La
05 – The Decemberists – Leslie Anne Levine
06 – Radiohead – How to Disappear Completely
07 – Visage – Fade to Grey
08 – Aluminum Group – W-O the Erte
09 – Franz Ferdinand – Jaqueline
10 – Stellastarr- – Jenny
11 – Bloc Party – Helicopter
12 – Felix da housecat – Silver Screen
13 – Radiohead – Subterranean Homesick Alien
14 – French Kicks – Only So Long
15 – Bloc Party – Blue Light
16 – French Kicks – One More Time
17 – J.S. Bach – Gavotte En Rondeau

I really like the ordering and selection of the mix, and I chose the particular tracks to blend in with one another. If only you could hear them now…

In other good news, the Hudson Current printed the interview with me today. Unfortunately, I cannot find an online version of it, so I may scan it in and put in on the website. Many thanks to Diania Schwaeble for the whole shebang.

And finally, if you’re looking to listen to some music and support a good cause, the Live 8 concert happens July 6th. The concert intends to raise consciousness about world poverty, and their goals are to convince the G8 to drop their international debt, made trade laws fair, and double foreign aid to the neediest countries. While I find it odd that some of the wealthiest bling-blingers in the world are pushing for poverty relief, it’s about time we all came together to fix this problem. I mean, in a world where McDonald’s delivers a Big Mac and fries to your door in less that fifteen minutes, children should not be starving to death.

Proof that the World is Improving

Iranian WomenThis New York Times article says that novels written by women in Iran are selling better than novels written by men. Much better, in fact. When you press (or oppress) anyone or anything, Newton’s law says there is always an equal an opposite force. Good for them.

Canada will legalize gay marriages and become the third country, after the Netherlands and Belgium to do so. Good for them.

And, the greatest thing since rye toast, Google Video, a text searchable video database.

Ear Wax Candles

Ear CandlingHere’s something for those places the Q-tips can’t reach. Wally’s Ear Wax Candles. According to the site, sending hot smoke and burning wax into the ears is a 2000 year old custom. Here’s the disclaimer: “If you have any ear disease, ear drum drainage tubes, ear drum perforation, or an upper respiratory infection, do not attempt the ear candling process!” Yes, well, I would kind of figure that sticking anything burning into your ear would not be a good idea under such conditions.

Thomas in LoveI saw this great art house flick last night called Thomas in Love about this fella (Thomas, of course) who has agoraphobia and cannot leave his apartment. Instead, for eight consecutive years, he’s interacted with the world via his visiophone. The entire movie is shown from his point of view, and I found the depiction of near-future technology to be quite realistic and entertaining. Don’t be put off by the Americanization of the cover and the DVD box description. Here is a great film waiting to be seen.

Also, I saw last week, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and while I thought it was a little bizarre in points, I found it to be an excellent film. It’s a movie about disaffected people, but it also has a hidden message which I believe is: “we are all strange in some way.” I loved the depiction of the high-nosed modern art curator because I have interacted with such people before when I worked at a cultural center. One curator I met had lamented about a particular exhibit, and how it wouldn’t be “authentic” if in ten years the candy manufacturer that provided the material for the exhibit went out of business and they had to purchase a replica candy. Such pettiness to me is not art, but someone seeking self-important ways to bide their time. This movie redeemed the curators for me, for, like all characters in this film, they are not without flaws and therefore human. Go see it if you can.

Finally, I am happy to announce that Lauren McLaughlin whose work has appeared in Sybil’s Garage has just sold a story to Interzone, the UK’s premier speculative fiction magazine. Congrats Lauren. She’s now blogging too.

While My Ukulele Gently Weeps

Hi all! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Here’s something you Should-Not-Miss. Jake Shimabukuro plays The Beatles “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” on a Uke!. Be forewarned that the file is QuickTime and it’s huge. If you have a dial-up connection, be prepared to wait (and wait).

Here’s something to do while waiting: The Zombie Infection Simulation. Will the world be eaten by Zombies? Watch as the plague spreads…

Speaking of (not so) horrible things, I have just heard that Lee Thomas has just won the Stoker for his novel Stained in the category of Best First Novel. Lee used to be in our AlteredFluid writing group, and we all saw back then how talented he was. Congratulations Lee!

Finally, on a personal note, I just sold my story, “The Many Faces of Lisa Adorn,” to Abyss & Apex . It will be appearing there next month.

The Mysterious Mary Donovan

Have you ever read an old book and found something inside it from the previous owner? Take for example this book of poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

Longfellow

(Please note that the coffee stain is not mine.)

I found this book at my grandmother’s house a few years ago. On the inside cover is a signature of a woman named Mary Donovan from the year 1924:

Mary Donovan

I don’t know who this woman is, but I suspect my grandmother may have purchased the book secondhand. As far as I can tell the book was published in 1920. Mary (or perhaps my grandmother) left a flower inside the pages of the book:

Flower

Does anyone know what kind of flower this is? Perhaps we can identify the geographical area this comes from. The poem on that page is called “Prince Henry”. Also, there was dateless a newspaper article about Longfellow stuck between the pages:

Article

It would be interesting to track down the grandchildren of this Mary Donovan and show this to them, if possible. I wonder what they would say?

In other news, the interview with the Hudson Current went well yesterday and the article should appear sometime next week. I’m going to see Me and You and Everyone We Know tonight. It’s supposed to be good. I’ll let you know. Anyhow, have a happy weekend! 🙂