who the f%#k stole my car?
so it's not enough I am on my ass from some super strain of the flu, but the friendly neighborhood thieves decide that it is my jeep cherokee, my slice of the american dream, that they desperatly need to chop somewhere in the lovely tri-state area. they couldn't have chosen the exact jeep cherokee parked only feet away? you know my favorite umbrella, and my favorite steely dan cd (please refer to earlier posts), were also included in formentioned hiest. it seems the police officers didn't find it necessary to write these items down. i am sure they wanted to get back to the crime lab to start looking for leads with the other detectives.

my moment of zen:

A policeman with a clipboard is leading the Dude through a large parking lot.
You're lucky she wasn't chopped, Mr. Lebowski. Must've been a joyride situation; they abandoned the car once they hit the retaining wall.
They have reached the Dude's car. The driver's side exterior has been scraped raw. The policeman hands the Dude a door handle and an exterior rear-view mirror.
These were on the road next to the car. You'll have to get in on the other side.
The Dude climbs in the passenger side.
My fucking briefcase! It's not here!
Yeah, sorry, I saw that on the report. You're lucky they left the tape deck though.
My fucking briefcase! Jesus--what's that smell?
Uh, yeah. Probably a vagrant, slept in the car. Or perhaps just used it as a toilet, and moved on.
The Dude tries to roll down the driver's window but it will not go; he bellows through the glass:
When will you find these guys? I mean, do you have any promising leads?
The policeman laughs, agreeing broadly.
Leads, yeah. I'll just check with the boys down at the Crime Lab. They've assigned four more detectives to the case, got us working in shifts.


out for the count

i was knocked on my ass the last couple of days with a flu of some sort. we shall see how long i last today........


spring is coming

The Bohemian Hall is a part of New York City history. It boasts the last remaining Beer Garden in all New York City where once there were hundreds. Bohemian Hall is run and managed by the Bohemian Citizens Benevolent Society, a Fraternal organization dedicated to preserving this precious piece of history!


i pitty the fool

Swazi King Bans Pictures Of His Many Cars
MBABANE (Reuters) - Swaziland's King Mswati has barred photographers from taking pictures of his growing fleet of royal limousines amid criticism that the luxury car purchases are an embarrassment to one of Africa's poorest countries.

"You may not take pictures of the King when he alights from his car," a written royal decree said.


deep contemplation

during my travels I have thought long and hard about many things. The issue I have grappled the most with, is whether or not I should change the knot I use on my tie. I will report to you my descision in the comming days......

Windsor Knot
The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It would therefore be your knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, courtroom appearances etc. It is best suited for spread collar shirts and it's actually quite easy to do.


in the mean time.....

......try to enjoy yourself


out like the gout

i am off on untold adventure for a few days...get back at me on tuesday


primanti brothers

those of us who took that trip to Pittsburgh will remember......shit that was a good sandwich


so....i took some LSD last night.......


in the beginning

me and danomyte, in the early days of our spinning careers, making mix-pause tapes* on a friday night...revolutionary

*A “pause mix” tape: Using a dual cassette recorder and/or radio/cassette to record songs onto tape, and pausing the current song just so that it blends right into the next song. You can get the same effects of splicing tape to create loops of sound.


f*%k cd's and be gone with mp3's

The Philips Company of the Netherlands invented and released the first compact audio-cassette in 1962. They used high-quality polyester 1/8-inch tape produced by BASF. Recording and playback was at a speed of 1.7/8 inches per second. The next year in the U.S. sales began of the Norelco Carry-Corder dictation machine that used the new cassette tape. The consumer's demand for blank tape used for personal music-recording was unanticipated by Philips.


i seem to keep listening to this....

.....and i never get tired of it. i think if i used heroin, i would listen to this album non-stop. it is some sort of easy listening, westchester dentist office funk-jazz adventure. now i am sure you have all heard steely dan before, but there is something about this album that stands out. if you ever get a chance read the liner notes...crazy

"the royal scam"
steely dan


who put those kicks up there?

