Transcribing Radio

This was difficult and rushed, I will admit. I don’t have a radio, so I used Spotify radio, but it ruined the experience of entering in the middle of something. I also had no speaking. Most of my transcription has me writing (ambient music).

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PROMPT: Turn on a radio. Switch the station every 10 seconds. Transcribe everything you hear.

(Ambient synth) 

I can’t live my I can’t live my I can’t my life this way

(Piano) Bum bum drill

(Ambient synth and frogs)

(Lounge music)

(Rainlike keyboard playing)

(Overproduced hip hop)

Can be seen as a type of poem that critiques modern hip hop. I tried to remove as much control as possible so I randomly hit a button in the search when I tried to set up a radio station and hit on the first artist. The artist was Run the Jewels, so the music was similar in style. I like Run the Jewels, and when I revisited the song that started with overproduced hip hop, I liked it, but that was the only way I could describe it in 10 seconds.


A Brief Review of Manchester By the Sea

Because I finally decided to watch it.

  • I still think that’s the most pretentious title
    • Why not call In the Freezer or just Manchester?
  • Yes, I cried
  • A lot less by the numbers than I thought it was going to be.
    • The strength comes from the moments where characters fumble (their words or behave clumsily) that give it sparks of life. Without them, I think the film would have been “by-the-numbers drama”
  • I am glad that they gave a good reason for Lee (Casey Affleck) being such a dick because of for the first 30 minutes I thought, “why do we need another movie about a guy who is a dick
  • Mini Moonrise Kingdom reunion!
    • Only just realized!
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  • The funny thing about that is how the score reminded me Wes Anderson films
  • While I liked the character, Lee, I don’t think Casey Affleck had that much to work with. Lee’s a great character and Affleck gives a good performance. I still don’t know how I feel about his Oscar win.
  • The cinematography, while fitting to the story, is all that pleasing to the eye, except in one of the most dramatic scenes of the film, following the tragedy that is the key moment of Lee’s backstory.
  • I liked the ending. Was it a happy ending? Not exactly, but it was realistic and a good bookend conclusion.

Ranking: 8/10

Change You Like a Remix Raise You Like a Phoenix

First things first,

my remix memes via Twitter

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The final picture could not be found when going back to the hashtag. This was an easy task much easier than my remix project.

I had a plan. I worked hard only to have a video spoiled by a gigantic watermark, and what made it worse was that people didn’t get it. I never considered that not everyone knew about the film Citizen Kane. I eventually lost the file that I made, and had difficulty recreating it on a new program, then I realized I had been making another, easier project which combines pulp art with music lyrics, combining my love of literature, art, and music.

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I didn’t intend for this to be my project. This was something I started doing on Wednesday because I like Pulp Art and I found this to be more fun than reading a dime novel I had to read for class. The first illustration is from that dime novel. This is something easy for me to do that takes up a lot less time. It is evolving. I’ve started doing the same thing with contemporary literary fiction. Think @paprbckparadise, only this is someone else’s art with someone else’s lyrics.

My IG is @alchemical_imbalance

There was a magazine called Weird Tales that I couldn’t bring myself to edit. It especially has the scantily-clad damsels associated with pulp art. I learned in the process of this little project that Weird Tales’ covers were designed by a woman named Margaret Brundage. Designs like the one below were designed by a woman.

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A Good Lie


When I was 7, I met Fred Rogers. It was 2002. August, I think. I went ot Pittsburgh with my dad to drop my stepsister off at the airport. Fred was at the airport and I went up to him and told him about how Barney came to my 2nd birthday party.

I’ve found that any good lie comes from mixing it with the truth. The truth is in the details. The first time I remember going to Pittsburgh was to drop my stepsister off at the airport, although that was probably 2003. I’ve never met Fred Rogers, but he lived in Pittsburgh all of his life and died in 2003. Barney did come to my 2nd birthday party.

I would never want to actually tell this lie as if it were the truth. My life is weird enough without fabricating anything. That’s why I stick to writing fiction for the most part. When I write non-fiction, no one believes me.


Lincoln defeating darkness reading in candlelight

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Abe had yet to achieve his destiny. Back in the log cabin, circa 1830, by candlelight, he read Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, and was troubled when the founding father wrote that the indiginous people of this great land ought to be extirpated, from God’s good Providence. Abe thought about how the indiginous people had been segregated into their tiny colonies since then. He had not seen too many Indians. He had seen a number of slaves, and thought that would be close enough.

Abe thought about how those redskins likely saw the whites as perpetrators. How the redskins wanted the white men to go back to where they came from and had the revelation that it was what the negros wanted to do. The negros wanted to go back to Africa. It was then that young Abe came to the notion that when the slaves were free, they should be allowed to colonize in Liberia in the name of the country they were born.

A Favorite Quote Written 5 Different Ways

“And with both of us it will be and then it will not be” – William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

When I read As I Lay Dying, this line stuck out to me. It’s simple, yes, but the cadence makes it feel otherworldly. Faulkner thought he was a failed poet, but this line proves him wrong. I have it as a homemade poster in my dorm.

Per the prompt from The Steal Like and Artist Journal, I wrote it 5 different ways.

  1. And with both of us it will be and not be
  2. It will be. Then it will not be.
  3. And with us there is change.
  4. We will change from what we are now.
  5. We are opposites.

You will notice that I marked it with “A” instead of “Your.” I find it hard to pick absolute favorites. Which leads to me my digital synthesis with the prompt. A “decision” maker. It likely already exists. There are yes/no generators. Coin toss generators for when you don’t have a penny to your name, or it’s all on a debit card, but this decision maker will tell you what to do based off of variables like severity and category. The only problem will be if one has a trouble deciding the severity of the decision they have to make or its category. If one is overestimating the severity or the category, the user is likely to get bad results.

Top 10 Guilty Pleasures

  1. Tumblr
  2. Astrology
  3. TV
  4. Dateline
  5. Reading about alchemy
  6. The film Mortal Kombat
  7. Procrastinating
  8. Dirty jokes
  9. Being a bitch
  10. Junk food

The way these guilty pleasures relate to digital media is that I indulge in most of these guilty pleasures through digital media. I procrastinate with the Internet. I watch Dateline on the Internet if I can’t find a good documentary. I read Carl Jung’s “Psychology and Alchemy” on the — you guessed it — Internet. The Internet is a cruel mistress.

Being a bitch is easy to do online. Just ask trolls. I think I am more of a bitch in real life than online, though, in conversations with friends where I have Lewis Black-outs (I go into  comedic rant and forget myself and common decency for a while. Junk food has yet to go digital, but I do enjoy watching short baking videos for deserts that I know I will never actually make.