Amanda Palmer is looking for a new record company because (amidst other cunty behaviour) her record company wanted to edit out her "fat" belly and she refused. Actually, she told them to fuck off. Here is the video:

Skip to 3:45. See a fat belly? No. Me neither. If there was one, would it matter? It's her video, her body, her choice to display it and her fans choice to look at it. Beth Ditto seems to be doing OK for herself. Have they ever been to one of her live shows? Do they know that *shock* she also doesn't shave her armpits? Do they provide such consultation for all their other musicians? Do they not see what these preconditions for female musicians do to the women? It's so ridiculously unimportant.

This is one of the reasons I do not support the recording industry. This is why I rarely buy albums. This is why I'm now blacklisting Roadrunner. Protip for Roadrunner: Amanda Palmer makes money by walking into a bar with a ukelele. She's has a growing loyal fanbase. You just lost yourself a massive meal ticket by being misogynist idiots on an uncreative label stocked with large hairy men in a culture that is increasingly refusing to buy what you sell because your industry is BULLSHIT. Welcome to failure.

Link Dump 30/11/08

  • Bruce Gilden's Best Shot. I love this photo. There's nothing about it that isn't excellence and masculinity. I wish I had taken that image.


  • I recently picked up chinaSMACK in my RSS reader - it's a blog bringing Chinese news/internet discussions to English language speakers. One of the recent post themes, Chinese People's Secrets, is my new favorite addiction. Some of the things people are sharing are very stark and honest, making Post Secret look edited and tame in comparison.


Top Ten Reasons to LOVE Mary Poppins

Death Star over San Francisco

Los Angeles Layers

Los Angeles Layers, originally uploaded by _saturnine.


Link Dump 27/11/08

  • William Burroughs' Thanksgiving Prayer, no doubt previously linked ages ago, but it's a good idea to refresh your mind. America can be an intoxicating country, swaddled from the world's problems and it's own history because it's just so damn great on the inside. Know your history.

"Do these “patriotic” spongeheads imagine the royal family (most of them long past retirement age) sit around, in full kevlar armour, ready spring into action when the realm is threatened? Have they ever actually seen the Queen? What exactly do they think she’s going to do? Lay a magic egg? Attack Hitler with a hammer? Shame invading armies into going home because their diction is so bad?"
- Superqueen by speak you're branes.


Days of Being Wild

Days of Being Wild, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Andy Lau & an old British telephone box in Wong Kar Wai's Days of Being Wild (1990).



Hyper vs Cui Jian



Book 1 Chapter 1

Jesus Christ Clayton Cubitt can't possibly be 100% human to be able to make something so beyond this earth. Can't believe these pieces. Want them. So bad.

Link Dump 23/11/08

  • Candy, Magazines, History by Rachel Barrett documents the death of newsstand culture in New York. There are more pictures on her website, equally as interesting. [via] Watching my local area undergo massive redeveloping, it makes me wonder whether in 20 years I will still look back at these & my own photos and think of it as death or rebirth. All I can say is that if you live anywhere near anything that you love, document it. It might not be there next year.
  • Richard Lea on modern Chinese literature: "China has one of the three great book publishing industries in the world. Along with the UK and the US it publishes around 200,000 new titles and new editions a year, well ahead of the nearest rivals, Japan, Russia and Germany. It is by far the largest publishing market by volume - officially about 6bn units a year, but many more when pirated copies are taken into account. In terms of value the market will probably amount to around £4-5bn in 2007, which would put it fourth in the world - behind the US, Germany and Japan and ahead of the UK. If you take purchasing power parity into account it is second only to the US."
  • The Alexandria Hotel of Los Angeles: "The Alexandria Hotel, at 5th and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles, was once the center of the high life in L.A. Built in 1906, it hosted three presidents and such dignitaries as Winston Churchill, and the Duke of Windsor. The earliest movie stars gathered there. After the larger Biltmore Hotel opened, the building fell into decline. At its lowest point, its owners scraped off the gold paint from parts of the building and sold it. In between, the building was "restored" to a Victorian past it never had. During World War II, the third story of the open lobby was converted into soldiers' barracks."



Discarded/Art, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

"She said, 'Sir, you have to take your turban off. This is the United States,'" Khera recounted. "That made me a little upset. I am a United States citizen."
- North Carolina charity staffed by ignorant douchebags.



Flowers/Ladies, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA (February 2008)


Outside the In & Out

Outside the In & Out, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

San Diego, CA (February 2008)



  • I'm an ass for forgetting to link to his site in the first place, but now Pete has a blog, there's no excuse. If you like really rather good urban photography (one million times better than anything I can do), then you should go and read what he has to say. Sometimes he climbs things. Sometimes he lurks in the dark. Warning though: top post at the moment has clowns.

