Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Our good friend and Sights drummer Mike Trombley is hosting a great new weekly party at The Eagle in Detroit every Sunday. (Yes, that Eagle. As always, chaps suggested but not required.)

"Think Death Disco meets Ready, Steady, Go meets Soul Train meets The New Dance Show...

Where: The Eagle - 1501 Holden, off of Trumbull between I-94 and Grand Blvd near Wayne State. It's an amazing space with
two floors, two bars, pool table, an outdoor patio, secured parking, a great dance floor, and the best part of all - $1.50 ALL

When: This will be a weekly event every Sunday starting August 29th.

Who: Mike and various guest DJs from Detroit's freak and geek elite.

Why: Cause you know you want to get your dance on and because it'll be awesome and because if you don't go you'll just have to hear about how awesome it was from all your friends and then you'll have to wait an entire week to experience the awesomeness yourself... Oh! And because it's the cheapest place to drink on Sunday nights!!"

Now that's the kind of party Detroit needs more of. Near future guest DJs include Sam Samules of Tamion 12 Inch, your's truly and many more.

Evidence from the second edition of New York vs. Detroit is now up at Dorkwave.com

It's been a while since I've seen Lit that packed on a weeknight. Huge thanks to Gibby, Dave Elliott, Cowboy Mark and Lisa Hsu for having us out, and extra thanks to all the expats and dear friends who got 'lit' on a school night, danced like crazy people and took no notice that we were train-wrecking our favorite songs from the word 'go'. Lit remains my favorite bar in the whole world. I'm sure one (or five or six) of our other editors would be better suited to post about Saturday evening's Untitled NYC preview party. My head is still swimming. I will say Marc Houle's live set was incredible, and Servito and Plaslaiko played records like it was the last party on earth. Unfortantely the dancefloor was too small for Cowboy Mark and I to get a proper pit going during Alter Ego's Rocker. Too many Burnlabbers in one room is always trouble. Twice in a week is double trouble. Cheers!

All new iMac G5 introduced in Paris today.

Kindly maniac Ryan Elliott sends our lovely readers his August top 10:

1. Jesper Dahlback/ Machine Dance/ DK
2. The Vanisher/ Toothpaste/ Spectral
3. Popnebo/ Monsters make love to(k)night/ Traum
4. DJ Koze/ Brutalga Square/ Kompakt Extra
5. Dominik Eulberg/ Basstolpel (Wruhme rmx.)/ Raum
6. Einmusik/ Full Moon/ Italic
7. Melchior Productions/ Its Coming/ Playhouse
8. Geoff White/ Nintendisco/ Spectral
9. Graziano Avitabile/Platzhirsch Ltd.(A1)/Platzhirsch
10. Monne Automne/ Automne/ LoFi

And once again Ryan provides us with the essential minimal soundtrack for summer's end with his brand new mix, 40 from 4am via ThreeOneThree.com.


Opening: September 10, 2004 5:30PM
Running: September 10-30
U of M TCAUP Gallery
Room 2216
Ann Arbor, MI

306090 is a non-profit arts stewardship organization founded by architecture students in 2001 to publish, exhibit, and promote the work of students and young professionals in the fields of architecture and design. 306090, Architecture Journal, is published twice yearly by 306090 and distributed internationally by the Princeton Architectural Press.

This exhibit includes selected works from 306090 issues 05: Teaching + Building and 06: Shifting Infrastructures, published in 2003 and 2004, respectively. These issues focus on young designers and their methods of practice, often involving new technology and looking at how it can inform practice.

PDF flyer

[thanks Neil Meredith]

Beautiful new website for Yamaha Design.

[via Core77]

Monday, August 30, 2004

Yesterday's protest march in New York City was one of the best experiences I've had in my whole time there. I haven't felt so good about being an American and a New Yorker (at heart these days) in a long, long time. The atmosphere was incredibly friendly, and the expected tension between police and protesters was very low. Some of the guys in blue were even joking around with the marchers. It would be fair to guess that most cops in New York like George Bush just about as much as the protesters do. Big thanks to G.W. for giving the whole city a reason to band together! The most entertaining and witty organization on hand Sunday was Billionaires For Bush, decked out like Mr. Peanut's posse.

