Just Desserts

October 24, 2007 at 11:04 pm (Arts, Horror, Humor)

When I managed to miss Tom Wait’s “The Black Rider” twice, I decided that I would never again hesitate to buy a ticket for any spooky, dark or macabre-sounding show that came through town. So imagine my anger when I thought I’d missed Erik Sanko’s “The Fortune Teller,” currently playing at UCLA. (a) I was leaving for Connecticut halfway through its run and (b) by the time I heard about it, all of the shows that I could attend were sold out, anyway. But a series of fortunate events (realizing that my plane reservation was for Friday, not Wednesday, and being the first person in line for rush tickets) allowed me to see the show, thereby assuaging my guilty conscience and returning to some semblance of self-respect. Read the rest of this entry »


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Digital Locative Storytelling

October 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm (Arts, Books, Comics, Computers, Movies, Travel, Writing)

I’ve been thinking rather a lot about geotagging lately, not only because my new job is with a project to map cultural heritage data, such as archaeological sites and antiquities collections, onto Google Earth. In fact, it really starts with my recent trip to Spain (which maybe I’ll blog about one of these days, if I can ever get over my perfectionist streak), namely, the possibility of geotagging my photos to construct a locative narrative. For those of you who don’t know, “geotagging” is the act of adding longitude and latitude data to a photograph (or any digital object, really), which enables it to then be plotted on a map. And “locative” is a great linguistic term referring to units which mark a noun as a place at which something happens, and which I’ve borrowed to also describe any narrative in which geographic location is an important component (not just that the actors in the narrative travel, but that the viewer of the narrative travels, as well). I have two main questions. The first is, “Why?” and the second is “How?” Read the rest of this entry »

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Santa Cruz Island

October 12, 2007 at 5:38 pm (Diving, Environment, Travel, Writing)

(I originally wrote this in mid-July, and just never got around to revising and posting it. So, here it is, months late!)

According to the official National Parks’ reservation website, Santa Cruz Island has campsites set aside for walk-ins.

Now, that may not seem odd to you at first. After all, doesn’t every national park have some campsites set aside for reservations, and others available on a first-come, first-serve basis? Sure. But other national parks aren’t, well, islands. Getting to Santa Cruz requires a one-hour boat ride from Ventura Harbor that sets you back $60. This isn’t really the kind of thing that you just do on a lark, hoping they’ll have space for you. Getting out to the island isn’t a jaunt, it’s an investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breaking Radio Silence

October 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm (Horror, Movies)

I haven’t been posting lately, because my intention was to make each and every post on this blog a work of literary art, and when perfection is your goal, it’s easy to get bogged down.  Which is why there’s three or four drafts of entries waiting in wings for me to finish and upload them!  In the meantime, however, I couldn’t resist linking to this NPR article:


It’s a “sound clip” made from the audio of a piano being dismantled, and it is absolutely one of the creepiest things I’ve ever heard.  It’s wonderfully chaotic.  Enjoy!

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