Not Just Hot Air

Salto Mortale with Santa Ana explanations that wax poetic.

Living in Spelunker’s Paradise

All the lights in Los Angeles my neighborhood my apartment have been off for almost thirty minutes and I have to say, the place looks a lot bigger by laptop light. The general darkness is soothing, and then, bursting forth with glowing shininess: a rectangle of backlit information, giving me a glimpse out of my…cave:


Samizdat No More

I was once told that the English translation of The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (friendly Marxists provide the full text here) was horrible, and handed a photocopied package of errata to use while reading. At the time, I thought it was odd that, were the translation really so bad, such an important book […]


The best sentence ever:

The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a […]

Why Capitalists Want to Sell You Deoderant

There have been posters for “The Gamekillers” around my neighborhood for a long time (years?), but I’ve never known what it was about. Apparently, it’s a strange deodorant-sponsored show, part of the continuing Axe campaign to ensure I realize that chemicals = girlz.

Which reminds me of my favorite page of Days of War, Nights […]

Stone & Diamond Facades

Reading Reluctant Metropolis, I discover that the above Disney Concert Hall was originally intended to be clad in stone. This was later changed to steel as a cost-saving measure. Hard to imagine the building different than it is now, harder to believe Gehry was actually willing to go with a less space-age look.

This […]

An Absolution Revolution

is my newest blog find, discovered amidst the mixed bag that is the resistance tag at Technorati. First, it too links to the ParEcon page. Second, here’s an excerpt from its about page:

A voice crying in the postmodern wilderness amidst the cacophony of bells, buzzers, whistles, flashing lights, flash videos, animated images, billboards, pop-up […]

Certain Blogs…Vex me

So the LAist drives me a bit crazy. It’ll have enjoyable articles about LA (such as the ones about downtown drive-in, parkour, 5 dollar guy, or area neighborhoods), but the gems appear admidst a dozen other lesser articles, making it difficult to separate the good from the bad. Then it’ll have 40-picture long photo essays […]

The East Will Rise Again

Today, Pax Americana displayed its IGNORANCE of the Imminent Resurrection of the USSR. Obviously, The Pax has not been following the Ground-Breaking News out of Once Upon a Time in The West, which provides UnImpeachable Evidence that the collapse of the SOVIET UNION was a Strategic Deception designed to lure the US into a False […]

Bathing: Natives Do it More

I enjoyed this history of pre-modern bathing in Europe (via City of Sound), but was a little annoyed that it was willing to break its euro-focus to mention bathing in “eastern cultures” and yet ignores the Native Americans. I’m not just peeved because I worship at the shrine of multiculturalism either. Many NA tribes were […]

Giving away other people’s stuff

Reading Klein’s and Meginnis’s posts on the US & Co. giving away other people’s land for a Jewish state, I wanted to note that it seems likely that Holocaust survivors themselves would have preferred American to Palestinian land. An extended footnote in Chomsky’s Fateful Triangle (pg. 92) lays out the evidence:

To my knowledge, there […]

Quantz Rulz

This is my first fall without school. Quantz understands my pain:

Remember to Tip Your Engineers

I finally glanced at this month’s Architectural Record, and was instantly giddy: A whole issue focusing on the intersection of engineering and architecture! It’s like they decided that since I finally payed them for my subscription, they’d write to my tastes for a month. The Engineer’s Moment essay traces the development of engineer-architect collaboration, and […]


Posting from now until Friday the 24th will be irregular, as I’m traveling to see people I love more than you, my (possibly imagined) readers. In the meantime, read Green Mars. Don’t let the genre and cover art fool you, it’s an amazing piece of literature.

And if you’ve already read said masterpiece, check out […]

Feminism 101

Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog, is an excellent source of information on introductory feminist topics that I was happy to stumble upon (no, I was not sent there for saying something shitty). I suggest it to everyone who isn’t a Level 23 Feminist Dungeonmaster, as I generally consider myself fairly knowledgeable and I was taught […]

Forcing the Pen

I’m fairly new to this whole blogging thing, and there’s a lot of things I don’t know. For instance, I didn’t know you were supposed to blog from and efficiency apartment in a bathrobe with a modem while being named Vinny. I feel like a jerk for missing the memo. I also didn’t know that […]