A more detailed New York report to come soon. For now, enjoy the wealth of information and great links at Beverly Tang's blog, including articles on a cockroach controlled robot, transparent aluminum (Star Trek III, anyone?) and, uh, titanium breast implants.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Get Your War On II is out soon. For now... "You killed a bunch of Vietcong? Good for you. You sat on your ass and got drunk in Texas? Great... Get me some health insurance, you dumb motherfuckers."

The Bush welcome wagon is underway.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Burnlab NYC Takeover, report #1:


Pics will be up um... somebody took pics, right?

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Taskforce Detroit is off to NYC Wednesday afternoon.

The schedule of events:

Team Dorkwave (Jon O, Servito and myself) go head to head with Gibby, Dave Elliott and Cowboy Mark at Lit Wednesday night. Details at Make Out Club. Discuss here and here.

Expect the antics to continue Thursday night at Darkwave BBQ (a.k.a. Dorkweave BBQ, a.k.a. Sporkrave BBQ) with your hosts Plexus and Heartthrob at Cash Checking in Williamsburg.

Friday is penciled in for a relaxing afternoon on the Hudson River Valley.

Saturday night is the much overdue Untitled NYC preview: "Potentially Dangerous" and the combined birthday party for Sara Spratt, Regina Kim, Molly Ozias and our own Mr. Mike Servito at Happy Ending in Chinatown. Details and discussion here. This will be the debut live performance by Run Stop Restore's Marc Houle, and it's totally free! Check out the kind words by a certain "LH" in Flavorpill.

After a quick shower (god willing), we're off to welcome the Republican National Convention to New York City Sunday morning with around one million of our closest friends. Patriotic citizens are encouraged to gather north of 14th street between 10 and 11am, and walk north along 7th avenue past Madison Square Garden and on the Central Park (despite the mayor's intentions to the contrary.) It should be noted that of 8 million NYC residents, only 500 thousand are registered Republicans. You do the math and try to figure out why on earth they would choose to convene in the one city that openly despises the Bush administration more than any other... outside of Iraq, France, and just about everywhere else in the world of course. Be sure to watch the news on Sunday afternoon.

This seems to be a show worth seeing. Has Vegas finally produced something validating it claim to fame; Sin City.
Hosted by Joey Arias in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil, Zumanity explores the "other side" rooted deeply in emotions, humanity, and human sexuality. Its simple objective is to invoke, provoke, and evoke through creativity the human emotions tied to sensuality and sexuality. One part cabaret, one part circus, it seems a trip to Vegas is in the works.
Also VERY worth mentioning is the costumes for the show were created and designed by French couturier Thierry Mugler.

Rebel riding in NYC...watch the video and hang on. Linked from Lucas Brunelle's site

Monday, August 23, 2004

Rubber Metal

Twist it, stretch it double, fry it to 200�C, douse it with jet fuel... the stuff survives. After the torment, it snaps like rubber back to its original shape, all the while conducting electricity like solid metal.

More at Protein OS.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Settling into the land of large beer steins, I've finally had time to do a little of exploring. I've moved out of the hotel and into an apartment outfitted exclusively from the IKEA catalog (shades of FIght Club).
Favorite Munich nightspot so far is the downtempo Funky Kitchen, which has taken over the cafeteria of a former government building. Elsewhere in the same complex is Die Registratur, where the former registration office seems to be a regular stop for Kompact artists along with Harry Klein in the Optimol, possibly the only experimental audio/video venue with it's own beer garden. Daytime, the museum district's Pinakotek der Moderne has an impressive permanent design collection. And there's always more beer gardens to bicycle between.
Caught Matthew Dear spinning to a packed house in London's Fabric, a nest of rooms in a vaulted basement in the meatpacking district. The sound and space really impressed, until I went to Frankfurt to and heard Matt spin again at Sven Vath's new Cocoon Club. A lot (including a giant club and two resteraunts) went into making Coccoon unique, and the suprising interior details range from innovative uses of plastic rods to devide space in the Micro resteraunt to the brilliant and stylish vending machine wall (sorry, no photos allowed).
September 4th is the opening of the Shrinking Cities exhibit in Berlin, so more to come...

