[spectre] Chance 1996

{ brad brace } bbrace at eskimo.com
Sat Jul 11 20:46:34 CEST 2015


The Chance event made the front page of today's (11/11/96) LA Times with a
color photo of Baudrillard who "... reads a difficult, fatalistic text
about humankind's loss of destiny... Responsibility is not dead, it has
become violent.... Unlike truth, credibility cannot be refuted... No event
can put an end to what happens..."  JB champions LA as a cultural desert
that yields valuable social data at the end of reality. Baudrillard's
mumbled monotone was indeed difficult; at times indecipherable.

Fury or Fear. The casino as pergatory: you play-out all your options:
either returned to your hellish life or afforded an illusive chance of a
new beginning.

Loose Change. Psychic Network. An important event is immanent. Pretend
that I'm not here. Warp Coil.  Drilling Phazers. Freezing Tropical River.
Buffalo Baudrillard. Castle in the Desert.  Curbing your curiousity... all
the things I would like to tell you.


Spare Change. Not wanting to be trapped in the slow lane. Homelessness: a
display of hope. Weapons Specialist: the burning zone. UFO's as a
consideration of the present by the future-- alter the past.

Multi Race Keno. You may play up to 1000 races on one ticket. If you play
one to 20 games Federal Regulations require that all winning tickets must
be collected after the last game is over. But if you choose to play 21 to
1000 games you have up to 365 days to collect. A conveening of the
mediocre. Does the possibility of Chance only encourage an addictive
dependence on attempting to determine outcome -- the very presense of
Chance? Why is it best to assume that any known details of the future are
better left unknown?

Bay Bridge
580 East
5 South
46 East
99 South
58 East
15 North

Vicki served me the 99c breakfast. At breakfast time you get to see all
the busted and disparing gamblers who have presumably been up all night
trying to recover their losses. Play the ice machines in the hotel

Continuous Varied Forums. Not Art Forum.

Driving Religiousity: that easy, gentle drifting exchange between the
passing lane and the slow lane--   But at the outskirts of the Bay area,
all of a sudden there is an immediate density and tension and haphazard
manoeuvres. A certain determined and tested velocity needed to escape from
this vortex. Big cities really make little sense; although curiously they
regenerate a cultural anedote for the mutually oppressive conditions
encountered in the Big Heart City  (circulation). Inefficient valves. Is
this the 'mutual destiny' that Baudrillard seeks?

John Goodfellow proffered old appliances to be repaired.  Technology and
the Production of Meaning. http://www.wolfenet.com/~jmg

A few tables of books for sale: what you'd expect;  SmartArt Press,
Semiotext(e), etc. http://www.loop.com/maggot.mania.html   Scary
creative-writing students and vulture-teachers (many of the predatory
career-feminist type). Much smoking of cigarettes.
Chance: a product of overdetermination.

Back-in the City: I squeezed my sub-subaru into a parking space (that few
other vehicles could negotiate) between a graffiti-washing truck and a
motorcycle. A transient offered to watch my vehicle (and to shoot anyone
who came within 200 feet of my car); he was very pleased that I talked
with him. I took a chance parking here.

No Fear. No Chance.

Yarrow Stalks. Language of the Oracle. Theatre of Disappearance.
Dispersion. Central Tendency. Standard Deviation. Unnecessary Risks Yield
No Rewards. Fallacy of Unitary Opposite. Extraordinary Delusions when
Explaining Collapse. Captured and Killed (Bonnie and Clyde Death Car in
the hotel lobby).  With Certificate of Authenticity. And the restored
Dutch Schultz-Al Capone Gangster Car. Plus the 1700 foot monorail
connecting Whiskey Pete's with the Primadonna Resort across Interstate 15.
4000 slot machines. 100 foot ferris wheel. 2 motion simulator theatres.
Adventure Canyon Water Flume Logride.  Buffalo-shaped pool and spiraling
water slides.  State-of-the-art video arcade.  Hangman's Bar with animated
singing and talking lifelike cowboys. The world's tallest and fastest
roller coaster: the Desperado hurtles screaming riders all around and into
the casino itself. 24 hour security.

Stopped off I-15 to take blurry/windy, spatially compressed photos of
individual plants in a filed of cactii. May be inserted as part of
The 12hr-ISBN-JPEG Project.

Zzyzx Road. Turtle Ditch. Dale Ditch. Mobi Ditch. Hot Wash. Sunshine Gas.

(How long does gasoline 'keep?'  --retain its volitility? An extensive
collection of authenticated, vintage blends from various vendors could
command some monetary value in connection with lawsuits, environmental,
health, consumer issues. Would the gas have to be stored in tinted or
opaque glass containers? )

Malfunction Voids all Pays and Plays (disclaimer on slot machines).


I 'wore' ear-plugs much of the time: Volume-- a cocoon of layered sounds:
clunking coins and electronic beeps and whirls. Much music at Chance was
bad and stupidly loud. The Butoh performance on the other hand was

Pulp Fiction. LA Noir Pop. Wishful Thinking. Mutate-Adapt. Dispair and
Chaos. Patterns/Recognitions. I-Ching = Binary Code = Genetic Code = Hopes
and Fears (Memory Pockets).

Illusion of Choice. Idle Spurs. Iron Wash. Winking bits of broken glass in
the desert sun. Turtle Wash. Cache Creek. Earthquake Retrofit. California

Place your bets:

15 South
58 West
99 North
46 West
5 North
580 West
Bay Bridge



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