Here's what I'd like to do:
1. On a DAILY basis I'd like to do at least one thing for Mind (like read a chapter of a book), Body (there are some exercises I've been neglecting that might help get past a recurring but minor arm ache) or Spirit (there's a meditation app I've had languishing on my phone for months)
2. On a WEEKLY basis I'd like to revive my 2001 resolution of "catch up with one person I'd like to stay in contact with a week". This might have been too ambitious when I thought it meant "in person", but if I include email or call contact, it might be good.
(For both of those it helps to have a good Todo app with recurring items - my favorite being "2Do", which handles multiple sublists better than any I've seen.)
3. Continue being less angsty and procrastinatory when tasks are triggering insecurity. I tried to make this comic panel with an appropriate quote:
(I'd like to make a sequel of sorts to, or maybe rather an anthology including So, You're Going to Die, with all the best ideas I've encountered in my 40-odd years here, though I wish I had an advisor/editor whose taste I trusted, to help me how to make best use of the tools I have available (both intrinsic and external) and to figure out if I should commission an illustrator who has worked at honing their craft, or if there is enough charm in my doodle style to carry the day - and if the latter, which of my gimmick styles works best.)
Disappointing stuff in gray, great stuff in red, really great stuff in red and bold. The +- after the number is how it compared to 2017.
Still feels weird to think about how I am sort of gamifying my media consumption - plowing through a book I'm not digging just so I can put in a notch as "done", but hey.
Olives are the perfect snack for anyone who loves the taste of drowning at sea
Jerry Falwell Jr:
There's two kingdoms. There's the earthly kingdom and the heavenly kingdom. In the heavenly kingdom the responsibility is to treat others as you'd like to be treated. In the earthly kingdom, the responsibility is to choose leaders who will do what's best for your country. Think about it. Why have Americans been able to do more to help people in need around the world than any other country in history? It's because of free enterprise, freedom, ingenuity, entrepreneurism and wealth. A poor person never gave anyone a job. A poor person never gave anybody charity, not of any real volume. It's just common sense to me.
You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
A Hippo is faster than a human both on land and in water, so the bicycle is your only chance to beat it in triathlon
- Take Your Mama (Radio Edit) (Scissor Sisters) Like with "The Killers" I'm kind of amazed at how this 2010 song sounds like a different era - in this case a lot of George Michael (for the guitar intro) and Elton John (vocals)
- HUMBLE. (Kendrick Lamar) Like the last one ran into this at a pub jukebox... like the sound, less crazy about the chorus.
- Schüttel deinen Speck (Peter Fox) Super fun dance hall stuff, forget what soundtrack it's from - very hard to track down, I had to have a German friend buy me the mp3.
- Blank Frank (2004 Remaster) (Brian Eno) For a long time Bill the Splut's comments page has been titled "Blank Frank is the Siren, He's the Air-raid, He's the Crater" which is a hell of a lyric.
- Bella Ciao (Marc Ribot & Tom Waits) Honk bands play this song, but I think sometimes we don't take it seriously enough.
- come out and play (Billie Eilish) Apple ads have some of the finest musical selections
- You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (Megan Lynch) From a great collection of covers "Songs The Brothers Warner Taught Me" - pieces Lynch was introduced to via the cartoons.
- The Latin Quarter (Megan Lynch) For some reason a few years ago I started singing this but with the lyrics "Come along with me / We'll go to gay Pa-ree / Which is why I perspire when we polka / Come on and take a chance / Don't wait for circumstance! / Which is why I perspire when we polka!"
- Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley & The Jordanaires) I had Shawn Colvin's cover but never the original - great energy.
- Baby It's Me (Diana Ross) Random youtube recommendation was Raquel Welch dancing to this on the Muppet Show...
- Someone Just Like You (Beni) Found this when I was searching for the previous song artist - turns out the video has been mislabeled. Kind of neat dance hall stuff.
- Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (Chris Thomas King) Rewatched "O Brother Where Are Thou" - realized I had been too miserly with what songs I had ripped from my CD of the soundtrack
- O Death (Ralph Stanley) In "O Brother Where Art Thou" it's kind of of weird that they put such a deep song into the mouth of the KKK leader / politician.
- I'll Fly Away (Gillian Welch & Alison Krauss) Finally from "O Brother" -- I think it caught my eye because some Honk bands play it.
- Baby, It's Cold Outside (Four Point Restraints) I think in general I am of the "the singers are collaborating to get to what they both what despite social conventions" explanation for this song, but this minor-key interpretation is a bit darker than that...
- Another One Bites the Dust (Queen) Another catch-up after watching the biopic.
- Memphis Mail (Scott Dunbar) Not sure where I ran into this bit, still some slapping folk music.
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (feat. Billy F Gibbons) (William Shatner) Shat keeps the spoken word cover genre alive.
- Snoopy's Christmas (The Royal Guardsmen) I grew up with this on a album single.
- I Am Santa Claus (Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio) Parody Holiday song... kind of a staple of 80s/90s morning zoo radio, I think.
"Coco" is a really fun Día de Muertos film. Always remember: hide in the tuba.
Open Gallery Best Photos of 2017
Butterfly. Dig the texture!
Not 100% I took this photo at Cambridge RiverSing but I should have...
BABAM Boogying at Pride with Elizabeth Warren!
Boozy photo by Candace...
I am bad at eating pickles.
Cora looks skeptical.
Always fun looking through art with a beloved one.
Row of horns from HONK!Tx
Big horn, little person.
Lots of dots.
