Because reposting things from Gwen is fun

For the first three people who reply to me and re-post this challenge, I will send you something. It might be something I’ve made, or something cool from my hidden stash, it might be a mix CD – or a rubber duck, a book I think you will enjoy, or something else that is awesome. Whatever it is, I promise that I will get it to you in 365 days or less.

The only thing you need to do in order to participate is to be one of the first three to reply to this, AND post this very same thing on YOUR live journal – ’cause its fun to give people stuff.

The first 3 participants win!

OK.

Fires burn, heart beats strong, sing out loud the chain gang song.

Grace Jones – Slave to the Rhythm

Rhythm is both the song's manacle and its demonic charge.


It is the original breath. It is the whisper of unremitted demand.


I. Penman, "The Annihilation of Rhythm."

‘To give a feeling of connection and relevance’

Royal Festival Hall Gala Celebration 5

[…]
"Everything in life is about personal relationships – including the way
one feels about music. I want to create as many
opportunities for people to have that 'aha' moment – give people the
chance to really connect with the composers." […]

[…] "Musicians, like actors and writers, can be maddeningly inarticulate
about what they do – because they do it, not talk about it. Marin is that rare exception. She has such a lucid, human
understanding of music that she can explain something the way that
others might tell you about certain items on the wall of their living
room." […]

"Marin Alsop breaks the glass baton," Elaine F. Weiss, Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 26, 2007

The man who killed the delirious party of late Romanticism

Glenn Gould – Webern

[…] Gould' s thoughts on ‘ideal' music were most vividly expressed in a few
lines he wrote about Jan Sibelius in 1974: “at its best, his style
partook of that spare, bleak, motivically stingy counterpoint that
nobody south of the Baltic ever seems to write.”


Spare, bleak, motivically stingy counterpoint. You might describe the
music of Webern or Schoenberg the same way, without meaning to praise
either one of them. But for Gould, stinginess could be an artistic
virtue and bleakness could be liberating, just as the North that Gould
idealized was free of buildings, roads and other people. […]

"Our Man for Bach, but Also Schoenberg," Robert Everett-Green, Toronto Globe and Mail, Sept. 22, 2007

‘Could it be by the sea, Your Honor?’

Scene from "The 400 Blows": Antoine Runs Away

[…] He moves through the Paris streets (photographed with exhilarating
clarity by Henri Decaë) confidently but a little anxiously, a trace of
unease betrayed by an odd scurrying half-run he breaks into from time
to time, as if he he’d suddenly remembered that someone was chasing
him. It’s the gait he uses in the movie’s famous final sequence, when
he escapes from the reform school he has wound up in and, his pursuers
well behind him, makes his way across a bleak beach for his first-ever
glimpse of the sea.

The camera travels with him, recording every
jerky small step until he reaches the edge of the water, looks at the
big-deal sea for all of about five seconds and then turns back,
expressionless, to face us in what quickly becomes a freeze-frame: the
last, powerfully ambiguous image of the film.

This sort of
ending wasn’t common in 1959, and viewers were impressed. Mr. Truffaut,
overcoming the considerable ill will he had earned as a Cahiers critic,
won the prize for best director at Cannes; the movie was a hit in
France and all over the world.

That freeze-frame stuck in
people’s minds as if it were a sharp, nagging memory of their own. What
looks most remarkable now, though, isn’t the blank still face that
closes the film, but the daringly long run that brings us to it, that
allows our emotions to gather and build with each short, stiff step
until, without quite understanding why, we end up overwhelmed. It’s the
movie in miniature, really.

Right from the start of his career
Truffaut had the sly gift of holding our attention while appearing to
be doing almost nothing, just moving at his own casual pace away from
the traditions that dogged him and toward something that might have
looked to him as huge and vague and daunting as the ocean. […]

"A Troublemaker Who Led A Revolution," Terrence Rafferty, New York Times, Sept. 21, 2007

On Vox: ‘Could it be by the sea, Your Honor?’

View allaboutgeorge’s Blog
[…] He moves through the Paris streets (photographed with exhilarating
clarity by Henri Decaë) confidently but a little anxiously, a trace of
unease betrayed by an odd scurrying half-run he breaks into from time
to time, as if he he’d suddenly remembered that someone was chasing
him. It’s the gait he uses in the movie’s famous final sequence, when
he escapes from the reform school he has wound up in and, his pursuers
well behind him, makes his way across a bleak beach for his first-ever
glimpse of the sea.
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Route 66: Panels I’d hit at 2008 SXSWi

(cross-posted)

I read descriptions for all 736 proposed panels at next year's South by Southwest Interactive Conference. Here are at least six dozen and half a dozen more that deserve either five-star or four-star ratings. That means any one would either justify my trip or I will definitely attend them. (This is not to slight any of the other ideas, which include at least six dozen three-star-worthies — and, hey, you knew I've got a panel proposal you can vote for, right?)

