Thursday, January 09, 2014

Velvet Crush In the Presence of Greatness Lyrics

This is my best effort - please leave corrections in comments

Window to the World

I see you up on your soapbox
I see you pinning your halo
You think and go through the motions
You think you know but you don't know

It feels so wrong I think you should let it go
You've been there long enough to know

Beautiful life
Wasted time
Beautiful dream
It's not mine

Your world to me is so hollow
You put them on like a raincoat
Your lies look so shallow
You think you see but you don't know
It's been so long
I guess you can't let it go
Maybe some things never change

It takes so long for me to not let it show
It's worth makes me walk away

And in your space I know you feel better
There in one place you always feel alright

You never really desert them
You want to leave but you don't go
See you draw back your curtain
You see it all from the window


Drive Me Down

Drive me down
Drive me down

Don't want to think about it
Got nothing to do about it

I know it
And you know it now
I saw it
And I know how you

You drive me down
You drive me down

Had to keep my distance from you
Less drink or two (??) to know you
You were perfect and you knew it
But lucky break I guess I blew it

I know it
And you know it too
I saw you
And I know how you

You drive me down
You drive me down
You drive me down

Drive me down
Drive me down, down
Drive me down
Drive me down


Ash and Earth

Try and hold on to a dream
Never get more than it means
I need to feel it
I know it's bad
Feel so tired and scattered

Reconstruct me from the tatters
Resurrect me from the ash
And the earth

So alone to wait and see
Slowly all day comes to be
Be by my side
Dedicate
This is all that matters

Reconstruct me from the tatters
Resurrect me from the ash and the earth that I've become

Be by my side
Dedicate

Reconstruct me from the tatters
Resurrect me from the ash and earth
Reconstruct me from the tatters
Resurrect me from the ash and earth

White Soul

Listen with your head
Tell me what you think that you said
Listen to your heart
Tell me if you want it to start

Listen soul music
Soul music soul
Soul searching
Soul letting go

Soul music
Soul music
Soul music oh

Listen try and see
Tell me what you read into me
Listen now and speak
Tell me what you think you believe
Listen soul music
Soul music soul
Soul searching
Soul letting go
Soul music soul music
Soul music oh

Tear it apart
Strip through the bones
And my heart
Aah

Listen now and touch
Tell me if you want it enough
Listen try to feel
Tell me if you think this is real
Listen soul music
Soul music soul
Soul searching soul letting go
Soul music soul music
Soul music oh

Superstar

Ah
Like I told myself a hundred times
Like it takes the pain away

Concerning this turning
It's changed me
Leave you dry if you hide

Don't see it
Believe it
Don't think you never feel the shine

Ah
Like I tell myself a hundred times a day
Like it takes the tears away

Concerning this turning
It's changed me
Even running a while

Don't see it
Believe it
Don't think you'll never be inside

Ah

Blind Faith

When I was down
Needed someone to befriend
You weren't around so that's the end
You watched me fall and never offered me a hand
You kicked me once and that's enough

So help me now I don't need much to live
And take me now I've got no trust left to give

When she came in
She got underneath my skin
If she gives me time then that's enough

Another one to tell me
Love and I don't long   [??]
Friends that come and go so long
So long

Maybe this is not the place
To put my faith after all
This is not the place to put my faith

So know me now
I don't need much to live
And take me now
I've got no trust left to give
Baby
This is not the place to put my faith after all
This is not the place to put my faith

This is not the place to put my faith after all
This is not the place to put my faith
Whoo!

Speedway Baby

Twilight in the eastern sky
Hit me as it came
He is going to die
Round the shades the night was still
Stopping me as I began

Gliding through the northern lights
We even hit our stride but only for a while
So far up and so far down
It took so long to get around

See the way it goes
It went so fast
See the make believe
It won't last

Sky in the western sky
Like it never left
Leave us back tonight
Comes around lets it go
Not so tight and not so

See the way it goes
Went so fast
See the make believe
It won't last


Stop

Tell me what you're thinking now my dear
Can we make it through another year like this one
So sad and ordinary this life dips along
We've been so patient for so long

Tell me are we doing right my love
Thinking only pain is guidance from a firehouse
How plain and melancholy this world tends to be
With no one saving me from me

