The Onion On My Internet Belt

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.

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.

Shall we board the Wonkatania for another trip down through the dark tunnel where not a speck of light is showing?

I had written a paragraph here about the process of sorting old photos that I am currently engaged in and how much of a drag I find it but that was a drag to read as well so I deleted it. Instead, a word of advice: Work out an active and sustainable way to manage your digital pictures or archiving just becomes the new forgetting.

I built a playlist yesterday that so well captured my current existential state that it made me too sad to listen to it. Never had that happen before.

Training for the MS Ride in May has started in earnest. Getting back into condition hasn’t been as bad as I expected but my knees are certainly showing their age this year. Last night, as I was training, I caught sight of myself reflected in the dark window. A side view of me in lyrca is not flattering and now I feel bad for anyone who has to ride next to me.

Prince’s album “Sign O’ The Times” is now 30 years old. I could write a whole post on my relationship to that album (let me know if you want to read that) but instead, here are, in no particular order, my current ten favorite Prince songs:
-It
-Hot Thing
-Pink Cashmere
-Anotherloverholenyohead
-1000 X’s & O’s
-Electric Chair
-Cloreen Bacon Skin
-Kiss
-Right Back Here In My Arms
-The Ballad of Dorothy Parker

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.31.17

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
Trails – Mindphaseone – A Wavelength Away.
Shark – Juno Reactor – Bible Of Dreams.
Cliffs – Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2 [Disc 1].
Is This Real – The Future Sound Of London – From The Archives Vol. 1.
Brill Building, 4am – Tear Ceremony – Film Decay.
Second Electronic Setting – Mel Powell – Music for Electronic & Older Instruments.
28 Grams (Original Version) – Loefah & Skream – Derty Rutten Clutter.
Heart Beat, Pig Meat – Pink Floyd – Zabriskie Point .
11 Hundred Hz – Underworld – I’m A Big Sister, and I’m a Girl, and I’m a Princess and This is My Horse.
Lost In Blue – William Orbit – Hinterland.
Sea – Delia Derbyshire – Inventions For Radio Dreams.
Water – SM Project – Elements.
The Rain Falls and the Sky Shudders – Moby – Songs 1993-1998.
Omni 7th – Lloyd Cole – Plastic Wood.
dresden girls – Sonogram – Heartbeat Submarines.

To wrap up last week’s post for the curious: It appears that kiddo had a case of the Sometimes Kids Just Barf.

This week in TV viewing: Yes, I watch TV occasionally. The TV I watch is always old because I don’t care one iota about keeping up or anything being ruined by spoilers. So this week I finally got around to watching the singular appearance of the 8Th Doctor. That’s right! The 1996 American made TV movie of Dr Who. I’m 2/3rds of the way through the episode and two things are dominant in my assessment. First is my steep and bitter disappointment that the single time Americans made a Dr Who story the very first thing that happens to the Doctor is that he gets shot. I mean for fuck’s sake. It’s such a terribly stereotypical and yet completely American response to anything beloved. Second, and happier, is that I’m enjoying Paul McGann’s performance. It’s a shame he wasn’t involved longer. Will Sasso makes an appearance and that was fun.

In music ramblings: On Monday I fell down a rabbit hole whereby I bounced from track to track of a very specific subgenre or music moment that was both amusing as it was appalling: Electro-dance covers of 80s hits. It started by finding a legitimate remix of “Missionary Man” by the Eurhythmics and then it spiraled out of control into such club covers of songs like “Out of Touch” by Hall & Oates, “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama, and “Died In Your Arms” by The Cutting Crew. None of those need any kind of remake but there they are. I stopped this train when I got to Boston’s “More Than A Feeling 2006” and what one can only call a clumsy take on “Sweet Child O Mine”. This was a big movement in 2006 for whatever reason. Almost every song was from that year. I’m flush with iTunes cash so I might just make a mix of them if I can endure that much stupid fun mixed with the after party self-loathing.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.17.17

