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Mon, Jun. 6th, 2011, 11:42 am
Moved On

Howdy,

Just a quick note to say I'm n longer actively posting to this account. Instead, I post personal musings to www.cspowers.com. My other blog and online contact info can be found at http://claimid.com/calvin

Thanks
Calvin

Mon, Apr. 12th, 2010, 07:45 pm
Taproot Radio / Dirty Laundry on WCOM Tonight 9-11pm EDT

Howdy, 

Calvin and Rick will be back on the air tonight from 9-11pm on  WCOM. You can listen in at 103.5FM or via the webcast.

On the  Taproot Radio show tonight I'll be featuring new music from Black Bone Child, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Solomon Burke. I'll also be featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard, Patty Griffin, Heavy Trash and the Carolina Chocolate Drops

Rick is having a Bettys and Millers show tonight. So yeah, that will be interesting.

The full play list is below and online at the web site. So tune in and listen to some great americana/blues/soul/twang/rock/whatever music.

Taproot Radio - Calvin 9-10

Baby Baby / Black Bone Child / Take You Blind / 2:43
Jungle Fever / Charlie Feathers / Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69) [Disc 1] / 2:41
No Such Thing / Th' Legendary Shack Shakers / Pandelirium / 3:34
Better Things / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kin... / I Learned the Hard Way (Bonus Version) / 3:40
Houston / Deadstring Brothers / Sao Paulo / 3:49
Move Up (Feat. Ann McCrary, Regina McCrary, Jim Lauderdale, And Buddy Miller) / Patty Griffin / Downtown Church / 2:45
You're Not Alone / Solomon Burke / Nothing's Impossible / 4:03
I Started Loving You Again / Carrie Rodriguez / Love and Circumstance / 3:40
About A Girl / Kelley Ryan / Twist / 3:08
Drunken Poet's Dream / Ray Wylie Hubbard / A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) / 4:21
Gee, I Really Love You / Heavy Trash / Midnight Soul Serenade / 3:18
Baby You Crazy / Nick Curran And The Lowlifes / Reform School Girl / 2:13
Under A Mountain / The Black Crowes / Three Snakes And One Charm / 4:11
Down By The Riverside / Asylum Street Spankers / God's Favorite Band / 4:06
Cindy Gal / Carolina Chocolate Drops / Genuine Negro Jig / 2:28
Crybaby / New Heathens / Hello Disaster / 2:41

 

Dirty Laundry - Rick 10-11

There are a number of Millers in the roots-leaning world and even more Bettys (or Bettyes or Bettes...) in the soul world, so why not have them mix it up? (Rhetorical question, no answer required) Next up in the Miller camp were the Steve Miller Band and the Rick Miller-led Southern Culture on the Skids....

Your Turn to Cry / Bettye LaVette / Atlantic Sisters of Soul / 3:19
You Wrecked Up My Heart / Buddy Miller / Your Love and Other Lies / 2:50

In the Meantime / Betty Davis / Betty Davis / 2:44
Our Love / Rhett Miller / The Instigator / 3:34
Getting Mighty Crowded / Betty Everett / Soul Diva Sessions / 2:12

A World So Full of Love / Roger Miller / The Best of Roger Miller, Volume One: Country Tunesmith / 2:19
If She's Your Wife (Who Am I?) / Bette Williams / Swamp Dogg's Southern Soul Girls / 4:27
I've Been a Long Time Leaving / Dean Miller / Platinum / 2:34


Pounds of Soul / Betty Bibbs / Pounds of Soul / 2:31
Love Sustained / Bill Miller / Spirit Songs: The Best of Bill Miller / 3:50
Show It / Betty Harris / New Orleans Funk, Volume 2 / 2:54

Daddy Raised a Boy / Scott Miller & the Commonwealth / Thus Always to Tyrants / 3:00
Clean Up Woman / Betty Wright / Soul Patrol / 2:50
Ann Eliza Jane / Frankie Miller w/ Brinsley Schwarz / What IS So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding? / 3:24
My Eyes Adore You / Betty Padgett / Betty Padgett / 3:05

Don't Look Back (acoustic version) / Bettye Swann / The Money Recordings / 3:11




Sun, Apr. 11th, 2010, 06:02 pm
Saying Goodbye to LJ.

Howdy all,

As part of my "Calvin: The Reboot" theme for 2010, I am simplifying my many many online points of presence to something slightly more manageable.

Unfortunately, LiveJournal is on the chopping block. As of today, I will no longer be using LiveJournal as my personal journal. From now on, I will be using my www.StuckInTraffic.com blog as my personal journal.  You can read my journal there and/or subscribe to the RSS feed there.

However, all of my Stuck In Traffic posts will be fed into an aggregated feed with my other blogs and then posted to my Facebook account. The upshot of all that is that if you friend me on Facebook, you'll see all my posts there.

Why am I doing this? To simplify the user interfaces. I like the online blogger interface much better. And I like the fact that I can use one interface for all my blogs. I like its support for posting from MMS, Texting, and e-mail.

In case anyone was wondering: 
a) I have no gripe against LiveJournal. I invested in a lifetime membership years ago and I have not regretted it one bit.
b) There is no personal drama with any of my friends going on that is causing me to stomp off in a huff.

So please friend me on Facebook or subscribe to my blog at www.stuckintraffic.com to keep in touch.

Adios,
Calvin

Sat, Jan. 30th, 2010, 09:33 pm
Pat and Calvin Go To DC

Today, Pat and I trudged through the snowstorm in DC to go to the Library of Congress. There are several buildings that make up the library, but the one that's most famous is the Jefferson Building. Photography is not allowed in the actual library part which is too bad because it was way cool looking. Lots of dark wood, brass lamps and marble statuary.

The rest of the Jefferson Building was set up kinda like a museum with different galleries of exhibits. Today we saw an exhibit about the early explorations of North and South America and how the Spanish conquistadors learned the language of the natives, tried to convert them to Christianity, etc. We saw an exhibit about the making of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill or Rights, which was very interesting because you go to see some of the books and earlier writings that influenced the authors. We got to see an exhibit dedicated to "Herblock" a famous political cartoonist. (meh). We also got to see an exhibit that is a recreation of Thomas Jefferson's library. This was very interesting to me because of the classification system he devised for organizing and filing his books. We also got to see one of he Gutenberg Bibles.

None of which we were allowed to take pictures of. But we were allowed to take pictures of the building itself, which was both strange and beautiful. I suspect it was built during the 30s, a time when everyone was designing buildings to look like ancient Rome and when there are lots of public works programs inventing work for lots of people. There was marble everywhere and the floors had these hugely complex mosaics all over them: Read more...Collapse )

 

Wed, Dec. 30th, 2009, 10:06 am
Calvin's Theme for 2010

I've given up on New Year's Resolutions. It's not that I don't believe in making a fresh start. And it's not that I don't believe people can change. I do. But somehow New Year's Resolutions seem too grandiose. Because they are timed with the Big Event of the New Year we tend to make Big Resolutions which we fail to keep. Believe me, I've failed on far more resolutions than I have kept.

 

So a few years ago, while chatting over coffee with some friends, we hit on the idea of having Themes for the New Year rather than making resolutions. A theme isn't a hard fast resolution, but an idea to guide decisions and actions for the coming year toward some good end. You can't predict all the things that are going to happen to you over the next year and so it's tough to say on January 1 exactly what changes you are going to be able to make in your life. But as events unfold in the coming year, keeping your theme in mind at all times will help you stay on track.

 

My theme for 2009 was “Holding On and Turning Loose.” This turned out to be an amazingly prescient theme. 2009 was both the year that I had to say good bye to my mom and the year my relationship with Pat bloomed. I can't tell you all the hundreds of actions I took or decisions I made or how many things lined up by sheer luck to realize the theme. But, looking back, the theme worked.

 

I know I know, it's kinda like a horoscope, you write some vague abstract prediction and then reverse engineer your interpretation of events to fit it so you can claim it came true. But even so, I firmly believe having a theme to keep in mind has helped me.

