Last night’s prototype for a lamp shade idea… Just popped it into that existing shade as a test
Happy Valentines Day to all you “Sexy MF-ers” from The Purple One 🎶🥁🎷💕
📚🇫🇷 My knowledge of Napoleonic France comes from reading the unabridged ‘Count of Monte Cristo’ by Dumas. Napoleon’s return from exile on Elba provided the intrigue that underpin the titular Dantès’ betrayal
America today feels how I imagine France did in those ‘Hundred Days’
🎙🍲 If you need something lovely this morning, I want to recommend the velvet voice of NPR’s Noel King as she charmingly learns to make Thai Chicken with Basil 🥰
Good night nodeJS.
I will most likely kill you tomorrow.
🎶 ‘Just Like Heaven’
Someone who shall remain blameless kept referencing The Cure, so I was inspired to put my faves on shuffle…
All I am saying is in the 25th century, somewhere there is a very rich salesman for a defense contractor who laughs every time he sees a Federation ship, and he absolutely refuses to step foot aboard one of them.
Streaming the next episode of Voyager which begins with a space battle that severely damages the ship.
A crewman dies after “his console exploded in his face” … from external damage?
I hate when these stupid little cliches are egregious enough to mar otherwise great episodes.
📺 ‘Save Yourselves!’
An existential crisis for a young couple leads them to disconnect from the internet & leave NYC for a week in the woods - the same week that aliens invade!
Sunita Mani (‘GLOW’, ‘Mr Robot’) is the best part of this mildly entertaining, offbeat comedy
📺 Motherless Brooklyn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Edward Norton did everything in adapting this for film and it has a cohesive quality as a result.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw warms every scene she is in, an ingenue worthy of the definition.
Alec Baldwin as Randolph has a line which damns in recent echoes
“the systemic nature of crime in underprivileged communities is often driven by the inability of the powerful to empathize and address the concerns of the powerless. Submission to the powerful is often more important than the humanity of the powerless”
-The Way of the Laser
The four horseman of “I ain’t got no dipping sauce”
The Big Sleep (1978)
I’d seen the 1946 Bogart & Bacall version a few times, but never Robert Mitchum’s, who quips well, but fails to menace as Marlowe should.
The transplant from LA to the English countryside was odd, but otherwise the plot is faithful to the novel.
On Kiva, you can loan money to alleviate poverty around the world.
This morning I added the Dominican Republic and Mali to the countries where I’ve made a loan to help someone help themselves.
Mine is only one drop in the ocean, add yours
Good Morning America! 🇺🇸
It’s a great day to wake up refreshed and push progress forward for the least of us everywhere
🎶🥁’Who Owns Who’ - Prophets of Rage
🎶🎸”Goodbye Year, Goodbye” - ‘X’
The most prophetic song released in 2020…
“The Blurred Odyssey” - ‘The Sh-Booms’
1️⃣ This year is The One! Happy New Year 🥳 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ 🎉
The moral of the story is to never look behind the drop ceiling… 🙈🚧
Imagine posting a list of “Essential Episodes of ‘The Expanse’” 🤪🤓😜
You gotta watch EVERY episode AT LEAST TWICE! 🚀👽⭕️☄️
📺🎄OK, “Fatman” let’s do this…
Thunderkiss ’65 - Rob Zombie Black Shuck - The Darkness Arcane Montane - The Sword So Easy - Eagles of Death Metal
Lo the bare branches of winter Begun to reveal The demense of his lordship Looking down from high upon the hill
Lenny’s scream to kick off that horn outro over the epic groove : the last 30 seconds of ‘Always on the Run’ is in the pantheon.
🔗 Trump has, thoroughly and completely, lost the 2020 election. Now who’s going to tell the Republican base?
Or more to the point, who’s going to tell them they’re being scammed? #μβ www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/…
📺🖖‘Phage’ Star Trek : Voyager S1E05 Crew-mate Neelix has had his LUNGS stolen by a mystery alien… so the hologram doctor invents HoloLungs because they can’t replicate replacements for his organs. Except they replicated them every time he has used the transporter… ⭐️ 6.5/10
📺 👽 🚀 My rewatch of Star Trek has reached the point (DS9 S3E12) where I get to start interleaving Voyager episodes!