Finding out as we go
On and on there is no
Way that we could stop

So simply unremarkable our days unfold
Still I'm not ready to let go

Finding out as we go
On and on there is no
Way that we could stop


Asshole

Lose yourself and you lose control
There is no one else to tell you when it goes

Lose your care
And your sense of smell
You lose everything you ever call your own

Think that you won't miss it when it's gone
Think you won't be lonely when you're alone

Think that you won't miss it when it's gone
Think you won't be lonely when you're alone

Lose yourself and you lose it all
You won't even know your heart from your asshole
You won't even know your heart from your asshole
You won't even know your heart


Die a Little Every Day

Everyone's got it bad
Everyone goes from bad to worse now bad
Given the chance

Everyone sees the end
Everyone's just your temporary friend
Of circumstance

Nothing's left but the feeling that we go on
Nothing's right for the start of each new day
If this is all there is then what are we here for
If there's no more than this than why are we here

Drifting in space and time
True direction seems so hard to find and understand
Everyone has to end
And die a little every single day
By their own hand

Nothing's left but the feeling that we go on
Nothing's right for the start of each new day
If this is all there is then what are we here for
If there's no more than this than why are we here

Nothing's left but the feeling that we go on
Nothing's right for the start of each new day
If this is all there is then what are we here for
If there's no more than this than why are we here
If there's no more than this

Friday, January 06, 2012

O'Reilly books color code for book spines

LINK

From Edie Freedman, Creative Director, O'Reilly, on 13 January 2011:

Web Design/Development: Teal
Programming: Magenta
Perl: Turquoise blue
Java: Dark purple
Apple: Light purple
System and Network Admin: Dark blue
Windows: Royal blue
Security: Yellow
Oracle: Orange
Data: Bright red
Mobile: Grassy green
Linux: Warm brown-red
In a Nutshell references: Rust red metallic

As topics morph and/or grow, we may introduce new colors and retire others. For example, you'll find some Data titles in the Programming group (we will change the color to our relatively new Data red when we reprint those titles).

-Edie Freedman, Creative Director at O'Reilly

Stormville's editorial comment: The perceptive reader will note these are Borgesian categories.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award

In 1949, William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. With some of the money he was awarded, he set up the William Faulkner Foundation. One of the things the Foundation did was award an annual prize for Notable First Novel. Who won this prize, you ask? So did I. Most people know that Thomas Pynchon won it for V. But finding a list of all the winners? The Internet failed me. (I feel like Herbert Stencil or Oedipa Maas). I even came up empty from a search of the usually reliable New York Times archive.

Faulkner died in 1962, leaving his papers to the University of Virginia. The papers are in Charlottesville under the name "Linton Massey Papers" (Massey was a friend, archivist and biographer of Faulkner). UVA has a very useful guide to the Massey Papers online that lists the award-winning authors from 1960 (the first award) through 1968. (More on UVA's Faulkner collections here.)

Matthew Hunte, in a great 2010 blog post, 75 Notes For An Unwritten Essay on Literary Prizes, says the Faulkner Foundation Award "was discontinued in the by the [sic] early eighties when the foundation ran out of money." Seems like Hunte himself isn't sure when the Faulkner Award was ended. (Foundations are basically required by the IRS to give their money away).

In 1980, the Faulkner Award was revived in name as the PEN/Faulkner award. It was first awarded in 1981 to Walter Abish for How German Is It? and has been given annually ever since. A list of winners is here.... except for what looks like one inexplicable omission, Ha Jin's 2000 win for Waiting. (Oddly -- the U. of New Orleans web site says that Rick Barton won that year for A House Divided. Yes, it's another mystery.)

Okay, my dozen readers! Anyone know any of the other winners? Anyone near enough to Charlottesville to do some legwork and figure out the other winners?

William Faulkner Foundation Notable First Novel Award winners

1960 A Separate Peace - John Knowles
1961 Stowaway- Lawrence Hall
1962 A Long and Happy Life - Reynolds Price
1963 V. - Thomas Pynchon
1964 Powdered Eggs- Charles Simmons
1965 The Orchard Keeper- Cormac McCarthy
1966 The Origin of the Brunists - Robert Coover
1967 A Hall of Mirrors - Robert Stone
1968 A Fan's Notes - Frederick Exley
1969 ????
1970 What I'm Going to Do, I Think - Larry Woiwode
1971 ????
1972 Geronimo Rex - Barry Hannah
1973 ????
All other years????

