dreamer_easy: (pink 10)
"Apart from Rick, though, Yes lived like monks. They didn't eat meat. They looked like they had yoga classes every day. And you'd never see them getting boozed up. The only rock 'n' roll thing they ever did was smoke dope - and, as it happened, I'd just got another shipment of hash in from Afghanistan, and it was phenomenal. Really heavy-duty shit. Now I considered myself a bit of a dope connoisseur in those days, and I was interested to see what Yes thought of this stuff. So one morning I took my brick of hash to the studio, went over to see Yes, and gave them a big lump of it... They said they'd try it immediately.

I went back to Studio 4, had a couple of joints myself, did some double-tracking for the vocals, nipped over to the caff for a cheeky five or six at lunchtime, came back, had another joint, then decided to check how Yes were doing.

But when I went into Studio 3, it was empty. I found the chick from the reception desk and said, 'Have you seen Yes anywhere?'

'Oh, they all started to feel very unwell around lunchtime. They had to go home."

- Ozzy Osbourne disrupts the recording of Tales from Topographic Oceans, as recounted in I am Ozzy.
dreamer_easy: (goddess moon)
The Symphony of Science. Watch and listen, in this order:

The Poetry of Reality

We Are All Connected

and then

The Real You

From Richard Dawkins to Alan Watts in three steps!

(These rather lovely works will tell you a lot about my own spirituality, especially the sheer exuberance of living in this clever universe of ours.)
dreamer_easy: (door made of doors)
"Writing... converts anger and disappointment into deliberate and durable aggression, the writer's main source of energy. It converts sorrow and self-pity into empathy, the writer's main means of relating to otherness. Similarly, his wounded innocence turns into irony, his silliness into wit, his guilt into judgment, his oddness into originality, his perverseness into his stinger."
- Dani Shapiro quoting Ted Solotaroff
"There are seething undercurrents in Yes. Only very few people surely can have failed to see beyond the love and peace? If you took the group only at that level, then you'd have to wonder where all that aggressive playing came from for a start. There has been some severely aggressive playing in Yes. It is an interesting irony that there is all this love and peace and hippiedom, whereas in fact Yes is a very tight, highly structured, nerve-wracking organisation always short of money and always spending too much and always in trouble, which is eventually reflected in the music."
- Bill Bruford, quoted by Chris Welch in Close to the Edge: the Story of Yes
dreamer_easy: (SCIENCE BIOLOGY)
Battle of the sexes - one gene keeps us either male or female, scientists find

DNA's guardian gene found in placozoans. The common genetic heritage of life on Earth ever fills me with glee. We share genes with yeast, starfish, you name it - the same basic toolkit, recycled and remodelled over and over again.

Homosexual selection: The power of same-sex liaisons What role does a preference for same-sex partners play in evolution - and vice versa?

Where Science Comes From
dreamer_easy: (THE HELL)
big city noise disappears
succoured punch is in your heart
light is reason light is clue
what shape is shapeless in your suit?

chrome lit eyeballs reflect and roll
the simple sun is slowly sinking
roman shoes and pretty hats
little bulbs that beat the beat

you comb the night 'cause you're a cruiser
and you never get enough
when you're cruisin' down the street
and takin' off the heat
in your arms the moonlight runs

load injects and pigs in jets
forget the treatment grab a cab
set aside the screaming fish
tell the world why you're so glad

flip the switches pull the plug
you always write for better news
you need a hit you need a succour
you don't easily get amused
dreamer_easy: (BRAINS)
On Hollywood Seven
Rooms to rent till your name goes up in lights
Oh-oh Hollywood Seven
You can dream your dreams for seven bucks a night


I wouldn't mind so much if I knew the whole song and not just the chorus! %)
dreamer_easy: (facepalm)
"The smell of that chick's just put my spine out of place!"
dreamer_easy: (THE HELL)
Found on YouTube, another TV memory from my childhood: Eddie Cantor singing Keep Young And Beautiful, from Roman Scandals (1933). If The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari had been a musical written by Al Jolson on acid, it might have looked something like this.
dreamer_easy: (Default)
Jack continues to be the most popular Australian boys' name.

The "Quick and Easy Veggie Meals Under a $1.50" FAQ

... gah. Anybody got anything else light and amusing?

ETA: Moving Tribute to Michael Jackson. God bless you, Nick Walters.
dreamer_easy: (MUSIC)
It took these guys 26 years to notice that the flute bit in Down Under is from Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree?!
dreamer_easy: (oldfart)
Jammin' up the floor / won't look her in the eye
The fire of her vision / his mother just went by
dreamer_easy: (MUSIC)
I have Oliver's Army irretrievably lodged in my head. Would that this gave one magical powers over time and space.
dreamer_easy: (Default)
Susan's got a tuba, ooba dooba dooba!

I bought this double CD album so that I could finally have a legit, decent quality copy of The Settler's The Lightning Tree, aka the theme to Follyfoot, a song which despite its soft arrangement can still make my hair stand on end. (I'm a bit of a lightning tree myself.) But it's surrounded by am radio disasters so bizarre and ghastly that even 2CC, rubbish am radio beacon of my childhood, appears to have shunned them. The album opens with Lee Marvin's version of Wandrin' Star and only gets more inexplicable from there. There's a limp MOR cover of the overture from Tommy; something which appears to be a cover version of the London Symphony Orchestra's cover version of Whole Lotta Love; something else which may be a misguided attempt to bring prog to am listeners (Another History, Ekseption); nighted blasphemies like Richard Harris' sickly My Boy and a version of What the World Needs Now is Love featuring an innocent child being interrogated about racism; a sub-sub-sub-sub-Monkees effort, Toast and Marmalade for Tea; and everything from a Swedish woman chiding her unpunctual boyfriend to a man who only thinks he's Bob Dylan conversing with a goony bird.

The album is from Holland, which may go a long way to explaining the bizarre selection of tracks. (In the liner notes each song is followed by what looks suspiciously like satirical remarks in Dutch.) Or perhaps it was simply that the music destroyed the minds of the record company people like an insidious DRUG. Not every track is a car crash, and some of the soppier ones like Rainsun Song are the sort of thing the Muppets would've made a good fist of. OTOH, now that I am a spaceman, nobody cares about me. Quite right too.
dreamer_easy: (X_X DED)
Spent the entire day revising that list of supporting Doctor Who characters, pausing only to fiddle with my iTunes library (now that the Office of Fair Trading have crowbarred my iPod from the clenched hands of *(%(*%&)*%^ Australian MP3 Repairs), wash up a few things, and discover a vast zit on Frank's chin which required a brief home visit from the vet. There are DVDs and DWMs all over the place and my eyes are BLEEDING.
dreamer_easy: (TELEVISION)
Cockatoo dancing to Queen. This is well worth watching the whole way through.

This Zero Punctuation about trailers for video games gave me the giggles.

Prague's Franz Kafka International Named World's Most Alienating Airport

Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn't Fucking Work. This is an uncanny reenactment of what I sound like when trying to update my iPod, etc.
dreamer_easy: (MUSIC)
Does "I think it's special what's behind your back" mean "Nice ass"?
dreamer_easy: (FRUSTRATION)
Yesterday I could use "AutoFill" to put podcasts on my iPod Shuffle. Today, after updating the software, I can't. *^$&#$%@

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