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Happy 21st Birthday, Casey

28 Jul 2014 /

On this date 21 years ago — July 28, 1993 — our son Casey was born.

On his first birthday, we took him to Chuck E Cheese. On his 21st birthday, he’s in San Francisco having dinner with his girlfriend so we have to wish him a happy birthday over the phone.

“I remember the day you were born like it was last week,” I say. “I was an integral part of it.”

“Yeah, so was I,” he says.

Right, but he doesn’t remember it like I do. And I don’t want to mention it on his special day, but he didn’t really do anything either. His mom and I did all the work and yet he gets all the glory and recognition. Think about that.

“Happy birthday. I love you.”

[youtube http://youtu.be/YdKu5T9zM6I]


Neil Young Sings “Fancy”

8 Jul 2014 /

Have you seen this? This is absolute genius . . .

[youtube http://youtu.be/ortY6H5jkEw]


Eli Wallach, 1915-2014

24 Jun 2014 /

Legendary character actor dies at age 98.


That L.A. Sunshine

17 May 2014 /

Also featuring the USC Marching Band horn section . . .

[youtube http://youtu.be/i4wsv6tQIn8]


See You in Hell, Carl Douglas

5 May 2014 /

Satan

[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan -- PE]

“It put a smile on my face that finally [Donald Sterling] would be unable to deny the racist allegations against him,” said Carl Douglas, a lawyer who represented former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor in a lawsuit against Sterling.

Carl Douglas is best known as a member of the O.J. Simpson defense team. O.J. Simpson has done some regrettable things, like murdering a couple of white people, but at least he’s never made negative remarks about Magic Johnson photos on Instagram.

See you in Hell . . .

P.S. Carl Douglas the lawyer should not be confused with Carl Douglas the “Kung Fu Fighting” singer. Him, I like.

[youtube http://youtu.be/jhUkGIsKvn0]


Expanding My Repertoire

22 Mar 2014 /
The only known photograph of Frédéric...

The only known photograph of Frédéric Chopin, often incorrectly described as a daguerreotype (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My piano teacher asks me if there are any pieces I want to learn . . .

“How about . . . ?” and here I name a piece by Chopin.

“This one?” she asks and starts to play it.

“Yeah.”

“It’s hard.”

“Well, it sounds quite impressive but I think if you break it down it’s just arpeggios and thirds.”

“No, it’s not just thirds,” she says and starts to play it again to show me. “And that’s with the left hand. Do you think you can play that with your left hand?”

“My left hand’s not very good.”

“I know.”

“So that one is too hard.”

“Yes.”

“OK, how about . . . ?” and here I name another piece by Chopin.

“That’s the only piece that’s harder than the first one.”

“How about this?” I ask, and play a YouTube video on my phone.

“What is that?”

“It’s from a film called The Piano.”

“Is that New Age music? It’s not classical music.”

“Is that bad?”

“IT’S TOO EASY! YOU COULD SIGHT-READ IT!”


The Best Advice I Got This Week

15 Mar 2014 /

Horowitz quote

I was watching a Paul Barton YouTube video about piano practice . . . he said that when someone asked Horowitz how he’s able to play so many difficult pieces, Horowitz replied, “You just got to really want to.”

That seems like excellent advice. It’s short, just a few words . . . you can remember it without even trying to. And I think it could be applied to almost any endeavor.

Imagine someone listening to Horowitz and thinking, “Wow, that’s great! I’d give anything to be able to play like that!”

But he wouldn’t really give anything. He wants to play like Horowitz but he doesn’t really want to play like Horowitz. He doesn’t want to practice 20 hours a day and give up everything else in his life.

In any endeavor, reaching a goal often requires more than someone is willing to give . . . not more than they are able to give but more than they are willing to give.


Rickie Lee Jones – Sympathy for the Devil (Live)

11 Mar 2014 /

[youtube http://youtu.be/huglp30mYSw]


Rickie Lee Jones “Wild Girl” Live

10 Mar 2014 /

[youtube http://youtu.be/YnVV9qE96fY]


Belly of the Whale

30 Nov 2013 /

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeqCqxhxLtc]


What You Don’t See

31 Aug 2013 /

When you watch someone perform, you’re seeing them at the top of their game. When they score the winning point or sell their company for millions — you’re seeing them in their moment of glory. What you don’t see is the thousands of hours of preparation. You don’t see the self doubt, the lost sleep, the lonely nights spent working. You don’t see the moment they started. The moment they were just like you, wondering how they could ever be good.

[youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=daC2EPUh22w]


The Challenge

13 Jun 2013 /

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkByAkAdZs]


Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

20 May 2013 /

[youtube http://youtu.be/S32bgx36G-0]


INSANE Backyard Trick Shots

25 Apr 2013 /

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjxI5ve07Oo]


Celebrity Photos

7 Apr 2013 /

We went to a comedy show at the Irvine Improv on Friday night. Gilbert Gottfried was the headliner. I happened to recognize one of the comedians, David Angelo, sitting in the back of the room before the show — I’m a fan of his work on Twitter and YouTube — and he was gracious enough to pose for a photo taken by my wife:

Me and David Angelo

Now you might say that’s not a very good photo, but it is recognizable as two human beings, which is more than you could say before I spent an hour working it over in Photoshop . . .


eEconomics – Tax Inequality in America

9 Mar 2013 /

[youtube http://youtu.be/KENaWXPmBr0]


I Love to Go to Starbucks!

30 Dec 2012 /

I love to go to Starbucks! When we go to Starbucks, I get to have some whipped cream in a cup, which is called a pup cup. During the holidays, I get pup cups in the red holiday cups!

My last video got 32 views, which my owner says is the most ever on YouTube except for Gangnam Style, which I don’t understand because I’ve seen that video and it’s stupid.

— Lightning paw

[youtube http://youtu.be/C1dDJ2SdF_o]


The Science of Persuasion

12 Dec 2012 /

[youtube http://youtu.be/cFdCzN7RYbw]


eEconomics – Top Tax Rates

4 Dec 2012 /

[youtube http://youtu.be/Fuk1Oih8ZME]


eEconomics – Gas Taxes

2 Dec 2012 /

[youtube http://youtu.be/ffHS6sthF7M]


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