27 September 2007

Bruce Springsteen

I remember his concert at the Paramount in 1975. People waited in
a line that wrapped counter-clockwise around the building and down
into the northbound expressway entrance at Pike. It was already dark when I joined the ranks crowding the wall a quarter of the way down the ramp, just about where the cars were picking up speed.
The crowd was talkative. We didn't really know much
about this guy. A few months before Rolling Stone ran a short but
killer review of a Springsteen concert saying; See him live. Local stations in Seattle had begun playing some of his songs promoting the tour.
Most of us were here on a whim. Maybe he'd be good? Look at all the people showing up for this guy, a relative unknown. This was starting to look like an Event.
The line started moving and we shuffled, in slow waves, toward the entrance, getting excited.
Let me speak for the crowd. It rocked.
Tickets were $5.

22 August 2007

GM dandy

Every time someone plants a field of Roundup-Ready canola, the possibility it will cross pollinate with a wild, brassica type cousin increases, someday surely resulting in a Round-up resistant offspring. This should reduce the usefulness of Roundup over time which one might applaud if one happen to dislike it.
There is still hope, however, for the garden variety Roundup aficionado, as what may become uneconomical for mass agriculture may remain useful in the backyard.

17 August 2007

From Wikipedia:
The origin of the term "American Dream" appears to be from a history book by James Truslow Adams entitled "The Epic of America" (1931):
"If, as I have said, the things already listed were all we had to contribute, America would have made no distinctive and unique gift to mankind. But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement." [p. 404;...]

03 August 2007


By association, anyway.