My patience these days is on ‘Exile’

May 24, 2010

Last week I downloaded the newly reissued Rolling Stones double album 1972 classic “Exile on Main Street” — a record I’ve loved for over 20 years but have never owned digitally (the one remaining tape in my car is a seemingly impervious cassette of Exile I bought in the late 80’s)

Anyway, it’s still great.  It’s still one of my top 10 favorites.  And I’m convinced if it was released today there is absolutely no way I would ever grow to love it as much as I do.

Why? Read the rest of this entry »


Spongy Playgrounds

May 19, 2010


I think it might be time I started a new category for my blog entries — “Back in my day…”

Last week I saw the documentary Babies.   You know, that one about the superhero in the metal suit.  No wait, that’s a different film.  This one, Babies, was about babies.  It was the Hot Tub Time Machine of documentaries.  Meaning, it’s all spelled out for you in the title. 4 babies, 4 parts of the world: Mongolia, Africa, Japan, San Francisco.

They cry, they coo, they spit up, they crawl, they poop, they steal your heart.

But what really struck me about the film are the behaviors of the (mostly-offscreen) parents.  The two babies growing up in the industrialized world (San Fran, Tokyo) looked like they were on their way to becoming… well… (how do I put this delicately?  After all, they’re just babies),,, wussies! Read the rest of this entry »


May 13, 2010


I think it is safe to say that 90% of the human beings roaming the planet these days have no discernible skills whatsoever. They are the unskilled.  And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that.  I’m sure many of them are lovely people — charming, fun to be around, occasionally they even pick up the tab at a sushi restaurant.  But they’re not good at anything. Read the rest of this entry »