Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Never watched probably never will

I’ll gladly proclaim I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. I never plan on watching it either. While I enjoy some science fiction, I think (maybe I’m wrong) this popular cable series was more fantasy than science fiction.

I only mention that over-hyped series to compare it to the stuff I do watch. My wife and I mostly watch PBS shows. Some might say it’s an age related thing, but I would say if age has anything influence, it’s the added wisdom that comes with age.

Taken from article by National Post

I was working on a post about our digital life and the complications of storing the volumes of digital pictures streaming around our daily lives. That post turned into more of a rant. I like technology. The cutting edge tech of the 1980’s and 1990’s has gone dull now. It provided me a good career. Why should I rant about later advances that can be traced back to the stuff of my former career? Why rant about a first world problem?

Back to the shows I watch. I recently rewatched a NOVA program (Arctic Ghost Ship) about the Franklin arctic expedition of the mid 1800’s. A few years ago researchers found one the expeditions ships on the arctic sea floor.

While the NOVA program provides plenty of knowledge and topics to think about. I’ll focus on just one. One of the key pieces of information leading to finding the sunken ship came from Inuit oral history.

Storytelling is certainly a human tradition. Our western culture proceeded down the written path that can be connected over centuries to our digital world. I’m just amazed that the facts passed along over multiple generations of Inuits through storytelling could be a critical factor in finding a long lost ship. Maybe if I was an Inuit I would not be surprised at all.

What historical facts will future generations discover about our life today through the digital footprints we leave? Will the information be so accessible that people will not even find it interesting? Will the future culture be more interested in the next fantasy series on our ever changing cable services? 

Changes in our technology can create generational gaps. It seems the storytelling of oral histories binds the generations of those cultures together. The Intuit community now has the internet and many other modern technology. I hope it doesn't ruin their beneficial oral history tradition.

Monday, April 01, 2019

alligator lizards in the air

Well now I know, thanks to the wonderful internet of knowledge.

My last post inquired into “a pigeon from hell”. Now I bring up “alligator lizards in the air”. Is this a trend? I doubt it. I’m not a trend setter. My trends have all gone off the rails.

Being retired I have time to listen to lyrics and look them up for more analysis. Most any piece of lyric can be used to find the whole song. Just a google away (Not to be confused with a googly - cricket anyone*). The wonderful wikipedia not only helps identify the song but often the story behind odd phrases.

fish in the air

Ok if you are still puzzled about which song lyrics this comes from ( thanks for not leaving the blog to find out), it’s the band America’s song “Ventura Highway”.

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through
Your hair
And the days surround your daylight
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air

Most of the song makes complete sense. It’s talking about the better weather on our west coast compared to towns that don’t look good in snow. But what does a nice climate have to do with “alligator lizards in the air”?

The story according to wikipedia, explains that as a kid the song’s writer, Dewey Bunnell, was spotting shapes in the clouds with his brother while his father repaired a flat tire on the side of a California highway. It would be interesting to learn their father’s version of the story.

Dewey’s father was in the USAF which made the story even more interesting since I have been to a few of the Air Force bases mentioned.

* If I understand the slang term googly then a googly google would be a tough search for an answer.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Like a pigeon from hell

Ok, anything from hell would be unwanted. I noticed that Google’s streetview car did NOT travel down Hell For Certain road to record what it looks like. I’m sure a pigeon or two would be found somewhere on that road. (curious? Here’s a link to a map of that Kentucky road)

Oh where the hell was I?

Hmm yeah, a great line found in the lyrics of a hit song (Back on the Chain Gang) by the Pretenders.

The phone, the TV and the news of the world
Got in the house like a pigeon from hell, oh oh oh oh

Today I suggest updating it to:

Smartphone, twitter, and facebook
Got in the house like a pigeon from hell, oh oh oh oh

OR maybe just

The Mueller report
Got in the White House like a pigeon from hell, oh oh oh oh

A circumstance beyond our control, oh oh oh oh 

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