I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
March 16, 2016 - 4:22 p.m.
I hopefully just stopped doing something idiotic. I always complain that the default style for MS Word involves skipping a line every time you hit enter. You can change that for every time but the first. It will still skip a line the first time. Today I looked at the different templates and noticed one called Single Space that should give me single space, right? Let's see.
It did! It did! Now I don't have to click on No Spacing every time I start a new document; I just have to click on Draft View. I appreciate every time I personalize an app. I prefer to be in control of such things.
OK, it's late, 2:42 and I have to get down to brass tacks. Not so much brass as strings but there's no such thing as string tacks. What the hell am I talking about? Music of course. I'm taking a break from politics and philosophy and writing something My Gentle Readers will enjoy. Facebook shows me my memories from this date in previous years. One that popped up today was a video I posted of the Brittany Haas 4-tet. I reposted it and said that most of my friends don't know them but they should. And that's my inspiration for today. Here are musicians that most of you won't know but will enjoy. My rules were no one that I discovered at NERFA and nobody that I know has played more than a few times for my presenter friends. None of these have been Falcon Ridge Most Wanted. None have even played the The Budgiedome though all have been invited. I have seen them all at least twice. It's more than a bit New York Centric as it's easier for me to discover local musicians. That and the fact that 40% of the best musicians in the US live in Brooklyn.
I'll keep the list short. I eliminated Miss Tess because I think too many of you might know her and I eliminated Dagmar because I have not actually seen the band live. I have seen its members in a previous band. If you don't know them check them out.
This has less words than most of my entries because I expect you to take the time to listen to the music. I'm letting the artists speak for themselves.
I would love my presenter friends to book these people but I realize it's hard as the audience doesn't want to come hear people they don't know. So book them with people they do know. The listeners will be won over. They are all extraordinary. Do you book house concerts? Give these videos a listen and explore deeper in their catalogue. Are you a DJ? Play them. That gives me an idea. I need to do a set of these artists next time I'm on Brian's show.
I just remembered that I never told you how the peanut butter matzoh brei came out. It was fantastic, even better than a peanut butter omelet. It makes sense. I like peanut butter on omelets and I like in on matzoh and matzoh brei is the love child of an omelet and matzoh.
Annoying People - September 03, 2016
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