A buddy posted a review of Starcraft

which apparently is big stuff in the gaming world. I don't know myself, not a gamer, but it looks pretty cool.

Anyway, his blog is top notch if you like comics, graphic novels, and Star Wars.

Game Review: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty - Home - Blog System is Go: "I was intrigued by the futuristic dystopia, where the Terrans are the cast-off of the main human civiilization; the marines and other frontline troops are made up of drug-altered convicts, for instance, and the workers sound like ornery rednecks. It ain't Star Trek--not by a long shot."

just because, look how young! get some Pigpen too!

Abraham and Issac

Bob wrote in Highway 61 Revisited

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on”
God say, “No.” Abe say, “What?”
God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run”
Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”
God says, “Out on Highway 61”

And as the Grateful Dead sang

"Abraham and Issac sitting on a fence
you'd get back to work if you had any sense"

Pot Leaf Toaster

Deadheadland posted a pretty cool toaster. I like toast. I could use a toaster like this for special occasions. It could be fun.

Deadheadlandazon - Grateful Dead books, music, and STUFF Deadheads might like! - BRAND NEW ~ Marijuana ~ Cannabis ~ Pot ~ Ganja ~ Weed ~ Grass ~ 420 ~ Hemp ~ Leaf ~ TOASTERS:

"New Cannabis Leaf Toaster will toast the image of the marijuana hemp leaf on your toast and sandwiches."

someone posted a "love is fragile" comment on Facebook

She, being a teenager, had a fragile boyfriend
he said"not ours!"
she said, "um, yeah"
he got sad.

I wrote:

Love IS fragile!
that's part of the beauty of it
thats why when you find it
you gotta hold it, hang on to it,
and take care of it while you have it,
treat it like it's fragile
love is fleeting, a whisper,
a ghost of the shadow of a bird
anyone who holds it, if only for a moment
is better for it

Dark Star Palace: Jerry Garcia Tribute Night with the SF Giants

I recently discovered this Blog - Darkstar Palace. The writing is great, like below:

Dark Star Palace: Jerry Garcia Tribute Night with the SF Giants:

"Onwards to the National Anthem. Now, if you're a deadhead like those of us at Dark Star Palace, you know that the Dead have their ON nights and their NOT so on nights...and you learn to just cringe a bit before the boys jump in as you never know which way the wind is blowing that particular night. Well, the winds were blowing us all safely home this Monday night on the bay, as Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Jeff Pehrson of Furthur just hit home run after home run on the vocal duties. Phil sang in key!! Bob didn't spit all over Phil that much! Jeff couldn't figure out if he just got beamed out of Mork-from-Ork's spaceship because how in the hell do you land this gig with these freaks anyway???"

Deadshow.org May 1977 Grateful Dead performances

Deadshow.org May 1977 Grateful Dead performances:

"05/01/77 (Sun) The Palladium - New York City, NY
Set 1: Might As Well, El Paso, Ramble On Rose, Cassidy, They Love Each Other, Lazy Lightning > Supplication, It Must Have Been The Roses, Estimated Prophet, Tennessee Jed, Sunrise, Samson & Delilah
Set 2: Dancing In The Streets > Brown Eyed Women, Beer Barrel Polka > Playing In The Band > Drums > The Other One > Comes A Time > Playing In The Band, E: Brokedown Palace"

So what the hell. Starting tonight, I do believe I'm going to listen to the May 1977 run in its entirety, in order. Might as Well, right?

How to Road Trip

How to Road Trip by Leslie Harpold - The Morning News:

"They say you never really know someone until you travel with them, and there’s nothing like a road trip to reveal someone’s true Buddha nature. Much poetic waxing has been spent on the lure of the open road—with too little attention paid to the harsh reality of several consecutive days of living in a car. Before embarking on a road trip you must set certain absolutes in place."

