Friday, September 30, 2005


32 Inches of hickory handle
connected to 16 pounds of steel
Swing that sledge till your teeth near rattle
Swing that sledge till your senses reel
Pounding out a hole in this granite graveyard
Digging on through to the upper strand
The only place on the face of the nation
With 50 acres of man-made sand

- from the story of Stevedore Steve


Wednesday, September 28, 2005

"Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue, Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn Børk! Børk! Børk!"
Swedish Chef - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

GIANT SQUID WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Washington Post: Scientists Photograph Giant Squid in Wild

National Geographic: Holy Squid! Photos Offer First Glimpse of Live Deep-Sea Giant

Scene 15: The Tale of Sir Lancelot

in which Our Brave Paladin goes on a killing spree...

And again! Over we go! Good. Steady! And now, the big one! Uuh! Come on, Concorde!
Message for you, sir.
Concorde! Concorde! Speak to me!

'To whoever finds this note: I have been imprisoned by my father, who wishes me to marry against my will. Please, please, please come and rescue me. I am in the Tall Tower of Swamp Castle.' At last! A call! A cry of distress! This could be the sign that leads us to the Holy Grail! Brave, brave Concorde, you shall not have died in vain!
Uh, I'm-- I'm not quite dead, sir.
Well, you shall not have been mortally wounded in vain!
I-- I-- I think I c-- I could pull through, sir.
Oh, I see.
Actually, I think I'm all right to come with you, sir--
No, no, sweet Concorde! Stay here! I will send help as soon as I have accomplished a daring and heroic rescue in my own particular...
Idiom, sir?

Please! Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

"Tempered over burning witches"

"A glorious extra 24 seconds absolutely free!"
The DVD Journal: Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Special Edition
Now piss off.



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Monday, September 26, 2005

[from one of those e-mails that gets forwarded all around cyberspace - usually they aren't all that funny - this one made me laugh]

"When you are in deep deep trouble... say nothing and try to be inconspicuous"

Saturday, September 24, 2005

[minstrels] The Tavern -- Jalaluddin Rumi

All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,
And I intend to end up there.

This drunkenness began in some other tavern.
When I get back around to that place,
I'll be completely sober. Meanwhile,
I'm like a bird from another continent, sitting in this aviary.
The day is coming when I fly off,
But who is it now in my ear who hears my voice?
Who says words with my mouth?

Who looks out with my eyes? What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.
If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.
I didn't come here of my own accord, and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have to take me home.

This poetry. I never know what I'm going to say.
I don't plan it.
When I'm outside the saying of it, I get very quiet and rarely speak at all.

We have a huge barrel of wine, but no cups.
That's fine with us. Every morning
We glow and in the evening we glow again.

They say there's no future for us. They're right.
Which is fine with us.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Woonsocket, RI - A City on The Move

Flin Flon, MB - A City Built On The Rocks

Murfreesboro, TN - A City Free of Mur
I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire

I can’t stand the beats
I’m asking for the cheque
The girl with crimson nails
Has Jesus round her neck
Swinging to the music
Swinging to the music
Oh oh oh oh

U2 - Vertigo

nitrous burn out

get pissed and get pinned


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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Jimmy the Exploder

Now Jimmy
Well, do you want an explosion now?

Yeah Jimmy
Do you want to explode now?

Yeah monkey
Now you seeing red now
Yeah monkey
Jumping on the bed now

Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo

Green apples
On the tree and growing now
Green apples
Are gonna be exploding now

Yeah monkey
Are you seeing red now?
Yeah monkey
Jumping on the bed now

Woo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo

The White Stripes - Jimmy The Exploder

Charles de Lint - Seven Wild Sisters: "Bees and 'sang don't mix, leastways not in these hills. It's got something to do with sweetness and light and wildflower pollen set against dark rooty things, living in the deep forest dirt... "
root·y (rū'tē)
adj., -i·er, -i·est.
1. Full or consisting of roots: a rooty patch of soil.
2. Suggestive of or resembling roots.
[minstrels] Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey -- Hayden Carruth

Scrambled eggs and whiskey
in the false-dawn light. Chicago,
a sweet town, bleak, God knows,
but sweet. Sometimes. And
weren't we fine tonight?
When Hank set up that limping
treble roll behind me
my horn just growled and I
thought my heart would burst.
And Brad M. pressing with the
soft stick and Joe-Anne
singing low. Here we are now
in the White Tower, leaning
on one another, too tired
to go home. But don't say a word,
don't tell a soul, they wouldn't
understand, they couldn't, never
in a million years, how fine,
how magnificent we were
in that old club tonight.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

KEXP Playlist
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - 8 pm
DJ: Greg Vandy
Show: The Roadhouse

alt-country, roots, soul, Americana "turning-it-out fresh!"

