Wednesday, April 20, 2011

City Scaped...

I like this video but it's almost hard to watch...

City Riding from RAPHA on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Round UP -

The Character - A study of character development based on setting, looks, personality, etc. (cultural bias study?)

THE CHARACTER from Candice Breitz on Vimeo.




Loving on this Band, Song, Video.




Last, going to see Wye Oak tonight at Mississippi Studios. Show at 9pm, two openers, cost is $12 (includes processing fee). Stoked.

Friday, February 11, 2011

ENTER THE VOID...

I watched Gaspar NoƩ's Enter The Void last night. At one point, my special lady, who was in and out of the apartment while the film was on, asked me why I would put myself through something like that. Needless to say, the film is intense and not for the faint of heart. Here, take a peek at the opening credits.



Yeah, and that's just the beginning. Couple that with death & despair, loss, ample amounts of screaming kids, drugs, hints at incest, a steady supply of nudity and graphic sex, transcendence, dark dreams, brutality, and hallucination, and you start to get a rounded out view of the film. Again, not for the faint of heart. Also, I had copped the directors cut which runs a total of 2h + 41m of this subject matter. That's pretty long. With all that said, I feel that it's a movie worth watching, if you really like movies. Gaspar is trying to break film making boundaries, expand visual horizons, and show us something new. After taking a day to process the imagery and storyline I can say that for me, he does just that. Sure the movie proves to be a bit sprawling, but the vision is there. Yeah, so here's the trailer...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Reaching for Meaning...

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern." - William Blake

I'm not really sure what to say about this. Seems like a fairly drastic & brutal way to get past the unhappiness in life. I mean, two of these guys are fighting with knives...

Uppercut from California is a place. on Vimeo.

Monday, February 7, 2011

DOING TONIGHT...

If I were free tonight in Portland, which I'm not, I would be into these two things and probably in this order, just because I love pickles so much (I even had a dream about pickles last night!).


1. The Dill Pickle Club presents the first annual Perfect Pickle over at the Ace Hotel.
- Via Dave
The Perfect Pickle is as a fundraiser and membership drive for The Dill Pickle Club, Portland’s volunteer-driven non-profit group dedicated to organizing non-traditional educational tours, program, and publication. 2010′s accomplishments and will be celebrated and 2011′s programs programs will be announce.

The main event is the Pickle Challenge, pitting chefs from Beast, Chop Butchery, DOC, Le Happy, Navarre, Olympic Provisions, Salt Fire & Time, and Unbound Pickling in a battle of pickles. Each chef will prepare a dozen jars of pickles from the same base ingredients to sell for the benefit of the Dill Pickle Club.

The celebrity judges: Dave Dahl (Dave’s Killer Bread), Tony Perez (Food Critic, Portland Mercury) and Courtney Sproule (Din Din Catering).

Guest get to sample too, before the Pickler of the Year trophy is awarded and the jars are auctioned off by AC Dickson!

To round out the evening there will be live musical performances by Marisa Anderson, Orca Team, and DJ Cuica, and Ninkasi and Coalition beers will be available.

The Perfect Pickle is free to members, $5 for everyone else – become a member at the event and receive $5 off membership. For more details visit the Dill Pickle Club events page.

PERFECT PICKLES SCHEDULE
7PM Marisa Anderson plays music
7:45 Welcome, Pickle Judges talking about pickles with first 4 chefs
8PM Orca Team plays – set 1
8:20PM Pickle Judges talking about pickles with last 4 chefs
8:40PM Orca Team plays – set 2
9:00PM Mikey Kampmann, Sarah Mirk, How Does City Work? video
9:20PM DJ Cuica – set 1, a “pickle dance off”
9:45PM Cary Clarke, Walt Curtis
10:00PM AC Dickson does the great Pickle Auction
10:15PM Award Ceremony
10:20PM DJ Cuica – set 2
10:40PM Last Call



2. Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
Monday, February 7, 2011 - 7:00pm
Portland - Bagdad Theater

Via the OMSI Science Pub Page

Visionary game designer Jane McGonigal reveals how we can harness the power of games to solve real-world problems and boost global happiness.

More than 174 million Americans are gamers, and the average young person in the United States will spend 10,000 hours gaming by the age of 21. According to world-renowned game designer Jane McGonigal, the reason for this mass exodus to virtual worlds is that videogames are increasingly fulfilling genuine human needs. In this groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, McGonigal reveals how we can use the lessons of game design to fix what is wrong with the real world.

Drawing on positive psychology, cognitive science, and sociology, Reality Is Broken uncovers how game designers have hit on core truths about what makes us happy and used these discoveries to astonishing effect in virtual environments. Videogames consistently provide the exhilarating rewards, stimulating challenges, and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world. But why, McGonigal asks, should we use the power of games for escapist entertainment alone? Her research suggests that gamers are expert problem solvers and collaborators, since they cooperate with other players to overcome daunting virtual challenges, and she helped pioneer a fast-growing genre of games that aims to turn gameplay to socially positive ends.

In Reality Is Broken, she reveals how these new Alternate Reality Games are already improving the quality of our daily lives, fighting social problems like depression and obesity, and addressing vital twenty-first century challenges—and she forecasts the thrilling possibilities that lie ahead. She introduces us to games like World Without Oil, a simulation designed to brainstorm—and therefore avert—the challenges of a worldwide oil shortage, and Evoke, a game commissioned by the World Bank Institute that sends players on missions to address issues from poverty to climate change.

