All posts for the month April, 2011
Posted by Gillies on April 20, 2011
Nutritionists agree that adults who consume about 2,000 calories per day should get about 50 grams of protein. What’s a vegan to do? Well, a half-cup of chickpeas contains 6 grams of protein. A half-cup of firm tofu contains 20 grams. A veggie burger has about 15 grams. We can get to 50 grams pretty quickly without meatloaf or bacon.
Posted by Gillies on April 19, 2011
Putnam Investments has an interesting post up on how U.S. nuclear power expansion is likely to slow following the Japan crisis. Worth checking out: their map of nuclear power plants across the United States. Two don’t appear far from old D.C.
Posted by Gillies on April 18, 2011
I enjoyed Life, the Keith Richards memoir, which I downloaded not long after finishing Andre Agassi’s “Open.” I’ve never been that big a Stones fan, but reading up on Richards was worth it, if only for the occasional gems (particularly on music) that he drops every few pages.
One thing I found curious was that Richards basically ignores his fans throughout the book. I thought he might be more inclined to give it up for the fans that have sustained the Stones all these decades, but he only mentions them a couple of times. One of those mentions is a recollection of just how scary and insane the mobs of teenage girls were when the Stones were just blowing up. Another comes towards the end of the book, when he’s musing on what it takes to play gig after gig on huge stadium tours.
And the only way I can sustain the impetus over the long tours we do is by feeding off the energy that we get back from an audience. That’s my fuel. All I’ve got is this burning energy, especially when I’ve got a guitar in my hands. I get an incredible raging glee when they get out of their seats. Yeah, come on, let it go. Give me some energy and I’ll give you back double…I use their energy to keep myself going. If the place was empty, I wouldn’t be able to do it.
That’s rock and roll.
Posted by Gillies on April 17, 2011
Wow. That’s one of the best rock documentaries I’ve seen.
Posted by Gillies on April 16, 2011
Posted by Gillies on April 15, 2011
Courtesy of the New York Times:
1912: The British luxury liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than three hours after striking an iceberg.
1850: The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1865: Andrew Johnson became the 17th president of the United States after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
1947: Jackie Robinson became baseball’s first black major league player when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Emma Thompson, Actress
Henry James, 4/15/1843 – 2/28/1916 (American-English novelist)
Leonardo da Vinci, 4/15/1452 – 5/2/1519 (Italian artist, architect, scientist, inventor and engineer)
Posted by Gillies on April 15, 2011
Speaking of Netflix, “Flight 666,” the Iron Maiden rock doc, just arrived today. I’m tuning in now.
Posted by Gillies on April 14, 2011
On a recent trip, we rented a minivan. The vehicle was, well, awesome. Plenty of room for people and luggage, not bad to drive, equipped with a DVD entertainment system that proved useful.
But, unfortunately, we left a DVD in the minivan when we returned it, and the DVD belonged to Netflix.
I called up our rental company, Avis, a few times but could only leave a message with the the lost and found. After a couple of days of no response, I gave up and paid the $14 penalty to Netflix.
This morning, I got an email from Netflix telling me that the disc had been returned. As is their policy, they credited me the $14.
I’m still wondering – who was it that returned the disc? Did the subsequent renters of the minivan hand the disc to Avis when they returned the vehicle, and did Avis mail it back? Or was it the subsequent renters who recovered the disc and mailed it back on their own initiative?
Whatever the case, I thank you all.
Posted by Gillies on April 13, 2011
Halfway through Keith Richards’ “Life,” I suspect I’ve gotten most of what I’m going to get out of the book. I’m sticking with it, though. Richards tosses out too many nuggets to bail out now. Here’s one:
Levitation is probably the closest analogy to what I feel…when I realize I’ve hit the right tempo and the band’s behind me. It’s like taking off in a Learjet. I have no sense that my feet are touching the ground. I’m elevated to this other space. People say, “Why don’t you give it up?” I can’t retire until I croak. I don’t think they quite understand what I get out of this. I’m not doing it just for the money or for you. I’m doing it for me.
Posted by Gillies on April 12, 2011