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
The Road to Benares – Thunderball – Cinescope.
Trigger Hippie – Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?
Moments Of Bliss – Super Souls – The Trip Hop Test Part 2.
Again – Neon Heights – Ultra Chilled [Disc 2].
Something in the Air (Bonobo Mix) – Maya Jones Cole – From Soundcloud.com.
Never Mess With Sunday – Yppah – Ninja Tune XX Vol 2.
Il Serpente – Kraak & Smaak – Ultra Chilled 06.
A Brighter Day – Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day.
The Hunter Gets Captured by The Game (ft Thracey Thorn) – Massive Attack – Batman Forever.
Khanamoot – Loscil – Sketches from New Brighton.
Original Drift – Leftfield – Original 12″ single.
Thundernight – Mirror System – N + X.

This, by necessity, has to be short. Kiddo is sick and I’ve got to wrap up my work day to tend to his vomiting. Just got the call from my wife who is picking him up at school as I type this. The complexities of taking care of a sick child on a workday are oddly complex.

The things I planned to mention are this: Been streaming Paris-Nice via the NBC Gold app and it’s great (both the app and the race). Has helped motivate me to get back on the bike to train for the MS Ride in May. Second, I like this mix but I don’t know what the kernel germinated this. It came from a big pile of songs and took some time to come together.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.10.17

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
What Can You Do For Me? – Utah Saints – Utah Saints.
Am I Wrong – Etienne De Crécy – Essentials (Best Of).
Free – M.A.D. (Micro & Debo) – Digital Empire, Vol. 2: The Aftermath [Disc 2].
Embryo (Push Mix) – Lifecell – Embryo single.
Count To Zero – Psykosonik – Welcome To My Mind [Single].
Renegade Soundwave (Leftfield Mix) – Renegade Soundwave – In To The Mix [Disc 1].
RIP (Grave Diggers Have More Fun) – DJ Arne L II – RIP EP.
The Opaque (Pitch Black Remix) – Tom Cosm – Remixes & Rarities.
The Heavens (Monolith Mix) – Juno Reactor – High Energy Protons (EP).

Well, it’s been a week full of parental things. Kiddo needs orthodontics. He is also in his first stage production tonight (6 minutes total run time, no lines for him). I think your minds are fecund enough to look into the future to see that both of these previous statements contain multitudes (of obligations).

I’ve found my mind wandering lately to fantasy, specifically, table top gaming. My gaming group dissolved some time ago due to issues on many fronts and it bothers me that the campaign never came to resolution. Part of me wants to start again, or start over, or however it is apt to describe revisiting ideas that have yet to be seen by others but swim around in my imagination. I’m sure it wouldn’t work this time around either. My penchant for exposition is in many ways unhelpful (and time consuming as I wrote all my own campaign materials) and I have never been invited to other groups as a player so there aren’t many avenues left to pursue. I miss gaming and the gathering of friends associated with it, but all stories have an arc and perhaps that arc has reached its conclusion and it is time to close the book and put it on the shelf so that I can catch glimpse of the spine once in a while and smile vaguely to myself.

Since it is now technically spring, here is a flower picture from the archives.

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A lily from the Como Conservatory in St Paul, MN.

Listen to and/or download this podcast! The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… originally mixed the week of 3.3.17

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
Groovy Feeling (Screwball) – Fluke – Progressive History XXX (Disc 3).
Bigger Than Prince (Hot Since 82 Remix) – Green Velvet – Bigger Than Prince single.
ET (Peplab Classic Treat Mix) – Peplab – Sister Bliss Presents Nightmoves.
Shogun (Do You Remember) [Trusty Djembe Dub] – Mark Knight & Funkagenda – Mark Knight Presents Toolroom Knights.
Fishy Sounds (Radio Mix) – DJ Jackie Christie – Beautiful Day.
Addicted to Bass (Differentgear Remix) – Puretone – Gusto Collection 12.
Music (Groove Armada 12” Mix) – Madonna – Music [Single].
Peaceblaster ’08 (Captain Crunk Remix) – STS9 – Peaceblaster (The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes).