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Poetry, Lows, and the mix for 4-7-17

My suspicion is that if you read this blog you already know its National Poetry Month. Below is a poem that I wrote some time ago (perhaps as long as three years). I’ve shopped it around but it hasn’t found a home so I’m going to share it here because I want to put it out into the world.

Directions to the House

Half the distance already gone
Unnoticed like autumn to the pines

Soften a moment by the plum trees
Our border-guarded neutrality

Turn towards the lake or the stream
So long as a choice is made

If the post box lays barren and forlorn
No blame lies with the postman

No more turning widdershins
The gravel lane runs true

There, half lit, the house open,
Fitful as one who naps too late

Digress into the warm night kitchen
To break our fast of each other.

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In other news, I have had a new pattern show up in my blood sugars that I really don’t like. For the last few days I’ve had a low reading at about 8:30 am. Traditionally this has been the time for a shallow high (not a sharp peak but a slow build and decline). 8:30 am is a terrible time for a low blood sugar because the mind leaves you and starting your work day not being able to concentrate and accurately handle details is a very bad trip. I’ll have to figure out why this is happening and get it fixed.

Next Friday the office is closed for Easter. As such, no podcast.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4.7.17

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around 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
Forgatagban – Fonogeri – Letters From Home.
Right Now – Samantha James – Right Now.
Bodyrock (Rae & Christian Remix) – Moby – Bodyrock single.
Appreciate – Lemaitre – Relativity 1 EP.
Midnight Madness – The Chemical Brothers – Midnight Madness single.
The Road Goes On Forever (One Minute to Midnight Extended Mix) – High Contrast – The Road Goes On Forever single.
Come Into My World (Steve Anderson Studio Version) – Kylie Minogue – Kylie (Live in New York).
Mercury & Solace – BT – Movement in Still Life.
Mama Can You See Me Now (William Orbit Remix) – Sarah McGuinness – From Soundcloud.com.
Silhouette of Baska Voda – Carmen Rizzo – Romancia EP.
Everybody’s Wearing My Head – Deep Dish – George Is On.
Kireii (Darren Tate Remix) – Darren Tate – Horizons, Vol. 02.

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Shadows, Buttons, and the mix for 10-7-16

“Toward the end of the afternoon all work slacken and all jobs go
Slower as the people feel day closing on them.”
-Carl Sandburg, “Skyscraper” from Chicago Poems.

I took the first hour of my work day today to do something I have been saying I was going to do for years. I hiked down to Shadow Falls and took a picture. Most people who work on campus don’t even know they are a half mile from a waterfall. It was muddy and cold and lonely and I’m glad I went.

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Straight from the Nikon: Shadow Falls

Speaking of years going by, this blog is apparently already five years old. To quote Peter Gabriel “but I don’t know how to stop, I don’t know how to stop”.

This last week I sewed a number of buttons on a number of different clothing items (yeah, I’m a complete person full of multitudinous life skills). Buttons remind me of life in the biological sense. There is a subtle and seemingly infinite variation that allows these things to fit different and distinct niches in the world.

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The same applies to shoes.

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Anyway, on to the main event.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 10.7.16

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around 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
Glacial – Dinky – Anemik.
The Changeling – Phutureprimitive – Kinetik.
See (Beacon Remix) – Tycho & Beacon – See (Remix Single).
Swallow Me – Deep Dish – George Is On.
Running Up That Hill – Placebo – Covers.
Hole Throbbing Hole – Hype Attracter – Brownback Universe.
Planting the Hydrophones – J. Ralph – The Cove.
Her Face Forms In Summertime – The Future Sound Of London – Dead Cities.
Cherry-Coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins – Otherness [EP].
Cinderella – Hooverphonic – A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.
Nothing Is Something Worth Doing – Shpongle – Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland.
The Silken Whip – Afro Celt Sound System – Volume 3: Further In Time.

Poem: Since I Grew a Forest of Ear Hair

Since I Grew a Forest of Ear Hair

Since I grew a forest of ear hair
I’ve forgiven my eyebrows
For their helter-skelter care
Of hotly disputed borders we
Called a truce and try to play fair.

Since I herniated that disk in my back
The involuntary oof and occasional urgh
Surely add to the sadness of this sack
At least the rattling sabers of my knees
Are kept by the treadmill from attack.

