Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Travelling To The Stars With Space Music - guided by Chuck Van Zyl

In a never ending attempt to "explore strange new worlds" the last year has found me exploring making music with a synthesizer.  It's been quite the challenge with a learning curve as steep as Everest.  As a long time lover of "Berlin School" space music my searches came across the music of Chuck Van Zyl. His extraordinary soaring timbres and clouds of rhythmic sequencing provide a fantastic modern exploration of that genre of  space music.  One of my favorite videos of his work is below.
I hope you enjoy!





The YouTube link is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoP5J_YpcwY

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Hurricane Hunters follow a Pattern

#NOAA42 finishing 3rd and last pass through the eye of #HurricaneIrma collecting Doppler radar data for #HWRF. https://t.co/jwh0azKHML


Sent from my iOS phone.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My Year in the Premier League - In a Manner of Speaking - FA Cup



Part of the Story:

The FA CUP

Association Football (what we Americans call soccer) is so firmly entrenched in England (Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, and 7 dozen other countries) that it is part of the social fabric.  For example, during the month of March in the United States basketball fans are treated to March Madness with a bracket of 68 seeded teams who play each other to determine a winner.  This basketball frenzy sweeps the nation for several weeks and then it is over. 


The oldest association football competition in the world, the FA Cup, is an annual knockout competition in men's domestic English football. The competition is open to any eligible club down to Level 10 in the English Football Pyramid.   Each year the competition features over 600 teams with the first game in August and the FA Cup Final in the month of May. There is nothing closely resembling this competition in the US.  

Early in the competition, when lower ranked teams play teams that are much higher in the pyramid the possibility of "giant killings" is greatly exciting to the football public.  The fact that a poorly funded team that centers on a small village could play and beat (it has happened!) a top ranked Premier League team (a giant) is an unexpected delight to the competition.  


A Football Term Defined:

 Transfer Window - Tranfer Deadline Day

The transfer window is not some pane of glass on the back side of a transfer truck. No no no. The transfer window for the Premier League is twelve weeks of public speculation bordering on the side of insanity about which club is going to buy or sell which player. If you are a fan of a team then you can expect that the amount of discussion and speculation will rise and fall with the revolution of the earth.  Yes, after midnight it calms down and then picks up again about 6 am. However, since the earth is round, and at  every moment in time it is daylight somewhere, then the pace of the frantic speculation never really ceases.

There are two transfer windows in Premier League Football. A four week window in the middle of the winter (January) and the eight weeks comprising July and August. Today, the last day of August, is Transfer Deadline Day. In case you missed it, here is all of the activity during he Summer Transfer Window

Most importantly what on earth happened to Liverpool during the summer transfer


This article is part of a series where I discuss, define, experience and try to explain my passion for Premier League Soccer, primarily as it is expressed in my semi fanatical support for the best team in the world: LIVERPOOL FC .





Logo borrowed from:  http://www.lfchistory.net/Images/lfc/LIVE_5396.gif

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Robinson Springs United Methodist Church - Millbrook, AL

Robinson Springs United Methodist Church in Millbrook Alabama, one of the oldest churches in Elmore County was built in 1848.  It is built in classic Greek Revival style which was very popular in the 1830s through the 1840s. The heart pine foundation is still solid and held in place by pegs. Amazingly there are several families worshiping at the church who are the eighth generation of their family to remain in this congregation. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Laughter

My father sleeps under the blue lagoon
dreaming sweetly of grassy days in
dappled sunlight,
cousins playing vibrantly around
the many ancient oaks,
hiding behind the trunks with
fierce intent....

Scream! Leap! Tackle!

The children lay rolling in
bales of laughter, caring
not for dirt stains, or
scuff marks,
only for
laughter.


Owl's Nest - Wildacres - NC - October 7, 2015.

Yale University Photo Archive Of The Depression Released

http://beautifuldecay.com/2015/10/14/yale-university-releases-170000-incredible-photos-great-depression/









Sent from my portable computer.