(16 Nov 2005 at 19:26)
|Operation: Fun continues apace. On monday Mike and I saw the Penguins play the Islanders, which was a very exciting game. I hesitate to admit the following, for it might mean that a dedicated penguins fan might blame my curse for our overtime loss, but never in the history of live professional sports have I attended a game that "my team" has won. And it's not just that I like shitty teams, either; I think when our family went to see the Blue Jays when I was young, the home game we saw actually ended their 9 game winning streak. Anyway, needless to say, PGH lost, and needless to say, they lost in overtime, but it is needed to say that they lost after the longest shootout in NHL history (fair enough, the shootout rule is new to this season) and that Crosby is a real joy to watch. Dude's got the moves.|
Last night I went with Erika and Reed and Rachel 7 and Val? and Steve and ?? and ??? (sorry, I am bad at names) for some authentic African Congo music via Konono No. 1 at the Warhol museum. Since the guy who introduced the band implied that we'd be insulting them if we didn't dance, I do not deny attempting to shake my booty. The music was interesting, and their homemade instruments endearing, but I was actually expecting it to be a bit weirder. I didn't expect complicated melodic structure, of course, but it seemed to be pretty much 12-tone equal temperament (or else my ears are not good enough to tell), and the rhythm (where I expected most of the action to happen) was actually quite repetitive. (Props for the phrase being like 36 measures long, though..) Still, pee pee beer helped me appreciate the undulations at a more visceral level, and watching hipsters dance is hilarious, so all in all, well worth it.
God, I hate Andy Warhol.
Those who know my rules will be surprised to find out that I ordered a fancy ass flash for my camera. This is in keeping with my new strategy of eliminating pointless handicaps. I mean, taking pictures in near darkness is great and all, but if you've got the gear, you can make it look good even with an artificially luminescent 50,000lm blast coming from your forehead. I can make it happen. And now my camera will for sure be the biggest on the block!
|Yeah I often get a little queasy when "world music" is really just fairly polite western music played with "exotic" instruments and embellishments.|
|Definitely. But this was definitely "world music", I mean, these guys were from the Congo and didn't speak any English at all. That's why it was more surprise than disappointment.|
|Damn you and your toys. You've got another leg up in our camera equipment arms race towards Mutually Assured Bankrupcy.|
|There's more where that came from!|
|Twin Macro Flash or 580ex?|
|580ex dude! Only the best!|