Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"This Is War"

"Teleprompters Not Working"

“I’m used to teleprompters not working. Remember at the GOP acceptance speech back in ’08? The teleprompter broke there, too. It didn’t work and I kept on going. So, no, I don’t know, I received a standing ovation throughout and at the end of the speech.”


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Before Global Warming"


"Kind of Strange"

“I’ve never worried really much about the inflation or the certain number of pounds of inflation. I thought it was kind of strange that Brady knew he liked his ball at 12.5 pounds of pressure in the ball. . . That’s the minimum number that you can have, that seemed kind of strange to me.”


"A Sidelong Glance"

To look at something askance
Means to give it a sidelong glance
As one might eye a stranger
Or another potential danger.
January 27, 2015


"Into a Tizzy"

“This has been Palin's M.O. since she was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008. She hints at the possibility that she might run, a hint that sends all of those who love and hate her—there are tons of both—into a tizzy. But, there's never any ‘there’ there. And, it's worth calling it out.”
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post


"The Storm of the Century's a Bust"

The Storm of the Century's a bust
She hardly managed a gust
The City was shuttered
The People were fluttered
The unmanly Governor cussed.
January 27, 2015


Monday, January 26, 2015

“Red or Dead”

Fan banner at Belgian soccer match depicting decapitated head of opposing player (who switched teams).

"A Set of Principles"


"Didn't Make Any Sense"

"What he said didn't make any sense. Rubbing the football, I don't think you can change the pressure. To really change the pressure, what you really need to change the pressure is one of these – the inflation needle."
Bill Nye "The Science Guy"

Blinding Us With Science

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Felling a Giant

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at Michelangelo’s statue of David

Student Instruments Go Pro

Jiggs pBone is a featherweight, mostly plastic trombone designed for kids but hitting high notes with top brass players for sound quality and durability. Ashley Shabankareh, trombonist in New Orleans ska band The Local Skank, says with a standard metal mouthpiece attached, it sounds much like her brass instruments. $179

Vibrato A1 was company's first alto saxophone. The main tube, bell and neck are made of a blend of polycarbonate and ABS, the former providing "the required resonance", the former "elasticity and flexibility". The Vibrato A1 "has a vintage character that is a dark and warm sound that is hard to find in modern saxophones nowadays." Suitable for young children and ideal as their first saxophone--it's super lightweight at 850 grams--making it the lightest fully-functional alto saxophone available in the world today. The big deal are the self-leveling silicone pads that are non-toxic and soft
"to ensure the perfect seal on every tone hole." With DIY replacement, these pads are highly reliable and user friendly. “It plays like a dream and weighs only 2 pounds. I’m not sure how they did it, but it feels a bit like magic,” Clint Maedgen said. $575

Casio Mini Keyboard SA-76 is a 44-key digital piano that runs on six AA-batteries and sells at Toys “R” Us. Beck named a single after it. Mark Ramos Nishita, keyboardist and longtime Beastie Boys collaborator currently in David Byrne’s Atomic Bomb Band says: “Plug it into a wah-wah pedal and a stack of Marshalls, and it would sound amazing.” $70

Suzuki Q Chord is an electronic take on the autoharp that "produces enough distinct—and just plain ethereal—sounds to fill in for an entire band." Fans include David Bowie and Jim James of rock band My Morning Jacket. Some strap it on their bodies and play it like a stand-up keyboard or “keytar.” Beautifully-orchestrated song cartridges contain favorite
song titles in diverse genres (with lyrics). Plug in and strum.$300

SEE: "Too Cool for Music School" by Steve Garbarino.

SNL Skewers Pats