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Category Archives: Art & Education

How to be a Jerk [Guitar Player]

Generally applicable:  substitute anything for “Guitar Player.”  

Silly Asses!

A one-page Asimov gem from the 1950s: Here is an article with links to other similar “pulp fiction” essays from science fiction writers that are now in the public domain.

2014 First Post: Imogen Heap Paired with Jeff Beck

I’ve been an Imogen Heap fan for years — here’s a delightful pairing (who would have thought?) of Imogen and virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck. I love to watch Mr. Beck make his Stratocaster sing. Chill out with this tune.

Jack White, Conan, and Carl LaFong

While watching a great interview of Jack White by Conan O’Brian, was turned on to a well-known skit, “Carl LaFong”, by W.C. Fields. Jack White and Conan have a bonding moment about W.C. Fields (a mutual idol) at about 18 minutes into the interview: Here’s at least one version of “Carl LaFong”: I really like […]

The Python to Reunite!

I adore Monty Python. I guess you get them or you don’t. I think it may also be (somewhat) a belly chortling, waspish, male thing (at least males of a STEM bent). But anyhow, I adore Monty Python. Just picked up one of their LPs at the used-book/record store last week: The Monty Python Instant […]

Russell Brand Blast

Russell Brand has a delightful brain and a wicked fast tongue.  I’m a fan.  Here’s one example among many: Russell Brand rather jarringly paired with interviewers on the MSNBC Morning Joe show. Here’s another gem as Russell Brand is hosting at a David Lynch conference:

Sound City Trifecta

If you’re a lover of music, a history buff, or an engineer (or on some sort of blended journey of these) do yourself a favor and go view Dave Grohl’s Sound City. I promise you won’t regret it. There are several themes in this loose but passionate documentary: the story of Sound City Studios, the […]

World Rock Stacking Day … Who Knew?

January 26, 2013 was World Rock Stacking Day; apparently, there is an enthusiast group called Balancers.   The girls and I followed a link to the below video this morning, enjoyed all thirteen minutes, and then clapped at the end.  Thanks Michael the Balancer!

Balance

Gentle, balanced intensity. Art.

Robert Crumb: Mixtures of Revolting and Appealing in a Unique Individual and Life

The funny thing about Robert Crumb  is that I have never actually seen one of his cartoons “in the wild” — perhaps I have at some point but it didn’t make an impression.  In fact, although I deeply respect Crumb’s artistic talent and dedication, his drawings and style don’t appeal to me in a strong […]