Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hot sunset


  1. Don't miss my granddaughter story at the end of the last thread!
    I can't stop giggling about it!

    Anyone heard from donna lately??
    I'd love for her to see that story because they were coming back from the Library! Ha!

    Just learned that they actually got to see the tail end of the actual filming, too! Awesome!

  2. listener, that pic is *breathtaking*!! Have you thought of joining the photo stream over at wunderground? This is my latest steal from there, lol!

  3. Speaking of gorgeous! listener, you are a wonderful photographer.

    But, I don't understand. So, they saw this Taylor Swift person but didn't go up to her (it's a her? The name sounds like a him) right then on the street? If she is any kind of a decent person at all, she'd have been tickled pink to meet such a young fan.

    It's a beautiful, sunny morning, though I fear things may get hot again. Haven't checked the weather yet.

    I'll bet y'all didn't know that "Strangers in the Night was originally written for Engelbert. Sinatra stole it, the rat! I'm going to have to tell Peter, who is an avid, not to say a rabid Sinatra fan, but need to do some research first. I believe the person who uploaded the video of Engelbert at the London Paladium, but I need evidence, sources. Even with evidence and sources Peter won't believe me, but without them he *really* won't believe me.

    The wikipedia article just gave the songwriters and then blathered on about how many awards the record won for Sinatra, the rat! So, I'm going to write to the YouTube person and see what he(?) can tell me.

  4. I do have some photos over at wunderground, puddle. I just find it faster and easier to post them first at Facebook, then use those addresses to post them elsewhere, such as here and at WU.

  5. Taylor Swift was just finishing up her filming there at the church when they happened by. I think between the fact that they were still working and that my peeps were pretty much in shock at seeing her and "in stitches" over Lorien's remark, they just kept on going.

    Talk about a cute video:
    Here's Lorien's favourite:

    My own favourite Taylor Swift song is this one:

  6. You know, listener, if you don't watch this kind of thing, you might have the next American Idol on your hands in a few years. *grin*

  7. donna in evanston7/11/2010 02:00:00 PM

    Thanks for asking about me listener. Cute story.

    I'm kind of going in a different direction and am not online as much. I don't even read blogs all that much right now.

    I am happily ensconced in my new digs and am enjoying summer. Will check in from time to time, so don't send Sheriff Chuck.

    All is well.

  8. A kind of What is so rare as a day in July day, lol! Temps just under 80º, sunny, small winds, low humidity. Sleeping weather last night in the 50's, slept well and long, woke all peppy and everything, grin. Water's running apace, and all my buckets are full, and started rinsing a load that got washed last week, but no water for the rinse. Life is good. Had I mentioned that?

  9. It happens sometimes. Glad it's happening to you just now.

  10. Kind of wish I could make it happen for everyone, alla time. . . . But I suppose the law of unintended consequences would kick in, and then. . . . .

  11. Life is good here too. Dad got Cakewalk up and running. It works like a charm, which is remarkable since this version is for Win95/NT. Far as I can tell, everything's working right, the sound quality is excellent, etc.

    At the same time, I'm sadly puzzled. Got my song up, fiddled a bit with the secondary accompaniment track, and it sounds great. Thing is, I haven't a clue what time signature it should have. Is it 4/4? Is it 3/4? is it 6/8? My mind is gooing totally blank on me and I can't work out how the beat falls. One problem may be that some of the notes at the ends of phrases are the wrong length so they're throwing the count off. I donno. It seems like such a simple thing, working out the beat, but it has me completely stumped. Going to give up for now and come back to it after a rest.

  12. Gee, that's too bad for Sheriff Chuck. He never goes anywhere anymore. 8-)

    So glad you're doing okay and enjoying Summer. ♥

    Don't be a stranger...or we'll send Sheriff Thankful and Sheriff Denise. LOL!

  13. Ha! Well, as I have never ever seen the first version, I don't know what I'm missing (or possibly in for! LOL!).

  14. Just to add that I like the songs better than the videos. I like imagining it myself first.

  15. Ah, forgot to mention that my kiddle and his kiddle (son kiddle) are in Kenya for a couple of weeks. Tonio's second time (last time he was with his mama), Scotty's first. It's kind of a roots experience for Tonio, and I'm glad he's getting it young (and blessed that he's able to get it at all).

  16. Bill Thomasson7/11/2010 11:35:00 PM

    Donna ~~ Have you really been enjoying the last few days of Chicago weather? <grin>

    Although it sounds like it's been worse out east.</grin>

  17. Yes, imagination is like books and the radio. The pictures are usually better.

  18. Bill Thomasson7/12/2010 12:02:00 AM

    Actually an enjoyable day here too. Made it to Picnicon. Saw a number of science ficiton fans I know. And the weather was breezy enough to be pleasant in the shade of the picnic shelter.

    Then our book discussion group went through The Unincorporated Man by Dani and Eytan Kollin. This is an interesting book that could have been an excellent book if the Kollin brothers had taken more care with details and internal consistency. Essentially they run with something Milton Friedman wrote 30 years ago about about paying for your education by selling shares in your future earnings. Friedman refers to this as "partial slavery," although from the brief quote it's not clear why. The Kollin's take this fairly literally, with the idea that if you don't hold a majority of the stodk in yourself the other stockholders can pretty much tell you what to do with your life. How this control is exercised is never explained, however. Not to mention that the control we actually see exercised is not all that different from what we see employers exercising today, and still more in the 1950s. Nor do I seriously understand why someone would prefer a share of your future earnings to a debt obligation you are required to pay refardless of income.

    It's not clear what the Kollins think of this incorporation system. There are lots of arguments that it's better than what we have now, not just because of minimal government but because it creates a series of interlocking obligations that ties everyone togather -- that actually makes in in everyone's self-interest to have everyone else do well. Yet the ending, where the man who is unincorporated because he was born in the 20th century and has spent much of the intervening frozen leads a revolution against the system, only makes sense if the system is bad. I find myself wondering whether the brothers may disagree on this point.

  19. Goodness! What an adventure.