SUMMER OF DEAD: McGaw Memorial Hall, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, November 1, 1973

A Summer of Dead guest post! Matt Weston grapples with post-1972 Dead … 

Until five years ago all I knew about the Grateful Dead was the radio hits and Dave Marsh’s evisceration of them in The New Rolling Stone Record Guide (1983). On the rare occasions where a stray live Dead recording would waft into my peripheral hearing, it only served to confirm Marsh’s eviscerocity.

Then in 2011 I heard “Feedback” off Live/Dead and instantly became one of Those People who, no, dude, have you heard that one show, the show where Jer’s like, “deedle-dee deet-dee-dee” in minute 342 of “Dark Star”? The truly tragic part is that I can, off the top of my head and utterly unironically, sing/point out this one vaguely Richard Thompson-esque thing Jerry does in “I Know You Rider” from their 4/24/72 Dusseldorf show.

My Dead listening started with the fresh surprise of Live/Dead, moved into the distinctly Velvet Undergroundish early 1968 shows (there are moments on Dick’s Picks 22 that are nearly indistinguishable from the Velvets’ 1969 live record), and almost hit a wall with Europe ‘72. The clean sprightliness of their approach, all feedback now banished, was initially dispiriting; the fuck am I listening to, Poco? But I recognized “Jack Straw” as a song I’d heard for over 30 years – WXRT in Chicago played it often – and “Morning Dew”’s new slower tempo allowed for the kind of exploitation of dynamics few bands can effectively pull off with any regularity. And pianist Keith Godchaux was a revelation. If there’s a missing link between Nicky Hopkins and Andrew Hill, it’s Godchaux.

I soon learned, however, that 1972 was the end of the road in terms of my Dead tolerability.

My dad saw the Grateful Dead once, on November 1, 1973, at Northwestern University’s McGaw Hall in Evanston, IL.  He wasn’t there voluntarily, but as part of the NU administration – he and his friend and colleague Jim were charged with watching out for anything that might result in legal trouble for the university.

McGaw Hall was NU’s basketball arena.  It had a dusty dirt floor and bleachers, and was used for indoor rainy-day activities at the summer day camp I attended there when I was five and six years old.  It was barely hospitable for the sedate basketball crowds, and exponentially less so for Deadheads. My dad’s recollection is that he and Jim were likely assumed by the concertgoers to be cops, dressed as they were in trenchcoats and ties. At 35, my dad was undoubtedly one of the oldest people at the show.  A 35-year-old at any “Dead” shows in 2016 would likely be the youngest person in the audience by at least four decades.

My dad remembers little, if anything, of the music itself. He mostly remembers a first aid tent overwhelmed with vomiting teenagers, and an opaque cloud of dust and pot smoke that nearly obscured the proto-Wall-of-Sound speakers. While this and other Dead shows were a self-indulgently long distance from the Happenings at Black Mountain College, co-founded by my dad’s parents, the lineage, tenuous as it was in 1973 (and would only grow more tenuous in succeeding years) was still present. The moochiest of deadheads, as characterized in “Jack Straw” (“we can share what we got of yours, 'cause we done shared all of mine”) couldn’t completely crack what was still a participatory give-and-take relationship with the audience, one arguably as strong as any artist’s at that time.

Aldous Huxley visited Black Mountain in its early years with his son, who was considering attending, so my grandparents took Huxley on a picnic. Decades later, Huxley encountered a high school drummer named Bill Kreutzmann; impressed with what he heard, he encouraged Kreutzmann to stay the course.

It’s too simplistic to say Dead shows rise and fall on the drumming, but if there’s a single element that nudged the Dead from sprightly danger-seekers into contented quicksand-sitters, it’s the drumming. The eagerly ramshackle collisions of Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart in the late '60s gave way to Kreutzmann’s crisp focus and prodding dynamics. 1972 was the apex of Kreutzmann’s playing, and the last year in which the Dead seemed to revel in taking risks.

