Wednesday Open Thread: Day 276 of the Year 2018 CE
So, October 3, 2018 - for my reference if nothing else. I'm scurrying along trying to get all my OTs queued up before heading out on a 3 week road trip so I don't have to try to do it on the road. So today, we get a few scattered date related items that I find interesting, significant, or simply fun. One is even arguably something of merit
OK, on this date in 1873 the US hanged Captain Jack and his companions for the roles they played in the Modoc war. Though I side with Captain Jack in this matter, I'm not going to run through the whole history. I'm relating this fact in order to play a song - I admit it. Something to read my next rant to
Jump to 10-03-1957 and The California State Superior Court held that Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems wasn't obscene. I read it very young, got some explanations from my elder brother, and read it again every few years for a while, gaining ever and ever greater understanding and appreciation. One thing took me forever to sort out - how the hell did the question of obscenity even arise? The words weren't that dirty. There was no graphic sex. No dirty pictures. I finally got it: It wasn't remotely obscene, but certain critics were: Puritans, Blue noses, Christofascists. And, oh, yeah, that's it, there were gay people treated and viewed as humans. Oh, the horror, the horror! The continuing saga of the all pervasive Puritan Christian ethos and dominionism that underpins so much of our law, and all of our blue laws at work. And shut down, too, thanks judge. /rant
So, in 1938, (I really have trouble believing that year) Eddie Cochran was born. 10/03/1938, wow, and just as fresh as ever.
One more to set the mood, or not, as the case may be
Yeah, who cares - that resonated for years, decades even.
So 1947 brings us John Perry Barlow, a poet, songwriter, blogger, essayist and activist. His life and bio are amazing. He is definitely in the running for the least well known member of the Grateful Dead. He was also a cattle rancher and a cyberlibertarian, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, The leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation. - https://www.eff.org/ He was also a founder of the Freedom of The Press Foundation - https://freedom.press/ It's business: Freedom of the Press Foundation protects and defends adversarial journalism in the 21st century. We use crowdfunding, digital security, and internet advocacy to support journalists and whistleblowers worldwide. That's more than the tip of the iceberg, but far from the totality of his life's work.
... and here's one to take home, his "Principles of Adult Behavior", print it and hang it on the wall
1 Be patient. No matter what.
2 Don't badmouth: Assign responsibility, not blame. Say nothing of another you wouldn't say to him.
3 Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you.
4 Expand your sense of the possible.
5 Don't trouble yourself with matters you truly cannot change.
6 Don't ask more of others than you can deliver yourself.
7 Tolerate ambiguity.
8 Laugh at yourself frequently.
9 Concern yourself with what is right rather than who is right.
10 Try not to forget that, no matter how certain, you might be wrong.
11 Give up blood sports.
12 Remember that your life belongs to others as well. Don't risk it frivolously.
13 Never lie to anyone for any reason. (Lies of omission are sometimes exempt.)
14 Learn the needs of those around you and respect them.
15 Avoid the pursuit of happiness. Seek to define your mission and pursue that.
16 Reduce your use of the first personal pronoun.
17 Praise at least as often as you disparage.
18 Admit your errors freely and quickly.
19 Become less suspicious of joy.
20 Understand humility.
21 Remember that love forgives everything.
22 Foster dignity.
23 Live memorably.
24 Love yourself.
Other words to live by -- I may be going to hell in a bucket, but at least I'm enjoying the ride
So, there are many more worthies today, heck, jusst in music alone, but I have to throw one last clip up here not the greatest song nor the most skilled of his ouvre, but, in this instance showing some remarkable virtuosity near the end where he breaks a string in the middle of a riff, plays on and swaps guitars to continue without missing a beat. That is seriously hard to do. SRV born 10-03-1954
I won't be here when this posts, and don't know when or if I'll be able to drop by, so ....
The thread is open and the floor is yours. Whazzup?
((Image from page 637 of "Our pioneer heroes and their daring deeds" (1887)))