nyack filler day 5

January 6, 2007
Quotes of the Moment
"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
--James D Nicoll

"The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech."
--Clifton Fadiman

"Whatever we have done with our lives makes us what we are when we die. And everything, absolutely everything, counts."

--Sogyal Rinpoche

"Love and trust, in the space between what's said and what's heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world."
--Mr. Rogers

Video of the Moment

--"On 12/31/06, the assistant organist at Trinity Wall Street church in NYC improvised a tribute to James Brown and Gerald Ford during the morning service, combining 'Hail To The Chief' with the breakdown from 'I Feel Good'. Robert Ridgell, organ"... kind of goofy. I didn't know organists could get away with that!

I have to admit I'm not a big fan of the church organ. I guess because it's all tone and little rhythm... and sometimes there's this one rambling build up thing they do that never sounds very musical to me at all...


News of the Moment
New Hampshire Republicans settle in signal jamming lawsuit. They claim it's the act of a few unauthorized individuals, but...man, this is just repugnant. It feels like there should be some kind of criminal charges but I don't know what they'd be, something FCC-related.

Or, not? I dunno. Freedom of political speech is such a weird issue for me. On the one hand, stifling of political expression is a pretty scary precursor of tyranny. On the other, the cost and effectiveness of mass media is such that I can't be happy about unbridled political ads.

I guess I have a somewhat dour view of the decision making abilities of the electorate, which isn't 100% compatible with some of my more typical "wisdom of crowds" anti-elitest stances.

Bonus Video of the Moment

--Some random person just wrote me about this because of a Loveblender comment I had made... I love this, especially the horns at the end. It's a little late, but it is Orthodox Christmas / 12th Day of Christmas ... not only is the music great, but the dancing is some of the best synchronized stuff I've seen. And the visual effects make me think that Apple is taking a cue from them with their iPod promotions.