Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Black coffee

Peggy Lee's recordings range from the ridiculous to the sublime. Toward the ridiculous end there are strings and bongos... toward the sublime...

Nature publishes a comic book...

... about global climate negotiations. Alas, no superheroes. But do read it. You'll learn something. It is ideologically even-handed to a fault, and the recurring Bucky Fuller visual meme is powerful... the way it echoes the Eiffel Tower is especially effective and interesting. As time goes on in this account, you may find your anxiety level rising. Partly this is because the real crisis is becoming more urgent, year by year. And partly it is because the artists have crammed the lines of text tighter and tighter. Well done. Scary. Hopeful?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rhythm Killers

Yesterday's featured Wikipedia article. I actually have the damn thing in vinyl. It's a good album, in an overproduced 1980s Laswell kind of way. And they're still at it... I heard them backing Michael Rose in Santa Cruz not long ago.

Where would we be without Wikipedia? Give them some money.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Mavericks is justly renowned for its big-wave surfing competition, but the same reefs that create those gnarly breakers also extend ashore and provide some excellent tide pools. The king tides are coming this week, which means very low lows... I was there for low tide today, a bit early for the lowest, but still saw some cool stuff.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

O Bobby!

For some reason, Bobby Jindal was my favorite GOP candidate. Well, maybe second to Chris Christie. I guess I just liked the idea of having a Bobby as president! Why was he so unpopular, when Ben Carson is cleaning up in the polls? The Republican mind, if such a thing exists, is truly an enigma.

Apropos nothing at all, here is Sam Cooke singing a jazz standard, and quite badly at that. A great singer and a great song do not necessarily a great recording make. But sometimes they do... look up Billie Holiday's version...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Can Music Be Perfect? Vol. 63

Play loud. Don't listen to the lyrics too carefully. Just let the guitar and the beat wash over you, as intended.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015