Cassini Finale

September 15th, 2017 Comments off

“After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration.

Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration.”

“The Cassini mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency [sic!], what would it be otherwise? European Deep Soul Society and Agency) and the Italian Space Agency.*”

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena…”

Picture: “This image of Saturn’s rings was taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 13, 2017. It is among the last images Cassini sent back to Earth.”

https://www.nasa.gov/cassini.

So, they year is: 2017/09/15? I was sure we would have reached the stars by now. We don’t even have working AI? I am deeply disappointed. The other “believers” en masse? No space ships? Not even an intelligent machine by now?

And either your contribution is “landing” a spacecraft on Saturn after 20 years in space or your “contribution” is manifested at a Tube station in London in rush hour? Seems like a discrepancy to me. A choice as far as I can tell…

Then, “Avbryt” = cancel the latter… and for God’s sake pull yourself together.

*I don’t know that for a fact, but it seems strange that the Italian Space Agency is not a part of the ESA? Given the rest it is probably true.

Pictures of other planets? It fills me with Awe, I do believe it is the (English) word. It is a picture from Saturn.

No, I don’t think you understand. The picture is actually from another planet in our solar system. This is a picture from Saturn. It is not a digital rendering. It is an actual picture of another planet.

– It doesn’t look anything like a cat?

No, I guess it doesn’t, simply because it is a feature of a planet called Saturn?

– Why are there no cats or people falling over in this boring (still) picture?

It is a picture of a neighbouring planet in our solar system and we have visited it, explored it and taken photographs of it!

– I still can’t see any cats or people hurting themselves?

The beauty of this picture is overwhelming and incomprehensible to me. How is that even possible? In space?

So, exactly how many things do you personally own that have lasted 20 years or more? Think hard now. Then answer me this, how many of your belongings have spent any time in space?

Just When I Thought I Had Seen It All

September 14th, 2017 Comments off

My head hurts again… Howver, the reasons are quite different this time around though.

Our company values diversity. To ensure that we comply with reporting requirements and to learn more about how we can increase diversity in our candidate pool, we invite you to voluntarily provide demographic information in a confidential survey at the end of this application. Providing this information is optional. It will not be accessible or used in the hiring process, and has no effect on your opportunity for employment.

You may or may not wonder.

Did “i” contain more detailed information?

Indeed it did… ”

Hispanic or Latino
A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

White (Not Hispanic or Latino)
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino)
A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Not Hispanic or Latino)
A person having origins in any of the peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Asian (Not Hispanic or Latino)
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

American Indian or Alaska Native (Not Hispanic or Latino)
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintain tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Two or More Races (Not Hispanic or Latino)
All persons who identify with more than one of the above five races.”

OR

“Decline to self-identify.”

I’m seriously considering using that as an default answer to any and every question for ever. It was an option for “Gender” and “Veteran Status” as well.

No!, I’m not making this up. “Det är sant, jag loooovar!”

And for once the category “Uncategorized” actually makes a lot of sense.

The job offering? “Communications Manager”. Ah right, maybe just maybe they’re would be in need of one.

Or as in the olden days: Jösses Amalia!

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R

September 13th, 2017 Comments off

That would be the mighty R*.

Roel Funcken – Balakleya Prospane (DJ Set Final) a 02:30:16 rollin’ mix? Who, why, what and how is it even possible?

You need to get there in hurry! No time to waste. Incredible stuff. Compression out-of-this-World. Unbelievable.

Picture: A pre-piano by: Rhodes.

OK. 47:45 -> that’s it, I can’t handle more… Vraiment? C’est termine.

Honestly, I am about to have a fit / seizure / heart failure as in being in need of immidate medical attention.

Violent physical reactions. That can’t be… right! Right? Insane… what the hell is going on? The best I’ve heard in a very, very, very long time.

* For the record I do know there’s another reference in play (or is it “at”) here, but that would be “The R”. I rather not talk about him (R. Kelly). No need for more confusion in the World. So, I left out the “The” intentionally.

I feel… strange… my head hurts.

2017? There Must Be A World Full Of New And Exiting Things To Discover?

September 13th, 2017 Comments off

Right? I’m pretty sure that I am neither new nor exciting (well for the sake of the argument) in any case I am not new.

Always new “out-of-the-box”, but no I am not new. Interesting to see what upsets “people” these days. It reminds my of worried comments in the late eighties.

– “Are you sure that you will be safe walking out the door dressed liked that?”
– “Yes, we are sure, don’t worry there will be no problem. We’re just going in to the city for a “fika”.

Yes, we were fine in shorts, boots, oversized jackets including lacer belt, scarfs, various chains and ornaments and shirt or super-wide pants and the shiny shoes that you could not ever imagine (lacquered) or two tone brogues. Wearing your girl friends suit/jacket if it fitted you for the night?

