March 21st, 2015

krazy koati

You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze

Last weekend we caught our first used record show in ages. These are held in a nearby hotel's reception areas, about five times a year, and we just haven't seen one since maybe September. We suspect the issue is they happened to be the same Saturdays as free play days at the Brighton Arcade, and we go to play a lot of pinball first, and miss the record stuff. This past weekend ... well, the same thing, they were the same day as free play, but we went to the show first.

That's not to say we got up early for it, since it was the weekend and all that. We got there maybe an hour and a half before the scheduled close and they didn't even start seriously packing up and moving out until we'd been there a half-hour. Apparently used record shows do most of their business before noon; they're never packed and they're usually evaporating by the time we get around.

Still we had some fine successes in finding things: two, count 'em, Sparks albums not had before (one merely not had on vinyl, one not had at all), a well-used but still listenable copy of The Who Sell Out --- which apparently they were recording at the same time they were doing commercial music, adding an extra bit of ``oh!'' to the project --- and a Firesign Theatre album, so we'll finally be able to understand all the riffs on Mystery Science Theater 3000. bunny_hugger was digging deep into the 45s one vendor in the back room had as he got to packing up, so that spoiled an otherwise promising record-bin-dive. We also spotted an interesting-looking compilation, called something like 1000 Years Of Popular Music, a CD and DVD of an orchestral performance of songs of the 2nd millennium. One of the Kinks songs apparently made the cut, which is really doing well against some stiff competition.

Trivia: The word ``luncheon'' first appeared around 1580 with the meaning of a ``thick piece, a hunk'', which was soon applied specifically to food, eg, ``a luncheon of bread'' or ``a luncheon of bacon''. Source: Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning, Sol Steinmetz.

Currently Reading: Measurement: Definitions and Theories, Editors C West Churchman, Philburn Ratoosh.

PS: How Interesting Is A Basketball Tournament?, a March Madness-themed mathematics post that's my second since the last roundup. My answer is ``63''. You're welcome.