Saturday, May 26, 2018

I Got Wheels and You Want to Go for a Ride

++Coming up for air for on this holiday weekend briefly to share two long, non music related, very dry videos about scooters, of all things! I seem to remember writing about the Bird company in the past few weeks but it might have slipped my mind. I delved a little deeper and am fascinated by both the Bird business model and execution. (#nopromo)This is not to say I have confidence that the whole enterprise will be successful enough to gain approval from cities or that haters will stop poopin' (literally!)on the Birds, I'm just intrigued by the wild wild west feel, where this may or may not be a gold rush and it's high stakes poker and everything is wild... and other yeehaw references, etc.

So much of the work is done over phones using an enormous amount of faceless manpower. Both cities and companies are kind of making rules up as they go along.

Similar to Uber, Bird mobilizes resources already available (people's electric sockets in their garages) instead of creating new brick and mortar facilities. Also, as a separate random commendation, I love the tone, interface and manner in which the Rideshare guy [below] introduces all these concepts. (Verdict appears to be you can make a little pocket change depending on your feelings about poop.) Will watch to see if this kooky business model survives and if it does it will have to do with easy availability of the Birds (always bet on people's laziness) and the fact that scooters are a less cumbersome than Segways, fulfilling the Dean Kamen's prediction of city dwellers needed personal sets of wheels.

Will also be curious to see if and how they get hacked, Office Space style.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018



++Someone once tweeted that Ocean's 8 is the alternate Carol universe since it has both Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson...I can't find that tweet but I did find this article in which I imagine the author chasing Cate around on the streets and yelling out her looks, loudly, to her, like a circus barker.

++You can always count on the Allah-Las to take you to that place. You know the place.

++Pretty sure this is Martha making a mafioso threat to someone.

++A casual search for "vintage clip art" brings up some racist results but I ain't mad at it!

++If I were Kaskade how would I feel about being mistaken for Rob Dyrdek? Kind of a wash, social ranking speaking, if ya ask me. They are equally yoked?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Words of Radiance


++A few minutes ago I didn't know who Lucky Blue Smith [above] was. One Google News search later and I find out not only did he just model alongside Kendall Jenner but that he is with another model named Stormi Bree.

He and Stormi Bree have a daughter together named Gravity Blue, who had her own instagram postings while still in the womb apparently. What a ride these past few minutes have been! These are too many names!

++Zoom Out: Very much enjoyed listening to Michael Pollan on Fresh Air the other day. Terry Gross was a little confused by his description of his psilocybin trip having to do with Post-It Notes but I totally got it and frankly, that's worrisome! (Also I love post its, now available in rio de janeiro colors.)


++Based on that headline, pretty sure if you scramble the letters in the name Abdallah Mbajja it spells out Brandon Sanderson?

++Charlotte Day Wilson will be one of the performers at UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest on the 28th. So many good shows this month. At first I was like, dang, too bad that's a Monday night and was like. And then when I realized it's Memorial Day I'z all.

Monday, May 21, 2018


++I was watching an old episode of City Bakes where Paul Hollywood goes to Iceland to steam a loaf of rye bread, geothermally, aka over one of the volcanic geysers for 18 hours. And it's like, hey Paul Hollywood : $33.99. Saved ya a trip.

++It's been cracking me up how Jon Wurster keeps tweeting about getting mistaken for Ben Folds at the airport.

++Oh, "public." Misread that.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


++I'll never be able to hear the name "Teppan Zee Bridge" without thinking of this gif.

++I dunno, if I was to operate a website about miniatures, I'd pan back a little on the camerawork.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


++I've probably posted this video because I think about this song when opening my window in the morning. I did not remember the religious undertones?

++Saw some Yeti clothing being sold alongside those Yeti coolers I talked about before, this time at the hardware store. Hardware store's where it's at!

Monday, May 14, 2018


++Wow, here's a beaut sure to find its way to a soundtrack near you sometime soon! Ok ok, it's from last year but still worth pointing out, off the Dead Oceans label, a collector of some fine curios, it seems.

++How did Game Night just come and go without me never knowing it existed?

++Everything about that annual Jason Derulo Met Gala tweet/meme, every angle and aspect, makes me laugh so so hard. It's like raw amethyst where you turn it around and upside and in different lights and it is funny. And the fact that it will likely keep recurring like a gift that keeps giving. I just can't!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Good and Limber

++Sometimes fandom can come down to a single lick or riff of all things, and while I appreciate a good part of My Morning Jacket's catalog (as has been well documented on these pages), it mostly comes down to the opening seconds of One Big Holiday that starts at about :09 right here.

The man behind those lovely notes, and I could be wrong..wouldn't be the first time is one Carl Broemel. This is an older solo song by him above and as some commenters have noted it has a peacefulness surrounding it, reminiscent of George Harrison. This prompted me to revisit Nels Cline who is NOT peaceful, au contraire, he's very intense about the riffs that have inspired him throughout the years.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Smaller Scale

++Michael Shannon gaining on Spader as one of my fave recurring talk show guests. Cautiously optimistic about the timely Fahrenheit 451. (Update: just watched the trailer and I’m good without seein’ it. But I will read all NYT articles and listen to all the actors talk about the movie. Guilty as charged in Bradbury’s view you could say,lol emoji.)

++Omgomgomg, so many good shows at Hollywood Forever Masonic Lodge coming up!! Jeansus!! Why do they do this to me during such a busy month. Waaahh!😩

++Here's an older interview with filmmaker Matt Porterfield who often sticks close to his home turf of Baltimore; such a very specific place! I haven't seen I Used to Be Darker but it reminds me of the local color and flavor put out by Sean Baker, stories told by people who've actually lived in the location and seen some things(insert DeNiro impression here). He also talks about the difference between the tripod (the sticks) and the advantages of the handheld camera, apparently never having met my Dad.

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