Saturday, October 27, 2012

and the internet you rode in on

People are still ripping music and so recording artists are trying to survive through streaming services now.

Monthly minimum wage is $1160, $290 a week.

To earn that a Rhapsody artist needs 127,427 plays per month. That’s 4,247 plays a day. Every day.

On Spotify it’s worse, you need 232,000 streams for minimum wage. Why are professional musicians even trying this?

Because they are desperate. 
This is what their “fans” have left them.

Stealing a copy of a product instead of buying it is
modern innovation, don’t you know.

If you take music intended for sale and enjoy it without paying

You drain the life from the arts we love 
for your selfish, personal gain. 

You suck.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The British invasion on my 7th grade radio

#1, UK singles chart, 1964

Rolling Stone #4 greatest guitar songs of all time. 

"You Really Got Me remains a blueprint song in the hard rock and heavy metal arsenal."

American dream, exhibit #72

Ever heard of this man?

He’s a German born composer who writes motion picture scores, ranked #72 on a list of the Top 100 living geniuses.

Rainman  1988

Driving Miss Daisy 1989

Thelma and Louise 1991

The Lion king 1994

Crimson Tide 1995

The Thin Red Line 1998

Gladiator 2000

BlackHawkDown 2001

Hannibal 2001

Pearl Harbor 2002

The Last Samurai 2003

The Da Vinci Code 2006

The Simpsons Movie 2007

Dark Knight 2008

Angels and Demons 2009

Sherlock Holmes 2009

Inception 2010

Zimmer quit piano lessons as a child in Germany because he didn’t enjoy the discipline.

Since moving to Los Angeles he’s won four GoldenGlobes, four Grammy’s, and the Academy Award for Lion King.

I found photos of his Santa Monica studio on

Everything is possible. Keep trying.
And have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

attention commuters

Dorothy, you ain’t in Kansas anymore

So I was walking home along Lincoln Avenue the other night and “sniff-sniff,” I could swear I was in the Fulton Fish market.


lol GTFO

Blood to their elbows and with Heineken in cans, two guys were gutting a cooler of fish right under the Lofts4Rent sign.

This morning all that was left was the litter of scales and the empty Heinekens.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

simple is good and solved is better

I raced for Suzuki back in my day, but I loved my BMW from the late 1990’s. BMW raced them quite successfully.
See the lineage?

But the racing Beemers of that era had a problem. The cylinder heads stuck out too much.

This wasn’t an issue when tire adhesion sucked.

But by the 90’s tires had gotten so sticky that the lean could grind the head right down into the tarmac. I grounded mine several times. 

What to do? 
Just slice it off in the shop 
and put a little grey, teardrop patch on it.

Problem solved. :-)

A typical day at the office:

lighting Wonderful

I was walking through Washington Square the other night and noticed the poor quality lighting on the arch.

I’m obsessive, I know, but even Stevie Wonder could see how bad this is and he’s a well known perfectionist.

“Really?” I thought. “We can’t do better than this?”

Then I saw the sign. Oops.

Let’s hope Stevie is on the lighting crew. :-)
#4 on the US Billboard  R&B in 1984

“Make me feel like paradise
Give me what I'm missing
Send me to the highest heights
Take me up and away”