Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Word From This Blogger

Dear Reader,

Thank you for following this blog over the years or thanks for visiting for the first time. This is not a goodbye but rather HELLO AGAIN! I'm a creature of habit. I used to do this out of habit, then I stopped doing it out of habit. Tonight, I'm resuming the healthy old habit of posting here nearly daily. I also have over a 1-1/2 year's worth of back posts to drop here which will be coming in on a regular basis. The best way to see them is scroll back through my posts in sequence. I'll update this blog post and keep it at the top of this blog with notices of what back-posts have been dropped here and what dates they can be found at and links to them via their hyperlinked titles. Please keep coming back and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

See   Picture of the Day - Post-Storm #3   (1/25/2019)

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Graphic of the Day - Earth Full-Disc May 14, 2019

Note the unusually Winter-like storm pattern in the northeast Pacific Ocean headed towards California and the Pacific Northwest. Image courtesy of NOAA.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Kaleida is Killing Me

Last year while house-sitting for my friend Dennis Judd, I watched his premium TV and saw this movie called John Wick 2 which movie franchise was just below my radar. I probably at some point saw or heard mention of it but nothing registered and my interest was nil. I ended up watching this movie in rapt attention and was hooked. I have since watched the first installment, to wit John Wick, and own them both on disc. In a week's time from tonight John Wick 3 comes out in theaters. I already have plans to watch it the evening of May 20th with a friend. What I love about these movies is actor Keanu Reeves' realism as the eponymous in his gun play and martial arts which was developed through exhaustive dedication to training and practice on his part, not relying on stunt doubles. Also, I am struck by the visually-stunning stylism of the indoor sets and outdoor set pieces and club scenes and highly-stylized violence which at times almost possesses a certain beauty despite it's almost kabuki-like predictability at times.

Below is a good audio version of my favorite song from the movie franchise (and undoubtedly the most memorable song from the franchise) which is "Think" by British electropop band Kaleida in their first hit and from their first album. The song immediately grabbed my attention the first time I heard it during a sequence in John Wick 2 in which he cuts a swath of death through a night club filled with henchmen adversaries). The editors sequenced the beats of the song with kills by Wick with the implication being the singer is speaking the words as John Wick's late wife speaking to him as he greaves for her. Below this player are the lyrics and below that is another player featuring the song played in sequence with movie as it appears in the movie but with the song audio enhanced relative to how it sounded in the movie for easier listening here.




Go ahead, take me down now.
Give me what you don't know
Go ahead, take me all down now.
Get this, get this into your game.

You got me in a heading drop
I never wanna come off
You got me with your beat of love
I never wanna come out.

Think of me, I'll never break your heart.
Think of me, you're always in the dark.
I hate your love, your love, your love.
Think of me, you're never in the dark.

Now that I'm making this all up
Let me let me let me into your know.

You got me in your open hand
I never wanna come back
How do we let you never found?
You know it's gonna come out.

Think of me, I'll never break your heart.
Think of me, you're always in the dark.
I hate your love, your love, your love.
Think of me, you're never in the dark.

Think of me, I'll never break your heart.
Think of me, you're always in the dark.
I hate your love, your love, your love.
Think of me, you're never in the dark.

Think of me, I'll never break your heart.
Think of me, you're always in the dark.
I hate your love, your love, your love.
Think of me, you're never in the dark.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Picture of the Day - Yesterday's Haul


This morning I organized my finds from yesterday's expedition to the Gaviota Coast. I found 46 pieces of petrified whale bone at two beaches we visited (I gave three away as samples to other's I met at the beach) and 3 pieces of petrified wood. Some of the whale vertabra I found are some of the most beautiful such I have ever found. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Graphic of the Day - Winter Lightning Storm


This was Tweeted by the National Weather Service earlier today and more lightning in the region followed so there were even more lightning strikes in the region shown here than are represented.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Graphic of the Day - CA NWS Offices


Given the ongoing Atmospheric River event striking California it seems apropos to share with you this helpful map showing which regions of California are covered by which National Weather Service field offices.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Alex H. Bids Auf Wiedersehen


God it has been a long time since I shared any of my favorite music in this space! This haunting yet uplifting progressive house track "Auf Wiedersehen" by up & coming Zimbabwean progressive house master Alex Humberstone a.k.a. "Alex H." This music gives me hope for the future of electronica generally despite its growing commerical success and mainstream popularity as well as validates my shift of musical homes from progressive trance music to progressive house music.