December 9th, 2007

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Orangeville, Texas, population ~ 23

Near the end of my hike at Bonham State Park on Saturday, I noticed that hordes of black vultures, perhaps a hundred in number, had
begun to hover in intricate patterns above the lake. They wheeled through the sky in spirograph patterns. They did not seem to have a quarryi in carrion,but instead were engaged in a pursuit of their own choosing, for their own reasons. After twenty minutes or so of concentric floating, they settled en masse in a tree over-looking the lake.

On this warm December Saturday, I walked through darkening cedar woods, enjoyed leaves and holly berries of red, heard the song of song sparrows and the hectoring caw of crows, drove past small towns and open fields, and enjoyed a slice of a pizza from a pizzeria.

On Friday, the Garland Bar holiday party included the gift of a cool little plaque to commemorate my past service as last year's president of the association, while a zydeco band provided a soundtrack for those judges who wished to dance. One of the judges at my table was a big Led Zeppelin fan.

The Summer flowers in our front yard continue to bloom. I made a revmix and a video this weekend, each titled "dawdle", which sums things up nicely.

The video, accompanied by the remix, may be seen at:
this page .
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I love kaleidoscopes. I don't know why--perhaps it's that they're little moments of delight, crafted entirely to amuse. They have craft and delicacy and fun and color all wrapped up in one package. I would love to be one of those artistic people who could make a kaleidoscope. Still, I believe that the joy of being fundamentally without any talent of any kind is that one can be a viewere, a listener, ad a reader.

I've been reading Kaleidoscope Artistry by Cozy Baker, which I got for 2 dollars at the used bookstore. It's got profiles of kaleidoscope makers, and pictures of their work. The scopes are, as expected, full of color and variety. The people all discover kaleidoscope manufacture in the same fasihon that one discovers in mid-life an unexpected ability to hula hoop, play killer mah jongg or a new comet.

I noticed tonight this statement about the most recent Thomas Nunnally Ensemble EP:
from the freealbums weblog:

Thomas Nunnally Ensemble - The Tunnel at The End of The Light
Genre: Ambient, Electronica

Here come more ambient goodness and cerebral candy from Thomas Nunnally Ensemble. Like their first album, it is full of drones, samples, natural sounds and soft electronic beats that places the listener is a new environment. The [Tunnel at the End of the Light] promises neither dark or light but a eerie place in between to surround the listener in their soundscapes.

I love the freealbums site, because it lists all sorts of Creative Commons and other open source music in a variety of genres, and not in the 12 or so genres I follow the most.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to spend at least 100 dollars less on commercial CDs and to instead donate to/purchase from artists and Creative Commons. I sent in my donation to the latest Creative Commons fund-raiser recently, and got a nice thank-you e mail of the "if there is anything we should be doing differently" interactive form. I wanted to write back a simple "just keep on keepin' on", which is not at all a bad place for a non-profit to be.

This week I will hunt freeware kaleidoscopes.