Kirk Israel's commonplace and blog. Quotes and links daily since 2001.
Stockton's Basic-Income Experiment Pays Off - "A new study of the city's program that sent cash to struggling individuals finds dramatic changes."

When I posted this on facebook, a conservative friend pointed out this is a pretty small sample size, like 125 folks, my response:

There are definitely questions on how it would scale. But my dislike of “Go Fund Me” healthcare and similar makes me think it’s worth looking into. since the 80s, productivity has kept going up, but the benefits have been skewing more and more north as well. This is bad for a capitalist economy; the health of an economy is measured by the throughput of spending. 35 people buying a new car does a lot more good for the economy than 1 dude buying a yacht.
My friend Sophie got on for She's nearly done with her pandemic project: Walking every single street of Cambridge

"Photo by Kirk Israel" ;-)
Why was Yoda afraid of 7

Because 9 7 8
March 3, 2021
Laid Back
Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
Nice laid back NOLA groove
Ordered Kirk Joseph's CD, loved his work from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Ruff Ryders' Anthem
DMX is so visceral.
Referenced in this meme.

I Give Good Parent (feat. Rachel Bloom)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Cast
Very witty bit if hip hop from her show.
(Think I was looking up "You Can Touch My Boobies")
I Can't Get Started
Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
Dr. John joins in.
Baby I Can't Please You
Sam Phillips
A long time ago I read the line "I know you say love when you mean control" and it really stuck with me... not sure if it came from this song or not.
Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove
I sense a bit of Maynard Ferguson in this one too.

Love You Madly
Haven't heard much Cake in a while!
Intro to "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

Flava In Ya Ear (GTA Remix) - Franklin, Lamar, Michael, Trevor, Niko & Roman
Claude Gnome
Really clever combination of clips from the GTA games to become a kind of parody/homage of a classic hip hop track - amazed at how well it works.

Most Hyped JIG 2 at Pep Rally
Newnan High School Drumline
Great drumline cadence!
I'm always looking out for these, I really miss the ones they had in my high school marching band.
It's Time To Get Laid
Little promotional ditty for an indie movie.
tetris OST cover
Decent acappella cover of the classic Russian song.
Friday (Remix) [feat. 3OH!3, Big Freedia & Dorian Electra]
Rebecca Black
Electronic Remix of the old youtube meme-worthy song. Dang I love Big Freedia
Hard Drive
Cassandra Jenkins
Kind of a spoken word piece, reminiscent of the song "Rock Me Now"...
Looked up the artist when I thought about her brilliant cover of "Wild World"
A Bale Ndikuwuzeni
Gasper Nali
via Gasper Nali and His Homemade Bass Guitar

You Move Ya Lose
Extra Crispy Brass Band
Nice, tight cover of a HONK! classic.

I Know the End
Phoebe Bridgers
Modern melancholy pop
Saw it on SNL.

Jane Birkin
French song, nice groove!
from that Netflix Fran Lebowitz thing.
Loco ft. Bad Bunny
The video for this SNL skit is really well done...

I've always loved "found percussion" but this person takes it to whole new levels...

What is grief, if not love persevering?
Vision on WandaVision, making the rounds

Cash out on freedom now... Pay for it later! (whether from frozen-ass grid or COVID deaths from this premature idiot.)
I really loved the drumline cadences we had at Euclid High School in the early 90s, and I'm always keeping my ears open for similar stuff. The first half of this gets the spirit of it. (So many other drumlines have such boring, technically challenging but funkless stuff... a good cadence is kind of like a melody, it has a larger form a casual listener can really grab onto.)

Deep Nostalgia - We now have the technology to make Harry Potter-verse Photo-like animations from still headshots. Potentially creepy in at least two different ways, but also potentially nostalgic and beautiful.
Think before you speak. Read before you think. This will give you something to think about that you didn't make up yourself – a wise move at any age, but most especially at seventeen, when you are in the greatest danger of coming to annoying conclusions.
Fran Lebowitz
What I got out of that story was something still very new to me: I understood at last what art is really for, at least in certain respects. It gives somebody, individually, pleasure. You can make something that somebody likes so much that they're depressed, or they're happy, on account of that damn thing you made! In science, it's sort of general and large: You don't know the individuals who have appreciated it directly.
I understood that to sell a drawing is not to make money, but to be sure that it's in the home of someone who really wants it; someone who would feel bad if they didn't have it. This was interesting.
Richard Feynman, "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
I thought of this story yesterday when talking about commissions, especially for arts that are avocations and not full on careers. (For me, it's the appropriate pricing for band gigs and Porchfest websites that are tricky.)

(NB, Feynman is an amazing character in physics but also emblematic of enormous sexism and structural chauvinism in scientific academia that persists to this era.)

The video is a fantasy with some fantastic but impossible rides... but it reminds that I am bummed that I have few friends who dig roller coasters and thrill rides as much as I do...ahhh the good old days of Cedar Point....
So, CPAC made up a golden Trump statue. That's cool and totally normal. Exodus 32 was way overrated anyway. Oh, and made in Mexico, to boot.

Oh and stage design of a Nazi symbol Odal rune. Someone's having fun!
kind of a bummer to have been born at the very end of the Fuck Around century just to live the rest of my life in the Find Out century

Reincarnation exists. You wish it didn't. All conscious minds are simply feeding appendages of an extra dimensional parasitic being which consumes meaning from its host universe. Upon death everything you have experienced and all that you are is stripped from you. You vow to poison the beast.
Decided I wanted to move to something simpler and less chaotic than my Wall O' Peeps and decided to get a thing from - a single largeish framed 4 x 13 grid of square cropped photos. (and I'm labeling them here just for fun...)
jon + lilia + sophie
cora + mama c
johnny + jphonk
arun + bolt
liz + kazoo
mama k + cora
me + scheiny
david + hunter
jenny + ellen
w/ toni
marcos + baptista
melas+uncle bill
w/ todd
santa + dad
w/ papa sam
I find it satisfying to (once again) plumb my photographic past and find photos meaningful to me, mostly because of who is in them but also with an eye towards the visually arresting. And this arrangement was interesting... I decided to build from the bottom up chronologically, with my parents anchoring the corners. Sometimes I used choice of photo or proximity (or lack thereof) to make a message or a joke. I used more photos that didn't show up in previous projects.
I can see clearly now the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Shit. That's a lot of obstacles.
Lore Brand Comics were the best.