Most readers of this blog can relate to this article. It's spring, and I feel like reading "On The Road" or taking a good road trip, as I'm sure many of us do. My closest friends are fellow "road trippers", and we learned some of these rules the hard way...
Like that afternoon in St Louis in front of the hotel where it was revealed that guy A's girlfriend had been sleeping with guy B...

Books = Thought = Danger

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Influential guitarist, singer Alex Chilton dies - Yahoo! News

Influential guitarist, singer Alex Chilton dies - Yahoo! News

"NEW ORLEANS – Singer and guitarist Alex Chilton, known for his influential work with bands the Box Tops and Big Star, has died. He was 59.

Chilton's longtime friend John Fry says that Chilton died Wednesday at a hospital in New Orleans after experiencing what appeared to be heart problems.

Fry, the owner of Memphis-based Ardent Studios, says he has spoken to Chilton's wife and that she's very distressed. Fry said: "It was just a sudden and unexpected event."

Chilton had been scheduled to perform with Big Star on Saturday at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

The festival's creative director, Brent Grulke, says Chilton's gift for melody was second to none.

Gulke says: "Alex Chilton always messed with your head, charming and amazing you while doing so."

Bummer, too young. I know Alex Chilton because of the Replacements song.

The Replacements Alex Chilton
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The top 10 geek anthems of all time - CNN.com

We all know we all have some geek in us, whether it's the statistician, or the sci fi nut, like Jerry was, or the intellectual type like Phil. Here's a neat list of geek tunes...

The top 10 geek anthems of all time - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- Geeks rock.

When Buddy Holly jerked onstage as a bespectacled counterpoint to the pelvis-swiveling cool of Elvis, it carved out a spot in rock and pop music for the kids more inclined to admire Stephen Hawking than Steven Tyler or Bill Gates than Billy Idol.

1. "She Blinded Me With Science," Thomas Dolby

One of the greatest one-hit wonders in a decade known for them, Dolby [a stage named cribbed from Dolby Laboratories] brought geek to the Top 40 in 1982.

To this day, the chorus' one-word interjection -- "Science!" -- is a universally recognized exclamation whenever geeks gather.

Dolby also walks the walk. He has helped invent the RMF file format, written music for video games and, since 2001, has acted as the musical director for the tech-intensive TED conference.

Geek essentials: Science, social awkwardness, being hit with technology.

2. "Dare to Be Stupid," Weird Al Yankovic

"White and Nerdy" or "All About the Pentiums" would also have been obvious choices here from an artist with probably as loyal a geek following as anyone.

But "Dare to be Stupid" was a mission statement at a time when Al was still ascending to supernerd status -- spoofing the synth-pop of groups like Devo while goofing on advertising slogans, catch phrases and cliches.

The song would be used in the 1986 "Transformers" animated movie and, years later, be covered by geeky rapper M.C. Chris.

Geek essentials: Daring to be stupid

3. "Nerdcore Rising," M.C. Frontalot

Every song in Frontalot's catalogue -- sung by the father of nerdcore hip-hop -- would be comfortable on this list.

But this call to arms from his 2005 debut album summarizes the movement -- the "kids with the spectacles" have as much right to bust rhymes as anyone. (Let's be honest: They couldn't do much worse than some previous rap-rock mashups if they tried. Yes, Linkin Park, I'm looking at you).

Frontalot will be playing three Austin shows during South by Southwest, with a new album, "Zero Day," due out in April.

Geek essentials: Wearing glasses, computers (including the Atari 2600), Stephen Hawking, l33t speak, Dr. Who, Dr. Suess, every single other word of the song

4. "In the Garage," Weezer

"I've got the Dungeon Master's Guide./I've got my 12-sided die./I've got Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler, too./ Waiting there for me./Yes I do."

Any geek of a certain age instantly knew front man Rivers Cuomo spoke their language after hearing that opening line.

