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07/30/17

We got up to our old tricks in Frisco a couple weeks ago.

Frisco Pier

There in the background you can see the remains of the Wreck of the Frisco Pier, and here's the song about it that we recorded at the scene one summer long ago....

A few years later I made a video about a day on the beach. Which goes to explain our tradition of sticking a stick in the sand and marking time with shells and stuff.
07/07/17

Pete and Jeff

The gobos in the studio roll around and form partial rooms, separating instruments and singers just enough.

Pete pointed out that I should have made them a little taller...

Here's a reminder that it's summer.

hawk hammer

The Bambiverse has reached a low ebb, due, I think mainly, to the former owner of the feather here. Well, hawks are a part of the Bambiverse too.

The hammer and other objects, and their arrangement on my shed wall reminded me of the cover art of one of my favorite books, an illustration by Harry McNaught.

weather book cover

It would be hard to measure the effect that this one little book has had on me. It has never been far from reach since sometime around 1963. The basic story is that of trying to make sense of the world- or rather, trying to make sense of the cultural description of the world.

Rain falls. The experience of this is direct and obvious. It's the why of it that this book, this cultural artifact, attempted to explain. The value of this is not so much that weather has been explained as that the attempt to explain it has taken this particular form. Meaning is conveyed, meaning not contained in the natural phenomena itself.

That meaning goes way beyond the thing that we call "weather". Weather just is. The book about the weather conveys an approach to understanding that some have called science, but it has pitched its sell via art. The art is what draws you in.

Science can seem very dry, but the marriage of science and art is fascinating.

Here's the back of it:

weather book cover

Think about what is depicted here. The wall is the artificial framework on which are hung various instruments created for measuring things related to weather. Among them are photographs and means of recording the results of these measurements, as well as reminders that the understanding of these measurements requires communication between people.

Perhaps the most important part of the illustration is the depiction of the wall as being literally weather-beaten. Our understanding of the phenomena is affected, not only by our purposeful attempts to measure it, but by the phenomena's effect on those attempts. Good stuff.