1. I set up a new Flickr account because the old one was full and I have a million email addresses. So click that link if you're jonesing for photos of Hiroaki Koshiba's paintings from the Illusion Christmas Overdrive series, or Blanche talking to a giant praying mantis.
2. To celebrate the two-month iversary of the dANCxpERIENx, I'm finally printing the review Luke wrote of it.
Probably the worst review ever written. AkA a Review of a Catjams show By: Luke Volkmann
So before the show even started the catjams folk ran into a couple problems. It took them a while to find an S-Video cable. Ok, when the show started the first thing was a very clever video by Dude, Magnus would hate you vs. Gungan2Gungan. The video was made up of a series of unexpected morphs. Each morph lasted about 2 or 3 minutes and included a taco salad, artifacts from ancient egypt, and a lot of other things. Overall it was a very captivating and engrossing (I need to add some big words) video which I liked. Next Entei (y'all know him best from Christmas Illusion II) played some blackmetal. Along with the music there was also a video with skeletons, archers, and all that other kind of stuff I don't know anything about. The whole presentation was well received by the audience (at least the people sitting next to me) as well as me. After that Bob Dynamite vs. Tape Store played, but two things happened before that. First, the french musician Toog was kind enough to donate a video (which can be watched on the catjams youtube page) which was pretty cool. Second, since Bob Dynamite and Tape Store were doing something like the gong show they needed to pick a gong hitter, and to do this they had a dance off. Channing and Duncan went up, but then Channing made a very bad mistake; he made Luke Volkmann go up. After a grueling 3 minutes of dancing the audience picked Luke to be the gong person. As Bob Dynamite and Tape Store began to play they quickly learned that Luke was probably the worst person they could have picked. Even though the two teenagers were doing a very good job the cold hearted Luke summoned his power of cruelty and injustice and beat the gong with a malice of pure revulsion for talent. Finally Tape Store got mad and thew Luke's Paddle to the floor. In the end, Luke decided to stop hitting the gong and our heros got to play. The finale came when OBELISK and MC Cat Genius rapped. Even though OBELISK was to lazy to show up (yeah, we all know that alibi of touring with Umbros). The duo did such classics as Pancaked and Drop it like a hawk. So even though it was kind of hectic getting started the show (in my opinion) turned out to be a success.
3. Recently, I for the first time saw photos of my email friends and collaborators DJ Chienloup (aka Aurelien Estager) and James Harvey (aka James "The Jams" Harvey). Which is weird since I've known each of these guys for about three years and count them both as close friends of mine. James is especially weird when taking into account his massive web presence and commitment to visual arts. Actually I have seen this picture of James before, but he just now pointed out that it's of him, not some random douche from Google Image. It was like finding out that the key to the castle is hidden on the painting above the mantle.
4. My 26th birthday is September 3. I feel that karaoke at Osaka's will happen.
5. The original Cat Jams intern, Aaron Arnoldy, is leaving for his 27-month term of service with Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. To celebrate, we watched Drawing Restraint 9. It was gross! Don't get any fungal infections, Aaron.