Saturday, December 31, 2011

The music of Occupy Wall Street

Wired does a nice roll-up on the music of Occupy Wall Street. The hacker radio show Off the Hook has also featured songs from the Occupy movement.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ray guns rock

Here's an interesting article from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum regarding early ray guns (toys, unfortunately; you didn't think I meant real ray guns, did you? Those are top secret).

Friday, December 02, 2011

"Pine trees know when it's Easter"

Yes, it's the Christmas season, but I've been meaning to post this for a while: Pine trees know when it's Easter.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman setlist, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg PA - Nov. 5, 2011

  • Intro 
  • Starship Trooper 
  • Sweet Dreams 
  • Forever 
  • And You and I 
  • The Living Tree (Pt. 1) 
  • Long Distance Runaround 
  • America 
  • Garden 
  • The Living Tree (Pt. 2) 
  • Time and a Word 
  • South Side of the Sky 
  • Wondrous Stories 
  • Just One Man 
  • Nous Sommes Du Soleil 
  • Leaves of Green 
  • 23/24/11 
  • Your Move 
  • All Good People 
  • House of Freedom 
  • Awaken 
  • Roundabout 
  • Soon 
  • The Meeting

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What does Occupy Wall Street collectively want?

Apt insight via the New York Times: "The problem is that no one in Washington has been listening."

About describes it in a nutshell, doesn't it? It's not just the bailouts for the rich, or the unpunished, illegal corporate greed that brought the economy to the brink of ruin - it's Washington's ignorance of the problem, its refusal to obey the will of the people, and its blatant submission to its corporate masters.

We've had enough.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

George Thorogood setlist, FM Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre PA - Oct. 4, 2011

  • Sweet Little Rock And Roller
  • Who Do You Love?
  • Hi-Heel Sneakers
  • I Drink Alone
  • House Rent Boogie (One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer)
  • Cocaine Blues
  • Seventh Son
  • Get a Haircut
  • Bad to the Bone
  • Move It on Over

  • Tail Dragger
  • You Talk Too Much

Encore 2:
  • Madison Blues

Compare to the last time I saw him.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Logan's Run remake gains momentum

Finally, word that the Logan's Run remake is going into production next year. Of course, I've been hearing rumors for years now.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street has begun. Will the mainstream press ignore?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Steve Miller setlist - Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), August 8, 2011

  • Jet Airliner
  • Take the Money and Run
  • Abracadabra
  • Living in the U.S.A.
  • Swingtown
  • Further Up the Road
  • Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Jesse Hill)
  • All Your Love (I Miss Loving), (Otis Rush)
  • I Just Got Back from Texas
  • Fly Like an Eagle
  • Serenade
  • Wild Mountain Honey
  • Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma
  • Dance Dance Dance
  • Rock’n Me
  • Perfect World
  • Gangster of Love
  • Space Cowboy
  • Jungle Love
  • The Joker
Pieced together from the review at the Lehigh Valley Music Blog.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ted Nugent setlist - Penn's Peak (Jim Thorpe, PA), August 14, 2011

  • Free For All
  • Stormtroopin'
  • Wango Tango
  • Just What the Doctor Ordered
  • Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
  • Need You Bad
  • Turn It Up
  • Rawdogs & Warhogs
  • Dog Eat Dog
  • Hey Baby
  • Fred Bear
  • I Still Believe
  • Motor City Madhouse
  • Cat Scratch Fever
  • Stranglehold
  • Great White Buffalo

    Ted Nugent setlist - Penn's Peak (Jim Thorpe PA), August 14, 2011

    Free For All
    Wango Tango
    Just What the Doctor Ordered
    Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
    Need You Bad
    Turn It Up
    Rawdogs & Warhogs
    Dog Eat Dog
    Hey Baby
    Fred Bear
    I Still Believe
    Motor City Madhouse
    Cat Scratch Fever


    Great WhiteBuffalo

    Steely Dan setlist - Musikfest (Bethlehem PA), August 10, 2011

    • Intro: Dizzy's Bidness
    • Your Gold Teeth
    • Aja
    • Black Friday
    • Hey Nineteen
    • Black Cow
    • Time Out of Mind
    • Show Biz Kids
    • Boddhisitva
    • FM
    • Godwhacker
    • Dirty Work
    • Papa Don't Take No Mess (James Brown cover)
    • Home at Last
    • Josie
    • Peg
    • My Old School
    • Reelin' in the Years
    • Kid Charlemagne
    • Outro: Last Tango in Paris

