Monday, June 26, 2017

Lost Dreams

Lately, I can get lost in a dream.

How delightful - right? It’s not delightful at all.

I should reword my explanation. I’ve been having dreams in which I find myself lost. Not scary but very frustrating. I like to enjoy dreams not be annoyed by them. Once I was wandering an office complex. Next time I’m on a small island filled with tourist traps with no direction home.

a chair bear

I wonder if posting about this will reinforce my failed nighttime navigation. Maybe I could produce a smartphone with good GPS app in my next dream.

I typically enjoy dreaming. I only recall a few and like most people I soon forget them.

I’ve read that ideas from dreams can produce real results. Once I solved a problem at work from a dream. You may have heard about DNA scientist, James Watson, attributing his double helix DNA structure discovery to his dream.

I found a wikipedia page listing notable dreams.

John Lennon said his song "#9 Dream" came to him in a dream. I don't know if the title came to him also in that dream, since the numbering appears to be off.

Not dream related but I want to share this odd "piece of art" I spotted at MCA in Chicago. I consider it more of a piece of comedy.

positive thinking

Saturday, June 17, 2017

father thoughts 2

I first posted this in 2013. I'm being a bit lazy and will reuse it this year. My thoughts are still the same and my blog is a fine place to store a few memories.
Father's Day really does change when you become an adult orphan. Not as big a change as becoming a father yourself. Each year it feels a little different. No gift to buy just thoughts of past times, good and bad.

The passing of years since they left becomes very evident when I need to do a bit of arithmetic to recall the number of years (my calculations, dad passed 32 yrs ago, mom passed 27 yrs ago.)

More reason to appreciate having sisters and a brother to share growing-up memories. We each bring a different perspective to memory recollection.

a fish catching smile

The Mother and Father Days are all about relationships. One of my favorite relationship songs is "Landslide". I heard Stevie Nicks once tell the audience that her father thought she had written it for him. I found Stevie's words about the song at this site: 

"The story of Landslide... everybody seems to think that I wrote this song about them. Everybody in my family, all my friends, everybody... and my Dad, my Dad did have something to do with it, but he absolutely thinks that he was the whole complete reason it was ever written...."


Thursday, June 08, 2017

What if I ramble a bit

What if I told you I just made a mixtape. I suspect most of you would know what I meant. Actually what I just finished was a mix CD. Will that activity even be around years from now? Today, many cars are not equipped with CD players and the cassette player was ditched years ago.

ramble too much and lose your head

What if youtube was around back in the 1950’s? Technically, it would not have worked well since the internet along with the necessary peripheral equipment had not been created yet. I should ask, “youtube and the necessary internet technology”. The track my train of thought is on here is using youtube like service starting back in the 1950’s. What would have been the viral videos of the 1950's?

Would the youtube activity warp our events and culture in such a way that now in 2017 viral videos would be so retro that no would care? I don’t think so. A video really becomes viral because of the subject and content not the technology it is delivered over.

Thanks to our library congress we have available many old recordings (pictures, video, sound) in easily available digital format. Here’s a short video taken in July 1897, at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. I don’t understand the clothes. It must have been really hot.

I’m certain that quick sharing of videos would have positively impacted many of the social/cultural problems we have had. The spread of the written word accelerated with the printing press. I watched a science/history show recently that links the printing press to the adoption of reading glasses.

Written words are powerful but images and sound reaches even more people in quicker ways. Recordings of events/music/stories/daily life have become part of living and will only increase in the future. Our grandkids in pre-school are able to take good pictures on a smartphone.

(quick tangent coming at you)

Did you ever wonder why there is only 10 commandments? I think Moses couldn’t chisel the stone quick enough and quit at 10. Moses had to rewrite it after having broken the first set. The terse style of the wording would work well with Twitter limitations today. Too bad he wasn’t able to save it to the cloud like today.

I ramble quietly with little rumble. Ramble on. I enjoy sharing youtube music so here’s Led Zepplin:

Ah, sometimes I grow so tired
But I know I've got one thing I got to do
Ramble on.

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