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Past Week at Twitter.com/Disquiet

The plan is for this automated tool to post, every weekend, the entries I’ve made at twitter.com/disquiet in the previous seven days. This post shows the entries from April 26 through May 16, because for reasons beyond me the tool didn’t work for a while. That said, it didn’t skip anything, since the previous such post (disquiet.com) was on April 26.

  • Saturday morning sounds: grinding laptop fan, bus riding by, breathing. #
  • If you Twitter, it’s #followfriday: Godflesh in the flesh @JKBroadrick; Stanford Laptop Orchestra @slork; classical activists @classicalrev #
  • Pretty cool for Brian Eno/Oblique Strategies fans. A website dedicated to the work of Peter Schmidt, Oblique’s co-creator: http://is.gd/zWKg #
  • Brian Eno/Peter Schmidt @ObliqueChirps Twitter app says, “Pae White’s non-blank graphic metacard.” Reminds me to visit New Langton exhibit. #
  • Gym music: new Metallica, again. Need to dig out something else with energy. But it’s way good, like Load, ReLoad, & St. Anger didn’t exist. #
  • Pre-afternoon sounds: percussive typing, conversation below (consonants muted by floor), plane drone overhead, texture of chairs shifting. #
  • Hoping to catch laptop/recorder show Thurs @ Luggage Store. Sunday’s Willits/Deupree show @ du Nord was great, especially http://is.gd/zaLY #
  • Psyched re: tonight’s Christopher Willits & Taylor Deupree show. Opening: Classical Revolution, doing Glass, Russel, Becker, Novik, Brown. #
  • Gym music: new drones, old metal. #
  • Morning sounds: laptop whir, the world’s tiniest bicycle racing downhill; kitchen fridge, doing usual morning-after minimal-techno mumble. #
  • Gym music: The recent collaborative single by Burial & Four Tet: “Moth,” “Wolf Cub,” repeat. Lo-fi streams of both here: http://is.gd/xhll #
  • Wondering if/when next week my G1 cellphone will update its operating system. Wondering how to make my Twitter posts more Facebook-friendly. #
  • Contractions in @tannermenard’s re-tweet (is.gd/y4N9) of my post (is.gd/y4NV) suggests re-tweeting as version of Lucier’s Sitting in a Room. #
  • Kyle Gann transcribes solo piano improv by Harold Budd. Budd writes back to say he couldn’t play it in a thousand years: http://is.gd/y3P5 #
  • Saturday morning sounds: bus rumbling past. Wonder what the world would sound like if this crackling laptop fan noise weren’t masking it. #
  • Star Trek: so much fun. I hesitate to say anything more. I’d rather lower expectations so folks will enjoy it all the more. #
  • New people (thanks @warrenellis, @thegrassyknoll), I’m otaku-focused on ambient/electronically-mediated sound/art. (And spicy food & comix.) #
  • Weekend agenda: typing, cooking, gardening, Star Trek; Willits/Deupree; maybe Superconductor (Exploratorium) & Johansson Projects gallery… #
  • #followfriday @g2barmen, Determinism filmmaker; @richarddevine, Warp/Schematic musician; @douglasbenford (aka musician si-cut.db). #
  • Twitter planned maintenance 2pm Friday, day of release of new Star Trek film — are they going to see it then, or preparing for onslaught? #
  • Michael Tilson Thomas tells Greta Garbo deli anecdote in NY Times today — in letters section: http://is.gd/x4XU (from Miami, better yet). #
  • Tonight: opening at New Langton … and then Fringe. #
  • Afternoon sounds: typing, Beck (really the Dust Brothers — the voice isn’t carrying across the room), siren in distance, chairs on wood. #
  • Web 2.0: 1. Weidenbaum: 0. You’d think setting daily delicious.com & weekly twitter.com to post on a WordPress-powered website is easy. #
  • Gym music: random Public Enemy instrumentals, some old-ish Paul Weller, new drones by Pixel (aka Jon Egeskov). #
  • The daily download deals at @amazonmp3 are worth tracking. Today, for just 99 cents, Ornette Coleman’s Shape of Jazz to Come. #
  • Upcoming local (San Francisco) arts agenda: New Langton gallery opening on Tuesday, Vorticella in concert on Thursday… #
  • Postalicious now works on Disquiet.com. Will have more regular feed of recommended reading. First batch: BBC on Ballard, new In C book, etc. #
  • Sunday morning sounds: distant siren, knocking window (now fixed), bus going by, whiny laptop, mumbling fridge. #
  • Trying to get Postalicious to make Delicious.com links post semi-automatically on Disquiet.com, but so far no luck. More backend fiddling… #
  • Gym music: Slayer’s Reign in Blood — after all these years, its underlying pulse is a lot slower than its thrash-metal reputation suggests. #
  • Saturday morning sounds: laptop fan, a bus a few blocks away, tiny little creaks as the heater wakes the house. Too wet outside for birds? #
  • My iPod brought up the instrumental of Aceyalone’s “To the Top” (Bo Diddley beat lightly tweaked into hip-hop). Forgot how much I love this. #
  • #followfriday ambient musicians @CBissonnette and @robinrimbaud; TG member @chriscarter; illustrator @bartalos (back from the Antarctic). #
  • Thrift store came alive last night: 93-year-old Irving Fields’s Bagels & Bongos faves, Korean crossover Johnny Yune,1/2 of Burton Sisters. #
  • #followfriday ambient musicians @CBissonnette and @robinrimbaud; TG member @chriscarter_; illustrator @bartolos (back from the Antarctic) #
  • Were Saul Bellow 29 today, Dangling Man wouldn’t be about a guy waiting for his G1 phone to get the new Android OS update. But me, I wait… #
  • Apparently the guy who made the classic Bagels & Bongos album is still with us. I’m seeing him tonight in San Francisco. Irving Fields. #
  • Favorite step when making jambalaya: stirring in the rice. … Speaking of which, when’s there gonna be an album of Galactic remixes? #
  • There hasn’t been a new release from the http://www.ambulatore.com/yoyo/ netlabel since middle of October 2008 — another one would be nice. #
  • Mundane software wishlist: Gmail preview pane, Thunderbird grouped-by-day threading, iTunes label field, Firefox tag-to-window drag. #
  • Regarding the wind in S.F. right now: the human ear has not evolved to deal with this. Fortunately, though, we did develop hats & scarves. #
  • Fave unintended remix of day: 3 people watching same Persian pop vid at roughly same time, on different computers, all off by a few seconds. #
  • Gym music: various hip-hop instrumentals, which I find myself imagining being processed by a Korg Kaoss Pad or the Nintendo DSi sound tools. #

By Marc Weidenbaum

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