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September 1, 2019


Also, the photos of the month:

everybody needs a tuba for a pillow, everybody needs a tuba

my pals think living in scotland is all beautiful rolling hills and friendly patter when in reality it's a junkie shouting 'ye goin for a shite hen?' at me because i'm carrying a 16 roll pack of toilet roll

august 2019 new music playlist

September 2, 2019
Light month for the still new summary format... Janelle Monáe is superb as always, and the "Caravan" by The Mills Brothers was a great bookend.
Make Me Feel
Janelle Monáe
Love the almost ASMR sound of the mouth clicks - and this song has so many small little twists, I love it- Strong "Prince" vibe.
Some tumblr entry. Like her stuff in general.



Saber Dance
Harry James and His Orchestra
Heh, remember Peewee's Big Adventure?
I played this in college, maybe some other places...
Rock Star (Jason Nevins Remix Edit)
N.E.R.D
Uptempo remix
Liked this song, ran into the remix in this All iPod Ads video...



Paagal
Badshah
Blend of traditional India music and hiphop - was playing at Melissa's exercise class.
Saw something online about this - controversy where the video is maybe being discriminated against and deserves some record for most views, or maybe there was click-buying, or maybe every big video does that...
Something About You (Single)
Level 42
Famous 80s new wave
The brilliant Cary Bros cover of this made me look for other variants, so I went to the original.
I Think I See the Light
Cat Stevens
Harold+Maude's soundtrack had way too much Cat Stevens, though this one is pretty ok.
Hole In The Bucket
Spearhead
90s hiphop with a protest edge.
References in a band email thread about how to use our funds.



True Colors (Film Version)
Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake
An episode of "Superstore" had the original, thought this cover seemed more promising. Deep ambivalence about Lauper's original...
Blurred Ice (Vanilla Ice vs. Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams & T.I.)
Ed Home
Mashup of some problematic songs.
I've had "Best of Booty" (pop-mashups, some truly inspired) tracks sitting around waiting for a quiet month for a while.
Them Basses
Big Top Orchestra
Marching / Circus Band music.
My bass buddy Kevin C posted: "Unpopular Opinion: Them Basses is not a very good march." But I remember playing it once or twice.



Gittin' Funky
Kid 'N Play
80s hip hop - missed the music back in the day, but now I think they were one of the bigger influences in the Christian rap I was listening to around then.
Work buddy Mifi was going to see "Hammer House Party", MC Hammer and a pile of 80s/90s artists including these guys.



Get Up Get Out (feat. Jstlbby)
Born Dirty
Big motivational music.
Someone on work slack did a push to all servers and sent a Spotify link to this, since it seemed thematically appropriate.



bad guy
Billie Eilish
The kinda sexy song that knocked "Old Town Road" off the perch. Love the "Duh".
Friend was playing during a getaway weekend
Nobody
Mitski
Song sounds a bit too studio clean.
The line "Give me one good honest kiss And I'll be alright" was on tumblr - here and here



Caravan
The Mills Brothers
Vocal-instrumental version of a jazz great.
Doing Blog cleanup I ran into it while doing blog cleanup - on /2010/02/15 my mom mentioned by grandfather Papa Sam liked the group.

Let's leave aside the fact that no divine entity or precept of natural law gives anyone the right to own an assault weapon. Let's also ignore the fact that it's entirely likely that gun control solutions would have denied the Odessa shooter easy access to the firearms with which he carried out his killings.

The most interesting question here is about evil intent. If human evil is the ultimate cause of gun violence–rather than the shocking ease with which modern firearms allow tense situations to escalate into deadly violence and unbalanced individuals to become mass murderers in a matter of seconds–then presumably there must be more bad people in America than anywhere else in the world.
I've been hearing "God-given right to own guns" in a few quarters. How the hell does that work? Either it's "well everything comes from God" (all things good and ill, I guess, if God is all powerful and lets 'em happen... and Gun Control would come from God too) or maybe just "well there's this amendment about guns and militias in the Constitution, and that especially in particular came from God".
Oh wow - MRI videos of what's going on with the mouth and tongue and throat when a trombone player is doing their thing! Here's my favorite:

September 3, 2019

So we turn to the second conservative talking point - that it stops urban areas from overrunning the rural ones, by having more people. (And we'll leave aside that that was a concern largely for less-populated states that wanted to keep their slave-owning ways) I think Jamelle Bouie put it pretty well: "[Abolishing the Electoral College means that politicians will only campaign in (and listen to) urban areas.] is wrong on the impact of ending the Electoral College. A presidential candidate who focused only on America's cities and urban centers would lose -- there just aren't enough votes. Republicans live in cities just as Democrats live in rural areas. Under a popular vote, candidates would still have to build national coalitions across demographic and geographic lines. The difference is that those coalitions would involve every region of the country instead of a handful of competitive states in the Rust Belt and parts of the South."