Cuomo, a Harvard graduate who worked the Buddy Holly glasses for much of his career, struggled with the geek-rocker label before finally embracing it, going so far as to confide to Rolling Stone in 2001 that he still played Dungeons & Dragons and leaned toward half-elf fighter-thieves.

Geek essentials: Dungeons & Dragons, comic books, Kiss, social awkwardness

5. "Through Being Cool," Devo

"Whip It" may have been their biggest hit.

But on "Through Being Cool," Devo exposes the great geek secret -- they're not uncool because they can't be cool. They're uncool because they think being cool is lame.

Geek essentials: Science fiction, rejecting popular fashion, pretending to be space aliens

6. "Code Monkey," Jonathan Coulton

Coulton embodies the term "famous-on-the-Internet," an artist whose fan base almost exclusively found him online. Bowing to digital-age reality, Coulton lets fans donate money to him via his site because he knows they're all savvy enough to illegally download his music if they want.

As protagonists go, a coder with a caffeine addiction and a crush on the receptionist is right there at the top of the list.

Geek essentials: Computers, writing code for a living, social awkwardness, Mountain Dew

7. "Particle Man," They Might Be Giants

Brainy lyrics and accordions combine to make this one a classic. Appearing on Warner Bros. "Tiny Tunes" didn't hurt either.

The song has cropped up subtly in the fantasy work of novelist Terry Pratchett, in the Marvel Comics "X-Factor" series and as the name of a prototype for the Electronic Arts video game "Spore."

It also might join Weird Al as the nation's leading cause of teen accordion playing.

Geek essentials: Particles, accordions

8. "Add It Up," Violent Femmes

This has probably the fewest direct references to geek culture of any song on this list, but it was a stark departure from the hair metal and stylized pop of the early '80s.

Spastic, jerky, profane and desperate, "Add It Up" gives voice to every boy at the high-school dance who could never get his back off the wall and ask a girl to dance.

"I was in my bedroom -- that's where I wrote it -- feeling frustrated," Femme Gordon Gano told Rolling Stone in 2005. "I had nowhere to go and nothing to do. It just happened to feel good lyrically ... and it still does."

Geek essentials: Social awkwardness, lots more social awkwardness

9. "One Week," Barenaked Ladies

How this quirky 1998 rap/pop hybrid by a group of Canadians who namedrop Aquaman and Akira Kurosawa became a No. 1 hit is anyone's guess.

But listeners obsessive enough to memorize all the lyrics -- and you definitely had plenty of chances while this song was seemingly being played by every radio station in the world at all times -- found themselves speeding through a virtual geek-culture encyclopedia.

Geek essentials: Comic books, "X-Files," samurai movies, anime, being Canadian

10. "Weird Science," Oingo Boingo

It's every geeky teenage boy's fantasy: using "magic and technology" [in the form of a Memotech MTX512 and its blazing 64k of RAM] to create a beautiful, hard-partying girlfriend who, as an added bonus, can turn your mean older brother into a giant, flatulent frog thing.

Lead singer Danny Elfman would seal the deal in the years to come, lending his soundtrack wizardry to such genre movie classics as "Pee Wee's Big Adventure," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Batman" and "Corpse Bride."

Geek essentials: computers, being bullied in high school, exceedingly active fantasy lives"

Spasms of Accommodation: Sun Dog Take Two

Spasms of Accommodation: Sun Dog Take Two

Cool stuff. I don't think I've ever SEEN a sonic boom, although I've heard a few living in L.A. for a while. Extra special to see it wipe out a sun dog.

Sonic Boom Meets Sun Dog, Short Slow Motion version from barbara tomlinson on Vimeo.

'Space diver' to attempt first supersonic freefall - space - 22 January 2010 - New Scientist

'Space diver' to attempt first supersonic freefall - space - 22 January 2010 - New Scientist: "'Space diver' to attempt first supersonic freefall

* 21:23 22 January 2010 by Charles Q Choi
* For similar stories, visit the Spaceflight Topic Guide

A 'space diver' will try to smash the nearly 50-year-old record for the highest jump this year, becoming the first person to go supersonic in freefall. The stunt could help engineers design escape systems for space flights.

