Saturday, July 31, 2021
Cats and Dogs
Friday, July 30, 2021
Record of the Month
I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!
First off, for the most part, I love Garbage. Maybe now, I like the idea of them more.
They're last album, Strange Little Birds, was kind of a clunker, yet I pre-ordered No G-d No Master without hesitation. I really probably shouldn't do that anymore, with any album, as so often it kind of comes to bite me in the ass.
I'll start off with that Garbage is still a very talented band, and Shirley Manson is a great vocalist. The musical skills are good. Better than good.
"Dark" is the adjective for which I use for this disk - in sound and tone; in music and lyrics. It's not that the band has been sweetness and light, and granted the time between disks saw some troubling times - political (BLOTUS), social (#metoo). As much of it was recorded before Covid, that doesn't quite play into it, but you get it.
Garbage was always good a balancing the dark mood with some hooks, and that happens here, but far too infrequently. There are a few songs I like - or came around to like - "Creeps", "No Horses", "Flipping the Bird", "Waiting for G-d". But the rest are kind of a drag.
As I am apt to do, I went and got myself the DEE-Luxe version. It has some stand alone songs that Garbage had put out since 2013 including a few covers - a slightly uninspired "Starman" and "Because the Night", which I featured back in 2013.
I'm sure I'll come back to No G-d No Master, but not for full-through listens. I'll be selective.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
I'll Tumble 4 Ya
Simone Biles was smart enough, and strong enough to know when was when. At least a day at a time.
While she claims no physical injury, she's trying to avoid one from what has to be a completely unnerving situation.
Best. Best. Best. Best. Best. Best. Best. Best.
How many times can you hear that over and over and not let it effect you? No one is equipped to handle such pressure time and again. It's not even the eye of the world on you - it's worse. It's the most asshole-ish U.S. audience who thrives on the build up and inevitable tear down.
The media has gotten it all right and all wrong.
Local news coverage, of course, tries the 'mental health' angle and saying all the 'right things'......and then the commentator ends with, in and upbeat but disappointing, "and she really the hope for ALL of team U.S.A." - basically saying, 'she let down the country'.
No wonder Biles stepped away. She should have ran.
All but one of her sponsors supports her choices. United Airlines - at least of this writing - is the only one not to say a word. They're a shitty airline, so it's no surprise. At least they're consistent. None are dropping her - though.........shitty United, so......who knows on that one.
I'm glad Biles is reassessing on a day-by-day basis. I'm glad she's strong enough not to bow the pressure of performing.
It's not like gymnastics has been a positive place for women. You know, their team doctor assaulting 300 women. The gymnastics association knew of - or allegedly knew of - and did little to nothing......even after the fact. They don't have the best interests of their members at the top of their list.
My - tights, mats and a rapey team doctor? Did Jim Jordan work for the U.S. Gymnastics Association?
Yeah - Simone should have run away.
Song by: Culture Club
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
My Music Monday
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Ray of Light
Friday, July 23, 2021
I got nothing. It was quite a work day - nothing that I care to relive here, or that would even be of great interest to any of youz guyz.
I am glad it is Friday. I don't say that much, but I'm ok for the week to end.
I'll regroup, maybe throw a few back with the Muses and see what happens.
Song by: Feist
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Out of Time
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Up and Down
As interested as I am in space, I could not be less interested in Richard Branson or Jeff Bezos going there.
Truth be told - and yes, I'm a HORRIBLE human being (tell me something I don't know) - I didn't care if either of them made it back from their journeys.
Elon Musk is a douche for sure, but he hasn't quite made it all about him when it comes to Space X.
And Bezos giving $200,000,000 to two people to do with it what they want? What kind of fucking dick passive-aggressive move is that? So if Van Jones doesn't use it to feed every needy school kid in the U.S., somehow now it's his fault as opposed to Bezos, who could have just provided food to every needy family in the country along with adequate housing.
I'd kill for Jones to use that money to fund the unionization of amazon workers.
But since Bezos can clearly afford anything he fucking wants and it's his ride (!!) - what was the point of auctioning off a seat in his rocket for twenty something million dollars? Fuck - take an underprivileged kid who can only dream of going to space. Take a girl who wants to be in a STEM program. Do fucking something that isn't for the greenback dollar. Do something that shows you're not a complete douche.
Bezos did none of that - except the douche thing. He's got that down cold.
.....and whomever designed his rocket has a major inferiority complex. .....and is quite possibly Jewish.
Song by: the Cars
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021
My Music Monday
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021
Site of the Month
Rebecca got it and passed it along. It's like a more adult version of NonSequitur, which we used to play while drinking. The idea is to go around the room and one person says a word, with following folks saying the farthest thing from it.
Players can be challenged. So if you said 'snow' and the next person said, 'hiking', you could make a case for taking a hike in a snowy area. I've said before, the one that stopped us dead in our tracks - and holding our guts - was Becky saying 'labyrinth' and Morty IMMEDIATELY coming back with 'pork'.
We use it till this day.
So, there is an on-line version, or something like it. You play against yourself (basically) and against all who take also do the test (statistically).
YOU have to pick 10 works that least interact. It is tougher than you think.
Not bad. I thought. .....and it wasn't.
Average score is 78. I did 10 better than that. 10.51 better, to be exact.
Marmalade was a BIG winner. Though I'm not sure how 'burlap / marmalade' and 'bicycle / marmalade' got lower scores. I suppose I could have ridden my bike to get some......or ride it through some jam. I dunno.
Here are more rules / explanations.
All I know is I beat Becky by 3 points........so winner winner, chicken dinner.
You can play the Divergent Association test here.
Tell me how you scored.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
I Told You So
I have very little. I could say "told ya so" about Covid. In Los Angeles county - every single person admitted to a hospital with Covid, not one has been vaccinated. Not. One. And those cases that were growing 20,000 per day? Now 24,000 per day. Ooopsie.
So - told ya so.
But that's not today's post. Meredity made me laugh with her Facebook photo.
It made me laugh and laugh and laugh. It still does.
I LOVED Star Trek: the Next Generation (fave episode might be the poker playing one - or anything with Q). My friend Sal loves all things Star Trek - and knows far far far too much about most of the other series - most of them I've never watched........including most of the original series.
Naturally I sent the shot to Sal today. This is what I go back........
I suppose he's not wrong in his reaction.
Song by: New Order
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Storm on the Sea
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
12 of 12
So I'm doing my 135th 12 of 12.
Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.
Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Erik is back and I think he's picking up 12 of 12 again.