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animal advent ala emberley day 18
2014.12.18


animal advent ala emberley day 17
2014.12.17


  ...of the moment  
"The gulf between words and thoughts is unbridgeable, and yet we must bridge it constantly."
--Nicholson Baker, "The Way the World Works"
"The New Yorker is one of the three great contributions the United States has made to world civilization. The other two are, of course, Some Like It Hot and the iPhone."
--Nicholson Baker, "The Way the World Works"
"In wars it is the minorities that are generally right."
--Arthur Ponsonby
"The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small."
--Longfellow
"You know the music, time to dance."
--Orbital Drop Shock Troppers, in "Halo 3, ODST", as quoted by Nicholson Baker
Reading the terrific comic "Andre the Giant: Life and Legend".

I had no idea Hulk Hogan's character's name in Rocky III was "Thunderlips". That's... kind of hilarious.

animal advent ala emberley day 16
2014.12.16


  ...of the moment  
I liked the question-centric and true-to-life nature of this video about roommates. (PG13)

animal advent ala emberley day 15
2014.12.15


  ...of the moment  
Why can't I shake this image of a person with one of those zen garden desk toys, furiously scraping the tiny rake through the sand, shoving around the little rocks and muttering "Peace! Tranquility! Peace! Tranquility! GAH!"

animal advent ala emberley day 14
2014.12.14


animal advent ala emberley day 13
2014.12.13


  ...of the moment  
"More wine and madder music."
--Tom's Mom
12-13-14; last one of these for a while!
Bananagrams!

animal advent ala emberley day 12
2014.12.12


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Three things I learned playing at Johnny D's:
1. The "musician's entrance" there is knocking on the door of their kitchen, and if you need to you can stow gear in the corner there.
2. For this kind of event, music stands and charts are ok. And "charts" is the cool word for "sheet music".
3. If you need to mic a sousaphone, just drop a mic down the bell, fishing-line style.
"That is the greatest fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful."
--Ernest Hemingway

animal advent ala emberley day 11
2014.12.11


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Lots of cool and accessible analysis of 30 years of David Letterman Top-10 Lists. My only argument is I've heard that the final #1 entry for each list, while often indeed the zingiest, is often not meant to be the out and out funniest, they often go for the biggest laugh around #4 or #3. Or so I've heard; it's probably too subjective to really analyze.
An interesting way to bring up kids with video games...
Interesting argument in favor of the Harvard Jerk Lawyer and the $4 chinese resturant overcharge.
Edelman's blog does seem to have a legitimate consumer protection angle but still... unless you argue that this kind of nuttiness is the only way of getting the attention of a small business, it was too much zero compromise.

animal advent ala emberley day 10
2014.12.10


  ...of the moment  
"The ambiguities and complexities of the human mind are what give fiction and perhaps all of art its power."
--Alan Lightman
"When the cosmos was smaller and denser, the universe itself began as a single, giant atom, whose gradual disintegration into smaller and smaller pieces formed nebulae, stars, and finally cosmic rays."
--Alan Lightman
"The universe of ideas is just as little independent of the nature of our experiences as clothes are of the form of the human body."
--Albert Einstein
"Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal."
--Albert Einstein
I wonder if doing the "Daily Jumble" might help with some of the problems I have with inelastic thinking.
Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless I'm going to be playing at this thing! Chandler Travis likes me as a backup tuba. Who ever thought I'd be playing Johnny D's???

Woodshed-ing stuff, getting ready for Johnny D's -
Damn it feels good to be a tubist.
At least a ton better than a "guy who used to play tuba".

animal advent ala emberley day 9
2014.12.09


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At least you don't have to shovel rain.
Harvard Business School Professor sounds like a big jerk.
This Kulfi Cardamom-Malai bar at Apple Cinema's (in Fresh Pond) Bollywood movie night may literally be the best ice cream treat I've ever had.
Wow, the Alewife Greenway Bike Path was COMPLETELY flooded, like 4-8" at least. I've never seen that happen before.

