MaDMAn across the water...
I was gonna disinter one of the psychoactive threads, but here is as good a place as any to note (in case you missed it) that MDMA pioneer Alexander Shulgin died on June 3rd.
see also: his Top 12 psychoactive creations.
(one) ... makes all sounds appear to drop by an octave or so, and makes many instruments sound like a clanging bell. But it offers a fascinating insight into the way humans process sound...
Might be an interesting overlay to map the musical connections of the disciples of each of them, creators and audience/ culture alike...
(bound to have been done...)
I bet those medieval nuns with the Ergot riddled bread went crazy on their vespers, too... putting the MAD in Madrigal was high renaissance ...
Plato intimated that
"For a change to a new type of music is something to beware of as a hazard of all our fortunes. For the modes of music are never disturbed without unsettling of the most fundamental political and social conventions."
or similar, depending on which translation you read...
Can rapping ukuleles, hiphopera, and maybe jewelled banjos, or something new, rise up , and change the State before the election... -
Perhaps Lorde is it
- the mode du jour
a change artist!
Perhaps the masses will
rally round her banner
and oust the rulers...
a seconded coming
The Princess of Mars
…whether Alice lived long enough to read
Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles,
Though she may well have been exposed to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom and John Carter of Mars…
She also puts me in mind of Philip K Dick, but less disturbed…
Two kilo mockingbird...
GMF & TFF
are riffing on PP&M ain't they?
or was it Trad.?
Hush little baby, don't say a word
Pappa's gonna buy you a mockingbird
If that mockingbird don't sing
Pappa's gonna buy you a diamond ring
If that diamond ring turns brass
Pappa's gonna buy you a lookin' glass
If that lookin' glass gets broke
Pappa's gonna buy you billy goat
If that billy goat don't pull
Pappa's gonna buy you a cart and bull
If that cart and bull turns over
Pappa's gonna buy you a doggie named Rover
If that dog named Rover don't bark
Pappa's gonna buy you a horse and cart
If that horse and cart fall down
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town
What big speakers you have, Gramophone!*
‘set’ probably comes from …
Culminating in the oft misheard credo:
Sets and drugs and rock n roll
Who’s at the bottom of your swimming pool?
Not just some girl from the ’hood
but from Red Riding, man!
Hmmm now I guess I need an Axemen clip!
Show & Tell II
This story about 'apple' was intriguing...
An ancient apple tree firmly rooted in the corner of a Central Otago cemetery has horticulturists puzzled - and excited.
(A) Horticulturist ... was at Graveyard Gully in Alexandra last week taking grafts of the apple tree to not only enable it to grow in perpetuity, but to identify the apple.
"It is extremely unusual for a tree as old as this and growing in what I consider to be totally inhospitable conditions, to survive. It's terrible. Even rabbits bring a cut lunch when they come here.
"It puzzles me ... It is my 51st year in horticulture and I have never seen anything like it before. It's had scientific neglect for the last 80 years and survived. It's amazing."
"It seems resistant to a lot of disease which I think is quite fascinating. Maybe it's got a gene in it that's keeping it safe.
The Apple 'Shrek' ?
- No allergy in a country graveyard!
Kinda reminds me of an old H. P. Lovecraft story, too.
Perhaps ...taking loathsome nourishment from the charnelground below...
Love that line:
"It's had scientific neglect for the last 80 years and survived. It's amazing."
It lived without human intervention, amaaazing....
Not even a link to the Stuff central coverage
OK, I retract that,
they do have a comprehensive selection of links beside the editorial
- but only there, still no trace on the 'front page' of the website
Friday Show & Tell
I heartily recommend a locally published
speculative novel ’DownMind’ by V. O. Blum
yet another fine Steam Press presentation.
a smorgasbord of challenging ideas at myriad angles,
yet relaxed with it…
’The Wind City’ was fun too…
I’ll never see the Cuba Street Fountain the same way.
[Edit: Support Kiwi publishers! ]
He is a member, and was formerly the leader, of the ACT Party. Mr Banks is the only member of the ACT Party currently in Parliament and the ACT Party currently supports the Government.
Which makes Jamie Whyte’s apparent lack of interest (on air this morning) so puzzling – is it not his party’s reputation that is being sullied and diminished – like it or not, until September Banks is their ‘elected’ representative in the public eye…
Kinda like wandering off and leaving a rubbish fire to burn out by itself…
they are still fallible
The Press's editorial about Banks refers to a 'Judge Wiley'...
(they'll hopefully fix it on line, I gave 'em a heads up. but it looks silly in the paper...)
What really gets me though is that they run the editorial, buried on-line- - but no where else on the Press masthead website does the Banks story show up at all, its like they don't think Chchch folk, of all people, would want to hear about a crooked and guilty sitting MP, wow !
(same with the Williamson story - it's like it never really happened)
Not even a link to the Stuff central coverage - weird...
- who makes these blinkered news decision?
They don't seem interested in having traffic to their site, or to make themselves a news destination - why bother at all?