Feb 14, 2019

Billy's Books 17: Fire & Blood

Billy's Books 17 explores George R. R. Martin's latest Westerosi history, Fire & Blood.

Fire & Blood is a history of the Targaryen dynasty by a maester three centuries after the events have transpired. He mostly draws from three sources, often noting discrepancies. The author describes the many sides of a story and usually picks the most plausible, but often leaves it up to the reader to decide. There are a lot of dragons.

Jan 28, 2019

Dec 18, 2018

Down Long

I've got a lot to say about "Down". I don't usually explain my lyrics but I think I might in this case, at least generally. It's mainly about vulnerability. There's risk in offering vulnerability; there are joys and pitfalls. You can say "Don't bring me down", meaning don't make me sad. You can be a drag, as in bummer, or just drag me under water. You can also go down on or with somebody -- that can be good or bad too. They all come down to declaring one's vulnerability, whether it be a come-on or submission. Come-on or submission is context relative.

This is my standard disclaimer in long form. This video in particular is a bit of that, too. I'm a little embarrassed to appear half naked, gallivanting about with my imperfections. But more so, I'm terrified of water and doing that awkwardly in public adds more vulnerability. So this video is about all that too.

So if you feel compelled to mock this video for whatever reason, it's not just a silly music video -- it's really deep stuff, man. Respect my authority art!

Oh yeah... and it's also about the joys of Summer: fun in the pool!

Splish splash!

Dec 11, 2018

Billy's Books Intermission, Fall 2018

Billy D cites progress on what he's reading, as you wait with bated breath for his next book review.

It's official: there will be no Leonardo review. While it was well-written, I just couldn't get into it, sorry.
I finished Grant today. On to George R. R. Martin's latest!
(The drums are meant to imply excitement.)

Oct 26, 2018

Billy's Books 16: GRANT

Billy's Books 16 explores Ron Chernow's latest biography, this time Grant.

Fun tidbit I forgot to mention: Ulysses S. Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant. He hated that name because of his initials, which his fellow children had a grand time mocking. When he arrived at West Point, he was incorrectly named U. S. Grant. He tried to get it fixed, but the academy wasn't having it. Relieved to lose the HUG initials, he grew to like it. He confessed to never knowing what the S stood for.

Sep 28, 2018

Remix Dream

While we are celebrating the remix of The Beatles' White Album, let us consider remixng in general. The opening to this song has potential for great vibe and coolness, however when the vocal enters, the heavy delay and other effects upon her voice change the mood considerably, immediately, irreversibly. If her voice were close and intimate like the other instruments, it would be quite a different record.

I should also mention that I really like this Madonna album, Ray of Light.