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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    An Arcane Pause

    TOOLS OF WOOD
    Bamboo Or Spruce ?
    strokes and folks
    WALLPAPER:  CEDAR OR SPRUCE ?
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    .. A not so quiet renaissance is sweeping the world. It is similar to the resurgence of bamboo that one sees in rods of fly fishers.
    BY MARTIN
    .. It is every bit as organic, cultural, and as arcane as it is in the fly fishing world. It's the world of classical guitars and ukuleles.
    .. Down through the millennia a box with a string has revealed itself in cultures around the world.
    .. We call those boxes musical instruments. The boxes and strings have evolved into a seemingly endless array of shapes and sizes.
    .. The guitar, (as we know it,) is a fairly recent iteration of this genera. The ukulele is even more recent.
    .. Both are members of the "lute family." and are becoming fixtures in cultures both east and west.
    BY TORRES
    .. Sometime in the 15th or 16th century the modern form of the guitar became recognizable. By 1792 the six string version that we know was pretty well standardized.
    .. The ukulele can trace it's origin to small Portuguese instruments, (machete de braga,) that were introduced to Hawaii early in the 19th century. By mid century the form that we know today had become recognizable.
    .. Over the last 200 years guitars have become the universally recognized accompaniment to vocal music in world cultures: electric, electric acoustical, acoustical, folk, classical, flamenco, etc.
    BY KALA
    .. During the last 70 years, (or so,) with increasing regularity, The guitar has become a fixture in the home and on the trail. During the last 20 years the ukulele has been making rapid progress as the instrument of choice for campfire accompaniment.
    .. With the explosion of Asian labor and the abilities of exceptional craftspeople, both of these instruments are now being produced in huge quantities. Prices are lower than any in memory.
    .. The quality of the instruments ranges from pure shit to the best ever made. Experimentation with new materials, (woods and synthetics, ) and construction techniques, (i.e. double tops and carbon fibers,) has brought a revolution in the familiar instruments.
    BY GIBSON
    .. The electric guitar from the 50's and 60's has become an expensive collectors item. Depending on provenance an electric guitar can go for over two million dollars at auction, (LINK.)
    .. The earliest classical guitars may go for three times the price of the electric models. But, price is a digression for the specialist.
    RAMIREZ GENERATIONS SPAIN
    .. Today there are guitars and ukuleles being made throughout the world that are the sound and construction equivalent of anything made previously. The best guitars now come from California, Spain, Germany, China, Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, and - all points in between. The best ukuleles come from China, California, Germany and Hawaii, (among other places.)
    AMALIA RAMIREZ
    .. Some are made in garages in Oregon. Some are made in small shops in Spain. Some are made in factories in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Some are made in forest retreats in Japan. They can be made anywhere there is a dedicated craftsman. There are even two in West Yellowstone, Montana.
    .. Modern commerce and international cooperation have made available woods that have hitherto been unknown or unavailable to the luthiers of the world. There are even large companies that specialize in the woods for the ukulele and guitar.
    ALL THOSE WOODS
    .. The appeal of both the guitar and the ukulele for solo pleasure, performance, and voice accompaniment is portability.
    .. Today kids, children, old codgers, teenagers, millennials, men, women, and others are flocking to ukuleles like never before.
    UKULELES BY THE THOUSANDS
    .. Blogs are erupting across the web in languages never before encountered. YouTube is rife with reviews, songs, instruction, performances, and the miscellaneous stuff that is attracted to that platform.
    .. Specialty shops that sell only ukuleles now are more popular than guitar specialty shops.
    STRAIGHT FROM SCOTLAND
    .. School music programs can afford ukuleles for all students not just a few band instruments for the band classes.
    .. The autoharp is out. Boring and irrelevant 'music appreciation' is long gone. Ukulele participation is in. In the last 10 years the classroom ukulele has become a true phenomenon. AND, it persists outside the classroom.
    READY TO JAM
    .. Kids can carry their ukes and jam at any time and anywhere. Even the waterproof plastic ukuleles sound good, stay in tune and can go to the beach, river, lake, or ski slope, (REALLY ?).
    .. From obscure and humble beginnings in 1967, (LINK,) to today the 50 year explosion has produced a multi-generational conversation that brings together folks in a unique and productive way. Try it - you'll like it.
    .. 'The movement,' if it can be called that, is as simple or complex as you choose it to be.
    .. The expense can vary from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. The songs can be as simple as "Mary had A Little Lamb," to as difficult as  "Bohemian Rhapsody."
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     Bohemian Rhapsody by Jake

    .. We enjoy listening to both the guitar and the ukulele. We play both very badly.
    .. But - in the winter these chunks of wood are almost as fulfilling as the bits of bamboo that we torture in the warmer months. A box full of air should be explored by everyone at least once in their life.
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    .. It's about to become a melting day - again. There is petrol in the horse and Notellum Backwater has not frozen yet. False dawn just broke and the neighbors have let their dogs out to fertilize the snow. All is right with the universe.
    .. For those interested there are some unique video bits below the wallpaper.
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    WALLPAPER:   PULLA - STRAIGHT FROM FINLAND
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    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Sense Of Humor - Ho, Ho, Ho !

