American Thanksgiving – 2021

May your life be full of both Thanks and Giving!

I’d like to thank Ray at Mitigating Chaos for posting this ‘traditional’ American Thanksgiving video on his blog.  I’d never seen it before (maybe because I am Canadian…) but I enjoyed the story so much that I wanted to share it with others.

The song/story is folk singer Arlo Guthrie’s  mostly true recollection of events that began at Alice’s Restaurant in 1965.

‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ was originally released in 1967. It is only a bit about Thanksgiving, Alice, or her restaurant. It’s more about the favor they did for Alice – driving her trash out to the dump, only to find that the dump was closed for Thanksgiving.

We’d never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes, we drove off into the sunset lookin’ for another place to put the garbage.
We didn’t find one till we came to a side road, and off the side of the side road was another fifteen-foot cliff, and at the bottom of the cliff was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile was better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up, we decided to throw ours down…

You will have to watch the whole video to see how trash led to an arrest which led to… well, just watch it!

Stop Motion Clay Animation (Video)

The Quippery

Gumby is an American clay animation about a green clay human like character created and modeled by Art Clokey.

A History Lesson on Stop Motion Animation

A Funny but slightly Gruesome Clay Animation – Great Song Though!

The song is Cinderella Rockefella. It was written by Mason Williams and Nancy Ames and was originally recorded and released by Israeli folk duo Esther and Abi Ofarim on their 1967 album ‘2 in 3’.

The Piano Guys – Michael Meets Mozart (Video)

1 Piano, 2 Guys, 100 Cello Tracks

On the recording, Steven Sharp Nelson laid down over 100 tracks including cello textures never known possible. Every single sound on the video was made using only the instruments shown: piano, cello, mouth percussion and kick drum. We utilized some cool effects on lots of stuff…for example the U2-style delay on Steve’s pizzicato at the beginning.
– The Piano Guys – Michael Meets Mozart –

These quotes by Mozart are as applicable today as they were back then:

How sad it is that these great gentlemen should believe what anyone tells them and do not choose to judge for themselves! But it is always so.
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart –

All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak—and speak in such a way that people will remember it.
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart –

To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but that an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart –

Africa – Angel City Chorale (Video)

So many good words

A truck loaded with thousands of copies of Roget’s Thesaurus crashed yesterday losing its entire load. Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied, confused, shocked, rattled, paralyses, dazed, bewildered, mixed up, surprised, awed, dumbfounded, nonplussed, flabbergasted, astounded, amazed, confounded, astonished, overwhelmed, horrified, numbed, speechless, and perplexed.

All Laced Up

Did you know there was this many different ways to lace your shoes?

Thoughts About Food and Eating

Of all the utensils invented to eat rice, how did two sticks win?

Eggs Benedict served on a hubcap – because there’s no plate like chrome for the hollandaise.

A real Piano Bar

For anybody else that’s getting coal for Christmas, maybe we can link up and get the grill going or something.

Before you marry someone, find out if their family drinks mimosas or runs 5K on holiday mornings.

Animal Stories

How to catch cats: First – put out a box…

Ignorance, Knowledge, Science

There are three levels of ignorance. Simple ignorance is just not knowing and knowing you don’t know. Compound ignorance is thinking you know but knowing so little you can’t recognize your own ignorance. Tertiary malignant ignorance is then not knowing, thinking you do know and that, for their own good, others should be forced to conform to what you believe.
– quadrant.org.au; opinion-knowing-dont-know –

Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks; but an accumulation of facts is no more science than a pile of bricks is a house.
– Henri Poincare –

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Last but not least:

The Piano Guys -The Calm after the Storm – The Cello Song (Video)

The QuipperyThe Hail Storm

Southern Alberta (hailstorm alley) experienced a severe hail/rain storm Saturday night. According to news reports, 48.7 millimetres (1.8 inches) of rain fell between 7 and 8 p.m. Some parts of Calgary saw hailstones the size of tennis balls that fell at speeds of 80 to 100 km/h. They punctured house siding and broke windows; pockmarked car bodies and caved in windshields.

We were fortunate this time. We got the rain but the hail was small and didn’t do much more than put holes in the rhubarb leaves. We haven’t always been so lucky, as you can see here, here, here, and here. (We are so glad our house still has 40 year old cedar siding – a blob of paint quickly covers the gouges a hail stone can make…)

The Covid-19 Storm

Alberta is lifting restrictions. At our house, family and repair people have been coming and going. We’ve personally relaxed some of the more diligent social distancing and mask rules – but our visitors are certainly welcome to distance and mask in whatever way they feel comfortable.

‘Autonomous Zone’ Storm

I’ve declared our home and yard to be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ – free from the  authority structure in which we are embedded. I’m working on my manifesto, but rest assured it will grant equality to everyone, including pirates.

I was inspired to make this declaration as a result of the occupation in Seattle by Antifa and Black Lives Matter.  They call their zone the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone – CHAZ.

The biggest difference between their zone and mine, however, is that I’m not displacing any people and businesses. That seems too much like colonialism.

CHAZ is doing a few other things that seem similar to the actions that are frequent targets of other protesters:

–  CHAZ put up barricades and walls – an act very similar to the contentious construction of walls between Mexico and the United States.
– CHAZ posted armed security guards around their perimeter (courtesy a self-appointed police force led by a rapper named Raz Simone) – an act in direct contrast to demands for greater gun control.
– CHAZ required residents who live within the boundaries to show ID to prove they “belong” there – an act very similar to segregation
–  CHAZ assaulted a street preacher (who was apparently saying things that upset people) – they supposedly pinned the man to the ground. This seems very similar to the police brutality that they oppose.
– CHAZ welcomed the homeless into their land (and discovered that the homeless took all their food) – well that is just too funny to even comment on.

Other than those items, and maybe some things I don’t know about, I’m in full agreement about freedom from the authority structure (Canadian Liberalism) that I am embedded in…

After the Storm Music – Hello Cello

It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
– Johann Sebastian Bach –

Speaking of which, just imagine what went into taking 8 cello tracks and turning them into one song!

The Cello Song is based on one of the most recognizable classical pieces ever written, J.S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude… Steven Sharp Nelson decided that this piece needed some accompaniment… Adding some original material and 7 more cello parts stacked on top of each other…
The Piano Guys

What positive things are starting to happen in your part of the world?

The Piano Guys and DoodleChaos Line Riders – Something Just Like Liszt (Video)

A new Line Rider video by DoodleChaos  with music from The Piano GuysSomething Just Like This / Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

How hard is it to create a Line Rider sequence? Well, I tried it (and crashed a lot.) Just visit this post to see my results and then follow the link to the Line Riders program so you can try it too.
Line Riders – Blue Danube.

The Piano Guys Indiana Jones, DoodleChaos Beethoven’s 5th (Videos)

The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys combined music from the score of “Indian Jones and the Last Crusade” with the classical arrangement of “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in a video that was filmed in Petra, Jordan.
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DoodleChaos

DoodleChaos makes kinetic art and synchronizes ‘things’ to music. In this video, the Little Line Rider bumps along to Beethoven’s 5th.