KPIG: My Favorite Radio Station

You hear the strangest things on KPIG: they just finished playing “Stairway to Gilligan’s Island“. Yes, with the crescendo towards the end and all. Performed by Little Roger & the Goosebumps. Here’s a link to the song, in Real format, and another version using Shockwave (though it won’t play to completion on my machine), and … Read more

Playing in the Shadow

Let’s say you are the replacement for Jerry Garcia in the Grateful Dead. Your new job is to go in front of 20,000 fans and play music that they probably know better than you do. There is a great article from the NY Times (reg. required) which provides an insightful view of Jimmy Herring, who … Read more

Fun With Numbers

Via Doc comes word that there is much fun to be had by analyzing the results of a variety of search results at the White House web site. Seems Brian Dear has spent some time doing just that, and has provided a handy table of results for your viewing pleasure. Among the key findings: Iraq … Read more

Knock Me Over With a Feather!

I recently joined a photo sharing and review site known as photoSIG. I uploaded an image that family and friends have commented favorably upon, steeled for all manner of negative comments, or perhaps worse, no comments at all! I’ve seen plenty of photos on the site that have nary one word of feedback … Imagine … Read more

A Love Supreme

Eric and Oliver had been married 7 years when WW II called him away from his family in Leicester, England. Leaving behind his wife and 3 young children, Eric was first posted to North Africa and then on to Italy. Though separated physically, Olive and Eric remained very close to each other via a series … Read more

Mark Twain: The War Prayer

This thought provoking work by Mark Twain was written around 1904-5, but was not published until 13 years after he died. He had this comment regarding its’ publication: “No,” he said, “I have told the whole truth in that, and only dead men can tell the truth in this world.” The War Prayer by Mark … Read more

Sober Words; Sober Times

I’m almost speechless in light of the decay of the political situation in the US these days. The dual assault on the constitution, coupled with a willful ignorance of the world’s thoughts wrt Iraq make this the darkest political time in my life since the era of Nixon and Watergate. One key difference is that … Read more

This is as Close to Snow as I Get Anymore

In 1611 Kepler published what is probably the first scientific review of the snowflake, paying particular attention to the six-sided nature that virtually all snowflakes exhibit. Almost 400 years later, we have the latest research results regarding snowflakes in the form of these extreme close-up photos. They are the work of talented photographer Patricia Rasmussen. … Read more

GD Hall of Honor: Bill Walton

Bill Walton is almost as well known for being a deadhead as he is for his accomplishments on the basketball court. His passion for the dead is oft noted, and he was known for working in appropriate snippets of lyrics to dead songs during interviews after games. He continues to espouse his love of Grateful … Read more