Since I woke up stiff and sore in middle age
Where shoe laces are an indignity away
I’ve sussed which campaigns to wage
And which fools to suffer with grace
To Advil, to Advil! This swelling assuage.

Poems, Crowds, and the mix for 4-2-15

The office has been preternaturally quiet this week. It’s Spring Break. That has been fine by me. I’ve had some time for creative pursuits while I wait for the email that never comes.

First and foremost in terms of creativity is the April Poem-A-Day Challenge (PAD from here out) hosted by Robert Lee Brewer. April is National Poetry Month and in celebration of the cruellest month Mr. Brewer posts a prompt a day to help people get writing. I’ve partook of the fun for the last few years and really do enjoy it.

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Me, in a typical April Poetry Mood.

This dovetails with another thing in my brain regarding creativity and community: Crowd funding. The two projects (both now fully funded) that interest me are Sara Benincasa’s short film on body image (I kicked in for that one) and De La Soul’s new album making approach. While I am in favor of crowd funding as an idea the rewards system often worries me. Most of the things I’ve funded that have come to fruition have been fine, but when the rewards system breaks, it really breaks.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 4.2.15

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” podcasts are generally posted on Fridays. The show archives are around 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
Percussion – Sext (TEXT0298) – Four Tet – From Soundcloud.com
4 bit 9d api+e+6 – Aphex Twin – Syro.
Stomp the Yard – Ooah – Music 4 Q.
Emulator (This Machine In Me Remix) – The Crystal Method – From Soundcloud.com
Too Far – Chakra Blue feat. Darling Nikki – Past Present Future.
Carry The Sun – The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality.
The Perfect Drug (Plug) – Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug [Single].
Halfway Till Bliss – Atlas Plug – 2 Days or Die.
The Mighty Ming (Plump DJ’s Remix) – Brothers Love Dubs – Bedrock Breaks: Heads Down (Disc 1).
The Spectacle (Richard Devine Remix) – STS9 – Peaceblaster (The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes).

Shut Up Legs, House of Illness, and Remix Yellow 2

Spring is here. In a real way. The wonderful perfumes of the world have returned to the air. Being outside is delectable.

This week has been dominated by illness in the Fortress of Funk. Kiddo has had a massive head cold and Mary had a round of what we think was food poisoning. I stayed home on Wednesday due to having a pretty rough go on the overnight with low blood sugar mixed with Mary getting up to vomit. We are in a general sense lacking in rest.

I’m still up to date on the Poem-A-Day Challenge. They aren’t masterworks certainly but I am happy with more than one of the poems I’ve written so far.

Though my legs haven’t been so pleased with the idea I’ve been doing indoor training rides to get ready for the MS Day Ride on May 10th. I think I’ll be fine but I might drink from the well of suffering on the road at this training pace, especially if the weather is cold and foul as it has a high propensity to be this time of year. I’ve got the Minnesota Ironman on April 27th (my tenth effort I think) so I’ve got double the compulsion to keep at it. Thanks to some very generous folks I’ve passed my fundraising goal but you can still donate if you like! Here is my fundraising page for the MS Ride event. Warning: There are pictures of me in full lycra through that link.
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=6059344&pg=personal&fr_id=22107

Did you figure out the theme of last week’s mix? The theme is the same this week though the genre is different. Listen to and/or download this show! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… Remix Yellow 2: Prismatic Guitars originally mixed the week of 4.11.14

Remix Yellow 2: Prismatic Guitars

Remix Yellow 2: Prismatic Guitars

NOTE: New “The Funkomaticjamatron Presents…” mixes 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
Agent Orange – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses.
Perfect Blue Buildings – Counting Crows – August & Everything After.
Pink Light – Laura Veirs – Saltbreakers.
Pink Moon – Nick Drake – Pink Moon.
Golden Years – David Bowie – Station to Station.
I See Red – The Silencers – A Letter From St. Paul.
Red Skies – The Fixx – Modern Rock: Early ’80s [Disc 1].
Aqua-Marine – Santana – Viva Santana! [Disc 2].
Green Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf – Sugarloaf.
Rapture Of The Blue – Gretchen Lieberum – Brand New Morning.
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle – Certified Hits.
Pamela Brown – Leo Kottke – Live In Europe.
Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell – Hits.
Green Tambourine – Lemon Pipers – Bubblegum Music Vol 1.
Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & the Shondells – The Best Of Tommy James & The Shondells.
Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River.
Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
Blue – The Verve – A Storm In Heaven.