Lemon-Scented Bivouac  

Fatherly and, eventually, teacherly blather. Also: graphic design, baseball, synthetic fabrics, jug band music and, lord help us, the occasional politics.

Friday, December 13, 2002  


  posted by Andy @ 10:48 AM §

Wednesday, December 11, 2002  

Here's another in the Baby Lou line of slappy music selections: "Bustin' Thru" by Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant. During their breaks as top session musicians in the Los Angeles country music scene of the '40s and '50s, these two cut a ton of very hot Western swing records together. This one's a little cleaner and sweeter than their usual. Speedy plays pedal steel, Jimmy plays guitar.

  posted by Andy @ 8:44 AM §

Tuesday, December 10, 2002  

Some people's websites are full of droll stories and links to funny Japanese product packaging. Mine increasingly has depressing links like this page about Brandon Hein, who was peripherally involved in a brawl in which someone else stabbed someone else with a penknife and, as a result, is spending life in prison without parole. Why? Because the someone else who got stabbed was the son of a LAPD officer. Every time I read this page a small black cloud hangs over me for the better part of a day. I don't wish that on you, but I do wish this kid was out of prison. I also wish we didn't treat prisoners like dogs in a cage, but right now I'll let those larger issues be and go look for superfunny stuff.

  posted by Andy @ 9:24 PM §

Monday, December 09, 2002  

Just in case this becomes very popular and, as a result, irritating, I wanted to link to it now, while it's really quite enjoyable. And hey -- it's one minute and thirty seconds long, so it won't hurt.

  posted by Andy @ 10:29 PM §

Just want to pass on a link to The Memory Hole, which keeps track of stories that happen to pass through all the major media's filters -- and some of them are enormous stories. There's some really fine stuff here.

And I cleaned our basement. Mostly. Our basement is mostly clean. If any of you wondered what my re-unemployed life would be like, you might have accurately responded to your wonderings had you imagined me cleaning the basement. And creating PowerPoint presentations for very depressing liability cases, for money.

  posted by Andy @ 10:19 PM §

Sunday, December 08, 2002  


After all these years, thinking I knew something about the visual arts, I only just started to, how you say, dig the illustrations of Arthur Rackham. More than anything else, I wanted you to note the hair on those Rhinemaidens -- that's utter genius. (It's from Rackham's illustrations of Wagner's Ring cycle -- pretty much the whole series is here.) If you can't stand such contact with the odious Richard Wagner, Rackham's illustrations of Alice in Wonderland were as magnificent. Actually, so were his illustrations of A Midsummer Night's Dream. And of the Arthurian legends, for that matter. Here's the Google directory on Rackham; have fun.

  posted by Andy @ 4:27 PM §

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