Jane McGonigal, PhD, is the director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times and on MTV, CNN, and NPR. In 2009, BusinessWeek called her one of the 10 most important innovators to watch. She has given keynote addresses at TED, South by Southwest Interactive, and the Game Developers Conference and was a featured speaker at The New Yorker Conference.

This Science Pub is presented in partnership with Powell’s Books. Powell’s will have Jane’s books available for purchase at the Science Pub and Jane will sign them after the talk.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Shameless...

I've been absent recently - over and over and over again. Did you miss me? I doubt it. I don't think anyone ever really stops by here. BUT GOOD FOR YOU IF YOU DO. Anyway, there's been a variety of reasons why I've been gone and the main one is that I've been busy. Busy with what, you ask? Well, let me count the ways for you. Please note: ALL OF THIS IS SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION.

1. I learned to type with only one space between a period and the first letter of a new sentence. 9 times out of 10 I can now type at a constantly furious pace without having to use the backspace/delete key to back up and fix my old two space down fall. Evidently we're not typing on typewriters anymore. Oh, you're a real "writer" and you've stayed loyal to pounding the keys on your Smith Corona? Then what the hell are you doing here reading this puddle of filth?

2. I launched my very own photography business.

3. I went live with a website in support of photography business. It can be found at www.matthewjasperson.com

4. I cleaned up my photo blog that also supports this venture. Peep it here: www.thebentmoment.com

5. I've continued to ride the rails (metaphorically speaking, I would hate for anyone to think of me as a skateboard rider) and do the deeds here in Portland, Oregon. A city so full of it's own gloom and self flattery that the little mice in the gutters are walking around with imported organic cheese from japan while rocking wickedly rad smirks that they pair with Funk Dr. Spock Doc Martins. Or something.

Photobowl

Good day.

Friday, December 10, 2010

RGBs...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

TimeSlots...

P E R I O D P E A C E = K I D S T H O S E D A Y S . . .

Monday, November 29, 2010

NOT HEALTHY...

b l a c k F r i d a y

Winter Is Coming...

I am so excited. I'm also expecting - really hoping - that the 4th book will be released with the premier.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

GT NEW, GT SING, GT LIVE...

Girl Talk just released his newest album to date. I'm listening to it now. It's good. When a friend described it to me as more of the same same, I knew he didn't mean that in a negative way. No, in fact it's same same really good. What makes give's this album, All Day, an extra mario life is that it's out there for free. There's been some speculation as to why it's completely free - not even an option to pay - rather than pay what you like, like his last album Feed The Animals was. Some say it's the licensing issue that he's always running into. Some say that he's on some next level ish like Trent or whoever else has made albums available for free - many artists have made that jump. Whatever it is, I don't really care as long as the noise is good, and this one has my feet tapping. I'm not alone, it took me 2.5 days to be able to DL All Day directly from his label's website, Illegal Art, due to system overload.

Once I finally got the album I listened to it a couple of times while at work. Just sitting and hearing his mash brought back memories of his shows I've been to. All good times; 2 in Portland and 2 in Arizona. GT's live performances can be something out of this world, an energy that I've tried to describe on here before and an energy that I likely didn't do justice. Here's rough vid of GT's last song of the night at a free(!) show we went to in Tempe, Arizona. He closed down his set by singing live to a ridiculous Nirvana remix.



It was crazy scary great and I haven't seen or heard about him do anything like this again. Anyway, I got to wondering if there were any bootlegs of his live shows out there. Turns out there are. Here's a link to a collection (10) live bootlegs you can DL, some of them recorded straight from the soundboard. I've got it on suggestion that "Bonnaroo '09" and "Girl Talk Murders Seattle" are two great options, just to get you started... Enjoy


Girl Talk Murders Seattle:
01. “Give me like, three minutes.”
02. (Crowd Noise)
03. “Girl Talk” (Radio Chatter Intro)
04. “SPOON MAN!” (Introduction)
05. “Ring The Alarm Once Again”
06. “What It’s All About”
07. “Stuntin’ By The Lights”
08. “Doin’ It Bossy”
09. “Pump This Party”
10. “Work It”
11. “Need You To Set It Off”
12. “Loving Changes, Hating Changes”
13. “What A Fool Know About That”
14. “Kryptonic Train Ride”
15. “Whoomp Wit It, Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It” [Alternate Link]
16. “Digital Hustlin’” [Alternate Link]
17. “Run This Motherfucker”
18. “Just Need To Stay Fly”
19. “Galang-nologic”
20. “Ain’t No Other Love Triangle”
21. “Bounce That”
22. “Smash Your Head”
23. “I finally feel like I’m Spoon Man!”
24. “Nuckin, Buckin, Gettin’ Some”
25. “Lay It Back And Drop It”
26. “Pump That Pussy, Don’t Back Down”
27. “Peak Out”
28. “From The Muddy Banks Of Seattle”

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DMTV means? ...

I think this show at Holocene looks pretty awesome. If I wasn't scouring the world for $$$ opportunities and playing in a little futsal tonight, I'd probably be there. If you go, tell me if it's good, take a picture even, I'll buy you a cup of coffee and watch you drink it.

DMTV at Holocene: "Floating World Animation Fest returns with a new name and trippier mission. We’ve dug even deeper into the vaults of psychedelic animation to curate a heroic dose of visionary video art for this year’s animation fest..." featuring music by the persona named ATOLE and another persona named Nice Nice.

Who knows, perhaps I'll end up there anyway, later.