It's popularly believed that tennis shoes hanging from utility wires designate "gang territory" or a location to buy street drugs, but that theory fails to account for the hefty percentage of shoes dangling over non-gang neighborhoods and quiet streets in rural towns where there's little or no gang and drug activity to be found. Another folk belief holds that teenage boys who've just "scored" for the first time (i.e., lost their virginity) heave an old pair of sneakers over a power line to proclaim their conquest to the world.



A gentlemen never swaggers along the street, shouting or laughing with his companions, his hat on one side, a cigar between his fingers, or switching a cane to the danger or discomfort of passers-by.
If he's smoking and a lady passes by, he removes the cigar from his mouth.
When escorting a woman in the daytime, he does not offer her his arm unless she is old or ill unless for the purpose of protecting her in a large crowd.
He should not monopolize the umbrella when with two ladies in the rain. He should take the outside, holding it both over them.



it has occured to me, that all of my recent "video" posts have been supplied to me by my younger, but obviously more intelligent brother. he continues to excell at an institute of higher learning somewhere in the hinterlands of upstate new york. i shall endevour to continue to supply credit for the genius he supplies me.

and a good day to you sir


album of the week

enough said


do i make a sandwich or do i jam?

Model: DJ10
Grilled Cheese - Distrotion, Mini Effects Pedal

Hollow, tunnel-like "cheesy" 60''s distortion. Amaze your fans. Nothing like it!
Includes a Danelectro Alkaline Battery.
Danelectro Mini-effects offer some of the best-quality effects out there in a tiny package, so you can throw as many as you want into your gig bag! Plus, at these prices, who can resist the urge to try out all the classic effects?


grilled f$#@ing cheese

4 slices whole wheat bread
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Havarti cheese
1 tomato, thinly sliced

Spread one side of each bread slice with softened butter. Spread other side of bread slices with dijon mustard. Divide cheeses evenly on mustard side of two bread slices. Cover with tomato slices and top with remaining bread slices, mustard side down. Prepare and preheat two sided grill. Grill sandwiches for 2-3 minutes, until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.


genius of the week

Kool DJ Herc is the originator of breakbeat DJing, essentially the essence of hip-hop. By isolating and repeating the "breaks," or most danceable parts, of funk records by Mandrill , James Brown , and Jimmy Castor , Herc created the prototype for modern-day hip-hop. Though others such as Grandmaster Flash perfected and elevated the technique, it was Herc who is credited for its creation.
Beginning his DJing career in the early '70s at a time when disco was king, Herc immediately distinguished himself by spinning late-'60s funk records of James Brown and Mandrill and isolating their breaks. Among other things, Herc was notorious for throwing all-night parties and invariably present at a Kool Herc party during mid-'70s were usually young dancers (called b-boys) who were early incarnations of the breakdancers of the '80s. Another Kool Herc attraction was his mammoth sound system which was capable of overtaking a party-goer's body, making them literally feel the music.



what does this guy have to do with cards and chocolate?

Bishop of Genoa, Italy, from about 295. Valentine aided monastic expansion in his era. His relics were discovered in 985. Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended,and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith in effectual, commended him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14.


better than woodstock?

In 1970, a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of the time. Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Delaney & Bonnie, Buddy Guy, Ian & Sylvia and others lived (and partied) together for five days, giving concerts where and when they stopped. The train was called the Festival Express.


danomyte...as per our conversation saturday..

giuseppe terragni
rome 1938

arguably the greatest unexecuted Fascist-era work of architecture was Terragni's Danteum, the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso.
There has been a misunderstanding with regard to the temporal dimension of architecture. It is commonly claimed that temporality does not exist within architecture (the way it supposedly exists within; and thus make possible; literary narrative), that buildings are "frozen in time", that temporality exists only in the experience of a building through time. Given these claims it is not surprising to find the current interest in "processional" buildings and building complexes that appear to be the only architecture to develop a linear "narrative" with a "proper" beginning, middle, and end (Guiseppi Terragni's Danteum project, the Villa Lante, and the Sacra Monti are frequently cited examples). My previous comments regarding narrative extend to procession in architecture: that is, on the one hand, all so-called processional architecture operates in much more complex and indeterminate ways than is generally assumed, and on the other hand, all architecture is processional (in other words, can not be non-processional).


what took so long?

john paul jones or jesus? I don't know, but they both play damn good bass.