What's that matter? Well, if you like them too, you have less than nine hours — until 11:59 p.m. EDT today (Sept. 21, 2007) — to open an account and vote for them at the 2008 SXSW Interactive Panel Picker. O click and see!

Lynne d Johnson, FastCompany.com, Where Are The Black Tech Bloggers?
Karsh, blackgayblogger.com How To Roll Your Own Blog Awards
Sean Mills, The Onion Behind the Scenes at the Onion News Network
Jenifer Hanen, Black Phoebe Designs The Web Standards Confession Booth
Erica Mauter, Metroblogging Minneapolis Building Hyperlocal Websites for the Future
Karsh, blackgayblogger.com Your Ticket to the Afrospear
Christian Crumlish, Yahoo! Online Identity: And I Do Give a Damn about My Bad Reputation
Halley Suitt, Zindicate The Evil Axis of Videoblogging: SF, NY, LA
George Kelly, allaboutgeorge.com Roll Over Gutenberg, Tell McLuhan The News
John S. Bracken, MacArthur Foundation Whither Citizen Journalism: A Critical Review
Andrew Huff, Gapers Block Working Over the Web: Managing Distributed Staffs
Rashmi Sinha, SlideShare True Stories from Social Media Sites
Kevin Cheng, OK/Cancel     Breakups 2.0
Jeremy Keith, Adactio Building Portable Social Networks
Souris Hong-Porretta, hustlerofculture.com The Supercollider: A Hero of the Social Network
Laura Merritt, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Identity Crisis: Communicating Online Without Getting Fired
Jeff Beckham, AT&T The Social Implications of Being "Always-On"
Will Smith, Maximum PC Modernizing Old Media
Jay Allen, Textura Design State of the Invisible Blogosphere
Tantek Çelik, tantek.com Body Optimization: Why Stop at Health & Fitness?
Violet Blue, freelance writer Sexual Privacy Online
Sergio Villarreal, Slide.com Widgets: Is It Worth It?
Ryan Gantz, sixfoot6.com Better Collaboration Through Comedy LULZ OMG
Rachel Lovinger, Avenue A | Razorfish Cage Match! Taxonomy vs. Folksonomy (and I don't know whether Thomas Van Der Wal will fight or referee)
Jamais Cascio, WorldChanging.com The Future is You
Sergio Villarreal, Slide.com Startup vs. Corporate: How's it Really Like?
Tantek Çelik, tantek.com Effective Multitasking
Ben Brown, Consumating.com Your Blog Is A Niche Community
Heather Armstrong, Dooce Content Boundaries: A 12-Step Program
Brian Oberkirch, Small Good Thing The Future of Presence
Alice Marwick, New York University "I'm Internet Famous": Status in Social Media
Ron Teixeira, National Cyber Security Alliance Cyber Safety in the Interactive Age
David Thomas, daviddylanthomas.com Links as Language: The Advent of 3-D Writing
Joseph Smarr, Plaxo In Defense of the Open Social Web
Kevin Smokler, BookTour.com English: Technology's Universal Language
Jeffrey Zeldman, Happy Cog Respect!
Jason Levitt, Yahoo! Online Identity Crisis
Michele Bowman, Global Foresight Associates Futurists' Sandbox: Scenarios for Social Technologies in 2025
Kevin Cheng, OK/Cancel     Comparing the Giants: How Design Happens in Large Companies
Thor Muller, Satisfaction Judo Moves for Defending Your Reputation Online
Jina Bolton, Apple, Inc. Social Networking and Your Brand
Molly Wright Steenson, girlwonder.com Meet The Architects
Jamais Cascio, WorldChanging.com The Whole World Is Watching
Dave Madethis, Emma Who the Hell are You? Personal Branding 101
Stephanie Troeth, CloudRaker Opening the Web to Linguistic Realities
Susan Price, MediaRich Controlling the Dialog: Civility and Censorship in Social Media Spaces
Jay Allen, Textura Design Hacking the Enterprise with Social Media Applications
Kit Seeborg, Seeborg.com How to Evolve Your Irrelevant Corporate Website
Will Smith, Maximum PC Modernizing Old Media
Annalee Newitz, Techsploitation Social Network Coups: The Users are Revolting!
Brian Oberkirch, Small Good Thing Self-Replicationg Awesomeness: The Marketing of No Marketing