Sunday, 10 November 2013

Ruth Bioletti - "Three Graces" Art Exhibition and Giant Launch Party Feat Nick Colonnino

It has taken almost two years to paint but my art exhibition 'Three Graces' is finally here! Im really excited and nervous at the same time but managing to hold it together. It's being held in one of my favourite inner city streets at 4 Cross St which is just behind Krd and the old George Courts building.

 I would recommend that anyone interested in coming to the exhibition to come to the party on Thursday 14th November as its going to go off!! It starts at 7pm, there will be food but please byo drinks. I have a mystery band playing later in the evening….anyone that knows me will know who that is!! ;) Also performing is the very talented and up and coming rapper Nick Colonnino. 

There is plenty of parking across the road at the carpark and around that area. For everyone else the viewing times are
 10am-8pm Monday-Thursday 11th-14th  November and 10-3pm Friday 15th Nov. I hope to see you there, Ruth x

Nick Colonnino:

Google and Facebook may be our best defenders against Big Brother - Doubt It

John Hurt as Winston Smith in the movie Nineteen Eighty-Four. Photograph: The Ronald Grant Archive
My Personal Reply:
Boo-Who Google don't have a monopoly on one Particular in the World
Although I don't want to be a cynic, as a young person I detest all companies either multi-national or the facade of modern government being allowed to surveil the public. In the common law there is such a thing as "the reasonable person". The civic figure (apparently the past tense is more relevant) was a person that symbolised the general views and opinion of society. And although I am not a great fan of society, I believe "the reasonable person" should not be monitored like a vanguard criminal. Perhaps a pertinent metaphor for everyone engaging in computer activities in the present tense is not unlike a bank robber. At least thats how I feel with a compute mouse in my hand I mean a stick of dynamite wired to the mainframe of the morons door running the world. At any rate I'm a deeply sceptical of the moral motivations of Google and Facebook. No doubt being denied a monopoly over their own "fibre optics" has been a truly new sensation to them. I'm glad those corporate capitalist monstrosities are suffering and not just the people around the world. Moss Bioletti Auckland, New Zealand
Over a few weeks' worth of bedtimes in the summer of 1984, my dad read me Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Though the dystopian context would have been lost on nine-year old me, the pervasive malevolence and the futility of the struggle was not.
References to Orwell are never far off today, whether to Big Brother and the surveillance society, or doublethink and Room 101. The Orwellian dystopia is so familiar now to us – and so astonishingly real – that we might need a new cultural reference, a new literary vision to warn of what lies ahead.
It's the relentless creep of progress and development that inevitably makes our worst nightmares and most brilliant visions a reality. Fifty years ago, security expert Eugene Kaspersky told a conference last week, the public would have been protesting on the streets at the idea that cameras would be surveilling every public placeacross the country, all day, every day. Today, we just accept it.
At the same conference, Dublin's Web Summit, the vast audience in the hangar-sized hall was asked how many had abandoned consumer web companies in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations. Three people put up their hands – and this among well-informed, technologically confident people.
The gap between the shock of these revelations and the call to action is perverse. The story is huge, multifaceted and complex, which excludes all but the most committed. For others, the truth about services on which they are utterly dependent – we are all utterly dependent – is too inconvenient to want to act; far easier to declare, "I'm not doing anything wrong," and, "I don't care if I'm being watched."
In truth, the call to action is not that we consumers abandon our online lives and seek out anonymity tools such as Tor, or start encrypting all our email using PGP. It's no bad thing that more sophisticated security techniques are seeping into the mainstream consciousness; gleeful pub conversations about our how mobile phones double as microphones and how even the subtle differences in the sound of typewriter keys can be decoded. Kaspersky has his own currency of expertise to maintain, and he too recounts how he won't store any compromising data on a computer at all.
This is borne out by the testimony of the tech investors at Web Summit too. "We're just not looking for privacy-aware services," said Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures. "There are so many compelling examples of value being created by sharing data, from traffic jams to healthcare. The problem isn't privacy but trust. We can't retreat into the dark ages." That means spending time influencing policy, he concluded. Entrepreneurs were falling over themselves to testify to their fierce protection of customer data; taxi-app Hailo is building up records of payment details combined with location data for account holders, whileEvernote records increasingly extensive personal notes covering everything from bank statements to work meetings. Both say they have not handed over customer data outside of specific warrants but as we now know, the NSA doesn't need permission – it will help itself. What are you sharing online?
The crisis is in public trust of both our governments – who, when it suits them, will seize the opportunity to criticise oppressive regimes who restrict free speech — and corporations whose reputation depends on credibility and trust. European nations have generally set up rigorous laws to protect their citizens from business, while its governments rely on the trust and goodwill of the public. In the US that situation is reversed, with citizens protected from government through the constitution, and business commercially dependent on trust, among other things. The lack of oversight and accountability has meant the security services never had to draw the line about what is acceptable, necessary, moral and legal.
This dynamic of corporate autonomy may end up creating the strongest fightback against the over-reaching security services, with Google and Yahoo's fury at the intercepts of their data networks and heavy lobbying in Washington. "We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fibre networks," said Google's chief legal officer David Drummond. "It underscores the need for urgent reform."
Surveillance is the undercurrent in every tech conversation now, a lens for understanding our vulnerability and exposure to every part of the online world. This is not a choice between catching terrorists and what David Cameron astonishingly described as some "la-di-da, airy fairy" views on free speech and the right to privacy. If we are happy to accept that our online lives are best represented by Google, Skype, Yahoo, Facebook and all the rest, despite the compromises we make on those commercial platforms, then we have to hope they have the best chance of clawing back our right to free expression and privacy, our right to relate the world around us without being watched.
Returning to Orwell, what will the state of our surveillance nation be in 2031? The worst that can happen is that the whole lot comes true.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Congratulations to Prowler for Winning the Big Day Out - Breaking Band Competition

