Thursday, October 31, 2013
That was the girls. The guys weren't into it, apparently. Well one guy had an army uniform on, but it looked like he might actually be a reservist so that wouldn't actually be a costume. If you're going to dress as a soldier go for something outlandish like 19th century cavalry officer.
It just seems to me that one of the few perks to working in retail is the permission to be a goof now and then. Why not take advantage of it just because you have a Y chromosome?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
1. Talk Talk - My Foolish Friend
2. R.E.M. - Sitting Still
3. The Bird and the Bee - Witch
4. Love - The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This
5. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Equestrian Statue
6. Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple*
7. Nellie McKay featuring Cyndi Lauper - Beecharmer
8. Taj Mahal - Take a Giant Leap
9. Morphine - Candy
10. Dinah Washington - Invitation
* Strippers love this song. Googling "start wearing purple burlesque" brings a ton of video results.
Friday, October 25, 2013
One thing I've discovered recently is the value of energetic half-assed writing. Something like you see above, say, with run-on sentences and maybe a repetition here and there and also here (ha). It makes writing sessions more fun and at least for me can make them more productive too. If I try to go in a regular A then B then C route odds are I'll run out of steam no matter what kind of setup I give myself. If I make a mess, like the artist who sketches in big strokes with the arm always straight, that means freedom. It means that a 1000 word per night output goes from being barely conceivable to fairly trivial, although most of this initial burst won't be usable as is. More than that, though, it means that in the middle of one of those broken sentences or poorly-planned paragraphs I might find some new direction to go in, more interesting than what I'd thought of at first.
Anyway, my process continues to evolve and this has grown to be part of it.
The non-blogging over the past several days is true, of course. That's part of the reason for no FR10 today. Probably another Saturday Random 10 tomorrow.
Monday, October 21, 2013
I wonder if there's a lot of teasing that goes on in the afterlife over things like this.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
1. Edith Piaf - Mariage
2. Dinah Washington - I'll Close My Eyes
3. Arcade Fire - Ocean of Noise
4. Morphine - Buena
5. Nellie McKay - I Will Be There
6. Lou Rawls - Your Good Thing (Is About to End)
7. Yo La Tengo - Black Flowers
8. Metric - Breathing Underwater
9. Radiohead - Knives Out
10. Bonzo Doo-Dah Dog Band - Piggy Bank Love
Friday, October 18, 2013
I've been a little waylaid by some kind of autumn sickness. For now let's call it a cold, as it certainly feels like one. Which is kind of a curveball, thinking you have allergies and dealing accordingly and suddenly you have something heavier. Good news is once I'm over this, history suggests the allergies won't bother me as much either.
No FR10 today. I'll see if I can pull one together for Saturday.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This writer is a conservative trying to expose the failings of the conservative media in its relations with the Tea Party and other populists. To be honest it's kind of hard to tell who he's talking to.
Perhaps because, having nodded along with Limbaugh for eight years, it would be a blow to confront the fact that all along you were also blind to Bush's excesses, and your blind partisan loyalty played a part in enabling all you presently decry
Simply put, if conservatives have a problem, Limbaugh isn't it. Oh, he's probably hurt or at least de-motivated his side's debating skills, because he's taught his listeners that you can win an argument by not having anyone there to disagree with you. But that was always part of the culture, and Friedersdorf's complaint is more connected with misinformation. And in that respect Limbaugh figured out the market, but didn't create it. The mass of conservatives want to hear that they're winning all the time. That they're on the verge of final and absolute victory, which apparently exists. That's the commonality between believing that Bush was an epoch-making president ten years ago and that a government shutdown would work out great for the shutter downers today. Yes there may be inconsistencies between these beliefs, but they serve the same demographic. No surprise, then, that some are making money off both messages.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
One of the side attractions was a living statue. A living statue is not, to the best of my knowledge, an actual statue come to life. Rather, it's a performer who stands still for an extended period of time, and then makes swift and/or subtle movements. This one was dressed as a gargoyle, with long, demonic fingers. Does make quite an impression when something looking like that starts moving. I mean, I think it's kind of hard, getting harder, to get people's attention out in the street. Our garoyle demon boy did the trick.
Friday, October 11, 2013
1. Yo La Tengo - Beanbag Chair
2. R.E.M. - Perfect Circle
3. Gogol Bordello - Think Locally, Fuck Globally
4. The Bird and the Bee - Ray Gun
5. Roxy Music - Angel Eyes
6, Love - A House Is Not a Hotel
7. Morphine - Cure for Pain
8. Metric (featuring Lou Reed) - Wanderlust
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Highway Chile
10. Dinah Washington - For All We Know
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Here we are standing at or near the end of another week. I'm reminding myself "near" so that my body doesn't get tricked into thinking it can sleep in tomorrow.
And I'm putting this comedy bit I just found up here because the guy's funny (from the first audience scolding) and actually speaks pretty intelligently.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
This past Sunday I went out grocery shopping. At the supermarket I stood behind an older guy with no hair at his temples and very loose hair on his scalp. Loose, I mean, in that you could easily slide a ballpoint pen under it. There's a lesson here. If you respond to your receding hairline by shaving your head, you've crossed the rubicon. No use wearing a toupee then, it will just look foolish. Full wig maybe, but it won't fool anyone. Just adjust to your new life as a chrome dome.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
1. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Trouser Press*
2. Beck - Broken Drum
3. Rasputina - Hunter's Kiss
4. Gogol Bordello - Santa Marinella
5. Metric - Youth Without Youth
6 Jimmy Smith - Memories of You
7. Neko Case - The Next Time You Say Forever
8. The Bird and the Bee - Baby
9. Yo La Tengo - The Race Is On Again
10. Dinah Washington - This Bitter Earth
* With then-bassist and token Yank Jason Druckman on spoken word vocal. Just learned about him recently.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Okay, here's an amusing juxtaposition. Once and possibly future Senator Scott Brown says this:
Speaking to reporters Monday night outside a function hall, where Brown addressed Republicans at a fund-raiser for local candidates, he criticized Shaheen for raising the specter of a matchup between the two in a recent campaign e-mail. The fund-raiser was closed to the media.
"I think it's shameful for her to do that, for one, because I'm not a declared candidate," Brown said. "I think she should be addressing the government shutdown problem."
But it turns out this happened a few years back.
Of course even without his hypocrisy being exposed, it's a little hard to see what he's bitching about. The e-mail said that it was maybe possible he'd be running against Shaheen. When asked directly he says "I dunno." So basically they're in agreement. But without the words "shameful", "disgraceful", and "inexcusable", political discourse would be filled with a lot of ums and ahs.