Lojo Russo Concert(s) in SE Arizona! Squeeeee!

Posted: February 6, 2006 by Emma Bull in art

Lojo Russo, singer/songwriter/instrumentalist most amazing, former member of Cats Laughing and frequent guest artist (and occasional Stunt Emma) with the Flash Girls, is doing at least one show in southern Arizona on her current tour. Would you like it to be two?

On Tuesday, February 28th, Lojo will be performing at Hot Licks Blues ‘n’ BBQ in Bisbee, Arizona. This is possibly Bisbee’s best venue, and it’ll be a Fat Tuesday to die for. (Here’s the Hot Licks website).

For those who live in the Tucson area and can’t travel so far on a work night… Would you be interested in a Lojo Russo house concert in Tucson on the day before that: Monday, Feb. 27? There would be a cover charge, but I don’t imagine it would be daunting. The show would run 7-9pm. If you’d be interested in coming to a house concert on the 27th, please e-mail me as soon as you can at qwertyranch, so I can start this shiny ball rolling.

Lojo’s music is funny, smart, moving, and very, very accomplished. You’ll spot Celtic, rock, jazz, blues, and trad American folk influences in her stuff, but mostly, it’s ever so Lojo and delightful. She’ll be traveling with copies of her CDs, so you’ll even be able to take her home with you. Check out her website for more cool stuff.

She’ll rock the house, and your world. Don’t miss her!


The Cup Skips Town! (For now, anyway.)

Posted: January 4, 2006 by Emma Bull in art

My allegiance is still somewhat divided–I prefer some things about Blogger, others about LiveJournal–but a Wicked Good Fairy gave me six months of paid Live Journal account for a holiday present. That’s tipped me off the fence.

So I’ll be posting mainly on LiveJournal for a while. If something seems particularly Blogger-specific, I’ll drop it here, but you can find me most dependably at Dark Roast.

The Work of Christmas

Posted: December 23, 2005 by Emma Bull in art

by Howard Thurman

When the song of angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the brothers,
to make music in the heart.

Have I Seen Matrix I Too Often?

Posted: December 14, 2005 by Emma Bull in art
You scored 66 masculinity and 60 femininity!
You scored high on both masculinity and femininity. You have a strong personality exhibiting characteristics of both traditional sex roles.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 34% on masculinity
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You scored higher than 40% on femininity

Link: The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test written by weirdscience on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

The test is most interesting for the assumptions it reveals, circa 1971 when it was created. I thought we were generally smarter than that in 1971, but maybe I just hung out with the cool people.

The Two Kinds of Fiction

Posted: December 2, 2005 by Emma Bull in art

As a reader, I recognize two categories of fiction: good and, let’s say, disappointing. The good fiction has style that doesn’t make me wince, characters I can accept as potentially real, and plot that doesn’t prompt me to think, “I read two hundred pages to get here?” Disappointing fiction has, um, the opposite of those. Or has one or two of the above characteristics, but fails drastically on one or more of the others.

Regardless of the sticker on the spine or the sign over the shelf, those are my two reader-defined categories. They’re not intended for use by booksellers or publishers or scholars in the field. But they’re the categories relevant to me as a reader, and ultimately, as a writer.

Great fiction? That’s a sub-category of “good.”

JMF’s Excellent Stuff

Posted: December 2, 2005 by Emma Bull in art

You’ve always wanted those cool John M. Ford passages on a t-shirt (though you might not know it yet). You’ve longed for strange John M. Ford graphics on a coffee mug. Well, gang, life is now officially good. JMF’s got a CafePress store where you can buy his strange, funny, thoughtful, intensely swell stuff and make all your friends say, “Where can I get one of these?” Or buy them for your friends, ’cause it’s hard to read text on your own chest.

Sec. Rumsfeld: Intervene? What, are you nuts?

Posted: December 1, 2005 by Emma Bull in art

Quote from Donald Rumsfeld in a Department of Defense press briefing, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005:

“Now, you know, I can’t go any farther in talking about it. Obviously, the United States does not have a responsibility when a sovereign country engages in something that they disapprove of…”

Excuse me, Mr. Rumsfeld, but wasn’t that the reason you gave us for sending troops to Iraq? Are you saying now that this war was prompted by a fundamental mistake in U.S. foreign policy, and should never have been started?

Read the entire text here. I recommend it, not least because it makes clear that General Peter Pace’s statement on the responsibility of U.S. soldiers regarding mistreatment of prisoners was made in response to Rumsfeld’s declaration of what he considered sufficient.

Secretary Rumsfeld then goes on to say, even more explicitly and enthusiastically, that addressing Iraq’s military and political problems should be the responsibility of the Iraqi people, not the United States. Shall we count on our loved ones being home for Christmas?