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Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Subject:Fuck US
Time:5:35 pm.
Ya know what's a shame...
In the EU it's ok if you like electronic music, but it's really not cool to be a fascist.
In the US it's ok if you are a fascist, but it's really not cool to like electronic music.

I'm also just a little disappointed that Greece has bigger anti-Bush protests than we do. That, and the response to having a shitty job in... like.. France, is to riot. In America, we just buy a bigger TV and watch football. Anyway, whatever...

I'm sure Wal*Mart and McDonalds are going to sort it out. The free market has our best interests at heart.
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Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Time:12:22 pm.
I could not be an animal cop. I would shoot, bash, brutalize and/or horribly maim every single person who wound up having abused and neglected animals in their house.
I just got an bulletin e-mail from the MSPCA about a microwaved kitten. I don't care if the shithead who did that was six, or forty-six... they need their fucking skull collapsed.



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Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Time:8:39 pm.
Is it weird that I want to buy the Domino's Gotham City Pizza just so I can check out the technique behind their silver print on black cardboard?
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Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Time:1:31 pm.

I just consumed 5000mg of L-Carnitine, Glucose, Caffeine, Guarana, Inositol, Glucuronolactone, Maltodextrin and a "B Vitamin Stack" ... whatever the hell that is.

Being self-employed is awesome because I don't have a boss and I can do whatever the fuck I want whenever the fuck I want to do it.

Being self-employed sucks, because I can't blame my supervisors for stupid bullshit mistakes and oversight.

Also.. I'm fucking broke until projects get delivered. Which is pretty fucking terrible. Rice and beans for a week, and then I get a "WHERE THE HELL IS MY WEBSITE!?" phone call. "I KNOW YOU SAID IT'D TAKE YOU 'TILL THE END OF JUNE, BUT I'M REALLY IMPATIENT!!" And then a few days later, I get enough money to pay for FiOS and gasoline and (if I'm lucky) some vegetables.


And ... No one wants to take credit for ripping my bender stencil?
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Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Subject:Bender Beef?
Time:10:35 pm.
Who cut that bender stencil from my template and then tagged it up at Fort Wetherill!?

Seriously. WE GOT BEEF!?

...ok. I'm not serious.
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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Time:12:35 pm.
According to the 2008 AIGA Survey... an entry level web designer can expect to make $50,000 annually according to the national average. If I move to Philadelphia, Baltimore or D.C. I can expect to make more. The median salary was $65,000 and salaries maxed-out (on average) at $80,000. Apparently, someone in the North East region working at a company of 100-1000 people can make up to $90,000 a year.

While working in a screen printing shop, I made never made more than $20,000 a year.

I dunno what my point is.. but, I just quit my job as a printer and now I build websites.
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Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Subject:Firefox Tourettes Machine!
Time:10:35 am.
If I used Firefox....

Tourettes Machine

From the site:
Tourettes Machine is a firefox plugin that randomly adds swear words to your
form fields and text areas as you type.
Here is an example of what it does to your innocent google searches!

I am going to install this on every computer at school.

I'm going to Brooklyn. On Saturday. The 31st? To see Graffiti Research Labs: The Complete First Season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It's Free. The show is at midnight.
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Time:1:04 pm.

 Where am I now?
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Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Subject:Adobe Illustrator CS#
Time:12:45 pm.
So, I finally got sick of not learning how to use Adobe Illustrator in my Graphic Communications classes, and I took it upon myself to figure out what the fuck is going on. In my opinion, Illustrator is a needlessly complicated pile of buggy code that has never, and will never...Collapse )

Anyway. I still need to learn how to use Illustrator if I want to get a job somewhere using Illustrator, right? And since they aren't actually teaching us how to do colour separations, or how colour separations work, or how to use Illustrator, or that Illustrator even exists... I realized it would be up to me to learn on my own time.

I found the "Pathfinder" tool, which is good. I didn't know it existed for the past 3 years or so. If a vector program doesn't have path-math, you're better off with an x-acto and an artboard.
And LiveTrace isn't horrible. I don't like it yet. I appreciated tracing vectors for stencils by hand, because it meant that when I was cutting it, I knew all the lines and angles already. But I guess if I'm using photo-emulsion for screens and printing I could cheat a little bit.

So I turned this:

Into a shirt design with two colorways. Trapped, registration marks and everything. Using Illustrator CS2. And I didn't even try to smash my computer.

And speaking of.. If anyone needs shirts printed, I have a studio set up in my living space now. I'm printing up to four color designs, using only water-based and PVC-free plastisol inks and printing only on union or USA made apparel. I also have a setup for graphic/poster printing, and can print posters up to 18x24 inches, or stickers.
I know I've had two people ask me about shirts orders in the past few months, and I didn't want to give them to the shop I work in. Because it sucks. But now I can print on my own, and I'm pretty confident about the quality. http://www.providence-industrial.com/print.php
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Friday, March 7th, 2008

Time:7:26 pm.
Q: Is there a way to safely upgrade my unsupported 10.3.9 Panther to the obsolete 10.4 Tiger, without spending $100+ for the installation? Now that 10.5 is standard, Apple doesn't sell the 10.4 install DVD anymore. I don't want to pay $119 for a copy from a second hand source, especially when 10.5 (which I can't run) costs only $129.
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Subject:also, I hate Dunkin Donuts
Time:11:26 pm.

How do you order a fucking Latté in "English, not Fritalian"

If you're too stupid or ignorant to order a fucking Italian or French coffee from a coffee shop which expects you to use fucking Italian or French... then maybe coffee just might be too abstract a concept for you to grapple with.
Seriously, put your fucking helmet back on and go run into the wall.
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Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Subject:The old New Left
Time:11:56 pm.
The youth of the 1960s and 70s watched their activist leaders get shot, beaten and arrested. They protested aggressively, non-stop and sometimes violently against the Vietnam War, and were ready to clash with police and politicians for radical ideologies of change. These same people who gave birth to organizations like the Earth Liberation Front, the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground...

I don't understand how they can let my generation sit this one out.
I don't understand how they can sit this one out.
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Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Time:11:14 am.
Right now, I am attending college to graduate.

As opposed to the past three years when I was pretty much just showing up until mid-terms so I could stay on my parents health insurance. My goal is a BA in Graphic Communications. This includes website design, pre-press graphics and press operation. The art department told me no such degree program existed. I'm on course to graduate in 2009, or 2010 if I keep working full(-ish) time.

I also just turned 22, which is like... really old. Ya know?

But I looked into it, and it turns out that most of the people with lives I would try to emulate... musicians, artists or some combination therein, didn't really release anything groundbreaking until they were about 25.

Sean Daley (of Atmosphere) - Born 1972, began rapping with Atmosphere and what would become the Rhymesayers core in 1994-95 (age 22) and didn't release anything people outside of the midwest really cared about until 1997 at age 25 with Overcast!.

Patrick Stevens (of Hypnoskull) - Born 1973 and started making noise pretty much ASAP, experimenting with a few different designs until forming Hypnoskull in 1993 (age 20) and put out his first major release, Rhythmusmaschine Eins-Zwei in 1998 at age 25. He also took this pictureCollapse ) in which he totally ripped off my image and aesthetic... before I even made it to high school and decided urban guerilla terror was cool.
(also, does anyone have any of his tapes? like... any of them? new, old, whatever?)

Shepard Fairey (of OBEY) - Born 1970 and started with stencil work and home made stickers for his skateboards as a teenager, which is weird... because the only thing I ever got out of skateboarding (besides a broken wrist) was the joy of making stencils to customize your deck.Collapse ) Then Shep moved to Providence, went to RISD, started OBEY in 1989 (age 19) and used the arts "micro-metro" of Providence, Rhode Island (still used as a test market to establish awareness of new products) to register himself as a genuine street artist. OBEY didn't really take off as a major street movement until the mid-1990s, when Fairey was around 25 or so. His trick was to keep his artist name/profile extremely simple:

Style: Black + White Propaganda, 1-Layer Stencils, Bold Images easily photocopied.

This meant that anyone with a single piece of source art could propagate his work for him. I thought of that too.

I also remember being asked me what I was stencilling, and where I was from. When I said one-color, Big Brother, "we're spying", government oppression, dystopian sci-fi, communications theory gone wrong, distressed industrial aesthetic, propaganda style stuff and that I was from Providence, they only response I got was... "Oh, like Shepard Fairey" and I had no idea who he was until about 2005 or 06. I still have a vendetta against him today. One of those love-him-so-much-I-hate-him things. But that's what you get for becoming famous for the same thing I want to do in the same town I'm doing work in.

Those are examples. And I'm also impressed by what Ben (DJ Hellraver/Terrofakt), Davyd (Hive) and S.Alt (ant-zen) have accomplished. Strong visuals, strong motive, strong message, strong music. Amazing stuff.

Of course, my goal isn't to become rich, or famous or infamous. Just established to the point where I can make a meagre subsistence primarily from working on art, music and culture for myself and whoever appreciates it. The thought of an office job scares the piss out of me, and after four years factory work is starting to get boring. (There is absolutely no place for white kids to earn a reasonable living apprenticing to become skilled labour in the country AT ALL, ANYWHERE. So, fuck that.) From examples, it seems like the best course of action is to start in your late teens, work at it until you think you're going to die for five or six years, and then if you hit 25 and haven't "made it" just sell out really, really hard.

Also, I've seen some documentation on two home-grown PHP/MySQL social networking web-sites, and both projects took about 3-5 years, with an average of 1.5 people working on them sporadically. So, as long as my website launches in the next 24-42 months, I'm right on schedule.
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Friday, October 5th, 2007

Subject:Adventures for the Sonically Depraved
Time:8:26 pm.

