It should come as little surprise to regular readers that one of my favorite R.E.M. songs is called "Camera." This is from their second album Reckoning:
Monday, April 30, 2012
An interesting observation from the pen of German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855):
"It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again; the never-satisfied man is so strange if he has completed a structure, then it is not in order to dwell in it peacefully,but in order to begin another. I imagine the world conqueror must feel thus, who, after one kingdom is scarcely conquered, stretches out his arms for others."
Sunday, April 29, 2012
This must be one of the earliest videos-- the song certainly precedes the arrival of MTV, if not this clip itself. A great song, by the Pretenders (and ironically, Chrissie Hynde today is the proprietess of a restaurant in what I believe is her hometown of Akron Ohio):
I found this quote by English mathematician John Arbuthnot (1667-1735) to be appropriate to post on my Uncle Dick's birthday, since my uncle is both a mathematician and a priest:
"The Mathematics are Friends to Religion, inasmuch as they charm the Passions, restrain the Impetuosity of the Imagination, and purge the Mind from Error and Prejudice. Vice is Error, Confusion, and false Reasoning; and all Truth is more or less opposite to it. Besides, Mathematical Studies may serve for a pleasant Entertainment for those Hours which young Men are apt to throw away upon their Vices; the Delightfulness of them being such as to make Solitude not only easy, but desirable."
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Perhaps this is self-evident, but it's nice that someone like French physicist Henri Poincare (1854-1912) could say it so succinctly:
"Science is facts; just as houses are made of
stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile
of stones is not a house and a collection of
facts is not necessarily science."
Friday, April 27, 2012
I mentioned Jackson Armstrong a couple of posts ago, and that prompted me to see if I could find an example of his work to share here. Here's an aircheck from WKBW in Buffalo from December of 1970 (right around the time I might've been tuned in). Maybe this will bring back some fond memories for some of you, as it does for me...
Airchexx.com and Rock Radio Scrapbook. They are repositories for recordings of disk jockeys spanning the whole rock era, and most of the country as well as Canada. Depending on the site, you can search by era, region or personality (I highly recommend checking out the listings for Jackson Armstrong-- that's him in the picture-- who I listened to on WKBW in Buffalo, but who worked almost everywhere at one time or another). There are similar sites out there with more listings, but these are the two I've found where it's free to listen, so check them out.
From Meditations by the Roman emperor and thinker Marcus Aurelius (121-180) comes this wonderful passage:
"Do not spend your thoughts upon other people, nor pry into the talk, fancies and projects of another, nor guess at what he is about, or why he is doing it. Think upon nothing but what you could willingly tell about, so that if your soul were laid open there would appear nothing but what was sincere, good-natured and public-spirited. A man thus qualified is a sort of priest and minister of the gods, and makes a right use of the divinity within him. Be cheerful; depend not at all on foreign supports, nor beg your happiness of another; do not throw away your legs to stand upon crutches."
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Charlie Pickett is another one of the many artists who deserved to be much bigger, but it doesn't seem to have interfered with his ability to make some great rock and roll. I wish the audio were a little clearer on this clip, but the energy definitely comes through:
Wise counsel from the writer E.B. White (1899-1985):
"I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially."
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) is widely credited as the primary inventor of the radio. Here's something he said in a speech from 1934:
"If we consider what science already has enabled men to know — the immensity of space, the fantastic philosophy of the stars, the infinite smallness of the composition of atoms, the macrocosm whereby we succeed only in creating outlines and translating a measure into numbers without our minds being able to form any concrete idea of it — we remain astounded by the enormous machinery of the universe."
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
this photo essay about remnants of that famous disaster that still exist in New York City to be quite fascinating. Be sure to click the link at the bottom of that page to take you to Part 2.
British author Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) offered this astute comment:
"Considering how much we are all given to discuss the characters of others, and discuss them often not in the strictest spirit of charity, it is singular how little we are inclined to think that others can speak ill-naturedly of us, and how angry and hurt we are when proof reaches us that they have done so."
Monday, April 23, 2012
this webcast in which she and spouse Wreckless Eric (not a bad performer in his own right) are interviewed by Jack Rabid. A number of their recordings (alone and together) are played, along with several live performances by the duo.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Like every other music fan with a weblog today, I've got to pay tribute to the great Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for the Band-- the guy who gave a bunch of Canadians some real down-home credibility. This is a memorable performance from The Last Waltz:
Something to think about from Human Society in Ethics and Politics written by Bertrand Russell (1972-1970):
“There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.”
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I know exactly what the great Spanish artist Joan Miro (1893-1983) meant by this comment:
"You can look at a painting for a whole week and
then never think about it again. You can also look
at a painting for a second and think about it for
the rest of your life."
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I agree with this sentiment from the great British scientist Thomas Huxley (1825-1895):
"We live in a world which is full of misery and ignorance, and the plain duty of each and all of us is to try to make the little corner he can influence somewhat less miserable and somewhat less ignorant than it was before he entered it."
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The Top Five List that we aired on Dr. John's Record Shelf this week was a result of endless discussions between myself and the crack staff. Although we ultimately reached a consensus, I'd be curious to hear if any of our readers have any nominees for an expanded version of this list, and if so, please note them in the comments. I think you'll see what I mean when you hear this:
I don't think you can beat this definition of "experience" as related by the novelist Henry James (1843-1916):
"Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web, of the finest silken threads, suspended in the chamber of consciousness and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue."
Monday, April 16, 2012
At one time, Nevada City was a booming mining town, which grew up around the strikes in Alder Gulch back in the 1860s. The existence of the train station suggests it was still a going concern into the twentieth century, but the gold played out around there sometime before World War II. It remains a nice spot to take pictures though.
This was written by the novelist Thornton Wilder (1897-1975):
"The test of an adventure is that when you're in the middle of it, you say to yourself, 'Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.' And the sign that something's wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure."
Sunday, April 15, 2012
A nice tribute song to the late, great Clifford Brown, performed by the Jazz Messengers, written by Benny Golson (on sax here) and featuring Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano. The drummer is Art Blakey with Jymie Merrit on bass. Very cool...