[I] am rarely happier than when spending an entire day programming my computer to perform automatically a task that would otherwise take me a good ten seconds to do by hand.
Open Gallery Second Best Photos of 2017
I love the inverse-rain-shadow my tuba made - unfortunately you have to look closely to see it.
I was fascinated by the criss-cross light at Cora's watertable.
Dramatic shadows at the office.
Lego Giraffe at Assembly Row
Tubas in Texas
Melissa's Best Little Buddy
Valentine's offering. Somehow it's the texture of the cloth that makes that one.
Big sky at Asbury Park
Somerville tends to run its Trum Fields fireworks a week early, and you can see them from our windows.
This photo rocks.
My horn Scheiny and a little friend.
The world in Melissa's shades...
You don't own the atoms in your body. It's just your turn to use them.
Open Gallery Best Photos of 2018
Moonlight Kayaking with Essex River Basin Adventures in September led to this sunset beauty...
Jon Batiste (from Colbert's Late Show, and much more) was playing the Sinclair in Harvard Square, and a small group from School of Honk decided to "crash" between sets, playing "I'm From Kenner", a song from one of his bands that we play - turned into an invite to come in and meet him and then close out his second set with him, making a parade out the door.
Big rainbow at Union Square
Just horsing around at the Jodoin's photography studio.
Played some funerals and weddings this year with New Magnolia
Melissa got me, for the first time in my life, to get up early to go catch the over-ocean sunrise in Ocean Grove
A goofy mid-parade selfie to figure out "oh, just how badly is my underlip bleeding?"
Melissa works a few floors down and made up a surprise message for me...
Haven't skinny dipped for decades - but I have posed for pretentious artsy shots more recently!
That last one and this was at Lake George, perfect lake trip with Dylan...
...and with Sarah
Finally back to Ocean Grove, I really liked this shot with just a bit of Melissa in it...
them: what's happening
you: literally everything is happening
them: cool cool
you: somethings, like stones, are happening slowly
you: other things like love or weather are happening faster
them: well, good to see you
Melissa and I have "Iron Man 3" on in the background on SyFy. Commercials are a weird alternation: Pizza, Fitness, Pizza, Fitness, Pizza, Fitness....
The author writes about renunciation, says that when you give something up--alcohol, drug, person--it leaves a void inside of you that something else will rush in to fill. Augustine's God-shaped hole. But some people, she says, realize the emptiness itself is God. That a Zen master once described enlightenment as Lots of space and nothing holy.
Brain scans show believers react with less stress to their mistakes than atheists. Regardless of where one is on the metaphysical vs supernatural feeling of what God is, feeling like something is in control seems to be a useful point of view.
Louis CK is a good reminder that when people with power ask for respect it's called "civility" and is sacred, but when people without power ask for respect it's called "political correctness" and is the butt of jokes
all wireless headphones look kind of goofy to me... Normal headphones end up looking like earmuffs, and AirPods have that weird Star Trek Uhura vibe. I favor BeatsX- the behind the neck loop is kinda like what a librarian would use to keep glasses dangling from her neck, which is a slightly better look IMO. But wireless somehow lacks dignity.
Backing a tanker truck up to my house and pumping 80,000 litres of custard into the loungeroom because it sparks joy
TIL: my 20-something coworkers are unfamiliar with the phrase "jumped the shark". How old am I? That's like a... 90s reference, right? (though to a 70s show, but I knew "jump the shark" before I knew it was a Happy Days reference...)
Grief, I’ve learned, is really love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot give. The more you loved someone, the more you grieve. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes and in that part of your chest that gets empty and hollow feeling. The happiness of love turns to sadness when unspent. Grief is just love with no place to go.
I'm probably late to the party on this, but Monster Factory (as recommended by Movies with Mikey) is so far up my alley it has its own onramp - LOL funny in the original sense.
Basically, slam the best of Mystery Science Theater together with video games (ideally open-worldish ones with extensive 'build your own characters') and this the result - where MST3K is limited to being a frame for a static piece of work, Monster Factory leverages the inherit feedback loop of games where the player can interact with and change the course of the action, beyond merely interpreting.
The only one I've fully watched is Saints Row 3:
Part of the shtick there is their monster child creation is against crimes, so they play a bit of that "try to do the game obeying all laws" thing, but Saints Row, even more so than GTA, really isn't that kind of game...
In general I love "make your own game within the game" My favorite personal example was in Mario Double Dash, where the Dry Dry Desert has a wandering tornado hazard. One time my estranged buddy EB and I decided not to finish, but instead invented a game where you get as close as possible to the twister without being sucked in. Of course, parking just outside the danger zone was just an invitation to be nudged in by the other player... I should make that idea into a multiplayer game.
Never, ever give up. Don't give up. Don't allow it to happen. If there's a concrete wall in front of you, go through it. Go over it. Go around it. But get to the other side of that wall.
In 2008 I liked turkey legs. In 2017 I preferred pickles. Also I have a short beard.
PS what is this challenge all about anyway? it feels like some weird "build raw data to improve our facial recognition algorithms."
Its my best attempt so far to make sense of the decades I've been around, and clear out some of the natural fog of memory.
If anyone wants to make one of these for themselves I'd be happy to help them.
On my devblog I go over all the drafts that lead me to the final design.
One of those cases where I wish I had better channels to get it to even more people - at one point I had pipedreams of making this a product, but I recognize a lot of people don't have the raw dates or photos at hand, and maybe they are less interested in their history as I am in mine.