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Moving



Cultural Offering is moving here.

Go Daddy actually made my decision for me:



Until June 25, 2014 I will be moving all my old Interditch belongings to the new site. . .Well, all the stuff I want to move.  I won't be updating this location any longer.  We are moving on up.  Luckily, you can watch me redecorate.  Feel free to peruse the best of over 9,100 posts and 900,648 words I've written since August 7, 2007.  Just do it as I post it on tumblr.  I'll blend the old with new stuff, I promise.

I've been contemplating a move for some time.  Go Daddy's Quick Blogcast is cludgy.  The login process is difficult, blah, blah, blah.

I don't blame my old landlord.  I'm looking forward to the new site.  I've been messing around on tumblr for some time and I like the flexibility and ease of posting.  I still have to solve the blogroll issue but I promise everyone on the roll I will take care of you over at the new site.

PLUS, we will have an espresso bar at the new site.  Wing Night Wednesdays, dollar beer Thursdays, Chicken Nachos with Cheese Fridays and Smoker Saturdays.

Please update your links and stop by.

Smell ya later over here.

Dress code



Execupundit
announces the newest office fashion.

How about this as a dress code:  Dress as though you were interviewing for your job today.

If that statement made you a little uncomfortable, rethink your outfit.

The hierarchy of closet needs

"Having identified that a man's dress determines his level of self-esteem, our hierarchy is centered on the state of a man's clothes closet. We begin with the most basic closet needs, which are the physical - those necessary for the state of the clothing in the wardrobe. Basic needs include shoe care supplies, a laundry bag and a clothing brush.

Once physical needs are no longer a factor, the second level of the hierarchy is about the safety of the clothes and how protected they are from damage. Physical needs include proper suit, jacket, shirt and trouser hangers, shoe trees, tie racks and hooks for belts and/or braces."


More at A Suitable Wardrobe.

Dear God

"Dr. Kevin Grumbach of UCSF called the phenomenon 'medical homelessness,' where patients are caught adrift in a system woefully short of primary care doctors."

Here.

Can we agree to stop butchering the English language?

Thanks David.

Music for a Tuesday - Michael Franks

Once I get the ferns hung on my screened porch, I plan to play a full two hours of smooth jazz Michael Franks to celebrate.  Gotta make and essential mix of Michael.  There, I said it.  I like Michael Franks and I don't care who knows.

Yep, it's true

"Despite being the beneficiary of numerous societal advantages and having faced little to no major adversity throughout his life, local man Travis Benton has spent the last four years squandering his white male privilege on a sales floor job at Best Buy, sources confirmed Tuesday."

Read on at The Onion.


Thanks, David.

". . .the fouled skies, the filthy waters, the littered earth."

Happy Earth Day. . .



1978.  Crisis averted by Mother Earth.  Whew!

Thanks, Dr. John.

Essential Mixes - #51 Clapton



1.   Blues Power, Eric Clapton, 1970
2.   Promises, Backless, 1978
3.   Hello Old Friend, No Reason To Cry, 1976
4.   Next Time You See Her, Slowhand, 1977
5.   Tulsa Time, Backless, 1978
6.   Slunky, Eric Clapton, 1970
7.   Motherless Children, 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974
8.   Forever Man, Behind The Sun, 1985
9.   The Core, Slowhand, 1977
10. Let It Rain, Eric Clapton, 1970
11. I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart, Money and Cigarettes, 1983
12. After Midnight, Eric Clapton, 1970
13. Ride the River, The Road to Escondido, 2006
14. Further On Up The Road, Slowhand, 1977
15. Driftin' Blues/Rambling On My Mind, Crossroads, 1988
16. I Shot the Sheriff, 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974
17. Lovin' You Lovin' Me, Eric Clapton, 1970
18. Willie and the Hand Jive, 461 Ocean Boulevard, 1974
19. The Sky Is Crying, There's One In Every Crowd, 1975
20. River of Tears, Pilgrim, 1998
21. Better Make It Through Today, There's One In Every Crowd, 1975
22. Presence of the Lord, E.C. Was Here, 1975
23. Beautiful Thing, No Reason To Cry, 1976
24. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, Sessions For Robert J, 2004
25. Early In The Morning, Backless, 1978
26. It's In The Way That You Use It, August, 1986
27. Pretending, Journeyman, 1989
28. She's Waiting, Behind The Sun, 1985
29. I Can't Stand It, Another Ticket, 1981
30. Sign Language, No Reason To Cry, 1976
31. All Our Past Times, No Reason To Cry, 1976
32. Cocaine, Slowhand, 1977
33. Lay Down Sally, Slowhand, 1977
34. All Our Past Times, Just One Night, 1980
35. Black Rose, Another Ticket, 1981
36. The Shape You're In, Money and Cigarettes, 1983
37. Riding With The King, Riding with the King, 2000
38. Tearing Us Apart, August, 1986
39. Bad Love, Journeyman, 1989
40. No Alibis, Journeyman, 1989
41. Signe, MTV Unplugged, 1992
42. Before You Accuse Me, Journeyman, 1989
43. Ten Long Years, Riding with the King, 2000
44. Milkcow's Calf Blues, Me and Mr. Johnson, 2004
45. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man, One More Car, One More Rider, 2002
46. Ramblin' On My Mind, Session For Robert J, 2004
47. They're Red Hot, Me and Mr. Johnson, 2004
48. Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Me and Mr. Johnson, 2004
49. Come Rain Or Come Shine, Riding with the King, 2000
50. Revolution, Back Home, 2005
51. Badge, After Midnight, 2008
52. Layla, One More Car, One More Rider, 2002
53. Change The World, One More Car, One More Rider, 2002
54. Tears In Heaven, Rush (Original Score), 1992
55. Wonderful Tonight, Slowhand, 1977
56. Bell Bottom Blues, One More Car, One More Rider, 2002
57. Rollin' and Tumblin', MTV Unplugged, 1992
58. Reptile, One More Car, One More Rider, 2002
59. San Francisco Bay Blues, MTV Unplugged, 1992
60. My Father's Eyes, Pilgrim, 1998
61. Three O'Clock Blues, Riding with the King, 2000
62. Hold On I'm Coming, Riding with the King, 2000
63. So Tired, Back Home, 2005


