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2009-03-30 (0 comments)

A Project For Somebody


Tomorrow morning. 9:00 a.m. EDT. Assembly Line Concert. Specifically, the video feed.

Can anybody capture it for me? I have Replay Video Catcher, which will do the job, but I won't be home to activate it. ;)

2009-03-29 (0 comments)

A Reminder

I'm performing at the Assembly Line Concert on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. EDT. If you can't make it there (and, honestly, if you're not within normal striking distance, don't try it, you'll be going through suburban Oakland County during morning rush hour), you can watch online. Every time I've tuned in, the performer or band has been pretty good to very good. Nice to know we've got so many fine performers in S.E. Michigan. :)

So. Anyone actually have a chance of getting there?

2009-03-29 (0 comments)

Earth Hour: The Opposition

The entire point behind Earth Hour was to draw attention to how much energy we use unnecessarily, and how much we can save by doing even a little.

There are some people who felt it necessary not only to belittle this notion, but to actively counter it, by saying they would turn on more lights, use more devices.

A few of them are people I know.

They are not friends, on LJ or in life. For the most part, we leave each other alone, unless forced into contact. I didn't go to their LJs and say anything about it; that would be trolling. And naming them would be pointless and rude. So don't ask.

Here, on my own LJ, I might point out to them the inanity of their attitudes and actions. However, I really don't have to, as Bob Cesca and dday do it so well, with some extra effort by dday and Matt Yglesias regarding the, ah, interesting science lesson from Rep. John Shimkus:

SHIMKUS: It’s plant food … So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere? … So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying.
If you need to be told the problem with this attitude... well, you probably had extra lights on last night.

2009-03-28 (0 comments)

Discovery Lands In Florida

Home safe.

2009-03-28 (0 comments)

Puns, and Inexplicably Self-Declared Experts

Some people simply do not get them.

I was going to make more of a point about puns here, but I realized I don't have to: If you're part of my audience, of my circle of friends, you get them.

On the other hand, this Guest Editorial in the NY Times confounds me. How does such a banal, pretentious, overwrought piece of tripe make it onto the Opinion page, and how can I get my banal, pretentious, overwrought pieces of tripe there? Did this schmuck law student actually think his bloviation was worthy of such a showcase? (Although, to be fair, he was apparently correct, or at least the editor thought so as well.) Or, inexplicably, did the editor cast a weary gaze out the window and say to him/herself, "Y'know what I need? I need some purple prose that disses puns and punning for no particular reason, and not very well. And it should have a few puns in it. Think I'll call Fordham Law School and see if they've got anybody who can do something like that."

I feel the same way whenever there's a book review on All Things Considered. Some late-college-sounding voice breathlessly informs me that this new novel of someone's trials and tribulations has fascinating characters and explores the range of the human heart. It's a modern masterwork, and the author (whom we never hear from again) is a brilliant new voice. This is NPR.

How do I get this gig?

What's your dream job? I've got it, at least in beta; I have to refine the output (the speed with which I create music) and the input (how much money I make).

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