LOS ANGELES - Led Zeppelin got a whole lot of belated love from the music industry on Saturday, earning a lifetime achievement Grammy in recognition of a career that changed the face of rock & roll.
The English band was one of 10 performers, alongside the likes of rockabilly hellraiser Jerry Lee Lewis, blues belter Janis Joplin and country crooner Eddy Arnold, celebrated at a luncheon one day before the Grammy Awards.
During their 12 years together, Led Zeppelin never won a Grammy, even though they were arguably the biggest band of the 1970s, a combo whose blues-based rock anthems resonate loudly to this day.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and keyboardist John Paul Jones showed up with the two children of late drummer John Bonham to receive crystal trophies.


"Oh, Oh you're about to blow? We'll I'm a mushroom cloud laying motherfucker, motherfucker! I am superfly TNT, I'm the guns of the navarone!"


"hey...i know you!"

AMMAN (AFP) - A budding romance between a Jordanian man and woman turned into an ugly public divorce when the couple found out that they were in fact man and wife, state media reported. Separated for several months, boredom and chance briefly re-united Bakr Melhem and his wife Sanaa in an Internet chat room, the official Petra news agency said. Bakr, who passed himself off as Adnan, fell head over heels for Sanaa, who signed off as Jamila (beautiful) and described herself as a cultured, unmarried woman -- a devout Muslim whose hobby was reading, Petra said. Cyber love blossomed between the pair for three months and soon they were making wedding plans. To pledge their troth in person, they agreed to meet in the flesh near a bus depot in the town of Zarqa, northeast of Amman. The shock of finding out their true identities was too much for the pair. Upon seeing Sanaa-alias-Jamila, Bakr-alias-Adnan turned white and screamed at the top of his lungs: "You are divorced, divorced, divorced" -- the traditional manner of officially ending a marriage in Islam. "You are a liar," Sanaa retorted before fainting, the agency said.


figur'in box

i need a bigger computer



a:Flea's can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms this is equal to a 6ft. person jumping 780 ft. into the air.
b:The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than any other animal.
c:80 years ago: The food mixer and the domestic refrigerator were invented.
d:60 years ago: Otto Hahn discovered nuclear fission by splitting uranium, Teflon was invented.
e:The Atlantic Giant Squid's eye can be as large as 15.75 inches (40 centimeters) wide.
f:The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.


harmonica beatbox

In 1821, a 16-year-old German clockmaker named Christian Ludwig Buschmann put 15 pitchpipes together and invented what we know today as the harmonica. The tiny instrument may have faded away unnoticed among all the exciting innovations of the 19th century, but Buschmann recognized his invention as a truly unique musical instrument only four inches in diameter and equally high, with 21 notes and crescendo playing possibilities with harmonies of six tones, which can be held as long as the player has breath. He named it the mundaeoline, which is German for mouth harp. In time, all of Europe had heard about this delightful hand-held wonder.