By 1973, everyone sat back and relaxed and grooved. Tempos lagged, and Kreutzmann stopped prodding. That said, there are moments on this set (half of the show; recordings of the first set have yet to surface) that threaten to catch fire. A surprising phrase or two in an otherwise by-the-numbers solo in “Truckin’” will jolt you awake, and Godchaux (though sadly buried in the mix) is reliably inventive throughout. “Morning Dew” is hard to fuck up, and I have yet to hear a sub-par version (even from the late '80s). It starts doomy and focused, Jerry’s climactic solo determinedly digs deep into any number of dark avenues and, perhaps most shockingly, when the band gets out of sync with one another they completely recover. The segueway into “Playing in the Band” is accidentally graceful, but after that, the band approaches the remainder of their set with roughly the same level of enthusiasm Olive Garden patrons desultorily gnaw on a few more breadsticks because welp, those breadsticks aren’t gonna eat themselves.

“Wharf Rat” is almost as unfuckupable as “Morning Dew,” and manages to retain the spookiness of earlier, stronger performances. And “Sugar Magnolia” shows a little life, with Kreutzmann briefly injecting faint echoes of Clyde Stubblefield after the break. Bob’s and Donna’s screaming is welcome but does not square with the rest of the band never getting to the fireworks factory.

McGaw only hosted a couple of shows after this (Genesis in 1974, Jethro Tull in 1975) before residents in the surrounding neighborhoods put their golf-shod feet down against the scourge of wasted concertgoers peeing and vomiting on well-manicured lawns. In 1984, McGaw was renovated and renamed Welsh-Ryan Arena. Santana was NU’s first cautious step back into rock concert programming, soon followed by R.E.M., Simple Minds, and General Public. The arena was free of dust and pot smoke, and area lawns thrived.

Choice Cut: “Morning Dew”

thenotsogoodtwin  asked:

Whether it be from lack of inspiration, or yet another faceless creature turning the villain into a squishy; Klunk assumed something had gone amiss. He knocked on the door of the last place Nefarious could possibly be hiding (he’d checked everywhere else). "Father, perhaps you should take a break from- whatever it is that you are currently doing and join me in playing 'Fatal Combat: Brutal Evisceration'. A new DLC was released recently, and I am quite intrigued about the included contents".

Oh no! Klunk couldn’t see him like this! Not like Qwark!! The doctor quickly rushed to the door to manually block it, looking for his holo-guise everywhere in the room. 

“Uh, no! I’m busy!” Dammit! That was Qwark’s voice! His son would know something was definitely wrong! Or think the wrong thing, that was an option too…. hanging his shoulders low, Nefarious walked over to the door and opened it.

“I know I look like Qwark, but I’m not! It’s me, Nefarious. The greyfaces did this…”

Realistic Naruto World - Part 1

Welcome, people, to my “Why Naruto’s World doesn’t make sense” meta! We will eviscerate every aspect of ninja life: if it doesn’t work (thanks for all the thought you put in your worldbuilding, Kishi dearest), we will try to see how it could make sense! Helping me there are my boyfriend, who is an engineer and very good with practical things, and @blackkatmagic who’s very good with sociological things.

Ready? So, for the first episode, let’s rock the very foundation of Naruto’s world:

Why Konoha doesn’t make sense

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The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry

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With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.

In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse – until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.

Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates–including President Obama – to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities.

A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all. (description from publisher)

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anonymous asked:

can we please have a discussion about amara waving her hand over cas' heart to find dean in 11x21 (in conjunction with the follow your heart/settling down storyline)? i haven't seen any posts about it yet and would really like to start up a conversation to see the perspectives including yours!! thanks :)

Hey man! Sorry for leaving this so late - I wanted to rewatch that episode so I could answer you properly, and this is turning out to be a busy period IRL.

So, I’m guessing you were living in a cave when All in the Family aired, because I distinctly remember opening my dash and being like -

Seriously, you’re right: the thing was so obvious and significant, many people wrote metas which (reasonably enough) anticipated Big Things To Come from the Destiel perspective; perhaps even The Big Reveal itself.

