September 6, 2006

I recommend a few days with gonegator radio online at www.gonegator.com. This radio station plays Tom Petty’s music most of the time and intersperses them with songs from friends (including fellow Traveling Wilbury alumns like Bob Dylan and George Harrison and many more) and his idols and influences. The thing that people who only know Petty from a handful of radio hits tend not to understand is the impressive depth, range, and consistency of his catalogue of original songs or… Read more

September 5, 2006

Okay, the feedback is rolling in as now we are up to four people who have attested to having visited at some point. Privately surprise has been expressed that While You Were Sleeping makes my list of favorite films. So, I will take that as request for a discussion of this fine piece of cinema. While You Were Sleeping is my favorite “romantic comedy” (Defending Your Life is a better movie and it is romantic and it is a comedy… Read more

September 4, 2006

Heartbreaker: Pickin’ on Tom Petty, the bluegrass tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is really an exceptional tribute that every TPATH fan should own. These recordings of classic TPATH songs do not simply reproduce them with a more countrified blue grass vocalist and a little countrified performance of the songs. Instead there is no vocalist, but instead the acoustic guitar is left to brilliantly “sing” the verses and choruses while the drums, pianos, organs, keyboards, and the lead and… Read more

September 4, 2006

We started playing in April and have played 11 times since then, once each of the last 10 weeks. I missed the last four weeks because of vacation and academic responsibilities that needed attending. But tonight I was back and feeling some pressure to finally win, as I was one of the few people in our rotating cast of players to play as many as 6 times and not have won at all. I have a reputation for getting a… Read more

September 3, 2006

How serendipitous that today—the first day of obsessive blogging on my new blog that will talk a good deal about baseball and philosophy—the Mets’ broadcasters have called attention to the fact that Brad Ausmus’s dad has written a book purporting to be a Schopenhauerian critique of Nietzsche’s thought. That’s at least what I have inferred the book is about. I’m not sure though, having not read it. A Schopenhauerian Critique of Nietzsche’s Thought: Toward a Restoration of Metaphysics (Studies in… Read more

September 3, 2006

Having grown up an extremely devout and serious 20th Century American evangelical Christian, I imagine it was inevitable that my departure from acceptance of Christian ideas— while the result of months and years of thinking and agonizing—would ultimately be made in a decisive moment of “conversion.” Ever since that moment two fundamental motivations have ultimately driven all my thinking—(1) the feeling of compulsion to honestly and carefully constructing a new and truer conception of the world and of the nature… Read more

September 3, 2006

Senseless The infamously bored and restless indescript Complained with the angry—they’re still not over it Partied with the pagans—they’re still hungover it Worshipped intellectuals ‘til they saw one pick his nose Read more

September 3, 2006

A little Star Wars humor to contribute to the celebration of the new era of blogging: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfd_LyVVBVU Read more

September 3, 2006

one of my oldest favorite songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (TPATH) that unfortunately has become numb to me where I can’t really hear it lately anymore but rather find my mind drifting off by the end. Yet, I still cannot hear the opening riff and not have to slam my air drum stick down for that great first drum hit. And, so, listening to it today I felt like reminding myself and my readers what makes this such… Read more

September 3, 2006

This blogging thing begins for me shortly following the demise of a website that was a sort of procrastination home to me for over four years. I was among the top ten most frequent posters for much of those four years, which I guess is something of a dubious distinction. So, now, after a long and mostly successful run, “network executives” have canceled the show after disputes between cast members became absolutely corrosive. Most of the cast has reassembled for… Read more

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