All Sunshine Makes a Desert

Another sunny day here in Chicagoland. Say what you want about San Diego, this place is sunny all the damn time! At least it seems that way to me. Moving from the lee coast of Lake Michigan to the windward side some years ago came as a bit of a shock.

Less cloud cover, less precipitation, that “sickly orange barf-glow” (thank you Lisa Simpson) in the night sky obscuring the stars. Well my nice green lawn is going brown. The wild riot of color from the flowerbeds has turned to a drab, drooping, bleh!

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Eduard Khil, R.I.P.

Eduard Khil, aka “Mr. Trololo”, has died at 77. His most unintentionally famous song became an internet meme a few years ago. To date the Youtube video has received well over 12 million views.  A winner of the People’s Artist of Russia award, he was a well respected singer in his homeland. He only learned of his worldwide fame through his grandson. By all reports, he was both pleased and amused by it.

Incidentally, the real name of his famous song, roughly translated from the Russian is, “I Am So Happy That I’m Finally Coming Home”. How very appropriate. Thank you Mr. Khil for making so many people smile. That’s not a bad epitaph for anyone.


Radio Time Machine

Ooookay, we’d like to change the mood a bit now, gonna mellow it out…

Those of us who are–how shall I say it?–of a certain age, have difficulty relating to contemporary tastes in music. As Grandpa Simpson famously said, “I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s it seems weird and scary to me… it’ll happen to you!”¹

Well the other day, while doing my usual tour of favorite blog sites, one of them had a link to this wonderful item: The Radio Time Machine (powered by Rdio, a subscription music service with no ads). You can try it for free with limited functionality.

By moving the slide-bar, you can dial in your favorite year, from 1940 to present day, and hear selections from the Billboard Top 100 which play in a continuous loop. If you sign up for a free trial with Rdio, you can hear the whole song. Being a cheapskate myself, I doubt I’ll get a subscription, but boy it sure brought a smile to my face. Try it!

Wait a minute…is that?…oh wow, Grazing in the Grass! Man I love that song! Gotta go…


¹The Simpsons, Season 7, Homerpalooza