And, yeah.

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anonymous asked:

the tentacles in the picture you posted for evidence, the ones that indicate the mouth, look a LOT like the tentacles that shoot out of the X in its animation. Therefor, the X is more likely to be its mouth

its not the best diagram, but those are feeding tentacles with which the fluffy tail seems to be based on, see in the picture below. Those tentacles surround the mouth, and bring food to the mouth etc. 

Now I’m gonna just go ahead and quote wikipedia on this one:

“Some species of coral-reef sea cucumbers within the order Aspidochirotida can defend themselves by expelling their sticky cuvierian tubules (enlargements of the respiratory tree that float freely in the coelom) to entangle potential predators. When startled, these cucumbers may expel some of them through a tear in the wall of the cloaca in anautotomic process known as evisceration.”   

Now, seeing as the pokemon’s ability is “innards out”, this very much suggests that it is referring to such evisceration, which  comes out of the anus/cloaca!

I’ve had enough of this topic now lol, that post is mainly joking, and is really just pointing out that in real life sea cucumbers, with which this pokemon takes many aspects from in it’s name and design, such behaviour is from that orifice in question and not the mouth. OBVIOUSLY this is pokemon, so in the actual game it’s not going to be the case, like come on, I know that. Can we put it to bed? 

*ALSO adult echinoderms don’t even have a head per say! The mouth and anus end of the gastrointestinal tract is one of the few features that give such animals polarity in the first place!

Site C dam shaping up as a watershed moment in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's political career
Articulate First Nations critics of the $8.8-billion megaproject and an international campaign have put the Liberal government on the defensive.

On August 24, the Site C dam was highlighted as the lead story on CBC Radio’s influential national morning show, The Current.

On the air, Dene lawyer and activist Caleb Behn eviscerated the $8.8-billion megaproject, saying it would flood of a huge amount First Nations’ traditional territories.

Behn pointed out on the radio program that federal officials politely listened earlier this year when West Moberly First Nations chief Roland Wilson outlined his objections. But then the Liberal government still went ahead and issued permits a week later to allow the project to proceed.

This occurred even though indigenous people have had to live with the consequences of two other dams being approved in the past on the Peace River, as well as massive amounts of natural-gas extraction taking place on their traditional lands.

Behn noted a parallel between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s support of the Site C dam and a decision by Trudeau’s father and Jean Chretien to issue a white paper in 1969. It called for assimilation of First Nations into mainstream society by eliminating Indian status and transferring reserve lands into private property that could be sold.

Trudeau senior later changed his position, eventually acknowledging indigenous constitutional rights in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. Behn noted that there is an opportunity for Justin Trudeau to reverse his position on Site C and win the respect of aboriginal people.

In addition, Behn repeated what’s been said by Harry Swain, chair of the joint review panel that evaluated the project: Site C power isn’t needed.

Swain, a former senior federal bureaucrat, has pointed out that B.C.’s electricity consumption has remained flat since 2005. That’s why he thinks the dam is an expensive mistake.

Earlier this year, Royal Society of Canada president Maryse Lassonde wrote to Trudeau asking why the project didn’t undergo an independent review through the B.C. Utilities Commission. The came around the same time as more than 250 scientists and legal scholars signed a public letter questioning why the dam didn’t go through the normal regulatory process.

Amnesty International has launched an international campaign on behalf of indigenous people against the dam. It’s generating coverage in other countries as a human-rights issue. This included an article in the prestigious U.K.-based Guardian.

Meanwhile, federal New Democrats are already zeroing in on the Liberal government’s shortcomings in dealing with indigenous issues. Two of the party’s most effective MPs, Nathan Cullen and Charlie Angus, are leading the charge.

As this campaign against the Site C dam gathers momentum, Trudeau is increasingly looking like a hypocrite with his promise to forge a new relationship with indigenous people. And his justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, herself a former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations, risks being caricatured as a quisling. This will be especially so if her department leads legal responses against indigenous people and human-rights groups that oppose the dam.

