My bike shoes are three and a half years old. They were fine- biking is not exactly tough on the soles- but I needed a second pair for work. Of course, as soon as I ordered the new pair, the old pair started falling apart. THEY KNEW.
The new ones look more like sneakers, which is nice. They also look more like clown shoes, which might be okay as well. BONUS! One of my bikes is yellow, and the other is olive green. my feet will match either bike, which is what makes bikes fast.
I ride a lot in the summer. I’m used to heat. I ride wearing gym shorts and a t-shirt.
Today was not hot: Sunny, but mid forties to low fifties. Not the best weather for thin shorts. I did adjust my clothing a tiny bit: I wore a long sleeved shirt. That helped my arms, but did nothing for my fingers or ears, which were mad at me for most of the ride.
Don’t write like this. If you do write like this, don’t send it to a publisher. It’s creepy, embarrassing, and hilarious. You could be doing much more valuable things, like finally cleaning out that space under the kitchen sink or taking a really good nap.
Also: don’t publish writing like this. That’s paper that could be still be trees. Instead it’s a permanent record of a complete lack of understanding of composition, physical intimacy, and basic anatomy.
I changed my mind. Publish all writing like this. It accidentally brings the reader satisfaction. I hope that’s not a parallel to anything in the authors’ lives.
50ish recent songs, mostly chosen by my phone. BONUS: a link to a full length feature film! Not a good film, but still: film!
Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Gerson’s Whistle – Yeasayer
I Should Have Known Better – She & Him
America – Simon and Garfunkel …Something Like That – Airline Food The Coast – Paul Simon Sa Trincha – Smell of Paradise Feed me to the Lions – Adam and The Ants
I’m Not There – Sonic Youth
Concerto in A – Sicilienne – Telemann Harm – The Munitors Catch The Rainbow – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
It’s Too Quiet – John Frost This is actually a New Detective sketch from KROQ. I used to love these, but now the silly fun is muted by the casual racism of “Socky, the little foreign office boy.”
Reckless – Liam Finn Hot Car – Being Dead The Greys – Frightened Rabbit
Israel – Miles Davis
Baby Hallelujah – Konradsen The Balance – Royal Tongues Naima (alternate take) – John Coltrane The Loved Ones – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Van Morrison – U.T.A. Texas Hall – Dec 13, 1973 – Radio Commercial I have a bunch of these old commercials. I love hearing stuff like “Come see Van Morrison. Tickets are five bucks at the door.”
Class System (featuring Pharrell Wiliams & Julee Cruise) – Handsome Boy Modeling School Catch 22 – Send Dudes Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division Know Your Rights – The Clash
Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Go’s
Tired Eyes – Neil Young Best Friend – The Beat Sugar Daddy – Frank Black Everybody Knows (Ft. Mating Ritual) – RAEKO Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 – The Flaming Lips Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams Fill the Void – Oingo Boingo Traits De Caractere – Paris Combo
These Burgers (live ’01) – The Moldy Peaches
Late For The Sky – Jackson Browne Changes – David Bowie True Love Will Find You In The End – Beck The Last Ten Homes – Mice Parade My Funny Valentine – Ben Webster Movie Theme – John Wesley Harding Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection We Live So Fast – Heaven 17 Steven Stills – Poco – Tarrant C. C. C. – Jul 15, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial
Triple Terror Show ad 2 – Commercial
This is an ad for three grindhouse films: Blood of Ghastly Horror, Naked Evil, and The Gorilla Gang. Youtube actually has the full movie of Blood of Ghastly Horror. If that’s too much time to invest in a crappy film, at least watch the trailer for Gorilla Gang. It’s magical.
The Distance – Cake Fleetwood Mac – Kansas – Memorial Aud. – May 19, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial Try – Delta 5 Walkinonit – J Dilla Sweet And Lovely – Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane Sunday – The Cranberries
My students are shooting a film that includes a light saber battle, so I found a tutorial to help them figure out the effects. This is my rough test footage.
Rotoscoping is annoying and tedious.
Rotoscoping is even more annoying and tedious when you realize halfway through it that you haven’t been setting keyframes.
It’s easier to to animate large movements.
It’s hard to match up prerecorded light saber sounds to new video. None of the sounds in this clip are timed properly, and most of them are the wrong sound altogether. I would have faked it with mouth noises, but Katherine is asleep and doesn’t need to wake up to me making buzzes and space burps.
Square ended light sabers look weird.
I also made this opening for the morning bulletin. A few nerds on campus will get it.
Managed to get in a nice 26ish mile ride today at (for me) a good pace. If I get back to riding more than once a week, I might get okay at this again!
I should get back to my “ride every street in the San Fernando Valley” project. I’ve got the Southeast corner pretty well sewn up. The hard part about the rest of it is I have to either drive my bike somewhere else (which I hate), or I have to re-ride for a while on streets I’ve already done (which will take longer).
Also, completely by accident, I found a great old bike song. This is a “new” (circa 1978) version by R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders.
Mostly picked by the Music app, with some assistance from Dan.
Checkout Blues – Eels
Creeque Alley – The
Mamas & The Papas
Life’s What you
Make it – Talk Talk
For Your Love – The Yardbirds
Dream Forever – Bumblebees
effect – The Mountain Goats
Hope Street – Stiff Little Fingers
Strangers – A.O.
Son (Take 15) – The Beatles
Laughter – Beth Orton
Canoe – John
12 Elliot In Your
Cup – The Blanks
Back in the
Saddle – Aerosmith
California – Liz
Time Out For Fun – Devo– there are definitely other Devo records that are more revolutionary and/or iconic, but “Oh, no! It’s Devo” was the first record of theirs I owned, so it’s the one that brings out the most nostalgia.
SUNLIGHT – BESOS
Nothing – Danko Jones
King Midas In
Reverse – The Hollies
Love of My Life –
Riot – Childish
St. Louis Blues –
Dancing In The
Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Israel – Miles
Mare – Piero Umiliani
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
I Got Life (James
Rado & Company) – Original Broadway Cast
Never Give You Up
– The Black Keys
Limerick File – Beastie Boys
– Skin Mag
Get Bummed Out – SPORTS
Don’t Pull Away
(Feat. Milosh) – J.Viewz
The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails – I’m not a huge NIN fan, but this is an awesome bike song. Check out the “deep” visuals in the video.
In The Hanging
Gardens – Pinkshinyultrablast
BLEACHÉ – yuko
Borrowed – Jerry Paper
Company Calls – Death
Cab For Cutie
Unknown Legend – Neil Young – very different from NIN, but also an awesome bike song. And if you’re thinking that the song is about someone riding a Harley Davidson and that that’s a very different kind of bike, I have some news for you. There’s a real video for this song, but no high quality versions are on Youtube, probably because Neil Young only wants his music played in 6000 bit hyper dense magic quality.
Popeye Theme – Face to Face – the most important song of this or any other time.
Fool, Fool, Fool
– The Clovers
SOKA – Sister
Giving It All – 20/20
Sailor and widow
– Keren Ann
The Man In Me – The
The Power Of The
Heart – Peter Gabriel
Evil Angel – Rufus
Can’t Stop The
World – Ginger Sling
Donuts (Outro) – J Dilla
L.S.D. Partie – Roland
Grand Illusions –
Fade To Grey – Anteros – this is not a cover of Visage. This song is generic alternapop. No need to seek it out.