September 4, 2019


That the first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think. What you think next defines who you are.
That is such an interesting thought about identity and our relationship with our subconscious selves and the implications for change and growth. Sometimes I can have such ugly initial thoughts - (a bit like the french term L’appel du vide, the call of the void.) It does raise the question: what's the realest you? Is it that conscious voice that steps up and corrects the first bad thought it, like the quote implies? Or are you not "authentically" changed until you've successfully reconditioned yourself?

September 5, 2019

Building a giant statue got Ozymandias into a poem which will in fact outlast "The Lone and Level Sands" that "Stretch Far Away" [...] Immortality is basically free now except that you still die.

Only jailers believe in jail.
???
Someone mentioned this quote to me, attributed to I forget whom, but I can't google it, so now I'm wondering.
Interesting Quora answer to Why aren't Canadian doctors moving to the US en masse for better pay? most relevant bit:
She said it wasn't worth the hassle. She made more money -but she also had more expenses, including hiring 5 additional individuals as well as her office staff just to deal with all of the different insurance companies and payments and collections!

She found her medical options for her patients compromised by decisions enforced by these same insurance companies that she felt prevented her from giving her patients the medical care they needed.
I've heard a range of opinions from Canadians about their healthcare, ranging from "meh and annoying" to "great!". But the non-stop crap about "US healthcare is the envy of the world!" needs is nonsense. Yes, free markets can get to lost of efficiencies, but I don't think that overcomes the zero sum game aspect of how the less healthcare the insurance company gives me the more money they get to keep. Our system's reliance on Urgent Care-based response and GoFundMe for procedures are indicative of a system that needs to be supplemented.
Boris Johnson loses his majority:

via b3ta.com/

the jackass and the barn

September 6, 2019
Interesting piece on Mayor Pete's religiosity vs the apocalyptic view in some quarters on the right - the idea that the world can't or won't be better 'til we burn down the current one his horrifying.

I sort of hate how popular "When The Saints Go Marching In" is for NOLA-inspired bands, because it has that apocalyptic message baked in (I especially didn't want to play it for the counter-rally, where you have some idiots marching and thinking they're special messengers.) Like I say: "You know, in the movies, you can tell the bad guys - they're the ones that are plotting for and rejoicing in the end of the world. Turns out, same thing in real life."

I guess there's some privilege in that - when the world is treating you pretty well, there's probably "no place but down from here". But even taking that into account, it's easy to think that people who want to burn it all down are WAY overestimating the chances of it being replaced by something better. Reminds me of the quote:
Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
Sam Rayburn
That's one of the reasons why I put stock in "the system", as flawed and prone to abuse and exploitation as it can be. It needs reform, not demolition.
18 years ago my then 5 year old car hit 50,000. Last night, my 15 year old car hit 130K:

(Check engine light comes on a lot if a full-service gas attendant doesn't do the cap properly.)
All The Ways Brexit Could Go Now, Explained For People Who Are Confused "We're in the endgame now. Or maybe we're not."
Some other Car Talk words and phrases The Boston Globe identified: "dope slap," or a quick, corrective slap to the back of the head in punishment of stupidity; "urgent haircut," or the need to relieve oneself; "T.S., Eliot," or a public-radio friendly way of saying "tough shit"; "schnerdling," a word with Icelandic origins to mean toilet; and "boat payment," a unit of measurement arising from Ray's discovery that the least scrupulous mechanics he knew all owned boats.
Ha, did not know "Urgent Haircut" (as in Urgent Haircut Productions" was a euphemism!)

warren peace

September 7, 2019
The Warren Peace Band (get it?) was the first outing of "Boston For Fun", an offshoot of other HONKish groups for more casual get togethers...

Sen. @ewarren supporters have come out in full force, including the “Warren Peace Band” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/wHWlNcxKX4

— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaNBCNews) September 7, 2019

gettin' all naturey

September 8, 2019
Melissa and I went for a hike, the "Great Blue Hill via Skyline Trail" according to AllTrails, the counter-clockwise loop with just a small shortcut back to where we parked and avoiding the final hill.
Medium level hike, some clambering up and down.


Not the finest picture, but
A. tough to get light exposure on clouds properly
B. oh and we are panting like lizards



Panoramic View from Eliot Tower. It doesn't do justice to hell well you can see Boston from there. Also, I would say I really prefer hikes with interesting goals. (And kayaking with fireworks)
Churchill said "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." I sleep soundly in my bed because I've had a wank mate.

getting a crop top that says "you are not immune to propaganda" with matching booty shorts that say "propaganda" on the ass

Really bummed about the MIT Media Lab thought that article pointed out things were grossly mercantile there - "The Media Lab has long been academia's fanciest glue trap for morally elastic rich people." It's that "can you separate appreciating the art from condemning actions of the artist" question that is so much at play these days, but on an institutional level, and for tools I really appreciate like Processing and P5.
the idea that anti-depressants are supposed to fix you is like rehydrating a raisin and calling it a grape

never such an old man

September 9, 2019
My dad woulda been 70 today! (he died in the late 80s).

