Thursday, September 29, 2005

Shuffling Along

I'm usually not terribly adventurous when it comes to loading my iPod Shuffle with music. I mostly listen to it while working out, and generally load it following some type of theme. Like recently I did an all Foo Fighters and Weezer mix because I am going to see them in concert together in October. Or I'll throw all Replacements albums on there, or maybe all former Replacements members' solo work.

But last night I got crazy and just had iTunes choose 141 songs randomly from the 3,465 songs in my library. I glanced briefly at the list while it was loading and it was interesting. Spotted some kids music that I thought I might skip when it came on,and some classical that my wife put in for her ballet classes.

Listening to it today while working out was really fun. The first 40 minutes (during the workout) consisted entirely of artists I knew singing songs that I knew. Then, things turned interesting. Ooooh, some Bob Dylan, have to look that one up when I get home. Who's this slower acoustic song by? Oh, wow, it's Nirvana, almost didn't peg Cobain's voice. Woman singer, slight country edge, no not Trisha Yearwood but who? Ah, checking at home I see it was Faith Hill. OK, back to something I know, They Might Be Giants "We're the Replacements". Alright, no idea who this one is.

Unknown Cake song just came on. Groovy. Ooooh, Mudhoney.

The Knuckleball

One of the most fascinating pitches in baseball and also something of a dying art. Here's is a very interesting piece from the New Yorker about the knuckleball and specifically Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield. Hat tip to Chief Running Miles for passing it along.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


“One of the great things about my psychosis is that I'm able to attribute excellent performances to my own abilities, while poor performances are always the result of unfair circumstances or situations beyond my control.” Kevin Wing

“Someday I'll fly
Someday I'll soar
Someday I'll be so damn much more
Cause I'm bigger than my body gives me credit for”
John Mayer, “Bigger Than My Body”

“Things I lost, left behind, or threw away
They gather in the dusky light of reverie
Always with me, where I go, sweet company, or is it misery?”
Cracker, “Sweet Magdelena of My Misfortune”

“If I could throw this
Lifeless lifeline to the wind
Leave this heart of clay
See you walk, walk away
Into the night
And through the rain
Into the half-light
And through the flame”
U2, “Bad”

“You know I juggle one handed, do some magic tricks and
I do the best imitation of myself.”
Ben Folds Five, “Best Imitation of Myself”

“I couldn't drink enough to make this make sense
But I think I'm gonna give it a try
There's no settling down there's only driving downstate
So I drive
I'd give anything not to feel so jagged”
Old 97’s, “Jagged”

“I want to live I want to live
I want to see tomorrow yeah”
Rhett Miller, “I Want To Live”

“If you lived in Nerdville
You’d be mayor”
Kevin Wing, “Mr. Norman”

“Where do we go from here
The words are coming out all weird
Where are you now, when I need you”
Radiohead, “The Bends”

“He looks to the left
He looks to the right
And there in a golden ray of light
Is his open man
Just as he planned
The whole world is his tonight
He’s got all kinds of time”
Fountains of Wayne, “All Kinds of Time”

“So much has changed
And so much has happened these years
But still I find that you
Are waiting here
We have a bond
That nothing can change
And still I find
A peace of mind
Whenever I hear your name”
Toad the Wet Sprocket, “Brother”

“Whoa no, said ain’t that the way it goes
Some things they never really end”
Nine Volt Mile, “Say What You Say”

Kevin C. Wing

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Quick Hits

Several items...

- If you get the chance to see the documentary Riding Giants, do so. It's about the history of surfing, particularly big wave surfing. Very interesting. It's out on DVD...

- Haven't been tracking the confirmation hearing for Judge John Roberts too closely, but when I need to catch up I read the Bench Memos blog at Warning for you libbos, it's analysis from the conservative perspective...

- Linfield plays its home opener on Saturday versus Wisconsin- Stevens Point. Check out the game preview on the Linfied football site, or my quick take a Elliott for Heisman.

- Happy Birthday to my cousin, sure to check out her blog "Literary Girl" by clicking the link on the right margin --->

Friday, September 09, 2005

Moving Pictures II

In July in mentioned the short film I am working on with my friend Devon. Last Sunday, we completed our second day of shooting, and our first day outside on the river. This is the "middle" river sequence of the three in the movie. Things went really well and it was a good warm up for Sept. 18 when we'll shoot the other two river sequences on a different stream.

Here are a couple shots of us working on the Santiam River. One is us working with our lead actor, Harvey, on a couple of his close-ups. The other is Devon and me scouting the spot before we set up. Since I had loaned my waders to our other lead actor, "the grandfather", for the scene, I worked thigh deep in very cold water! Once our legs went numb (Devon was waderless, too) it wasn't too bad!

We have found a new name for the movie, thanks to Chief Running Miles. He saw the request in the blog and just knowing basically what the movie was about he suggested a quote from Thoreau: "Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains." So we've settled on the name Thin Current.

Stalking Trout

Two weeks ago tomorrow, I was stalking large cutthroat trout on the N. Fork of the Blackfoot River in Montana. This gorgeous stream is located about an hour or so NE of Missoula on the edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The "Bob Marshall" is famous for its grizzlies and wolves, though we didn't see any.

This stream was absolutely gorgeous, and a lot of fun to fish. Jason and I were casting to rising 14-16" native cutthroat trout, decendents of the same trout that cruised these waters when Capt. Clark ventured up the Blackfoot Valley on the return trip from Oregon. Simply incredible.


Read the first 3-4 paragraphs of this article about a devestating hurricane in Louisiana from National Georgraphic...then remind yourself that it was written October 2004.