Posted by: Rocky | April 5, 2010

New Blog!

I have moved my blog to the following website:

Posted by: Rocky | March 3, 2010


I was thinking about doing a top 10 greatest House Music Videos of all time but I decided to just put up videos I thought were cool.  House music videos are highly underrated as works of art.

“Discopolis” by Lifelike and Kris Menace

What makes this video good?  Simplicity.  It clearly illustrates every house music lovers desire to have a sick waterfront condo in Greece/Brazil/Ibiza and this video gives us a slow motion tour of the property with a beautiful young lady.  House music videos are obsessed with the scantily clad female but can often be excessive due to the use of quick cuts and bright colors.   This video holds every shot just long enough.  The beach pad, the girl, the pool, the moon.  What else is there?

“Signatune” by DJ Medhi (T.Bangalter Edit)

God I love this video.  French weirdness meets the classic “rising to a challenge” story.  Great song too.  Enjoy.

“I Remember” by Deadmau5

Another classic house music fantasy: the perfect rave.  This video sums it up.

“Leave the World Behind You” by the Swedish House Mafia

Many house music videos consist of footage from that dj’s recent tour.  This video is different.  It creates an atmosphere of excitement; the excitement of visiting a new city, of hearing a great song for the first time, of going to a great club.  When this video ended, I wanted to go to Miami.  The song is amazing as well.

Most of these songs/videos were brought to my attention by my friend Brendan Lachaal.  Thank you Brendan.  Rio 2014

Posted by: Rocky | March 2, 2010

songs i currently like

(my god Del is amazing)

Posted by: Rocky | February 16, 2010

O Canada

O Canada, I have not forgotten you,
and as I kneel in my canoe, beholding this vision
of a bookcase, I pray that I remain in your vast,
polar, North American memory.
You are the paddle, the snowshoe, the cabin in the pines.
You are Jean de Brebeuf with his martyr’s necklace of hatchet heads.
You are the moose in the clearing and the moosehead on the wall.
You are the rapids, the propeller, the kerosene lamp.
You are the dust that coats the roadside berries.
But not only that.
You are the two boys with pails walking along that road,
and one of them, the taller one minus the straw hat, is me.

-Excerpt from Billy Collins’ poem Canada

Posted by: Rocky | February 16, 2010

The Mighty Boosh

Recently finished the BBC Series The Mighty Boosh and absolutely loved it!  Some characters/quotes I enjoyed:

Bob Fossil (Addressing children): Why are you people so small? I can rest my drinks on your heads.


Kodiac Jack: Listen, boy. Have you ever had your scrotum pulled off by a mountain goat and seen him sell it on eBay a day later? Howard: No. Kodiac Jack: Have you ever been rohypnolled by a swan and ended up in Cancun? Howard: No. Kodiac Jack: Have you ever been to a key party with a herd of rhinos? Howard: No. Kodiac Jack: Well, I have. And it ain't perty!


Lucian: Some say he's half man, half fish. Others say its more of a 70/30 split. Whatever the percentage, he's one fishy bastard. Colin: Some say he's a ghost; can't catch what don't exist... Hook goes right through him. Lucian: Some say he's acquired the taste of human meat, won't respond to conventional bait; only way to hook him is to use a child's toe. The Moon: Some say Old Gregg is like a big fish finger, but big like, umm... like a garage. As big as a garage. Imagine a fish finger as big as a garage! Oooh, it's a big one


Tony Harrison: Feel my multi-hexagonal textured alien barbed penis!


Posted by: Rocky | February 9, 2010

kehinde wiley

Willem van Heythuysen, 2006

I first saw the above painting while visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in early 2008.  It was displayed in a prominent position in the gallery and standing at 8 by 6 feet, it is hard to miss.  My immediate reaction to  the painting was that I liked it.  A lot.  The simplicity of the idea was really what appealed to me; placing a contemporary urban figure into a classical painting setting.  I liked the fact that I instantly understood what was going on, and that this simple juxtaposition raised further questions about race, class and art.  I never forgot this painting, but was reminded of it while watching a youtube video entitled PUMA presents: OF THE SAME EARTH which is about African  soccer and a painting that Wiley was commissioned to make for Puma celebrating African heritage.  Soccer, art and solidarity between nations?  Needless to say I was thoroughly entertained.

Posted by: Rocky | February 5, 2010

Diplo=Mindblowing riddims

This white boy has some skillzzzzzz

Posted by: Rocky | February 1, 2010

Greed is Good?

