Friday, May 18, 2018

The Office

These days I'm watching The Office Season 8 and Silicon Valley Season 5.

Previously did all seasons 1-4 of Silicon Valley and recently got around to Seasons 1 and 2 of The Office
(which introduced me to Dwight Shrute/Shroot and for God's sake isn't it crazy how we have these self-appointed police characters in offices, and what is WRONG with them loool?)
but now with Season 8 I'm thinking more that this is silly - sillier, funny, nicely done, with what a cute romance in there with Pam and Jim, ohmyGod and maybe I should get more episodes.

According to IMDb, this series ran from 2005-2013 with 9 Seasons, 188 episodes.  I do remember parts of the show from around 2007 - Steve Carell's 'candid interviews' would pop up on TV - but I never really watched then.  I'm enjoying the adventure now.  I'm also enjoying Silicon Valley, as always.   

And maybe all of this counts as research for my next collection of poems because last year I'd looked at a draft of this year's collection and thought it really sucked - at least that it was not fabulous yet - and so more or less everything this year has been research;
and even though I haven't looked at it since maybe November, I'm reworking the title at least and now seeing how all this nonsense I'm watching forms prep work for the rework of the poems.

Also muse-ing for the next collection are the people I've known and the places we've been - so thank you.
Thank you. 
Previous titles for this book - Red Light / redlight, Big Town, maybe even A.I., but now I'm considering H.R., so you know what it's going to be about - something about urban life and work life and these buzzy busy marketplaces that we travel through and that poets usually dislike and so I will dislike them too but also I will be a bit of a journalist withholding judgement in the exposition/observation of our cities and our habits and hopefully I'll be a bit of a sage too with some actual prescription or something.
I still don't have the right title, right?

But usually I won't work until I have the workspace and - I don't know how to explain, but my Plan B or C is to move to a cheap-ass semi-rural hotel/motel/potel for a month or two.  I never tell my Plan A ;)

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

Mangos or mango juice?

Images: Mango trees

- the 'world' has made its choice ?
- sometimes, the correct answer is 'both' ?
- i know what i would choose 99 times out of 100 ?

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Friday, April 13, 2018

When I dip, you dip, we DEEP :)

It's already been five years since I wrote this very brief history of myself - recounting where I was almost exactly 5, 10, and 15 years ago.  And this other history going back 20 years and 25

And I'd written at the end: When people ask "where do you see yourself five years from now?" - how the hell should I know?  
Well, here I am.  I live in a bit of a hotel room residence (which is just as nice as my former cave, only different) on (I kid you not) a tropical island (which is just as perfectly tropical as former city, only different and with the beach free and much closer), enjoying it mostly and likely to leave soon but whatever. 

I'll fill in details later, now I've gotta run off to my silly job although about zero net work happens at it yaa' Allah. 

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

That so-called hiatus

You may have heard all of Jesse Jagz's album music

 from the effusively brilliant Jag of All Tradez (2010)
through a big fight with his label and a hiatus,
to the classic since 2013 Jagz Nation Volume 1 (Thy Nation Come) and
the very elegant 2014 surprise Jagz Nation Vol. 2 (Royal Niger Company)
and now,
the patchy (or shall we call it modern, it's just that I don't understand it yet) 2017 offering called Odysseus.

While he was preparing himself (or preparing us) for Odysseus (and the first track on that album is massive, very Jesse, greatness, reaching for--, inspiring), he did a lot of cool drops.  They mostly didn't appear on the subsequent album and in every case they did not (yet) get the publicity that all of Jesse's work deserves.

So here, in one place, is the stuff he put out in 2016 and early 2017:

Music + Video :
Best in You (May 2017) , Nigerian Gangsta (May 2016), Body Hot (July 2016 - Praiz ft. Jesse Jagz and Stonebwoy) ,  Jaga Love (Jan 2016 - Jesse Jagz ft. Ice Prince)

Music, No Video :
Midnight Vibes ft. AO, Boom, Your Loving.

Collabos and Freestyles :
New World (Nas remix March 2017), Hoto (Remix March 2016, by Classiq ft. Vector and Jesse Jagz), Reputation (April 2016) and Shook Ones (with Vector in June 2017). 

You want to hear something from BEFORE the so-called first album?  Listen to Grammy Night
My work is trying to do that 'work thing', trying to make me feel like crap.  So I remember Jesse to remember myself.

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