May 1, 2013
"If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn"
--Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, Sep 9 1949
That was one of the first quotes I ever "collected"-- it was my .signature file for a while.
Last year, before I turned 38, it occurred to me I might be about as old as my dad was when he died. I wasn't positive of his birthdate, but I thought I knew the year, so I googled my site for 1949... this quote came up before my dad's birthday (which I thought, correctly, was there from a tribute I wrote when I was 29, and had lived as long without him as with.)
Somehow I had recorded the quote with a date, and never realized that the day Charlie Parker said that was also my dad's birthday. And according to my date toy, today is the day I was wondering about last year: I am as old as he was as he died.
I guess the guy lived it so it woulda came outta his horn, except that he couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. Played a mean timbrel (Salvation Army term for a tambourine) though, and wanted to start the James Edward Israel School for the Triangle.
All of the above I wrote last year.
I didn't really come up with a great way to commemorate the occasion, so I ordered a box of Payday bars (his personal favorite) and am passing them out at work and whatnot.
Now that the day is here, what does it mean? I think there's a time in late teenagehood, young-adulthood when a young man kind of takes on his father to help become his own man, and I'll never have a proper version of that. A milestone like this, where in every memory I have of my dad going forward he'll have been younger than I am at that moment, might help me grow up a bit. Maybe.
Still bummed he didn't get to see me grow up, still bummed he didn't get to see the world evolve a bit into something more connected and communication-oriented, still bummed for me and all the other people who loved him and have been deprived the pleasure of his humor and company.
"History teaches us nothing except that something will happen."
I guess my speed isn't great, but I jog when they say jog and walk when they say walk and keep up with that, so that's something.
My April, One Second a Day... a lot of Emma, was never sure when it was going to be her last shot...
http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/1/4279674/im-still-here-back-online-after-a-year-without-the-internet So, not a clear win for "cut out the Internet", but still some lessons to be had. I wonder how I could get a better balance... (2 comments)
May 3, 2013
The music I added to my collection last month -- Needing/Getting was fan-tas-tic. Exclamation points mark worthwhile videos.
Alt with Big Drums
- !!!Needing/Getting (Video Version) (OK Go) I love the lyrical resignation of this song, and this version, with its car-powered percussive instrumentation, is amazing to hear and to see.
- !!!This Too Shall Pass (Marching Band Version) (OK Go) Most songs are better when you add a marching band.
- !!Beast (Nico Vega) Perfect song for the credits of "Bioshock Infinite"
- !Ain't No Rest for the Wicked (Live from The Vic In Chicago) (Cage the Elephant) Kind of a White Stripes vibe to this.
- !10. A.M. Automatic (The Black Keys) Man, I love this kind of drum.
- !We Are Young (Radio Edit) (Fun) I guess this song has gotten a lot of play, but it's pretty good.
- !!Somebody That I Used To Know (Walk Off the Earth) A beautiful post-breakup duet -- the video, with all the performers on one guitar thing, is pretty awesome
- !Blowin' Smoke (Kacey Musgraves) NPR had a thing about this singer-songwriter, kind of a Sheryl Crowe vibe.
- !We the Common (For Valerie Bolden) (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down) Gentle bluegrass elements to this. Must be the banjo.
- !Long Hard Times to Come (From "Justified") (Gangstagrass/T.O.N.E-Z) Hiphop over bluegrass.
- !Justified (Cumberland River Band) A little too much Wild Wild West swagger, but good banjo.
- Viva Las Vegas (Shawn Colvin) Great soft cover from the credits of Big Liebowski.
- !Don't Dream It's Over (Sixpence None the Richer) I sang this in college, and it's a nice enough version.
- !Eternal Flame (Atomic Kitten) Oy. I like the modern polish, and have nostalgia for this song, as awful as it kind of is.
- Play Your Part (Pt. 1) [Explicit] (Girl Talk) Kind of gross pimp hiphop over terrific R+B...
- !Into Action (Tim Armstrong) Catchy boogie-woogie like movement.
- !Poisoning Pigeons In the Park (Tom Lehrer) ...I actually sang this goofy, whimsically dark number for my high school Senior talent night. It didn't go over all that well.
- !NYC Bitche$ (Awkwafina) From the singer of "My Vag", kind of a novelty number with a lot of authentic details from the buroughs.
- !!We Hate Everyone (K.Flay) Not as good as "So Fast, So Maybe", but the beat is great.
Slate on LOL Heh. Just like I'll never be really comfortable wearing a backpack with both straps because that was totally uncool in the late 80s, I will never be at ease using "LOL" because that's what the AOL noobs used in the mid-90s...
"Likeness is a most slippery tribe"
--Plato Sep 8 2014...
May Blender of Love
Good lord, they're right. Eat apples from the top down or bottom up. (When you get to the seeds, you can just shake them out, a detail the post doesn't mention.) Eat the ENTIRE apple. You will barely notice the core that seems so terrible when you're eating around its equater.
"Life always has an unhappy ending, but you can have a lot of fun along the way, and everything doesn't have to be dripping in deep significance."
--Roger Ebert. The final quote of his I'll be posting, and probably my favorite.
"Life would make a lot more sense if you could hear the laugh track."
It reminds me of this quote from Off to Be the Wizard (great book, by the way, what Ready Player One should have been) by Scott Meyer:
"The advantage that religion has over magic or science is that man's inability to understand is built into the system, so if an explanation is confusing or unsatisfying, it strengthens the point."
