Saturday, July 30

THINK pink.

Think Floyd. Posted by Picasa

Friday night. Went out for a change.

B-in-L Mark treated four of us to a very nice Friday night
dinner and show at Porter's Oyster Bar. We saw Think Floyd.
They were really good!! Sounded just like the original, Pink Floyd.
In spite of the limited room on the stage, they still put on an
entertaining show with lights and fog. I own many Pink Floyd
albums but I had forgot how many hit songs they had.

Thanks to the original Pink Floyd for reuniting at Live 8. That
event happening made way for us deciding to see Think
Floyd. Worked out great.

Wednesday, July 27

Weekend radio.

Weekdays for me are mostly music. Weekends are NPR.

I like radio enough that even if I had a CD player in my car I probably wouldn't use it. (My kids have the nice stereos in their cars. I have a cassette player.)

Living on the Illinois - Wisconsin border, I am able to pick up stations from both states. They schedule their shows differently so what I miss on Saturday I can usually get on Sunday. Car Talk, Michael Feldman's Whad'YaKnow, This American Life and Prairie Home Companion.

One exception is 3 hours of Saturday Blues with Dan Klefstad, from 89.5 Dekalb Illinois. Saturday 1:00 to 4:00. Blues sound the best during the summer while working outside.

Anyway, I wanted to note the following show. All the segments were good listening. Interestingly it picked up on my own personal mispronunciation of MISLED.

Seems a number of people, along with your's truly, seemed to think MISLED was pronounced my zeld not miss led. A past tense of the word MISLE (my zell) which means "deceive"?? I mispronounced it for years before finally learning the real pronounciation.

It's in ACT II. It made me feel better. The segment also touches on Neilsen Families and unicorns. Segments one, four and five were really good too.

From WBEZ in Chicago This American Life

A Little Bit of Knowledge 7/22 Episode 293

Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little. Prologue. Ira describes the thing that we all do at some point: talk expertly about something we don't actually know anything about. It's so common, explains This American Life Contributing Editor Nancy Updike, some friends of hers invented an imaginary magazine devoted to such blathering. It's called "Modern Jackass." (4 1/2 minutes) Act One.

Small Thoughts in Big Brains. This American Life producer Alex Blumberg investigates a little-studied phenomenon: Children who get a mistaken idea in their heads about how something works or what something means, and then don't figure out until well into adulthood that they were wrong. (13 minutes)Song: "Zing Zing, Zoom Zoom," Perry Como Act II.

And Daddy Makes Three. Six-year-old DJ has two dads, Dan Savage and Terry Miller. DJ is being raised by two gay men, but he has a preschooler's understanding of what gay means. Which is to say, he doesn't understand it at all. Though he does oppose gay marriage. Dan, the author of the syndicated column and book Savage Love, tells the story. His latest book is Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America. (11 minutes)Act Three.

Sucker MC-Squared. Bob Berenz had a good job as an electrician. But he wanted to do something bigger. He came up with an idea for an invention. But as he studied physics texts to see if his invention could work, he happened upon the biggest idea of his life: a revelation about physics that would disprove Einstein, and Newton. That is, if Bob's right. Bob's friend, Robert Andrew Powell, reports the story. He's a sports writer and the author of We Own This Game, about youth football. (16 1/2 minutes)Song: "Modern Physics in Five Easy Verses," Bruce LesnickAct Four.

The Art of Adult Conversation. Writer Alexa Junge tells about the time when she was thirteen and she decided to have a "grown-up" conversation with her beloved grandmother. (10 minutes)Song: "Words as Weapons," Michael Fracasso

Friday, July 22

What's good today? And not.

Heard a new Stones song this morning. A++
Hope they add a concert in Chicago. I need tickets.

Last night:

I finally sit down to watch a baseball game and the Sox lose. Lost to
the BoSox. The White Sox are still in first place. But they will have
to beat Boston this fall in the playoffs. Can't make mistakes.

Actually I like Boston too. Anybody but the Yankees.

I'm also a Cubs fan. They lost to Cincy yesterday afternoon.
The Cubs need every win they can scrap together to capture
the wild card. It doesn't look good. And on top of that, one
of their best pitchers, Kerry Wood, reinjured his shoulder.


Anyway during commercials I watched Criss Angel - Mind Freak.
I had taped it on Wednesday. Not bad. He has the rock star hair and
strut. There were a lot of levitation tricks. How does he do that?

Some of the scene lead in / lead outs showed short flashes of
circus type characters walking, gathering on a cracked barren
desert, a salt flats like surface. This reminded me of a Ray Bradbury
book. Fat ladys and midgets are scary. Too scary.

Wednesday, July 13

Summertime rock.

NEW SENSATION. Finally a competition with GOOD songs. Posted by Picasa

Sure beats reruns.
I could tolerate American Idol but this is much better.
Crank it up!!

Saturday, July 2

Stranger things happen

Free download. Posted by Picasa

Get it here. I saw it mentioned at Boing Boing. It looks good to me.
I like anything slightly off kilter.