Lynn Boggess paints with trowels. Standard issue trowels that he machines into service for applying and removing oil paint on canvas in plein air along the mountain rivers and streams of West Virginia.
Saturday, I was at Tyndall Galleries enjoying a new show of Boggess’ paintings, large oils that more often than not still smelled a bit wet and rich as if you were just in the studio with them. The thick layering of paint means that the shadows on the canvas move as if you were watching the scene through a very clear glass or across a cool mountain creek. The paintings up close are textured pieces of oil paint architecture, but at a short distance they are more real than any photograph and with the shadows alive.
As I left the opening and went to the parking lot, I saw a bunch of folks from the show gathered around a truck. There was Boggess explaining his trowels to other artists. We all got to hold his instruments, then he took out his easel. You can see him using it here.
That easel is a piece of work on its own. It must be strong enough to how a large canvas against the wind and adjustable enough to work on almost any mountain-side river bank. It must be portable and compact. It must expand and hold the paint and tools — no brushes. It must be simple to set up and adjust. Boggess has all of that done well in his homemade contraption.
On Tuesday, @RogerMcGuinn tweeted that he’d be backstage at the Orlando Bruce Springsteen concert on Wednesday. Most of us knew or at least hoped that that would mean he would be on stage as well.
I was disappointed that the concert was way down in central Florida, but youTube came to the rescue. Roger tweeted one upload location, but here are McGuinn and Springsteen playing “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Mr Tamborine Man” .
A Republican friend told me over lunch yesterday, “I think I have tickets to the Democratic candidates debate if it happens. I’d like to see them duke it out. Then I’ll feel even better voting for McCain.” No evidence of McCain coming to NC anytime soon though — and the debate? It won’t happen as it turns out.
UPDATE: Just got a Hillary RoboCall to tell me about the Bill Clinton appearance in Hillsborough tomorrow.
Anne Waldman and Ed Sanders will be reading their poems at UNC’s Bull’s Head Bookstore at 3:30 pm on Tuesday April 22.
Waldman, Sanders, Lawrence Ferlinghetti biographer Bill Morgan and Robert Cantwell will present a panel “THE BEATS AND BEYOND: COUNTERCULTURE POETICS, 1952-1975″ on Wednesday April 23 in Wilson Library beginning with a 5:00 pm Reception and Exhibit in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Room followed by the 5:45 pm Program in Pleasants Family Assembly Room. More about that event and very hip poster here.
At the TriLUG meeting last week, I gave a version of the “3 Laws and 5 Big Ideas Behind ibiblio” Matt Frye ran the show and David Black and Nick Goldwater recorded that April 2008 meeting. Here’s the video:
You need this! I did and I didn’t know it. Fred has released Freedom. Freedom isn’t free — first you must have an Apple then you should donate $10 to Fred. He says:
Freedom is an application that disables wireless and ethernet networking on an Apple computer for one hour at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, to allow you time and space to code, write, or create.
Many studies have found that hour-long chunks provide optimal work flows. At the end of one hour, Freedom re-enables your network, restoring everything as normal. Freedom enforces freedom. If you quit Freedom, you will need to restart your computer to re-enable networking.
Last night I finally had time to upload my first muxtape! My twitter buddies were kind enough to retweet about it! Thanks to whoever favorited me there.
Now I have Facebook Chat too! I went to test it and 20+ friends were already there and suddenly I had 5 conversations at once. I have to report one that I had with a journalist to the UNC Attys but there is no log function that I can see.
But wait there is more! Muxtapes play on the iPhone too! Kinda in a slow way with a lot of pauses, but still it can hear Courtney Pine where ever I am without having to have remembered to put him on my iPod.
Oh Yes: at 4:15 “Challenges at the Public/Private Boundary: Partnerships, Gifts, and Names” (Lew Margolis, Peggy Glenn, Paul Jones, and Julie MacMillan, moderated by David Potenziani) at the School of Public Health in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium.
Today I tweeted “What would you teach in an Open Source track in Information Science?” Since my tweets also get carried over to Facebook, FriendFeed and even to the sidebar of this blog, I want to bring together some of the comments here:
@smalljones Good ?, tons! inventive uses of OS tech to preserve, catalog, and share info. How it can change the way we interact with info…
I think that could be a really good track to add to SILS, there’s tons of great stuff you could do! Which I’m sure you know
@smalljones: I’d look at OSS tools for building online collections of “stuff” (e.g., DSpace, Greenstone), but then again, I’m biased.
How to drive UX, IA, etc. in FLOSS projects as part of a distributed team
@smalljones is the goal to create experts in open source ideology or in open source technology?
“There will always be somebody to supply the reader the information that he or she needs. It might be something like the Raleigh Chrionicle [sic - so much for quality editing - pj], which is growing right in front of your nose.”
NOTE: Unfortunately, the Raleigh Chronicle isn’t staying independent. This just in:
The Raleigh Chronicle 14.APR.08
RALEIGH – After serving over a million readers in the Raleigh community, the locally owned Raleigh Chronicle will close on Tuesday, as another newspaper purchases the publication. A more detailed story will appear on Tuesday, the final day of publication for the Raleigh Chronicle.
The present book re-frames text mining as an approach to automate the generation of novel and interesting information, reviews successful exemplary text mining applications, and examines a case study of a leading pharmaceutical company within the book’s proposed novelty-generation paradigm. The present book is written for a wide range of professionals and scholars, not only for information scientists, industry analysts, and pharmaceutical executives, but also for those interested in innovation studies and the automated acceleration of discovery.