Time Artist Song Album

8:39 Calexico / Iron & Wine Red Dust In The Reins Overcoat Recordings

DJ Comments: Sat. 10/22 @Moore Theatre

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8:32 The Detroit Cobras You Don't Knock Baby Bloodshot

DJ Comments: Tues. 11/8 @Chop Suey w/Reigning Sound

8:28 Lee Fields Honey Dove 45 single Daptone

8:24 Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings This Land Is Your Land Live @ KEXP KEXP

DJ Comments: listen to the whole performance at

8:19 Leela James When You Love Somebody A Change is Gonna Come Warner Bros

DJ Comments: new release

8:16 Bettye Lavette On The Surface I've Got My Own Hell To Raise Anit-

DJ Comments: new release

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Leela James: A Change Is Gonna Come:

"With a dynamic,utterly distinctive blend of breathtaking rhythm & blues, fiery funk and roof-raising gospel inflections, Leela James delivers original music with a vocal prowess that both honors and advances the cause of true soul music. On A Change Is Gonna Come, her stunning debut album produced by some of today's biggest names-from Kanye West and Wyclef Jean to Commissioner Gordon and Raphael Saadiq-Leela James reaches back to the best and brings it up to the date for today...and tomorrow. "

underground injection wells

Where To Hide From Mother Nature - Wyoming? Nope. West Virginia? Think again. News "The entire community is now a toxic waste dump" - NP
Citizens in Mississippi fear that burying toxic secrets is standard operating procedure. Clinging to the north shore of Bay St. Louis, an inlet just west of Gulfport that flows into the Gulf of Mexico, the DuPont DeLisle plant, the country's second-largest titanium dioxide maker, was slammed by Katrina. The facility produces 14 million pounds of toxic waste per year, some of which is kept at on-site landfills. From 1999 to 2003, the most recent figures available, 2.3 million pounds of the waste were planted in the company's landfill.

DuPont also operates four underground injection wells, which shoot toxic waste into the earth at a depth of around two miles. In late August this year, a jury awarded $1.5 million to the first of nearly 2,000 local plaintiffs who claimed that dioxins from DuPont, released into the nearby air and water, caused their cancers.

Hurricane Katrina's storm surge overflowed DuPont's 25-foot-high levee, and the site was buried under 7 to 9 feet of water. According to the federal Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry, a leaking pipe (now repaired) released a pound of chlorine gas, and rail cars containing coke, ore and chloride were tossed on their side. Despite this storm surge -- the same one that flattened most of the bay -- DuPont claims that not a drop of toxic waste escaped its on-site landfills.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - Dedicated to the art of hurling

Grey Company Trebuchet: "Let's get started and look at what happens after you've put on your helmet, moved well off to the side of the trebuchet and pulled the rope tied to the trigger mechanism... "

Toys found in the waiting room at the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety
Howstuffworks "How does a dehumidifier work?"

Howstuffworks "How the Eden Project Works"

Howstuffworks "How Nuclear Power Works"

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Friday, September 16, 2005




Oh, very nice
Very nice
Very nice
Very nice
...But maybe in the next world

(the Smiths - 1987)

Rare and well-done tidbits from the Annals of Improbable Research

HotAIR - Rare and well-done tidbits from the Annals of Improbable Research

Scholarly Romance Restaurants
Ah, the romance of academe!

In every college town there is one special restaurant, a discreet, intimate place with moderately good food, modest prices,* and a liquor license, where professors take their favorite grad students. In this restaurant many a professor has begun nurturing the more personal aspects of the professor-student relationship. In the proper setting, love of learning can lead to love of professor.

Feline Reactions to Bearded Men
Cats were exposed to photographs of bearded men. The beards were of various sizes, shapes, and styles. The cats' responses were recorded and analyzed

The Bureaucracy Club™ is an organization of bureaucrats, by bureaucrats, for bureaucrats.

