Saturday, April 2, 2016

Perfect for a blustery Spring evening..............


Ella Fitzgerald.....................................................Summertime




Janis Joplin.........................................................Summertime




Billie Holliday............................................................Summertime

Fifty years ago........................


The Chiffons.........................................Sweet Talking Guy

Strange............................




















"one must picture everything in the world as an enigma…To live in the world as if in an immense museum of strangeness, full of curious many-coloured toys which change their appearance, which like little children we sometimes break to see how they are made on the inside."

-Giorgio de Chirico

Wax philosophic......................























“Look, I really don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive, you've got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy, colorful and lively.” 

-Mel Brooks

None percent.................................

















“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”

-Louis CK

Choosing to believe....................


I hate that you can't prove the beliefs of my faith.  If I were God, I'd have the answers at the end of the workbook, so you could check as you went along, to see if you're on the right track.  But nooooooo.  Darkness is our context, and Easter's context:  without it you couldn't see the light.  Hope is not about proving anything.  It's about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.

-Anne Lamott,  Plan B:  Further Thoughts on Faith

Feeling mighty young this morning...............


At 98, she debuts on the Grand Ole Opry stage...........



via

Don't know. Let me reach for the dictionary...


























more cartoons about "art" here

On apologizing like you are really sorry.......


"Note:  this one requires that you understand, accept, and are actually sorry for what you did … not just that you were caught doing it."

-John E. Smith, as excerpted from his "No Such Thing" post




Friday, April 1, 2016

Battle of the bands............


Scott has fallen in love with the Tedeschi Trucks Band.  Can't say I blame him.  Anyway, he recently posted this beauty.  Which reminded me of some others:

Tedeschi Trucks Band..............................................The Letter



Joe Cocker...............................................................The Letter



The Box Tops (mailing it in)..................................The Letter

Sorting it out...............................




Some core beliefs.........................................

























Transitions..........................




What are the odds.........................



.........that this old thing has something to say about climate change?



It's been that kind of week............................




More proof that there is a God........................



.................................................(and that She loves us).








Firefall.........................................................You Are The Woman

Fifty years ago........................


The Monkees..................................................Let's Dance On




Thursday, March 31, 2016

Everything you wanted to know...........


.......................................(and maybe a bit more) about Japan:

The first step is a doozy.................


After taking almost a half-a-year break, our friend Rick Platt re-surfaces in the blogosphere with this photo.  Can you guess where and what it is?   (A hint:  the feet pictured are 103 stories above the street level)



















Welcome back, Rick.

Pretty sure he is not talking about Kasich...


 Now things almost seem to have reversed.  Now conservatives increasingly seem to rely on the “reptilian brain” (and a leading GOP candidate who will not be named (to avoid a horror show in the comment section) seems to rely on almost nothing but his reptilian brain.)

-as extracted from this Scott Sumner post, which sends warm regards to President Obama for his "cool, cerebral style" in responding to the Brussels bombing.

Virtuoso..................


The Allman Brothers..........................................Whipping Post

Not push, pull......................















via

Fifty years ago..................



Swingin' Medallions............Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)



On the inevitability of biochemistry............



Genetic determinism, or at any rate predisposition, can have detonative consequences.  If the conservative’s tendency toward paranoia and truculent tribalism (as distinguished from the liberal’s characteristic googooing inattention to realty) is innate, we will have wars as long as we have generals. (It would be interesting to do brain scans of four-star generals. I recommend Xanax and a double Scotch before looking at the results.)


-as culled from this pre-destined essay from Fred Reed

Contradictions............................


Brown’s minimum wage scheme will, of course, artificially raise the cost of hiring the most at-risk workers. Though the robots are not ready to take over quite yet, an onerous wage floor only incentivizes further research into automation. This whole situation is a bizarre illustration of the layered contradictions contained in the blue coalition: anti-inequality crusaders want a radical minimum wage hike, which will likely have the effect of raising unemployment (and welfare eligibility) among economically deprived blue constituencies. Meanwhile, those most likely to benefit down the line from these kinds of moves are the socially liberal Silicon Valley executives and venture capitalists, who bankroll the Democratic Party despite some of their dearly held libertarian beliefs.


And this is but one example of how the blue model functions as an engine through which savvy wealthy people use the illusions of the Left to extract profit from the poor and working class. Other examples include: Guild protections for elite professionals that raise prices and reduce opportunity for less-credentialed workers; finance regulations that give hedge funds a leg up on less-sophisticated investors; and a constellation of higher ed regulations that enrich top administrators while impoverishing adjuncts and sending students deep into debt.

-as excerpted from this The American Interest post

A random photo dump...............................




  ..............................of photos that have appeared here before but which still amuse/interest me.  































































Chattered on....................


Still, my mind chattered on, as if the spider monkey had taken acid.  My mind is my main problem almost all the time.  I wish I could leave it in the fridge when I go out, but it likes to come with me.  I have tried to get it to take up a nice hobby, like macrame, but it prefers to think about things, and jot down what annoys it.

-Anne Lamott,  Plan B:  Further Thoughts on Faith

In case you ever needed proof................


.........that the kids are going to be just fine, allow me to offer Exhibit A:

              Unorganized Hancock's original song:  Go, Go, Go

As my favorite optimist might say, "The boys are evolving quite nicely."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I can't complain......................


Joe Walsh..........................................................Life's Been Good

Complex..........................

























"Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them."
-Laurence J. Peter