Skip to main content

This is the Human Biennial

Thank you for two wonderful years!

I started the Plaza of the Mind two years ago today. Looking back at the one year mark I see that I failed to finish a few of the projects that I was quite sure I would have in the last twelve months. However, my pride in the items that were completed more than make up for those failings.

I would like to thank Tesco Vee, Vanessa Daou, Dave Newfeld, Don Joyce and David Blair for participating in my Plaza of the Mind Interview Series. There are still a couple of interviews to come, including my long neglected piece with Stefene Russell, so stay tuned.

I would also like to thank all who have responded to my Stories of Sleep Paralysis series. I know I have not published all of the stories I have received and that is due to the fact that I am planning a larger scale project surrounding them. Fear not! Your stories will be shared. I have found them to be quite intriguing and I am sure that visitors to the Mind Plaza will find them to be equally so.

I would also like to thank TowerofBabel for their generous donation of a Wacom tablet to the Plaza. I feel that it has brought me several steps closer to that Man-Machine interface that we have all dreamed of. [And you were right - it is pronounced 'Weigh-com'].

And, according to GoogleAnalytics, the most viewed post here at the Plaza is my controversial Jukt Micronics piece concerning Mr. Stephen Glass. So Steven, if you're out there please drop me a line so we can have a conversation before I pull a Jukt Micronics myself.

Popular posts from this blog

Vertically adjustable ceiling

After looking at the modern meeting room ceilings of several business and medical centers it becomes apparent how difficult it is to the maintain the cleanliness of the intricate series of recessed light fixtures, hanging lamps, video projectors, audio speakers, smoke and co2 detectors, climate control vents and sprinkler heads. An average sized room would not be too difficult to service but the rooms with higher ceilings, the fourteen, fifteen and sixteen foot ones can become a challenge and/or danger.

Perhaps it would benefit the environmental services worker if the ceiling could be raised and lowered at will. It could also make for a refreshing aesthetic change dependent on whether the tone of the meetings in question wanted the cozy feel of a low ceiling for small presentations or the grandeur of the high ceiling for larger exhibitions.

The Plaza of the Mind Interview with Negativland's Don Joyce!

I picked up a copy of Negativland's Escape From Noise back in 1991 or 1992 and it was really unlike anything I had heard before. It was like a smörgåsbord of found snippets of dialogue mixed with upbeat rhythms and lyrics with a glazing of suburban humor. The band later went on to record albums such as Free, Dispepsi as well as the infamous The Letter U and the Numeral 2 (though not in that order).

Besides their musical work the band has long advocated for the fair use of electro-quoting and appropriating of images. Because of pioneers such as Negativland, the Tape-beatles and John Oswald younger suburban kids such as myself felt a sort of empowerment to have more of an active role in our intake of the outer channel media that came into our lives.

You think South Park Mexican's Wiggy sounds better slowed down? Slow it down! You think Aimee Mann's Say Anything sounds better with the last ten seconds cut out? Cut them out! You think it would be cool to see a version of …

The Plaza of the Mind Interview with Paul Robb of Information Society!

I had been a fan of Information Society since the release of their self-titled LP in 1989. But it was their follow up release, Hack, that propelled them into the forefront of my favorite recording artists, a spot that they have remained in ever since. The original line-up of the band [Paul Robb, James Cassidy and Kurt Harland] dissolved shortly after their third release, Peace and Love, Inc., and was continued solely by lead singer Kurt Harland on the incredibly atmospheric Don't Be Afraid.Information Society had not recorded any new material since that 1997 release and I had begun to give up hope of ever hearing anything new until last spring when it was announced that Paul Robb was working on a new record [Synthesizer] with James Cassidy and newcomers Christopher Anton and Sonja Myers and would soon be playing select cities. I was lucky enough to catch the reunited Information Society last summer [see my coverage of the show here] and had an amazing time. Information Socie…