"Cells from babies' foreskins, which are injected in the lower layers of the epidermis, eventually revealing younger-looking skin after a few months."
[via Jezebel]



STAYFREE, originally uploaded by savetheyouth.


Chiba Love

Chiba Love, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Keith Olbermann in a minute

These are the Millennials

Tavi of Style Rookie raps about her H&M Comme de Garcons experience earlier in the week. She's twelve. I want to have kids exactly like her - she's smart, verbose, upbeat and totally fashion-oriented without being empty headed. In a culture that makes it so easy to be smart, THAT is our future ladies and gentleman. Bring it on.

PS - if you still feel snarky after watching that video, don't miss her tribute to young bloggers.

PPS - I love how the internet can find me people half my age and make me feel dumb as a brick.


Link Dump 13/11/08

  • AskMefi: How to put unused journals to use: "If you have a women's or family crisis shelter in your area, donate them. I've worked with such a shelter that would love to have blank journals to include in the kits they give women who are staying there."


Women's Work

"A displaced woman carries a child, wood and her belongings as she moves along a road in Kibati, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, just north of Goma in eastern Congo. The humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo has exploded since rebel leader Laurent Nkunda launched an offensive Aug. 28, with around 50,000 refugees crowded around Kibati, packed into camps or sleeping out in the open, scrambling for the basics, including water to drink, wash, and cook." (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)
[The Denver Post]


Looking like a Superstar

Looking like a Superstar, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Ben Slow @Upfest



Via Warren Ellis: FUCK YEAH SHARKS

The Ladies of Upfest

Ladies of Upfest (1)

Ladies of Upfest (3)Ladies of Upfest (2)

(I'll update this with artist info once someone lets me know - think it could be the legend that is SQPR, but not 100% sure)


Kanye West - Heartless

Heartless from kwest on Vimeo.

Nice, simple song. More importantly, it's directed by Hype Williams.

Obama Backstage

Democratic Presidential Nominee, Barack Obama and his family on election night in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. (David Katz/Obama for America)

"We've been well and truly Rickrolled," Richard Godfrey, a senior vice-president at MTV and executive producer of the awards said. "We wanted to see who our audience would nominate and, given that we're in Liverpool, we thought it would be someone like the Beatles. But before the nominations were even announced he shot into the lead."
- Rick Astley blitzes the MTV Europe Awards and wins Best Act Ever thanks to the internet.


From the Coach

From the Coach, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Spontaneous Obama Dance Party in Seattle

A local club went and put speakers on their roof. According to YT comments, the cops were fine with it, and let everyone carry on.

There are SO MANY of these videos. Look at how happy people are. Look at the flags. Well done America. And thank you.


New Obama Overlord

vfc_gc_3, originally uploaded by Barack Obama.

And I for one, welcome him.


Glass Cheba

Glass Cheba, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

How I would Vote

Why am I making this post? It's none of my business right? Well, I'm emigrating to the US soon and my partner is American. I will be spending the rest of my life being directly affected, and thus involved in Californian and US politics. So here is what I feel I know enough about to have an opinion:

For President:

Mr Barack Hussein Obama. I include his middle name because it's a fine middle name, a name no one should be ashamed of. Fuck off racists.


Prop 1A: No. As nice as better transportation for Southern California sounds, it's a lot of money (payments of $647 million a year) and will not directly improve the state for 30 years. While we need to improve the infrastructure of the state, debt is not a wise move to make. I'd like to see cities improve on what they have (eg: San Diego could expand their bus services and the mythical train system) rather than create an entirely new system. Prop 10 is better.

Prop 2: Yes. Inhumane treatment of animals isn't an arguing point. Regardless of their purpose in life, animals need to be kept in clean/spacious pens. It improves the quality of life for everyone, both animals and the people who take care of them.

Prop 3: Yes. Because it's money for child health. I only discovered recently that children do not have free healthcare in the US. I always thought that concession was made. If you're not going to make healthcare free, make it plentiful.

Prop 4: No. Although the proposition says: "Permits courts to waive notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor’s maturity or best interests", it still puts vulnerable teenagers at risk. It's easier to ask for an abortion than tell a stranger your family problems. I can see the other side to the argument, it must be terrifying to find out your daughter had an abortion and you weren't informed. But let's face it - if you've got a good relationship with your children, they would call you without an amendment to the law being necessary. I think this one will pass.

