Friday, January 24, 2014

abecedarian

I thought I would share one of my favorite poems. I have a fascination with all abecedarian literature. But this one stands out. Why? Because it is just as dark and is silly. Enjoy!

The Gashlycrumb Tinies
By: Edward Gorey

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.
B is for Basil assaulted by bears.
C is for Clair who wasted away.
D is for Desmond thrown out of the sleigh.
E is for Ernest who choked on a peach.
F is for Fanny, sucked dry by a leech.
G is for George, smothered under a rug.
H is for Hector, done in by a thug.
I is for Ida who drowned in the lake.
J is for James who took lye, by mistake.
K is for Kate who was struck with an axe.
L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks.
M is for Maud who was swept out to sea.
N is for Nevil who died of ennui.
O is for Olive, run through with an awl.
P is for Prue, trampled flat in a brawl.
Q is for Quinton who sank in a mire.
R is for Rhoda, consumed by a fire.
S is for Susan who perished of fits.
T is for Titas who blew into bits.
U is for Una who slipped down a drain.
V is for Victor, squashed under a train.
W is for Winie, embedded in ice.
X is for Xerxes, devoured by mice.
Y is for Yoric whose head was bashed in.
Z is for Zilla who drank too much gin.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

abracadabra

So, the word ABRACADABRA has always bothered me. I have always thought of it as being something that a really bad magic act would use in a performance. You know, when the magician pulls the rabbit out of the hat. But for some reason, the word keeps popping up in my life. So I thought, I would do a little "wiki-googling" and find out where it came from.

Apparently, it was originally used in the following form to prevent malaria. What?


I am really glad I do not live in a time where ABRACADABRA is a cure for malaria. But, what really caught my interest was that there is a rumor going around that this word originates from the Aramaic phrase.

"I create as I speak."

Now, that to me is beautiful and really something that has a deeper meaning in the world today.

Neato!

Friday, January 10, 2014

remix time

This isn't an upbeat remix. But there is something about it that struck me. It is almost sounds Plaid-ish at times.

Austra has a sound that is reminiscent of good old Siouxsie & the Banshees. If somehow you live under a rock and haven't heard of Austra, I suggest you listen to the original version, Beat and Pulse first.

They slowed the song down (which was a feat in itself) but I would have thought any remix of the song would be a complete butchery. Yet, it is in this weeks rotation.


To be fair I guess I should also include a Plaid song, since it is even less well known that Austra.

A little tidbit, the first time I heard this song, was a decade ago. I was at Joshua Tree Park in California. It was night, in the desert and the moon was full. Something about the combination of this song and the surreality around me -- made it my favorite Plaid noise. 



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

new years 2014

What did I do to celebrate New Year's Eve? I lounged on my couch playing video games, with a thrown out back and the flu.

Even with maximum health and the urge to celebrate...I would have considered going to the Big D NYE party and then stayed home because of my total mistrust of crowds.



And in case anyone asks, my record for "New Year's Celebrating" is similar to a hate filled cougar on Valentine's Day. I have slept through many a New Year's, had a few that involved the dreaded "Television Frozen Dinner Party", and others that had me crying gripping to some terrible excuse for Champagne.

I am like, 8 for 32, as a stat. 'Cause I am just that wicked awesome.

In other news. New Year's officially marks a whole year keeping up with this blog. Not only that, but somehow this post will be my 100th post. I wish I had done that intentionally.

Sigh. Will the excitement continue? Will next year be as glorious? Will I lock in this years New Year's Resolution? Should my New Year's Resolution be making a New Year's Resolution?

To be continued...