La Conversation

October 16, 2009

“La Conversation” or “The Weekend” in English. Is a French film from the 1970’s that is revered as a classic and pioneering work that invented the “waist and above” shot when people are naked.
Hank Morris
May Morrison
Nathan Deming

The Books

October 15, 2009

I saw The Books a few weeks ago at the Luminary Arts Center in St. Louis. It was a really wonderful show. This video was played behind them as they recreated the soundtrack. It made me realize that listening to The Books on CD is only getting half of the experience.

The Magnificent Human

October 15, 2009

The Magnificent Human

Now see here, as this one has turned away from the pack.
Watch how he uses his bottom teeth,
Scraping away at the flaky white cream,
That hides between two cookies.
A delicious treat.
He discards the brittle cookie shells.

A female sits in her corner and eats many doughnuts.
Perhaps forming a layer of fat to keep warm
For the long and celibate winter.

We see our first specimen at a different meal time, once again in company.
Observe how they eat together, but share none of their food.
Notice how he uses a long plastic stick as a tool.
He has now figured out how to drink,
Without spilling the ice.
He discards the ice and cup.

Pan back to the female now and focus on her hands.
She has figured out a new use for that plastic tool.
She has inserted it into the doughnut,
And is sucking the jelly out. Clearly,
It will be a harsh winter, and all precautions must be made.
This is truly a fascinating event.

Adam Veaner

I had a dream about doughnuts and woke up and wrote this. I don’t know if I think it is good or not, but it is definitely one of darker poems I have written.  But really, this was just excuse to post this great photo of a girl eating a doughnut. Photo by D Sharon Pruitt.

Jules Et Jim

October 14, 2009

Jules Et Jim is a 1962 French New Wave film directed by François Truffaut. My school, Webster University, screened it a few weeks ago and this scene really blew me away. Take into account that every man in the room is in love with the woman singing, and each has been with her at separate times. The actress singing is Jeanne Moreau.

Bizarre and tragic. Strange and wonderful. Beautiful and tragic. It seems as though Taco Bell has found the way to sell more tacos, and it is not by making their product more “food-like”. While Taco Bell has always been disgusting, it has never stopped being incredibly delicious. And now, for whatever reason, Taco Bell has decided that funny colored tacos are just great.

  • The Volcano Taco.

  • The Black Jack Taco.

  • What is NEXT?

The Flaming Lips: Embryonic

October 13, 2009

The twelfth studio album by The Flaming Lips, Embryonic, is out today. I bought it from my local record store Euclid Records.

Thoughts: This album is abrasive in many ways. The drums sounds, the guitar tones, the… whatever sounds. Because of this, I couldn’t hear it at first. I went in expecting something to the extent of a… neo-psychedelic spacey pop-rock anthem, but Embryonic is just not that, and it really really does not want to be. That being said, Embryonic is very amazing. The album works as an album. The themes and sounds build periodically to form multiple high points, and in the end, a very clear product. freaky strangeness.

Listening: This album is meant to completely fill a space with sound. The dynamic range is huge. The frequency range is huge. There is so much to be heard. Thus, you should listen to it on speakers… and nice ones.

Warning: I would not listen to Embryonic with headphones unless your only other option is laptop speakers. This is for a few reasons…

  1. Loudness: This album is recorded to be LOUD.
  2. Transients: Embryonic is filled with quick hits and transients that your ear is not expecting, many of which are high pitched, covered in fuzz, or extremely loud. This can be painful or even damaging to your hearing. I know that after I listened to this album in headphones my ears just felt so tired.
  3. Panning: There is a lot of hard panning in Embryonic. This sounds really interesting through a stereo, but when there is no bleed from ear to ear it is often disorienting or even annoying.
  4. Length: Having headphones or ear buds in your ears for 70 minutes is just hard to do sometimes. It isn’t good if your ears are in pain.

Tacos Al Pastor & Science

October 13, 2009

Lesson on Tacos Al Pastor:

What makes this meat different from all other meats? Well, other than the fact that it is slow cooked on a vertical spit for hours, it also has science on its side. Bromelain, the most important ingredient in Al Pastor marination. Bromelain is an enzyme that is prominent in pineapple and is a natural meat tenderizer. The same ingredient that stings your tongue after eating too much pineapple, is the same ingredient that makes Al Pastor different from other meats.

Bromelain is an enzyme that separates amino acids. Amino acids join by forming peptide bonds, a link that connects one amino acid’s amino group with the carboxyl group of another amino acid. When amino acids join through peptide bonds, they form proteins.

In other words, Bromelain breaks down the muscle tissue of the meat. If you left a pineapple sitting on a cut of steak, it would be mush after a day or so.

Lastly, Al Pastor typically comes with a slice of lime. This is no mistake, and it is not just there for flavor. Limes are a citrus fruit and are highly acidic. Citrus is another natural meat tenderizer. This is a last attempt to make the meat as tender as it can be.

Some say variety is the spice of life, but they are wrong… it is actually enzymes that break down peptide bonds.


Second Post!

October 13, 2009

I have now realized that so much of a blog is just making it visually appealing. My first inclination was to fill my page up with Akiyoshi Kitaoka illusions. Still probably a great idea and being heavily considered.

First Post!

October 13, 2009

This is my first post.