Sunset by the Sea

•September 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

We’ve been out gallivanting on the seashore, as we do every year. The smoke from the terrible wildfires in Washington made for beautiful sunsets at Cape Disappointment, so, as always, we took a bunch of photos.

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The Dixie Cups: Iko Iko

•August 22, 2012 • 1 Comment

I used this song in a translation the other day, and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. In a good way.

Wikipedia has several interesting theories of the origins of this song, which is probably a mixture of African and Native American folk songs.

It’s so catchy that it’s no wonder it’s lasted all these years.

Go Play

•August 10, 2012 • 1 Comment

Why don’t you get some fresh air? Maybe go for a bike ride or a run or walk to the store or something?

Deep in the Heart

•July 31, 2012 • 4 Comments

We spent several days last week in West Texas, which was blistering hot and covered in thorns and stickers.

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Fashion Olympics

•July 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I think my favorite part of the Olympics opening ceremonies is the entry of the athletes. The Olympic athletes are by no means a representative cross-section of humanity, as can be seen by the always befuddling majority-white team from South Africa, or the large teams fielded by even the smallishest European countries. The Olympics are for those who can afford them.

But in spite of these limitations, the parade of athletes gives us a rare opportunity to see many people from all over the world in one place. And since almost all of them are at the peak of youth and vigor, bursting with robust good health, they look fantastic. They’re like several hundred poster children for the idea that everybody’s beautiful.

And then their damn coaches or whoever they are make them wear some of the world’s most unflattering clothing. Nobody but a world-class athlete could look good in some of the outfits they make those poor kids wear.

Except for Mexico. Of the teams I got a good look at last night, Mexico was by far the best dressed, each in his or her own outfit, put together from actual clothes. Colorful and fine.

Kitty Wells: It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels

•July 17, 2012 • 3 Comments

Goodbye to the great Kitty Wells.

This song was written by Jay Miller in response to Hank Thompson’s hit The Wild Side of Life, a lament about a suffering husband whose wife leaves him alone at home while she hangs out in bars. The song included the affecting line “I didn’t know God made honky-tonk angels” and was a huge hit in 1952. Kitty’s answer came out later the same year and struck a chord with listeners, particularly women. The song has since taken on a legendary status, and made Kitty Wells one of the icons of country music women’s lib.

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Two Scoops

•July 10, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Isn’t this clever?

It’s from this groovy DIY page. It’s all in Korean, but lots of the projects are self-explanatory.

David Byrne: Independence Day

•July 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

A little Fourth of July music from David Byrne.

Don’t forget to be independent!

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