Friday, April 20, 2018

one hell of a woman

Would the post title "one heaven of a woman" had the same effect as the one I used?

Oh if you thought this post was about a particular woman it's not. But as I start to write this I'm reminded that the late Barbara Bush was apparently "one heaven/hell of a woman". (here's a remembrance of her by a Secret Service agent)

one helluva robot

As I've been known to do more frequently of late, I was listening to an oldies station and heard that phrase in a song. My more inquisitive part of my brain asked the other part - why don't we say "one heaven of a woman/man" more? (oh you also have different parts of your brain talking to one another - don't you?)

Here's the lyrics that started these questions popping in my brain:

She's one hell of a woman
Young, strong and tame
But soft when she loves me
Like a gentle kitten in my hand
She makes me feel Like a hell of a man

Now I didn't recall this song enough to recognized it from the lyrics. It did sound somewhat familiar. A fuzzy faded memory. It came out in 1974. The wonderful filled-with-good-and-bad internet helped track it down for me.

The message in the song reminds of one of my favorites by Billy Joel, "She's Always A Woman". Of the two songs I like the Billy Joel one much more.

Ohhh... she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants,
she's ahead of her time
Ohhh... and she never gives out
And she never gives in, she just changes her mind
(here's the She's Always A Woman link)

So you enjoyed a heaven of a time reading and thinking about this - right?
Because I had a hell of a time writing it.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

so glad you made it

At first I thought this post would be about the sixties hit by The Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin'".

Then I noticed a youtube suggested clip (honestly I like youtube suggestions much better than anything FB ever suggested ) while I was checking out a few "Gimme Some Lovin'" clips. The suggestion was a creation of the "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher" song mixed with a dance scene of Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire. (link to the clip)

Not only did I enjoy the dancing clip but also starting checking other suggested mixes with Rita Hayworth. (he was last seen exploring the depths of youtube)

Rita Hayworth in "Gilda"

"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."

Here's a collection of them.

And there are even more of them. My favorite one mixed old movie dance scenes with Led Zepplin.

Gimme some comment

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Long ago I started to think

I have not stopped yet.

The Thinker, Rodin

I never cared for the expression “too much time on your hands”. How can anyone really have too much time? Some activities allow you to think during the activity. Do you have time to think about my question?

riding tortoises allow time to think

Just reacting without thinking has gone badly too often. Planning certainly doesn’t work all the time either. A great plan includes options if the universe disagrees with your plan. You need time to create a great plan.

I’ve discovered over my career of thinking that being assigned a specific problem/task/challenge typically constraints your thinking. It helps to be focused. Now, I’m finished with my task oriented engineering career so I have more time to think about whatever. Free unstructured time provides the freedom to consider a vast unrelated collection of ideas/questions. There is a side effect of this freedom called confusion.

Social media (yes I’ll admit blogs are part of social media but different than Fakebook) throws an overwhelming amount of topics/concerns/problems in your face to consider. It takes extra effort to take time to think about this stuff popping up on your social media feed.

Never used on a TV game show - CareerBuilder early 2017 survey says: 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring. (imagine a game show based on CareerBuilder surveys - total fail)

You know that expression of walking around in another person's shoes. It’s not about stealing used footwear but changing your perspective on the life other people experience. Over at the Long Hollow blog I found a link to this clip called “Complainers”. (note I’m not complaining)

I realize my postings don’t always make sense. However, so much in the world fails to make sense. Making cents doesn’t make complete sense. Have you ever compared what a few people earn to what most people earn? Of course there is discrimination in paying people. Even if you disregard discrimination you’ll notice that large sums of money go to people for just their endorsement. The endorsement doesn’t even need to be more than their image on an advertisement.

The concept of being your own brand didn’t exist when I was young. I’ve squinted at my face in the morning mirror and thought my wonderful hair should be worth a thousand or more. That’s my two cents about that.

I’m suspect incomes have always been illogical and seldom based on the effort involved in the work.

While listening to Pandora I heard these lyrics:

It seems like everywhere I go
The more I see, the less I know

That fairly common expression came from this song: (Michael Franti & Spearhead performing Say Hey (I Love You))


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