Category Archives: Misc

No politics today…

Well….I am still feeling just gutted by Anthony Bourdain’s death and that has pushed most everything else out of my thoughts today…so, no politics…I know it’s important but I need time for reflection…when I started watching the new season of “Parts Unknown” I noticed a weariness in Anthony that I hadn’t noticed before…like everything that is happening in the world had become too much. Maybe I’m reading too much into it or projecting my own weariness into it…I don’t know…I do know that I felt a kinship to Anthony….that he was always trying to be a better person than he was…the same road I have gone down the past twenty years or so and yet realizing that it only matters to me…and I’m not sure if that is sustainable over the long term….all I know is that I’ll miss him and the show….it really did make you understand that people are people around the world and that the differences between us are not to be feared, they are to be savored and enjoyed…and if you let it, you’ll be better for being exposed to the rest of the world….I’ll miss him….

RIP Anthony Bourdain

Well…damn, I really hate doing these…not sure if you’ve heard yet, but Anthony Bourdain died last night in France where he was working on a show for CNN. It appears that the cause was suicide and that makes it even worse….I can understand the depths that you can sink to that makes the world so black that it seems to be the only way to stop suffering…and this is the thing…depression can hit anyone…even people who are rich and successful….he leaves behind a young daughter….RIP Anthony…..

Add another one to the B-3 count…

Well…just sitting here watching PBS and the groups from the 60′s that they are showing and just saw something that made me laugh…the Young Rascals were on and lead singer was playing a Hammond B-3 and it looked brand new…and now the Beach Boys are on with the same thing…a brand new B-3…at least they looked brand new…not like the ones I see modern groups playing that look like they have lots of miles on them…so add another one to the B-3 count….

Another pair for the B-3 count…

Well…yeah, I know…it’s been a couple of days since I did a political one and it is going to be one more…there is a lot going on but my brain cleanse is not done yet so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for one of those….right now, I want to do one on a topic that I haven’t done in quite a while…my obsession with the Hammond B-3 Organ and the groups that used them. Yesterday, while I was killing some time and trying to not use any data, I was going through my antenna channels and ran across some old bands on PBS and immediately my eyes looked to the stage and my ears perked up when Eric Burdon was on and his band had a B-3 and even had the Leslie speaker that is supposed to be used with it…right after that, Procul Harum came on and they too had a B-3…and if you remember their big hit “a whiter shade of pale”, you will remember the organ solo in the middle that is clearly a B-3…so, add a pair to the B-3 count…

RIP Stephen Hawking…

Well…just read the news that the physicist Stephen Hawking died last night at the age of 76. He was one of the longest lived people who was diagnosed ALS in his 20′s….I remember reading his “A brief history of time” when I was young and enjoyed being able to understand both relativity and quantum theory from it….he will be missed…RIP Stephen….

A little food…

Well…sitting here watching the US in the gold medal game for curling and I though I’d do one on food since I haven’t really talked about that lately. Have been working on pickling some vegetables lately and I think I am becoming addicted to them…started out with pickled red onions that are great on brats…and basically anything else you put onion on….and yesterday, I used the same recipe (with added dill) to pickle some cukes that I sliced like regular dill pickles…the flavor came out great with the raw cuke taste being cut really well by the little bit of sugar that is added…just can’t stop eating them and that made me think of other veggies to pickle. So, either today or tomorrow, I am going to pickle some carrots since I have a three pound bag that needs to be used….not sure about the carrots but I’ve give anything a try if it will help me eat more veggies…and I can use some of the 40 quart jars that are just sitting around here….

You can skip Stargate: Origins

Well…just a little short one on a review of the new Stargate tv show that just became available online…don’t bother with it…3 episodes that are each 10 mins long and the acting, writing, and everything else about it it just too amatuerish….not sure who the audience is for this dreck…but it is not for fans of the original Stargate…you can skip this one….

Finally, another one for the B-3 count….

Well…haven’t done one in awhile about my obsession with the Hammond B-3 organ…I thought I’d seen and written about all of the groups that are important to me…and I had made the assumption that Ray Manzarek of the Doors never played one since I had never seen it in any of their concert films. But, today…while watching a documentary, there was Ray in the studio while they were recording “The Soft Parade” sitting at a B-3….so, add another one to the B-3 count….

Darn, no SD this year….

Well…as you know, I was really geeked up last fall when Steely Dan came to Grand Rapids for the first time and it was so cool to see them on our turf versus having to go across the state to see them. But, darn, it looks like that was a one time thing since I just got an e-mail with their tour announcement for this year and they are going back to the east side of the state to Pine Knob….now, I have made that trip 5 times before but, at this time in my life, I just don’t want to make that much effort anymore…and, they are not playing alone but The Doobie Brothers are co-headlining with them this year…now, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Doobies…I have liked them for a long time but I’m just not up for a 4 hour concert anymore, either…..so it looks like last year was the last time I’ll see SD…the end of an era…..

Let’s talk about some cool stuff…

Well…even with the country falling apart and turning into a kleptocracy in front of our eyes, there is still some cool stuff happening that can and should make us smile a little, especially if you’re a science geek like I am. On Friday, maybe, there is going to be a live fire test of the 27 rocket motors on the Falcon Heavy, getting it ready for a launch in the next couple of weeks. I liked Elon Musk’s comments from a couple of weeks ago that there is probably a “50% chance” that the thing is going to explode on launch since it is 3 times more complex than the Falcon 9 it is derived from…after all, it is really three Falcon 9′s strapped together…and two of them have been flown before…but, the really cool part is that they are going to try to land all three of the first stage boosters after they separate from the second stage….oh, and the payload? Elon Musk’s personal Tesla roadster that they are going to put into orbit around the sun if everything goes right. Now, I like the whimsical idea of launching a car into orbit where it will stay forever…unless we gain the capability to go out and get it in the next hundred years or so….I will be watching Friday and later in the month for the launch…it takes my mind off the idiot in the WH……