On 16 August 1960, US Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger made history by jumping out of a balloon at an altitude of some 31,333 metres. "I stood up and said a prayer and stepped off," he recalled (see Space diving: The ultimate extreme sport).

Since then, many have tried to break that record but none have succeeded – New Jersey native Nick Piantanida actually died trying in 1965. Now Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner has announced he will make the attempt, with help from Kittinger and sponsorship from the energy drink company Red Bull.

Baumgartner, who became the first person to cross the English Channel in freefall in 2003, will be lofted to a height of 36, 575 metres in a helium balloon. After floating up for roughly three hours, he will open the door of a 1-tonne pressurised capsule, grab the handrails on either side of the exit, and step off, potentially breaking records for the highest parachute jump, as well as the fastest and longest freefall."

Man, this is nuts! He's going to break the sound barrier in freefall - wow.

Cowboy Movie by David Crosby

I heard a David & The Dorks version of this song today. I wasn't really familiar with it, so I listened to it about 10 times. I really dig it.

Some dudes I found on youtube, I like the addition of the sax.

Phil Lesh & Friends

David Crosby Original

I'm off to check out some P.E.R.R.O. now...

Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young, Fresh Prince...

I saw Fallon do "Pants on the ground" tonight, wasn't really familiar with him to tell you the truth. He's not bad as a musician. Found this and thought it was awesome!

From the "Weird Shit that will freak you out" dedpartment...

10 More Enigmas That Defy Explanation - Listverse:

Ice Woman
Iron Pillar of Delhi
Carroll A. Deering
Hutchison Effect
Faces Of Belmez
Disappearing Lake
Raining Blobs
The Black Helicopter
Animals within Stone
Donnie Decker"

The odd and interesting things one finds out there never ceases to amaze me. I found #6 and #4 particularly interesting, but #1 was probably the most interesting. Like something from X Men or Heroes.

ohnotheydidnt: Iconic Photos

ohnotheydidnt: Iconic Photos: "Jimmy Page

Indianapolis, 1975: Usually you know when you've captured an iconic image; I had no idea on this one. I was sitting at the same table as Jimmy [Page]. He went through this period where he always had a bottle of Jack Daniel's with him, and I happened to look up just as he had lifted the bottle up. I shot one frame ... and I forgot about it. It turned out to be a perfect alignment of the stars. What can I say -- God smiled upon me. He said, 'Here it is. I'm giving it to you, right now! Shoot it!"

Ok people, you like pictures, you like music... go see these shots. Classic

The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts

The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts: "The Dropa Stones
In 1938, an archeological expedition led by Dr. Chi Pu Tei into the Baian-Kara-Ula mountains of China made an astonishing discovery in some caves that had apparently been occupied by some ancient culture. Buried in the dust of ages on the cave floor were hundreds of stone disks. Measuring about nine inches in diameter, each had a circle cut into the center and was etched with a spiral groove, making it look for all the world like some ancient phonograph record some 10,000 to 12,000 years old. The spiral groove, it turns out, is actually composed of tiny hieroglyphics that tell the incredible story of spaceships from some distant world that crash-landed in the mountains. The ships were piloted by people who called themselves the Dropa, and the remains of whose descendents, possibly, were found in the cave."

The Dropa Stones are but one of the many mysteries listed on this site. The artifacts almost make you believe in time travel, alien visitations, and the Flintstones.

Grateful Dead's Tour Bus For Sale - story - at IGN

Grateful Dead's Tour Bus For Sale - story - at IGN: "Grateful Dead's Tour Bus For Sale
Eddie Munster puts the legendary ride on display in Volo, Illinois.
by IGN Music

September 13, 2005 - A piece of motorized musical history has finally been restored and brought back to its original glory.

