Saturday, November 03, 2012

In the Waiting Room

In the Waiting Room is an insightful poem by American poet Elizabeth Bishop about the awakening of existentialism. Fascinating.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What comics were on the newsstand...?

Mike's Amazing World of Comics lets you enter a month and year and will then display all the comic books that were on the newsstand that month.

This has got to be the coolest use of the Internet ever.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bob Dylan, Hershey PA - Sept. 9, 2012 - setlist and review

Bob Dylan is of course a legend, so anyone would be foolish not to catch him in concert. The Hershey show featured a great setlist (see below; 3 songs from Highway 61 Revisited, plus other classics).

What almost ruined the concert was the ridiculous security staff at the Hersheypark Star Pavilion. They took a "no photos" mandate to the extreme, barring people from even talking on their phones under threat of ejection from the show. The woman behind me was told to put away her phone even after she explained she was talking to her babysitter. I tried to write down a setlist and was vehemently ordered to put away the phone (luckily I was able to find a setlist online). This ridiculous behavior -- preventing people from tweeting, posting to Facebook, or even making a phone call -- was egregious, disheartening, and absolutely uncalled for (and the stifling of speech/expression in the United States by corporations is just sad). At a show opened by the great Bob Weir, a founding member of the Grateful Dead (who let fans record audio of their shows for decades), this behavior was especially appalling (I'm sure Bob Weir did not mandate this). I will not be attending any other shows at Hersheypark Star Pavilion unless they address this behavior by their staff, and I strongly urge everyone considering attending a show there to reconsider.

By the way, Bob Weir was fantastic too. It's a shame the Hershey staff put such a damper on the evening. You pay a lot of money for tickets, travel a great distance, pay an exorbitant parking fee, and then get threatened with ejection for writing down the songs? Wow.

Setlist:
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • Man in the Long Black Coat
  • Things Have Changed
  • Tangled Up in Blue
  • Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  • This Dream of You
  • Honest With Me
  • Tryin' to Get to Heaven
  • High Water (For Charley Patton)
  • Visions of Johanna
  • Highway 61 Revisited
  • Simple Twist of Fate
  • Thunder on the Mountain
  • Ballad of a Thin Man
  • Like a Rolling Stone
  • All Along the Watchtower
Encore:
  • Blowin' in the Wind
Selist courtesy setlist.fm.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jack Kirby's granddaughter has a message for his fans

The Hero Initiative supports comic creators in need. It's a wonderful cause (yes, I'm a member, and you should become one too!).

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Yes setlist, Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, PA - July 18, 2012

  • Tempus Fugit
  • All Good People
  • America
  • In the Course of the Day/Clap (Steve Howe solo acoustic)
  • Fly from Here (suite)
  • Wondrous Stories
  • Heart of the Sunrise
  • Awaken

encore:
  • Roundabout

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Alice Cooper setlist, Sands Event Center, Bethlehem PA - July 1, 2012

  • The Black Widow 
  • Brutal Planet 
  • Eighteen 
  • Under my Wheels 
  • Billion Dollar Babies 
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy 
  • Hey Stoopid
  • Is It My Body 
  • Halo of Flies 
  • I'll Bite Your Face Off 
  • Muscle of Love
  • Only Women Bleed 
  • Cold Ethyl
  • Feed My Frankenstein 
  • Caffeine 
  • Poison 
  • Wicked Young Man
  • I Love the Dead 
  • School's Out
Encore:
  • Elected
And the wonderful Blue Coupe opened for Alice. These guys rock (buy their album)! Their setlist:
  • More Cowbell (?)
  • Burnin' for You 
  • You (Like Vampires)
  • Cities on Flame (with Rock and Roll)
  • Angels Well
  • Waiting for my Ship
  • Astronomy
  • Godzilla
  • Don't Fear the Reaper

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater (and other cool pics)

If you're not checking the Astronomy Picture of the Day each day, you're missing out on some cool wallpapers (like today's). Just sayin'.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Machine, Penn's Peak - June 16, 2012 setlist

  • Learning to Fly
  • Shine on you Crazy Diamond
  • Happiest Days of our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall, part 2
  • Fat Old Sun
  • Breathe
  • Time
  • Hey You
  • (intermission)
  • Pigs
  • The Final Cut
  • The Albatross
  • Wish you were here
  • Keep Talking
  • Empty Spaces/ What Shall We Do Now
  • Young Lust
  • Brain Damage
Encore:
  • Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
  • Comfortably Numb

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Molly Hatchet, Penn's Peak - June 9, 2012 setlist

  • Whiskey Man 
  • Bounty Hunter 
  • Gator Country 
  • American Pride 
  • Regrinding the Axes 
  • Drum Solo 
  • Beatin' the Odds 
  • The Creeper 
  • Dreams I'll Never See 
  • Free Bird (with Jimmie Van Zant)
  • Juke City 
  • Flirtin' with Disaster
And opening act Jimmy Van Zant Band:
  • That's How I Like It 
  • Traveling Man 
  • Double Trouble 
  • Simple Man 
  • That Smell 
  • Ray Ray's Juke Joint 
  • Ain't Quite MaryJane 
  • Feels Like Freedom 
  • Sweet Home Alabama
Unfortunately, no setlist for opening, opening act (yes, you read that right) Blackfoot. They did play CSNY's Ohio, I remember. Feel free to add more in the comments.

(setlists courtesy setlist.fm)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Battle of Athens: Restoring the Rule of Law

How the Greatest Generation dealt with corruption in government:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spending less time online = more happiness

Here's a great little essay exploring the result of a recent Stanford study, that "spending considerable amounts of time on multimedia/technology can make us unhappy." I've said this before: turn off the computer and go outside; spend some time living out in the world. We are becoming a society addicted to social media, reality television, and infotainment. Much of the content we consume is vapid and uninteresting. Go read a book, fly a kite, ride a bike, or build a snowman. Live, man, live.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Brave response - Occupy Oakland

"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act." - George Orwell