Category Archives: General Musings

So I’m totally enraptured by the new Chris Robinson track, Narcissus Soaking Wet

And I’ve been trying to decipher all of the lyrics, but I’m stuck a bit in the firs.t verse…  Great googly moogly, how the rest of it resonates, though.  The album comes out in July, if the rest of it is as good and as heavy as this, I might have to give up my worldly possessions and follow Chris around the planet.

Sour flowers grow, ripe and pink
__________ receives the day, to ______Thunder born and lightning days
Natural magic, mystic ways
The poorest known withstands the (way? weight?)
Oooh, let’s get inside (get inside)

Narcissus soaking wet, lost, but doesn’t know it yet
He has failed to see his true reality
Now he will remain a ghost
Chained to what he loves most
Cast away under pale skies
Oooh, let’s get inside (get inside)Hey baby, your temple or mine

Untethered, unbound, state of grace sold by the pound
If it falls let it crumble to the ground
Burn the commune down

How soon we forget the time that we spent
it comes at great expense, expectations and rents
Kiss the dice, let them roll, all our stories have been told
One million times, one million ways
Oooh, it’s all the same (all the same)
Hey baby, you know there ain’t no shame (ain’t no shame)

Untethered, unbound, state of grace sold by the pound
If it falls let it crumble to the ground
Burn the commune down
Burn the commune down

If there’s somethin’ you don’t know, you better ask somebody
If there’s somethin’ that you need, you better look around
If it’s love that you’re after, well you better listen
Said if you lived here, you’d be home by now

You said you’re gonna get yourself together
Get straight what you, said what you tangled up
And if you think that’s going to be easy
All I have to say, is oh, you shit outta luck
I mean look at all these pieces you’ve got to pick up
Pick ’em up.

Untethered, unbound, state of grace sold by the pound
If it falls let it crumble to the ground
Burn the commune down

Untethered, unbound, state of grace sold by the pound
If it falls let it crumble to the ground
Burn the commune down
Burn the commune down

2016 Day 1

First day of 2016 was somewhat productive as far as goals. Walked a couple of miles, played an hour of guitar, and spent time contemplating the structure of short- and long-term goals. So far I’ve got the following:

Walk or run 1000 miles this year. Today, 2/1000.
Play music 2 hours per week = 104 hours. Today, 1/104.
No smoking. Today, 1/365.
CW practice, 2 hrs per week – 0/104.

Smart Pi

rpi_touchscreen_display_contents_1024x1024So I am currently in possession of a Raspberry Pi 2, along with the official Raspberry Pi 7″ touchscreen by Element14.

Today I had the fun experience of getting the pi and the screen working together, connecting the Edimax nano wifi adapter, and then installing mochad, which resulted in the successful integration of the Pi with the X10 home automation accessories I have installed over the years in various locations throughout the house.

I just realized that over 50% of the people who read my posts have no clue what I’m talking about.

Food history?

about-food-historyIf I had unlimited time and resources, I might consider pursuing an education in the history of food. If you think about something like the history of architecture and building, it’s pretty easy to draw a line from the cavemen to the present. “Trees are hard and withstand weather, let’s use them to our advantage.” We haven’t come too far, in reality, from that basic principle, in building. But I’d really like to understand the history of how different foods were discovered and used. Shellfish. Plants. Fish roe. Eggs. Plant extracts. Spices. Yeast. It almost seems more of a form of alchemy than anything else. I think a more or less complete timeline on when and how different food basics, enhancers and processes were introduced into society, and how we got from there to here, would be an utterly fascinating document. Can anyone recommend such a volume?

Turgid vs Tumescent

turgidSome of us may have encountered these words in various places during our literary explorations. The younger folks have probably come across it in bad fan fiction.  Most of us know what they mean, or at least what they’re intended to mean in context. Let’s explore them.

tu·mes·cent t(y)o͞oˈmes(ə)nt/ adjective
  1. swollen or becoming swollen, especially as a response to sexual arousal.
  2. (especially of language or literary style) pompous or pretentious; tumid.
    “his prose is tumescent, full of orotund language”
tur·gid ˈtərjəd/ adjective
1. swollen and distended or congested.
      “a turgid and fast-moving river”
2.  (of language or style) tediously pompous or bombastic.
      “some turgid verses on the death of Prince Albert”
In context, despite the dictionary definitions, turgid comes across (to me) as more insistent. While tumescent is a condition, turgid is demanding something be done about it.
Interestingly, both of these words, in addition to the referenced “tumid,” which I don’t remember seeing before, have a latin origin, from different roots (tumescere, turgere and tumere, respectively).
all beginning with “tu.”
“Tu” is latin for “you” or “yourself.” Go figure.