Life Mottos? Huh? Or maybe here are those statements (by people, songs, books, movies)
that have stuck in my craw for my entire life. These mottos are somewhat
in chronological order (latest at top).
I am listening to classical music again in a new way. Trying to help my brother with his access to streaming WQXR FM on his computer, I found the interface(below) really good. I then found a Mozilla freebie called prism standalone which enabled me to put a WQXR-FM gadget on all my desktops (Win7, Linux and probably Mac also). Here's the window (which is really a browser window without the frills and the big memory/cpu usage of a regular session):
WQXR is a "good" classical station but what is great about streaming WQXR FM is that there are very few ads. What is best about it is that they offer the "Q2" channel which is pretty much 20th century music (and 500 years earlier too) from Dodecaphonic to Jazz. Putting the gadget on your desktop lets you easily switch from WQXR to Q2 or even 2 NPR channels. And yes it can be muted easily. Enjoy this while you can, I don't think you'll ever get such a sweet interface like this forever.
Unfortunately for us viewers of Rocketboom, Joanne Colan has left the show on April 14, 2009. I guess I (we) have been lucky to enjoy the talent, artistry and wonderfullness of Joanne for almost 3 years. I hope Joanne the best in whatever she does and hope that she will remain in the public eye. I am not optimistic for a Amanda/Joanne replacement but let's hope Rocketboom continues. Finally a tribute to Joanne (a mashup by Rocketboom staff) is at:
Video Blogging? Yup I'm normal ... for the past year(s) [2004-June 23, 2006] I have been following a daily Video Blog from NYC called Rocketboom. It's presented by Amanda Congdon and yes she is a very intelligent pretty 25 yo ex model and has been touted in NY Times, Wired, NPR, Rolling Stone, Yahoo, Itunes, Tivo etcetera. But what she gives each weekday is a 3-4 minute pc erudite presentation which is a pleasure to watch. Rocketboom might disappear (after all what is permanent?) but her current offering and archives are worth watching.
Although the last Amanda Congdon Rocketboom was June 23, 2006, the episodes for 3 months prior to that date (with only Amanda producing) were not up to the high level of much of the historical archives. There was much brouha about Amanda's departure from Rocketboom production, take a look at her current video blog at ABCnews.com and you may understand why I do not miss her. ABC lasted about a year and now Amanda can be found (2009) at sometimesdaily.com. There are some traces of her early rocketboom "fame" but she is thwarting that ("fame") by appearing with her brother.
Rural Rob in his LJ journal February 2005 (posted from another LJ user):
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first
their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination,
and third, their industry. -- John Ruskin.
"May the longtime sun shine upon you; all love surround you... and the pure light within you...guide your way on...". It googles out to be amongst popular Quotations, Blessings & Prayers but I first saw it
in big wall poster letters in a Golden Temple restaurant in Amsterdam's Jordaan district in the
70's. It is also sung by the Incredible String Band in "A Very Cellular Song" in their 1968 album "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter".
"Don't Look Back ...I wanna hold your hand"Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh in a video originally aired in 1978 on "Saturday Night Live". I heard/saw it on Nederlands TV VPRO - my teenage daughter was watching an MTV predecesor equivalent.
"No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley in Live!. I first heard the song in the 70's on a record played by teenager Sylvain in Amsterdam.
"Messe de Requiem" by Gabriel Fauré 1887-1890, This stayed with me ever since I went to
(An American artist acquaintance
living in a boat
in Amsterdam's Amstel River in the 70's) exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in 1978/9. Fauré's Requiem was playing continuously at the exhibit.
Movie: "Themroc" 1973 I forgot the title of this film for almost 30 years and just found it (2007) with a proper google search. Although the film is considered to be nihilistic, anachronistic and cannabalistic (so if you are a bit squeamish ignore it), the reviews and myself think of it as a weird comedy expressing an angst which I appreciated. (I haven't seen it recently as it not available in the USA)
Book:"Rememberance of Things Past (À la recherche du temps perdu)" - Marcel Proust 1913-1927; Taking the title quite literally, I have found I can never go back to places of my memory as places have changed along with my changed perception.
Book:"So it goes." - Kurt Vonnegut in "Slaughter House-Five" 1991
Book:"The Castle" - Franz Kafka 1926; This book has been my blueprint for the complexities of Phone Companies and other huge corporate entities. Kafka wrote about these organizations almost a century ago.
"Don't run through the rain - walk it's the same distance." said to me by a fellow bus-rider (High School) - I think his name was/is Bruce Albert while we were walking/running to the bus as it was raining.
"Nobody Loves me. I'm going into the garden to eat worms. Yesterday I ate two smooth ones and one wooly one."
are the words that were in a
which hung over the commode during my youth (0-16yrs) in our Woodstock (NY) house.