Friday, August 29, 2008

Tony Levin -- An American Bass Player

Tony Levin is an American musician best know for his work with British progressive rock artists Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, he's also known for his use of the electric musical instrument known as the Chapman Stick.

Originally from Massachusetts, Tony Levin moved to New York City in the 70's where he became a much sought after session musician playing bass on albums by some of the biggest names in music during the 70's and 80's including Alice Cooper, Art Garfunkel, Cher, James Taylor, John Lennon, Judy Collins, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Peter Frampton, Pink Floyd, and Yes. See Tony Levin's Discography for the complete list.

Working with producer Bob Ezrin on Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare, and Lou Reed's Berlin lead to working on the first Peter Gabriel solo album, and Tony has recorded and toured with Gabriel ever since.

Tony Levin

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fresh Tomatoes

It's fresh tomato time! These were not all red when picked, but I guarantee they were much more ripe than anything you'll find in the store! Why is that? Because commercially-grown tomatoes are picked while still firm and green to be able to survive the shipping and storage. They use ethylene gas to artificially ripen the green tomatoes.

Unless your grocery store gets locally grown tomatoes, the only way to get them this fresh without growing them yourself is to buy them directly from a farmer at a farmers market, roadside stand or right on the farm. If you like tomatoes, or any sort of produce, it is certainly worth buying them as fresh as possible and the Internet can help you find food grown close to you. The Eat Well Guide is a free online guide to finding local, sustainable, organic food in the US and Canada.

Even though the US salmonella outbreak of 2008 is now being blamed on jalapeno peppers, this article, The Tomato Pickle from June 2008, does a great job at explaining why buying local food is always the best choice.

Further reading: Commercially-Grown and Hydroponic Tomatoes and "Still No Free Lunch: Nutrient levels in U.S. food supply eroded by pursuit of high yields"

This works with Canadian postal codes, too!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

King Crimson

King Crimson: The Beginning Of Progressive Rock?

Formed in the late 1960's, the British group King Crimson, wasn't the first, but is considered one of the most influential progressive rock groups.

Originally, Robert Fripp joined drummer Michael Giles and his brother, bassist Peter Giles to form Giles, Giles and Fripp. Even though their first album didn't do well, they continued on, adding Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield. Eventually, Greg Lake joined, becoming the lead singer, and replacing Peter Giles as base player.

King Crimson made their live debut on April 9, 1969 at a free concert staged by The Rolling Stones:

King Crimson

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Love Of Dragons: Dragons In Books And On Video

Dragons: One Of The Most Popular Mythical Creatures

Stories of Dragons are found all over the world. The oldest known dragon story is probably that of the Rainbow Serpent, passed down from the aboriginal Ngadjonji tribe in Australia, which is believed to date back to around 10,000 BC.

Dragons: One Of The Most Popular Mythical Creatures

Saturday, August 9, 2008

TwitThis Test

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Observations about Back to School Fashion

Personal Expression

We use various ways to present ourselves. We use words and symbols to communicate. We have signals and gestures to help articulate ourselves. We use fashion to tell the world what we want to say. Whether we think about it, or not, when we put on our clothes for the day, we're setting our image for the day. This is why it is so interesting to observe people's back to school fashion preferences. Back to school fashion preference may show someone's personality for the whole term.

Observations about Back to School Fashion

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I'm on Technorati!

I've just started, not much there yet -- visit if you dare! :-P

Technorati Profile

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Mom's Garden

My mom has a small flower garden near the kitchen door, which is the main door, as far as anyone is concerned, even though it is on the side of the house. At this time of year, it's especially nice to have flowers like this near the house, they give off such a sweet scent for everyone to enjoy. They also look great.

Here's an interesting site I found about natural health and flowers.

This can't be seen in the other two pictures, it's closer to the house, and I believe it is a Nikko Blue Hydrangea. It's relatively small now, but will hopefully grow to be 4-6 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide.

Because of how the flowers appear, Hydrangeas like this are often called "mopheads".