Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side

If my memory serves me right, I heard about this Walk on the Wild Side song (wikipedia) sometime during my college year in the 90s. Of course, the bass and guitar reef were the one that captured my attention right away. At that time, being an international student here in the US, I was totally oblivious with the lyrics and the references on it. When I finally understood what the lyrics are about, listening to the song makes more sense.

Here's the 1973 footage of the Walk on the Wild Side song (youtube)

But what prompted me to write this was started by the version that Amanda Palmer sang for Neil Gaiman. I was listening to her CD "Several attempts to cover songs by the Velvet Underground & Lou Reed for Neil Gaiman as his birthday approaches" and one of the songs was Walk on the Wild Side.


I like her rendition of the songs, which prompted me to find it on YouTube. Welp, that platform does not disappoint; it's a quite a nice piano rendition.

Of course, like any other platform that wants you to stay there, YouTube also listed various Walk on the Wild Side cover songs. One of them is from Alice Phoebe Lou a singer-songwriter. Her rendition using a guitar is also quite enjoyable (youtube) and now I have a new singer-songwriter to keep an eye on.

Among other videos that were listed on YouTube is the one that kinda blew my mind, Walk On The Wild Side - The story behind the classic bass intro featuring Herbie Flowers which explained that those are two basses layered on top of each other.

Man, what a nice thing to learn something new about this song. :-)


There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born … for lack of a better name, i call it the tao - lao tsu

Read it from the Lazy Yogi

on climate change

No one would mind, neither bird nor tree, If mankind perished utterly; And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn Would scarcely know that we were gone. (A poem by Teasdale)
Read the whole poem

TV News Archive from the Internet Archive

I just learned about the existence of the TV News Archive (covering news from 2009 until the day before today's date) containing news shows from US TV such as PBS, CBS, ABC, FOXNews, CNN, etc.

You can search by the captions.

They also have several curated collections like news clips regarding NSA or snippets or TV around the world

I think some of you might find this useful. Quite a nice collection, IMO.

Public Domain Day (January 1, 2017): what could have entered it in 2017 and what did get released

Copyright law is messy, yo. We won't see a lot of notable and important works entering public domain here in the US until 2019.

Other countries, however, got to enjoy many of them first. Public Domain Reviews put a list of creators whose work are entering the public domain for Canada, European Union (EU), and many other countries (https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/class-of-2017/.) For those in EU, nice to see H.G. Wells name there (if UK do withdraw, this might end up not applicable to them. But, my knowledge about UK copyright law is zero, so, who knows.)

As usual, Center of Study for the Public Domain from Duke University put a list of some quite well-known works that are still under the extended copyright restriction: http://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2017/pre-1976. Those works would have been entered the public domain if we use the law that was applicable when they were published. I'm still baffled how current copyright hinders research done and published in 1960 to be made available freely. Greedy publishers…

So, thanks to that, USA doesn't get to enjoy many published works yet. "Yet" is the operative word here because we don't know what the incoming administration would do on this topic. Considering the next POTUS is a businessman, I fear the worst. I know: gloomy first of the year thought, but it is what it is.

On a cheerful side, check the list from John Mark Ockerbloom on his Online Books Project. It's quite an amazing project he's been working on.

Of course, there are also writings made available from HathiTrust and Gutenberg Project, among other things.

Here's to the next 365 days.


for 2017

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. and to make an end is to make a beginning
read the full poem


“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man


bertolt brecht quote: In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing about the dark times.
More about Bertolt Brecht poem

assistive technology

Many people would probably think assistive technology (AT) are computer software, applications, or tools that are designed to help blind or deaf people. Typically, the first thing that one might have in mind was screen readers, braille display, screen magnifier app for desktop reading, or physical objects like hearing aid, wheel chair, or crutches,

A lot of people probably won't think glasses as an AT. Perhaps because glasses can be highly personalized to fit one's fashion style.



There's a question how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. Obviously, a woodchuck would chuck wood as much wood as a woodchuck could.