Jimmy Smith
It is one of the classic injustices of the music business that credit is not always given where credit is due. The past few years have seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of the Hammond B3 organ. Artists like Medeski, Martin and Wood are now bringing the B3 back into the public eye especially to a younger audience. A mass of wood, pedals, stops and keys, the B3 is not an easy instrument to play but its sweet distinct sound is unmistakable. Not surprisingly, many listeners are unaware of the man who is truly the master of the B3: Jimmy Smith. Smith has not received the attention that his legacy and talents so richly deserve. Until now.


fat tuesday

Though its exact origins are subject to debate, the celebration known as Carnival came to be associated with Judeo-Christian tradition. In its earliest usage in medieval Europe, the Latin word carnelevare, from which "carnival" is derived (literally meaning "to lift up" or relieve from "flesh" or "meat"), may have referred to the beginning of the Lenten season of atonement and abstinence rather than the festive holiday customs that preceded Lent.


album of the (mardi gras) week

A classic 1972 release by one of the most enduring figures on the New Orleans music scene.

Iko Iko - Dr. John
Blow Wind Blow
Big Chief
Somebody Changed The Lock
Mess Around
Let The Good Times Roll
Junko Partner
Those Lonely Lonely Nights
Huey Smith Medley: High Blood Pressure/Don't You Just Know It/Well I'll Be John Brown
Little Liza Jane


genius of the (mardi gras) week

Pops. Sweet Papa Dip. Satchmo. He had perfect pitch and perfect rhythm. His improvised melodies and singing could be as lofty as a moon flight or as low-down as the blood drops of a street thug dying in the gutter. Like most of the great innovators in jazz, he was a small man. But the extent of his influence across jazz, across American music and around the world has such continuing stature that he is one of the few who can easily be mentioned with Stravinsky, Picasso and Joyce.


crazy damn fish

Two years ago, Eric Bartos and his buddies Jamie Artzt and Blake Liebeskind caught a sailfish.
"I was going through a bad separation, a divorce," Bartos explained. To heal his soul, Bartos decided to get rid of his wedding ring. He put it on the bill of the sailfish he had caught. But in life some things just never go away. Recently, Bartos and his buddies Jamie Artzt and Blake Liebeskind entered a billfish tournament. Liebeskind hooked a fish and what happened next? "I brought him closer to the boat. I looked down and said, 'Oh my God. It is the ring fish,'" Liebeskind said. The story has become huge in the fishing world. But is it true? "I have no reason to disbelieve these guys and the fact that there is a picture that shows that notch, that indentation, where that ring was on the bill even further convinces me this is the truth," said Dr. Eric Prince, of the National Marine Fisheries Service. "I thought it would be a creative way to get rid of the wedding ring," Bartos said. "It (the ring) did not tarnish or do anything. Gold does not tarnish."



LEBOWSKI: I'll say it again, all right? You told Brandt. He told me. I know what happened. Yes? Yes?
DUDE: So you know they were trying to piss on your rug--
LEBOWSKI: Did I urinate on your rug?
DUDE: You mean, did you personally come and pee on my--
LEBOWSKI: Hello! Do you speak English? Parla usted Inglese? I'll say it again. Did I urinate on your rug?
DUDE: Well no, like I said, Woo peed on the rug--
LEBOWSKI: Hello! Hello! So every time--I just want to understand this, sir-- every time a rug is micturated upon in this fair city, I have to compensate the--
DUDE: Come on, man, I'm not trying to scam anybody here, I'm just--
LEBOWSKI: You're just looking for a handout like every other--are you employed, Mr. Lebowski?


shall we see a show

Boozy: The Life, Death, and Subsequent Vilification of Le Corbusier and, More Importantly, Robert Moses tracks the life of Robert Moses, from idealistic youth to unstoppable power broker, able to turn parched land into glorious bridges, highways, and public housing with a mere flick of the wrist. With guest appearances by Benito Mussolini, Joseph Goebbels, and the ghost of Baron von Haussmann, Moses learns from the greats until true power is finally his.



Flip Wilson was among a group of rising black comics of the early 1970s, of such notoriety as Bill Cosby, Nipsey Russell and Dick Gregory. He is best remembered as the host of The Flip Wilson Show, the first variety show bearing the name of its African-American host, and for his role in renewing stereotype comedy.