"The flow of discourse is just as real to human beings as the pathway of a fleeing zebra is real to a pursuing lion. They are both varieties of motion in certain kinds of space; it's just that the space of hunting is physical and the space of discourse is mental."
--Hofstadter / Sander, "Surfaces and Essences" Sep 8 2014...
"I went my whole life not knowing that there is a part of my body named the Canal of Schlemm and this is my new greatest regret."
"Nobody has all the answers, because all the best answers generate more questions."
--Scott Meyer, "Off to Be the Wizard"
I am almost halfway serious about starting to consider the possibility of maybe someday changing my name to "Kirk Is". (1 comment)
I think I have found a new band home... last night I had a little strolling Honk with the JP Dunster Road Honk Band... it felt really good to be tuba'ing with a group again.
(Man, Honk and Pep and Marching Bands are so much more fun than Concert Bands and Orchestras! If I had seen some of these as an option maybe I wouldn't have had such a long Tuba dark age...)
Slate on Japan's "Abenomics" So, Japan shakes itself from its stupor with stimulus, and Europe trudges through austerity. I think the USA could learn something. Sep 8 2014...
sMiles and suNNy weaTher!
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toHOld tHe Stuff together!
!if LUCk is good! why maN aliVE!
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N.B. - heNry is a beetle scab who produced poems for Don Marquis when archy the cockroach went on strike.
Trek through its various incarnations.
"In the beginning, when Adam was first created, he spent whole days rubbing his face in the grass. He picked his ear until it bled, tried to fit his fist in his mouth, and yanked out tufts of his own hair. At one point he tried to pinch his own eyes out in order to examine them before God had to step in."
--Jonathan Goldstein, "Ladies and Gentleman, The Bible!"
WARNING: catchiest kids video ever... it's funny how they really embrace the logic of it.
All well, lik Matthew says, no such thing as "jogging too slowly", right? (I'm glad the saying isn't "you can't jog too slow", because then that's not clear if it's a demand or a definition.)
As lazy as you are, I guarantee you will not be doing nothing over the next 30 seconds...
In my off time I've been working up this year's Advent calendar (see http://advent.alienbill.com/ for last year's). Last year only had one original piece, the rest of my effort was spent converting from Processing to Processing.js, doubling the size, and making things iPad friendly.
So I'm been trying to brainstorm Christmas/Winter/Holiday/Maybe Just Toys/Childhood in general themes. Looking over what I've done so far, including 5 ones this year:
Santa (3), Gifts (5), Christmas Tree (6), Reindeer (3), Candy Cane (3), Snowman (4), Wreath (3), Fairies (2), Snow flakes (2), Snow Activities (4: -blowing, -sledding, -angels, -forts) Wordart (2), Religious/Other Holiday (menorah, dreidel, kwanzaa, festivus poll, wisemen scene, new year's ball drop), Videogame parodies (Centipede w/ Snowman, Adventure w/ Tree, Asteroids w/ Tree) and then 11 more random things (English Christmas Cracker, Gingerbread, Stocking, Rocking horse, TV w/ Broadcast Fireplace, Penguin, Holiday Lights, Snow globe, Snow scene, Icycles and Iceberg.)
Other ideas I've not yet made include a nutcracker and maybe a toy train.
Any thoughts, suggestions, requests?
From merchandising is Forever, a blog of Star Wars toys... 26 Boba Fetts:
I admit I'm a little nervous about the apparent strength of the economy, both the relative joblessness of it, and just because I'm always ready for the other shoe to drop. And it looks like America under Obama and a divided Congress has done a lot better than Europe.
...Someone should right a song about that."
--Andy on "The Office" finale.
I am on a business trip to Phoenix. I am feeling like such a tourist because I'm very tempted to take lots of picture of the cactuses. Cactusi. Whatever.
--Austin Grossman, "You". http://www.xkcd.com/1216/ :
"Reason is a machete in a bullshit forest."
"It is my sincerest hope that the act of dying feels like finally peeing after a long bumpy car ride."
fortress duplo east wall
So frickin' tired of nation-specific mp3/music downloads. I think Australia is the worst, but UK is bad enough. #shutupandtakemymoney
"Your right to be stupid does not change the fact that you're stupid."
via http://tumblr.4gifs.com/ :
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/05/26/sunday-review/26corn-ch.html -- what a bummer, how nutrition can't easily win out in the marketplace.
Messing with Zoosk. So far it doesn't feel as much as my demographic as OKCupid does; like, Zoosk is eharmony what OKC is to match.com, or something. Plus with odd like Zynga like elements.
--http://twitter.com/BoobsRadley http://twitter.bug.quietbabylon.com/ excellent short-short sci-fi story in the form of a bug report to Twitter....
After 3 or 4 months of almost exclusive OSX use, I think I'm finally adapted to option- and cmd-arrow keys to hop around. Windows keyboards had less to think about in that regard, but then again there was little consistency where "Home" and "End" would be on any given laptop...
"One is never confronted with a single isolated situation but is always in the midst of a vast multitude of situations, and there is never just one single valid point of view to take but always a variety of reasonable points of view."
--Douglas Hofstadter & Emmanuel Sander "Surfaces and Essences"
via Stupid Calculations
"When a dog eats the flesh of a goose, it turns into the flesh of a dog."
-- Henri Poincaré