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The elevator sank quietly into the shaft. His spirits racing ahead of it. As it came to rest at the lobby his spirits continued into the abyss. The doors slid open silently. He clicked across the sterile marble and glass space and stepped out into the street.

It was a cool night and the grates in the street billowed forth a steady cloud of steam.

It made him pause to wonder: What would life in the sewer be like?

Could he just fake a really bad accident, set up some kind of secret lair, become the phantom of Wall street?

Comfort Zone Meme

I need to get more blogging going, so I thought I'd join in on the meme ericcoleman brought to my attention:

"Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other!"

and to kick things off I'll cheat and use one of the questions he got as well:

"Tell me about your appreciation for the traditional arts. Do you like art, theatre, opera, classical music, etc? What do you like or not like about it?"

Art: I'm pretty well versed, especially in late 19th - late 20th century art. My favorites are the Surrealists and the Dadaists - I love putting the world on its ear, especially with the attention to detail that Dali (my favorite) or Magrite put forth. In general I like most art (even a fair amount of current stuff), though I do have a bit of a bias against anything where you have to get an explanation from the artist. Having gone through grad school at CalArts (in theatre) I overheard too many Art school students talking about how they faked their way through the seminar when they had no new project, and grabbed some random trash and talked about it.

Theatre: Both my wife an I have MFAs in tech theatre. We met in grad school. I love Shakespeare (of course) Lear is a favorite tragedy, I have a soft spot for Henry IV for the histories, outside of "the bard" I had a great time doing a show called "Ghosts" that was very free-form and (I was a composer/ sound designer) I actually personally "ran" the show, since I was improvising ambient processing and doing live SFX in real time including open piano molestation (using it like a harp) lots of other great shows, but those are some that stick out. I'd love to go back into it, but I like keeping my family under a roof too.

Opera: I have mixed feelings about. I started college as a Vocal performance major (the slang was "throat") and I learned a great deal of appreciation for the craft of that and for the music itself, but I never really liked singing that way and eventually got much more into composition anyway. Favorite is probably The Magic Flute - there is some truly wonderful music going on in that opera and it takes a hell of a soprano to do the Queen of the night. I don't seek it out though, haven't since I stopped being compelled, so it never really took I guess.

Classical Music: I'm not a baroque guy. Eric is, but not me. It's breathtaking sometimes, but most of the time it's too "pure" for my tastes. I'm much more Renaissance, and then skipping over most of the rest of the period before the early 20th. Some of the very late romantic stuff is great, but I love Charles Ives, John Cage changed my perceptions of music immeasurably and I also love a lot of the early electro acoustic stuff (music concrete, etc.)

I thought it was an interesting question, though as you can maybe see, not exactly outside my comfort zone.

So, if anyone is reading this stuff, ask me something. I need to get blogging. Or maybe not. I don't know.


Cake: 100 Word Story

He rose from his desk. Alone in the building, it was that quiet time,
before the cleaning crew came but after even the most dedicated employee packed it in.

His legs quivered as he rose. Would he have the nerve to go through with it?
This was going to take planning but he had to get it done before things hit the fan.

He stepped through the doors of his corner office, to make his way through cube land,
confronted by the remains of Charley's cake.

Poor guy, wasn't going to enjoy retirement as much as he'd thought this afternoon.

Another 100 word story challenge, continued from last weeks.

Hemorrhage: 100 Word Story

I just did a 100 word story challenge from this site: http://podcasting.isfullofcrap.com/2008/03/weekly_challenge_99_hemmorhage.html

The subject is "hemorrhage" (that's the challenge). This is my first attempt at this art form.

It was a hemorrhage. Red ink filled up the balance sheet, there was no end in sight.

He stared and stared at it, somehow hoping that by sheer force of will he could make the numbers rise, but there was no hope.

There was nothing left to be done. He was ruined, his family would be picking up the pieces for years to come, and he was to blame.

There was his insurance, but it wouldn't pay for suicide. He had to figure out how he could salvage something of his existence, but it HAD to look like an accident.

If you like it, please consider going over to http://podcasting.isfullofcrap.com and casting a vote for my story there (within the next few days). The winner gets to chose the subject for the episode following the next.

The Sixty One

I've been getting into a music discovery site:


The tagline there is something like:
If Guitar hero is about shredding, thesixtyone is about A&R.

You can be an Artist or a Listener - or have 2 accounts, 1 of each.

it's kind of a "game" since listeners get points to "bump" songs with, and one way is by bumping early on songs others end up bumping.
LiveJournal Username
Your Primary Super Power
Location of Head Quarters
Primary Costume/Uniform Colors
Why are you a Superhero?
Your Superheroic Codename
The veteran grim member of the teamkriel
The sexist and crass but annoyingly effective oneborn_to_me
The bright-eyed novice or sidekickgundo
The teammate that will eventually go evil or insanlukeski
The inept yet determined/reoccurring supervillainborn_to_me
The sinister Arch-Villain and team's greatest foeericcoleman
The perky civilian that keeps getting kidnappedlukeski
How often does your team actually 'save the day'?
This Fun Quiz created by Shannon at BlogQuiz.Net
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New Axe

I Finally broke down and bought a Martin Guitar, using my ninja like deal making skilz I got, what I consider a pretty good deal (it helps to know the places that actually have fiscal year ending 12/31) it's a DC-16GTE. I went in to maybe get one of the newer composite ones, but they just didn't "speak" to me. Guess I know where all my SL tip money is going for a while, and in a Luke Ski moment: Buy my CDS! (or downloads):


I've got a guitar to pay off now.

Is this thing on?

I turned on this account mostly to post replies to posts. Thought I ought to post something here of my own. Not much of a blogger. So, anyone have any idea what I should classify my music as? I've been terrible at it and have been diverting that to the individual albums. (Big Bad World is political, Roadhouse Ranch & Saloon is, well roadhouse-y). I think maybe the best "big pot" term I should use is "Americana". What do you think (though, come tho think of it, there are only a few copies of my CDs circulating in the world at this point.