Zither, the #AtoZchallenge

Zither in the A to Z challenge on Spikey Katfish
A zither or very weird guitar.

“Zither,” Mawmaw said.

Blank looks around the table.

“That’s not a word.” “You’re just making that one up.” And a few other jeers from my Dad, me, and I think one of my cousins.

A quick trip to Webster’s shut us all up. There it was, Zither. And Mawmaw scored a gazillion points. And it began to dawn on me that Mawmaw was way smart and that I sucked at Scrabble. Continue reading Zither, the #AtoZchallenge

Yellow #AtoZchallenge

Yellow, Spikey Katfish A to Z challenge
The Minions have nothing at all to do with anything in this post beyond the fact that they are 1. Yellow and 2. Awesome.

I could not think of anything for Y and suddenly “yellow” popped into my head and stuck there for the last 8 hours. I finally have a few minutes to do my second-to-last in the A to Z Challenge.

Here’s Yellow; stream of consciousness style — thought I did look up a few things around the Kenny Rogers stuff.

The Beatles are a great band, but, like all bands there are duds. As the greatest hits album from Primus so well states: They Can’t All Be Zingers (favorite song title on there: Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver). Beatles gave us Hey, Jude; When I’m 64 Continue reading Yellow #AtoZchallenge

Xenophon, #AtoZchallenge

Xenophon 430 - 354 BC Greek soldier, general, and historian.
430 – 354 BC
Greek soldier, general, and historian.

Xenophon’s Anabasis would make a great Hollywood movie – equally as enthralling as 300 and way better than the piece of shyte sequel. I read it once, all in one sitting, sitting in the library at Southern Miss in 1992(ish). I must’ve been doing some research around Thucydides for history or a poli-sci class to have bumped into it (or maybe I had seen it mentioned elsewhere and sought it out, can’t remember).

Short aside about the library, I’m just old enough to have had the good misfortune to have had to do research through microfilm and fiche. Continue reading Xenophon, #AtoZchallenge

Very Varied, #SoCS and #AtoZchallenge

Spikey Katfish V = very varied in the AtoZ challenge
A box of violet deliciousness; just ordered from Amazon.

All I can say is, “Thank you VERY much.”

Before I remembered to look for the prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, I was flailing; struggling to find a “V” word. I already have words for X and Z and a few options swirling about for W and Y. But, V, V was killing me, until exactly this moment as I remember that I had had a thought about a V word at the very beginning of this A to Z thing– and that’s why there’s a picture of Violets candy here. I’ll end with what’s what with Violets. Continue reading Very Varied, #SoCS and #AtoZchallenge

Underdog! #AtoZchallenge

Speed of Lightning
Power* of Thunder
Fighting all who
Rob and plunder
Underdog; UNDERDOG!

Underdog. Cartoons and the AtoZchallengeHave no fear, Underdog is here!

Amazing how memory works. I can’t remember my to-do list I wrote this morning without checking it throughout the day, but I song from a cheesy 1960s cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid now won’t get out of my head.

I love cartoons. Always have. One of the best things in life used to be waking up to watch Saturday Morning Cartoons. I was partial to Looney Tunes. It’s funny, but I know I remember watching more than those, but it’s Bugs, Daffy, Elmer Fud, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe LePew, and friends that I remember most from those mornings. Continue reading Underdog! #AtoZchallenge

Social and Shakespeare, #AtoZchallenge

Social and Shakespeare, #AtoZchallenge
Why is social fun? Because random conversations on Twitter turn into unicorns prancing about in mankinis, that’s why.

My career took – maybe not a U-turn, but a decidedly different direction – when I learned in December 2008 that:

  1. The print magazine, infonomics (nee inform, then E-DOC, then AIIM E-DOC Magazine, then infonomics) was being cut (not a huge shock given ad sales)
  2. That upon returning from meeting the future in-laws in England over Christmas, I’d be helping to develop AIIM’s online community (more on that another day). I actually thought I was going to be let go (6 years too early on that prediction)

At that point, I began to “do social,” which via winding pathways has lead me to “doing inbound and content marketing.” The fact that I was doing the social thing, and still do to an extent, is pretty ironic given how anti-social I am at times. I like it much better behind the keyboard most of the time. Continue reading Social and Shakespeare, #AtoZchallenge

Rasta-Man, the #AtoZchallenge

bob-marley-quotes-bob-marley-strong-quotes-inspiration-boost-59425Two reasons for this one, I love Three Little Birds and this has been a great excuse to listen to it over and over for a bit, along with the rest of Legend (scroll down, I embedded it. You’re welcome). Secondly, I’ve never actually looked up what the hell Rasta is. Beyond some hazy conception of Bob Marley, Jamaica, and smoke uncoiling from the end of a blunt; no clue so good excuse to look it up.

Also, try to say Rasta-man without a bad Jamaican accent. You can’t can you? Just sayin’.

Here’s a snapshot of what I learned.

OK, I figured this was probably the case, but if you grow dreads and smoke the ganja, that doesn’t make you a Rasta (other than as a slang term that’s inaccurate) or a Rastafarian. Pretty much just makes you a pothead, depending on how much you smoke – and none of that Clintonian “but I didn’t inhale” bullshit. Hold that shit in. Make it count.

So if someone with long tangles of matted hair who carries a lingering aroma of the devil weed with them isn’t a Rasta, what is it? Interesting, but Samson had seven braids of hair and as a Nazirite had never shaved. Sounds like dreads to me.

I always thought it was an offshoot of one of the major religions, and it kinda is.

Now, smoking weed IS considered a way of speaking to Jah, the Rastafarian god (no offense, but that sounds better than the wafer). Rastafarians also read the Bible as guidance.

From Wikipedia:

The Rastafari movement is an Abrahamic religion which developed in Jamaica in the 1930s, following the coronation of Haile Selassie I as Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930. Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, emperor ofEthiopia (ruled 1930–1974), some as Jesus in his Second Advent, or as God the Father.[1] Members of the Rastafari way of life are known as Rastas, Rastafari, or Ras. The way of life is sometimes referred to as “Rastafarianism”, but this term is considered offensive by most Rastafari, who, being critical of “isms” (which they see as a typical part of Babylon culture), dislike being labelled as an “ism” themselves.[2]

Interesting in that Babylon, Western society, is viewed as having corrupted biblical teachings – not a huge stretch to think that, I suppose.

As I was reading through the section on language, “I and I” as a substitute for other pronouns was used as an example of trying to move the language forward by “tweaking” (my word) English (imposed on Africans). My only experience with this is from one of the characters in Grand Theft Auto IV, who was a Rastafarian gangster (a lot of a contradiction from what I’ve just read) and who was always saying “I and I.” I had to turn on subtitles to understand what the hell he was saying all the time.

 Anyway, I leave you with Three Little Birds. A song I find always lifts my spirits by reminding me that “this too shall pass,” whatever “this” happens to be at the moment — usually Lauren these days.