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While I’m working on my comeback post(s)

‍‍ד׳ ניסן ה׳ תשע״ד - Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Here’s what the last 7 months looks like, just from the hardware side.  No idea why I obsessively did this now (well I do, outgrowth of one long explanatory Facebook PM and one phonecall about a potential future project/endeavour) because I have had three places to be.  Hardware for site 2 is only partly deployed (but assembled and 90% configured) but will be done next week and site 3 hardware (other than the AP/routers which were done three years ago) is built but is being used for testing and will deployed sometime in the next few months.  Travel is difficult with Athena.

Making this rundown a page rather than a post as it’s in flux and it, like life, are always subject to and the subject of change.
Traditional photo equipment (think enlargers and development, not cameras and lenses) and fabrication/power tools which come after this is done have seen some work and a month or two of time, but are excluded for now.

outgrown (facebook) status

‍‍ב׳ אייר ה׳ תשע״ג - Thursday, April 11th, 2013

finding sorting old clothing fascinating- as uncertain numbers and intended fate dictate placement, variations on folding affect the interaction of placements, object valuation based – and weighted – between functional utility, social utility, and personal totemism — of memory, of self indulgence, interplay between a systemic approach and the feel, the music playing on Pandora: its distraction and relation to memory, and the subsumption of all – and me – to the end task.  Should have done this sooner.

far more interesting than most social interaction in recent memory and the repetitive, inevitable discussions the apologia, leading EITHER to confrontation borne of ego and the bludgeon of validation or worse, bullet point, wielded OR the prophetic cloak of inspiration being thrust upon me.  and still it infects me as i run through those thoughts in their broad curves and the precise turns of recent iterations.  and letter to score unneeded conflict where I’m in the right compose themselves once more for the the thousandth fragmented time. but still, this, this, these clothes, unlike people, I can’t so easily predict and I’ve seen each of these threads before, but until this job, never the tapestry.  also, my Zepp channel on Pandora is pretty good.  To wit – How Many More Times is on and I’m out.

Muse Breaks (soon) [EDIT:now]

‍‍ג׳ שבט ה׳ תשע״א - Saturday, January 8th, 2011

EDIT: Hey, if you’re looking for New Year’s 2010-2011 Hammerstein Ballroom photographs, you’ll find them in the Special Events section of the new gallery. Enjoy, and thanks for your patience.

Hey! If you’re here looking for the photos from the J. Viewz Hammerstein Ballroom show, they aren’t here yet. You can see facebook sized images… on the (suprise) Official J. Viewz Facebook page which has a nice album. Infected Mushroom shots to come as well.

Concert photography to come. Also, please note I generally do not shoot professionally and have no interest in shooting for stock or any arrangement where copyright is ceded and little interest in event photography. I’m more than happy to entertain editorial, documentary, and fine arts related inquiries. You’ll figure out whom I am. I may be a bit brazen, but I respond to politeness in kind – if you have a proposal, go ahead and ask. Photography is too easy to be legitimately haughty about – except in relation to most photographers ;)

Regardless of why you are here, thanks for looking, I’m always sorry for the mess or a dearth of content, and you should know where to find me if you need to. :)


Historical Piracy Warning Parody

‍‍י״ז אב ה׳ תשס״ח - Sunday, August 17th, 2008


One jewel in a bejeweled rough

‍‍כ״ט סיון ה׳ תשס״ז - Friday, June 15th, 2007

So, finally saw Jewels, a signature ballet of the NYCB. Now that I’ve added it to my “repertoire” of NYCB performances, I think I can go a while without seeing it again. Why? Jewels is a full length ballet, split into three parts, in order, Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds. The sets make it something of a crowd pleaser – in fact, the melodramatic ooh-ing and aah-ing was a bit annoying – however, in truth, it is a weak ballet.

Let’s be specific here – Emeralds is boring, and Diamonds is, well, pedestrian: there is nothing specifically wrong with it, but it does not offer anything remarkable either.

Rubies is another story; we’ll get to that in a minute.

