Thursday, March 31, 2016

Andrew W.K.'s The Party Party

"We must protect and respect each other, no matter how hard it feels. No matter how wrong someone else may seem to us, they are still human. No matter how bad someone may appear, they are truly no worse than us."

— Andrew W.K.

More information:
» #FunkParty: "Make America GRiZ Again"
» Wikipedia: "United States third party and independent presidential candidates, 2016"

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Redskins Update: RGIII to Browns; Fred to Cowboys

"The Browns confirmed the news in an official release Thursday. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Griffin's deal is for two years and is worth a total of $15 million with $6.75 million guaranteed. Rapoport added that RGII is set to make $7.5 million in 2016 with $3.5 million coming in the form of a signing bonus."
Washington Post:
Robert Griffin III just finished up four of the wackiest years imaginable, in which he played for two head coaches, was benched twice, was hailed as a savior and doused with scorn, prompted Washington’s most exciting season in a generation and slogged through Washington’s worst back-to-back campaigns in 20 years. No matter who was to blame, Griffin was the subject of countless anonymously sourced reports, dominated social media, and ensured that the Redskins were a fixture on sports-radio shows, Web sites and television programs around the country.

Had he gone to Denver or San Francisco, Griffin would be measured against very recent Super Bowl campaigns; in Cleveland he’ll be measured against a fetid pool of sadness. And if he fails, much of his failure will be attributed to general Clevelandness, his chewed-up career laid to rest next to the wreckage of Weeden and Wynn, Frye and Quinn.

But that’s being reasonable. This is no time for reason. This is a time to note with astonishment that after being drafted by a sometimes dysfunctional franchise coming off three straight losing seasons and four straight last-place finishes — and after briefly reviving that organization — Griffin is now joining a frequently dysfunctional franchise coming off eight straight losing seasons and five straight last-place finishes.

The Browns are on their fourth head coach in five seasons. They have the NFL’s third-longest playoff drought. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, they have the league’s fewest points, worst scoring differential and worst record. Some RGIII fans hoped he might stumble into stability and quiet at his next stop.

Sometime next fall, Griffin seems likely to become the 26th quarterback to attempt a pass for the Browns over the last 16 seasons. You know how many of them left Cleveland with a winning record? Try one: Brian Hoyer, he of the magisterial 10-7 mark.

Washington Post:
After the Redskins’ fan favorite running back signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Alfred Morris talked to’s Lindsay Draper about what it’s like to go from one side of a storied NFL rivalry to the other.

“That’s tough,” Morris said before echoing some of what he wrote in a farewell Instagram post to Redskins fans earlier this month. “I know I’m probably going to get a lot on social media, probably like hate messages and stuff from the Skins fans, but it’s okay. In my heart, I’m always going to love and appreciate everything that was there. It’s definitely weird, but at the end of the day it’s a crazy business, and this is the way the cookie crumbled. Nothing against the Redskins or any of their fans, this is what has happened for me and life has moved on. We’ll see what happens.”

After re-signing veteran defensive lineman Kedric Golston, a longtime special teamer for the Redskins, McCloughan recently added safety David Bruton Jr. and linebacker Terence Garvin, both of whom were mainstays for the Denver Broncos’ and Pittsburgh Steelers special teams units.

Bruton Jr., an eight-year veteran, was one of the Broncos’ team captains the last three seasons and was a Pro Bowl alternate during the 2012 season as a special teamer for the AFC. The Notre Dame product has also blocked two punts during his career and even recorded a 35-yard fake punt run in 2013.

For Garvin, undrafted out of West Virginia, he’s made his living on special teams. In his three seasons with the Steelers, Garvin led the team with 33 special teams tackles (26 solo).

More information:
» SI: “What happened there would break a lot of people,” Griffin said.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Wintergatan - "Marble Machine"

The closer the machine gets to be finished the harder it gets to finish it. It is strange how that happens, when the finish line is in sight, everything slows down automatically except the avalanche of new unforeseen problems. We need to start making music now and spend less time picking up marbles from the floor soon soon soon. But it is happening. When it is finished, music will follow.

Take care all!

Martin & Wintergatan

Swedish musician Martin Molin spent 14 months assembling a 3,000-piece multi-purpose vibraphone, replete with a bass and kick-drum, and powered by 2,000 marbles. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Boulder Organic Foods

Daily Camera:
Six different flavors of the organic soups will be on shelves at 850 Targets nationwide, in a roll-out that both helps and highlights the soup company's continued growth.

"Target is going to be a great customer for us," said Greg Powers, CEO of Boulder Organic. "They have an ongoing and growing focus on natural and organic products, and we're happy to be a company they identified as central to that goal."

Powers said the deal cements Target as one of Boulder Organic's biggest customers. The retail giant also will be the launching pad for two new flavors: chicken, quinoa and kale; and chicken vegetable chili with beans.

Those profiles are the company's first with meat. They will be available at all locations that carry Boulder Organic product, including Whole Foods, King Soopers and Alfalfa's.

All of the soups — produced at the rate of 26,400 pounds per day at an 86,000-square-foot facility in Niwot — are organic and gluten-free, and the vegetarian options are non-GMO.

"Anything Boulder Organic does will be done with care (and) consideration for the environment, with healthy ingredients as a primary concern," said Bill Capsalis, president of industry trade group Naturally Boulder. "This is a company with a very focused true north on the compass of doing things right."

That commitment to fresh, ready-to-eat food has paid off for Boulder Organic as the segment has grown.

"(Millenials) tend to want convenience and are willing to pay more for healthier products that are from companies that align with their set of values," Capsalis said. "With canned soup sales dying, fresh prepared soups will scoop up that whole market."

Sales have doubled every year since they were founded in 2006, Powers said, and they are on track to be up 150 percent in 2015.

"That (growth is) definitely going to continue in the foreseeable future," he said. "Next year, they should easily double again. We're simply following in the footsteps of other companies that have gone before us," he said. "It's easier when the path has been blazed for you."

Nine years ago, Kate Brown went to the supermarket on a simple errand: to buy soup for her 10-year-old daughter, Madeleine, who'd just had her tonsils out. She was shocked by what she saw on the labels. Even with organic brands,"I found ingredients I couldn't pronounce," she says.

Brown grew up in the '70s—"the age of Tang"—but her mom had always cooked healthy food and she'd especially loved to make soup. "It's nostalgic," Brown says. "Soup makes people feel cared for." As she served Madeleine mushy cream of potato, she thought, "Good soup isn't that hard! I could do this right." A stay-at-home mom for ten years, Brown knew "those skills would translate—patience, time management, even saying 'the buck stops here.'"

She hosted tastings, ladling out split pea along with questionnaires; she talked to retailers, buyers and "anyone who's ever eaten soup." The feedback wasn't always encouraging. "A mentor looked at my spreadsheets and told me, 'All I can do is pray for you,'" she says. "But I knew in my heart I had a great idea."

In 2008, Brown got a call from the manager of her local Whole Foods, who'd heard rave reviews of her creations and told her he'd like to sell them. Then Boulder Organic Foods "took off like a rocket ship," Brown says. She borrowed money, rented a commercial kitchen, and spent 14 hours a day chopping, cooking, and delivering.

She made mistakes—signing legal documents without a lawyer, ordering the wrong lids—but "I'd give myself five minutes to whine, then move on," she says. "Every disaster is a learning opportunity."

Today Boulder Organic Foods has 45 employees, and the soups are sold around the country. Every ingredient is fresh, and each batch is hand stirred. When people ask whether Madeleine, now in college, will take over, Brown laughs. "I want her to follow her own path," she says. "It's not hard when you trust your instincts."

More information:
» Food Navigator USA: "The fresh soup market is on fire, says Boulder Organic"
» Daily Camera Obituary: Mary Fruehauf (1959-2015)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Museyroom - "Ballad"

Museyroom are sharing their brand new music video for the track “Ballad” off of their full length debut Pearly Whites, out March 25 via Grind Select.

“Lyrically, ‘Ballad’ is about being disengaged with one’s daily life to the point of feeling perpetually asleep and the negative effect this has on one’s relationships,” said guitarist/vocalist Jack Donovan. “The song is optimistic, however, in that it talks about fighting this feeling of helplessness and ultimately learning to appreciate the people who care about you. At its heart, ‘Ballad’ is a call to wake up, to stop obsessively looking inside oneself and start looking out. This idea of ‘waking up’ is played on visually in the video with the use of the eye opening and looking around.”

The video was directed by Alex Braddock as well as the band, and beautifully animated by Braddock as well.

“More generally speaking, the imagery for the video was inspired by other elements we were using to develop artwork for Pearly Whites, channeling an old, saturated illustration style within a digital context,” added Ben Cohen (guitar/bass/synth) of the video. “We love the way Alex interpreted the past/future aspects of the lyrics by blending 2D and 3D imagery.”

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kudoclasm: Lifelong Dreams Brought Down to Earth

Greek kudos, "glory, praise" + clasm, "breaking down."

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig.
Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all
might experience but don't yet have a word for.

"A Pure Spirit" by Simon Arthur Rhodes
"Strangeness and Charm" by Nick Bardoni & Stephen Dominic Warr
"Humming Birds" by Simon Arthur Rhodes

You were born with your head in the clouds,
your future wide open,
feeling almost weightless. Almost.


You had dreams even before you had memories:
a cloud of fantasies and ambitions
of secret plans and hidden potential,
visions of who you are,
and what your life will be.

They keep your spirits high,
floating somewhere above your life,
where the world looks faintly hypothetical,
almost translucent.

But every time you reach for the sky
and come away with nothing,
you start to wonder what’s holding them up.
“Surely it would have happened by now?!”

You feel time starting to slip,
pulling you back down to earth.
even as you tell yourself,
don’t look down.

You don’t have the luxury of floating through life,
because you may not have the time.
The future is already rushing toward you,
and it’s not as far away as you think.

It feels like your life is flashing before your eyes,
but it’s actually just the opposite:
you’re thinking forward, to everything you still haven’t done,
the places you had intended to visit,
the life goals you’d eventually get around to,
some day in the future.

You start dropping your delusions one by one,
like tossing ballast overboard.
And soon the fog lifts,
and everything becomes clear—
right until the moment your feet touch the ground.

And there it is, “the real world.”
As if you’ve finally grown up, steeped in reality,
your eyes adjusting to the darkness,
seeing the world for what it is.
But in truth, you don’t belong there.
We dream to survive—
no more optional than breathing.
Maybe “the real world” is just another fantasy,
something heavy to push back against,
and launch ourselves still higher.

We’re all afraid to let go,
of falling into a bottomless future.
But maybe we belong in the air,
tumbling in the wind.
Maybe it’s only when you dive in
that you pick up enough speed
to shape the flow of reality,
and choose your own course,
flying not too high, and not too low,
but gliding from one to the other
in long playful loops.

To dream big,
and bounce ideas against the world
and rise again.

Moving so fast,
you can’t tell where the dream ends
and where the world begins.