Gye Greene's Thoughts

Gye Greene's Thoughts (w/ apologies to The Smithereens and their similarly-titled album!)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Why indeed

We had just dropped The Girl and TechBoy off at Tae Kwon Do, and The Lady was heading home to drop me and Blondie Boy off, and then return to the school to wait for The Girl and TechBoy to finish their class.

The Lady:  “I don't know what we're going to do about dinner.”

Gye Greene:  “Maybe we could go to Subway -- eat dinner – and let The Girl and TechBoy starve.”

Blondie Boy:  “Really?”

Gye Greene:  (Starts laughing, that Blondie Boy thought he was being serious)

The Lady:  “Daddy is trying to be funny.”

Blondie Boy:  “Why does daddy try to be funny?”  (Pause)  (Answering his own question)  “Because he's a Peterson?”

Gye Greene:  “That's right.”

Blondie Boy:  “Why are Petersons a type of comedy family?”

Why indeed.


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Thursday, November 19, 2015

A pleasing number

I'm in no way a mathematician -- but there are some numbers that I appreciate.

Today at work, I was using a calculator to determine 3,500 divided by 26 (you don't need to know why) -- and the result was "134.6153846".

For some reason, that just seems like a nice sequence.  Don't know why.


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Monday, November 16, 2015

Vince Clarke

Vince Clarke was in Depeche Mode... then Yaz (or "Yazoo", depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on)... and then Erasure.  All good bands.

An interview.

Showing his basic technique, with a delightfully old (from today's perspective) computer with a sequencer. 

In the below footage, at about 4:16, regarding a wall-filling modular synth:

Interviewer: "And how do you come across these things? I mean, they're not so [easy] to find?"

Vince Clarke: "Well -- this I bought new. 'Cause, that's how old I am."

Also, in the above footage -- at around 0:40, check out the shot of the panning around his "synth workshop".  I would love to have that sort of setup...



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Instant personality test

When you are at a shop (e.g. Target, K-Mart), you go to the customer service counter, and the sales clerk says, "Hi!  How are you?", do you:

A.  Go straight into your question or issue that brought you to the customer service counter.

B.  Reply, "Fine, thanks", and then ask your question.

C.  Reply, "Fine, thanks.  How are you?"  And then ask your question.


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Outlining the turf

Yesterday (Friday) we were at the grade-school that hosts my kids' Tae Kwon Do classes.

Out on the playfield, I noticed this square of astrotruf among the real grass -- and that the kids (I presume) had outlined it with sticks and rocks and bits of wood.



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Thursday, November 12, 2015

How did I get here?

“How did I get into this and this and how do I get out of it again, how does it end?”

–Soren Kierkegaard  (in Laurence Gonzales, Deep Survival:  Who Lives, Who Dies and Why, p.  17; found Nov. 12, 2015)


Thoughtful son

Today my youngest son (B2) brought home an unusually-shaped chunk of wood from school, because he knows that I enjoy pieces of wood.  I think he got it from the gardens or landscaping that's near the playground.

I'm showing two different views, here.  It is a peculiar shape:  it's hard to represent it by photographs.

Very thoughtful of him to get it for me.  :)


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Just a memory by now

Today I was at a symposium held at a Brisbane hospital.  They had a series of photos displayed up on the wall, and this one intrigued me.

The caption to the photo (displayed elsewhere on the wall) said that this was an un-named soldier in 1945, carrying a young girl with polio.

The man has kindly eyes.

If the man was about twenty in 1945, he'd be about ninety now.  Might be alive; probably not.

And the girl looks about eight.  So she's about seventy-eight by now.  If she's still alive -- I don't know enough about polio's effect on life expectancy.

Anyhow, these are the types of things I think about.


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Sunday, November 08, 2015

Birds with hats

Saw these in a shop today, and was amused.

Birds with hats.  Sure.  :)

Not worth the price to actually purchase one.  But to take a photo...


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