INTRODUCTION: ratiocinations out of thin air

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THIS BLOGSITE could have a bet­ter ti­tle than my name with “dot com” tacked on to it. I had con­sid­ered Ra­ti­o­ci­na­tions Out of Thin Air as a ti­tle — and that would have been a great ti­tle, if a con­fus­ing one. Too many peo­ple wouldn’t have taken the time to ra­ti­o­ci­nate over the mean­ing of the word “ra­ti­o­ci­nate” and just moved on.CONTINUE READING

we keep on keepin’ on telling it like it was

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MY ATTENTION re­mains fo­cused on Tell It Like It Was, my new pub­li­ca­tion on Medium. And Tell It Like It Was re­mains fo­cused on mu­sic — mostly mu­sic of the ’60s but we will get into the rock & roll and rhythm & blues be­fore and af­ter that decade even­tu­ally.

In the past week, Lew CONTINUE READING

a trumpolyte attends or assists his/her leader religiously

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TRUMPOLYTE! Did I just coin a word? It com­bines the sur­name of the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the United States with the word acolyte. Orig­i­nally, an acolyte was “one who as­sists a mem­ber of the clergy in a litur­gi­cal ser­vice by per­form­ing mi­nor du­ties.” And it sure does look to us non-believers that there sure is a lot of that CONTINUE READING

be the first on your block to tell it like it was!

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MY APOLOGIES for ne­glect­ing reg­u­lar read­ers of my blogs for the past few months. For­tu­nately, there is a good rea­son for this that has noth­ing to do with those silly ru­mors cir­cu­lated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a pro­gres­sive com­mune in Ver­mont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. Sigh, as en­tic­ing CONTINUE READING

socrates and elvis walk into a bar

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ELVIS AND SOCRATES walk into a bar. No, wait — should it be “Socrates and Elvis”? Ei­ther way, here’s what this post is all about: I came across a 3-minute video of In­dian guru Gaur Gopal Das talk­ing about gos­sip. Nor­mally, I avoid the ad­vice of “wise” men — es­pe­cially those I have not heard CONTINUE READING

you probably overrate that which you love

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THIS MORNING, the ques­tion on Quora was, “Who is the most over­rated mu­sic star of all time?” Rather than an­swer the ques­tion — which I don’t be­lieve can be an­swered to everyone’s sat­is­fac­tion — I ad­dressed the as­sump­tions of the ques­tion it­self.

My an­swer is in­dented be­low be­tween the im­ages of Bert Blyleven (with CONTINUE READING

symbolist poet arthur rimbaud has nothing to do with this post

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ANOTHER DAY, an­other ques­tion on Quora beg­ging for an an­swer from me. (Well, maybe not beg­ging, but look­ing like it re­quires my at­ten­tion.) Hope­fully, my an­swer will be un­like oth­ers that will be posted and if it doesn’t in­form, will at least en­ter­tain.

The ques­tion was, Can you name an artist or CONTINUE READING

I guess I’ll just have to remain anonymous

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THIS TIME, the ques­tion on Quora was “Why do you not want to be fa­mous?” and I read it at four in the morn­ing. That’s be­fore I’d had the first sip of my Cafe Bustelo (a good cof­fee to wake up with). So I put on Miles Davis’s WALKIN (a good al­bum to CONTINUE READING

on the “rich lifestyles” of music artists and movie stars

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TODAY’S QUESTION ON QUORA that caught my at­ten­tion was, “How do mu­sic artists have such rich lifestyles if every­body pi­rates their mu­sic?” Since I had just fin­ished my mon­ster mug of Cafe Bustelo — and I tried honey in­stead of my usual light brown sugar as a sweet­ener, which I won’t be do­ing again — I thought CONTINUE READING

the heyday in the blood is tame (and what is a heyday?)

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I JUST PUT the fin­ish­ing touches on a rewrite and up­date of an old ar­ti­cle of mine on ’60s teen model Colleen Corby. While reread­ing the text and check­ing to see if the im­ages were linked to their source, the open­ing sen­tence caught my at­ten­tion. It read, “The term ‘su­per­model’ didn’t ex­ist when Colleen Corby CONTINUE READING

can we call trump’s tweeted temper tantrums “tweetrums”?

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RESPONDING TOQUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the ba­sis for a short ar­ti­cle that I ti­tled, “Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Prob­lem.” I was ad­dress­ing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vid­ual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives “aren’t ex­actly en­thralled” with Trumps’ pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task CONTINUE READING

conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE ISDOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­er­als be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren’t ex­actly en­thralled with Don­ald Trump ei­ther?” One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gag­ing other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the per­son who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that ask­ing it dis­plays CONTINUE READING

screening for mental health risk factors for our kids

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THE REDMOND REPORTER is our lo­cal pa­per here in Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton. It’s a typ­i­cal smalltown paper: twenty pages with lo­cal news and ad­ver­tise­ments. Un­for­tu­nately, I rarely pay any at­ten­tion to it, but yes­ter­day it was brought to my at­ten­tion by an ar­ti­cle on the front page of the Sep­tem­ber 7, 2108, edi­tion.

The ar­ti­cle was CONTINUE READING

wordpress publish button is like a gun with the safety off

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FOR THOSE READERS who have their own Word­Press sites, I as­sume you oc­ca­sion­ally do what I (alas) con­sis­tently do: mis­tak­enly click the Pub­lish but­ton on the right side of your Edit Post work page when you meant to click the Save Draft but­ton. To over­state the sit­u­a­tion: leav­ing the Pub­lish but­ton ex­posed is like leav­ing a gun CONTINUE READING

those fabulous furless geek brothers (rendered unimportant by recent events)

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THE BIG BANG THEORY is an end­lessly re­watch­able show: aside from the fab­u­lous char­ac­ters and the in­ter­twin­ing of their per­sonal lives, the di­a­log is chock-a-block full of hu­mor of all sorts, from the zany to the kind that re­quires the viewer ei­ther have a rea­son­able IQ or ac­cess to the In­ter­net to look things up. And CONTINUE READING

trump and forbes and the one that got away

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I’M NOT FEELING WELL. It could be some late-Summer thing or an ad­vance taste of what the up­com­ing flu sea­son has in store for us. But it’s a low-grade headache and fever, sore and swollen throat (that makes me squeak when I try to talk, so I don’t) (which some con­sider a bless­ing), and Grate Grom­mett in Heaven CONTINUE READING

a glossary of terms for understanding wordpress

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WORDPRESS. I don’t write about it be­cause I am not tech­ni­cally qual­i­fied to say much. All my sites were built by me us­ing Word­Press and are main­tained by me. I was able to fol­low most di­rec­tions, even though many were poorly writ­ten. It took too much time and was un­nec­es­sar­ily dif­fi­cult and frus­trat­ing — five years and CONTINUE READING