Do you think we miss Prince and the Paisley Park days just a bit? Do you think that the “Gender” talk makes us a bit sleepy? See. It would seem that you have missed a bit of history and to be honest it does not impress (your 50’s – 1990’s porno-induced aesthetic is quite pathetic don’t you think?) all that much.

How, what gives you the right to say anything? Well, I lived at that time and I live in a democratic country. The problems we have now did not exist then. I did wear my then girlfriend’s suit and she did borrow my clothes. I did borrow my sister’s jacket. And it looked really nice.

But then again you don’t care about anything but getting attention? And that is the first time in history?

Was it fun? Hell yes! No, I am truly sorry there are no photos (you don’t know anything about the late 1980’s, scarry is it not?). Not true, there are some photos but they are on paper and they are fading fast.

It is an extremely hard choice to make. What the hey! Why would I ever? There are so many to choose from and then (not considering the D’n’B side). This is earlier, much earlier. Is it going to be Ae or AFX? Ask me tomorrow. Laying the foundation of all European electronic music. When I heard it/this first time I thought I was going to die.

“We Are The Music Makers” – Aphex Twin

I died then. If you don’t understand? No computer power? Push like that? Impossible album. Proto-UK-bass album. The thing with AFX? He may the inventor of D’n’B, the commercial inventor. What? Listen to early AFX.

You need to listen to Detroit Techno. The origin, where it all came from. Yes, Chicago/Detroit not NYC. Unfortunately, is not an alltogether European story.

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I Can Feel It, It Is So Very Close

September 12th, 2017 Comments off

It is so ever close, yet, it so hard to reach and it feels like…

My hardware is in place it has been for quite some time (and it have never sounded better), I know where to look for more music and the collection is large enough… that is three decades or more of collected music?

Yet, so many good people seem to be fighting it. It is an aspect that I have not yet to take into consideration. Why is that?

What is “it”? I wrote “it” is so close, but then “it” would no longer be it. More concrete? Bass/breaks. It is not that complicated to understand? More than 30 years?

I can’t and I will not compromise regarding that. I would have to… and I cannot.

A resurface.se post [i].
A resurface.se post [ii].

Stopping being a complete idiot? Another question altogether. Live the art of our contemporary World, today? I could do that. Breaks would have to be included.

Dolor – Metropoles – Gun City – 2016

“Metropoles” is probably the best track of 2016… “Gun City” could be the best album, but then again “best” does not always win? or you would have to be listening/looking/tasting/smelling or whatever your preference.

Who played it when I first heard it? Well, of course it was the R. Have I heard since? No comment.

PS. Who? One of the Rotterdam brothers. Never been there, Amsterdam I have been, as to many other places in Europe. But I have never been to Rotterdam or the US for that matter.

How Is That Working For You?

September 10th, 2017 Comments off

So so?

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It Was Not The One I Was Looking For?

September 9th, 2017 Comments off

It will have to do for now. Actually it is one of my (many) favourite albums: If.Then.Else – (Pause) – Emanate Records – 2002.

I was looking for: Theorem – Ion – M_nus – 1999.

Why? Because I think it is partly based on samples from a nearby highway. That would be Detroit’s I-75 highway to be exact.

And it ties ridiculously nicely to one of the previous posts: The Eternal Sound/Noise. Suspiciously nicely one could object. “You know? For kids?” (ref. “The Hudsucker Proxy”, Cohen brothers, 1994).

No, seriously I was meaning to write “free association”. The album? Wow, classic, classic stuff. It is a master piece. I am compelled to mention: Aril Brikha – Deeparture In Time – Transmat – 1999, Theorem – THX – Experiments In Synchronicity – M_nus – 2001 and The Persuader – Stockholm – Svek – 1999.

Because it is like that, that deep, deep techno music. The kind that the brothers from Detroit make.

“Det var bättre förr, så har det alltid varit.”

Picture: It is close to the E4 highway. I normally don’t, but I do really like this one. It is very amusing.

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Is It Important?

September 9th, 2017 Comments off

Does it matter? Why do I care? Why should you care about a 12 year old girl taking part in a moronic game show dressed like that?

Well, she is not an adult. She’s a child and if she had/has a (twin) brother he most certainly would not be dressed like that?

Equality? “You can’t say that!” I just did. Is it unfair? Mm, a lot of things that are unfair in life. If you happen to be an adult? Not 12 years old. We stopped that in the mid 19 century and for a good reason.

Is it clearly communicated that given the imaginary interpretation of the books, then any man of faith is superior to all women? By tradition, my father would certainly be so and indeed so would I be superior to all women.

