Saturday, April 03, 2010

robots in black literature

just finished the invisible man today. that was an incredible book. the last scene is full of him getting stuck in a coal cellar (it's pitch black). he spends some time down there, days/nights,who knows? dreaming, thinking, screaming. he hallucinates a giant mechanical metal robot walking down the street. is that one of the few robots in black literature? (oscar wao, notwithstanding)


Monday, March 29, 2010

in which i admit to reading vegans of color

diff. websites constitute diff. perspectives. i read to engage with and learn about that perspective. trolls believe they can or should determine the point of another blog. i've only seen this actually work when the blog authors were looking for ideas or debating a specific point. trolls believe all blogs ought to conform to their point of view, if not, the opinions expressed therein are either not valid or are ignorant/misinformed.

i am not a vegan (IANAV), but i do read v. of color because i am interested in the ideas behind their cause. that is, i am interested in learning about the intersection between race and vegan politics. where they occur and why, and how those intersections can inform both veganism and anti-racism (as well as other anti-oppression movements).

sometimes trolling behavior stimulates dialogue, but when a regular reader takes something too personally, it can result in a flamewar/crisis of discourse/ breakdown of communication.

Friday, March 26, 2010

On Womanism, j.mayer, dating, and what it all means...

In a Racialicious thread on "reading Strait Stuntin' Magazine at Jezebel" we attempted to discuss the response to the aesthetic critique of an Ethnic/urban/black men's magazine. Essentially, readers were torn between appreciating the expression of an alternate beauty standard and expressing disdain for the objectification /hypersexualization of the media in the spread. Black women and WOC women benefit greatly from the development of alternate beauty standards, but their expression does not need to only be in the form of (racial stereotypes) and sexual imagery. The ABT should be applicable as multiple levels of modeling both non-sexual and sexual, allowing black fashion models to get work as well as the models in Strait Stuntin.

The effect of mono-racial beauty standards culminates in the action of men like jmayer who compared his racial preference in dating to david duke (kkk member) and a proponent of white supremacy. See also T.Woods, whose revealed dating pattern yeilded no WOC. They are backed up by legions of commenters who defend their own racial dating preferences, sometimes by referencing stereotypes about WOC (see, OK Cupid, Kia Matthews experience) -- as Mayer also did in his interview. The vocabulary of beauty surrounding WOC needs to develop beyond stereotypes that contribute to poor outcomes in the ability of WOC to be seen as attractive potential partners, and not in spite of their race.

Although, no one can dictate the dating pattern of any other person, we as a society can address the problem of vocabulary. We need to expand the terms with which we negotiate beauty and replace/remove/minimize the ignorance that produces prejudice. At least help reduce folks backing up beauty standards with racial prejudice.

On the other hand -- see the Macy's campaign.
Catalogue work is looking fairly diverse these days.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

an instance of recent fog

the train creeps slowly through the mist
obscured in cloud, its face emerges
advancing in the wake of twin lamps

a handful of commuters walk past
in brown and black coats
the color of fall leaves

the tracks disappear into the fog,
which is densely packed into this little valley
like cotton balls in a jar

where the edge of the valley drops further
away, it melts into the distance
behind the swathe of cloud, imposed
between here and the distant bank,
where bridges, buildings, and houses
sit unseen.

the fog rests low in the valley,
thick and undisturbed, on the river below.
easing along those waterways
like the ancient craft
that make their way along our shores.

on the streets
standing in tall columns,
amongst buildings,
airy architecture
butted against brick

it spirits away the outlines of objects
trees disappear into the distance
but light spills sharply out of reflections
in damp remnants of puddles, from sharp edges,
the highlight in the coil of wire.

it even steals my sure sense
of where we are all


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

early morning, mid-spring

The shadows are hard and dark in the morning.
Crisp outlines delineating, what?
The angle of the sun on the horizon


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Nubrosis art gallery

{a shopping list}

lamps (goodwill)

hand out flyers at B-Sides on Coventry, tues.

Friday, October 30, 2009

okay this is how it works

users put who want to post commercial videos on youtube
can sell add space because popular videos will pull more
search queries
user ad rates can be based on the average pull of a specific commercial video.

why doesn't the newspaper do the same?
if their readers can view the edition online, won't advertisers pay to reach them?
the paper costs, what? 35¢? 50¢?
everyone is dragging their feet!

what are the startup costs?

if the internet delivers information more effeciently than paper models
(and audiences follow)
by all means, begin to sell adds.