Two Medicine: Astropsychosis LP is Kinda Midlake-ish

The second track, Oblivion at 00:54 punches you square in the face and says, “THIS IS MIDLAKE! Now sit back, have a smoke, relax and enjoy the journey”. It is magical sorcery, mixing together misty harmonies with deeply warm layers of mysterious instruments.

Continue Reading

Journey Into the Darknet

Some point within the past year, I woke up and felt a nudge to check out the so-called ‘darknet’ and the websites that can be found there. I wanted to know what it is, and what it is not, for there are myths aplenty scattered across the ‘surface web’ about it, and almost all of it bad. What actually exists within the darknet? Danger, violence, drugs, really, really bad pornography, super-illegal stuff for sale, I thought. And that’s not entirely untrue …

Continue Reading

Vinyl

This is the partially completed catalog of my vinyl collection through Discogs.com. So far I’ve cataloged about half of my collection, I think. I had no idea that there were so many collectible ones from my time in Japan. FWIW, most of the 1960s through 1980s albums are from Japan and most often purchased at ¥105 (about $1). All of my newer albums are primarily US and bought new.

Continue Reading

Mars InSight Landing – Let’s Watch!

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport is designed to study Mars’ crust, mantle, and core. Scheduled to land Monday, 26 Nov, noon Pacific.

Continue Reading

Behold! Our Earth!

This is us, and this is the only home we’ve ever known. https://youtu.be/nod7rUzIX8w

Continue Reading

Soundtrack to Baking Cookies (and Everything Else)

“Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm.”

Continue Reading

Netflix’s Mindhunter Series is Pure Mind Candy

Mindhunter is — better yet, let me tell you what Mindhunter is not. This Netflix Original Series is not a police procedural. It’s also not a whodunnit crime mystery. Show creator Joe Penhall and executive producers David Fincher and Charlize Theron have created a binge-worthy series exploring the evolution of the freshly minted FBI Behavioral Science Unit. Set in the late 1970s, the show carefully showcases how protagonists Holden Ford and Bill Tench carve out a new path for modern […]

Continue Reading

Daiso – Japan’s Dollar Store in Texas, Y’all

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Daiso, please allow me to enlighten you. Daiso is a Japanese dollar store. But it’s no ordinary dollar store, no indeedy-sir-Bob no. Here is a place jam-packed with Asian candies, chips, drinks, dishes, office supplies, makeup, household goods, and gosh, so many things. What makes it so special you might ask? For one, most of the products are created for Daiso directly, so many of the goodies you’ll find here are unique […]

Continue Reading

Seattle or Portland

As of this holiday season, I’m temporarily unemployed.  Or, as I’d like to call it, 100% available for new employment opportunities.  One thing I can say for certain is that I’m also 100% done with Texas.  It’s not necessarily a bad place, it’s just that I’ve learned over the last 5 years or so that Texas is just not my style at all. Sure, Denton is cool and all but it’s like a little hip oasis in a tragically unhip […]

Continue Reading

Kepler Says Goodnight

On November 15, 2018, NASA sent the so-called ‘goodnight’ commands to the Kepler telescope. These final instructions were sent to end communications between Earth and the craft which ran out of fuel on October 30, 2018. The Kepler telescope has brought over 2,600 planets to light since she was launched on March 6, 2009. Her contribution to science and mapping of our galactic neighborhood cannot be understated. In a statement that sounds almost more science fiction than science fact, NASA […]

Continue Reading