 

I spent a lot of time thinking about my theme for 2010. I'm metaphorically torn between feeling like things are going pretty darn good for me while at the same time feeling like I've gotten off track. How I can have both these feelings at once, I'm not sure, but there it is.

 

As I was thinking about this it occurred to me that it's a little like 2009's Star Trek movie. It's still the same Star Trek that we've been used to. In fact, the 2009 Star Trek sort of shed all the cruft that had accumulated in the series over the years and re-emphasized all the core things about the Star Trek characters we've known and loved for so long. The movie was a reinvention of the Star Trek world and as some pundits have called it, a reboot.

 

I like it.

 

So my theme for 2010 is “Calvin: The Reboot”

 

I have no idea where this is going to lead, but I think it will be fun to find out.

Wed, Dec. 30th, 2009, 09:22 am
Sherlock Holmes aka Lethal Weapon 1890

Howdy,

I just posted my review of the Sherlock Holmes movie, "Sherlock Holmes aka Lethal Weapon 1890" to my Stuck In Traffic blog.

As a reminder, add  "StuckTraffic" to your friends list to see entries from my Stuck In Traffic Blog on your friends page.

--cp

Wed, Dec. 23rd, 2009, 10:16 am
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Sun, Dec. 13th, 2009, 10:42 am
Tracey & Jeff's Cookie Party


Tracey & Jeff's Cookie Party
Originally uploaded by cspowers.
I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Cookie Party last night. What a
great mix of people. Some folks I knew, some folks I met for the first time,
and a few old friends I had not seen in a very very long time. Tracey and
Jeff know how to throw a great party, the cookie decorating contest was a
big hit, but there was lots of time and space for just hanging out. I got to
play a new game (for me) called Ticket To Ride, which was loads of fun. But
the best part was just hanging out and talking to people.

Here are a couple of pics I took from last night including my cookie that
won the "Geekiest Cookie" Award, the "Cloud Computing Cookie".

Sun, Dec. 13th, 2009, 10:42 am
Tracey & Jeff's Cookie Party


Tracey & Jeff's Cookie Party
Originally uploaded by cspowers.
I had the pleasure of attending the Annual Cookie Party last night. What a
great mix of people. Some folks I knew, some folks I met for the first time,
and a few old friends I had not seen in a very very long time. Tracey and
Jeff know how to throw a great party, the cookie decorating contest was a
big hit, but there was lots of time and space for just hanging out. I got to
play a new game (for me) called Ticket To Ride, which was loads of fun. But
the best part was just hanging out and talking to people.

Here are a couple of pics I took from last night including my cookie that
won the "Geekiest Cookie" Award, the "Cloud Computing Cookie".

Sun, Nov. 29th, 2009, 09:56 am
The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Last night I went to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the children's book by Roald Dahl. I'd never read this particular book, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite books as a child. And yet, somehow I wasn't looking forward to the movie. There was something about the trailer that kinda put me off.

So I went in with very low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised at how entertaining this movie is. People who've read the book say that it mostly stays true to the original book, in terms of the animals having to work together to survive. But the movie has been modernized and updated to fit better into the times. (e.g., the animals all have digital watches, etc.).

Like Dahl's other stories, there are some interesting themes for adults to ponder. In The Fantastic Mr. Fox, there seems to be a running theme about whether people can really change themselves or are destined by fate to be a certain way. There's also some thematic stuff around learning to work together even if you find the other people annoying.

The nice thing about the movie is that it doesn't preach at you about these things. The lessons are borne out in the events of the plot. George Clooney and Wallace Wolodarsky do bang up jobs playing Mr. Fox and his partner in crime, Kylie (some sort of small rodent-like animal I can't quite figure out.). Meryl Streep is kinda lost in the Mrs. Fox role. She just doesn't have much to work with. Bill Murray does a great job playing Mr. Fox's character foil, the ever practical if curmudgeonly Badger.

The most amazing thing about the movie is the style of the animation. I don't know what you'd call it exactly. It's like something you'd see in the very early days of television. It looks to be stop motion animation using puppets rather than clay figures. This old-school style was complemented by an overall visual style in the sets that was reminiscent of the 20's and 30's style of story telling. And it was a beautiful movie visually.

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