Friday, August 20, 2004

Limber up those fingers and fine tune your power stance, for next week is the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland.

+ Check out reigning world champion C-Diddy from the good old US of A.

Baseck is the best DJ, ever.

If you're a DJ and you're reading this, give up, there's no point.



Thursday, August 19, 2004

Look out, New York.

Burnlab and Blackbx are sending a formidable taskforce to the the Big Apple next week. It's a much belated homecoming of sorts for Dorkwave at Lit, a birthday celebration for three of our favorite people in the whole world, and a taste of things to come this fall. Expect a full week of motor city madness in greatest city on earth.


The Potentially Dangerous flyer is available as a desktop here:
1024x768 | 1280x854

Another noteworthy freebee: Philip Sherburne's Schaffel mix, recorded for Sonar a la Carte.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Thinner is another top-notch net label with over 50 freely downloadable releases, all on the dub/minimal/tech axis. Mikkel Metal's recent release, Cassini Pieces and Eloi Brunelle's Montreal Night Grooves are good starting points.

RETINA is an exploration of aesthetic archetypes of cyberpunk that culminates in a choreographed, mechanical ballet of man and machine, by Suk & Koch.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Just in case you haven't heard... Troy Pierce: master of slack.

Download. Print. Post. Repeat.

The BBC has uploaded a rare interview with Mies van der Rohe from 1959. [via Archinect]

While you're there, also peruse the long list of interviews with the likes of William S. Burroughs, Roald Dahl, Andy Warhol and Mohandas Gandhi.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Design [does not equal] Art, a new exhibition, featuring functional objects from some of the most significant visual artists of the past fifty years, opens at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum September 10th.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Photos from Friday's Les Infants Terribles.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

The new Ford Shelby GR-1 is a stunner. I'd like mine in flat black with a serious scotchbrite job on those rims. Probably how this guy would have it.

Oh and check this out: bikes against bush

Friday, August 13, 2004

Ladies and gentlemen, we may have a new leader in the Bush spoofing category.

re. previous post: Tony's Baltic Diaries.
I'm so jealous.

Greetings from Krakow. We are leaving tonight for Lithuania, then on to Latvia, Estonia, and finally a week in Berlin. If anyone know anyone along the way, let me know.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

This Friday! Tell all your friends!

The New York crew has arrived in Detroit safe and sound, and is ready to live up to the night's name tomorrow night. One line-up change to note: Dave Elliott was not able to make it out to the Motor City, but Marcos Cabral (Trapez) will be taking his place on the bill. Team Dorkwave will be showing our guests around town this evening - definitely look out at the Magic Stick later on tonight.

The music industry has asked a lot of us over the years when it comes to purchasing music. First it was trudging out to a local shop to wade through the bins and stand in line at listening stations. Then along came the internet and the promise of nirvana in effortless shopping. But alas, as the chronically lazy will tell you, clicking a mouse still takes effort. Finally someone has developed the truly exertion free process of buying music. Behold The Album Club.

Our Princeton corespondent Israel Kandarian is in Tokyo for the month. See his Tokyolog at Archinect.

