Borgwards and VWs

April 25, after a family visit on the prairie, I left the Twin Cities behind with my AM dialed to Radio K. (These guys are like such hippies, digging Morly, the VU, James Brown, Jonathan Richman, and like much Prince enriching and delineating their lives man.)

I stopped at the west-bound I-94 Middle Spunk Rest Area, near the childhood home of Charles Lindberg. I noticed that the door to the janitor’s office was wide open, and inside was a gentleman relaxing on a chair. I took a walk down to the lake. As I returned to the parking area, I watched the gentleman (dressed more like a retired farmer than a janitor) inspecting the trash cans. Read more…

Categories: Travel

White Drone/White Dirge

February 27, 2016 Leave a comment

White Drone cover

I won’t say chocolate and Courvoisier had nothing to do with surviving recent work/life balance challenges, but my music has borne the brunt of it. Here’s the proof: A new album. Six tracks of noisy guitar music.

The new one, as well as previous albums, can now be found at onewe Bandcamp.

Categories: Music

2015: The Mythic Quiet One

December 22, 2015 Leave a comment


During the Fab Four’s active period, George Harrison (MBE) was often called “the Quiet Beatle,” though there is no clear record of who came up with the term. Brian Epstein, perhaps?

So far as I know, there is no official anthology of Harrison’s recordings with The Beatles, so I made one. The tracks come from 15 official Beatles albums (20 separate discs).

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2013: Look for Trouble to Reverberate

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment

RIP Lou Reed

If I was making a mix CD to pass out for the holidays, here is a list of the tracks that would be on it.  This is not a “best of” list.  This is as much of what I have been spinning in the past year or so as would fit on one 80-minute CD. Read more…

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2011: Film Wrap-up

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

I saw 21 theatrical films in 2011 — about 10% of the films qualified for the 2011 Oscars. Most of them were disappointments. Here are a handful that I can recommend.

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Categories: Cinema

2011: No Simple Highway

December 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Snoqualmie Forest

I have not done one of these since 2008. This will do a little back-filling, but most of it is from 2011. If I was making a mix CD to pass out for the holidays, here is a list of the tracks that would be on it…
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The Art of Train Window Digital Photography

Trains go where they go for their own reasons. In the USA, these are usually economic reasons, and frequently those reasons may be historic and obsolete. The train does not care about your interest in taking photographs. If you want to take pictures of a particular landscape, doing it from a moving train verges on improbable. Yet, a train is a river that flows past vast landscapes and the extremes of all the measures by which we know beauty.

To get the most out of your train window photography, start by picking a good place to sit.  There are two strategies for selecting your seat.

  1. Sit on the starboard (or “passenger”) side of the train to minimize obstruction of views by passing trains.
  2. Taking account for the time of day and position of the sun, you may want to choose a seat on the side of the train that will minimize glare and maximize the direct lighting of your subjects. Avoid having direct sun on your train window. It will gleam and be prone to reflecting the glare of the windows on the other side of the car.

With luck, your seat will meet both criteria.  If not, plan to spend time in the lounge car.

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Categories: Arts, Travel