The Bureaucracy Club is dedicated to the propagation, study, maintenance, enhancement, documentation, and optimization of bureaucracies and bureaucrats. The Bureaucracy Club is organized and administered by the Annals of Improbable Research.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

mood swing

Coldplay ≠ U2

o·ver·rate (ō'ver-rāt')
tr.v., -rat·ed, -rat·ing, -rates.
To overestimate the merits of; rate too highly. See Coldplay "Fix You". Dennis DeYoung, Tommy Shaw or Chuck Panozzo could write better lyrics.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

the Pogues: "I got pissed and I got pinned"


If I should fall from grace with God
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
But the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

This land was always ours
Was the proud land of our fathers
It belongs to us and them
Not to any of the others

Let them go, boys
Let them go, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

Bury me at sea
Where no murdered ghost can haunt me
If I rock upon the waves
Then no corpse can lie upon me

It's coming up three, boys
Keeps coming up three, boys
Let them go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry

If I should fall from grace with God
Where no doctor can relieve me
If I'm buried 'neath the sod
But the angels won't receive me

Let me go, boys
Let me go, boys
Let me go down in the mud
Where the rivers all run dry


Last night as I slept
I dreamt I met with Behan
I shook him by the hand and we passed the time of day
When questioned on his views
On the crux of life's philosophies
He had but these few clear and simple words to say

I am going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing

I have cursed, bled and sworn
Jumped bail and landed up in jail
Life has often tried to stretch me
But the rope always went slack
And now that I've a pile
I'll go down to the Chelsea
I'll walk in on my feet
But I'll leave there on my back

Because I'm going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I'm going, I'm going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing

Oh the words that he spoke
Seemed the wisest of philosophies
There was nothing ever gained
By a wet thing called a tear
When the world is too dark
And I need the light inside of me
I'll walk into a bar
And drink fifteen pints of beer

Because I'm going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing

I am going, I am going
Any which way the wind may be blowing
I am going, I am going
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
Where streams of whiskey are flowing
Where streams of whiskey are flowing


The church bell rings
An old drunk sings
A young girl hocks her wedding ring
Down on Rain Street

Down the alley the icewagon flew
Picked up a stiff that was turning blue
The local kids were sniffin' glue
Not much else for a kid to do
Down Rain Street

Father McGreer buys an ice cold beer
And a short for Father Loyola
Father Joe's got the clap again
He's drinking Coca-Cola
Down on Rain Street

Bless me Father I have sinned
I got pissed and I got pinned
And God can't help the shape I'm in
Down on Rain Street

There's a Tesco on the sacred ground
Where I pulled her knickers down
While Judas took his measly price
And St Anthony gazed in awe at Christ
Down on Rain Street

I gave my love a goodnight kiss
I tried to take a late night piss
But the toiled moved so again I missed
Down Rain Street

I sat on the floor and watched TV
Thanking Christ for the BBC
A stupid fucking place to be
Down Rain Street

I took my Eileen by the hand
Walk with me was her command
I dreamt we were walking on the strand
Down Rain Street

That night Rain Street went on for miles
That night on Rain Street somebody smiled
un·clench ( P ) Pronunciation Key (n-klnch)
v. un·clenched, un·clench·ing, un·clench·es
v. tr.

To loosen from a clenched position; relax: unclench one's fists.

v. intr.
To become unclenched.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

My brother-in-law who hadn't seen me in a while described my beard as looking a bit Amish (hadn't thought of that one), so here you go:

my new look! (almost looks like me)

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Presence - Led Zeppelin - 1976


ThinkGeek :: I'm blogging this.

Friday, September 09, 2005

There is hope for geeks everywhere...
Engineer Girl

(crap, not the kind of site I thought it was)


Time Artist Song Album Label

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8:49 The Saturday Knights The Gospel The Saturday Knights demo

DJ Comments: Playing JITM at NIGHT Sept 10th at the Croc. Tomorrow! Opening! Holy shit!