Tuvok, Paris, Kim, Torres, Chakotay - Janeway ended up with a great crew (and the show had a very likable cast right out of the gate)
🎸 Every time I go on another Prince jag I veer ever closer to starting a religion on what you could learn from studying his paisley life:
“How many want to get deep tonight? How many y’all want to stay on the shore though?”
Many people will struggle this winter, but you can help them to have a “Holiday without Hunger” for five bucks a box at your local Food Lion grocery 🦃 🥣 🥖
If no Food Lion nearby, please RT with your local equivalent
🎶 ”Take The Power Back”
📷 Backyard Colors
If you REALLY believed an election had just been stolen from you, would you go play golf for two straight days or would you be elbow deep in work; fighting hard to prevent the political coup? 🗳
Dead things have fallen, and we need to put together new tools to gather them up and throw them out
🎵 “In the pines, in the pines”
🎵 Starting the day off bumping to the Jamiroquai throwback ‘Virtual Insanity’
Spotted the local biz run by a QAnon victim…
Fortunate the County Board of Elections is convenient for me, as the lot is full and they are using all of the sidewalk on this first day of early voting
🎵 📺 Full Video of Lanie Gardner‘s smoky cover of ‘Dreams’ (Fleetwood Mac) on y/t:
The sound I heard just after I read the captions on this photo scared me; especially when I realized it was my own snort-cackling laughter 🐈💥
How it started. How it ended up. #FetchHappened
Roadside Seen : STDs
Stop The Donald 2020
“Don’t let the infection spread”
Currently super annoyed with all of you that knew that “Get Shorty” series was fucking brilliant and never mentioned it (or S01 at least)
Loves In Abandonment
The problem for the plumber is that from his perspective everyone is paying attention to two of his neighbors.
However, he is only adjacent to them in proximity. Many neighbors would call one of a few local plumbers. He is unremarkable.
He is not their peer.
Imagine an accomplished inventor scientist and her neighborhood friend the passionate philanthropist have a good-natured rivalry whose colorful annual competitions draw national news interest
A plumber they both use lives on the next street
Why doesn’t everyone know his name?
So glad to see Claudio is back with Ewan & Charley for ‘The Long Way Up’ on Apple TV+ 🏍 📺
Trail Break - it said ‘mountain wilderness trail’ on the map but it did not register upon me that would mean hauling myself up and down so heavily…
Feeling the fall of autumn weather today. Being in Carolina, we’ll warm back up a time or three, but the summer heat has broken
Reportedly, Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) will play ‘She-Hulk’ - a young lawyer injured in a car crash receives a transfusion from cousin Bruce Banner, whose gamma-irradiated Hulk blood is responsible her gorgeous green hair & musculature
📺 ‘21 Bridges’ Chadwick Boseman as a detective known for shooting cop-killers. The same night he is cleared by IA, two hitters knock off the wrong coke stash & kill seven cops… “Trigger” is oddly placed in charge of manhunt & closes all 21 bridges to NYC 3.5 dirty stars
Every Mel Gibson movie is some shade of crime / noir but last years ‘Dragged Across Concrete’ was darker and better than ‘Force of Nature’ if you’re looking for one to skip…
📚5⭐️ ‘Legendborn’ - @TracyDeonn (YA) Modern Fantasy about a bright young black girl entering college at Carolina whose grief drives her to join a secret society older than The Old Well and darker than her family’s own ancient secrets.
A unique blend of Magic with timely heft!
