Some of their other missions are amusing as well, but this one just appealed to me for some reason. Sort of a flashmob thing but with more of a social vibe.
I laughed, I cried...well, I teared up a little. An excellent documentary about a fascinating person. I've been a fan for over 20 years (and he's been dead for 22) but have seen very little of him on video or film, apart from his song in Urgh! A Music War and clips of his appearance with David Bowie on Saturday Night Live. This film was full of footage of him both on and off stage. It's also full of the people who were there with him in New York City creating the amazing stage shows and songs and costumes, who lived across a courtyard from him, who traded printing services for the cakes and pies that he baked, who were in his band and his show and his apartment.
I knew Joey Arias was involved with his work but I didn't realize he was there from the beginning, that he was practically Klaus' partner in the creation of Nomi. Arias didn't appear in the film, but he was interviewed and apparently was the executor of Klaus' estate.
The film won the 2004 Teddy Award, the queer Film Award at the international filmfest Berlin, for Best Documentary. I really enjoyed the 50s sci-fi film inserts, and some of the editing techniques made it more than just a series of talking heads--particularly the audio-only interview with Klaus' aunt, which were set to a photo cut-out of her against a kitchen background, and later a garden background.
This is the panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt I made for Klaus (lower right corner). I have some photos I took before I sent the panel in, I'll find and scan one of them.
Oh, I almost forgot - Anne pointed out to me that I had a link accepted at BoingBoing a couple of weeks ago.
-- Samuel Goldwyn
Woo hoo, a whole day off work AND a chance to visit that lovely tourist spot, the UCSF Medical Center! Yes, I dragged Josh out of bed at 5:45 AM to take me to the Emergency Room, where I puked into a plastic bucket, sat in the waiting room for "about twenty minutes" (actually more like fifty minutes), got a big healthy dose of Toradol and two bags of saline solution, and took a nice long nap. At 11:00 AM they woke me up and kicked me out. I took a cab home and slept some more. I did take time out to watch a movie, then I went back to bed and now I'm up again and about to go to work.
This is my fifth bout with these little beasties - luckily, this time I've not only got a referral to a urologist, but I've actually managed to catch some of the stones, so maybe they'll be able to figure out what kind they are and what I should do to prevent more of them.
And while I'm very glad to have insurance coverage, a one-hundred dollar co-pay for an ER visit sucks.
Craig asked me to do this, so here we go. Ste3ve's music.
First, List your Random 10
Direct from my Party Shuffle iTunes playlist:
01 Give Me A Homosexual - Romanovsky & Phillips
02 The Judgment is the Mirror - Dali's Car
03 Dark Entries - Bauhaus
04 Games Without Frontiers (remix) - Peter Gabriel
05 Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
06 Let's Go To Bed - The Cure
07 Good Bye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
08 I Wanna Be Like You - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
09 It's a Hard Knock Life - Annie Broadway Soundtrack
10 Grim Grinning Ghosts Music Box - Haunted Mansion
1. What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
1948 Songs, 6.7 Days, 6.40 Gigs (home PC)
497 Songs, 1.1 Days, 1.48 Gigs (work PC)
Not much overlap between the two. My home PC includes episodes of Fresh Air and This American Life and a few audio books, so I don't actually have a week's worth of music.
2. The last CD you bought is:
"The Cure - Sessions @ AOL" - well, not a CD actually, an EP that I bought from the iTunes music store. The last physical CD I bought was, I think, "The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show."
3. What is the song you last listened to before this message?
"Matte Kudasai" by King Crimson
4. Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.
I'm cheating and putting down six. So there.
Mad World - Gary Jules cover of a Tears For Fears song, from the Donnie Darko soundtrack
I have a fondness for cover versions, and particularly acoustic covers of songs that weren't originally acoustic. I was never a big TFF fan - I liked the stuff that was on the radio and on MTV back in the 80s but I never owned any of their records. This song really gets me, though. Since getting the Donnie Darko soundtrack, I've bought the original version of this song too, but I prefer this version.
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
Haunted When The Minutes Drag - Love and Rockets
One of my all-time favorite songs. I've hated it for most of the last year, 1. because my ex also loved Love and Rockets and we listened to this song often, and 2. because he was blond and blue-eyed and...well, read the lyrics. Anyway, I'm pretty much over that and I've reclaimed the song as one of my treasures from 1985. Damn, I'm old.
The word that would best describe this feeling
Would be haunted
I touch the clothes you left behind
That still retain your shape
And I'm still haunted
I trace the outline of your eyes
Blue in the mirror
Hypnotized and haunted
I find a solitary hair
Golden still I reminisce
I Wanna Be Like You - Louis Prima and various cover versions
This is just my all-time favorite song from a Disney movie. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Kenny Ball both did great covers, but Louis Prima recorded the best, original version for Jungle Book. Oddly enough, the Kenny Ball version has a verse that's not in the movie. Unfortunately I can't quite get the last line:
I'll ape your mannerisms
We'll be a set of twins
And no one will know where a man-cub ends
Or an orangutan begins
And when I eat bananas
I won't peel them with my feet
I'll become a man, man, man-cub
And learn some ???
Drive - Incubus
The quote at the top of this page is from this song. 'Nuff said.
No One Lives Forever - Oingo Boingo
I had to get a Boingo song in here. This has always been one of my favorites, both for the fun happy bouncy sound of the song and for the sentiment of the lyrics.
I'm so happy dancing while the grim reaper
cuts, cuts, cuts
But he can't get me
I'm as clever as can be, and I'm very quick, but don't forget
We've only got so many tricks
No one lives forever!!!
The Passion of Lovers - Bauhaus
Likewise, had to get a Bauhaus song in. There are so many to choose from - this is a great song which I listen to often, but its choice was somewhat random.
She breaks her heart just a little too much
And her jokes attract the lucky bad type
As she dips and wails
And slips her banshee smile
She gets the better of the bigger to the letter
The passion of lovers is for death, said she
The passion of lovers is for death
5. Who are you gonna pass this stick to (three persons and why)?
I'm not usually one for passing the meme sort of stuff, but I'm sending this on to Anne, Josh, and Laura. Why? Because.