    MNUCHIN CHUCKLES
    A Ten Year Joke
    just ignore it
    THE NEW TAX PLAN
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    .. The joke is on us. The U.S. Treasury Department, ("with dozens of staff working on it,") have produced a report about the Current Tax Reform Plan.
    .. So then, here are the main points:
    .. #1, By itself it won't pay for itself  =  1.5 Trillion additional debt, more or less,
    .. #2, Tax cuts for wealthy paid for by increases, (over time,) in middle class tax rates and reduction of expenditures for social programs for the less fortunate,
    .. #3, It all fits on one page.
    .. So now we are taking money from food-stamp beneficiaries, and giving it to millionaires. We are also adding debt to our progeny.
    .. We are again, asked to believe that the regressive tax breaks will supercharge the economy.
    .. We are also, asked to believe that policymakers will also agree to pass: (A) - Trump’s non-existent infrastructure plan, (B) - Trump’s non-existent welfare reform plan, and wait for (C) - Trump’s regulatory reform plan to work wonders. We'll not live that long.
    .. Don't pay attention to this - OR - read the one page official report  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>    HERE.
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    WALLPAPER:  HAM SANDWICH

    Tuesday, December 05, 2017

    My, Oh My !

    PATAGONIA ON WARPATH
    It's Bigger Than Fish
    click on over

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    .. It's disguised as sane local control and just a political decision. Ha!
    .. Under local control it has been overgrazed and mutilated. Prehistoric treasures have been destroyed. Ancient artifacts have been plundered and sold for profit. That's local control in the state of Utah.
    .. For it's entire existence Patagonia has been the champion of conservation and stewardship of our environmental and cultural resources, (including the values that give us the freedom to enjoy our outdoor recreational opportunities.)
    .. The pseudo Montanan, Zinke, has performed his lap dog function and done his master's bidding. Watch for more to come.
    .. This action by the trump nation flies in the face of opposition by more than 2 million public comments. It defiles the sacred traditions of Native Americans. It aims to curry favor with the retro minds of Utards.
    .. Click on over to the Fact and Action page at Patagonia for a bit of insight that the American voters have foisted on their neighbors. Be sure to read the whole page. Think deeply about this action and it's portent for things to come in the next 7 years.

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    WALLPAPER:  DUTCH BABY, COFFEE, BACON

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    Got A Minute?

    WE ANTICIPATE 50's
    Slept In To Digest
    no best buy in town
    WALLPAPER:  NEWS OF THE DAY
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    .. Our local news cycle is not in sync with the rest of the world. The village "newspaper" happens weekly and extols the virtues of the high school kids and provides us with some wire service pap and a bit of city council shenanigans.
    .. TV is a rehash of sensationalism delivered by talking heads. Nothing new there.
    SNOW EATING DRIZZLE
    .. The most current information about local events and the doings going on around town is posted on the bulletin boards at the Post Office and the grocery stores.
    .. Sometimes the most up to date news is available on the posters in the shop windows. Keeping the eyes open provides excellent observational news, (i.e. the snowmobile crates arrived.) We can even see that the weather is warm and the drizzle is eating the little snow that we have.
    .. Depending on the web weather sites we visit, we are headed for a week of warmer and wetter  -- so be it.
    .. On the other hand, our village is small enough that even silent farts are reported in the clusters of the neighbors at the hardware store, grocery store, Post Office, and coffee shops.
    .. In this, (our very own,) dark corner of town we have a bit of lateness built into our news gathering habits. The interwebs are full of delayed broadcast news -- we check it anyway. Our radio reception is poor for the Bozeman and Idaho Falls stations  -- we listen, sort of. Our shortwave set delivers "think pieces" and more rehash --  once in a while it is pertinent.
    LUCKY CHAP
    .. The Sunday New York Times arrives on Monday or Tuesday and we see it on Thursday or Friday as a gift from a neighborhood subscriber.
    .. The Bozeman paper arrives a day late and must survive the elements coming up the canyon before it's delivered to the distribution points in convenience stores and such.
    .. So, in the evening we pour over the available print media and in the morning we turn on the shortwave while we surf the net. It's an adequate  enterprise but seldom as fulfilling as we would like.
    .. On this beautiful 'Black Friday' we've decided to #OptOutside.  Today is to be most gentle and damp. The snow is running down the drains, (that haven't frozen up yet,) and fish were encountered yesterday. Perhaps again today.
    .. Seldom do we encounter moving prose or spectacular photography on the news sites that we click up on the computer screen. However, it happened this morning.
    .. Should you have a spare minute; click on over to the BBC for a bit of both.
    ORIGINAL WOOLLY WORM
    .. Locally, hunting is replacing fishing for most of the neighbors. The gentle weather has demanded that the highest country is the destination at the moment. Snow cover for tracking elk is sparse and intermittent.
    ..  Unbeknownst to many fair weather fishers is the apparent fact that bugs live in the water all year.  The seemingly most active bugs, right now, are the yellow stoneflies and the caddis flies. Remember: fish have to eat -- so do the bugs. Fishing is a productive alternate pastime to slow hunting.
    .. Mayhaps the fish will cooperate again.
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    WALLPAPER:    OLD YELLER

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    Drip, Drip

    TOO WARM ?
    The Slush Forms
    the fishes frolic
    WALLPAPER:  DA HAM
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    .. We have seen it this warm this late. Not often. A bit of drizzle and some light overcast is the order of the day. The recent snow has turned to the consistency of a melting snow cone.
    THE LITTLE CARROT SHOULD DO
    .. Our trusty horse still has some mud from the last foray into the wilds. We'll wash it when we get back - the car washes close on the first.
    .. Dinner is ready and the neighbors are bringing the kids. Should be delightful. Maybe even some football?
    .. The false dawn is about done and the coffee needs finishing. We are headed to the small tributary of Notellum Creek before it freezes.
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    WALLPAPER:  AU GRATIN POTATOES

    WALLPAPER:  DA PIE


    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Thursday, November 16, 2017