Happy Festivus! (one day late)

I was planning to post this on actual Festivus, but I got distracted in the best way possible (getting together with old friends and playing Super Smash Bros.). In any case, it’s less of a holiday post and more of an end-of-the-year-lollapalooza sort of thing. I started out with just the odds & ends but somehow thisContinue reading “Happy Festivus! (one day late)”

5 Reasons

Why Brian May is currently my favorite rock guitarist: The ‘Dixieland jazz band’ in “Good Company” is actually Brian recreating each instrument—clarinet, trombone, trumpet, etc.—on the guitar. . He hand-made his Red Special guitar with his dad, using pieces of a fireplace, table, and bike, and measured the fret placement in the nerdiest possible way:. Adorable tweets about astrophysics.Continue reading “5 Reasons”

Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends

In celebration of Tom Waits’ birthday today, here is a good song, and a good interview: How does one become the marimba player for Tom Waits, I wonder? What a sweet gig. On a side note, I’m sad that our friends no longer live in Sebastopol, where we could go visit them and every time I wouldContinue reading “Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends”

The Pillars of Rock & Roll

This past week I was sad to learn that two Rolling Stones sidemen, Bobby Keys and Ian McLagan, had passed away within one day of each other. Mostly what I knew about Bobby was his rip-roaring sax solos and the excerpts from Keith Richards’ book about throwing TVs out of windows, etc. Honestly, some of the stories about BobbyContinue reading “The Pillars of Rock & Roll”

Catching up

It finally happened!: I made it through November alive! This was my third time attempting NaNoWriMo, and I finally succeeded in writing 50,000 words in 30 days. WOOO! Quite a lesson in commitment. I guess you could call the (un)finished product a “novel,” except I’d have months of re-writing and de-suckifying to do before I could ever consider itContinue reading “Catching up”