2 weeks agoan amazing interview - rambling from his thoughts on musical artistry to race and political secrets. Sounds like this joint production / video didn't quite live up to his standards, but I really liked it (always a fan of mashups)
Also, he has a few Stories for GQ....
Trump's Hair: Republican in the front, dreams of a lost playboy youth and virility that can never be regained and must be guarded with a facade of bluster and piss-colored thread on the sides, skinhead in the back.
I'd love to see a close reading of "Storage Wars". Between the probability of ginned-up rooms, the silent tragic stories implicit in so many of the abandonings, the so-often-idiotic, so-often-devious machinations of the regulars (conveniently coded as archetypes in the opening credits) the visceral build and release of the gambling aspect, and the weird way the show takes the people's word for the street value of so much of the junk (I mean it's really tough to actually SELL crap, right? Ebay has made everything a buyer's market.)
In a day of Dorito "lady-friendly" chips, it's good to know the whole world isn't always quite so stupid - How Christine Peterson coined the term "Open Source", in her own words.
Are you fucking kidding me. Military parades, big tanks on roll out. Stupid France, I thought it was just the Soviets, North Korea, and third world dictators who pulled that crap. arcade game Cyberball 2072... I mean, "has a cannon for an arm" shouldn't have to be figurative.
Yesterday Melissa pointed out that at some point Apple iPhone added an optional "return to last camera mode" setting for the built-in iOS Camera app - very useful for people like me trying to grab spontaneous shots for "One Second Everyday"
Things Philly Pholk did after the Eagles won. Yeesh.
Dow Jones taking a cue from Bitcoin?
Our upcoming nearterm future of faceswapping videos... Jokes on them at least for people like me who are a bit face blind (at least face myopic) Nicolas Cage in that shot? Sure, whatever you say.
--Prince. Really hope those "he'll be shown as a hologram at the super bowl!" rumors are false.
"Screw the country's attempts at meaningful infrastructure work, or ever getting debt down - but enjoy your free membership to Costco!"
But here's the thing about infinity: it's not as "everything" as you might expect. Take the simple counting numbers... 1, 2, 3... there's an infinite number of them! They go on forever. Everything you could possibly dream of, right?
Well, no. There are more infinities lurking. Now think about how many numbers fractions are between 0 and 1... 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 1/8... 311/782, 612131/981141, etc etc etc... there's an infinite number... all lurking between 0 and 1. And the same number must be lurking between 1 and 2, 2 and 3, etc. (And don't even get me started on the decimals... there's an even bigger infinity of them than the fractions, it's a long story)
So even if you had an infinite number of days to work with, there'd be things you couldn't get done - possible paintings you couldn't make, potential books you couldn't write, fabulous romances you couldn't pursue. The space of the possible blossoms and expands far further than our linear selves, even if our linear selves were going to last forever.
I find that reassuring. Sure I'll be missing out on whatever happens after I die, and I'd love to have quite a bit more say in when that happens. But even if by some miracle I managed to live forever without getting bored out of my skull (see the final chapter of Julian Barnes' "A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" for an exploration of that theme) there would still never be time to do EVERYTHING...
(In response to a response to the above)
One thing I didn't get into - I know my life is influenced by Objective Shoulds - that "objectively" it would be better to accomplish this, learn that, achieve the other. But I find it useful to remember that I don't actually believe there's any external authority determining that... so I don't have to worry about what potential goals I don't make nearly as much as I do.
I'm imagining that if your goals are more self-realized, that there are things you'd want to get done because YOU would want to, and not how other people or "objectively reality" will judge you - well, I guess this outlook is less help... the commitments you have to do and the choices of things you prioritized might well be blocking other things/classes/places/connections/reconnections you'd like to do, and so the best we can do is look for silver linings, try to prioritize and push and make a little time for that secondary but rewarding stuff... this Steve Jobs anecdote by Bethany Bongiorno:
At one point Steve wanted to turn UIKit elements orange. Not just any orange, he wanted a particular orange from the button on a certain old Sony remote. We got a bunch of remotes from Sony with orange buttons to try and find the right one. In the end, Steve hated it.Gruber describes it as one of the greatest concise Steve Jobs stories and how there's this philosophy of "Strong opinions loosely held."
I have a hard time with that, that there can be so little correlation between how strongly you feel about something and your tenacity in keeping to that belief. It's difficult for me to think of an opinion as "just" a subjective opinion, and not "one's best guess as to what is objectively best or true".
I guess I can allow myself...preferences, more so than opinions?
It's Groundhog Day. Again.
The shirt touches his neck
and smooths over his back.
It slides down his sides.
It even goes down below his belt--
down into his pants.
--Jane Kenyon, "The Shirt"
February 1, 2018New -to-me music, 4 star stuff in red.
I'm upset that my go-to for ripping otherwise unfindable music from Youtube seems like it's shut down for "music videos on my region".
- Perm (Bruno Mars) I love how he blends the old Motown sound with a modern feel...
- American Boy (feat. Kanye West) (Estelle) Guess I'm late to the party with this, but it's so catchy.
- Smoke That Fire (The New Birth Brass Band) Coming to embrace the pronounciation "fiyo" for "fire"
- You Already Know (feat. Nicki Minaj) [Interlude Version] [Explicit] (Fergie) Love the old 80s "It Takes Two" Sample, but I had to tell iTunes to pause before the "Interlude".
- On the Radio (Regina Spektor) All of her stuff is so great. For some reason I love framing like "This is how it works" or the begining of Father John Misty's "Pure Comedy"
- Roll On Slow (Glen Hansard) A friend had on one of those cable TV "endless music" channels - given that there's no commercials, it's really pretty good. I don't like much "adult alternative" but this was ok.
- Bootylicious (Destiny's Child) Again, late to the party.
- Ding-A-Ling (Stefflon Don & Skepta) Random algorithm recommendation. Strange sample.
- Birthday Cake (Cibo Matto) - music from Jet Grind Radio / Jet Set Radio, man I miss that game
- Katchi (Ofenbach vs. Nick Waterhouse) (Ofenbach & Nick Waterhouse). Katchi means "loving touch", not to be confused with "She Gives Me Kashi".
- Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse) (Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse) Another nice retro feel.
- Pfft You Was Gone (One More Time) Remember Hee Haw?
- Tina (Los Melódicos) A song I play with Banda de Paz
- La Colegiala (Sonora Tekendama) - Another song with Banda de Paz - "Cumbia" is the dance for it
- Diff'rent Strokes (The Edwin Davids Jazz Band) More TV nostalgia
- I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts (Danny Kaye) Odd novelty. For some reason "there stands me wife, the idol of me life" sticks in my head.
- Bom Bom (Tkay Maidza & Danny L Harle) from an Apple Watch ad.
- Curly Shuffle (Don Rich) Melissa and I welcomed in the New Year with a 3 Stooges Marathon and I thought of this...