Vlogging Update: May 2017

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Hey y’all,

Sorry for the long absence.

My computer died.

I gave it to my aunt to work on.

She does IT work for the local school district.

Unable to fix it, she gave me another one that a school was getting rid of.

I tried to salvage what I could from the old one.

But, most of my programs and files were lost.

I’ve been searching for the missing software and restoring what I can.

My scanner/printer didn’t want to cooperate with the new computer.

I tried replacing it.

But, the replacements didn’t work either.

After a couple of days messing with it, I finally got it running.

My van has a million problems.

But, at least I got the front tire fixed that kept going flat.

I’ve replaced that tire THREE TIMES and it still kept going flat.

I thought maybe the rim was bent.

I had it looked at and they found a piece of metal lodged inside.

They patched it up.

Now, it shouldn’t be a problem anymore.

Only cost me $15 bucks (thank God)!

I tried to repay my grandmother $700 dollars I owe her.

She forgave some of it.

My ex forgave the $200 I owed her, too, since I’ve been helping her relocate and move her stuff.

Not sure how I’ll get my other debts paid.

But, I try not to get stressed out about it.

That really fucks up my creativity.

Boo Boo the Christmas Kitty

I have somebody living with me again.

Her name is Boo.

I named her after Boo Boo Kitty, the beloved stuffed animal on “Laverne & Shirley”… not Yogi Bear’s sidekick.

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A couple of years ago, about a week before Christmas, I stopped at a Kroger’s for some food and pop.

The weather was pretty bad.

It was really cold and the snow was kinda deep.

But, we were out of everything back at our apartment.

The first thing I saw upon entering is somebody holding a cardboard box with a meowing kitten inside.

The employees had found it by the dumpster behind the store.

There were no other cats in the area.

The clerks at Kroger’s were looking for somebody to give it a home, or else they were going to send it to the pound.

Animals aren’t kept there very long before they are put down.

My then-girlfriend and I already had four rescue cats.

But, I didn’t want the poor thing to be harmed.

So, I bought some cat food and took her home with me.

I put the box in the backseat and went home.

But, she managed to get the lid open halfway there.

Totally freaking out, because she never rode in a car before, she jumped onto my head and held on for dear life.

I was able to move her down to my chest, with her arms around my neck, and continued driving the car with her like that.

I put her back inside the box and walked in.

My girlfriend tried guessing what I had in the box.

But, it wasn’t long before Boo popped her head out, purring loudly.

We never had any extra money around to buy Christmas presents for each other.

But, I think Boo made up for it that year.

The other cats raised her, like a foster family.

The next year my girlfriend left, though.

It isn’t like we were fighting or anything.

We are still friends.

But, I think, between our disabilities and state of mind, we were bringing each other down.

She took three of the cats.

I was forced to give away one and euthanize the other, who was extremely sick.

It was very sad.

In the few years since we have lived apart, I have managed to get an affordable apartment of my own and somewhat stabilize my mental condition.

My ex was less fortunate.

She had many ups-and-downs after getting married, until finally their relationship seems to have acrimoniously ended.

She stayed with a friend for a few weeks, sleeping on the floor.

But, now, has a place of her own.

She couldn’t take all of the cats with her.

So, I got Boo back.

The building where I am only allows one pet per tenant, has costly pet fees, and the rules are kinda strict.

She had to get shots, a collar with a name tag, and a bunch of other stuff.

But, Boo is happy to be with me again.

I got her a cardboard scratching pad and a free cat tree from Craigslist someone was throwing away.

I made her litterbox from a plastic tray, construction grade trash bags, and a cardboard box that I found.

I can only afford dollar store cat food and litter.

But, she doesn’t mind.

She follows me around like a shadow and always wants attention.

She often sleeps on my chest or stomach while I’m in bed and curls up on my lap.

She has become my new meditation partner, reminding me to get started and joins me.

Sometimes, when she gets bored though, I can tell that she misses my ex and the other cats.

But, a little catnip and quality time cheers her up.

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Plunderphonics

 

This is a nice little introduction to the term PLUNDERPHONICS, if you don’t know what that is. I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to sample and mash-up sound from many borrowed sources. It isn’t ALL that I do, of course. But, it is a very useful, powerfully flexible, artistic technique that I keep in my toolbox.

I like sound collage.
Hell, I like almost any collage.
I will use a piece of trash found behind a dumpster in a mixed-media painting if I think that it looks right to me.
For decades, I have collected lots of DVDs, VHS tapes, 8mm films, used records / CDs / tapes, and like finding more stuff online from pirate sites and YouTube.
So, I have a LOT of raw material available to dig through, if I want to find good samples to work with.

However, copyright law is often vague and messy. It is REALLY easy to get into deep trouble. I’ve had numerous videos removed from YouTube and lost many accounts there. I got threatened by Disney’s lawyers once. So, I probably won’t be uploading many videos containing samples, unless I think it might be ignored by YouTube’s anti-infringement algorithm.

Generally, I look for samples that are difficult to recognize. Just a few seconds. I will manipulate them to sound less identifiable, with some exceptions. But, whatever works for the song, works for the song.

 

Downtime….Reboot!

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I’m gonna be offline for a week or two.

I’m disconnecting my cable/internet for a short time.

But, I should return with a cheaper internet package and save a few bucks.

I really need it!

 

I’m looking for a part-time job to cover my increasing expenses.

I may have found something that could work out.

But, I haven’t gotten a reply yet.

 

My computer has been gone for a few weeks.

It died.

My aunt, who does IT work for the local school district, is trying to Frankenstein together a new one for me from that and other parts which I had laying around.

I’ve been using a tiny laptop, on loan, with very little memory and few capabilities.

It is basically just for reading email.

I may look into getting another, if I can get this job.