📚 ‘Interference’ - 4 ⭐️
Brad Parks’ newest thriller is about a hoops-loving Physicist whose life becomes dangerously entangled with a spooky component of his quantum research …
Some days the best solution is to write a tidy little bash script 🐚 💻
📚 Hey lookitthat! My preorder for Tracy Deonn’s ‘Legendborn’ shipped early
Disappointed my relatives have lived near these pleasant spots forever and never mentioned any of them
Found a relatively quiet spot to sit by the water for a while
I wonder if a source of the powerless congress we have today is the automation of government expenditure. Has the ‘power of the purse’ the founders expected to provide check and balance to executive authority been abdicated? Imagine if ICE needed congress to cut monthly checks…
Rocks on Deep River
Want to read: Three-Fifths by John Vercher 📚
Want to read: The Warehouse by Rob Hart 📚
Protest against corruption of US Postal Service at Dejoy’s Home
Depression effect of the virus on vacation-dependent restaurants has to be MASSIVE 🦠 🏝 🥐
Proof you can still have a ball while socially distancing 🏝 🍷 #OBX
📚🏝 🍺 ’Monday Starts on Saturday’ - Strugatsky Bros. (W/ Schöfferhofer grapefruit Hefeweizen)
📚🏝 My next Beach Read is Kiese Laymon’s debut novel ‘Long Division’
Sound of the surf 🏝🎤 #OBX
Earthquakes, 2020? This piece of shit year…
Get in loser, we’re going to Arrakis 📚🚀🏝🌵🌍
Absolutely disgusting to see American democracy die because a few assholes in the right places usurped authority
I was sitting out on deck this morning with my coffee when a little hummingbird flew over to interrupt my doom-scrolling. As he departed, he took a quick nip from the feeder which has hung unvisited for the past year 🐦
🎵 🎤 🎸 “Peace Pipe” is one of those tracks that seemingly at random will pop into my thoughts from time to time; then I have to hear it five or fifteen times before I let it rest
Johnny Mnemonic is set in 2021, and in the second scene we see rioters wearing N95-style masks #FutureSense
America might be a pile of corpses and shit, but is OUR pile of corpses and shit
__ With apologies to Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham for paraphrasing Avasarala 📚🌍 🚀__
In a sense, this summer COVID-19 has finally granted the wishes of all of us who have always wanted a private tropical retreat… 🏝 🌴 ☀️
This passage from “Babylon’s Ashes” made me do some reflecting…
Looks like a wee bit of rain blowing in #NCWX
The 16th Dresden Files novel is out, “Peace Talks” and @LongShotAuthor is once again trying to kill Harry (and his readers) with an insane amount of concurrent crises and complications 📚
No one else is wearing a mask and the crowd is starting to thicken, so I’m a gonna vamoose on Audi
I might trade “Sophia” for this one #SoOrange
The Mustang Corral
It’s always a surprise to me how many cars show up for the July cruise-in down here. As in, I always forget it is happening
For a film with Malcovich, Vaughn and Hemsworth in it, I thought Eden Brolin made the movie ‘Arkansas’ with her odd and sweet, but neither stupid nor weak character
Breakfast for Bee
📚 Boomers crashed, and rain bucketed down on the tin roof of the deck, but the reader was comfortably ensconced, turning pages as the thrilling plot raced towards an undoubtedly bloody conclusion.
It’s a gorgeous morning to grab some pastries at Guglhupf 🥐☕️
I saw the decade end
and the world changed
in the blink of an eye … I was alive
And I waited
Ahh Yeah, sookie sookie now!!! The postman delivered ‘Blacktop Wasteland’ by S.A. Cosby
“The Southern Styllist” pan fried liver pudding slices and pimento cheese on toast
📚 Got word my copy of @blacklionking73 ‘Blacktop Wasteland’ came in today, but I’m busy priming an undercarriage and can’t go pick it up before Tuesday 😭
TFW you shaved all your hair off and now none of your ball caps fit any more
Grinding, and welding, and priming, and painting…
Even at my worst, I was never the kind of drinker depicted in the lyrics for ‘Out Cold’ so know that what I love about this track is that groove. It’s got a perfect sleaze rock grind that I just cant get enough of.
