On a Plain

Even well-written TV shows like True Blood have their faltering moments. Quite a creative episode yesterday, particularly the way it draws you in by disgust. I bring up the show because it reminded me that I can always do a post about music. Anyone recognize the old blues tune playing in the bar towards the end? It’s a variant of one of the covers below. Each of these songs come from soul or blues artists (or gospel, whatever you want to call it) – recordings I was introduced to at an early age. Tunes like these never lose their potency. The music gets passed on from generation to generation, one cover after another, and rarely do people know about the originals.

cat & guitar
Cat and Guitar HDR by Daniel Raphael Cooper

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I work again

After a week back in the workforce, I was feeling quite philosophical, but I couldn’t come up with a good theme that would work as a Tuesday Zep. Maybe next week if I’m feeling up to the task – it will probably be a private post, too…. Think “This I Used to Believe”. In the meantime, a few bits and pieces of what I’ve been up to lately.

Diamond stretching
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My World Cup predictions

I’ve been unusually busy with job hunting and working this week, but I do have a couple minutes to keep you updated on the biggest sporting event in the world. It’s easier to follow the results than you might think, particularly if you use these handy scoresheets and websites – and it’s been much more predictable so far than the NCAA tournament has ever been!

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Excel Template World Cup 2010 clip (click for all drop.io files)

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World Cup soccer in South Africa

The FIFA World Cup starts in less than 3 days. It’s good to see South Africa (the country that recently brought us District 9, Invictus, and Die Antwoord) hosting and I hope this month’s competition brings the world just a little closer together. This is the first time an African nation has hosted. Leaving politics aside, though, here are a few handy links to help you stay on top of the action.

Mickaël Essien World Cup poster
Poster by Mickaël Essien

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5 money-saving ways to be an environmentalist

I’ve used the impassioned scare tactic in my climate crisis epiphany post, but most people just want to know if environmentalism will save them money. Conservation isn’t a new idea and it’s getting harder and harder to be a skeptic about the damage we’re doing to Earth these days. If you’re not convinced, there are still hundreds of ways to save money (and save the environment at the same time). Here are five (after the jump).

GE: Home Appliance Energy Use

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