Short Film: The Bucket

•May 9, 2017 • 1 Comment

What a delightful, very short documentary.

Courtesy of The Field Lab.

How’s Your Day? Podcast

•May 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I’m enjoying How’s Your Day, a new podcast from KUOW, my local public radio station.


It takes an important day in recent history and interviews people about their memories of that day, often unrelated to the larger events. Which sounds like a dull idea, but it turns out it’s really fascinating. My favorite episode so far is Whales and 9/11, interviewing whale scientists who were working off the Atlantic coast on September 11, 2001.



Here’s the audio:

Animation: Charles Bukowski’s Crappy Life

•April 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The spoiled old toad Charles Bukowski talks about how he writes about his crappy life.

An animated interview from Quoted Studios.


Glen Campbell: Wichita Lineman

•April 23, 2017 • 3 Comments

Today is Glen Campbell‘s birthday.

I grew up next door to a house full of linemen. This was their favorite song. I love it, too. An homage to a hard and honorable job.

More Glen Campbell.

The Gregory Brothers: Chicken Attack

•April 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I think this is the best chicken yodeling I’ve ever heard.

The Last Peeper Show

•April 15, 2017 • 1 Comment

Well, it is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the Seattle Times has discontinued its Peep contest. Sad! I tried to get a peep picture in the paper for years, but never quite made it. Here is my last effort, which I worked on prior to learning the contest was over.

Peeperson Gimlin Film, 1967

Peeperson Gimlin Film, 1967

And here are some other efforts, presented in no particular order. There were others, like Dr Jekyll and Mr Peep, but I must not have thought much of them because I can’t find pictures.

That last one was called, “What’s Really Inside Marcellus Wallace’s Briefcase.”

Dean Jones: Being Alive

•March 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This performance of the birthday wish song from Sondheim’s Company gives me a whole new idea of who Dean Jones is.

I watched the 2011 revival of the play on DVD yesterday. The songs are really wonderful.

Company is the story of a man who is conflicted about whether to get married, but like so many plays and books and films and TV shows,  it’s haunted by a gay perspective left purposely inexplicit, which for me was a sort of fatal flaw in the story, while at the same time adding to the pathos of many of the songs.

I have the same problem with Leaves of Grass.

Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode

•March 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The great Chuck Berry has died. I will just repost this 2008 entry. May he rest in glory.

Here is Chuck Berry performing Johnny B. Goode on on Hullabaloo in 1965.

I love Chuck Berry so much. In spite of the fact that he’s on everybody’s list of the most important innovators in American popular music, I can’t help but feel that his genius is nevertheless under-appreciated. The rhythm and the lyric to this song are so jubilant and brilliant.

Johnny B. Goode

Deep down in Louisiana, close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood,
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well,
But he could play the guitar just like ringing a bell.

Go Go
Go Johnny Go
Go Go
Johnny B. Goode

He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the trees by the railroad track.
The engineers would see him sitting in the shade,
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made.
The people passing by, they would stop and say
Oh my but that little country boy can play


His mother told him someday you will be a man,
And you will be the leader of a big old band.
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun goes down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
Saying “Johnny B. Goode tonight”.

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