Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sunday Night Music: Polyphonic Oversinging

Um, what? That’s sort of intriguing melodically….

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A disturbing little PSA

And then there was one….

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June 20, 2016 · 11:35 pm

Sunday Night Music: Taylor Swift /NIN mash-up

I… This is awesome.

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June 17, 2016 · 12:20 am

A few random, scattered thoughts

There was no rain today, but it was colder in the morning than the weekend led me to expect. My denim jacket is curled up like a cat in my car because it is no longer necessary.

When I walk out of my relatively productive night tonight, I might actually need it again and it will be toasty as though it just came out of the dryer.

My car needs its AC fixed, but I need to make sure I don’t schedule that for this weekend because I’m helping  a friend move. At the same time, though, I need to make sure it’s fixed before the 25th because I’ve a long drive down to Richmond to deal with.

Somehow my life keeps getting busier, even though I seem to actually have more time to do random things like read books.

I’ve forgotten where I used to surf for fun on the net. I remember I used to spend hours just popping from place to place and consuming vast amounts of pictures and data and stories and personal connections. I spent entire days looking at this and that and following web-rings. (remember those?) Now, I could fall into a pinterest hole, or bop around YouTube trying to catch up on my subscriptions. Or I could do something productive and comment on people’s blogs. I could check out my feedly list of articles and write something worthwhile.

Or I can take a moment to close the browser and be productive once more by editing the project I’m supposed to have completed months ago.

Then again, the conversation around me just turned to the idea of a road connecting Russia and Alaska where you could then drive from New York to London. This is both awesome and terrifying as an idea. We’ve decided that our truck would end up looking like something out of Mad Max.

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Sunday Night Music: ‘lost’ songs from the Middle Ages

Carmina qui quondam (excerpt) – Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy I:1

Recreated by Cambridge University Scholars. Awesome.

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June 12, 2016 · 12:40 am

10 Things Bruce Wayne could have done to help Gotham…

… instead of becoming a vigilante with serious problems.

  1. Rebuild the public transport infrastructure his father designed. (Giving people something to look at with pride.)
  2. Make sure that all police officers had bullet-proof vests. (So, you know, they don’t get killed by all the crooks in Gotham.)
  3. Develop self-defense courses for at-risk populations. (Maybe prevent a few crimes. I mean, if Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn can teach girls self-defense to protect them from bullies and rapists, why can’t Batman?)
  4. Ensure appropriate hazardous waste disposal facilities were available. (This might prevent the development of more super-villains.)
  5. Fund a reintegration program for ex-cons. (Reduce the number of henches who can only find jobs as henches.)
  6. Fund an orphan’s home. (Instead of adopting young boys and teaching them to be vigilantes.)
  7. Fund the development of green spaces. (Increase the community spirit of Gotham.)
  8. Fund the development of greener energy. (Reduce the amount of pollution in the city, possibly heading off the more, ahem, violent eco-warriors.)
  9. Develop a reliable internship program for the children of Gotham. (Maybe guide them away from careers in crime and henching.)
  10. Create more businesses to hire more people — maybe some of those ex-cons from #5. (Duh. More business, more prosperity in the city, more opportunities for all people to earn a living. Reduce the number of frustrated people who feed the never-ending hench supply.)

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So How about that Navy Scandal Eh?

So, after a multiple page spread on the Navy Graft investigation, all I can say is, SERIOUSLY? You thought that letting your contractor find you hookers was OK? And expensive meals?

And on the other side of the graft — You should not piss off the admins for they will keep notes and take your ass down as soon as they can.

Oh, and a special Hell is waiting for the NCIS agent who abused his power to make sure this didn’t get noticed. F’ You, Special Agent Slimy-pants.

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Hidden Libraries?

So, researchers have found a way to look at hand-written pages which were hiding in the bindings of antique books.

When the printing press made its debut in Europe in the 15th century, hand-written manuscripts went the way of eight track tapes and CD players—becoming unfashionable in the face of new technology. So early book binders cut up some of these older texts and used the paper to reinforce the spines and covers of the newfangled printed books.

That practice has put researchers in another type of bind: To get to the valuable fragments built into these early modern books, they have to tear them apart. But according to Dalya Alberge at The Guardian a new technology is giving researchers a peek at the manuscript fragments without damaging the printed books.

This is really awesome. I can’t wait to see what this research turns up. Maybe some answers to questions we didn’t know to ask about history. Because, of course, it would be the unpopular books which were “pulped” in this way…..

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Sunday Night Music: By Myself

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June 5, 2016 · 12:38 am

The Great Ebay Experiment 6-3-16

Five months in and still drowning in stuff!

We’ll start with what’s sold:

  • Marvel Ice Tray
  • Hexbug
  • Game of Thrones Magnets
  • Pr. of Baker’s shoes
  • Butterick Pattern

 

Marvel Ice Tray — This was a Lootcrate piece.

Hexbug — Also a Lootcrate piece, but the purchaser got it to torment their cat.

GoT Magnets — You guessed it. Lootcrate.

Pair of Baker’s Shoes — These were high heeled ankle boots that my mother loved, but can’t wear. I sold them for her.

Butterick Pattern — Plus sized formal dress pattern. Mom and I bought it, but never used it and we’ve decided it’s not our style, so onto the sale pile!

Until next month! Happy selling and buying!

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