animal advent ala emberley day 8
2014.12.08


animal advent ala emberley day 7
2014.12.07


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The other week I was doing bachelor boy shopping at the Porter Square Star Market and they had Progresso Soup that was marked down from $3 to $1 per can, so I stocked up a bit but probably not as much as I shoulda! (And its been a nice switch up from my usual low cal bachelor boy dinner of popcorn, at not too many more calories.) I've been lucky enough in life that I've never had to be much of a coupon clipper (and distracted enough that I didn't want to be) but is there a good system of alerts out there, when certain stuff is cheap at certain places?
RIP Ralph Baer, father of video games

http://loveblender.com

It wasn't a bad month for music, but nothing really jumps out as great.
  • The Devastator (Stormy) Funky! Heard it on a Kia / Lebron James car
  • Hula hoop pjs (Gap Art Films) I ripped the music from this 18 second ad. I wish I knew a longer version!
  • NDN Kars (Keith Secola) (Not this version, but this live version is cool) I like the meld with Indigenous music.
  • Cocaine's Gonna Kill Me (Damn Tall Buildings) These fine blue-grassy folks played at a JP Porchfest Fundraiser.
  • Don't Stop Believing (Josh Knowles and Aaron Fried) Cello and violin cover, from some buskers.
  • Comet Bumblebee (Koosha + Comet 67P) Koosha noticed the Comet 67P sounds matched well with Flight of the Bumblee...
  • BO$$ (Fifth Harmony) I guess this is a group from "X Factor", but I love the big percussion and dig the horns in this one.
  • Left Hand Free (alt-J) Kind of an awesome modern southern sound, though I guess they're from England. Dig the video of rural fun
  • Shake It Off (Walk Off the Earth) Terrific acoustic cover of this overplayed song.
  • Take On Me (Sara Bareilles) This is lyrically and sonically an amazing song, and I think this version brings out further beauty in it(some friends of mine preferred this ukulele cover)
  • Hey Mami (Sylvan Esso) Sweet mellow song
  • Ugly Boy (Die Antwoord) This is not an easy group to concisely describe. This song is about shmaltzy beauty under the ugly.
  • Jay's Chant (Clerks) Quote from the movie. Was surprised to find the soundtrack on iTunes; I thought Kevin Smith talked about it going away.
  • Violent Mood Swings (Thread Mix) (Stabbing Westward) I always liked Jay's Dance in Clerks. (What the video is of, actually)
  • Chewbacca (Supernova) Also from Clerks.
  • Lapti Nek (Ladycréme mix) (Sy Snootles and the Max Rebo Band) This song has been expunged from Return of the Jedi, replaced with a much inferior and corny Jedi Rocks in the special edition. The funny thing is maybe Lucas tried to make it a real world hit.

"We'd like to show you a picture of our office, but we actually are never in it. BECAUSE WE ARE TOO BUSY HUSTLING RIGHT NOW. BRING YOUR RAIN COAT!CAUSE WE ARE TRYNNA MAKE IT RAIN IN Q4!"
--Detroit Team for Millennial Media

animal advent ala emberley day 6
2014.12.06


animal advent ala emberley day 5
2014.12.05


  ...of the moment  
http://kotaku.com/how-jackie-chan-creates-action-that-is-also-funny-1667150671 Thinking more deeply about how Jackie Chan does his thing!
Reading my first dead tree book in a while, essays by Alan Lightman. Given that I now do the lion's share of my reading on e-readers, I'm troubled by reports that claim retention and what not is said to be better with paper, and trying to get a feel for why that might be. One thing is: a page read and then turned in a real book exists, whereas a screenful of text is gone. You can reconstruct it, but even then it very well might be off by a few lines relative to the page you read, thanks to the vagaries of pagination.

On the one hand, I'd like to think maybe I'm less thrown off of my game by electronic texts, in part because it suits my fast paced reading strategy of "grab the gist, go back for the tough stuff." Conversely, in other parts of life I'm aware of how critical the physicality of information is for me, how I employ my body to recall the layout of a week, or how I prefer sticky notes (virtual or otherwise) to mere lists of things. So I'm left with a vague worry I'm missing out with all the e-reading I do.
Charting kayaking's movements - from http://www.boredpanda.com/kayaking-long-exposure-light-painting-photography-stephen-orlando/

A great example of simple curves combined into lovely and complex ones
Just finished reading "The Secret History of Star Wars":

"Getting her was a lot more fun than being here."
--Marcia Lucas, film editor, and then-wife of George Lucas on their life near the end of the marriage.

"I have an innate ability to take good material and make it better, and to take fair material and make it good. I think I'm even an editor in real life."
--Marcia Lucas

"In fact my suggestion for the title was The Other Shoe Drops instead of Revenge of the Jedi which is a misnomer."
--Mark Hamill. I remember reading that in the the old Star Wars fan magazine "Bantha Tracks". What a horrible, horrible name!
"I always tie the shoelaces together of the dead. Cause if there is ever a zombie apocalypse, it will be hilarious."
--Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde