Category Archive: Writings

Lessons Learned in the Church of Dissonance: Father’s Day Thoughts on Edwin London (1929-2013)

Posted on | June 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

As I’ve mentioned before on this weblog, there wasn’t much Judeo-Christian worship in our family growing up. Nevertheless, there was always plenty of religion in our home. Through the years, my brother and I absorbed large helpings of an eclectic gospel authored by our father, Edwin London, the founder and sole rabbi of the Church […]

Trichordist Claims 45% Drop in Working Musicians. BLS Data Tells a more Complicated Story.

Posted on | May 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Trichordist Claims 45% Drop in Working Musicians. BLS Data Tells a more Complicated Story.

Please Note: An earlier version of this post attributed the blog post discussed below to David Lowery. Subsequently, I have learned that Lowery is not the author of this post. I have revised this piece to remove references to David Lowery, and I sincerely apologize to Mr. Lowery for any misunderstanding. A recent post on […]

Seven Reasons Why I remain all in for Mayor McGinn

Posted on | May 17, 2013 | Comments Off on Seven Reasons Why I remain all in for Mayor McGinn

Update: Unless something significant changes as the late returns are counted, it looks like Mayor McGinn will be facing off against Ed Murray in the general election this fall. This promises to be as bare-knuckle a political fight as we’ve seen in Seattle in quite some time. For many people, I expect it will be […]

Doing the Things that Other People Won’t

Posted on | May 14, 2013 | Comments Off on Doing the Things that Other People Won’t

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines “success” and the societal factors that go into determining it. He deconstructs concepts like innate intelligence and natural ability. He examines how the year of your birth affects your life prospects, whether math skills are teachable, and how people born in certain months typically end up doing better […]

The Internet Can Be Strange and Sad: Happy Birthday Yancy Noll (RIP)

Posted on | April 10, 2013 | Comments Off on The Internet Can Be Strange and Sad: Happy Birthday Yancy Noll (RIP)

The Internet can be very strange. It can also be very sad. Yesterday, I received a calendar alert in my e-mail inbox informing me that today is the birthday of Yancy Noll. In and of itself that wasn’t strange. Windows calendar sends those alerts out all the time for various friends of mine. The thing […]

Generation Basement: The Flop Reunion

Posted on | August 22, 2012 | 1 Comment

(Poster above by Ed Fotheringham. Printing by the Vera Project. There are still a limited number of posters for sale. Proceeds go to Music for Marriage Equality. Starting on August 27, 2012, you should be able to buy one at www.music4marriage.org. Nice, professional, B&W photos below by Niffer Calderwood. Video by Chris Swenson. Blurry color […]

Vandalism vs. Violence: A Few More Thoughts

Posted on | May 3, 2012 | Comments Off on Vandalism vs. Violence: A Few More Thoughts

In response to the Pulitzer Prize winning Eli Sanders and some other folks, Brendan Kiley posted Two Additional Notes on Violence vs. Vandalism on the Stranger’s Slog this morning. Once again, his post engendered a bunch of comments. At #84 in the comment thread, Brendan posted the following: Again: I *do not advocate* any of […]

Vandalism vs. Violence

Posted on | May 2, 2012 | 1 Comment

In today’s Stranger, Brendan Kiley has a thought piece about yesterday’s May Day activities in downtown Seattle entitled Why All the Smashy-Smashy? A Beginner’s Guide to Targeted Property Destruction. In that piece, Brendan draws a distinction between “violence” and “vandalism,” suggesting that the news media too often lumps these two things together under the singular […]

The K-Mart Radio: An Xmas Tale

Posted on | December 25, 2011 | 2 Comments

I’ve had a K-Mart radio for over 30 years now. It receives AM, FM, and shortwave frequencies. It was made in Japan before that was a compliment. Nevertheless, it aspires to be hi-fidelity, with knobs and switches for bass, treble, volume, and loudness, plus a separate woofer and tweeter. It even has inputs on its […]

RIP Steve Jobs: This One Feels Personal

Posted on | October 6, 2011 | Comments Off on RIP Steve Jobs: This One Feels Personal

I’m not sure I’ve ever mourned the passing of a big corporate CEO before. I don’t expect I’ll mourn the passing of another one anytime soon either. But I am mourning the passing of Steve Jobs today. Apple Computers has always had a different sort of relationship with its customer base than most other large […]

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