Category Archives: Misc

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……

Something funny…

Well….going to stay away from politics for a little while today and write about something else…have been watching Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in cars getting coffee” and it has grown on me…have never been that big of a fan of Seinfeld….loved the show when it was on originally but haven’t watched it in re-runs….and I’m not sure why…and Jerry has been pretty protective of his personal life but he is letting some of it out talking to other comedians in the show….I didn’t know that he was married with kids but he talks about them some in the show….and the idea that being a comedian is a  strange life comes through in every episode…and there are lots of cool cars that he drives…the last one being a ’70 Boss 302 Mustang….and there is one last thing that is kind of funny and made me like him even more….his favorite band is Steely Dan….and if you’re a “Dan Fan” you have to be okay….more later….

I now know Netflix isn’t watching me…

Well….being of the paranoid sort at times, and having read that some hackers and companies can watch you through the cameras on your devices, I am concerned enough to have taped over the one on my computer…not sure why anyone would want to look at an old guy writing on his computer but, better safe than sorry, right? Today, though, I had it confirmed to me that Netflix is not watching me watch them…during Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix show, periodically Netflix has been asking me if I want to keep watching if I do more than two of the shows in a row….the shows are really short at around 15 minutes each so it is quite normal, to me, to watch more than one…have never had them ask me if I wanted to continue watching on any other show…or maybe it’s a new part of their software? Who knows? It’s still a little creepy….holy crap…it just hit me that I’m watching on my tv that doesn’t have a camera…I wonder if they DO watch if I use my computer…better leave the tape on….

A little music…

Well…was going to do one on the conspiracy that it was just revealed that Sessions is part of…you know, that little thing called obstruction of justice? But, I think I’ll talk about something else first…as you know, I have been trying to broaden my topics some to keep my sanity (what there is left of it) intact, so I’ll just go off on a new direction. I wonder how many of you have gotten sucked into youtube? Had the Who’s “Eminence Front”  running through my head all morning so I decided to go out and watch it…not just one but almost a dozen copies came up so I watched a few of those and then “Love Reign O’er Me” popped up so I had to watch a few of those. That led into some Steely Dan that kept me busy for almost another hour until I looked up and it was lunch time….then back to the tube for some Allman Brothers and found a copy of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and then I had to just stop or I’d still be watching them now at almost two. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours….and now I wait for Man U to play at 3…more later….