April 2nd, 2013 § Comments Off on Slomped § permalink


Driving the bus.  4 minutes down on my third trip of the day.  The 4th trip at 8:30 can be crazy on a Tuesday.  All the kids go to their Tuesday classes, I guess.  I say to myself, “I better pick up these 4 minutes or I’m going to get slomped.”

“Slomped.”  Where did that come from?  I thought about it for a few seconds and figured it must have been some kind of a synthesizing double elision between “slammed” and “stomped”.  I thought about John Lennon’s advice to George Harrison about finding the right word for a lyric – “you just keep saying the line over and over and saying whatever comes to mind in the empty place.”

Something in the way she moves

Attracts me like a rutabega


I thought of Pete Maravich’s game when no one, least of all Pistol Pete, knew what physical genius was about to instantiate.

Stevie Wonder’s melisma.  Charlie Parker’s phrasing.

And then I thought, “hey, I bet my elision was actually between ‘slammed’ and ‘swamped’.”  I hadn’t even had immediate access to my own thought processes in retrospect.

Take a flyer.

Trust the universes to provide for the completion of the gesture.

Embark upon the worthy gesture at a moments notice.

Here lies Genius.



Brain Update

February 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink


To repeat – The brain makes models and predictions. The way in which these models and predictions must be updated and adjusted is very important.

The subjective experience/awareness of these changes is an important wavefront.

So Get Rid of the Saxophone

October 19th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


In the course of reading various books on theatrical directing, I found my way to Harold Clurman’s On Directing.  Now, I am interested in the theater, but I always find myself, perhaps inevitably, considering any thoughts I have concerning the theater as potentially applicable to my various musical endeavors.  So it is with Clurman’s book.  At the beginning of Chapter 7 – The Director’s Work Script – the author has this to say:

Having read the script six or more times and decided what the play’s main action or spine is, the director would then do well to study the play in still another way.  He should read all the parts separately as if he himself were going to act each of them. This will help him find the spines of the chief motivating action for each character. The character’s spine must be conceived as emerging from the play’s main action.  Where such a relation is not evident or non-existent, the character performs no function in the play.  There is no basis for a true characterization unless the character’s prime motivation or spine is found.

Hmmm…this seems to be a particularly fertile metaphor for choices one makes in arranging and orchestrating music.

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An Oracle from Yip Harburg

June 13th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink


Said Yip Harburg: “Words make you think a thought; music makes you feel a feeling. But a song makes you feel a thought.”


Announcement: ….of Rabbits and Hats

January 20th, 2016 § Comments Off on Announcement: ….of Rabbits and Hats § permalink

…or shall I say “in defense of crackpottery”?

I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again. Humanity is in a bit of a pinch just now. Need all the help we can get, yes?

It may be that in order to save our sorry asses we humans are going to need to pull a rabbit out of our collective hat any day now. And what if we’ve misplaced our hat? And what if we don’t believe in rabbits?


By the way, I don’t think Rupert Sheldrake is a classic Crackpot, though he intentionally plays the crackpot card often enough.  I admire him, and here’s why.  Sheldrake is playing Devil’s Advocate, and we need to hear it.

I’ve actually come to a bit of a decision, in part in response to Rupert Sheldrake’s latest book “Science Set Free”.  I do not have an academic job. Unlike many people who aspire to understand Natural Philosophy, I have nothing to lose by riding the crackpot wave.

It is arguably my duty to speculate.

If people in my position – at least moderately scientifically informed, and not economically dependent upon being perceived as scientifically orthodox – don’t have the courage and, let us say it, self-deprecating humor to take a chance on looking foolish or gullible, then who will?

‘Tis my duty.





Announcement: The Sun and the Moon and Euler’s Identity

December 12th, 2015 § Comments Off on Announcement: The Sun and the Moon and Euler’s Identity § permalink


Here’s a photograph of a solar eclypse.









And here’s a conventional typographic representation of Euler’s Identity








And here is a video about Euler’s Identity.


I have a serious suspicion that Euler’s Identity is somehow related to the totally weird anomaly of the sun and moon’s discs being unreasonably close to the same size as viewed from earth. Incidentally, or again, perhaps coincidentally, all of this resonates with the idea of the lotus arising out of the chaotic mud and achieving perfection, seeds of its own renewal at the ready.

So, from the infinite chaos of mathematics we converge upon Euler’s Identity. From the infinite chaos of space-time we converge upon the sun/moon coincidence.

Or are we emerging from Euler’s identity and the Sun/Moon coincidence into the chaos of mathematics as space/time as mathematics?

Perhaps they are one and the same thing.




Announcement: The Sun and the Moon

November 7th, 2015 § Comments Off on Announcement: The Sun and the Moon § permalink

Why are the discs of the sun and the moon, as seen from the earth, so remarkably congruent?

Explain this, and shake the world.

I believe there IS an explanation beyond “coincidence” to be had, and also that we have all the data and observations we need to do the job.

Read David Deutch’s books “The Fabric of Reality” and “The Beginning of Infinity”. Read Julian Barber’s “The End of Time”. Read Max Tegmark’s “Our Mathematical Universe”.

I’ll get back to this.

Announcement: Per the Reality of Global Warming

June 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on Announcement: Per the Reality of Global Warming § permalink

I believe the evidence is clear that we humans are causing climate change. I don’t like to preach about it, as I want us to do something about it if possible, and preaching just hurts people’s feelings. On the other hand, this is a big deal, and I want to engage skeptics respectfully, on the merits of the evidence. This video does a good job of cutting to the essential.

Announcement: Wow.

June 17th, 2012 § Comments Off on Announcement: Wow. § permalink

Watch this. Amazing.

theWheel Rolls – Always

February 12th, 2015 § Comments Off on theWheel Rolls – Always § permalink

Here goes. theWheel awakens again. Why now? Because Andrew Sullivan just folded the Dish? That’s actually part of it. The Dish accomplished many of the things that theWheel envisioned for itself. I’ll miss the Dish. Interestingly, the Dish remained dependent upon Andrew for its identity. Do I aspire to something else with theWheel? Yes. I would like theWheel to have a life of its own, independent of Daniel Bilich. Will I publish this little note? Yes. Roll on, lightning wheel.


November 11th, 2012 § Comments Off on theWheel § permalink

How bout like a multimedia Twitter sorta?



November 11th, 2012 § Comments Off on theWheel § permalink


Technology and time march on, and I rethink theWheel yet again.

What if theWheel is a place to post provocative nuggets – bits of Torque, that then can spin off into Twitter and Daily Kos and the Dish and whatever else develops? theWheel proper is not where you go to digest the Torque.

Who posts to theWheel? Whoever I say can post, with the strong presumption being against inclusion.  I will think about this.

Are comments open?  Yes, but just to the relatively tiny Wheel community of posters.

Now that Obama has won reelection, the world’s wavefront has collapsed to a new, and for me, more promising reality.

This post is too big.

The Servant Economy

August 19th, 2012 § Comments Off on The Servant Economy § permalink

I do believe this stuff rings true…start at 26:30 or so. This guy is telling the truth.