Saturday, October 18, 2014

THE WAR

Inequity leads to hate

Injustice leads to hate

Fear leads to hate

Hate leads to violence

Violence leads to inequity, injustice, fear & hate


This is the whole of war

this war cannot be won

I heard there was a Holy War

a war on hate within

The only war to end all wars ..


.. I guess that I heard wrong




Thursday, May 8, 2014

YOU ARE 4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE KILLED BY A GUN IN THE UK THAN IN THE US

I can use statistics to prove that you are four times more likely to be killed by a gun in the UK than in the USA.



This poster is an 80s classic, the stats are from 1985. The situation is much worse today - in 2011 the figure for gun related fatalities in the US was 32,163, compared to 146 in the UK. 

There are A LOT of people in the USA, so it is more meaningful to compare the number of deaths per capita - an individual in the USA is four times more likely to die in a gun-related incident than in the UK. 

There is approximately one privately owned fire-arm per person living in the USA, while in the UK there is one gun for every 16 people. This means that every gun in the UK is four times more likely to kill someone than a gun located in the US.  In the USA guns are responsible for four times as many deaths, but in the UK you are four times more likely to be killed by A gun.


J.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

3:21AM, AUG 4TH 2009


I have a life, here, with the patron saint of saving string - not solitary, nay, words and mummery make Many - yet I am just One.

BENOWHERE

The doorbell rang this morning, I was not expecting a delivery. An elderly woman with a slight stoop and sparkling eyes thrust a family size box of Weetabix into my hands. Uncomprehending, I blathered. She caught my glance and smiled, nodding, before scuttling - with startling suddenness - back into the out-of-the-blue
xJ.

Monday, August 26, 2013

THE AMERICAN STANDARD CODE FOR INFORMATION INTERCHANGE

Dotted, daisy-like, amidst the morass of digital data
Emergent patterns fend for my attention -
The deficit. This hyperspace activity. My disorder.

& behind the veil? Beings & nothingnesses
In massive array. Meaningless. Both form and void,
Yet darkness was upon the face of the deep
Until the Spirit of the browser moved upon the face of the waters ..

& The American Standard Code for Information Interchange said,
"Let there be letters", & there were Words, & for a while the Word was God

Until the Joint Photographics Expert Group said,
"Let there be red, green & blue", & there were pictures,
& boy, it sure was good.

And thus it was: a friend, long-lost, last seen in 1982, in detention,
Located in Arkansas, materialised in person from that binary matrix we now call 'Home' -
He was subjected to my music & my ex, & my first course in insanity.

Now - a new pattern. It emerges. It catches my attention.
His girlfriend, perhaps, possesses a frivolous fetish for facial hair -
On film-stars. On her boyfriend. On a bear.
Three smiling girls all wearing moustaches. They are in America.

I know Everything. I see Everything. I am Everyone. I am Everywhere.

The Secret Poetry of the Cosmic Joke is this:
If it is not on facebook, then it does not exist!

Friday, July 19, 2013

COMPETITION!: DESIGN THE BEST INVISIBLE PIANO IN THE WORLD !!!

Who will design the best invisible digital piano in the world? We want to see the keys, but nothing else. KURZWEIL? ROLAND? YAMAHA? KORG? E-MU?

The prize is a documentary of a competition-winning pianist playing on your invisible instrument in a series of spectacular locations, on a journey by land and sea, beginning in the grand-canyon and arriving in Rio in time for the 2016 Olympics (made without environmentally damaging air travel, & taking advantage of the portability of your piano).



The deadline is March 15th 2016 - get working !!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CATFEST3: MOONBOOM@ BIRDS NEST, SAT JULY 20



CATFEST3 is called "MOONBOOM", a name I originally used for an Organ Donner event at the legendary squatted London & Brighton pub, in Peckham, back in 2008. 

I intended it to be a monthly event, held on the weekend closest to the full moon - but those were heady days, and I was spiralling out of control - so it was not to be. There was only one MOONBOOM - until now.

I wanted a darker, more dramatic image for the new CATFEST flier, so I looked at my old files for inspiration - MOONBOOM fitted the bill. 

I checked the calendar - full moon is on Monday July 22nd @10.15am.

And that is how MOONBOOM came to be reborn.

xj.