The newly refurbished Grateful Dead's original tour bus is now on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois.

The newly refurbished Grateful Dead's original tour bus is now on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois.

The 1965 Gillig bus, which Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Dead dubbed "Sugar Magnolia" was used by the band on their frequent tours across the country between 1967 and 1985.

All of the original furnishings and decor have been preserved. The ceiling is lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who visited the bus.

In a somewhat odd turn of events, the bus is currently owned by Butch Patrick. If his name sounds familiar it's because as a child he portrayed Eddie Munster in the popular television series The Munsters.

"She was the sound bus, the caboose, number five in a caravan and unofficially the party bus where the guys relaxed with their friends after the show," say Patrick of the bus's mystique.

The Volo Auto Museum also houses the world's largest collection of muscle cars and The George Barris TV & Movie Car Collection, featuring Grandpa Munster's Drag-U-La, the original Batmobile, General Lee, and other famous cars.
As is the case with most of the cars at the Volo Auto Museum, the bus is for sale. The asking price is $200,000. "

Now wouldn't that be cool as shit - buy the GD tour bus from Eddie Munster! oh man the fun you could have in THAT!

Schwag -- Largest Grateful Dead Tattoo Designs Gallery | Grateful Dead Tattoo Designs Designs More!

Largest Grateful Dead Tattoo Designs Gallery | Grateful Dead Tattoo Designs Designs More!: "Largest Tattoo Gallery Online
Access Grateful Dead Tattoo Designs & Flash
from renowned tattoo artists and illustrators"

Eh, what a bunch of crap. Same tattoos you see searching google images and they actually CHARGE you to get them sent to your phone??!!


Check out http://gratefuldeadtattoos.blogspot.com/

The real deal with user submitted tattoos.

Send your tattoo to gratefuldeadtattoos@gmail.com

Some new Downloads

I Picked up some Janis Joplin and Jamiroquai and a few shows by The Who.

Check out Dino & Princess' Bootleg Tunz World. Great variety of Mp3. I've been digging them recently.

Grateful Dead members to play shows in Mill Valley - Marin Independent Journal

Grateful Dead members to play shows in Mill Valley - Marin Independent Journal

"Paul Liberatore
Posted: 12/31/2009 06:38:31 PM PST

Their mantra is "Take it Furthur," and for Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, two of the surviving members of the Grateful Dead, they're taking it as far as Mill Valley's 142 Throckmorton Theatre for eight nights of surprise shows beginning Sunday.

Billed as "Live Rehearsal Sessions," Weir and Lesh, leading a new band called Furthur, named after Ken Kesey's psychedelic bus, will be playing nightly at the 300-capacity theater from Sunday through Jan. 10.

The first three shows were instant sell-outs after they were announced on the Furthur.net Web site on New Year's Eve. Tickets for the next five concerts, all scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., were to go on sale on the site at 9 a.m. Friday.

The band - Weir, Lesh, Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane and Joe Russo - is warming up for a national tour that begins Feb. 5 at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami, Fla., and is scheduled to finish Feb. 26 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Furthur also played New Year's concerts Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Tickets for the Mill Valley shows, priced at $25, are being limited to one per person. Theater personnel are bracing for an onslaught of Deadheads hopeful of scoring a ticket. But, on its Web site, the band pleaded with its fans not to come without one.

"There will be absolutely NO tickets available at the door!," it said. "We'd like very much to be able to do these types of small events in the future and we ask

your help in allowing us to do so. Security will not allow loitering anywhere near the venue. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated."

Imagine seeing the Dead in a 300 seat theater. You could count Bob's whiskers in a venue that small.

Be grateful for what you have

Betsy Badwater, mental health professional turned Tattoo artist and blues musician. I found her story inspirational, especially when she talks about growing her own food, catching fish for dinner, and living with the safety off.

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