Monday, June 29, 2015

A painful lesson

I just changed the blade on my razor. It got me to thinking about a time, now years ago, when I learned that if you see something like a hair stuck in a double or triple blade, you free it by banging it against the sink/tub. If that doesn't work, you forget about it. Do not try to solve the problem with your fingertip.

Somehow evolution didn't program me with this knowledge.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hi-flying Saturday Random Ten



When the PBS Art:21 documentaries are released on DVD I make a point of checking them out of the library. I'm interested in the way various artists approach their practice. What are their particular preoccupations and how does that affect what they do?

This is from a profile of Trevor Paglen, an artist/photographer from Chicago who works out west. Actually this portion wasn't on the DVD so probably didn't air, either. But his work is interesting because he tracks things going into space, the defense technologies that monitor us and everyone else. Topical stuff, but my interest is more aesthetic than political. Assuming there's a difference.

Anyway, the Random Ten.


1. Fitz & the Tantrums - Fool's Gold
2. Amy Winehouse - You Sent Me Flying
3. The Beatles - Drive My Car
4. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Mr. PC
5. The Ramones - Makin' Monsters for My Friends
6. The Kinks - David Watts
7. St. Vincent - I Prefer Your Love
8. Lower Dens - I Am the Earth
9. David Bowie - Soul Love
10. Kendra Shank - L'Amour Est Bien Fort Que Nous

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Feet first

I was chatting with a guy on the bus, friendly acquaintance so we usually at least say a few words to each other when we meet. Anyway, I look down and see that we're wearing the same exact make and model of shoe. Got them at the same place, of course, and I think for the same discount.

From what he says he wears out shoes a lot faster than I do. Then again my definition of "worn out" for sneakers is "levitating over the sidewalk on a thin network of rubber."

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The sky is falling

I went to the Starbucks in the Biltmore Hotel in Providence this evening. When I got there a big part of the store was roped off with police tape because part of the ceiling had fallen in. Investigators from the fire department were poking around. When the action died down I hoped to ask the employees what exactly had happened/how it had happened. But it was not to be, because more FD people piled in and then they wanted to evacuate the building. So I had to leave just a few minutes after coming in.

I've been checking Google news to see if there have been any stories about it. Nada so far. As I've hinted before there just aren't enough sources nowadays for local stories, or any stories outside of a certain band of what are held to be common interests. In the information age a lot of information just dissipates.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Two friends at play



Oddly enough I can't remember hearing much of Frank playing acoustic. But these two certainly seem to be in sync here, for lack of the better word I suspect we need.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Needed Friday Random Ten

What can I say? It's depressing that The Onion had occasion to run this story, but I'm glad they did.


1. Kendra Shank - Moves
2. Irma Thomas - Time Is On My Side
3. The Kinks - Funny Face
4. The Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy
5. Yo La Tengo - Point and Shoot
6. Beth Custer/Joe Goode Performance Group - Throw Stones At a Can
7. Broadcast - I Found the F
8. St. Vincent - Psychopath
9. Roxy Music - Grey Lagoons
10. Sarah Vaughan - Midnight Sun

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jonson time

Lady T: You are sharp, sir.
This act may make him honest.
Man: If he were
To be made honest by an act of Parliament,
I should not alter in my faith of him.

From The Devil Is an Ass. Sadly overlooked passive aggressive wit.