Archive for February, 2015

“Excuse me, Sir. Do you have a minute to talk about rock and roll?”

“Does it ever stop raining here?”

I’ve been really digging local Seattle artist Shelby Earl for the past few weeks. Here 2013 record, Swift Arrows is fantastic. Bare, honest folk music, with incredible lyrical craft paired with stripped-down, but solid composition.

Highly recommended.

An Elegant Proof.

Destruction is always easier than creation: “By Stefanovitch’s reckoning, just two individuals had accounted for almost all the destruction, eviscerating the completed puzzle in about one percent of the moves and two percent of the time it had taken a crowd of thousands to assemble it.”

Alternately phrased: one malicious shitheel can destroy the work of hundreds of good people, but only if the system permits it.

One thing that I think gets glossed over in the (otherwise) excellent write-up above is that Stefanovitch’s original reckoning was correct. The project didn’t actually have one antagonist, but two. I’ll give you a hint as to the other:

“‘We were crossing our fingers, hoping we wouldn’t get sabotaged,’ says [REDACTED], the team’s security expert.”

“Security” “expert”. Malfeasance is one thing, but when it comes to security, willful incompetence is just as bad.

Today, in incongruous mashup news

“Never entertain the taste of the red”

A strong contender for most ridiculous music video ever filmed. Killer tune, though.

“It comes right from the streetlights you know”

I love Neko Case’s talent for crafting perfect little self-contained gems like this. Every part of this tune is perfect and forms a flawless facet with every other part. The bass line, the trumpet flourishes, and Neko’s inimitably dextrous vocals and bare lyrical styles. All brilliant.

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Magic Blue Smoke

House Rules:

1.) Carry out your own dead.
2.) No opium smoking in the elevators.
3.) In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
4.) A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place.
4a.) Penalty one stroke.
5.) Pilsner should be in Roman type, and begin with a capital.
6.) Keep Calm and Kill It with Fire.
7.) Spammers will be fed to the Crabipede.