Why? Because I happen to be a man. Do you think I should exercise my male “right”, OK, here and now? Should I direct any lonesome women (not directed by her man) randomly? Well, should I? It is not fashion statement. You are not allowed to stand infront of McDonald’s in a Burka without my explicit permission. Do you understand that?

In fact you should not be walking about at all without a male companion not dressed like that. Do you really want me to take your phone and call whoever is your male guardian and tell him of your “shameful” behaviour? This is not Saudi, you have got it all wrong… this is Sweden, with a double v.

If you want to share a man with three other women (never once have I met a woman that would even concider that, I don’t think such a female exists, never mind). If you never want to drive a car, if you never want to leave home alone, if you never want to vote etc. if you never want to be a person then feel free to do so.

However, you will have to do that elsewhere. You cannot and should not remain in Europe. Why? Because it is not compatible with democracy. Finally please remeber, that I can always tell you what to do anyhow. Why? You should know why, because I am a man and you are not.

So, the young girl on my Idiot Box. Who dressed her and why? Did she get to decide? Did she get to chose among the big five (not counting the thousand other) belief systems?

I don’t think so and I do believe that it is important. Because, either I live in a secularised democratic monarchy or I don’t. And I know with absolute certainty that I don’t want to live in a state were “religion” is a factor in any aspect what so ever.

A democracy must be non-religious and they must be for ever be separated, the “State” and whatever “Church” that is. The horror when they mix, the absolute horror and misery that follow.

Again, it is a historical fact that a 100 year long war raged in one of Europe’s countries and they ones fighting believed in the same thing… it was in France – the 100 year war. It is actually called that.

Just one of many religious wars in Europe. And the most catastrophic ones were not religiously based per se, not in any conventional sense anyhow. Not the first (bizarrely called the “Great” war) nor the second that followed shortly upon the first.

Abusing the rights of freedom in order to undermine the very same rights? Very much like some other -isms. “I have the right, to tell you what you can or cannot do, say or believe. I have the right to conditional your rights.”

We have freedom of speech and the right to practise religion. So many made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. They did something which no one can even comprehend today. Millions very young men and women gave their own lives. Millions of lives sacrificed for the fundamental principle that all humans are created equal.

Picture: SVT (Swedish state television) game show. Oh my, this will end in tears.

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The Eternal Sound/Noise

September 9th, 2017 Comments off

…of 100 000’s of them passing everyday? 24 hours a day everyday? And it never ever stops.

The 19-century stuff? You do understand that it is not a viable means of transportation.

The “One man, One car” concept? You do understand that private motoring is a completely unreasonable practise?

And in all honesty it has been so from the very beginning 100 years ago or so. Fossil fuel? Adding lead (extremely toxic to carbon based lifeforms) and then combust it. Really?

Are you going to change it? Not likely. The eternal sound/noise of 100 000’s of them passing every day… 365 days, 7 days, 24 hours, decade upon decade.

Five o’clock in the morning on a Sunday? Spring, summer, autumn or winter it doesn’t matter…

That my friends is the sound/noise of the future lost.

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Non, C’est Still Pas Extra

September 9th, 2017 Comments off

A red cap, chequered sweater and partially red shoes is not an extraordinary outfit. It is not “special”, “extra” or “out-of-this-world” for that matter either.

It irritates me how deeply the lack of imagination runs.

To clarify; baggy (large) pants, turn-ups (folded), a red-and-white chequered knitted garment (well over 20 years old), a red cap from the same brand and era, including shoes from another manufacturer does not constitute a fashion revolution.

It is a late nineties ultra conservative “hip-hop” look. I wear it simply because I like it. And I bought the damn things to begin with. If you look closely at the picture you can see the logo/brand in black to the right.

The rest? That is just ridiculous. I mean it has to end sometime, right? It is 2017? There must be another World full of surprises and magical things for everyone to discover?

“I took my entire family to the hamburger “restaurant” near the roundabout in the suburb in the middle of nowhere on an early Saturday evening. I even treated mother and then…

I saw… a man wearing a red knitted sweater and, a baseball cap in matching colour (one-size-fits-all)! He was wearing a red sweater and a cap! I’m not 100% sure, but I think he may have been listening to music as well.

I think that he may have been wearing portable music things on his head. Like phones for the head. Headphones? Then it all got a bit confusing. I mean he may even have had partiality red shoes on his feet.

I’m not 100% sure about that though… I can’t say really. It got somewhat confused from there-on-after. The cap, sweater and shoes were red… the glasses were black, the watch and headphones too.”

It is still not extra. Désolée. C’est toujours pas extra. However, it is pathetic and quite frankly embarrassing. Stockholm, my very own Metropolis.