Archive for the ‘music’ Category

[koko] knowing and accepting limitations

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024

It seems I am easily distracted. One thing leads to another. Inquiries spur new thoughts. Anomalies suggest investigation. Surprises remind of well-worn adages, e.g., newer isn’t always better, particularly regarding software. But, I keep on keeping on.

[koko] keeping warm

Monday, August 7th, 2023

I seem to be adding projects to my todo list faster then I’m finishing them. I can blame two of the recent additions on Anthony Bonkoski‘s writings:

The former made me start (re-)learning x86 assembly language enough to understand the compiler’s 512 bytes. The latter bemoans the lack of mathematics content in current computer science curricula and spurred me to think back to my own formal studies.

[koko] still learning

Sunday, June 18th, 2023

May you stay, Forever Young – Bob Dylan (1973)

Friday morning, an Austin impresario, typically loquacious, needed few words, mostly inflection and tone, to rouse me to realize I was ignorant of the importance of Stan Alexander. In particular, I had recorded Stan July 10, 1970 and neglected to make that recording available, but I have now.

“just as good as Caruso” – props for Kim Wilson & Charlie McCoy

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

I didn’t use to pay much attention to Lee Oskar as a harmonica player, thinking of him as auxiliary to WAR and tunes such as Low Rider:

That was before early this year when a Facebook post from Led Kaapana extolled:


Glimpses from the Vulcan, 1969-70

Monday, February 14th, 2022


Not counting traveling through on a Greyhound Bus in 1966 on my way to/from San Antonio, my first memories of Austin are a visit in February 1969, seeing the Fugs and Shiva’s Head Band at the Vulcan Gas Company (VGC), being asked to sit in with the house band at the I.L. Club, and swimming in Hamilton Pool. Attracted to Austin and dis-satisfied with my situation in San Francisco, I came back that April for what I expected to be an extended visit. Except for a couple of stints in Ossining, NY 1975-77 and 1979-82, I’ve lived here ever since.