The Lucid Dreaming Concert, “with” Murder By Death

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Last night I had a horrible sore throat and cough, and took medicine for that, in addition to my usual nighttime meds. I then went to sleep with music playing, as I often do: Murder By Death’s entire discography, on shuffle and repeat.

This turned out to be a potent combination. Being sick, heavy sleep wasn’t possible, but REM sleep was, and I dreamed I was at a fantastic Murder By Death concert. (There is no other kind.)

This is a band I’ve seen live five times in real life; we know each other, and we’ve drank together. MBD concerts are amazing, and this “dream concert” was no exception.

There were technical difficulties in this dream concert, though. Something went wrong with Adam Turla’s guitar in mid-concert — he’s the lead singer — and he asked the audience if anyone had a nail file, which, oddly, was the tool he needed to make a quick repair and keep playing.

Nobody had one. Many, but not all, of the audience began to leave. A few fans stayed, though, and I was one of them. The rest of the band kept playing, and Adam kept singing, while he, I, and the small number of fans left searched the entire concert venue for, of all things, a nail file.

Several songs later, I found one in a small toolbox, gave it to Adam, and then had lots of fun flying around above the stage while Adam fixed his guitar, the music continuing all the while. I then briefly woke up, still heard the music playing on my computer, and thought, “This is awesome!” — and promptly went back to sleep. However, I remembered I was dreaming, so I was, by definition, lucid dreaming, from that point forward. Best of all, the band played on.

Since I could fly, I flew out briefly to find the fans who were leaving, let them know the show was back on, and we all went quickly back inside. The last song played at the concert was the one in the video posted above, “I Came Around,” and so that’s the one I can remember best, now that I’m awake.

It was one of the best dreams I’ve ever had — but real-life Murder By Death concerts are even better. I’ll next see them live on September 24, when they play my hometown of Little Rock. When do they play your city? Just check http://www.murderbydeath.com/tour-dates/ to find out. It’s updated frequently.

Also, it never hurts to buy this band a round of drinks. They like whiskey.

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Well, He Didn’t See This Coming, Now, Did He?

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Well, He Didn't See This Coming, Now, Did He?

John Edward, every South Park fan’s favorite “psychic,” was going to perform here in Little Rock, Arkansas, tonight. However, his appearance was cancelled at the last minute, and will be rescheduled at a later date.

I’m not making this up — and in related news, astrology is still crap.

As of right now, tickets are still being sold — for $161 — at this website: http://www.excite.com/events/concert-tickets/John-Edward/John-Edward-Little-Rock-AR/6-13-2038254. There are only four left, though.

Ticketmaster, on the other hand, knows of the cancellation. What about all those people who already bought tickets? “This event has been postponed – new date TBD. Tickets may be used on the new date (once confirmed). Refunds at point of purchase only.” That’s from http://www.ticketmaster.com/psychic-medium-john-edward-little-rock-arkansas-06-13-2013/event/1B00498CBC1A7E1E.

Suppose the tickets were, instead, absolutely non-refundable? Well, then only gullible idiots would lose any money. Would that really be such a bad thing?

Boobs and Moobs

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Boobs and Moobs

Even if a woman has small breasts, it’s illegal for her to go topless in public, at least where this blogger lives (Arkansas, USA). It’s illegal for her to do so even if she’s in her own front yard.

A man with enormous “moobs,” though, can parade them around all over the place, perfectly legally. And, believe me, here in the American South, this isn’t a rare thing at all.

Why is this so?

An Intermediate Form Between the Cuboctahedron and Its Dual, the Rhombic Dodecahedron

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An Intermediate Form Between the Cuboctahedron and Its Dual, the Rhombic Dodecahedron

There are many ways to make intermediate forms between dual polyhedra. This was made using the expansion method. The faces of the cuboctahedron (red and blue) were moved outward, as were the green faces of the rhombic dodecahedron, until the meeting of all possible vertices. The yellow rectangles were the spaces created between faces by this expansion.

(Software credit: see http://www.software3d.com/stella.php)

An Intermediate Form Between the Icosidodecahedron and Its Dual, the Rhombic Triacontahedron

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An Intermediate Form Between the Icosidodecahedron and Its Dual, the Rhombic Triacontahedron

There are many ways to make intermediate forms between dual polyhedra. This was made using the expansion method. The faces of the icosidodecahedron (red and blue) were moved outward, as were the green faces of the rhombic triacontahedron, until the meeting of all possible vertices. The yellow rectangles were the spaces created between faces by this expansion.

(Software credit: see http://www.software3d.com/stella.php)