Gye Greene's Thoughts

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Third floor men's room

Yeah -- this one probably seems a little random...


One of my peculiar hobbies is happening across small spaces (e.g. elevators, bathrooms in restaurants), and thinking, "Hm! You could totally remodel this into a perfectly usable micro-studio apartment..."

I found this one earlier this week, in the third floor of a government building where I'm helping out on a special project for a week or two:  it's the men's restroom.




As indicated by the paper towel that I put on the floor, each tile is 30cm by 30cm. I'll transfer the measurements to graph paper, and do some sketching.


 --GG

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Under my brain

Fifteen minutes ago I sat down at my computer to do a tedious task.  In that situation, I often call up some sort of music video playlist on YouTube, for musical accompaniment.

For some reason, I typed in "The Stems".  The first hit was the song "At First Sight" -- which I immediately recognized as a (very good) song off the Young Einstein movie soundtrack, which features only '80s-ish Australian bands.

Funny that that band popped out of my brain.  I really like the song -- but I never got around to listening to the rest of their stuff.

Subconsciousness.  :)


A link to the song's lyrics.


Music video:


(The soundtrack CD has better fidelity.)


--GG

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Minimalist drum kits

(This blog entry is a thematic extension on my January blog entry about "Suitcase drum kits".) 


I was Googling "minimalist drum kits", and discovered (or rather, re-discovered) the notion of "cocktail kits":  usually used in Latin music and maybe jazz -- but you can use 'em for whatever.







Here's a video of a guy making good use of an ultra-minimalist kit:  kick, snare, high-hat and a ride-crash:




I also found this article about "shrinking drum kits" interesting.


--GG

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Book review of drumming book

I moderately recommend the book Born to Drum, by Tony Barrell.

It's interspersed with loads of interviews and quotes from drummers: most I'd heard of; some I had not.


It has a chapter on "women who drum", and the discrimination they face -- which is what lead me to pick up the book in the first place.


The rest of the book is "pretty good" if you're into drumming; probably not of interest if you're not: the writing style is mostly engaging -- but not enough to bring you along if you're not into drumming in the first place.

The theme for the book is that most chapters examine a stereotype of drummers (e.g. "Adrenaline junkies", "Not very smart", "Have lots of tattoos") -- and then gathers a lot of anecdotal evidence based on interviews with drummers. And then each chapter concludes with "Well, there's a lot of support for that -- but with a lot of notable exceptions."


Some swearing and sexual references. 


Again:  likely of interest to drummers; of moderate probable interest to other musicians; probably not interested to the general public.


--GG

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Not a valid excuse

This blog entry is based on one the kids not getting ready for bed as instructed -- and using "but [sibling] wasn't getting ready" as a justification for their own lack of compliance.

No.  Saying "no one else is doing the right thing" is not a valid excuse among my children.  For that matter, nor is "everyone else was doing the wrong thing".

I want my children to do what they think is right -- even if no one else is.

Even better:  be a leader, and try to get others to do the right thing.

If people think you're weird for being different:  fine; so be it.  It's better to be "different"... but "in the right".


That's what I say, at least.


--GG

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Good book so far

Old Roommate and Belinda Harmless were kind enough to mail me a book as a gift.

I started reading it on the train today, on the way to work.  And on the way home.  Enjoying it.   :)  Well-chosen, folks.  :) 

The book is All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai.  It's about a guy from a parallel "year 2016" from ours, that actually achieved all of those Jetsons-like innovations (food pills, jet packs, flying cars...).  Apparently he makes it over to "our" 2016:  I'm not sure how, yet, as I'm only up to page 54.


I know a book is good when it has lots of delightful turns of phrases.  This one does.

I like this one (p. 54):  "It was both the greatest kiss of my life and also made me feel like until that moment I'd been kissing all wrong.

Nice.  :)


--GG

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Another bad shirt and necktie combination

Another bad shirt and tie combination:


I've worn the shirt before -- but not with this necktie!


--GG

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