Prop 5: Yes but only 90% yes. Increased drug treatment programs, increased parole for serious/violent crime? That's great. California needs that. Jail should be a place for those who are an immediate threat to others around them. What bothers me is that it also "limits court’s authority to incarcerate offenders who violate probation or parole". If you break the rules people, there should be consequences. I am hoping instead, that it's a way of dealing with jail overcrowding and the way drug laws end up targeting huge numbers of ethnic minorities. There have to be better ways of moving society forward, the current laws are not working.

Prop 6: NO, a really strong no on this one. Why? "Necessitate that all occupants who are recipients of public housing subsidies submit to annual criminal background checks and lose housing if convicted of a recent crime. " If you're applying for public housing, you're already fucked in life. Stop discriminating against those with convictions. Why would you make even more people homeless? Christ.

Prop 7: Yes. Let's get a bit of discipline going on in America, the world needs to work together to improve the environment and sustainability.

Prop 8: NO. NO NO NO. NO. The only people who vote Yes on this proposition are insecure bigots. It's no different to the laws in California that, 60 years ago, would have prevented me from marrying my partner because he's ethnic-Chinese and I'm as white as you get. And that's if he'd even managed to get into the country, thanks to the laws excluding Chinese immigrants from the country. Proposition 8 moves the state and the country backwards. If you need laws to reaffirm your heterosexual marriage, your marriage is extremely weak. If you need laws to "protect" marriage, why aren't you campaigning for the dissolving of divorce laws? If you're voting Yes on Prop 8, you should examine why you support the government interfering in other people's private business.

Prop 9: Yes. Giving more of a voice to victims of crime + helping them be more aware of the details of the case is a definite win. It should also help the perpetrator have a greater understanding of their behaviour and make rehabilitation more successful. I hope.

Prop 10: Yes. Helping people buy cost effective vehicles in such a massive state is a brilliant idea. See also: funding into alternative energy. It will be a more immediate change than the proposed transportation system and be an investment, rather than a growing debt. Better for the environment too. If this proposition had something included in regards to stimulating local shops in residential areas to decrease the need for travelling to Walmart et al, I'd be waving signs for it.

Prop 11: Um. I have no idea what this is about. "Requires commission of five Democrats, five Republicans and four of neither party" sounds balanced. But I don't understand this one.

Prop 12: Yes. Because war veterans are not being supported as they should be. If you work in any capacity for the country, you deserve to be taken care of. That's why people take government jobs. Because Ballotpedia died while I was thinking about/writing this, I can't get more details as to why this would be a bad thing. But what would be even better than what Voterguide is detailing, is if they were encouraged to buy farms and turn them into something productive, especially growing fruit/vegetables. That would help the economy and help create a sense of community - something Southern California especially seems to lack in my foreign eyes.

Best case scenario: I am hoping that Prop 8 fails, and Obama wins. The rest of it is negotiable.

"once they call the election for Obama you're seriously thinking of wasting your time drafting a fpp about it, you're automatically lame. the only appropriate response is to get out of the house & run naked in the streets, drunk, with a big ass "O" painted across your chest."
- matteo of Metafilter on the question of Metafilter and the inevitable Obama wins/loses post.


Some Bristol Graffiti seems to have fallen off the back of a truck

Via the Bristol Graffiti blog, I wasn't aware of this but you can buy some Bristol graf on eBay for really really cheap. They're boards leftover from some event earlier in the year, and at the time of writing 19 of them are still going for 99p (pick up only, but still an amazing bargain). If I weren't emigrating, I'd be making a big fat beeline for the China Mike one. You could easily cut one down to size and frame it up. So yes, they're big, but no one is saying they have to stay that way. And the money goes to charity too!

Glitch in the Matrix

Glitch in the Matrix, originally uploaded by _saturnine.


Another great TV show that was cancelled before it should have been.


Saul Williams endorses Barack Obama

"I stand a generator of generations bearing witness to a world that we are holding accountable for past actions. Me and my friends, we're changing our diets, re-inventing marriage, check-mating capitalism, re-defining ethics, replacing cruelty with compassion, and have sworn not to re-elect the sins of the father."

Fuuuuuuck. What a movement this is. What a year. For once, our generation has a shot at changing not just ourselves, but fixing the mistakes of the previous generations and having a better life. America, I have faith in you. Vote.


UK Police ask for "camera license"

*headdesk* Epic. Fail. When the police don't know the law, but have all the power to screw up your day, we're all fucked.

Peter, Paul and Mary - Puff the Magic Dragon

I had no idea the ending was so sad :(

"Feels like I've taken advantage of my right to become a part of the democracy," he said after casting a ballot in Georgia, a state that allows early voting. "It was definitely worth standing in line and doing all the things people complain about voting. I think it's more than worth it."

- T.I. after doing some research and discovering that, despite his criminal record, he could register to vote. Awesome. Vote America, vote until your feet fall off. [via]