Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

Apocrypha & Quote Mining Among the Climate Deniers

May 31, 2011


I have now made several visits to a climate change denier website recommended by a reader.  It’s a fairly typical one featuring an array of quotes purporting to show, as far as I can tell, that climate scientists and an array of suspect organizations are conspiring together to foist the idea of human-caused climate change […]

Climate Science – PollyAnnas, Pessimists & the IPCC

May 30, 2011


Ah, here’s Simple Sam.  Hi, Sam.  Come on over here.  I want you to look at a graph, or four graphs, really, that have been charted together.  Do you know what the diagram stands for? “I’m sure you’re going to tell me.” Yes, I am.  This diagram puts together four different estimates of climate sensitivity. […]

Thomas A. Dorsey, Gospel & the Devil’s Music

May 29, 2011


They used to call him Georgia Tom, a piano player who had once put together a band for Ma Rainey, and who in 1928, while dueting with Tampa Red, the Guitar Wizard, sold seven million records with a song called “It’s Tight Like That.”  The song was widely covered by blues and jazz artists, as […]

Hobo’s Lullaby – Songs for My Father

May 27, 2011


When my father died in 2002, I made a compilation of music to play and give out at his memorial service.  I never did explain why I chose the songs I did, although I always intended to get around to annotating the list.  I finally have. 1.  Leadbelly – Goodnight, Irene.  My earliest memory of […]

The Twelve Bar, Thirteen Bar, Fourteen Bar Blues

May 26, 2011


Ask the dictionary about the blues and inevitably you’ll hear about the twelve bars, as if every blues had the same structure, the same length, the same three chords and had the same bad trouble with the same evil woman or man.  There are many blues that begin there, but such a description hides more […]

Legends of Myself 18

May 25, 2011


Continued from Legends of Myself 17 20.  Pinwheels & Regrets:  My Father and Vancouver, 1956 Scientists have measured love.  They can’t mix it up for you right there in the sink like the Gypsy with the gold-capped tooth, but they can quantify it for you.  Scientists tell us (they observed it in the wild) that parents […]

Vincent à la Vincent by Haisla Collins

May 19, 2011


Haisla Collins’ tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. ———–