The Charlie Parker of the recorder

There’s this guy that plays the recorder in the Harvard and Central T stations. He is, uh, very much in a world of his own. He’ll mumble introductions to songs as if he’s addressing a vast audience. He’ll then proceed to blows tunelessly into the recorder.

But sometimes. Sometimes. You’ll catch a fragment of something he’s playing. And it’s totally brilliant. You’ll realize that the music has some really interesting shape, that he’s repeating things he played a few minutes ago. And it always makes me wonder if he’s really usually blowing tunelessly into the recorder, or that he’s actually just tapped into something that the rest of us aren’t quite ready for.

I haven’t seen him in a long time, so when I saw him at Central the other day, I snapped some pictures.

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Are you ready for some baseball?

It’s opening night.

We have assumed the baseball positions, with Terri knitting and me blogging.

I have nothing intelligent to say about the actual game that hasn’t been said already, so I’ll point out that I’m happy to see that Don Orsillo has taken over play-by-play from Sean McDonough on UPN. I know people might like McDonough, but I find him insufferable.

Hawks for hybrids

The Salon war room reports that

In an open letter to the President on Monday, such unlikely Prius advocates as former CIA director James Woolsey, Reagan administration national security advisor Robert C. (Bud) McFarlane, and Center for Security Policy head and Reagan-era Defense Department official Frank Gaffney, asked that the Bush administration pledge $1 billion over the next five years for hybrid technology research.