Blow, winds!

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks!
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, an germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!

 

From King Lear, by Jackie Collins

Woke to quite a raging storm. Rain and wind in the night. I’m dreaming of a wet christmas.

Yesterday some kind of bug hit my picasa galleries and substituted all sorts of weird photos in the place of my elvis and christmas photos. It may have had something to do with upgrading to Picasa 3.9 while the web sync function was on in the galleries. while the library was updating, temporary photos uploaded to the web galleries from the local ones. It was a drag. I had incorporated the picasa galleries all over my website and my blog. Don’t want to think that they are not reliable, since they make things so much easier for image management and display. Looks like things are back in order again.

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White Christmas

Hear my son’s 6th grade choir singing “White Christmas”. They were pretty good, actually. The music teacher this year was pretty good. Last year’s had seen too many episodes of “glee”. All karaoke singing and dancing.

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And here’s Ian after the show, carrying a snare drum and his top-fighting arena (looks like a dog bowl).

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Ian’s Sixth Grade White Christmas

New Camera

Bicycle with light, captured by new camera

Yes, thrill of thrills, my new camera arrived today. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. I was afraid that it would get lost in the chaos of cutbacks at the post office, strikes, general malaise around here, but no. The most excellent thing about this arrival, aside from the fact that I got it on ebay for 100 euros less than it costs around here is the fact that I paid for it entirely from revenue generated by Bandcamp, in particular my theatre and dance album. Oh frabjous day! And this here thang, she takes HD videos and panoramic photos and even 3d photos, so very cool. My other camera, which is a most excellent Sony as well will now go to my beloved Maria.

Scene from my bike ride

I am also thrilled because I mounted my other ebay purchase on my bicycle, an LED light which mounts on the wheel and displays geometric patterns which it renders based upon the number of times it passes a magnetic sensor mounted on the frame. I hope to be a Rhinestone cowboy out there on the night streets of Athens. I was even humming Rhinestone Cowboy to meself out on the bike.

And tonight, Maria comes back from Cyprus. I will be happy to have her back in my arms but I have also been content to be on muh own for a spell.

 

 

Office yoga

This is some really good stuff to de-stress and stretch systematically for people who sit for hours in office chairs in front of computers.

 

Yoga Journal: Office Yoga – Stress relief you can do at your desk.Dynamic Arm Raises challenge you to coordinate your movements with your breath, improving circulation in your upper body—and refreshing your body and mind. Take a cue from Eastern cultures and keep your joints supple and back strong with the simple and free practice of sitting on the floor for a few minutes a day.

Maria's Birthday

DSC09097.JPGIt’s my baby’s birthday today. I sang a fingerpickin’ version of happy birthday this morning. yesterday we took a bike ride down to piraeus. we rode around the harbor, which is wonderfully empty this time of year, made our way to a lighthouse where a fairly grizzled old guy was fishing for octopus. He would grill his catch, he told us, and eat it with some friends over ouzo.

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Tomorrow she will go to Cyprus for some performances of the show she currently inhabits, “plath’s kitchen”. It will be me and my computer until Friday.

Maria’s Birthday

DSC09097.JPGIt’s my baby’s birthday today. I sang a fingerpickin’ version of happy birthday this morning. yesterday we took a bike ride down to piraeus. we rode around the harbor, which is wonderfully empty this time of year, made our way to a lighthouse where a fairly grizzled old guy was fishing for octopus. He would grill his catch, he told us, and eat it with some friends over ouzo.

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Tomorrow she will go to Cyprus for some performances of the show she currently inhabits, “plath’s kitchen”. It will be me and my computer until Friday.

Bodhi Day

It’s Bodhi Day, chillun! It’s also St. Nicholas day and Peter Principle’s birthday. Huzzah!
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Bodhi Day 2011: Commemorating The Enlightenment Of The BuddhaBodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the Buddha achieved enlightenment, translated as bodhi in Sanskrit or Pali. Bodhi Day is celebrated on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month. In 2011, Bodhi day is observed on Thursday, Dec. 8.

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New Elvis Gallery

 

 
In the process of working on The Temple of Elvis on Mundoblaineo, I appropriated a mess of images of paintings of the King. Here they are for your perusal. (click on the image to enlarge.)

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The temple of Elvis

I been workin’ on the venerable “temple of elvis” on my website, trimmin’ away the dead wood, addin’ some more. Here is a video playlist of the king for your dinnertime amusement.

thank you very much.

See a live shot of Graceland 24/7 via our GracelandCam.

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The Temple of ElvisTemple of elvis, elvis is alive, classic arcade games

Interview with BLR

This is an unusually wide-ranging interview I did earlier in 2011 with Raphael Smarzoch for the Deutschland Funk radio program “Corso”, recorded by me from a Skype conversation. In it, I speak of the origins of Tuxedomoon, the late’ 70’s scene in San Francisco, the history of San Francisco, gay surrealism, punk rock, the Mabuhay Gardens, meditation, the creative tension in Tuxedomoon, man’s place in the universe and on and on and ever anon. Lend me an ear.

Interview with the BLR

 

 
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Pueblo City Limits

I was so proud to be included in this woman’s blog. She writes about the wonderful music scene in Pueblo, Colorado (my home town) in the 60’s and 70’s. Here is her entry about me and the salient bio information it contains.

Pueblo City Limits: Blaine ReiningerLast year I was contacted by a reader of this blog, who told me that I should contact Blaine Reininger, the talented multi-instrumentalist, and one of the founders of Tuxedomoon. COMING NEXT POST: Solve The Mystery – Jack Shipley and the Blue Ridge Boys

Falling Infinities (with mp3)

In 1995, I collaborated with 2 DJ’s from Cologne and Frankfurt, Dr. Atmo and Ingo Schnorrenberg in the studio of producer Michael Pagenstedt. We had a series of enjoyable sessions which resulted in the CD and vinyl releases “Uvoii, sound of Heaven” for Pete Namlook’s legendary Fax Records and  “Falling Infinities–Kingdom of Dreams.” for Sony’s Dance Pool label.

“Cadillac Nights” is one of my favorites from that effort.

Cadillac Nights

Here is the vinyl LP which I have listed for sale on EBAY.

Blaine L. Reininger and Falling Infinities Kingdom of DreamsFalling Infinities was a 1995 project embarked upon by Blaine L. Reininger together with Cologne DJ's and producers Dr. Atmo (Amir Abadi), Ingo Schnorrenberg and producer Michael Pagenstedt. The 5 songs on this double 12" EP were issued in 1996 by Dance Pool, a side label of Sony.

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