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8:47 Editors Lights The Back Room Kitchenware

8:42 Silversun Pickups Kissing Families Pikul Dangerbird

8:38 Elbow Station Approach Leaders of the Free World

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8:31 Battle Tendency Transgressive Records

DJ Comments: 'Demons', a 2nd release from the monstrously touted Battle, due on September 19th

8:26 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

8:23 Wolf Parade Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts Apologies to the Queen Mary Sub Pop

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8:16 Mission Of Burma That's When I Reach For My Revolver Accomplished - The Best of Mission of Burma Ryko

DJ Comments: tonight: Sept. 9th - Columbia, MO

KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters


Mission of Burma

Once I had my heroes
Once I had my dreams
But all of that is changed now
They've turned things inside out
The truth is not that comfortable, no

And mother taught us patience
The virtues of restraint
And father taught us boundaries
Beyond which we must go
To find the secrets promised us, yeah

That's when I reach for my revolver
That's when it all gets blown away
That's when I reach for my revolver
The spirit fights to find its way

A friend of mine once told me
His one and only aim
To build a giant castle
And live inside his name
Cry and whispers sing in muted pain

That's when I reach for my revolver
That's when it all gets blown away
That's when I reach for my revolver
The spirit fights to find its way

Tonight the sky is empty
But that is nothing new
Its dead eyes look upon us
And they tell me we're nothing but slaves

That's when I reach for my revolver
(...but slaves)
That's when I reach for my revolver
That's when I reach for my revolver
That's when I reach for my revolver
That's when I reach for my revolver
That's when I reach for my revolver

Mission of Burma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


This one's for you, Frank:

Worst Case Scenarios

How to Survive If Your Parachute Fails to Open

1. As soon as you realize that your chute is bad, signal to a jumping companion whose chute has not yet opened that you are having a malfunction. Wave your arms and point to your chute.

2. When your companion (and new best friend) gets to you, hook arms.

3. Once you are hooked together, the two of you will be falling at terminal velocity, or about 130 miles per hour. When your friend opens his chute, there will be no way either of you will be able hold on to one another, because the G-forces will triple or quadruple your body weight. To prepare for this problem, hook your arms into his chest strap, or through the two sides of the front of his harness, all the way up to your elbows, and grab hold of your own strap.

4. Open the chute. The chute opening shock will be severe, probably enough to dislocate or break your arms.

5. Steer the canopy. Your friend must now hold on to you with one arm while steering his canopy (the part of the chute that controls direction and speed). If your friend’s canopy is slow and big, you may hit the grass or dirt slowly enough to break only a leg, and your chances of survival are high. If his canopy is a fast one, however, your friend will have to steer to avoid hitting the ground too fast. You must also avoid power lines and other obstructions at all costs.

6. If there is a body of water nearby, head for that. Of course, once you hit the water, you will have to tread with just your legs and hope that your partner is able to pull you out before your chute takes in water.

How to Prepare.

Check your chute before you jump. The good news is that today’s parachutes are built to open, so even if you make big mistakes packing them, they tend to sort themselves out. The reserve chute, however, must be packed by a certified rigger and must be perfect as it is your last resort. Make sure that:

* The parachute is folded in straight lines—that there are no twists.

* The slider is positioned correctly to keep the parachute from opening too fast.

24 oz

4 shots espresso
cocoa powder
raspberry syrup
steamed milk violently tortured

no sleep til monday

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Ophelia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Ophelia means several things:
Ophelia is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
Ophelia is a painting by John Everett Millais.
Ophelia is a choreographic piano piece by John Cage.
Ophelia is a moon of Uranus.
171 Ophelia is an asteroid.
Ophelia is an album by Natalie Merchant
Reviving Ophelia is a 1995 book by Mary Pipher which discusses the problems faced by adolescent girls in trying to retain a sense of self.
Ophelia is on the list of tropical cyclone names for storms in the Atlantic Ocean and will be the name of the fifteenth storm in 2005.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Eight miles high and when you touch down
You'll find that it's stranger than known
Signs in the street that say where you're going
Are somewhere just being their own

Nowhere is there warmth to be found
among those afraid of losing their ground
Rain gray town known for its sound
In places small faces unbound

Round the squares huddled in storms
Some laughing some just shapeless forms
Sidewalk scenes and black limousines
Some living some standing alone

"Eight Miles High" by The Byrds (1966)

BBC - Radio 2 - Sold On Song - Song Library - Eight Miles High