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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 215 – Art from Sunrise to Sunset All Over the City

Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:47 pm 1 comment

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Created with LED filled Ping Pong Balls in Bickford Park Toronto Nuit Blanche 2012

If you don’t know what Nuit Blanche is, it’s a sunset to sunrise festival of art held in cities across the globe.  In Toronto,  it is normally held the last weekend of September.  Originally conceived in Paris in 2002, the name has come to mean “Sleepless Night”.  There are far too many art events and installations for any one person to see in a twelve hour period and Special K and I are no exception  to that limitation.   In my show today I focus on sharing soundscene audio from a mere five out of dozens of events.   Glow in the Dark is the first.   L.E.D.s inserted into hundreds of ping-pong balls light up the ground in Bickford Park.  The result is unexpected.   Highwater 2012 is a floating display of objects in the Roy Thompson Hall pond.   Objects, somewhat ghostly in their whiteness,  float by below us, evoking an odd sense of loneliness and discomfort.  Who do or did these objects belong to?  Where are their owners now?  What were their lives like?   Lifecycles, 2012 is a video installation with original soundtrack that shows the time-lapse growth cycle of what we think is kale, that grew in Phoenix, Arizona, home of the artist.     We also stop by transparent sealed booths to listen to three masters solving the Rubick’s cube.   Each solver has a microphone attached to their sleeve and the sound captured is amplified through speakers.   Finally I share the surreal experience we had at the installation Caverne St-Clair 20012.   Fragments of culture, writing, and musical scores found in 2012 are re-interpreted by the artist in the year 20012 with some strange and hypnotic results.

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Inside: Archaeological Findings From 2012

Enjoy these snippets of Nuit Blanche 2012. By the way, if I haven’t said this before, my shows in recent years are best listened to with headphones for a feeling of actually being there, noise cancelling headphones if you have them.

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Links to things talked about in this show:

http://2012.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1154  Glow in the Dark

http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1073  Highwater 2012

http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1077  Lifecycles, 2012

http://2012.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1002  Re-

http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/project.html?project_id=1016  Caverne St-Clair 20012

http://johnshipman.ca/

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 213 – Ed Champion’s Got Ninja Listening

Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:57 pm Leave a comment

Bat Segundo Flies No More

Ed Champion is the creator and producer and correspondent for the Bat Segundo Show, a cultural and literary podcast that in no way intentionally tries to imitate the conventional interview format.   He has been podcasting for over 6 years and has produced an impressive 500 shows.  On the occasion of editing his last show I interrupt his work to interview him about this prolific podcasting run.  Over Skype, he tells me, among other things, that in post-production he will sometimes edit his questions which can go on in what he calls a rambling fashion.   He does this because the listeners are there to hear who he is interviewing,  not him.   But in my show today,  Ed gets the entire floor to himself.  He’s on the other side this go around.

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Names, places, end-links,  and other podcasts mentioned:

Occupy Sandy,   Rockaways,    Hurricane Sandy,    Powerhouse ArenaDavid Mitchell, Cloud Atlas,   Jynne Martin (Random House),     T.C. Boyle,   Brett Easton Ellis (American Psycho)Marisha Pessl, Andrea Peyser New York PostStuds TerkelPeter Davidson – Doctor WhoMarc Maron : WTF,   A.M.Holmes (The End of Alice)John UpdikeThe Nerdists, This American LifeMichael Sliverblatt :The Bookworm,  Robert Bierenbaum,   Tim Poole – TimcastJoe WisenthalCooks Source Scandal  Jonah LehrerQ.R. Markham,  David Rakoff.

Things I Think Are Weird Today

Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Empty Bentley Waiting for Mother and Daughter Toronto Davenport Avenue

It’s September 6 and

1. My four o’clocks have germinated again.

2. Some of the trees in the neighbourhood have re-blossomed.

3. The first morning of school was warmer than the first morning of school usually is.

4. A mother and daughter  pair with matching bleach blond perms, were on their way to a TIFF gala in a Bentley convertible.  There were blokes in caps riding in Benz’s.  (We were in a fancy traffic jam).

Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 207 – “Old is Just a State of Mind” – The Virtual Yooper (2012)

Monday, August 27, 2012 9:27 pm 1 comment
Ottawa - Canada's Captial - Parliament Hill

Ottawa – Canada’s Captial – Parliament Hill

On the occasion and eve of the final Podcasters Across Borders conference, I,  Mike, Shane, Adam, and Rick do a content walk from Ottawa’s Elgin Hotel to Parliament Hill and back again.  We try to get into trouble but it doesn’t work.   We do talk about things that could get people into trouble, though.   I talk to some tourists.  Shane waxes philosophical about personal  happiness and the end of humanity.    We consider the War of 1812, its 200th anniversary, and the origin of how Ottawa became the capital of Canada.   We get a more than a little meta about podcasting and Adam Curry.   Finally, we pay verbal tribute to the last PAB conference.  Join us for the walk, the talk, and the beauty of Ottawa, Canada:

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https://ninjaradio.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/207hotfrmoldisastateofmind.mp3

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PAB 2012 Signed by Mark Blevis on the Pink Canoe

Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 201 – Snow Globe Musical Mashup

Friday, December 23, 2011 7:39 pm 2 comments

An Anne Keenan Higgins Stocking Hook – (Photo by Ninja)

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Today I give you a Ninja original Snow Globe Christmas Mashup with ambient household white noise including the refrigerator.

Reindeer in Tutu with Santa (Photo by Ninja)

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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 199 – I Want My Therapeutic Seal

Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:20 pm Leave a comment

This past summer,  Special K, Dragon, Fly and I went to Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Civilization.  The highlight of the visit was the exhibit called Japan: Tradition.  Innovation.  The exhibit showcased Japan’s achievements in design.   I wanted to take home everything I saw, including a robotic seal intended for elder care.

Links:  Japan: Tradition and Innovation at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Therapeutic Seal, Museum of Civilization


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Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters 198 – Filling Up and Spilling Over

Saturday, September 10, 2011 6:38 pm 2 comments

mmm…doesn’t that look refreshing?


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Are you a lesbian? Have you ever been a lesbian? Well Holly Near was. Singer, songwriter and activist, she was a lesbian-feminist in the heady, crazy days of early gay and women’s liberation. In the 70s she sang with the prolific and talented ladies of Olivia Records; with the likes of Cris Williamson , Meg Christian, and Teresa Trull.  Olivia Records eventually stopped producing lesbian-feminist music and morphed into a cruise line and travel company. Oh and Holly Near herself morphed into a heterosexual.

Today’s show is about the Olivia Travel company. During a recent trip to Ottawa, we had the pleasure of dinner with some friends of our travel companions who live there. Talk turned to what it was like to holiday in a resort exclusively for women. Also mentioned, in case you don’t know her, is the comic Karen Williams who has worked as a comedy writer, host of In the Life, and featured in the documentary We’re Funny That Way. Marga Gomez, as part of the resort entertainment, was also on the trip. Other Musicians Mentioned: Carole Pope, Kevin Staples.  Other Artists Mentioned: General Idea, A.A.Bronson.  Lezebrities Mentioned: Rosie O’Donnell

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