parade

the parade was a parade…

i was signed on with the SANCApators as a temporary sousaphone player today. i got there with enough time to park my car close to the end of the parade route, and then walked with my sousaphone to the beginning of the parade route, which was a little more than two blocks. the actual parade route was from 34th and raye to 32nd and raye, but we went down 34th to mcgraw, and then down mcgraw to 32nd, and then back up 32nd to raye, so the parade route was about 8 blocks total.

it was supposed to start at 10:30, and i think it actually did start at 10:30, but it was almost noon before we started moving, and it was more like 12:30 by the time we actually “stepped off” and we didn’t finish until around 1:15 or so. i was actually really surprised that i was able to “march” (we weren’t really “marching” so much as “meandering”, but we were actually moving, which is a new experience for me, since my injury) and i actually was able to play most of the music in a more or less satisfactory fashion… and, considering that they were two relatively fast marches (Circus Days and Desert Patrol) i’m pretty satisfied with my performance overall.

addendum

i’m getting really amused by the spam-bots’ futile attempts to make it look like there’s really a human behind the spam, when the anti-spam plugin i’m using makes it so that there’s a form field that only robots fill out, and the spam automatically ends up getting trashed when that form field is filled out…

my mother-in-law bought me a huge 书法 brush… it’s bristles are four inches long (and i think they’re horse-hair, based on my experience with violin bows), it’s easily 1½ inches in diameter, and the whole thing is about 18 inches long… i suppose i’ve got the ink and inkstone and stuff to use it, but i’m not particularly good at 书法… maybe it’s a hint…

my blood pressure monitor has developed a leak, and now won’t register higher than 10mg Hg, which isn’t nearly enough.

i’ve got a gig with the SANCApators at a parade in magnolia on saturday. i’m playing sousaphone, and i actually have a sousaphone lyre… i’ve had it in my box of miscellaneous brass parts for the better part of 30 years, and i was able to find it immediately – partially because of the fact that my workshop is super organised these days… 8)

sunday i’m appearing with snake suspenderz at the ballard sunday market. apparently we’ve made a good enough impression on the vendors in the immediate vicinity that one of them offered to save us the spot this week… which is, apparently, against the “busker rules” – according to thad and hobbit, but they’re both actual buskers, so i’m assuming that they would know… anyway, we’re apparently not taking them up on the offer, but we’re going to try to make it down there early enough that it won’t matter.

a new world record!

One-year-old Indian boy breaks world record after being born with THIRTY FOUR fingers and toes – it makes me wonder what kinds of industrial pollutants these people have been living around… this kid has 7 fingers on each hand, and 10 toes on each foot, and from the pictures, they’re apparently not just nubs, with no bone; for the most part they’re fully formed fingers and toes… the geek in me makes me really curious about what his carpal and tarsal bones look like, and about doing math in base 34… 8) Akshat Saxena: Indian boy born with 34 fingers and toes

another week closer to the eschaton…

A visualisation of US Debt in 100 dollar bills – 😮 WTF? No Way…

Man Gets $330,000 Home for $16 – get ready for more of this kind of thing… my guess is that it’s going to get a lot more common…

Norman Foster Rebuilds Buckminister Fuller’s 1933 Fuel Efficient Vehicle – this is from october of last year, but i just noticed it… and i have to wonder why a guy who rebuilds a fuel-efficient (35 mpg is better than most modern american-made cars) car from 1933 is not advocating that manufacturers should bring it back… is he crazy?!?

Study: Marijuana Not Linked With Long Term Cognitive Impairment – isn’t it time we gave up on this whole “war-on-drugs” mentality and changed our minds? it is not really that difficult…

BP Spills 2,100 to 4,200 Gallons of Oil in Arctic Tundra – unregulated, BP is up to its same old tricks…

Dear House GOP Member: Raise the Debt Ceiling. Love, Ronald Reagan and 40% Less Government Will Be Fun! and What if the Government Defaults? – if the government defaults, it will be because the republicans didn’t do anything… remember that the next time you have a penchant for voting republican…

FAA to shut down at midnight – a preview of things to come if the government defaults. are the republicans really ready for this? i think not…

Teens arrested while waiting for parents in OKC curfew sweep – it’s getting to the point where, if you don’t have the right “papers”, the nazis cops don’t care if what you’re doing is legal, they’re going to take you to jail anyway, and figure it out later… 😐

i don’t usually do this, but Filtered news 7/18/2011 is one of the blogs that i regularly cull for news of a terrorist nature, and on this particular date, he’s really impressed me by hitting every one of them on the head… why read my blog, when you can just go to Russ’ Filtered News

Resist the Temptations of the Cloud! – Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983, so you should listen to him when he speaks about things like this…

Monsanto’s ‘Superweeds’ Gallop Through Midwest – maybe it’s because of the ancestral roots i have as a midwest corn farmer, but i could have told them that this very thing was going to happen when they started marketing “roundup-ready” crops… now they’ve got “roundup-ready” weeds, which adapt more quickly and are more resilient clogging fields and they don’t know what to do about it… i say “learn to eat weeds”… 😐

Comcast Hijacks Mac Firefox Users’ Homepage; Offers Blame Game And Faux Apology In Return – it’s the old “mac-vs.-windoesn’t” battle again, this time involving comcast/xfinity… which makes me really glad that i don’t use xfinity services…

Statehood questioned, so North Dakota to vote on fix – there are only 49 states?

Abu Dhabi Oil Sheikh Writes His Name In The Sand, Two Miles Wideit’s true

Confirmed: All non-African people are part Neanderthal and Genetic research confirms that non-Africans are part Neanderthal – 8)