A Giant congratulations to our Fellow Auckland Punk Rockers PROWLER for Taking Out the Hauraki Fm "Breaking Bad" Competition for The Big Day Out. Check out the latest Graphics they did of Volita Bioletti our Lead Singer:

Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground

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Me and Lou Reed have had a good time over the years. Through his music me and him have really got along. The effect Lou has had on my life has been very personal. I can't really explain it but maybe you will understand it when I say I feel I know him. He has rubbed off on me, he's left a mark on me like a good parent does. His music has taught me more about life than any teacher ever will. 

When I was younger my father introduced me to this album by The Velvet Underground:

"The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed - Live 1969, Vol.01 & 02 (CD version)"

The first thing I loved about it was the cover. I remember asking myself can you have a picture like that on a cover and will it be alright???? Thankfully the world hasn't ended because of this risqué and in my opinion the hottest cover ever made. The second thing I loved was how the lyrics resonated within me.

The swagger, the nerve, the freedom, the artistic merit (that was untaught and untouched) staunchly coupled with the happiness of playing rock music live made this album absolutely magic. It's so raw, it's so real it makes me want to scream! Lou taught me through this album that life aint glossy no matter who tries to feed you that notion, he taught me rough n real is good, the tough life is rewarding and working hard at being you leads to purpose. I find a lot of people my age struggle to find who they are which is distressing to see. Because of Lou Reed and my other idols I have never had that problem. They really addressed the meaning of living, being, dying and singing for me. 

This album taught me you don't have to be perfect, you can sing anyway you please.
You don't have to be anything you don't wannabe, you can be free. 
 It taught me to be me. The self-empowerment that came with this album defiantly in part lead me to dedicate my life to the art of rock music. 

 It's pretty subconscious when you are introduced to such music at a young age hence the reason I can't fully explain what it truly did to me. I do know it lead me to high school where I covered the song "I can't stand it anymore" with complete dedication over and over again (this song I still hold as my favourite song by him). It also later lead me to the reload album on vinyl and finally to the masterpiece Berlin album in my early twenties which helped me get through some very tough times. I'd just like to say thank you to Lou Reed for putting so much life and time into his rock music and to Andy Warhol who saw the potential in Lou and gave him a kick up the butt and told him to work harder. The hard work paid off in the end and now I am and we are left with a beautiful legacy in ode to life and rock music. 

xox Volita Pearl Bioletti

I have posted all of the albums I mentioned below for your own listening pleasure and I am aware I have missed out some extremely famous songs and albums but these to me are the most important ones that I wish to share with you. 

The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed - Live 1969, Vol.01 & 02 (1988)

Volume 1

01 00:00 "Waiting for My Man"
02 07:02 "Lisa Says"
03 12:53 "What Goes On"
04 21:47 "Sweet Jane"
05 25:46 "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together"
06 29:00 "Femme Fatale"
07 32:04 "New Age"
08 38:40 "Rock and Roll"
09 44:46 "Beginning to See the Light"
10 50:15 "Heroin"

                                                                                         Volume 2

01 00:00 "Ocean"
02 10:56 "Pale Blue Eyes"
03 16:47 "Heroin"
04 26:36 "Some Kinda Love" 
05 31:24 "Over You"
06 33:41 "Sweet Bonnie Brown"/"It's Just Too Much"
07 41:36 "White Light/White Heat"
08 50:11 "I Can't Stand It"
09 58:03 "I'll Be Your Mirror"

Why am I so shy????? 
Why oh why am I so shy????

The Velvet underground - Reloaded

This album is gold. Favourite tracks are 1, 2, 8 awww f**it all of them lol 

1. Who Loves the Sun - 0:00
2. Sweet Jane - 2:45
3. Rock & Roll - 6:51
4. Cool It Down - 11:34
5. New Age - 14:38
6. Head Held High - 19:46
7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill - 22:42
8. I Found a Reason - 25:26
9. Train Round the Bend - 29:43
10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin - 33:02

I'll come running to you honey
when you want me to...

I found a reason to keep living oh and the reason dear is you.

I do believe you are what you perceive what comes is better than what came before.

ohhhhhhhh sweet nothingggggg

ohhh sweet nothing she aint got nothing at all. 

Lou Reed - Berlin 
 This record is truly is a masterpiece. 
Nice for when you are depressed and nice when you are feeling romantic too. 

1. Berlin 0:00
2. Lady Day 3:24
3. Men of Good Fortune 7:03
4. Caroline Says I 11:42
5. How Do You Think it Feels 15:39
6. Oh, Jim 19:22
7. Caroline Says II 24:36
8. The Kids 28:50
9. The Bed 36:45
10. Sad Song 42:36

How do you think it feels when you're speeding and lonely
how do you think it feels 
 when all you can say is if only
if only i had a little
 if only i had some change
If only if only only
how do you think it feels and when do you think it stops?