Over the years I've learned how to calculate milestones, so over the years I've made entries on some of his birthdays, his death date anniversaries, and the other odd milestones like "I'm exactly twice as old as I was when he died, so as long without him as I had been with him" and "I'm as old as he was when he died." Some of those days I made little tribute-y essays - (he was a really interesting guy, champagne on a beer budget where I'm sometimes the opposite) - kirk.is/tag/dad

Bummer he wasn't around doing needlepoint when I figured out about pixel art, and could make tools to help convert images or otherwise find source material like retro video games, woulda been interesting to collaborate with him!
UPDATE: Deb, a woman who knew my dad in Salamanca, replied on FB:

I remember him well and I never laughed so hard until he was boiling hotdogs and he said the hot dogs are having an erection they must be done. I was kind of shocked he said that and then again not. He was a good man.
Funnier to remember he was her pastor! And her brother worked with my folks and became a Salvation Army minister himself.

--Donkey King by Jason Edmiston via
Prime Minister, negotiating FTAs with the EU and the US and securing their ratification in less than three years, I think is going to be a Herculean task for you. But we do want to be your friend, and your ally; your Athena in doing so. And I think the manner in which you leave the European Union will determine whether that's possible.
That's a brilliant burn - Athena helped Hercules on many of his tasks, but most famously, knocking him out after he went tragically went mad and had killed his own children but before he could kill his own father...

September 10, 2019

"I know what you're saying. But it isn't because words are inadequate. I won't go that far."
"Certain things words can't convey."
"Oh, but they can. Because those things you're referring to are . . . well, if they're not actually made of words or derived from words, at least inhabit words: language is the solution in which they're suspended. Even love ultimately requires a linguistic base."
but the poet, Andrei Codrescu, once wrote that 'Physical intimacy is only a device for opening the floodgates of what really matters: words.'
Tom Robbins, "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates"
(Man, language. Great quotes but makes me wonder... is it just the linguistic / narrative part of my brain telling me that language is so important? )
Laura Ingraham Schooled By Benjamin Watson In Deeply Satisfying Fox News Segment HA. Go Patriots, and go thoughtful athletes!

September 11, 2019

Stayin' Alive, played on finally detailed robot piano... it's weird because you can totally hear the lyrics that aren't there.

via Cracked.com's 5 Surprising Ways Your Senses Are Lying To You

September 12, 2019

Perfect shot of a swimmer just before the water's surface tension is broken, via reddit

I saw it paired with a similar shot here with @Hookzilla asking "What if water just don't let you out one day..."
i think every day about how cable internet is IP over MPEG. this is a literal fact. DOCSIS sends downstream data in MPEG frames because that's what the cable networks are optimized for and what all the switching equipment understood when cable broadband took off
(Later followup: "important note: i'm told docsis 1 and 2 were burdened like this but the current standard has probably done away with it. It appears that it WAS like this for many years though.")

September 13, 2019

Since the turn of the century, the Red Sox have won more World Series titles than anyone, but generally stumble the following the year, like how this year they're reigning champions but unlikely to make the postseason. It's kind of like they took the old "Just wait 'til next year!" line and turned it from a promise into a threat...

supper mario broth. Guess I just love random off-model images of Donkey Kong

via the-ice-castle

September 14, 2019

Two children found a bag containing twelve marbles. They argued over how to divide the toys and finally went to see the Mulla. When asked to settle their disagreement, the Mulla asked whether the children wanted him to divide the marbles as a human would or as Allah would.

The children replied, "We want it to be fair. Divide the marbles as Allah would."

So, the Mulla counted out the marbles and gave three to one child and nine to the other."
A repeat, but man is it a good reminder that in some ways our moral aspirations transcend what the universe and god seem to have set up for us.

September 15, 2019

I like to think that the house I grew up in dreams about me sometimes, too.

Sequin pillow magic.


Play Chess and Lose Weight! Albeit at the grandmaster level. I had no idea it was so gruelling!

I never got deeply into chess - probably because I wasn't naturally great at it once I learned the moves, and too full of myself to struggle with getting better. I think I had a handheld game of it that I could beat, and an Atari 800XL program that I couldn't. I remember by friend Beau was terrific at it.

I wonder what percentage of people who grew up in the USA know all the chess moves?


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