Monday, June 27, 2005
I've burned my Mixmania disc and gotten it into the mail, so I'd better get my list online. I would have waited until July 1, as Jim's Instructions instruct, but The Nuclear Family is going on a bit of a vacation, so I did it now. Rather than picking songs that were my Songs of Summer, I've picked a selection of songs where the Meta-information makes me think of summer. The above picture perfectly captures what summer means to me. Starting in the 1982, and until 1988 (that would be 7 summers for those keeping count), I couldn't wait to finish finals so I could take off for the hills and go whitewater rafting (and, no it didn't take me 7 years to graduate, I got a Master's too). So rivers and summer are interchangeable concepts in my head. I suppose we could also consider this my What I Looked Like In The 80's post since that's me in the back of the boat. As an added bonus, my Dad, an Uncle and 3 Cousins are in the boat too.
- Intro The Offspring
- Big River Johnny Cash
- Don't Cross The River America
- Dry River Dave Alvin
- Down The River Fat Paw
- Where The River Flows Collective Soul
- When The River Runs Dry Hunters & Collectors
- Dam That River Alice In Chains Dirt
- Down By The Riverbed The Backsliders
- A River For Him Emmylou Harris
- Down To The River To Pray Alison Krauss
- Riverwide Sheryl Crow
- Rivers To Cross The Alarm
- Green River Creedence Clearwater Revival
- River of Fools Los Lobos
- Misery Is The River Of The World Tom Waits
- Big Wide River The Rave-Ups
- To The River John Mellencamp
- Bend In The River Leftover Salmon
- Take Me To The River Annie Lennox
- Pain Lies On The Riverside Live
- Rivers Of Babylon Melodians
On reflection, one of the songs is a Song of Summer for me. I have fond memories of listening to Green River on my Walkman while floating down the Rogue River in Oregon.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
To steal something from Pop's Bucket, This post on the Narcissus Scale: 10.0
Friday, June 24, 2005
And while we're at it, let's Google Bomb him. That Fat Fuck Karl Rove
- Sugar Babe Wilson Diesel
- She's My Baby Traveling Wilburys
- Godnight Irene The Toy Dolls
- Impossible Beauty Nathan Haines
- Collect from Clark Kent Braid
- Anna (Go To Him) The Beatles
- All Women Are Bad The Cramps
- Happy Together The Turtles
- You Are My Sunshine Mississippi John Hurt
- I Can't Stand It The Velvet Underground
YW has been hogging the FKB lately, so here's a snap of YA on his way to school. This one was taken on YW's last day of First Grade, and Justice required that YA have his picture taken too. Note the backpack; YW takes a backpack to school so YA must have one too. He does actually carry something in it. Every day he takes Edward the Emu to school and then brings it home. I think it might have actually been read to the kids at least once.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
I am the oldest cousin on both sides of my family in my generation. When I was in the throes of awkward puberty Marie was the first of my relatives that started treating me like an adult. When you're 14 it's amazingly cool to be able to tell dirty jokes with your aunt.
Goodbye Marie, I'm going to miss you.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Arnold, if you're reading this I've got a hint for you. One of the big parts of your job is to work with the Legislature to accomplish the business of the state. If the Legislature happens to contain a majority of people from the other party, that means you have to scale back some of your goals and go for what's possible. You don't give a couple of speeches insulting the Legislators, complain that you can't get anything done and then ask the people to do your work for you. You are telling us that you don't know what you're doing; nobody likes that. Go back to Sacramento and start doing your job.
Monday, June 20, 2005
I just ran (for the first time) the Blogger spell checker on this post. The Blogger dictionary doesn't contain "blog" or "Google" or "Blogger".
Here's YW just before leaving on the Nature Hike portion of the Cub-On. The Boy Scout who led the hike found a lizard hiding under a log and let YW carry it around for a while. Eventually Clingy (for such was the name that YW bestowed upon the Blue Bellied Lizard) warmed up enough to get tired of the ride and left the group about half way through the hike.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Here's YW on the first day of First Grade.
And here he is on today, the last day of First Grade.
- Release Me Fingers Cut Megamachine
- The Fool On The Hill Paul McCartney
- Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix
- Yoshiko's Song Christine Madden And Dave Loo
- Atomic Blondie
- Wheat Kings The Tragically Hip
- Chemical Warfare Dead Kennedys
- S&M Airlines NoFX
- Move Over Janis Joplin
- Asleep At The Wheel v.Spy v.Spy
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Update:I've been contemplating on the Circus and generalized it to Hank's Theory of Live Entertainment:
It is better to go see a live performance where the performers are good and you are in a small enough venue that feel like you're part of the event than to go see a live performance where the performers are great but you're just one of thousands in attendance.So to use last night's Circus as an example: some of the acrobatic events included the performers swinging out over the audience on ropes. If they had slipped it's entirely possible they would have landed in our laps. That makes it much more fun than (for the same $10 ticket price) being in the nose-bleed seats at the best Circus in the World. By the same measure Minor League baseball in a little stadium is way more fun than going to some monster arena and having the players look like ants they're so far away.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
There's proof for you. We really did go berry picking. YW is shown using his enormous powers of discrimination to select only finest berries. YA, is proudly exhibiting the berry that he managed to not eat. And yes, he is advertising for the Evil Empire with both a Mickey shirt and a Pooh hat.
