Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Two things I love.... cheese, and drama

As I am oft wont to do when I am working on something and want some hard-edged techno music, I was wallowing in Digital Gunfire and this one came on. Those of you who, like me, are older than 18 and don't cut yourselves on purpose may find this song particularly amusing... it's so over the top and cheesy that it approaches zombie movie status. Wonderful. I sure hope it's in GTA 4.

Speaking of the music for GTA 4, it's terrific: each radio or television station has its own ideological and aesthetic profile. The game is fabulously entertaining: well voice-acted, beautifully animated, and pleasingly senseless and brutal. The story is captivating and the freedom to cause mayhem is nothing short of breathtaking. On one jaunt, we did police missions (apprehending criminals) until we wrecked our stolen police car, then stole a limo, tried to use it to ground or steal planes at the airport (unfortunately impossible), created a MAJOR havoc, then jumped out of our limo before it exploded and stole an electric airport utility vehicle and tooled around in it taunting and gunfighting with the Liberty City police until we eventually died. Yes, I know it's socially unredemptive and all that and yatta yatta, but you really must sit down and enjoy the reptile forebrain once in a while.

Monday, May 19, 2008

guest post today at Perfume-Smellin' Things

...about Ebba By Sand, Miss Marisa, and Miss Marisa Tropical. Go see!

Commitment, at last

Hi guys, sorry I'm so infrequent a poster lately. I hope you are all well -- drop me a line in reply or via email to let me know how you are!

So, I did it, I took the plunge, I jumped in with both feet. Yesterday I spent my entire overly warm Sunday in my very hot garage/office, making hard, abstract aesthetic choices based on what I THINK I recognize and what I THINK I like.

I bought an enormous amount of fragrance ingredients: essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 extracts; bottles for experimenting, blending, and initial decants; dropper lids and cone lids, and sample vials. Even with the sticker-shock inducing quantities I purchased, I am well aware that this is my mad scientist's laboratory only. If I do manage to create a fragrance that seems fit for distribution, I will need to purchase much larger blending bottles, proper spray bottles, and much larger amounts of those fragrance ingredients that will go into the successful formula. Also, a business license & dba, a website, packaging ingredients, etc. But that is getting WAY ahead of us. I've purchased a hobby; we'll see if I can flip it into a business in due course if it still seems to be appealing and if it suddenly seems feasible.

I still need to purchase perfumers' alcohol, jojoba oil, rubbing alcohol, a bag of rags for cleanup, rubber gloves and goggles, and labels. And I need to have some form of perfumers' organ built.

(Not like the amazing perfumer's organ pictured above, found at -- mine will obviously have to be much more modest. I would LOVE it to be portable.)

Yes, I do already have a few artworks in mind. I have that scent of my beloved California wilderness haunting me, and I want to make something that evokes it. My friend Jes wants something built around black pepper, and I cannot wait to build her a black scent like a vivid vertical slash, an exclamation point, working with that beestung earthy sensuousness of pepper and digging deep under the zap of that top note. My brother has the juxtaposition of fresh lime and sandalwood notes in mind, and I want to bring it to vivid life by fleshing it out. There is a specific vanilla gourmand scent (without citrus!), which my mother has been searching for for years... can I create it for her? And of course I want to give Pat his heart's desire of a deep, warm creamy-amber-underneath perfume of his own: how to make amber masculine, unique, and personal?

Anyway, that's what I will soon be up to. Any new hobbies for you?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gloom & doom

Bill posted this gloomy & doomy article on Thoughtviper and I am shamelessly stealing it. While I find it credible, I wonder what portion of my credulity stems from the pessimistic fear that I share with the authors...

What is really missing from this discussion is a talk about money and politics.

Rock the vote, darlings.


Oy vey.

I don't have anything articulate to add, but I thought you might enjoy this.