Water Sculpture

January 28th, 2007 § 1 comment § permalink

theOwl

Back in the summer of 1981 I was living in a sublet – Headcamp! – on John Street in Ann Arbor. Several of us residents – among them, Steve Osburn and Tim Twiss – were out in the driveway with glasses of water, tossing the water into the air and catching it, over and over, looking at the incredible 3D shapes dancing in the sun.

Such incredible potential, hamstrung by Earth’s gravitational field… » Read the rest of this entry «

America Must Stand Up So Bush and Cheney Can Stand Down

January 22nd, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Having watched the President address the nation on television last week concerning his precious “surge” in Iraq, I have come away with one nugget of clarity. So long as the Bush/Cheney regime is in power, the United States of America is doomed to failure.

(Please see this really great piece posted by Kid Oakland at DailyKos. KO eloquently says that which I was trying to get at last spring in my piece The Big Attractor…) » Read the rest of this entry «

Winter

January 14th, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Here it is, January 14th, and we’ve yet to see any significant snow in Ann Arbor this year. Twice we’ve had dustings of less than an inch. Both pretty much melted away within 48 hours.

This is unprecedented in my lifetime. It always snows – a little or a lot – by mid January. Usually it’s been white outside since mid to late December.

Population – Ann Arbor – 114,024 (Washtenaw County pop. – 322,895)
Size – 28.2 square miles
Average Age – 27.3 years (almost 25% of Ann Arborites are between 18 and 24)
Education – 64.2 percent have four years of college or more
Weather – Averages 31.25 inches of precipitation and 37.3 inches of snow avg. high 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit / avg. low 39.4 degrees Fahrenheit

What do I tell a 12-year-old when she asks whether I think it will snow this year?

GarageBand

January 8th, 2007 § 1 comment § permalink

theOwl

With my help, my 7-year-old “composed” this loop-based groove in GarageBand in about ten minutes. I played the trumpet patch. The rest is just four or five loops that come with the software.

Thea’s Groove.

So, should I be thrilled or appalled or both?

Both.

2007

January 1st, 2007 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

It’s a brand new year and I’m whipped – I’ve been up late trying to finish up a mix of Anaconda. The computer is choking on all of the tracks, and now I’m going to type up this post while the file is compiled into iTunes.

Then I’m going to post it, no matter what. I need to get to bed.

Here it is.

ANACONDA

The wind was whipping up the waters
Burning skies all turning black
Raging waves along the shoreline
No more sailors coming back
Fire and ice
Floods and drought
We’re all in with no way out
Take a breath
Don’t exhale

Sure – there’s gonna be a movie star
Come to save our play
Connected to the Jackpot
In all those big and sneaky ways
Crank it up
Max it out
You can buy what life’s about
Close your eyes
Make a wish

MASKONDA BEYONDA ANACONDALOOZA CONFEEZDA CONMIGO
COMPADRE DANADRE ENFATAMORGANA DA NA DADA UH-OH
ENCHANTE PICANTE ANNYPSI ARBOLANTE
WASABE GESPACHO MOHAVE ROBOCHO
DAS FLIPPENUS MUMBUS DAS FLOPPENOUS JUMBUS
HABEAS COPIOUS HOKIUS POKIUS

There’s a fire on the mountain
Trusty faces blowing smoke
Anaconda’s got a punch line
We don’t get the joke

Just as the Anaconda waits for its victim to exhale
Our world constricts just a little
There’s no justice in those scales
We preach into our choir
Ignore the blazing fire
But if there’s KoolAid in the smoke
Then we’d better hold our breath
‘Cause we can’t breathe right if we can’t breath left

WHOOLIUS RHOOLEUS AMBIDEXTOOLIUS
DRILLANOR VACTUM PLACEBO DISTRACTUM
STENTORAN FEDORAN PEDANTE-PASTORUM
QUID PRO QUO
JOROJO PONTOONUM PODUNKA MANCINI
BALONIUS MOJO DAVINCHILI-BEENY
JAMAICA SLAMBAYKA YO MAMA PIMENTO
HOJO MINNESTRONEUS MOJO DIMENTO

ABSCONDA

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