Diller+Scofidio and Renfro have been chosen as the winning team to design the master plan for the high line in NYC. The announcement is not yet official as there are details to the contract that still need sorting. Reguardless this is a major step forward for the project becomming reality. I visited the exhibition at the AIA building last weekend and personally was drawn to their proposal the most. It seemed to forgo the stylizing of the Zaha Hadid proposal and have stronger destination components than the Stephen Holl and TerraGRAM submissions. The Diller+Scofidio plan will best retain the industiral character of the high line and integrate well with the existing surroundings. The New York Times article here spells it out. See the four RPF submissions here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Richard Neutra's landmark Cyclorama Center at the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania is facing demolition, much to the alarm of preservationists. The modernist building was part of the $1-billion federally sponsored "Mission 66" program, an effort to improve national park visitor facilities from 1956 to 1966. The Cyclorama Center is the only Neutra-designed structure east of the Mississippi River for the Federal Government still open to the public. It opened in 1962 to the acclaim of officials of the Park Service and was dedicated by President Dwight W. Eisenhower using the "historic rostrum" provided by the architects to commemorate Lincoln's famed address given a few hundred feet away. The concept had been to stress reconciliation, and to annually revisit the prophetic words of the 16th President of the United States at this site where he spoke his revered address.
Today's National Park Service, has a very different notion of how this site should have been developed. A generation too late, it has nevertheless entered into a development agreement with a non-profit group to build a new 139,000-square-foot visitor's center and museum complex designed by Cooper Robertson & Partners, New York, at point a mile away on another part of the battlefield site. Once completed in 2007, it claims to make the Neutra building redundant. Supporters would have the Service rehabilitate the Cyclorama Center theater to house a new state of the art sound and light show to supplement the rehoused painting, if indeed, the new center ever materializes. The Cyclorama building, which originally cost $959,603 to build in 1962, would cost at least $10,000,000 to replicate in today's dollars. It has been stated that this much is slated in the budget for the new center to destroy the Neutra building and "restore" the landscape it sits on.
The 35,271-square-foot Cyclorama Center takes its name from the 360-degree panoramic painting that it has housed for a generation of visitors. The 120 year old, 359 by 27 foot cyclorama, "The Battle of Gettysburg," by French painter Paul Dominique Philippoteaux, was declared a National Historic Object in 1944. But the Park Service now believes that the current Cyclorama structure is insufficient to properly display and conserve the painting. This is due largely to deferred maintenance and dislike by current administrations for the building. At no time did the service ever contact the Neutra office for advice on perceived failings of the structure. This Institute in the person of Dion Neutra, and Christine Madrid-French of "Preserve the Recent Past", are leading the effort to save Neutra and Alexander's famed building. Although listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cyclorama has been blocked from achieving landmark status, thereby clearing the path for the new development, and the destruction of this monument.. If this unspeakably shortsighted plan goes forward as scheduled and this icon is demolished, it would join lost icons such as Penn Station and other recently destroyed Neutra buildings, including the Fine Arts Building at Cal State Northridge, torn down in 1997, and the Maslon House in Rancho Mirage, razed by its new owner in 2002. Will we never learn that once gone, these examples can never be replicated?

Sign the Petition

Write a letter to save the Cyclorama

Urgent letters are needed -- by the hundreds - to save the Gettysburg Cyclorama. Time is of the essence! The campaign to save this worthy piece of architecture is a metaphor for preservation itself.
As stated in the Cyclorama article in AIArchitecture, our country needs to save work that is "too old to be chic, too young to be revered" -- for the simple reason that works like Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama will surely be both. This work of highly original American architecture will be lost forever if we lose the campaign to save it from destruction.

It ain't 101, but I'll be anxiously checking my mailbox for this DVD.

It's all about the Ramones anyways.

Just when I thought I had become well numb to the catastrophe that is American politics, this actually turned my stomach.

On a brighter note...

Doris and I are bound for NYC to join in the upcoming invasion madness (I'm talking LIT and the Servito, Regina, Molly b-day party), not this.

But a funny thing happened while researching my travel dates. I swear, at first glance you'd think it's a Kerry website.

guerilla gigging is becoming more and more popular. having nights out off the usual radar, many find themselves attending off-the-beaten-track venues with surprise performances from acts like mike servito . similar to flash-mobbing, it involves an artist pitching up unannounced at an unconventional venue and performing to a mixture of amazed locals and internet-watching, clued-in individuals. a refreshing antidote to the prescriptive nature of nyc, it offers spontaneity and unpredictability, something lacking in many popular cultural circles today. the only downside is artists not turning up, but this may not matter because there is no pregenerated anticipation and no planned schedule. watch every could-be venue we say, you may get in some booty shake. i'll bring my flask.

Thought Bush was a paranoid nutcase? This is almost unbelievable.

[Tennessee Republican congerssional candidate James L. Hart,] 60, vows if elected to work toward keeping "less favored races" from reproducing or immigrating to the United States. In campaign literature, Hart contends that "poverty genes" threaten to turn the United States into "one big Detroit."

[thanks to Motor City Rocks for the link]

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

M.Mayer has a hot new homepage showing off his new career advances.

