Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Not a slippery slope, either

The spiral is a spiritualized circle. In the spiral form, the circle, uncoiled, unwound, has ceased to be vicious; it has been set free. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer's music is finally available in digital format, so I can replace my well-worn albums. Yes. Albums.

Happy happy joy joy!

My favorites:

Masochism Tango

The Elements Song

Oedipus Rex

Poisoning Pigeons In The Park

The Vatican Rag

Wernher von Braun

Saturday, April 10, 2010

First Fireflies of the Season

The fireflies are out tonight, mirroring the stars.

"Fireflies in the Garden" by Robert Frost

Here come real stars to fill the upper skies,
And here on earth come emulating flies,
That though they never equal stars in size,
(And they were never really stars at heart)
Achieve at times a very star-like start.
Only, of course, they can't sustain the part.

Magnetic Fields - "100,000 Fireflies"

I have a mandolin
I play it all night long
It makes me want to kill myself
I also have a dobro
Made in some mountain range
Sounds like a mountain range in love
But when I turn up the tone
On my electric guitar
I'm afraid of the dark without you close to me
I went out to the forest and caught
A hundred thousand fireflies
As they ricochet round the room
They remind me of your starry eyes
Someone else's might not have made me so sad
But this is the worst night I ever had
'cause I'm afraid of the dark without you close to me
You won't be happy with me,
But give me one more chance
You won't be happy anyway
Why do we still live here
In this repulsive town?
All our friends are in New York
Why do we keep shrieking,
when we mean soft things?
We should be whispering all the time...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Categorical Spaces

"Who so loves believes the impossible." ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

And expands the possible.