    Stone Temple Pilots setlist - Musikfest (Bethlehem PA), August 5, 2011

    Yes, I'm way behind in posting setlists for the shows I've been to recently (August was a busy month). Anyway, here's the STP setlist (courtesy of
    • Crackerman
    • Wicked Garden
    • Vasoline
    • Heaven and Hot Rods
    • Between the Lines
    • Hickory Dichotomy
    • Still Remains
    • Big Empty
    • Silvergun Superman
    • Plush
    • Interstate Love Song
    • Big Bang Baby
    • Down
    • Sex Type Thing 
    • Dead & Bloated
    • Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Alice Cooper, Scranton Cultural Center - August 23, 2011 setlist

    • The Black Widow
    • Brutal Planet
    • I'm 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
    • Clones (We're All)
    • Poison
    • Wicked Young Man
    • Killer (excerpt)
    • I Love the Dead (excerpt)
    • School's Out (and excerpt from Pink Floyd's Another Brick In The Wall)

    • Elected
    Setlist courtesy of Setlist.FM.

    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Logan's Run remake

    Interesting article on IO9 about the "never seems to get anywhere" Logan's Run remake.

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    We're All Crazy

    Slashdot has a great discussion on the over-prescription of anti-psychotic drugs in the U.S. (big pharma influencing doctors, maybe? whatever happened to professional ethics, anyway? or personal ethics, for that matter...).

    And yes, this post's title refers to the great Alice Cooper song (off From the Inside).

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    U2 setlist - Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, July 14, 2011

    I was in the nosebleed section, so the sound quality wasn't great. Still a good show by Bono and the gang, though unfortunately no Running to Stand Still (sigh). Also, they did not play In God's County, despite what the guy on WMMR said. Here's the setlist, mostly courtesy of

    Even Better Than The Real Thing
    I Will Follow
    Mysterious Ways
    Until The End Of The World / Where Have All The Flowers Gone? (snippet)
    Get On Your Boots
    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / The Promised Land (snippet)
    Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
    Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
    Pride (In The Name Of Love)
    Miss Sarajevo
    City Of Blinding Lights
    Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
    Miss You (snippet) / I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet) / Life During Wartime (snippet) / Psycho Killer (snippet)
    Sunday Bloody Sunday
    Walk On

    Hallelujah (snippet)
    Where The Streets Have No Name

    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
    With Or Without You
    Moment of Surrender
    Happy Birthday (for Nelson Mandela)

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    You can't read it all (I'm still going to try)

    NPR article which I find overwhelmingly relevant to my mindset many days - I'm an infojunkie.

    Brave New World Revisited

     In Brave New World Revisited (1958), Aldous Huxley was eerily precognizant of today's media and our reaction to it:
    In their propaganda today’s dictators rely for the most part on repetition, suppression and rationaliza­tion — the repetition of catchwords which they wish to be accepted as true, the suppression of facts which they wish to be ignored, the arousal and rationaliza­tion of passions which may be used in the interests of the Party or the State. As the art and science of manip­ulation come to be better understood, the dictators of the future will doubtless learn to combine these tech­niques with the non-stop distractions which, in the West, are now threatening to drown in a sea of irrele­vance the rational propaganda essential to the mainten­ance of individual liberty and the survival of demo­cratic institutions.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    Sunday, March 13, 2011

    Stop time?

    My stove has a button that stops time! Tremble, puny humans!

    Friday, March 04, 2011

    Classic essay: The Right to Read

    The Right to Read by Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation chronicles the inevitable result of DRM technologies. Timely, with the recent "forced obsolescence" espoused by publisher HarperCollins.

    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Oh, the irony

    Quote from Pharma Buys A Conscience:
    The American Medical Association's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs is planning a $590,000 initiative to educate doctors about the ethical problems involved in accepting gifts from the drug industry. That initiative is funded by gifts from Eli Lilly and Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., Pfizer, U.S. Pharmaceutical Group, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Corporation, Procter and Gamble Company, and Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceutical.

    Saturday, February 05, 2011