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October Pieces Of My Mind #3
Bibimbap means “mixed rice” in Korean.
There are about 120 museums in greater Stockholm. In the past seven years I’ve visited a bit more than 1/3 of them. It’s one of my long-term projects to see them all.
Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk completed training as a phone exchange technician before going on to the Robert Schumann Conservatory to study classical percussion.
Roger Waters was 28 or 29 when he wrote the lyrics to “Time”, where he meditates on everything being too late: “No-one told you when to run – you missed the starting gun”.
Movie: Incredibles 2. The superhero family joins a pair of tech billionaire siblings in an attempt to make the use of super powers legal again. Grade: neat and fun!
Chris Fern suggests that the Staffordshire hoard is King Penda’s CV.
For anyone who wonders what the prog-rock generation’s grandchildren are doing in the way of ostentatiously ornate pop compositions, let me pass on Jrette’s tip here and introduce you to Jacob Collier, b. 1994.
Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür is depicted on the covers of Computer World (1981) and Electric Café (1986) but doesn’t play on these records. Then he left the band.
I have something big to be Vaguebooking about and I can’t talk about it until December. Gnnnnh!
Fridge cleanout for lunch: a chicken drumstick, an avocado, a potato, fried cabbage, boiled bulgur.
So annoying when a scholar publishes a conjecture or a provocative reinterpretation and the media are like “What everyone thought was wrong! Scholarship has now determined that” etc.
Here’s one for you biologists. The payroll administrator at this night school that I’ve lectured at occasionally has a name and a handwriting that makes her signature look like “Lotta Annelid”.