 

I need it for doing some of my work.

Between that and typical money problems, I think I will have to change some plans.

Theee Urban SpaceCat Cassette-Zine WILL get published….yes, really.

But, I will have to make a cheaper version; no color, no glossy paper, none of the slick extras that I intended to include with it.

A lot of stuff that I already completed will have go back into storage, I guess.

It’s a bummer.

But, it’s that or nothing.

I’m tired of nothing.

I’m tired of delays, delays, delays.

My greatest strengths and weaknesses are patience and persistence.

I never know when to quit.

I’d rather not do anything at all, than do something that I don’t wanna do, the way that I don’t wanna do it.

This is probably why I throw away so much stuff that I create, before it even gets finished.

 

But, when I get my computer back, when I get my internet back, I’m probably gonna put out a LOT more material.

I already have at least, like, five videos waiting to be edited and uploaded.

I have hours of demos to finish tracking and mixing.

Four blog posts are half-finished.

I have two filing cabinets full of other stuff that I’m working on.

So, shit is gonna happen.

Eventually, I will get everything done more to my liking.

But, at least temporarily, it is gonna have to be released econo-style.

 

The Island of Misfit Noise (Comix) will be published very close to the same time as Theee Urban SpaceCat Cassette-Zine.

The Island of Misfit Noise (Movie) is slowly being put together.

I found a makeshift green screen at a dollar store and may have found some chromakey freeware online.

This makes a HUGE difference between what I CAN and CANNOT do.

 

I don’t have anything really ready yet for live performing.

I will probably get to that while I’m mixing recordings for Theee Urban SpaceCat.

I have projection screens, a video mixer, and some VCRs.

I still need video projectors

But, putting on a decent video / light show with my set is getting to be more viable.

Maybe somebody can hook me up with some venues, when I’ve got this put together?

 

I’m gonna be Steve Austin on the comeback, man!

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better…stronger…faster.”

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Why punk and skate?

My sentiments exactly!

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I was 15 years old. I was depressed and my home life was shit. I had been sent to a shrink. It was bull shit. I got a skateboard and a Bad Religion album. And for the first time Infelt fucking alive. This path has given me head injuries; bad ankles; trashed shoulder; lost nights; strained relationships and all other manner of insanity. I wouldn’t trade any of it. I have friends old and recent that are my fucking family. It is the one thing that has always It’s the reason I didn’t open my skin when I wasn’t able to feel comfortable in it. It has ALWAYS unquestionably and unconditionally made me feel loved. 19 years later I look back and realize the wreckage a board and punk tunes have drug me through. It’s allowed me to survive and love life!

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Groundhog Day

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I was gonna record a vlog to go with this (including a new song!). But, I didn’t get around to it. I’ll try to get it out this weekend, maybe. I have been digging through my old practice tapes and recording new demos for a couple of months now. I am not happy with a lot of it. But, you always have to dig through a lot of shit to find anything useful. Since I haven’t put out anything in a long time, I have been contributing to other people’s projects. I was asked by Uncle Ghoulie to provide some artwork and sounds to Truth Porn MilitiaNo Budget Radio Podcast. So, that is cool. I will be getting that out soon. There have also been some zines and other things requesting my input. So, I haven’t been completely unproductive, I guess.

I’m really beginning to wonder if maybe I should just give away my notes & artwork to let someone else make my movies. At least then they would get produced SOMEHOW. Tim Burton had almost nothing to do with making Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, yet his name is still in the title. He just gave his old sketchbook to another director and said, “Here. Knock yourself out.” Good idea? Bad idea? I don’t know. But, it looks like if I’m gonna produce it, it will likely be a few years until it it is done. Even if I cut costs to the absolute bone and it looks like dogshit, I don’t think I can get it done.

I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that I can get Theee Urban SpaceCat finally going this month. I should have enough raw material for a few issues already. I’ve been continually painting, drawing, recording, writing, etc. It really comes down to paying for putting it out there. I’ll deal with other expenses later, if it becomes necessary.

After over a year of keeping my stuff in storage, lacking enough funds, I recently had to let go of my storage unit. I have downsized a lot of it. So, at least I can fit everything in my grandmother’s garage (between the Christmas decorations and patio furniture). She gave me a nice bookshelf that was no longer wanted. So, I finally have somewhere to keep what is left of my vinyl LPs. I was very disappointed to realize how much of my collection that I’ve sold off.

She also gave me a free pizza promotional card that she got in the mail from Domino’s Pizza. I later brought the pizza back to her house. She, my nephew Michael, and I enjoyed a large deluxe. Mmmmmm.

I gotta finish cleaning up here, soon. There is an apartment inspection coming Monday. The landlord is making sure that no bed bugs have returned. Thankfully, the place has been pest-free for a year now. As a matter of fact, it was during the bug extermination last winter that I began renting my storage unit. So, it lasted one whole year.

I just got a small loan to cover my rent problem (last month’s check bounced!). I needed to pay two month’s rent and late/returned check fees IMMEDIATELY or I would get evicted. I’m not sure how much more financial Jiu-Jitsu I can pull off before it finally catches up with me. The van has a lot of mechanical problems needing fixing. I still cannot afford to put insurance on it. I’m risking jail time for driving without it (a misdemeanor in Michigan!). I’m in debt to my eyeballs to doctors & hospitals, credit cards, collection agencies, etc.

I set up a Patreon account. Maybe, I can find a little help from some folks, to fix my money situation. It is a long shot, I guess. But, what have I got to lose? I will post music, videos, and other stuff for patrons that won’t get released anywhere else. I’ll be adding more bonuses for supporters (t-shirts, stickers, magnets, flamethrowers, meat cannons, etc.) when I have them available. Any assistance is appreciated! Thanks.

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