Month: October 2012

The Jesus Lizard Live from 1994


Sometimes I play “What if?” with Netflix. I was curious what music DVDs they had, and I asked, “What if The Jesus Lizard had a live DVD?” To my surprise, The Jesus Lizard do have a live DVD, which you can get through Netflix or Amazon, if owning is more your style. Are you asking: who are The Jesus Lizard? Allmusic had this to say: During the first part of the [‘90s], the band turned out a […]

The East Coast


I’m sending a special dedication tonight to friends and family on the East Coast. I hope y'all are safe and dry. Life interrupted, and life continuing. As Eckhart Tolle might say, the only time is now, this moment. Be well.

Wisconsin’s largest private residence goes on the auction block


The Wisconsin State Journal had an A1 story on Sunday about how Wisconsin’s largest single-family home is going on the auction block. Sur la Baie is a 35,000-square-foot mansion on 12 acres in Ellison Bay in scenic Door County. Along with the main residence comes a guest house, a studio house, and a beach house. Construction on Sur la Baie completed in 1996, and the original owner sold it in 2005 to a couple from California who never […]

Someone working hard: The $100 Startup


Chris Guillebeau created a tribe through his blog called The Art of Non-Conformity: Unconventional Strategies for Life, Work and Travel. I started following his blog earlier this year, and I can highly recommend it. He’s got interesting, unusual ideas, and he’s overwhelmingly positive. You can just feel the good vibes. The other night I finished reading his New York Times bestselling book released in May called The $100 Startup: Reinvent the way you make a living, do what […]

Badger fans


One of the aspects about living in a Big 10 college town is the fall ritual of Saturday football games. The Badgers were playing today at 2:30 p.m. against Michigan State. As I saw the traffic — both in-car and on-foot — descend upon the Regent Street area where Camp Randall Stadium is, I noticed fans adorned to differing degrees. And some fans spend a lot of money. The fan of the day was the […]

Alles ist gut: Some Spotify highlights


Here are some special links for fun, offbeat music on Spotify. Electronic body music: Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (known mostly as D.A.F.) Alles ist gut Gold und Liebe Extremely creative: of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Pop: MGMT Brian Eno (song) Shimmering: Kitchens of Distinction Drive That Fast (song) Three albums and two tracks to keep your Friday evening hopping. Kitchens of Distinction were an excellent though underrated band back in the day. They had a bunch […]

Book of the year: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild


It’s not often that you come across a book so compelling. A physical journey paired with an emotional journey is a potent mix. And the book we’re talking about is not fiction. It’s the memoir of a woman at a difficult time in her life. I’m speaking of Cheryl Strayed’s amazing Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. It came out in March and is the first bestselling book for Ms. Strayed. I […]

New album wows from Godspeed You! Black Emperor


I was at the Exclusive Company back in 2007 sifting through records when I saw one that caught my attention. The cover art was enigmatic, and the album’s title was Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven! That’s when I fell in love with Godspeed You! Black Emperor. They’re kind of odd. They’re Canadian and known for being anarchists. They fit into the post-rock genre that you might place Tortoise or Mogwai into. The […]

Attacking passive voice zombies


Rebecca Johnson tweets: I finally learned how to teach my guys to ID the passive voice. If you can insert “by zombies” after the verb, you have passive voice. MightyMur adds some examples: The final, brilliant word on passive voice. “She was killed [by zombies].”

Ebook settlements: Amazon and Barnes & Noble are happy for me


Apple and some large New York book publishers got snagged in some legal action from the U.S. Department of Justice. They were being monopolistic and raising their prices, DOJ said. With Amazon holding the lion’s share of the ebook market, it seemed an odd thing unless you consider Amazon as the source of this onerous action. Nevertheless, Amazon and Barnes & Noble have sent emails that they are quite pleased to offer settlements on purchased […]