Wow. Everyone has better parties than the East Coast. Ignore the first 90 seconds of fire poi and custy-fucks, and wait for the American Gladiators meets Mad Max stuff.

I found this crap trying to get info on the Thunderdome Tunnel of Terror, which was apparently a rave held in an underground tube 50m long with nothing but strobe lights and 130DB of hardcore/gabber for two days straight.

All I want is a party full of people jumping around to hard beats and getting punched in the head. Direct your attention to this chart, which compares the “intensity” of a given style of music I’ve enjoyed through the years, compared to the crowd participation it receives.

Year Style of Music Intensity Crowd Participation

Hard Rock

Eh, it had its moments. 1000+ crowds with all kinds of people having a good time. Vendors, drugs, mosh pits, random hookups, etc. It was a party.
2000 Electro Industrial Well, if you like rave leads and male crooning... Maybe 300+ at a good show, 75 to 150 at a club night. All dancing like hippies and victorian homos.
2001 Harsh EBM Sometimes the vocals were scratchier. You could always find a few kids who liked it. You could tell because they stood in a cluster looking like they were having a miserable time.
2002 Powernoise Distorted. Probably has a good beat. We like to nod and keep our arms folded.
2004 Rhythmic Noise
Distorted. Probably can’t find the beat. We like to nod and keep our hands in our pockets.
2006 Gabber
Turn it up really loud and see what you can rattle off the bookshelf. Crowd? Good luck finding an event.

I’d say this trend is completely fucking ass backwards.
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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Time:1:14 am.
Mood: probably still drunk.
So... Atmosphere sucked.

Two years ago, touring for You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having, about two thirds of the tracks they played live were from other albums. This time around it was pretty much all new shit... But new shit? Who cares? Only one track from Lucy Ford? Just one track from Overcast!? I already picked up your good CDs for the same price as the ticket and I can play them at my house anytime and drink cheap beers, without having to contend with 17 year old jew-boys in striped shirts and their sloppy-fat "pretty when you're drunk" girlfriends ... So, thanks. It was nice seeing you one last time.

Aesop had better be awesome. If I have to wait until Grand Buffet on Monday to see a good rap show, I'm not going to be happy.
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Monday, September 17th, 2007

Subject:spittin' fourty plus a week and trying to rape earth on my off time.
Time:9:35 pm.
Hey, guess what.

Friday: Atmosphere @ Lupo's
Saturday: Aesop Rock @ Living Room


So far, I'm probably going to Aesop Rock alone. Like a winner...wiener...or whatever.

Watching Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. My favourite out of all three Star Wars movies.
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Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Subject:stencils and crap
Time:11:08 pm.
I just spent about four hours working out a stencil of Bender being fucking awesome. I spliced two source images, vector traced the whole thing for three colours, printed it, pieced out the template, mounted it to acetate, cut the stencils out... and then I fucking completely obliterated the physical stencil template trying to remove it after my first spray. Tore the shit to pieces.

All I have to say about that is ... FUCK.

My whole week is ruined.

I've spent about $50 at this point on 40"x12' rolls of .005 grade, and its just not working out. If anyone knows where I can get a 50"x50' roll of .015 grade acetate for less than $100 that'd be swell. I'll make a custom stencil for you. If you buy me the roll, I can even spray the stencil on stuff that belongs to someone you don't like.

I'm working 20-25 hours a week printing. I'm going to school and almost enjoying it. I'm single. I'm working on "art" and shit all the fucking time. I'm smoking more, which... I dunno.

I'm also bored. Really, really bored. How the knee-jerk self-destructive reflex hasn't fired off on all cylinders at this point, I'm not really sure.
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Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Time:7:10 pm.
Tonight is Friday. The most -day of all week days. I work about 45 hours a week right now. Tonight, I'm going to party. Maybe I'll go down to PVD and fight a streetperson. Maybe I'll go to a techno club and pretend I'm into techno for a few hours. But the bottom line is this: Tonight is not over until I get my dick wet. Maybe I'll get lucky, or maybe I'll pass out and spill a beer in my lap. Either way, it's on.

Ian Evil :: 774 573 1078
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Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Time:6:35 pm.

i r zo b0red

Who wants t-shirts? I print t-shirts now.
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Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Time:8:23 pm.
My guess is that if someone puts together a media kit full of "inspirational" images and video, shoots up his school, in what is being described as the worst (NEWSWORTHY SUPERLATIVE!) shooting since Kent State, and sends this press kit manifesto to a major news network, which is full of the "despicable" and "furious ramblings of a madman" calling for others who feel oppressed by ignorant, selfish and hypocritical external forces which wield power and status with no merit, to follow his lead and cut them down. And then after fatally shooting 30 people, asks for this call to arms to be broadcast on national news while victims and their families haven't even had the time to begin trying to cope with what happened Monday...

My guess would be that the responsible thing would be to not broadcast or publish it.
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