More here.

Reading. . .

How did I screw up the brisket?  Too long?  Not enough time.  I am convinced now.  I'm reading a couple of excellent cookbooks, Smoke & Spice (recommended by Rob), by Cheryl and Bill Jamison, and Charcuterie, by Michael Ruhlman (of The French Laundry Cookbook fame) and Brian Polcyn.  I jump between the two and reread the section on maintaining my smoker heat at between 200 degrees and 220 degrees for long periods of time.

I dive into Penelope Hughes-Hallett's The Immortal Dinner about painter Benjamin Robert Haydon's famous dinner party for Wordsworth, Keats, Charles Lamb, and explorer Joseph Ritchie.  Hughes-Hallott relies to a perfect degree on quotations from some wonderful journals I need to look up.

Next is Major Rusty Bradley's Lions of Kandahar, a true tale of planning, grit, and bravery.  Bradley references Major Robert Rogers' twenty-eight rules for his company during the French and Indian Wars.  I need to look those up. . .

So next time I will wrap the brisket in foil after a few hours and throw it back on.  I want to reread that technique.

Cheap as a deal-breaker

Joe Queenan makes a great point about cheapskates:

"I view cheapness as a deal breaker vis-à-vis friendships. I do not want to be around cheapskates. Their behavior introduces a level of suspense into each and every outing, in which I spend the whole time wondering whether I am going to get stiffed. I dread that awkward moment when the check arrives and I wonder if my friend is going to feign a coronary, or say that he forgot his wallet, or simply fail to pony up for his portion of the tip. Of course, all this could be avoided by asking for separate checks. But “separate checks” are the two most disgusting words in the English language. They are. They suggest that you have already decided that you are not going to treat the other party to a free meal, that you have made a preemptive decision not to be generous. Or that you already fear you are going to get stiffed."

Thanks, Tim.

Wasting time



Harvard Business Review reports on how corporations waste time. . .lots of time:

"Many executives now receive some 200 e-mails a day—more than 30,000 a year—and the increasing use of IM and crowdsourcing applications promises to compound the problem. (See the exhibit “The Dark Side of Metcalfe’s Law.”) If the trend is left unchecked, executives will soon be spending more than one day out of every week just managing electronic communications."

More:

"At most of the organizations we examined, participants routinely sent e-mails during meetings. At one company, in 22% of meetings participants sent three or more e-mails, on average, for every 30 minutes of meeting time. Furthermore, executives commonly double-booked meetings and decided later which one they would actually attend. Dysfunctional behaviors like these create a vicious circle: Parallel processing and double booking limit the effectiveness of meeting time, so the organization sets up more meetings to get the work done. Those meetings prompt more dysfunctional behavior, and on and on."

Read on for some good recommendations.

Serious business

Spengler nails it:

"A Google search with the terms “Putin” and “genius” yields over 10 million hits. If I hear another pundit’s panegyric to Putin’s great intellect, I’ll lose my lunch. Putin is not that smart; the trouble is that we are complete idiots."

Read on and grow up.

Thanks, David.

Charcoal therapy



Pitch your gas grill.  Come home any evening.  Light your charcoal.  Chat with your favorite human as the smells fill the air and briquets grey over.  Throw your favorite item on the grill.  Cook.  Repeat as necessary for maximum sanity.

Together. . .



minus one.  We take what we can get.

The last refuge of the scoundrel

"These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These “alternative-style” debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years.

But this transformation has also sparked a difficult, often painful controversy for a community that prides itself on handling volatile topics.  


On March 24, 2014 at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships at Indiana University, two Towson University students, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, became the first African-American women to win a national college debate tournament, for which the resolution asked whether the U.S. president’s war powers should be restricted. Rather than address the resolution straight on, Ruffin and Johnson, along with other teams of African-Americans, attacked its premise. The more pressing issue, they argued, is how the U.S. government is at war with poor black communities.
When I debated, and we were faced with a case we couldn't defeat (I was first negative), we changed the subject.  Never worked.  Now we are institutionalizing this lame tactic."

Read on at The Atlantic.  No one will learn a thing about the topic or argumentation, victory will be declared, and we will move on.

Thanks, David.

"We are sinking. . ."



Thanks, Georgina.

The tree of liberty

Lapham's Quarterly has Thomas Jefferson's infamous 1787 letter from Paris:

"We have had thirteen states independent eleven years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon, and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusetts, and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order.

Today



Found at Mme Scherzo, the most beautiful site on the Interditch.

Music for Easter - Bundry and Handel

"Thine Be The Glory" from 1884 and 1747. 

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