Wow - how did I manage to miss this?

Designboom and ' IMM cuisinale' by Koelnmesse launch an
international on-line design competition. Participation is open to applicants from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts.
Free registration required.
The subject of the international competition is:"the kitchen is the heart of the home"
participants are requested to submit their designs and concepts for one or more of the three categories:
a - AMBIENT new built-in kitchens for alternative room concepts
b - DETAIL new ideas for equipping kitchen cabinets,…
c - PRODUCT new ideas for products that facilitate work in the kitchen

Monday, August 09, 2004

The evil you're looking for...BURNLAB.

This site is certified 82% EVIL by the Gematriculator

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Parties on recently reclaimed floors of derelict buildings and in sweaty clubs are all well and good. But the overnight hours of the 24-hour Day of Music at Detroit's Max M. Fisher Music Center, guided by the knowing hand of our own Blackbx, provided a refreshing, inspiring surprise -- and a damn fine night out. Only stayed until 3 a.m., but Derrick May was still going strong in the Max's atrium, which was transformed from its already stunning self with a huge sound system, bars in the coat checks and a few dozen yards of black fabric for good measure. Fine music in the Music Box recital hall as well, a great crowd and greasy snacks to boot. A few pictures should follow shortly.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Urban Pioneer Project. See for yourself.

18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th Street, Santa Monica (N of Olympic Blvd)
310 453-3711
The 18th Street Arts Center proudly presents "The Leopard Spots: Between Art, Performance and Club Culture," a group show of visual and performance artists active in the LA club scene in the 90s and curated by Alex Donis. The exhibition runs August 7-October 16, 2004 at 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, north of Olympic Boulevard. The opening reception is Saturday, August 7, 7-9pm with fashion performances at 8pm. The closing party is Saturday, October 16, 7pm-midnight.

Thursday, September 16th at 6pm. - Book signing for Rick Castro's new book- 13 Years of Bondage- 6pm.
There will also be a film screening of the classic cult feature films, "Hustler White" (Bruce la Bruce) presented by Rick Castro, and "Days of Pentecost" by Lawrence Elbert- 7pm.

The Leopard Spots: Between Art, Performance and Club Culture- examines the cross-fertilization between visual and performance artists who used the allure of the night club along with the cloak and culture of the street as influence and performance venues. The 18 artists in this exhibition are part of a period within Los Angeles art history whose impact and trajectory now define the landscape of contemporary art practice. This exhibit will present a collection of paintings, photography, art objects, fashion, video, and other memorabilia capturing underground art events and club happenings that ripple with erotica & glamour
Artists in the show include: Ron Athey, Rick Castro, Ms. Vaginal Davis, Lawrence Elbert, Diane Gamboa , Jeffrey Hilbert, K, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Eduardo Lucero, Monica Majoli, Lun*na Menoh, Catherine Opie, Bill Rangel, Miguel Angel Reyes, Paul V & Mr. Dan of Dragstrip, Route 66, and Johanna Went

Arnold Steiner launches the AS1 Product Arsenal.

The Mrs. and I are off to Lake Michigan for a much needed vacation this weekend, but those sticking around the Detroit area have a wealth of elektrotabulous events to choose from:

Tonight our good friend Traxx will be performing with his band The Dirty Criminals (Gigolo Records) at Oslo on Woodward Ave. Info at Soft Curls.

Saturday night is a double feast. First off is the triumphant homecoming for road-weary but charged-up Ghostly International at The Magic Stick. Performing live will be Matthew Dear, Dabrye and Midwest Product, with SV4 manning the turntables. $12, 18+, doors at 9PM. Plus there will be art and video from Michael Segal, Julie Meitz (spinning girl) and more.

Also Saturday is the Day of Music at The Max (AKA Orchestra Hall). Free, all ages, 24-hours, cash bar with proper ID. The overnight segment (starting at midnight) features Derrick May in the Atrium and a special electronic section programmed by our own Liz Copeland in the Music Box: featuring Perspects, DJ Minx, Strand, Ryan Elliot, Liz herself and a special yoga set from Clark Warner. Info and schedule here. We hear there will be breakfast too! NOT to be missed.