Trudeau could probably ride this out if there was a stronger case for the dam. But so far, all B.C. Hydro can offer up is that solar power and wind power are not reliable, so British Columbians might freeze in the dark at some point if this “firm” power from the Site C dam doesn’t come onstream.

This overlooks how the integration of North American electricity grids, feed-in tariffs, and demand-response pricing would deal with all of this. (For more on this, read Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes’s comments here.) Premier Christy Clark and B.C. Hydro could be leaders in advancing these arguments, but so far, they’ve refused to do this.

But they can’t deny that a renewable-energy revolution is taking place around the world with solar, wind, and geothermal (not to mention the potential of tidal power). If the Site C dam was subject to an independent review by the B.C. Utilities Commission, an honest regulator would likely conclude there are less expensive ways to generate clean power in the future without flooding a river valley.

“The problem with Site C is the Liberals went ahead and said they wanted to build it,” BC. NDP MLA George Heyman told the Straight in 2014. “They subjected it to environmental review by a joint review panel, but they [panellists] were expressly precluded from comparing it to other sources of power, like small-scale wind and solar, or geothermal, which is not so small-scale.”

The B.C. NDP’s criticism of the Site C dam has grown more intense since then, with party leader John Horgan emphasizing that the electricity isn’t needed now.

Trudeau is backing the Site C dam because it’s being promoted by his political ally, Premier Clark. They’re not allowing an objective review, even though Trudeau was elected on a pledge to make evidence-based decisions rooted in science.

In this regard, the prime minister has made a rookie error, just as his father made a rookie mistake with his 1969 white paper. There’s still time for Trudeau to change course and avoid international headaches that will continue for years to come. His support for the Site C dam will undermine his legitimacy on the world stage and likely ensures he won’t have a second majority government.

Despite this, expect Trudeau to remain steadfast in supporting the B.C. Liberals on this megaproject at least until next May. But if the New Democrats win the B.C. provincial election in 2017, that’s when the prime minister is most likely to buckle. As the Liberals head toward the 2019 federal election, Trudeau can’t afford to be seen to be on the wrong side of history, particularly with Nathan Cullen and Charlie Angus nipping at his credibility.

eviscerate-me-daddy  asked:

Oh, I really don't get why almost everything in gaming is competitive now? Like even the games like pokemon. Not everyone is out there to be a pro, I for one prefer casual play, but all my gaming friends hold me to their competitive standards? It really grind my gears when they do. I've beat all of them as Gannon though. So satisfying to see the looks on their faces when a "bad" character beat them.

Oh man we are really getting deep into the situation.

Yeah I agree that people force competition is stupid. Games were meant to be fun…

**twiddles thumbs and sweats nervously while eyeing the fire emblem fandom**

eviscerate-me-daddy  asked:

Hey, if you don't mind me asking, what time signature is Project Distortion? It sounds slightly unusual..

it’s in a whole bunch

the majority of the song is in 7/8 but some parts are in 6/8, ¾, 4/4, mmmmaybe 5/4??? can’t remember

i know the first verse (yohioloid’s part specifically) goes like “6/8 - 4/4 - 4/4 - 7/8 - 6/8″

“Woah! Careful where you’re going there,” Des cautioned quickly from where he was crouched on the ground. He looked up, sliding his glasses back up his nose from where they got skewed on his face. “I’m working on a few updates to the security system- wouldn’t want you to get, you know, eviscerated or anything. I came out here ‘cause I thought it’d be…. away, from everything. More safe.” He looked down at his heavily bandaged hands. “Well, safer for everyone else, anyways,” he corrected sheepishly.


grayson eviscerates a vaporeon

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Tumblr followers:  Does anyone know if Major Ovech has a first name in canon?  I have been looking around and haven’t found one.  And I find myself thinking about dropping $30 on the SWTOR encyclopedia since it’s not on the Google anywhere that I can find.

Although, to be fair, every time I google Ovech I get hits for Alexander Ovechkin.  Which has given me the idea that any named miscellaneous Imperials in my fics from here on out will be named after hockey players.

