Wednesday, December 19, 2018

22 Musicals in 12 Minutes - The Late, Late Show

Love the 22 musicals in 12 minutes. Even though I have the Into the Woods movie DVD, I didn't realize that was Emily Blunt. I associate her with the Sicario movies, which I've watched very closely (because many scenes were filmed in the Albuquerque area). Despite the cinematography, I don't much like those movies or Emily Blunt in them.

But I do like Emily Blunt here.

I Can't Turn Off What Turns Me On - My Favorite Artist This Year, St. Vincent

I wish I had known about her earlier. I just watch the wrong stuff.

I love everything Anne Clark and band do, particularly Los Ageless, Masseduction at 9:30, Pills, Digital Witness, Rattlesnake (maybe a good hiking song?), and Slow Disco (or is that Fast Slow Disco?). Someone who chose NOT to finish at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (where Utsav is studying right now). A Texan native playing in Texas.

Apparently David Bowie is an influence. Has echoes of Kylie Minogue in my mind (but she may be distant enough not to be a strong influence).


Follow the power lines back from the road
No one around so I take off my clothes
Am I the only one in the only world?
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, whoa

I see the snake holes dotted in the sand
As if the Seurat painted the Rio Grande
Am I the only the one in the only world?
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, whoa

Sweatin', sweatin'
No one is behind me
Sweatin' sweatin'
No one will ever find me

The only sound out here is my own breath
And my feet stuttering to make a path
Am I the only one in the only world?

Is that the wind finally picking up?
Is that a rattle sounding from the brush?
I'm not the only one in the only world
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, whoa

"Make Me Feel" - Janelle Monáe

Nora Desmond at a Restaurant

An End To Auto-Correct Errors

If People Can Figure It Out, So Can a Parrot

Talk about a captive audience. Rocco, an apparently lonely and, uh, peckish African Grey parrot in Berkshire UK, has become so used to hearing his owners talk to Amazon's Alexa, he started doing it himself when they were out of the house. So far, the feathered fowl has ordered watermelon, strawberries, raisins, ice cream and even broccoli. The bird has also commanded the home robot to tell him jokes and play love songs.

It's a Wonderful Trump

And the "Real Scandal":
President Donald Trump woke up in a bad mood Sunday morning and knew just where to aim his ire: his good old friends in the media. Mere hours after Saturday Night Live aired a sketch in which it imagined a magical world in which Trump was never president, the commander in chief blasted his critics in the media and wondered why criticizing him was legal in the first place. We know he was mad at Saturday Night Live because he specifically mentioned the show in his tweet.

“A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”

My General Philosophy - Feed the Birds

Sacramento Guitar Society Concert

Sacramento Guitar Society concert a rainy Sunday afternoon at CLARA - E. Claire Raley Studios for Performing Arts.

She Knew Everyone

It's Not Worth It

The Urge To Nap

Walking Jasper on a quiet upscale neighborhood street, I saw what at first appeared to be a set of golf clubs, but was soon revealed to be a man sleeping - feet in the gutter and head in the middle of the street. He didn’t appear to be homeless- no possessions. He just looked to be overwhelmed by the urge to nap.

I remember 31 years ago, in Tucson, in a similar situation. I called the cops and they overreacted, sending an ambulance with a loud siren. Best not to call the cops. Still.... An unwary motorist could come around the corner and drive over him. So, I put in a call, and I hope the guy’s OK.