Like somebody who understands that what makes Moby Dick great is all that stuff about whales, Be Somebody is difficult in the way the very best books are – it challenges our desire for the familiar (and nothing is more familiar than my pronoun, not even my name) & holds on like a pit bull with lockjaw for the entire trip, in this instance 58 pages.
Someday, someone is going to publish this book & then we will all have to deal with Lester’s intimate striptease of the self. Until then, it will remain – like the full-length version of Mark Peters’ Men – one of the great rumors of contemporary poetry. Lester has his website. But you have to read the book.
Is there higher praise?
Patrick serves as Research Analyst and Technologist for the Jenkins Chair at Duke University, where he studies innovation networks via the automated analysis of large document collections and teaches new media studies.
When: Thursday April 10
7:00pm — meeting starts
7:05pm — eat pizza
7:20pm — main talk (me)
8:30pm — finish, take questions
9:00pm — Red Hat kicks us out of the building
More: For the past 15 years, ibiblio has remained one of the major brands in the Open Source ecosystem providing services to over 3,000 projects in Open Source and Open Information. A center for collaboration, innovation and service, ibiblio (as sunsite.unc.edu and later as metalab.unc.edu) pioneered website hosting, Internet radio, network-distributed Linux distributions , and other ground- breaking activities.
PaulJones, founder and director of ibiblio.org, will talk about how the Big Ideas are put into practice and how they have played out in such
specific projects as Project Gutenberg, Groklaw, Degree Confluence, eTree.org, The Linux Documentation Project, Roger McGuinn’s Folk Den and other ibiblio-hosted and supported projects.
If you don’t get a blook deal, you could still get rich and still whine about it. TechCrunch‘s Michael Arrington is one of several bloggers cited in the NYTimes PANIC! article “In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop.” He gained 30 pounds in three years of blogging! Everyone knows that other writers everywhere have much healthier habits like drinking, smoking and working in isolation. They, unlike Arrington, would never gain weight.
Saturday, April 12, 2008, 9am – 4:15pm
Room 4047, Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina
This international workshop will focus on the introduction of new – and the use of old – flexibilities in the copyright system in order to promote greater access to scientific and scholarly knowledge, particularly in the digital environment. It will also explore ways to foster creative or “transformative” uses of digital content.
This panel will review the new report and provide unique insights from within the Study Group, from the field of academic libraries and scholarly publishing, and from the European perspective.
* Lolly Gasaway, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina School of Law and Co-Chair of the Section 108 Study Group
* Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, Duke University Libraries
* Javier Hernandez-Ros, Head of Information Market Unit, European Commission Information Society Directorate
t-bone burnett today at 11 in Wilson Library!
@profdebock Mr t-bone hisself with Callie Khouri who wrote “Thelma and Louise” and directed “Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”
bill ferris intros t-bone burnett Who started by building recording studio in his home at 17 leading to the Dylan rolling thunder to brother
t-bone sez music is too much about attack on the ears and less about resonance – bands act like shoemakers who cut off peoples feet
he wants to max tone and min attack
T-bone loves those overtones They are incontrollable
digital recording is a disaster but earlier hifi as defined by riaa curve gave us an std to follow he doesnt like copies! CDs in particular
need to tell him about SHN and FLAC
t-bone allows no plastic in the room when he records say civil war music. No parallel walls either
he loves plastic disks tho. Hear Beatles on LP sez t-bone. He has company called code spelled XODE where D = delta
talking about Walk the Line and Oh Bro. how to be authentic and accessible. Sound is more like Traffic (with Stevie Winwood) by adding bottom
all CDs are over bright and in the top 25% of the range. So they suck and don’t fulfill the promise of CDs – t- bone
same as 1965 no digital post process (really?) using 2 inch tape but admits using protools. no fan of remix culture -unless its him
but an mp3 could sound better than a cd -sez t-bone. Give listener choice of good copies.
audience wants him to talk about DRM. He says no DRM
best listening environment – two hifi speakers on a room. need special mix for earbuds. Xode will provide that
on current country music trad is taking over and country is a branch of trad that took an odd turn. Only 5 country side men in Nashville
allison krause and Robert plant collabos best two singers since the Beatles. On tour soon including Raleigh and Asheville
t-bone hands podium to thelma and louise author callie khouri
movie biz doesnt know what’s up. She on the writers strike and how creators have become workers for hire. She hates this. She is a writer
studio films sux. Cuz studios make product instead of films. So films with strong females don’t bring in the dudes
Talking movie marketing. I ask not put loud: why mass market target audience films? Its expensive and doesnt pay
khouri sez American comedies don’t play international and vice versa. But blowup films like Rambo bring in the euros
callie had not read The Awakening before she wrote Thelma and Louise. Thank gawd sez she.
“something to talk about” callie sez I write pictures not words! Don’t explicate; visualize.
callie on directing ya ya sisterhood and adapting a novel to film.
callie on first trip to NYC: you mean all this was out here and I spent all that time in Paducah KY!! (she was 21 and now misses KY) some
Great talk sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South. Tweets don’t cover all the good things said — especially about T-Bone’s company, XODE, and the processes involved some of which is secret to me too nor do they capture the energy and passion that Callie brought to her discussion. But there it is real time for those of you who don’t tweet. Sorry not to #tag; the iPhone makes that a pain.