Saturday, February 22, 2003

playing with the design - cleaned up links - if i accidentally deleted you or a site you like - let me know

"Mister blue sky please tell us why
You had to hide away for so long
Where did we go wrong?"

Friday, February 21, 2003

picked up yoshimi battles the pink robots by the flaming lips and a rush of blood to the head by coldplay tonight - after a listen or two, both are great. after discovering the stone roses, say, 12 yrs after the fact and radiohead 6 yrs or so after the fact- at least i've kind of caught up... i am more interested in rock music today than anytime since my college days (1978-1982) - several factors - finding bbc6, realizing what i have been missing, a few great blogs (david, sharon, taz, kristin, etc...). also, i have found the simplicity and directness of rock comforting and welcome - compared to the music i have been listening to, which, on one level, is more complex - but on another is almost too cerebral and overeducated for it's own good. among other things, i am not too optimistic about jazz - yes, there is some great work being done - but most of the jazz out today is either pop pablum not worthy of the name "jazz" or retro stuff - which often captures the form without the feeling of the jazz i love best. even the jazz i do like lacks the emotional connection and replaces it with technical ability...

anyhow - the flaming lips do you realize?? just came on - a beautiful, sad, direct, life affirming song which absolutely connects and i feel like i'm home....

actually, i'm changing my vote on #1 (see below) to the four pack of guiness draft in cans i'm going to pick up on the way home...

ok - perhaps i am in a shallow mood today, but finally, a friday five that i can answer, straight up...

1. What is your most prized material possession?
my salomon inline skates

2. What item, that you currently own, have you had the longest?
hmmm - i mean i have a few things my parents saved since i was a kid (school papers/pictures/etc...), but not really anything i use on a daily basis. i have a trophy i won when i graduated from college in 1982 that i keep in my office - somewhere i have the flute i played circa 6th grade - hmmm - if anything else pops in my head, i'll post to comments (i know you are all dying for a definitive answer)

3. Are you a packrat?
uh - not really, but perhaps a bit...

4. Do you prefer a spic-and-span clean house? Or is some clutter necessary to avoid the appearance of a museum?
hmmm - i am a bit schizo here. for the most part, i want things to be loose and informal, so clutter is good. there are a few things that i like clutter-free - moreso in a work environment that a home environment. while i'm not really into (stopping to wave arms as the lights in my office are motion triggered - and my chair must be far enough away from it, so that if i'm sitting at my computer typing i do not generate enough motion to keep them on) feng shui, i *do* believe that clutter in a workplace scatters your "precious energy" (to quote my favorite tracy chapman song)

5. Do the rooms in your house have a theme? Or is it a mixture of knick-knacks here and there?
my wife pays more attention to the decorating - theme seems a strong word - the basement is mine though, so you see my stuff on the walls...

daily hindu thought - courtesy beliefnet

Here our selfless desires are hidden by selfish ones. They are real, but they are covered by what is false. Therefore whoever of our own departs from this life, not one can ever be brought back before our eyes. But all those we love, alive or departed, and all things we desire but do not have, are found when we enter that space within the heart; for there abide all desires that are true, though covered by what is false.

-Chandogya Upanishad

a favorite new song is the delgados "all you need is hate"

to quote local radio legend, murray saul, because it's FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY! we GOTTA, GOTTA, GOTTA, (ad nauseum) GET DOWN!....

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

rip, johnny paycheck


in protest of the french iraq policy, a nc restaurant has renamed its "french fries" to "freedom fries". no comment from jacques chirac (doesn't his name sound like a goalie from the red wings)

bono nominated for the nobel peace prize. right. then again, doesn't seem like this will shape up to be a great year for peace

2 great pbs documentaries. some argue that pbs is no longer needed given the myriad of cable channels. i disagree, they do great work. one was on the restoration of some monasteries in the mustang region of nepal - which was formerly part of tibet. the other was about placebos - wouldn't it be wild if it was found that sugar pills really did cure people of depression, colds and it was not the placebo effect?

speaking of pbs - my new favorite show is couplings - from the bbc shown on a local pbs station.

blogger seems funky today - great - as roseanne roseannadanna might say "if it's not one thing; it's another."

delightful lunch of palak panner today

can you tell having comments back is making me blog-happy?

happy 70th birthday, yoko

"I know that when I say this,
I may be stepping on pins and needles;
But I don't like all these people
slagging her for breaking up the Beatles."
- bnl

to paraphrase bbc6 presenter, liz kershaw "waterloo sunset: the quintessential english song. discuss"

question for those who support the war with iraq
where was saddam and iraq on the US's priority list on sept 10, 2001?

question for those who are opposed to the war with iraq
what, if anything, would justify a US pre-emptive strike on iraq?

laissez les comments roulez!!!

now i just need to post something worthy of comments...

Monday, February 17, 2003

ps... is it just me or is the inability to post/get comments taking the fun out of blogging - at least for those blogs (such as mine) using the previously reliable, now squirrelly, haloscan?

pps email me at mzellers at hotmail.com if haloscan contines to be dodgy - please...

for those of you dying of suspense, i did go see the dave holland quintet last night. it was very good.

if i am feeling more verbose later, i may write more about any/all of the following topics: the concert, tobogganing, jazz music, oberlin college, questions i have for those who are for/against the war

in addition to winter-burnout, work-burnout (this semester is actually going great - just tiring), war-burnout, terrorism-burnout and burnout-burnout, i fear i am experiencing blog-burnout. to this point, i recall a dialouge between herbie hancock and miles davis which i will paraphrase. at one point herbie told miles, "i don't know what to play", to which miles replied, "don't play anything then, just sit there".

although he was wrong about some things, miles was dead on with this one...

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