Hello Asia (2012) – FreeTEMPO x Muzie

January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

FreeTEMPO의 요즘 근황이 궁금해서 검색을 하다가 지난 1월 17일에 발매된 이 EP를 발견했다. 시부야계-멜로디 천재와 한국형-복고일렉비트 천재가 만나서 진심으로 기쁘다. House Rulez – Star House City 이후 오랜만에 감성과 열정이 적절히 섞인 음악을 들은 느낌이다. 네 곡 모두 너무 좋다. 계속 이런 프로젝트들이 생겨났으면 좋겠다! 아. 정말 상상도 못한 조합인데, 무아지경으로 빠져들어버릴 정도로 좋다. 당분간 이 앨범의 무한반복으로 시간을 보낼 것 같다. #

 

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Samsung Smart Window

January 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

Wow. This is so Minority Report. It’s so futuristic! I was amazed when it turned into a built-in blinds. Technology is indeed marvellous. The YouTube page had top comments about thieves and kids that make this a pointless promotional tech, but I reckon it’s irrelevant because for those ‘wealthy’ early-adaptors living in a chic apartment with this future gadget won’t have any children. Haha. When they do plan to have children, they’ll leave the city and become a part of a peaceful suburban community where a family oriented lifestyle with a lot of conversation between its members is much appreciated. Or else, they won’t have any money left to afford and enjoy the true potential of such products. Anyway, this is something. But I don’t want it so bad. Not because it’s extravagant but I just don’t see a point of having this at home unless I’m some sort of a big-shot professional with a workaholic lifestyle. Hmm, wait, may be I do. If I would become that kind of person who can afford and more importantly, understand its utilisable functions that can aid my personal and professional life, I would’ve worked very very hard for the money to buy this kind of stuff in the house in the first place. And yes, the money has to come first before. That’s so sad. Or, looking on the bright side (almost), may be I just want to become that person who can spend i.e. the one with an option not to purchase in spite of a sizeable surplus in the bank account. Haha. Enough of daydreaming for today. Anyway, this thing surely is cool as a frosty window. #

Alain de Botton – Atheism 2.0

January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

How witty and inspiring. However, I can’t help thinking he needed more time (or may be I just want some more). Especially on the methods of appreciating the arts and all, this YouTube clip is being plagued with snobbishly biased condemnations that this talk was the worst they’ve seen on TED, failing to see the whole picture and by those who did see, but want to feel good about themselves by picking on his generalisations and somewhat oversimplified suggestions. Well, those people just should need to learn how to take time to digest the ideas presented in front of them – that they’ve chosen to view voluntarily by a physical act of clicking the link in the first place – and be polite to fellow human beings on this communal cyberspace. #

JURD7222 – Research Assignment

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Among 10 essay questions given by the lecturer, I narrowed those down some to focus my reading and planning.  Luckily, I have enough time to finish the 4500 words given that I follow my schedule (and dammit, stick to it.). The question is, to choose which question I should choose to elaborate my thoughts on. I have so much doubts about my academic writing skills and I should get some help from Learning Centre (which I’ve neglected for a year now). Whatever, I need to pass ALL the subjects in the future no matter what. Since this essay requires my thoughts and ideas backed up by the academics on the specified topics, rather than the other way around, which has been the case in my B.Sc degree. Whichever one I would choose, I’d have to start it from somewhere. Let’s focus.

  •  Since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2007, many people believe that modern, western societies and their economic system, capitalism, are in crisis. To what extent do the writings of Marx help us understand the social and legal dimensions of this crisis? [This question sounds easy enough, but I guess most students in the class would be inclined to choose this one among many others.  Well, this one would be my safety option if I fail to think up proper arguments for that Foucault question.]
  •  “The key to understanding any society – for instance, what type of society it is, how complex, how it is integrated, whether or not it is well integrated, etc? – is to understand its legal system”. Does this statement accurately reflect Durkheim’s social theory? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • “For Weber, modern society is far to rational for its own good. It, and its key institutions, including law, are due for a big fall”. Does this statement accurately reflect Weber’s view of rationalisation and its effects on modern law and society? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • Modernity has traditionally been depicted as providing the highest realisation to date of human freedom and equality. Foucault and other so-called postmodern theorists have questioned this understanding of the contemporary western world. What, according to Foucault, is the status of freedom and equality in resent day western societies? What, in particular, is the status of the rule of law as an upholder of freedom and equality? [Currently reading Michel Foucault’s biography by Didier Eribon. However, to talk about Foucault, I have to be able to regurgitate the historical backgrounds of post-modernistic social theories. I cannot yet. May be once I finish this book. I should just finish the book off tonight before I go to bed.]

So there they are. Fortunately the lecturer has given us a list of reading materials for the relevant topics. Well, I doubt I’ll have the guts nor persistence to go over every single piece of excerpts (or should I?). Aye. What’s disturbing me? Anyway, I should just stop worrying about it and start reading. I have a long way to go. #

Sleepless

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

I couldn’t sleep at all for the last 2 days. It’s driving me nuts. #

우울한밴드 (2004) – Gloomyband

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment


아, 정말 우울해진다. 하지만 ‘나쁜’ 우울함은 아닌 듯 하다. 앨범전체를 재생목록에 추가하고 3-4곡 정도 듣고 있노라면 연기가 자욱한(?) 지하 라이브공연에 있는 것 같은 느낌을 받는 것 같다. 특히 보컬 채널의 마스터링이 살짝 과장되게, 세션들과 조금 떨어지게.. 들린다고 해야할까.. 하지만 전혀 이상하게 들리지 않는다. 오히려 그게 매력이라고 해야하나. 보컬의 울고 있는 듯한 – 섬세하게 표현된, 어쩌면 계산된 – 허스키함에 익숙해 질 타이밍엔 overdrive 충만한 기타사운드가 머릿속을 가득 채운다. 그리고 파워풀한 드럼, 그리고 헤비한 베이스. 개인적으로 <Tonight> 트랙을 적당한(?) 우울함에 잠겨 몇 번 반복재생해서 들었다. <Choking> 트랙은..음, 괴기스러울 정도로 음산하다. 아이폰 재생목록에 넣어두고 밖에서 듣고 싶은 음반은 아니지만, 아무 약속도 없는 그런 밤 어두운 방안에서 혼자 조용히 집중하게 되는… 이런 느낌도 좋다. #

 

덮어두기

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

엊그제부터 관리..라기보단 열려있는 내 블로그들을 몽땅 백업해서 이 공간에 정리하고 싶었다. 단일화해서 여기에만 기록하고 싶은데, 아무래도 과거 포스팅들에 대한 애착도 무시할 수 없었다. 백업에 관한 글들도 많이 읽어보고 했지만, 문제는 싸이월드. 미투데이와 텀블러는 그들 나름대로의 의미가 있어 그대로 두기로 했지만, 이 답답해지기만 하는 싸이월드는 어떻게 해야할지 막막해 운영자에게 메일을 보내는 것으로 일단 마음을 가라앉혔다. 아, 내 대학교 생활의 기록들이 너무 빼곡하다. 어떻게 그 많은 엔트리들을 한 번에 정리할 수 있을까 – 무모한 짓이라고 생각하고, 그냥 놔두기로 마음 먹었다. 너무나 소중한 추억들의 기록… 이제 덮어둘 때가 되었다. 설령 네이트에 엄청난 해커가 침입해 블로그 데이터들을 몽땅 지운다고 해도, 다 기억 속에 있어야 할 순간들은 기억할테니. 시간이 지나면서 잊혀지는 에피소드가 있더라도 그것들은 잊혀질만한 감흥없는 사소한 일상들이겠지. #

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