Wednesday, April 12, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #118

My Podcast with Gio and Dave at Kinetic Results is now available here. Somehow, after all this time, i'm still not used to hearing myself just talk . . .

Oh those liberals have done it again! They've hijacked a whole edition of Carnival of the Liberals and it's all available at that rock star of biology's website, Pharyngula.

Spoke to the Children's Lit class at Schreiner University last night and in the class were Mindy McIntosh and Sally Fawcett. The class read children's books they had written and illustrated themselves, and i'd have to say it was the best single creative moment i've ever seen from students. There were some great stories about butterflies, ladybugs, farm animals, and several others. Very nice.

Good to see Dr. Hudson and Larry Gunn again too. Hudson is putting on her annual Texas Writers Conference today featuring Dr. Andy Wilkinson, songwriter/professor from Texas Tech. He'll be performing at the Cailloux Center from 7-9 tonight. And Hudson'll be hosting Robert James Waller, author of The Bridges of Madison County, next week at SU. Big time for writers in Kerrville.

Here's some news from the fine Marble Falls crew i met a couple weeks ago at the Bluebonnet Blues Festival: The Uptown Marble Arts Alliance in association with Marc & Carolyn Seriff present Clifford Antone’s History of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll -- A multi-media and performance presentation by the people who lived it, Thursday, April 13, Showtime 7:30 p.m., Doors open 6:30 p.m., Tickets $10 in advance; $12 at the door, Remaining 3-show series $25, Tickets available at the R Bar, 904 3rd Street, Marble Falls, For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit, Don’t miss the second installment in your Rock ‘n’ Roll education on Thursday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m at the Uptown Marble Theater, 218 Main Street, Marble Falls.

Clifford Antone, owner of the famous Antone's nightclub in Austin, is teaching us The History of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll. This lesson will cover Atlantic Records and Stax Records. You’ll hear and see film clips of artists such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. Debbi Walton and Sweet Soul Vibe will provide live versions of the songs you’re still singing along with after all these years. This is a very unique show and I urge you to check it out. It could be described as classroom meets comedy club meets nightclub. Clifford is full of funny stories, memories and off-the-wall information. Rick Melchior has assembled Clifford's collection of film clips, interviews and live recordings into a montage of images that will keep you amazed and entertained. I'll paraphrase a quote from Clifford: "Turn off the TV, get out and support live entertainment." You won't regret it! This series is sponsored by: Old Oak Square and Oldies KITY 102.9 and 106.1 Hits from the 60’s and 70’s. Mark your calendars for future shows:

April 27, 2006 at 7:30 pm Show #3: Detroit (Motown Records) the music of The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Temptations

May 11, 2006 at 7:30 pm Show #4: Chicago (Chess Records) the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Etta James

Had some fun watching the Masters end on Sunday. While i was rooting for a couple of others, it became clear i think, at about the 12th hole that the game belonged to Mickelson, and he put on a masterful show. In the background, meanwhile, a nice clear day, and strong microphones, produced the sounds of Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Pine Warbler, Tufted Titmouse, American Crow, Blue, Pileated Woodpecker and Downy Woodpecker.

"QUESTION: should anyone who requires a "revolutionary new laser technology system" in order to figure out if they're parking in the right spot inside their own garage really be allowed behind the wheel in the first place? Compared with the other tasks of a driver—making right-hand turns, making left-hand turns, deciphering the red-amber-green vernacular of a stoplight—safely positioning your auto within the confines of your own garage seems like a fairly straightforward task, the kind of thing that might not require a laser."

Well, i don't know, but you can read the rest of the story at Orion here.

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