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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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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

Songwriters
ROBERTSON, ROBBIE

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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.

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2034202/premier-comfort-microfleece-sheets.jsp?color=Red
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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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Yup [Feb. 7th, 2016|08:26 am]
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From the Christian Science Monitor:


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Mom will protect you always! [Feb. 6th, 2016|09:53 am]
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Originally posted by terkat at Mom will protect you always!




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Paranoia or Conspiracy? [Feb. 6th, 2016|08:59 am]
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I don't know if this is me just being paranoid or if it was deliberate. I'm pretty sure I'm just being paranoid, but there was a 100,000 gallon wastewater spill right down the street from the place I talked about in my last post, the place where they are trying to evict 50 low-income families so developers can put in a mixed-use development with high-density housing.

Paranoia or Conspiracy?

http://kxan.com/2016/02/05/100k-gallons-of-wastewater-flows-into-carson-creek/
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A Rationalizing Animal [Feb. 5th, 2016|12:53 pm]
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One day, Ken-the-Developer, one of the people who is responsible for the development around my land, got in my face and yelled at me saying, "you are costing me money!" His logic was that, by not selling my land to him or caving in on every idiotic thing he wanted to do, I was being a Bad Person, when in fact, he was the real Bad Person.

He scraped every single living thing off of 80 acres of woodland, then he dumped tons of imported lifeless soil on top of the scraped earth and put in as many houses as the law would allow. In the process, he did everything he could to provide as little environmental protection as possible. And he did all of this this right on the edge of the river, where the runoff will harm everything living thing downstream every time it rains. It would have been slightly worse if I hadn't stepped in to complain and it would have been much worse if he had been able to destroy my land as well.

But developers and pro-growth people don't see it that way. They don't see the harm they do, or if they see it, they just don't care. They don't see the logic of using available space that was previously developed and then abandoned before using wild space that is providing watershed recharge and protection, wildlife habitat and, sometimes, housing for humans.

I got to thinking about this again when I saw the quote below in an article about how some developers are trying to force existing residents out of their homes so the developers can buy the property and make a profit putting in higher density housing. One of the local housing commisioners sees the refusal-to-leave of the current residents as an impediment to improving things. Here's the quote:

"Vela said that while he sympathized with the plight of those who might be relocated, the city was in a housing crisis and desperately needed to add housing stock for all income levels."

“'I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that if this development were to move forward, it’s a net gain of 300 housing units,' he said. 'We may be preserving the affordable housing for these families, but we’re doing that on the backs of all the other families.'”

I wonder if Comissioner Vela is volunteering to have his house and maybe his neighbors' houses torn down to make way for more high-density housing. By his logic, we all should be forced out.

Here's the link to the whole article - http://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2016/02/30038/.

Here's a picture I made of the first day of the destruction around my house. I had taken a bunch of amazing nature photos in the field of grasses and flowers that was there a couple of days before. Then I woke up and everything was being removed. I took this picture to document the beginning of the end.

No More Field By The Land
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Modern Technology [Feb. 4th, 2016|05:27 pm]
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A couple of days ago, there was a hawk sitting on the power line over my driveway when I went out to go walking. It was the worst situation for my phone's camera, far away, backlit, nothing to steady my arms on, but I took a couple of pictures and then took a video of it flying away as I walked down the front steps.

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The Organizer [Jan. 30th, 2016|10:51 am]
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I used the neighborhood bulletin board to organize a bike ride for this weekend. People have responded positively and it looks like at least a few people will show up. There's an amazing paved bike trail an easy ride away from here, so we're going there.

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I have no idea how this is going to go, the group's bike-riding skills will likely be quite varied. My plan is to turn them loose and see what happens. If it goes well, I'm going to see if people would be up for doing it every other week or so.

I hate organizing things, but I figure that, if I have to have neighbors, they might as well be entertaining. I'm encouraged by how nice all the neighbors I've met have been. Even so I'm nervous, but I think this will be fun.

Here's a picture of my bike:

My Bike (fixed up)
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Christmas Trip - Beginning [Jan. 24th, 2016|04:36 pm]
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I'm slowly uploading my Christmas trip photos to Flickr. I made the mistake of trying to upload them all at once. I put a ton of time into tagging, naming and describing everything and then, of course, the uploader crashed. So now I'm uploading them in dribs and drabs. Click on the cut to see some stuff from the first few days of my trip.   CUT!Collapse )
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