Gray Flannel Dwarf

7/11/2006

RIP, Syd

Shine on, you crazy diamond.


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7/10/2005

Brooding

I was flipping through the channels today and saw that VH1 was re-airing the Live8 show. I wasn’t really paying too much attention to it, but the TV remained on, and then I heard Pink Floyd come on. I liked the set a lot. They dedicated it to Syd.

I did a google search on Syd, and came across this article from last month. Kind of interesting.

I decided to try and play a few Floyd songs on the guitar today. I already know “Time” and I just about picked up “Comfortably Numb” today, too. I also somewhat re-learned “Wish You Were Here”, although I still can’t do the intro solo stuff right.

Everytime I hear “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, I think of Chaco, sitting in the lobby, singing it and/or playing it with the Crazy Russian. That night he seemed really into it – it felt so… authentic? Like he was really singing it with Syd in mind or something.

Across the planes of other internal matters, I can’t help but wonder if some things are coming to a head, here. Not a pleasant way to spend a weekend. I’ve been bored out of my mind on the weekends lately, but it’s a never-ending cycle. I get bored, and then get lethargic and apathetic, which means I get even more bored. Playing guitar helped a bit. For some reason the voice was really working well, too – I was tuned in quite well, oddly enough.

I did have a pleasant lunch today with some of the Carolina Kossacks, which broke some of the monotony. The gyro was pretty tasty, but I was still hungry afterwards, and I left kinda wishing I’d gotten some hummous or tabbouleh.

DB, I will hopefully get to that book tagging thing soon enough. It’s hard for me to remember, off the top of my head, which books I like, other than one or two which really bit me. I’ve never been good at remembering details, and that includes book titles. I’ve always been better at absorbing ideas.

I am thinking about buying a notebook tonight to do some writing, but I seem to do that once or twice a year, and nothing comes of it. I mean, nothing at all. I couldn’t name the last time I was able to write anything, much less anything decent.

I think I need to take up meditation or something. Things move fast.


Tags: , , , — cswiii @ 12:37 am

1/27/2004

Another Turd in the Stall Part 2

Another SCO Group parody, to complement Lady Caldera. This is, if it’s not obvious, a parody of “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2″

I actually wrote this a while back (9-Dec), but I wanted to keep a copy of it before it was too hard to find on Slashdot.

(With apologies to Pink Floyd)

We don’t need no litigation
We don’t need no spin control
No Darl McBride praise in the chatroom
Pumpers, leave this stock alone!
Hey! Pumpers! Leave this stock alone!
All in all it’s just another turd in the stall
All in all you’re just another turd in the stall

We don’t need no litigation
We don’t need no spin control
No Darl McBride praise in the chatroom
Pumpers, leave this stock alone!
Hey! Pumpers! Leave this stock alone!
All in all it’s just another turd in the stall
All in all you’re just another turd in the stall

“Wrong! Dump it again!”
“If you can’t beat the street, how can you have any earnings…
How can you have any earnings, if you can’t beat the street?”
“You! Yes, you behind the bodyguards, stand still laddy!”


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12/16/2003

SACD

Rolling Stone‘s recent issue contained a list of their “Top 500 albums of all time”. Now, while such a list is going to be controversial, and while doing such a thing is only going to lead to hordes of OMGWTFKTHX letters in the coming months, I gotta hand it to RS – they did a great job on the promo material. I can only guess how much advertisers spent to get in this issue.

The coolest part, however, is the RS500 Super Audio CD Sampler. The disc is dual layer SACD, meaning that those of us with SACD systems can hear the Dolby 5.1, while standard CD players can still read the redbook layer. While I guess you could call it propaganda, of sorts, seeing as the SACD proponents are at odds with those who are backing DVD-A as the next-generation of music mediums, in my mind, the consumer wins out here, because it is one fantastic selection of music on this disc.

On the disc:
Bob Dylan – “Simple Twist of Fate”
Pink Floyd – “Money”
The Who – “Pinball Wizard”
Herbie Hancock – “Watermelon Man”
Norah Jones – “Come Away With Me”
Elton John – “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road”
Billy Joel – “Movin’ Out”
Miles Davis – “Blue in Green”
Aerosmith – “Sweet Emotion”

While there are a few on this disc that, given the chance, I’d replace with something else, none of them are terrible; considering that SACD is relatively new and has something like fewer than 1000 titles remastered to its name, This isn’t a bad collection at all.


Tags: , , — cswiii @ 12:24 am