Look out for a story where a craven, traitorous Lieutenant Crosby gets eviscerated by my SW.  

Mary Watson will Endanger the Baby

Referencing this post because my response got too long. Tagging OP and participants under the cut.

Ouch, my heart.

They will eviscerate us with whatever plot they have in store for the baby - if she indeed exists and is not a Mind Palace device. It will be a powerful scene that makes it clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mary is Evil Incarnate™.

I wouldn’t be surprised if she was written into hurting - or at least threatening to hurt - the baby since she herself nonchalantly admits to being a psychopath.

Especially if we are shown scenes in which Sherlock is so soft with the baby, whispering vows as she sleeps in his arm, vows of protecting her and having the rest of their lives to prove it, Sherlock baby-proofing the flat, going to the shops so there’ll always be formula and nappies on hand, crash-learning how to care for a baby, Sherlock still trying to make it up to John for TRF, accepting anything John can spare, Sherlock pulling out all the stops in being a loving parent figure to the baby because John has chosen this life…

Scenes of John so overwhelmed with love for a baby that isn’t even his, especially if he suspects that the baby isn’t his, and yet understands the moral and practical need to shield an innocent from her deranged mother, basically every good character on the show protective of and prepared to help with the baby…and then juxtaposed with Mary Watson as a danger to her own child.

We’ve had a Moriarty who was prepared to shoot his own brains out. That was two seasons ago. They might up the ante and give as a villain who is prepared to kill her own child. She has endangered her once before by going into CAM’s high-security penthouse room.

The Warstan folks will have a field day defending and justifying this, like

  1. “Mary didn’t have a choice but to endanger her own child. It was a realistic reaction. What did you expect her to do in such a situation, cry and beg?”
  2. “She didn’t really intend to kill her baby; it was surgery” even if Mary explicitly says “I swear I will kill this child” seconds before she actually kills the child.
  3. “Mary was just maintaining what dignity she had left. She’s just human and we all make mistakes. Murdering her own child was the least of all evils among the choices she had at the time.”
  4. “She had to kill her own child to show them that they could not mess with her, that she takes no shit, that once she succumbs to what they want then she will have lost her power to them forever.”
  5. “It was Sherlock and John’s fault that she finally lost it and snapped and tried to kill her own child. Sherlock and John made her a child murderer. Mary would not have killed her baby if only John loved her.”

or some such rot that recycles their toxic and frankly alarming arguments that are so disturbing on several levels. I’m basically quoting them here, from the pro-Mary posts I’ve seen in the ether, mostly replacing “Sherlock” with “baby”.

Mary Morstan apologists have been clamoring for more “kick-ass” scenes because apparently Mary killing the title character was not enough violence on her part. A high-octane drama involving an infant certainly fits the bill “kick-ass” and this time, AGRA will be on the receiving end.

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anonymous asked:

Lol the thing is, I believe Kubo just loved Renji so much. You can see how much he has been appearing on the color spreads with Ichigo, praising him so much of how he is "manly" in the data books, appearing in the final battle and getting the spotlight, giving him a canon pairing with the most popular girl in Bleach. I don't hate Renji at all but I personally think Kubo just loved him compared to Ichigo and Rukia.

I love Renji but he doesn’t have the kind of depth or development Uryuu has and Uryuu’s still?? A more??? Popular character than him??? Last time I checked Uryuu eviscerated him in the popularity polls so what the fuck?? What the actual fuck, Kubo. WHAT THE FUCK


I bought another wildclaw. This one to be a mate for Sing, my bloodthirsty leader of the Cormorants. He’s new to the Cormorants and is less bloodthirsty as just completely fucking brutal and eviscerates anything in his path, He loves destroying and slaughtering and even for Sing he’s a bit… much but she also doesn’t mind when he literally brings her the hearts of their enemies in courtship. She actually thinks its sort of romantic. 

Like most of the males in Sing’s life who fancy her; Amage does not like him at all.