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gödel, Escher, Bach: The movie trailer

In a world where a2 + b2 does not always equal c2, one man seeks to change this.
Will Escher confuse him with impossible geometry? Will Bach charm him with a moving symphony? Will Gödel do whatever it is he does? Will Harry Potter make a lame cameo appearance?
Coming this summer:
Megan Fox as the Girl of the Golden Braid of Eternal Youth
Leonardo DiCaprio as Kürt Godel
Stephen King as MC Escher
Donald Trump as Johnny Bach
And a surprise appearance by Tim Curry as Pythagorus the evil wizard in
Gödel Escher Bach -- the Quest for the Golden Braid

These voices are crying out...for vengeance.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Essential Logic "Popcorn Boy" lyrics,
or 32 Years is a Long Time to Wait

APRIL 2013: POST UPDATED WITH CORRECT LYRICS!

YouTube Video!
To commenter Mikey B: My most grateful and eternal thanks. I have emended your lyrics based on what I hear on the record.

You don't need to think about Popcorn anymore
Popcorn has gone to New York
And he said we had to stop and get some popcorn
And he said that this was right
This could be bright in his hipknifing whirl
So he claimed
So he claimed

Sometimes we mistake you for Iron
Iron raw and iron fast
Eyelined wallpaper, your pressurized frame
Your Epileptone game of lights
Lights sights and fads -- lights sights and fads
Pads of hypnotized lads
Gods of living
Giving you your worth, space and girth [some lyrics missing?]
Wow! You're such a lucky boy
Wow! You're such a lucky boy
Could it be man?
Could it be man?
Could it be mine?
Will you ever hit the forest
Can you never fight the fame?
Cherish your ways of excellence popcorn boy popcorn boy
Ravish your ways of excellence popcorn boy popcorn boy

Your girlie
She wears her woolen tights on so you can play the flirt
She wears a woolen dress too so you can see right through
She suffers your pressure your daring lack of dirt
She mutters her leisure which is your skin tight shirt
Love is lust is self is love is lust is self is love is lust is self is love is love is love

by Lora Logic (1979)

Lora Logic as a mom with 2 adorable kids!

Saturday, April 02, 2011

16 Must-Have Android Apps

I've been using Android for about six months now and I've tried out a lot of apps. Here are some I find essential and some that are just best in their class.
Apps that should've been included with Android

Free
Probably my most-used app.
Allows you to sync your notes with the cloud!

CalenGoo
$6.43
Far, far better than the buggy included calendar app.

Orientation Lock widget
Free
A necessity. The auto-orientation flipping can be annoying.

Advanced Task Killer
Free
You need a task killer with Android to preserve the battery and to kill apps that are hung.

Google Voice
Free
Attention voice mail haters - Google Voice transcribes your voice mail! Never listen to another message! It also makes amusing voice recognition mistakes.

Music

Both of these are better than the awful stock music app.

TuneWiki
Free
It displays the lyrics of songs synchronized with the music! Awesome!

Free
It plays songs in the order the musician intended, not alphabetically like the stock music app.

Social Networking

These probably don't need to be listed, but I do use both all the time.

Twitter
Free
Wonder if this quirky service will take off?

Free
Doesn't work as well to identify places near your current location as the iPhone app, but still essential.

Password Management

mSecure
$4.99
For higher security, I choose a different password for every site. So I can't do without a password app.

Dieting

Calorie Counter by FatSecret
Free
Best thing about - You can point the phone's camera at a bar code, scan it and it identifies the food with full nutritional info. It's also easy to look up foods by keyword search or food type.

Cons - The app is a bit flaky. Sometimes it just refuses to work.
Also, you need access to the Internet to view your food diary.

Calendar Widget

Pure Calendar Widget
$2.11
Great quick way to check today's appointments without opening the calendar app.

Maybe not must haves, but I like and use them a lot

Kindle
Free
Read books downloaded from Amazon. They have a lot of free public domain books, and of course some for sale. Syncs your place in the book with other Kindle apps you have.

Free
Books on audio. Good for subway riders because it needs no net connection once the book is on your phone. (Note - the audio books are not free).

Free
The best and fastest of the song ID apps.

Shakespeare (Kontent Design)
Free
Puts all of Shakespeare (plays and poems) on your phone, so it's usable when offline.
Cons- no search.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

iPhone 4 vs Droid X


January 14, 2011: Updated with more!