You know I would definitely be at both.

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we," Bush said yesterday.

A British defense contractor has developed a stealth wallpaper which prevents Wi-Fi signals from escaping a building without blocking mobile phone signals.

[via Core77]

Thursday, August 05, 2004

[For me at least] the two most over-rated things in the whole wide world are Radiohead and Flash animation. Despite making my teeth itch at points, this is really kind of interesting and worth a watch.

[via Cameron at Archinect.]

Why does London have all the good pranksters? Space Hijackers

Considered by many as the wittiest graffiti artist in London, and by some as the most relevant visual artist of the moment, Banksy is stirring up a three and a half ton fuss with his latest work, a 20' bronze statue of justice dressed as a hooker. The statue was cemented into place in a London green early Wednesday morning (without permission, of course.) "It's the most honest depiction of British justice currently on display in the capital," Banksy said. "I hope it stays there for good."

NewSuperpitcher video out for the song "Happiness", featuring Axsel himself, Bonnie Raitt's daughter doing performance dance, and a wolf.

New short piece up on Uber by myself. The first in a series of my investigative reports into the avant-garden.

Burnlab: The We're Best

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

For once, something to keep the night owls of Detroit happy - cuz establishments closing at 2am just isn't cutting it. This Saturday is the Day of Music at The Max (AKA Orchestra Hall). Free, all ages, 24-hours, cash bar with proper ID. Derrick May spinning in the Atrium. They've entrusted me (ha!) to program the Music Box stage beginning at midnight, featuring Perspects, DJ Minx, Strand (a rare live set), Ryan Elliot, Clark Warner and myself. Here's a schedule with links to the late-nite artists and the DSO - a flyer link is also on that page. Stick around til the morning hours - breakfast is served.

Bullet proof Kid!
A Japanese company is producing bulletproof clothing for children after a number of high-profile violent crimes against them. Madre, which also offers babysitting and school collection services, said it was selling the clothing in response to requests from parents. Currently, only coats and sweatshirts are available, but there are plans to expand the range. Protective clothes are not the only items on the most security-conscious parents. Next month, a school in Western Japan will require pupils to carry chip-embedded ID cards that alert their parents via email when they arrive at and leave school.

Wow, that was something really special last night. What's not special is the fact I'm up right now.

Anyways, the encore killed it with the Ann Arbor/Lexington noise elite on stage with Sonic Youth. Massive. The two highlights were easily Thurston Moore and Mike Connelly draping a Gnarly Times banner over themselves and Jim O'Rourke attempting to play both accordion and guitar at the time same time. If anyone reading this managed to get pictures, I'd love to see them.

Oh, best quote from last night:

Doyle: ``Worst job ever"

He didn't even need to say what, I instantly knew he was referring to Sonic Youth’s amazing guitar techs. If I were an alcoholic I would drink a beer for you at 10:30 AM.

The Sonic Youth show was superb last night. The noise jam session with all three acts for a second encore was pricelss. No other band has remained so "revelant"* over the past 20 years. (*quote thanks to Jon O.)

Monday, August 02, 2004

Wet From Birth, the new LP from The Faint is slated for a September 14th release. US tour dates haven't even been announced on their website yet, but I already snatched up some tickets for the Saturday, October 9th show at The Majestic. Even if you're not as huge of a Faint fan as I am, opening act TV on the Radio is more than reason enough to go. Double whammy.

more awesomeness coming up at The Majestic Theater in Detroit:
Sonic Youth and Wolf Eyes TONIGHT
An Evening with Siouxsie, Friday, September 3
Laibach, Friday, November 12

(check band sites for other tour dates)

I believe the threat level has been raised to "Ernie." Please be careful out there, NYawkers.

mike, the ever diligent host, somehow caught a post which i published and then seconds later deleted, due to the fact that my parents did and still do not know that...i quit my job last week and am officially on extended vacation, first a month in barcelona, then a month in the states (new york, pittsburg, detroit, phoenix), then hopefully a few months in south america or south-east asia before returning to bcn in search of a boss-less, beaurocratic-free existence (a dream, i know but i must give it a shot)...anyone interested welcome