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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2014|11:21 am]

I don't know how many different versions of "Autumn Leaves" I've heard. This is a favorite.

ETA: Just found this, too--Kenny Burrell-"Midnight Blue"-whole album

You have no idea how many spins this disc got on my old turntable.
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(no subject) [Aug. 19th, 2014|11:04 am]
I don't want to sound like that guy. You know that guy, the unbearably hip one who's really a doofus? I can't be that guy, mostly because I'm a big old geek (I am currently enamored with a reality show called "The Quest," which is one of the geekiest things ever produced by human hands).

Still, I have to say...um...this Internet thing. It's kind of played, isn't it? It's kind of like going to a club you loved at one point and looking around and finding Jimmy Fallon there. You know you'd never, but never EVER, be going back to that club, even if your friends were still there, and the music was still good, and the bartender had a very heavy hand.

Yes, you may argue with the metaphor. The Internet isn't a club, you will say, it's a tool. I get that, and I think I'm mostly talking about the more popular social media aspects of the Net, but still. Oh, and can we all stop saying "social media" and call them "marketing sites" from now on?

Anyway, last I heard LJ's policy was that if someone hadn't logged into his account for a year, it would be deleted, so if this journal is ever deleted, you'll know I'm no longer bound to this semi-ridiculous mortal coil, which is the natural progression of all things.

Huh, I came here to write a post about identity and the entropy of black holes (area, not volume, go figure), but something else came uninvited to the party. Isn't that always the way?

Take care, Internet.
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(no subject) [Nov. 27th, 2013|10:02 am]
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

I don't think anyone comes to this little corner of the Web anymore, and I'm thinking that this journal may not be updated much anymore, so if I'm not around, remember that I love you. Yes, I mean YOU. ^_^

Take care, anyone who comes across this post.
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...but I'm doin' much better now. [Sep. 4th, 2013|11:30 am]

I was looking for her take on "A Sunday Kind of Love," but this suffices quite nicely.

Also, last week Marian McPartland passed away. I listened to her show "Piano Jazz" quite a bit, and she introduced me to a lot of really great music. She was pretty goddamned fantastic.

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(no subject) [Aug. 30th, 2013|10:30 am]
Have a nice long weekend, everyone in the US. I will see you in the World of Next Tuesday!
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Things are starting to look kind of obviously messed up, no? [Aug. 27th, 2013|02:33 pm]
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Three from CD that really kind of exemplify much of what's just horrible about the USA today.

Hammer Out Love: Walker's Capitol Police Are Getting (Way More) Violent -- This one has a really nice video attached showing the cops being thugs. This world is run by the men with the guns, folks. Never forget that.

Feeding the Homeless Is Now An Arrestable Offense -- Actually, it has been for a while, but it always makes a good headline. Maybe the "Christian" conservatives will stop talking about the homosexual threat and start talking about this attack on Christian values? Nah, that won't sell ad time on AM radio.

Obama Gives Bush "Absolute Immunity" For Everything -- Meanwhile, the real criminals are smugly laughing at all of this.

Gawd Bless Amurika!

Oh, and thanks for reading my journal, NSA. It's good to have an audience. ^_^
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Tits or GTFO! Heheheh, what a worthless slut [Aug. 27th, 2013|12:31 pm]
If you're a woman and you put yourself in front of the camera, I have the right to comment on your body. We may argue about how vulgar I may be, but really, who's kidding who here?

And it doesn't matter if it's a movie camera, a TV camera or a webcam, either. All women are created for me to judge. Not just me, of course, but all of us. It's kind of our national pasttime.

Sometimes we like to dress it up and say what we're really talking about it style. Have you ever seen those tabloid entertainment shows the day after an awards ceremony? You can get a solid hour of people, mostly women and queer men, talking about how women looked. This isn't a shocking thing. We sell commmercial time to support this, it's such a popular thing to do.

Women, of course, know this. I don't know when they start knowing it, but my guess is it's pretty early. When do girls start shaving their legs, that first claim society makes on their bodies?

And I truly believe that many, though not all, women know that it's not about style. It's about sex. It's about doing the expected things to make themselves as sexually attractive as they can, which is why so many women look the same today, with the same plastic surgeries and the same attitude and the same TV packaging, which I don't find to be all that attractive, personally, but lots of people do and nod approvingly.

Which is why I'm confused about the "controversy" about Miley Cyrus' MTV awards performance.

First off, has everyone been living in a cave? This entirely manufactured tempest is quite obviously phony if I know more about Miley Cyrus' stage show than the experts do. My research consists entirely of having seen her perform on...I think it was on Jimmy Kimmel's show. She was overtly sexual. She shook her ass. She humped a stuffed animal. I think she may have humped a dancer? Or pretended to kiss one of them? Sorry, not sure, but you can fill in the blanks, because, second of all, WE'VE SEEN THIS ALL BEFORE.

Surely, I can't be the only one to remember Madonna, am I? Or Britney? Or Christina? Or that Gaga person, who was moslty naked at the MTV awards herself?

It's what we want. It's what every girl grows up knowing is expected of her.

Then they give it to us and we attack them for it.

Ah...misogyny, at least you never have to re-invent yourself.
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Fucked up morality? Or no morality at all? [Aug. 26th, 2013|03:50 pm]
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I believe that the civil war in Syria started sometime in 2011. It will probably be dated to March, when the protests started, but I suppose we could argue about when it actually turned into a civil war. For my purposes, it doesn't really matter. I just want to establish here that it's been well over a year.

In that time, many people have been killed. According to the UN, over 100,000 people.

But that's A-Okay!

See, you folks need professional politicians to explain to you that if Syrian armed forces kill people with bullets and bombs, that's fine. But if they kill people with a chemical agent, uh-oh. We're not going to tolerate that!

So, a few hundred (maybe) dead by sarin gas (probably)? That's criminal!

Over a hundred thousand dead using regular ordnance? Meh. (Btw, I just did google searches for "sarin" and "ordnance." Is that enough to flag me with the NSA? I was just checking the spelling!!! Surveillance breeds paranoia on both sides.)

Yes, our US politicians are trying to frame what looks like an inevitable military attck as a moral issue, but it isn't, not even a little bit. It's a deliberate provocation to Russia (which, as anyone can see, has gone completely insane in the last few years) and will be of no help in Syria. It's about power, period.

I just read that we even told UN inspectors to get the hell out of Syria. Am I the only one reminded of that same thing happening in Iraq? And then the M$M kept repeating the outright lie that Saddam Hussein kicked out the UN inspectors? Anyone else? Anyone? Bueller?

Of course, the USA is a nation that tortures people, so honestly, only a fool would believe it's moral at all.
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Exposing War Crimes: 35 years. Commiting War Crimes? A book tour. [Aug. 21st, 2013|01:33 pm]
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Lest anyone forget, let's pause to remember just what Bradley Manning exposed.

Bradley Manning Uncovered U.S. Torture, Abuse, Soldiers Laughing As They Killed Innocent Civilians

Meanwhile, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Powell and Rumsfeld are not only free but respected by the complicit US media.
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Would you like your corporate profits supersized? [Aug. 21st, 2013|12:40 pm]
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In a piece focusing on how full-time positions were replaced with part-time jobs during the Great Recession, there was this little tidbit:

[D]uring the course of the Great Recession corporate profits went up by 25%-30%, while wages as a share of national income fell to their lowest point since that number began to be recorded after World War II. (Source)
That's really a very revealing statistic, with pretty profound implications, if you ask me.

Of course, nobody is going to ask me. :-)
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