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Tilting At Windmills [Jan. 1st, 2020|12:00 am]
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I'm going to start unlocking my journal now.

Argiope Aurantia
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Not Just Some, But All [Jul. 4th, 2016|02:21 pm]
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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions from without and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us;

For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;

For imposing taxes on us without our consent;

For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;

For transporting us beyond seas, to be tried for pretended offenses;

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in our attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity; and we have conjured them, by the ties of our common kindred, to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

[Signed by] JOHN HANCOCK [President]

New Hampshire

Massachusetts Bay

Rhode Island


New York

New Jersey



CHARLES CARROLL of Carrollton.


North Carolina

South Carolina

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Some Kind of Caseworm [Jun. 23rd, 2016|10:32 am]
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I found this amazing critter on my cooler when I was packing up at the end of this year's Kerrville Folk Festival.

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Lord, she never even stopped [May. 22nd, 2016|09:42 am]
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Guy Clark was a storyteller. Texas 1947 is about how, when he was a kid, the whole town turned out to see the first non-coal-powered sreamline train blast through his small Texas town.

And it's late afternoon
On a hot Texas day
Somethin' strange is goin' on
And we's all in the way

Well there's fifty or sixty people
Just sittin' on their cars
And the old men left their dominos
And they come down from the bars

And everybody's checkin'
Old Jack Kittrel check his watch
And us kids put our ears
To the rails to hear 'em pop

So we already knowed it
When I finally said, "Train time"
You'd a-thought that Jesus Christ
His-self was rollin' down the line

From Guy Clark - Texas 1947

Here's a link to a video of Guy playing Kerrville in 1996 accompanied by his son Travis Clark on bass.

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One Of the Heroes Of This Country [May. 17th, 2016|10:45 am]
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RIP Guy Clark.

You had quite a life. There is no better songwriter, anywhere, ever. There are some as good in their respective genres. But when it comes to wordsmiths you were the best of the best.

Click here to listen to a fine playlist of Guy Clark's music via Youtube.
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Home With the... [May. 12th, 2016|09:34 pm]
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Armadillo tracks:

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Happier Stuff [May. 12th, 2016|09:25 pm]
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I took this at a park near my house.

Austin Skyline

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The Worst Day Of My Life [May. 12th, 2016|09:11 pm]
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In Honor Of The Day [Apr. 20th, 2016|08:19 am]
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The picture below is from my mom's high school year book. She went to a small American school in Havana, Cuba in the early 1940's. This is from the list of "favorite things" that the sutdents had voted on.

Happy 4/20

On a different, but related, note, I spent most of the music portion of SXSW at Fader Fort, a venue that covered what I call "Urban Music" -- DJ music, EDM, hip-hop, rap, current pop and one country band. I'm fairly sure that I was the oldest person there and I had a great time.

On the first day, I made friends with a couple who became my "chair buddies" for the next three days -- in one area, there were chairs and we took turns watching "our" chairs and each other's stuff so we could take turns wandering around. Late in the afternoon on the first day, the guy in the couple took it upon himself to explain to me that, as the evening progressed, people might "begin smoking marijuana." He kindly explained to me that this was nothing to worry about, that the people smoking were not going cause any problems. I said I had been to a lot of Greatful Dead concerts and that it wouldn't be an issue. The guy paused for a minute and then went on to say that people often "smoked marijuana" at concerts and that it was no big deal. I replied that I was a Deadhead so this was a non-issue. He looked puzzled, so I asked him if he had ever heard of the Greatful Dead. It turns out he hadn't. I laughed and said that the main thing was that, no matter how much dope people smoked at the show that night, if you compared it to a Dead concert, it would seem like amature hour. He nodded, but I'm not sure that he believed me. It was a pretty funny exchange. He was trying to keep me from worrying if I realized that the people around me were using drugs. It didn't occur to him that someone my age might have ever been around people who were "smoking marijuana." I think it was really sweet and considerate of him to do that, but it also showed an odd cultural disconnect.

The other day, this song came up while I was listening to some of "my" music and I got to wondering if that guy could even conceive of the fact that there are bluegrass and country music songs about "smoking marijuana." This is one of the best. It's called "Holding."

Below is my favorite song by the country band I heard at Fader Fort that night - Kacey Musgraves. I'm sad that my chair-buddies left before she started playing. They weren't the only ones, a lot of people left because they thought the music was over for the night. I was surprised when another band started playing and I was really surprised when I realized they were playing country music. But plenty of other people weren't surprised -- there were a ton of people listening and many of them were singing along. The band was great and the guitar player was excellent. Here's one of their songs:

And here are some of the lyrics. Happy 4/20.

