Friday, November 18, 2016

Just Chillin'

Thank Sucellus It's Friday!

"If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning..."

Get Over It, Already

Just to be clear: I didn't support asshat Donald Trump's candidacy during the GOP primary, nor during the general election campaign. I also did not vote for him on November 8, and plan to criticize him vigorously whenever he deserves it during his term in office (which I presume will be often). That said...

...these people need to grow the fuck up and remember what country it is they live in.

Whoever wins the election is EVERYONE's president, you dumbasses. That's why who we nominate matters. This is basic stuff. Throwing a tantrum when things don't go your way is not the path to future electoral success.

"It worked in the grocery store when they were three years old, though..."

If their parents were dreadful, perhaps...but it certainly isn't going to accomplish anything now...they're just making themselves look more and more ridiculous...and persuading nobody...

Fall Has Fallen, Finally

We're having our first really chilly weekend of the fall season: overcast skies, high temperatures only in the mid-40s. There is the possibility of some snow by this time next week.

Sweater weather is my absolute favorite!

Pumpkin Parade

The pumpkins lined up outside your grocery store aren't the only ones to be seen during the fall season...

This picture of some BNSF "pumpkins" (actually a lash-up of GE ES44C4s in BNSF's distinctive orange and green livery) was shared on Twitter this morning by a fellow railfan.

"If you like the color scheme so much, why don't you have one in your model collection?"

Haven't decided on which specific locomotive of BNSF's that I want just of these days, though...

Another Reason I'm Not On Facebook

From the delightfully off-kilter webcomic xkcd, by Randall Munroe, which you should read every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Until Next Time...

As I have mentioned in this space on occasion, when I got to high school in the fall of 1967 my circle of friends began to expand, and part of that process was being introduced to musical artists and styles to whom I had not been paying much attention. I had
a couple of pretty close friends who were very interested in so-called progressive rock, and thanks to them I was exposed to groups like Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Yes,
The Moody Blues, and Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. I still listen to that music fairly regularly in various iTunes playlists.

A friend of mine who played guitar was quite taken with Procol Harum because of its lead guitar player, the amazing Robin Trower. The band had some success in the late '60s and early '70s, and Trower himself has enjoyed a fine solo career, but the group's biggest achievements came after Trower had left the band in early 1971 (a move that was much-discussed among my prog-rock friends at the time).

On November 18, 1971 the group performed live at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The concert was recorded, and subsequently released as Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

The album was the biggest seller
in the band's career, earning them
a gold certification from RIAA and peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in 1972. It was one of the best-selling live albums
of the decade.

It also produced their final Billboard charting single, with "Conquistador" reaching
No. 16 on the Hot 100 Singles chart that same year.

Today's send-off is the 2002 remastered version of the original album track, from
the band's YouTube channel. Enjoy...

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