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed — for lack of a better word — is good.  Greed is right.  Greed works.  Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.  Greed, in all of its forms — greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind.  And greed — you mark my words — will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

-Gordon Gecko, “Wall Street”

Criticizing a sick culture, even if the criticism accomplished nothing has always felt like useful work.  But if the supposed sickness wasn’t a sickness at all-if the great Materialistic Order of technology and consumer appetite and medical science really was improving the lives of the formerly oppressed; if it was only straight white males like Chip who had a problem with this order-then there was no longer even the most abstract utility to his criticism.  It was all, in Melissa’s word, bullshit.

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen

These two quotes adequately represent one side of the debate hypothetically raging in my head.  As someone about to enter the “real world” for the first time, I am faced with the conflict of “selling out” to the corporate world, or pursuing a life of intellectual enrichment, filled with a hatred of consumerism and greedy human behavior.  Obviously there is some middle ground here, but I often find myself completely convinced of one side of the argument only to have my own perceived understanding turned on its head (much like Chip in The Corrections).  It is really a question of what one values in life.  Many of your essential values can be pursued through material pursuits, others cannot be.  Interesting fact that could be made up because I got it off the internet:  

“In 1966, when college freshmen were surveyed about what they were going to do with their lives, 44 percent said it was important or essential to become well off financially, but by 1996 that had risen to 73 percent. Conversely, back in 1966 a full 83 percent said it was important to develop a philosophy of life, but by 1996 that had dropped to 42 percent .”  

I don’t doubt that some people are completely happy and self-aware while working at a what I perceive as “meaningless” labor (not intellectually productive/does not do any type of what I perceive as good).  The aforementioned passage from The Corrections also reminded me a lot of the popular blog and book Stuff White People Like.  This blog criticizes the self-indulgent contradictions inherent in many upper class, educated whites.  The following is an example:

#82 Hating Corporations: “One of the more popular white person activities of the past fifteen years is attempting to educate others on the evils of multi-national corporations. White people love nothing more than explaining to you how Wal*Mart, McDonalds, Microsoft, Halliburton are destroying the Earth’s culture and resources.

While the growth of multi-national corporations can be attributed to a number of complex social, economic and political factors, many white people prefer to take the word of two trusted sources: No Logo and AdBusters.

Published in 2000, No Logo has been responsible for more white person “enlightenment” than any book since the burning of the library at Alexandria. By reading this one magic book, white people are able to get a full grasp on the evils of multi-national corporations and then regurgitate it to friends and family…When engaging in a conversation about corporate evils it is important to NEVER, EVER mention Apple Computers, Target or Ikea in the same breath as the companies mentioned earlier. White people prefer to hate corporations that don’t make stuff that they like.”

Stuffwhitepeoplelike often gets to the heart of the issue I am talking about.  Other relevant posts include #62 Knowing what’s best for poor people as well as #20 Being an expert on YOUR culture.  These posts really show the gray area between acting in a sincere, selfless way and acting completely self-indulgently. 

So to what end have I arrived?  Final conclusion?  None whatsoever, the debate rages on.  I just think there are a lot of interesting things going on here with class, education and human behavior.

Posted by: Rocky | January 25, 2010

David Lynch Quotes

I like things to be orderly. For seven years I ate at Bob’s Big Boy. I would go at 2:30, after the lunch rush. I ate a chocolate shake and four, five, six, seven cups of coffee–with lots of sugar. And there’s lots of sugar in that chocolate shake. It’s a thick shake. In a silver goblet. I would get a rush from all this sugar, and I would get so many ideas! I would write them on these napkins. It was like I had a desk with paper. All I had to do was remember to bring my pen, but a waitress would give me one if I remembered to return it at the end of my stay. I got a lot of ideas at Bob’s.

Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there’s humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.

I’m not a real film buff. Unfortunately, I don’t have time. I just don’t go. And I become very nervous when I go to a film because I worry so much about the director and it is hard for me to digest my popcorn.

In Hollywood, more often than not, they’re making more kind of traditional films, stories that are understood by people. And the entire story is understood. And they become worried if even for one small moment something happens that is not understood by everyone. But what’s so fantastic is to get down into areas where things are abstract and where things are felt, or understood in an intuitive way that, you can’t, you know, put a microphone to somebody at the theatre and say ‘Did you understand that?’ but they come out with a strange, fantastic feeling and they can carry that, and it opens some little door or something that’s magical and that’s the power that film has.

I don’t think that people accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it.

I’m convinced we all are voyeurs. It’s part of the detective thing. We want to know secrets and we want to know what goes on behind those windows. And not in a way that we would use to hurt anyone. There’s an entertainment value to it, but at the same time we want to know: What do humans do? Do they do the same things as I do? It’s a gaining of some sort of knowledge, I think.

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