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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bits from Here and There


Well, the Large Hadron Collider, an atom smasher 27 km in diameter and the largest machine ever created, was activated successfully today in Geneva.

Some had feared the machine, designed to smash particles in an effort to recreate the moments shortly after the Big Bang [thus unlocking many secrets of the universe] could create tiny black holes, thus causing the Earth to implode, but hell, Stephen Hawking isn't even betting the thing will do what it was designed to in the first place, and he's been on The Simpsons, so why be worried?

In book news, Amazon finally delivered my copy of the second volume of the Wax Poetics Anthology. For those who sleep, Wax Poetics is a magazine that emerged from the crate digging, record collecting culture of New York and quickly emerged as a bible for fans of classic soul, R&B and hip-hop. The first ten issues have now been collected in luxurious hardback editions, and for all my real heads out there, you need to get your hands on these. Volume One boasts pieces on everyone from James Brown drummers Clyde Stubblefield and Jab'O Starks to pioneering rap producer Prince Paul; Volume Two ups the ante with vibraphonist Roy Ayers, A&R man Dante Ross and my two favourite producers, DJ Premier and Pete Rock [who, incidentally, are both doing a DJ battle at CiRCA here in Toronto a week from Sunday. This is awesome]. If you love the foundations, and are always looking to know more, these are essential.

Oh, and I'm still waiting on my FLCL box set from eBay. I'm hoping that writing it out like this will make it manifest in the mail tomorrow. This is what the self-help books at work tell me, anyway. Oh, and I want a subscription to The Believer, too. If anybody wants to hook me up with that.

Up here, a local talk radio station has taken to going guerrilla with its advertising. The slogan is 'We Need to Talk,' and the ads involve issues relevant to the city: ads on biking practices tied to parked bicycles, ads on the preponderance of advertising wheatpasted to Queen St. lampposts and in some cases, having homeless people hold signs on panhandling. Some classy marketing types call this 'bumvertising.' Oddly enough, the people signing the cheques don't see this as exploitive, admitting they paid the homeless people what they would have made on the streets.

Just another reminder, marketers: you're the devil. ^_^ Goodnight!

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