Our Emoji-filled Future

You know things have changed on the Internet when you can register domains like 😜🐵👦.ws and 🦍💨.ws

Yeah, they really work.

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Big Big Train – “East Coast Racer”

One of my favorite songs and one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.  Epic.

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Quotes from my son, Pete

My (now 16 year old) son Pete has a knack for coming up with very funny quotes. I present to you a list of my favorites, in order from Age 10 to Age 16.

  • (At age 10) “I’m slowly losing my youth.”
  • “PAstrami.  I like the way that sounds.  PAAAASTRAAAAAMEEEEEEEEE.”
  • (In FAO Schwarz candy section) “Look at that huge box of nerds!”
  • (To my then 2 year old nephew) “Martin, yellow’s not tasty.”
  • (On food) “Everything’s good out of a can.”
  • “Cheese is nature’s glue.”
  • (After picking some Skunk Cabbage) “You guys just don’t appreciate nature’s aromas.”
  • (After my wife Heather complained to a waiter about the background music in a Chinese restaurant) “The waiter was laughing out of fear.”
  • (In a local townie restaurant) “This tastes like glue.”
  • (On his older brother) “Tommy spawns a lot of bad vibes.”
  • (On his dinner) “It’s covered in cheese and makes me feel weird.”
  • “I hate what I hate.”
  • “It’s an inflatable hammer. Why would I not hit someone with it?”
  • (Watching a commercial) “I want that razor. It handles male terrain.”
  • “I’m getting the feeling that dad would be an abusive father if he was an accountant. “
  • (Eating in a Mexican restaurant) “Guacamole makes me feel weird.”
  • (Getting some dessert at home) “Where’s that spoon that scrapes out the ice cream?”
  • “Somebody needs to invent edible tape. “
  • (At a nicer restaurant) “Why does fancy bread need to be so uncomfortable?”
  • Me (drinking a Moscow Mule): “Everything tastes better in a copper mug.” Pete: “Is that why pennies taste so good?”
  • (Out of the blue, after sitting quietly for a while) “I had a dream last night that I was in war-torn Poland.”
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RIP Keith Emerson

First Chris Squire from Yes, then David Bowie, Piotr Grudziński from Riverside, and now, my keyboard hero, Keith Emerson. It was Emerson that inspired my as a kid to learn the fine art of rock keyboards, as well as honky tonk piano. He was arguably the greatest rock keyboardist of all time.

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King Crimson, “Starless” – UK Live in Tokyo, 2012 

I saw them in Arlington, MA earlier in 2011, where they kicked off the reunion tour. The best concert I’ve ever experienced.





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RIP David Bowie

Look up here, I’m in Heaven!
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen,
Everybody knows me now
Look up here, man, I’m in danger!
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high, it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cellphone down below
Ain’t that just like me?!
By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass
This way or no way
You know I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now, ain’t that just like me?
Oh, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh, I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me?

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It’s A Bad Brains Christmas, Charlie Brown 

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Why Do Some People Find Deepak Chopra Quotes Deep And Not Dung? 

Greatest name for a research paper ever? “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit” (direct link to PDF)

To determine factors that might make someone susceptible to reading that Chopra tweet and finding meaning in it, Pennycook and co-authors evaluated participants’ analytical thinking, tendency to confuse one knowledge category with another, such as viewing the material as spiritual, and tendency to hold implausible beliefs. In a series of studies, the authors presented participants with randomly assembled pseudo-profound statements, Deepak Chopra tweets, and tests of cognitive and reasoning ability along with several scales to evaluate factors such as personal beliefs and a tendency to conspiracy ideation.

In general, the profoundness ratings that participants gave the BS statements were very similar to those they gave to Chopra’s tweets.

Source: Why Do Some People Find Deepak Chopra Quotes Deep And Not Dung? – Forbes

Related – random fictional Chopra quotes via www.wisdomofchopra.com

My favorite so far – “The future embraces a jumble of silence”

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Neil Young and Devo – “Hey Hey, My My”

I’m so glad this moment happened back in 1982.

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Big Big Train – “Victorian Brickwork” live

Simply a stunning performance. I hope they decide to tour the states!

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