Say what you think
Love who you love
'Cause you just get so many trips around the sun
Yeah, you only, only live once

So, make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that's something you're into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint or don't
Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

P.S. How do I spell-check this entry? I can't figure it out.
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Bat Hat [Apr. 16th, 2016|05:15 pm]
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I am easily amused.

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Hulk Smash! [Apr. 16th, 2016|02:36 pm]
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Playing with cool stuff at a local drug store...oops!

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South By Sooo Sleepy [Mar. 13th, 2016|11:21 am]
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SXSW is fun but exhausting.

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SXSW 2016 [Mar. 12th, 2016|01:22 pm]
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I've been working as a volunteer at SXSW here in Austin this week. It's been a long week of 9-hour work-days, plus early rising and a commute that involves driving to the bus and then riding in. But it was fun. The work was fairly easy and engaging and the people were nice. In exchange for working, I have a badge to the Interactive and Film portions of the convention.
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My Ray of Hope [Feb. 27th, 2016|09:42 pm]
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Today is G's Birthday. What a wonderful being he is!

Baby George

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Apropos of Nothing [Feb. 22nd, 2016|06:33 am]
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I think I might want this song, All La Glory by The Band, to be played at my funeral. But maybe not. It's very sweet, but it might make people too sad, and I really don't care what happens at my funeral anyway. But this would be a sweet funeral song for somebody's funeral. Click the link above to hear the song. (Just so you know, I'm not feeling like I'm gonna die, I just rediscovered this song a couple of weeks ago via my Youtube playlist, and I've been enjoying listening to it.)

All La Glory

I wanna hear pitter patter
Climb up your ladder, now
It's time for you to dream away
'Cause for a big day that you've been through
You've done all the things that you wanted to do

All la glory, I'm second story
Feel so tall like a prison wall

I'm lookin' for a star bright
To shine down your light, now
And keep the little one safe and warm
'Cause to her it's just a fantasy
And to me it's all a mystery

All la glory, I'm second story
Feel so tall like a prison wall

And before the leaves all turn brown
Before they fall to the ground
You will find the harmony, wait and see

Listen to the serenade
Little girl, promenade, now
You've got the sunshine in your hand
And maybe on a one sweet day
You'll walk that Milky Way

All la glory, I'm second story
Feel so tall like a prison wall that tall


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Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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Pandora's Apple [Feb. 21st, 2016|12:35 pm]
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viverra2 weighing in with her take on the Apple vs FBI controversy, has encouraged me to put in my own 2 cents. I've posted the following in a couple of other places on the web in the past couple of days.

It's not possible to crack the password on just one iPhone -- so by ordering Apple to break into that phone, the government demanding software that will enable them, and anyone else who gets that software, to hack into every iPhone out there. And once that hack is created, it is bound to get into the hands of other groups and countries throughout the world, and not all of those groups will have good intentions. A citizen's right to privacy is there for a reason. Yes, it can present obstacles for law enforcement, but it is a very important right and it needs to be protected. It was put there by the Founding Fathers to protect us during those times that our government gets too self-important and overzealous. Whenever the government attempts to erode our right to privacy, they are attempting to damage the fundamental structure of our country. Apple is right to fight this -- they are the heroes in this story.
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A Warm Bed In Winter Is A Wonderful Thing [Feb. 16th, 2016|07:29 am]
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These are the best sheets for people who want a warm bed in the winter (as long as said people don't hate synthetics). These sheets are not slippery or itchy. They are soft as can be. They make going to bed warm and comfortable even on the coldest night. I can not say enough good things about them. They are wonderful.

And they are on sale right now.

Just make sure to order the correct size and color -- it's the kind of site that tends to go back to the defaults when you change pages.

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Deadpool and Bike Riding [Feb. 13th, 2016|05:29 pm]
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Deadpool and Me

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Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper (ie $$$) [Feb. 8th, 2016|10:44 am]
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Beyonce pisses a lot of people off because she says what she wants. She's a great songwriter and an incredibly talented and powerful self-assured black woman who doesn't hold back. As such, she's very threatening to a huge percentage of the population. I admire her and I'm glad that she's out there being a role model for anyone who is paying attention. We need more women like her.

I love this review of video for her new song Formation - http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2016/02/beyonce-formation.html.

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Balls! [Feb. 8th, 2016|03:04 am]
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Deadpool talks testicles -- a real PSA on testicular self-exams for men.

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