Sunday, July 10, 2016
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Finally got to see the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame last week, and even though I thought it would be good, it surpassed all of my expectations.
It was a very organized and well designed history that displayed instruments, outfits, hand written lyrics and some of the band's cars and stage props. My favorites were some drawings by Jimi Hendrix and touch screens that featured certain bands and showed their influences, including brief interviews and live performances.
Leaving the first floor, I was surprised that Yes, one of my favorite bands wasn't there. Later that evening, I realized that Grand Funk Railroad didn't seem to be included as well.
These were bands I listened to so many times that each note and lyric is deeply imbedded in my mind, and defined the reality that I was living in at the time. So the fact that they weren't there doesn't really matter.
Besides, rock music was always a fluid underground thing that seems strange to put into a museum.
But what was in there was awesome!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
But if this is an extra day that only comes around every four years, why doesn't everyone take advantage of it? Shut the whole world down on the 29th. Just disconnect everything for a day, hang out, rest, and get yourself back into balance.
Everyone could have prepared ready made food the day before, do nothing, then go back to business as usual the next day. I mean, why not? It's an extra day.
Think about it.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
When 1984 did come, we started it off telling George Orwell jokes, and ended it listening to Duran Duran and wearing big hair. I look back on that year as a really great party.
Each year has it's own character, but you never really see it until it is over.
Happy 2012 to everyone.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
I found this small magnet in a box while rearranging my work space at home. Moving the furniture isn't much of a problem, but getting all the books, compact discs and other paraphernalia out of the way while you do it is. You don't realize how much has been accumulated until it is off the shelves and piled all over the place.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
When passing by a gumball machine, I always check to
see what is offered, and every once in a while find
something that captures my interest. It doesen't matter
if it's tiny plastic creatures, flicker rings or small rubber
balls, it's always more fun when it comes out of one of
Even though my friends find it odd at first, they always
end up getting some to keep by their computer or desk
at work. Finding one in a drawer always brightens up
the most mundane environment.
I've always loved the shapes, and how light formed on them when moved around a lamp. But during my adult life I've learned that they serve as memory triggers for a lot of people. Seeing one they had as a kid, immediately brings them back to that point in their life. I never thought about that, but I do remember what I was doing and where I got every random piece of small plastic I have.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
It made a friend laugh when I said cereal was a big part of my life, but it's true.
As a kid, not only did I love the cereal, but the packaging with a cartoon character on the front and the beautifully animated commercials. They even sponsored all the Saturday Morning Cartoons. The only thing that made it better was the prize that came free in each box. What seemed like plastic junk to my parents were endless entertainment to my brother and me.
I was surprised to learn that most of the cereal toys I loved were made by one manufacturer, R & L Company, in Melbourne Australia.
You can read more online here, and there is a fantastic book on the subject here.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
In 1983, while in Oklahoma, I bought a post card with a drawing of a red head with the letters Chez-Panisse at the bottom. The image was very pleasing, so I brought it with me when I was assigned aboard ship, and taped it on the bulkhead by my rack.
Two years later in San Diego I found a poster for a hand made clothing store that I couldn't stop looking at. I loved the design and the colors, and after leaving the gallery, went back in and bought it. The problem at the time was trying to figure out how to store it while living onboard, but I went out of my way for this one.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Without a doubt, 1984 has been my favorite year (so far). I saw the world, met my wife, compact discs came out, and so did a really great comic book called Mister X.
Not only did the cover catch my eye, but the stories were written and drawn by the Hernandez Brothers, along with strong graphic design throughout the entire series.
But as much as I loved it, some people around referred to it as "the biggest disappointment in comics." It seems there was a lot of production work these people saw before the book was actually published, and didn't feel it lived up to what was shown earlier. Most of it was created by Paul Rivoche, and thanks to the internet you can see it here.
The plan was to use a different set of cartoonists for every six issues, then another story line would be introduced. Unfortunately, the Hernandez Brothers never got paid and left after four fantastic issues, which was disappointing. The series went on, and the creator Dean Motter did another great series along the same line called Terminal City and it's follow up Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti with artist Michael Lark, which is worth reading as well.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Years ago a friend got an iPod, ripped all of his songs to mp3, then wanted to get rid of his large collection of compact discs he had amassed over the years, because they were just taking up space.
I understand what he means, but not having the actual cover with the images and liner notes just isn't the same. I hear people talk about book reading devices like the Kindle, and how they have piles of books they don't need any longer. The same has been said about keeping photographs and movies on their computer.
The idea of keeping such a spartan home would be nice when you are cleaning, or if you move a lot, but I like to hold these things in my hands. Besides, old books smell nice.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
In the book Jurassic Park Michael Crichton wrote "...We live in a world of frightful givens. It is given that you will behave like this, given that you will care about that. No one thinks about the givens. Isn't it amazing? In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought."
That line seemed to sum up everything we were experiencing in the early nineties.
In The Time Machine, H. G. Wells describes shiny discs that spoke while they spun around. There was a movie version in 1960 that showed shiny bracelets being twirled sideways on a table top. When compact discs came out in the eighties, I wondered if this was closer to what the writer described so long ago.