Lets start with the bad.

Emeralds – first off, the company was not particularly sharp for the performance. Hell, I wouldn’t be excited either. If one image can properly capture the experience of watching Emeralds, it would be nymphs frolicking in the forest – after smoking a bag of pot. Bad pot. One notable exception was Megan LeCrone. Her performance was elegant and sharp. Though but a corps dancer, she took full advantage of having an extended role here – and still turned in an excellent performance in the closing Diamonds. Her performance makes a good argument for a promotion to soloist. Her performance and the music to the third part of the ballet – Fauré’s Sicilienne – were the only positive notes here.

Diamonds, the last of the Jewels, was better. Not good, mind you, but better. I would not characterize it as classic Balanchine, but rather stereotypical Balanchine. One thing made clear by this performance, however, is that Charles Askegaard has got to go. Look, I get it. he’s tall and blond – not bad features if you are trying to get a job with Peter Martins. However, when all four of the male corps dancers are more impressive than the principal on stage, something is very wrong. The NYCB has a couple of principals like this, and they should dump them. This is not a complaint against the type mind you – Nikolaj Hübbe is a fine dancer – but there are limited principal spots and the quality of the male dancers – with some notable exceptions – is wanting.

One of those exceptions is Damian Woetzel. Though I kept joking that he looks like he should be playing The Doctor, he really looks like Ford Prefect. Perhaps I have seen too much British sci-fi, but the point remains. Now, irrespective of the possibility that he keeps a Sub-Etha Sensomatic Thumb next to his towel backstage, the man can dance. He does it with energy. He does it with precision. He does it at age 39. Tonight, he did it in the best of the three ballets.

The three roles in Rubies were perfectly cast, and the (somewhat undeserving) audience was rewarded. Rubies is a perfect mix of choreography and [it was at this point that this notebook was stolen] music. Damian Woetzel, as mentioned, was energetic and sharp; Yvonne Borree was charmingly impetuous. Then there was Teresa Reichlen. Tall, blond, and at 5’8″ towering over the rest of the dancers on stage, she embodies the word irresistible – I am proud to admit a crush on her. Promoted to soloist in 2005, I’ve never seen her and not been impressed. For the final performance of the Fall 2006 season, she played the Firebird, which along with Rubies, should become a signature performance. The “cabaret dancer” as I’ve come to nickname her, even at 23(!), should be considered – nay, a certainty – for legendary Kyra Nichols‘ spot as a principal when she retires this year. She fills the same need in the company, representing the same physical presence – tall and able – a crucial role in a Balanchine company. Hopefully the NYCB doesn’t burn her out as it has so many young dancers.

It’s not over, it’s just the end | זה לא נגמר, זה רק הסוף

‍‍כ״ח אלול ה׳ תשס״ו - Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

So I just got my hands on the most recent Subliminal release, “Just When You Thought It Was All Over” (בדיוק כשחשבתם שהכל נגמר). Perhaps I am completely out of it, but I’ve never quite seen anything like this on an album:


For those of you who are Hebrew impaired, next to each song is an SMS code to order a ringtone – either synthesized from the right column or sampled (Truetone) from the left. (The rest talks about joining “friends of Subliminal club” by SMS.) What I want to know is, what did they do with the first track which is mostly silence with a little bit of rapping and some melody played on a keyboard in theremin mode.

Has this become common across the pond(s)? After all, you have to be pretty big in your country for it to be worth setting up this system – I mean Subliminal has shattered every Israeli music sales record, so the guy isn’t hurting – but the back of his album looks like a bus stop ad. At the same time, it’s pretty clear that his music is not strictly a commerical item – there is some attempt at artistry in his music – some of the songs are just plain good, if not the most original.

Now I’m not going to begrudge a man for trying to earn some more money, but I am simply wondering if this has become common practice in the ringtone addicted world – even with non “*-idol” albums- , or is this an example of Sabra ingenuity?

Now that I think about it, had it just been an insert in the album, I would have been amused, but it wouldn’t have been comment worthy.