‘To take away a man’s soul…’


‘To take away everything he’ll ever be… and everything he’s ever been; steal away all the hurt and the joy and the life that held so many nuances of emotion. Erase every word he’s ever written. Silence the laughter and chill that which once burned.’


 ‘Not sure I could ever do that with any certainty, or with true conviction. Seems like it would turn us all into ghosts; what was left I mean.’ -Blabpipe



So you can see what inspired this, huh? It’s not about taking a life, as much as it is about dissolving one. The man still exists. His image carries on for a while, but the dilution is grainy like an old film. A spark here, the briefest aroma of flowers but to no avail.

In the end, we all become a ghost.


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“Weird Al” Yankovic


Ok.. seriously.. too cool to not share!

First World Problems



“Weird Al” Yankovic rocks!


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45 Yrs Ago…

…we first walked on the moon.




Looking up, it’s hard to believe we could ever travel so far. Being a physicist, I actually studied the rockets and the science involved at the time (and yes, I really am both a rock star and a rocket scientist, go figure… I must dig rocks of all kinds) and what would be risky now was virtually suicide back then. Imagine travelling all the way to the moon (and back) in something just a little more sophisticated than a metal garbage can. The crew of Apollo 11 were courageous for sure.

I stand in awe.



Also, it makes me wonder when (or if) we’ll be going back.


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Arctic Monkeys

Do I Wanna Know?


“Arctic Monkeys are an indie rock band formed in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England in 2002 after meeting at Stocksbridge High School. The band consists of Alex Turner (vocals, guitar), Jamie Cook (guitar), Nick O’Malley (backing vocals, bass) and Matt Helders (drums, vocals). Founding bassist Andy Nicholson left in 2006.

The band has released five studio albums, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006), “Favourite Worst Nightmare” (2007), “Humbug” (2009), “Suck It and See” (2011) and “AM” (2013), all of which debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart.

Each of the band’s first five singles I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, When the Sun Goes Down, Leave Before The Lights Come On, Brianstorm and Fluorescent Adolescent hit the UK Top Five, but their sixth single, Teddy Picker, only went Top 20 and their seventh single, Crying Lightningpeaked at #12.

The band’s rise to success started in late 2004/early 2005 when demo songs which had been handed out in CD form at gigs found their way onto the internet. These demos rapidly spread among message boards and friends leading to a growing fan base for the band, and were collected on the unofficial Beneath the Boardwalk, which the band recognizes on their website. The band owe much of their success to viral buzz via the Internet, and have eschewed typical ‘commercial’ channels, including refusing to appear on the UK’s (now discontinued) Top Of The Pops music program, which was often seen as a gateway to success.” -ArcticMonkeys, LastFM

…and even with all the hype, I think they’re a really good band, worth checking out! Lots of great stuff going on with this group.


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Itching, Scratching, Bleeding

..or maybe it’s just another version of loving, touching, squeezing?

Either way, I find it strange and somewhat humbling to learn that my universe is really smaller than the size of a basketball; that all we are rests comfortably on the skin of our brain, existing in tiny bursts, and brief bolts of energy – zipping to and fro, in seemingly random patterns that combine mysteriously to form our vivid sense of who we think we are.


‘I am that I am.
A is A.’

Itching to learn the truth.
Scratching at the surface.
Bleeding my way towards a shadow in the dark.

Notebooks filled with words that might never be brought to light.


We are all just scrambling in the dark, and it is sometimes a mountain to bear.

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Generation X

…or, the ‘completely overlooked’ generation. We grew up without cell phones or the internet, in an era where comic books and TV were still worthwhile and our culture was still producing films like ‘Star Wars’, ‘Back To The Future’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’ – we were also shaped by the threat of the cold war and wide scale gas shortages.

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“Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western Post–World War II baby boom. Demographers, historians, and commentators use beginning birth dates ranging from the early 1960s to the early 1980s.

The term Generation X was coined by the Magnum photographer Robert Capa in the early 1950s. He used it later as a title for a photo-essay about young men and women growing up immediately after the Second World War. The project first appeared in Picture Post (UK) and Holiday (US) in 1953. Describing his intention, Capa said “We named this unknown generation, The Generation X, and even in our first enthusiasm we realized that we had something far bigger than our talents and pockets could cope with.” The term was used for various subcultures or countercultures after the 1950s” -Wikipedia

My theory is that if you line up sequential generations, every other generation will share traits. You’ll have more in common with your grandparents and grand-kids than you ever have with your parents or kids. It’s just the way it goes.

Right now, we see the effect that the Baby Boomers have had on crumbing our way of life, hoarding all they can in a mad attempt to slow the inevitable – their own demise. It’s happened before, and it’ll happen again with the next generation (Gen Y – followed by Gen Me).

Before that cycle continues, Gen X will have a brief time on top of the food chain. As time permits, this ‘unknown, overlooked’ generation will eventually take the place of the dreaded ‘Baby Boomers’ in controlling our society (or whats left of it) and when that happens, I hope that the damage caused by the Baby Boomers can be patched, and made right again.

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10 Years

Since I can’t seem to not constantly listen to this band, I might as well share.

10 Years is an alternative metal band which formed in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States in 1999. The band consists of Jesse Hasek (vocals), Ryan Johnson (guitar), Lewis Cosby (bass) and Brian Vodinh (drums, guitar). The band is currently augmented live by Matt Brown (drums).

The band has released five albums in their career: “Into the Half Moon” (2001), “Killing All that Holds You” (2004), “The Autumn Effect” (2005), “Division” (2008), “Feeding the Wolves” (2010) and “Minus the Machine” (2012).

In my opinion, “Division” is their best work… but the more I listen to their albums, the more I get into them.

Amazing vocals, and very melodic songs. Overall, an awesome alt rock band – and their music (just like Blabpipe) is on Spotify, so check them out :)




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