Wednesday, January 18, 2017

middle

Trying to make some sense of it all,
But I can see it makes no sense at all
Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?
'Cause I don't think that I can take anymore
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

I like the middle. NOT my middle/midsection for it has increased over the years but the middle of the political spectrum. I view the extremes as being too limiting. There more room in the middle. Maybe the middle is boring but boring can be good and relaxing at times.

What will Donald tweet next?

Former reality TV star and soon to be world leader, Mr. Trump certainly expresses himself on twitter. Donald is a twitter gatling gun. Since the beginning of reality TV I disliked the format and never thought as an occupation/career it would provide any solid career advancement. Shows how little I know or understand about the world.



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She-who-hooked-me-onto-public-radio and I listened to good NPR show about Trump and the media called “On the Media”. The particular show was titled “The Game Has Changed”. (link to show's page)

A cognitive linguist (never met one but sounds interesting) interviewed on the show offered categories of Trump tweets. Here’s his categories:

Preemptive framing - frames an event his way before others do.
Diversion - the recent Meryl Streep and Hamilton tweets are examples
Trial balloon - checks the popular reaction of an idea/issue
Deflection - attack the messager

One of the problems the media has with these tweets is their addiction to breaking news. They just mainline these tweets before they even think twice about it. Their handling of these outbursts makes me sick.

Just taking the time to categorized his tweets could be beneficial if you are not just going to ignore them. I’m not on twitter. You don’t need to be to see/hear about his tweets. I don’t care about twitterstorms. The media addicts take of that for you.

One of the tweets mentioned in that NPR show was this one:

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” 

Since he doesn’t know what a landslide is maybe he will be caught under one someday.

Moving on, I offer this question for the comment section. I recently posed this question to my Fakebook community. 

a question worthy of FB, but first a bit of trivia. Every White House administration going back to Theodore Roosevelt has had a pet dog. Many had additional pets too. Donald Trump does not appear to have any pets. My question to FB - Will Donald Trump get a pet dog and if so what type?

Oh a bit of background music for you while think of a good answer.





Friday, January 13, 2017

I'm all shook up

That stomach flu monster visited me last night. Feeling a bit better now. I don't need to hang out on the bathroom floor anymore. I just want to share an update text I sent our daughter who recently had it along with her husband and 6yr old.  (worse situation than mine)


the virus keeps changing hence the variety of colors

Here's my text:

Just now I found my old iPod nano. The second song to play (no joke) was Elvis All Shook Up which I had been. Hopefully not to jinx it but think the worst is over
Well Bless a my soul what's wrong with me?

Well my hands are shaking and my knees are weak. I can't seem to stand on my own two feet





This certainly was not funny during the worst of it. After I rested a bit in bed and canceled my toilet bowl reservations, I found the song funny. I had grabbed my old Ipod just for something to distract me from those unpleasant concerns. When that song started playing I knew I had to share my odd moment.

After I shared my flu moment over the sterile internet I started thinking of other possible flu related tunes. (this should be of little surprise to regular readers which I wish I had been, regular that is)


A long, long time ago...
If you can still remember
How that pie used to make you smile.

You might sing “bye bye American pie”.

At one point I seriously started losing my religion. Now have I said too much?

While hanging out in the bathroom in between “sessions” the Clash song, Should I Stay or Should I Go, came to mind.



There are many songs that refer to shaking and fever. With a bit of stretch you could even change a few words to "A Hard Day's Night" which I had.

Maybe I’m Amazed when I think back during the worst of it and realize how much better one can feel later. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (maybe funnier too but I have not heard that) Maybe I’m Amazed this flu provided a post and you have read this far. Please share any song suggestions and Good Health to all of you.


Friday, January 06, 2017

Queen gunpowder, gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam

Coming of age well before the internet of today, I ponder how my life would have been different had I been born later (of course I would be younger today). Today the internet provides quick access to lyrics which eliminates any confusion about the words to the song playing in your earbuds. I've watched our daughters use apps to sample a song playing in a restaurant and then be given the song title by the wonders of the internet. Amazing.



Donald Trump reminds me of Goldfinger

After seeing Goldfinger for the first time, I thought it was the best movie ever. Now that I have enjoyed many movies over the years, I’ve changed my list. Goldfinger still has the best scene using a laser though (maybe the best scene using gold paint too).

Well you might recognize the words in my post title as coming for the Queen song, “Killer Queen”. I'm curious to know if you did notice the connection. Until I looked up the lyrics I didn’t know gunpowder and lasers were used in their song. Explosive wording, I would say.

Laser beams do have a connection to the music industry. They are essential for the writing and playing of music CDs. But now music CDs are on a decline, as are many things around me.




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