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New York Cab Nightmare

Submitted by matthew on Sat, 2005-04-02 22:18
I’m on my way home from New York. I flew into LaGuardia but I’m flying out of Newark. Its raining, so I decided I would give myself a little extra time. I got up this morning at 6:30 am, which is 4:30 am to my body, so I would have plenty of time to pack, shower, and so on. I went down to the lobby and caught a cab. The doorman put my suitcase into the trunk. First mistake. I was in for an interesting trip.

NYC Land of iPods

Submitted by matthew on Sat, 2005-04-02 01:47
It is rather amazing to see the number of iPods in this city. Everywhere you look the “earmark” white buds are showing the tell tale signs of Apple. On the train heading to and from Brooklyn last night I probably counted ten of these gadgets. The news has reported that iPod thefts in the New York subway are skyrocketing. It becomes awfully easy to know who and what to target if you’re a pick pocket when the earbuds give it away. Most folks don’t want to swap them for plain black buds because the iPod has become more than a music player, more than a fashion statement.

Play Without Words

Submitted by matthew on Fri, 2005-04-01 05:48
I'm in New York City on business. I was fortunate enough to get a ticket for Play Without Words tonight. This piece, a collaborative work, devised and directed by Matthew Bourne is stunning. The music, by Terry Davies, often echos Graham Fitkin's Piano Circus and Philip Glass mixed with old smoky bar jazz.

The main characters in this dance piece are played by multiple dancer/actors who are usually on stage at the same time. There is an incredible moment where a chase ensues where suddenly it felt like I was IN Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase".

Open Source and the Arts Community

Submitted by matthew on Wed, 2005-03-23 02:32
I’ve been working in arts and culture in one fashion or another for my entire professional life in Canada and the United States. I’ve worked for experimental dance as a marketer/copy editor. I’ve been a historical interpreter for an antique fort made into a living museum. I’ve managed a book store. I’ve co-ordinated an arts festival focusing on Appalachian culture. I’ve worked as a lighting designer and technician for theatre houses. I’ve taught copyright law for artists as a continuing education trainer.

Firewire Drive

Submitted by matthew on Sun, 2005-03-20 15:37
In February, I posted that I was having trouble with my Firelite hard drive. I tried purchasing a replacement and it wouldn't mount on my TiBook or my iMac. I returned the drive thinking that it might be defective and got a replacement for that drive...which didn't work either. I've pretty much given up on the Firelite drives even though I think that the size is perfect. I think that they perhaps aren't sturdy enough for the rough and tumble travel that I put them through. That said, the first drive I had lasted nearly two years.

Selling Art Online

Submitted by matthew on Sat, 2005-03-19 21:21
One of the services that we offer at WESTAF is If you're curious, my personal account on ArtistsRegister can be found here. I've sold a bit of work through the register, but some artists are having extraordinary luck selling work online through eBay. CNN has a very interesting article on this trend and the strategies that some of these artists are using to make a living.


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