All posts for the month October, 2011
Posted by Gillies on October 31, 2011
Posted by Gillies on October 30, 2011
Posted by Gillies on October 29, 2011
In The End of Energy, Michael J. Graetz cites a remarkable bit of President Nixon’s 1970 State of the Union Address.
Nixon reiterated his commitment to environmental issues. “The great question of the seventies is,” he said, “shall we surrender our surroundings, or shall we make peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and to our water.” He went on to describe environmentalism as “a cause beyond party and beyond factions,” adding that it “has become a common cause of all the people of our country.”
Graetz adds, however, that Nixon lost his enthusiasm for environmentalism not too long after the EPA opened its doors in December 1970.
Posted by Gillies on October 28, 2011
As fate would have it, I came into possession today of two tickets to see the Foo Fighters on 11/11/11 at the Verizon Center. I hereby thank my counterparty on this transaction.
I also got onto Google+, but I think the rock and roll bit is much more exciting.
Posted by Gillies on October 27, 2011
Guitar International covers the recent Dream Theater show at the Warner Theater here in Washington. I was a fool to miss this one. I even had good seats tantalizingly lined up at a decent price – just one click away on the old iPhone. But I couldn’t remember my blinking password on StubHub, which then inexplicably wouldn’t let me retrieve it by email. Those seats were gone the next day, and the prices for others rose out of my range.
Anyway, here’s one of Guitar International’s musings on the gig:
Anyone who calls themselves a musician must attend a Dream Theater concert at least once, and this would be an ideal tour to catch them. You’ll either put your instrument down in defeat or, as I’m sure the band would hope, you’ll be inspired to pick up your instrument and work at it harder than ever.
Posted by Gillies on October 26, 2011
The [Afghanistan and Iraq] wars have cost over $2.33 trillion and will cost over $4.53 trillion before they’re over…Installing a 6kW solar system installed on every home in the US would only cost $1.67 trillion (which includes the $107 billion for administration).
Posted by Gillies on October 25, 2011
Even fleece jackets. Discovery News, via MSNBC:
When you wash fleece jackets, polypro running shirts and other synthetic fabrics, a new study found, miniscule threads of plastic seep through filters and escape into the environment. Marine microplastics can penetrate the cells of even the tiniest organisms, raising all sorts of health concerns for both sea creatures and the people that eat them.
Posted by Gillies on October 24, 2011
Andy Partridge, whose timeline has been pretty active lately:
Wataru-I stumble on chords and go with them,every time I sit with gtr I try to play something i've never played before,chords or runs—
XTC (@xtcfans) October 23, 2011
Posted by Gillies on October 23, 2011
Posted by Gillies on October 22, 2011