The Onion On My Internet Belt

The week has been unsettled. Kiddo had his first full week of kindergarten. He seems to like it but there is clearly a lot coming at him. He’s been more fussy and closer to the surface than usual which is totally fair. As parents there is also a lot coming at us. There is no way I brought home so many papers with various pieces of school information at that age. It was the first full week of the term for me at my new job as well. The foot traffic and phone calls are light but the email load is roughly x2 or x3 from the old position. Many good learning experiences and a lot of treading water. I’ve also slept on a cot in the living room a couple of nights due to illness. It’s a category of rest at least.

Rode the St. Paul Classic last Sunday. I think I’ve ridden it 8 times now but I’m not so sure. Rode with my friends Dan and Kate. We started by agreement later than usual and this led to dealing with an appalling number of cyclists who don’t either understand or don’t abide by the “Ride Right” rule. My throat actually got sore from yelling “On your left” at errant participants. Also, they need to get off my lawn.

We’ve been checking out a lot of books from the library. Many are on Star Wars and include all six movies in their stories. I don’t think the Star Wars story arc being focused on the rise, corruption, and eventual redemption of Anakin Skywalker is as strong a story as when the arc was the story of a lost boy who grows up and does right in the face of cruelty. I wonder about this shift from “boy comes of age and does right” to “father is rescued by the son he abandoned” as a function of age in that the original creators/audience were sons in a changing cultural milieu and now they are fathers feeling adrift in a system they endorsed hoping to be absolved by the very sons they failed. I’m still formulating my ideas on how women are portrayed in this story with concerns especially towards the mother/wife roles.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 9.12.14

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally post on Fridays. The show archives are generally ten shows deep. Beyond that, if the link isn’t active, the mix has been deleted to make way for new material.

Song – Artist – Album
Get Down Tonight – KC & the Sunshine Band – The Best of KC & the Sunshine Band.
Center Stage – Capital Cities – In A Tidal Wave of Mystery.
Hollywood Swinging – Kool And The Gang – Gold.
Theme From “Shaft” – Isaac Hayes – Soundtrack to the Motion Picture “Shaft”.
Star Wars Theme Cantina Band – Meco – The Best of Meco.
Superfly – Curtis Mayfield – Soundtrack from the Motion Picture “Superfly”.
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Funkytown – Lipps, Inc – Sounds of the Eighties.
Kiss – Prince – The Hits/The B-Sides [Disc 2].
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry – Wild Cherry.
Low Down Weather – Thunderball – 12 Mile High.
Superstition – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book.
A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band – Saturday Night Fever.
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees – Greatest Hits.
Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato – Prelude.
Flashlight – Parliament – The Best of Parliament.
Soul Finger – Bar Kays – Best of the Bar Kays.

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