(This post is forever "under construction")

I have owned an iPhone 1, an iPhone 3G, and an iPhone 4. This fall, I moved to a new office in downtown Manhattan. Suddenly, I was unable to make or receive phone calls in most places. Also, 3G service got terrible. So basically, my iPhone became an iPod Touch with a steep monthly fee. So I gave it up for a Motorola/Verizon/Google Droid X. The Verizon service has been great. Here's my personal take on what's better about each one.

Where Droid beats iPhone



(New!) Flash

This is a big one. The Droid runs Flash. Without Flash, lots of sites just don't work, or don't deliver their full content. I've read Steve Jobs's reasons/rationalizations for not supporting Flash on iOS, but it runs on Android, and so far the world is still in one piece.

Verizon cell and 3G service

Verizon's network is a joy to use, reliable all over Manhattan and there when you need it.

Screen

Droid's screen is larger, making web surfing a lot more pleasant.

Sync with Google

Droid syncs out of the box with Google contacts (iPhone can be set up to do this).

Organizing apps

Droid keeps your apps in alphabetical order.

(New!) Widgets

I like the wide variety of widgets Android has for customizing the home screens. Some of my favorites -- One-touch calling, TweetDeck, bTunes, Facebook, and Pure Calendar.

Where iPhone beats Droid


Calendar app

On Droid, the calendar app has odd bugs - it scrolls in unpredictable ways, and switches your view without warning. iPhone's calendar app just works and is much easier to use.
UPDATE - CalenGoo for Android (about $6) is pretty good. Why are the apps that come with Android so god-awful that we need to pay to replace them? I think it's because Google doesn't make any money directly from Android, so they just make the apps "good enough". Apple's reputation is riding on the user experience of the iPhone, so they take care to make it great.

Calorie counting app

Edibles for iPhone is better than anything on Droid.

Front camera

iPhone's front camera is indispensable for taking pictures of myself, whether for uploading an avatar or for vacation photos.

Built-in music app

iPhone's iPod app is much better than Droid's Music app. Droid's app skips, plays album tracks in alphabetical order (!) instead of the artist's order, and loses album art when loading your music. On the Droid, I would recommend MixZing (free). bTunes ($1.49) is also good; its interface is a clone of the iPhone's music player. UPDATE - These apps don't support podcasts, so on Android you need.. guess what.. another app.

iTunes Store

Android has no built-in music store. [UPDATE - A friend told me that Android has the Amazon MP3 store. Not very obvious, but it is there.]

New York Times app

Both phones have one, but on the iPhone, you can update all sections of the paper at once, while on Droid, you must update them one at a time. This is significant because my newspaper downloading time is a few rushed minutes in the morning before I get on the subway.

Push notifications to the home screen

iPhone has them, Droid does not. Result: I often miss text messages, and I don't get Foursquare or Twitter messages as easily.

Backup

The iPhone backs up data and apps to the Mac out of the box. Droid's over-the-air backup doesn't seem as trustworthy.

Game selection

There are far more games available for iPhone than for Android.

Uploading photos

On the iPhone, photos sync with iPhoto out of the box.

New, cool apps

Many apps are first (or only) on iPhone. For example, the Chase bank app that allows you to deposit checks on the iPhone by photographing them - not on Droid.

User Interface and navigation

I would give a slight edge to the iPhone due to its lack of hardware buttons. On Droid, the buttons hide functions and force you to guess where things are.

Killing Tasks

On the Droid, you have to constantly manually kill open programs or the battery drains quickly. iPhone does not have this problem. [UPDATE] - Tom, in a comment, says that Advanced Task Killer can do this on a schedule. I wasn't aware of the scheduling feature. Thanks! Still, this should have been a built-in OS feature, not an app.

Equal



App stores

Both have good app stores.

Still camera and video camera

Very good on both.

App updates

Both can update apps using wireless, which is convenient.

Bread and butter apps

Many apps are the same or equivalent on both platforms.

App reviews

Both app stores have user reviews.

Sorry, Droid! You have geeky cool, but when it comes to real use, the iPhone wins. I may well be in line when the fabled Verizon iPhone comes out. UPDATE - Well, the Verizon iPhone is out, and I'm eligible for an upgrade in two years. So I'll be sticking with my Droid X for a while.