This reinforces in me the belief that no matter how good an idea any intiaitive might seem, in this day and age you should always vote NO on every initiative. Voting YES just encourages them to do it again. Let the Governor and the Legislature do the jobs we elected them to do.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Update: 8 pints? Did I say 8 pints? No, no no. I made 15 pints yesterday and a pie. After work tonight I'll make 10 more pints and still have enough to freeze enough to make 2 more pies. It's the Land of Infinite Ollalieberries
Friday, June 10, 2005
- Sugar Mama Bonnie Raitt
- Type O Negative Black Sabbath
- Fireflies Patti Smith>
- Belong R.E.M.
- For Now Béla Fleck & The Flecktone
- I Can Love You Like That John Michaeel Montgomery
- Toccata In Dm The Toy Dolls
- Summertime Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
- Aye Aye Aye Santana
- I Can't Make You Love Me Bonnie Raitt
Two pictures for the price of one!
Yesterday, YW had both a field trip to the Bay Area Discovery Museum and his Cub Scout den meeting. I elected to be one the parent helpers on the field trip. It was pretty fun in a chaotic kids running everywhere kind of way. I, as a Proud Honda Civic Driver, could only take one extra kid in my car. But he was a funny guy. He was absolutely convinced he knew how to get from Pacifica to the Golden Gate Bridge. "Okay go straight. Now turn left. Now! You missed it." Self esteem issues do not plague this kid. The Cub Scout meeting included Feats of Physcial Ability, YW is demonstrating his ability to jump.
YA was given permission, after having several books read to him, to read a couple more books before going to sleep. Having memorized What Makes a Rainbow and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? he was quite entertained right up to the moment he lost conciousness.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
So, Internets, did you figure out the code? That's right, Americans are always mentioned, and Australians are relegated to Allies and only get a mention when they do all the work.
So where does the "Reverse MacArthur" title come from? When ever I see a News Item about military operations in Iraq it's almost always about how "Iraqi and American troops" are conducting some kind of asswhipping. I suspect "Iraqi and American troops" means American troops. If we ever see a story about how "Iraqi troops" did something that will mean that Iraqi troops managed to at least do part of the heavy lifting along with the Americans.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
"The reality is, we don't have the time or resources to do anything other than going after large-scale traffickers and large-scale growers," said McGregor Scott, the U.S. attorney for the state's eastern district in Sacramento. "We have had cases where there have been claims of medical marijuana, but they involved hundreds and hundreds of plants -- not somebody growing a couple plants in their back yard."And that, Internets, is the problem. We are once again in the worst of all possible worlds. There is a law on the books that should get enforced so people can see Grannies with cancer doing Perp Walks and maybe a bit of sanity could get injected into the system. Instead we get a really bad law that will be used at the discression of Roberto Gonzales and his minions to harass those they deem to be against America.
Monday, June 06, 2005
YW got invited to a Birthday Party at the Daly City Party Playhouse on Saturday. As far as I could determine, this is a franchise operation for throwing Birthday Parties. The place was in a light-industrial area. Upon entrance you were told the rules and then turned loose on the biggest kid-Habitrail (like the play structures you find at some fast food emporiums) I've ever seen. It had at least three slides, a ball-pit, a bouncer, and numerous intestines to worm your way through. And parents were allowed in it too. What fun. After an hour of wildness we adjourned to a rather bleak room with tables where we ate pizza and cake. Weeeee!
Friday, June 03, 2005
- Momentum The Earthmen
- Durango 95 The Ramones
- Love You Too The Beatles
- The Hero Dies The Ataris
- Sunburn ATB
- Papercut Linkin Park
- MLK U2
- Speaking Confidentially Cowboy Junkies
- Yesterdays Marianne Faithfull
- Love Is Like A Cigarette k.d. lang
Rauch's job, and that of his two crew members aboard the 70-ton M1A Abrams, is to protect the bridge on the outskirts of this Sunni town, a key link on the main route for civilian and U.S. military traffic from the southern port city of Basra to the border with Turkey in the north.So, Internets, I can hear you asking, "Hank, just how does this mean we're really losing?" Nothing could be simpler, Internets. Count the number of people mentioned, there's Spc Rauch and his two crew members. The Abrams tank is meant to have a 4 man crew. There's the commander, the driver, the gunner, and the loader. Now technology allows for the replacement of the loader with an automated loader. In fact, some types of American Self Propelled Artillery have just such a mechanism and the later Soviet model tanks have one too. But the designers of the Abrams left the human loader in the tank on purpose. A tank requires a lot of Preventative Maintenance; three men have much more trouble performing that maitenance than four. So the Abrams has human loader to make keeping the tank running a more reasonable task. But Spc Rauch (who's the gunner) appears to be doing his own loading. The Army is so strapped for warm bodies that we're sending tanks out on patrol without complete crews. We're losing.
Thursday, June 02, 2005