Cool Hand Luke … a true Silverback

[Paul Newman has been on our minds recently. We watched Ethan Hawke's documentary, then The Color of Money, Slapshot, and The Verdict. James Dean died and someone had to move into the role as runner-up to Marlon Brando. Enter Newman. He was a flawed human being, but a pretty damn good movie star. For us,... Continue Reading →

The 12 Best Music Podcasts

[I am increasingly listening to podcasts, although I am finding the world of podcasts increasingly difficult to navigate. There has been an explosion in podcast content. The best exlanation for this comes from my favorite podcast, the BlindBoy, who says that corporate media are investing heavily investing heavily in podcast content in anticipation of the... Continue Reading →

Visions of The Jungle

[Big News ... Part 3 of Grendel: The Four-Chord Opera has now been published. Now, back to the silliness. SB SM] Here are two very different takes on what it means to be a resident of the contemporary Jungle. Could there be more contrast. A minute or so of the Carrie Underwood Jungle will give... Continue Reading →

Fort Worden

[We visited Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA on a crisp, fall morning. It's now a State Park, but during WW II it protected Puget Sound from attack by the Japanese. No combat action ever took place there. Now it still stands sentry over the entrance to the sound, but the guns are gone, replaced... Continue Reading →

William Shatner on Earth

[William Shatner has always been an easy guy to make fun of, mostly because he seemed to enjoy making fun of himself. Take a look at his spoofing cover of Elton John's Rocket Man. I heard him interviewed on Public Radio recently, however, and he actually seemed to have learned some lessons from his 90+... Continue Reading →

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