This is not how I wanted to play with laser blasters #KidneyStones
The pursuit of true Justice is more important than mere Law and Order. Justice is fair and right. Laws are attempts to define what is wrong. Order is only obedience to law. It is the least of American principles. Civil Disobedience, including protests and riots, are valid tools
Weekend Plans : a thick book and some cold beverages
*Westbrook I got from @Yonder Bar - Lemon Cucumber Gose
Your reminder that Ozzie & Harriet’s twin grandsons, Ricky Nelson’s kids, grew up to make a bawdy song about their threesome lifestyle, and it’s the closing credits track for “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”
📷🌸 A sampling of current blooms
Most of the beautiful flowers at my place are due to the previous owners, but these were my addition
Denzel Curry - ‘Bulls on Parade’
2019 cover of ‘Rage Against The Machine’ for Like a Version
White Privilege is that the poorest & least educated white man alive could dress up in a borrowed suit and silently walk down the street - and people will assume he is a businessman.
When a rich, well-educated black man walks same street, many assume instead he is a criminal
Today’s Album : ‘Wake Up!’
John Legend & The Roots
If your response to this unrest is to spit out some lukewarm phrase like “we believe in racial equality” and you do not SPECIFICALLY denounce police brutality, then you are colluding to maintain the status quo. You are part of the problem. #NoJusticeNoPeace #BadApplesSpoil
Upgrading to a compression sleeve with integrated elbow pad costs about $13 per arm, $26 USD for a pair. Could be worth it, if you might get knocked down during outdoor activities.
Did you know you can get a pair of Ace Elbow Pads for about five dollars at WalMart ?
🚀 📷 This is the moment where the Falcon booster rocket had just landed back on the drone ship, and simultaneously Crew Dragon had officially achieved nominal orbit insertion. A new era in space flight!
Self-medicating with old reggae
Lion Youth : Rat A Cut Bottle
I would listen to the heck out of an Electric Six mashup album of RATM covers right now…
Because if I put on actual RATM at this moment in time - there would likely be dark consequences.
Clamp-style 3D Printed face mask with microfiber cloth #NoSew #3Cuts
Reason to stop Karen-ing…
“The Karen meme was first served up on … home to adherents of the men’s movement, where users egged on an angry man whining about an ex-wife named Karen”
Chillin’ on the deck as the storm comes down 📷⛈
Re-watching ‘Henry’s Crime’ and surprised again how well Keanu holds up against Vera Farmiga and James Caan in an excellent mashup of a buddy-crook caper against ‘The Cherry Orchard’
Many people will tell you Kathleen Turner was sexiest in ‘Body Heat’, which is phenomenal (check out the minor role by Ted Danson!) but I find her far more attractive in ‘Romancing The Stone’ - her skin is practically luminous and she is utterly charming. Very underrated movie.
Still mind-boggling that you can get mirror finish out of freaking plastic
If you gained $190,000 USD every DAY for the last 2,000 years you would still have less money than Bezos
$138 B < $143B
(per Forbes real time net worth tracker)
Dear iTunes shuffle, some harpsichord plonking isn’t exactly the way to get the old blood thumping in the morning!
Apologies to JSB, but… it just ain’t.
For some ineffable reason, I was reminded about Dr Cline’s seminar on systemic failure and rewatched it this morning :
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Sometimes I think :
"I would like a new Everclear album"
and then I give ‘Black is the New Black’ another spin (or two) and it’s still just the best of Art’s music (coming from a guy who drove cross-country to listen to ‘Santa Monica’ in situ)
Tryna support The Stack #MasksForDocs #PPE
📷🌹🌱 Reaping the Rose Benefit
The former owners of my place planted these roses I now get to enjoy. I do, more than I expected, so I need to learn to care for them better…
The power of Clorox compels you!
Defense Secretary Mark Esper:
“It has revealed a new dynamic of this virus: that it can be carried by normal, healthy people who have no idea whatsoever”
Our SEC DEF has never heard of Typhoid Mary, STDs, or the DICTIONARY DEFINITION of a communicable disease carrier? 😖🤯🌎🔥
Is Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’ the perfect song for social distancing?
Introverts, Week 4: