Saturday, May 27, 2017

monkey business

Start with mint and red onion.

Add chops, salt and pepper, maybe a drizzle of olive oil.

It’s Memorial Day weekend.

You know what to do.

Friday, May 26, 2017

it was “a peaceful profession”

The Final Note is a short documentary about the decline of the piano manufacturing community in our neighborhood.

You can see the brief trailer here:

Back in 2010 I found my way inside the old Beethoven Piano factory and posted this look around:

If you have time this weekend take a wander over and look at the beautiful detailing on the facade of the 1880’s Beethoven building.

By next Memorial Day all this will be gone.

And we'll have one more thing to remember. 
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

take nothing but pictures

Leave nothing but footprints.

the shadow knows

Monday, May 22, 2017

we get what we're willing to pay for

Shazam started it.

Then “ability to recognize” led to algorithm’s that can “predict”.

Pandora sifts through 450 pieces of information about the sound of a recording before it ever plays it.

Creation is being reduced to following data.

Songwriters today know which sounds will draw the greatest number of followers and likes.

So they follow the algorithm to micropayments and call it art.

If you think the autotuned stuff we call “music” today was borne from computer data 
instead of the heart and soul of a true artist...

you’d be right.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Home Street fixer downer

Founded in 1910 as the HOME STREET Presbyterian Church, this building served an English and Scottish congregation until the 1970’s when the growing Puerto Rican community was welcomed in.

Disagreements cropped up within the Caribbean membership attributed to “cultural differences or idiomatic understandings...”

Unfortunately, the Latin community cleaved and a long simmering disagreement developed for “control and ownership” of the congregation as the English and Scottish families moved on. 

Then all hell broke loose when it was discovered that the Church treasury had been pilfered--to use the member's phrasing-- as “the personal bank account of a handful of officers.”

With the money swindled and nothing for maintenance,
the boiler failed in winter. 

There was an electrical fire, the pipes froze, water damage was significant and the Puerto Rican congregation moved to other nearby churches.

Then the stained glass and the interior woodwork was stolen.

You can read this remarkable story here:

Soon, the 117 year old stone walls with be demolished
 to make way for 64 affordable apartments.
Body Lawson Associates

Could you qualify for one?

Let us Pray!