"I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies."
Le Corbusier


new at the new.....................MOMA

"Seated Group" (1962)
Richard Artschwager


groovy at the library

"you dumb bastard...I asked you to show me where I could find cookbooks, not the section on thermonuclear semi-conductors!"


feelin fine on friday

While the music played you worked by candlelight
Those San Francisco nights
You were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl
You turned it on the world
That's when you turned the world around
Did you feel like Jesus
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes
On the hill the stuff was laced with kerosene
But yours was kitchen clean
Everyone stopped to stare at your technicolor motor home
Every A-Frame had your number on the wall
You must have had it all
You'd go to L.A. on a dare
And you'd go it alone
Could you live forever
Could you see the day
Could you feel your whole world fall apart and fade away

The Royal Scam
Steely Dan 1976


this might blow your mind: remember?


"a little to the left dear"

There was a good deal of pleasant gossip about old Captain 'Hurricane' Jones, of the Pacific Ocean, peace to his ashes! Two or three of us present had known him; I, particularly well, for I had made four sea voyages with him. He was a very remarkable man. He was born on a ship; he picked up what little education he had among his ship-mates; he began life in the forecastle, and climbed grade by grade to the captaincy. More than fifty years of his sixty-five were spent at sea. He had sailed all oceans, seen all lands, and borrowed a tint from all climates. When a man has been fifty years at sea, he necessarily knows nothing of men, nothing of the world but its surface, nothing of the world's thought, nothing of the world's learning but it's a B C, and that blurred and distorted by the unfocussed lenses of an untrained mind. Such a man is only a gray and bearded child.


album of the week

Well, many many digits had me seeking in my Wizard
Man, who's ringing up my area (ooh) oh!
I used to shoe it to the bridge but that's gone
Like the 718's out of Vietnam
Sniffin' skypagers had me drugged
(Man I knew a psycho)
703's on my love bug
I made mates with the brothers up in 215
Crazy buddhas in my mind
My Chattanooga champ had me late for the camp
And my 202 keeps me marvellous
I guess Mars was my hideaway
But if the stars for a getaway...

Artist: De La Soul
Album: Buhloone Mindstate (1993)
Song: Area


"mr. hollywood wins big at the poker table"

hey gregg, i hope you get a real nice lunch today with my rent money.......


full house #1

i should have stayed home last night and watched nick at night. I did have an ace high flush........


full house #2

oh f$#k! A poker hand consisting of a three-of-a-kind and a pair. Also known as a boat.


february 2: a day of birth

birthday salutations to my genius brother



Formal afternoon dress consists of a black cutaway coat with white piqué or black cloth waistcoat, and gray-and-black striped trousers. Shoes may be patent leather, although black calf-skin are at present the fashion, either with or without spats. If with spats, be sure that they fit close; nothing is worse than a wrinkled spat or one that sticks out over the instep like the opened bill of a duck!



There are two degrees of politeness demonstrated by a gentleman wearing a hat:
1.Lifting or tipping it, which you generally do for strangers.
2.Taking it off, which you generally do for friends (or in some cases, as a sign of patriotism or reverence).
Both are done as a sign of respect toward the other and dignity toward oneself.

Tipping your hat is a conventional gesture, done by barely lifting it off your head with your right hand (or the left hand if the right hand is occupied): By the crown of a soft hat, or the brim of a stiff one. Your cigarette, pipe or cigar should always be taken out of your mouth before removing or tipping your hat. This is a subtle gesture that should not be confused with bowing.



"The dress of a gentleman should be such as not to excite any special observation, unless it be for neatness and propriety. The utmost care should be exercised to avoid even the appearance of desiring to attract attention by the peculiar formation of any article of attire, or by the display of an immoderate quantity of jewelry, both being a positive evidence of vulgarity. His dress should be studiously neat, leaving no other impression than that of a well dressed gentleman."
Martine's Handbook of Etiquette, 1866