Friday, March 20, 2015

It Doesn't Get More Roots Rock Than This

There are many things I wish I knew more about, and once and a while in the vast randomness of the Internet, I actually learn something. Today's something, or someone in this case, is Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Among several other forms of music, I'm a fan of rock and roll, the music that grew out of country, folk, blues, and gospel to become the genre we know now as rock. Mostly I think of artists in the 50s and 60s as the roots of rock and roll, folks like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, because I have not pursued the interest much and I spent most of my life getting music from the radio. But of course my ignorance knows no bounds, and it goes back farther than that. In Tharpe's music you can hear those true roots way back in the '40s. And I had never heard of her before. And you know, I'm grateful to have run across her, cause she's right good.

Green Roofs

A quick hit for the evening today, the practice of putting solar panels or plants on the roofs of commercial buildings is gaining momentum in Europe. I think it's a rather interesting trend, and really, not a terribly bad use of otherwise wasted space. Although having worked in two building with leaky roofs, I'm not sure whether a garden on top would help or hinder maintenance needs.

I guess what I'm saying is if you can, don't work in shabbily built ex-factory/warehouse buildings. And greening is a good thing.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quote of the Moment

We contemplate the ravages of time, and in our imagination we scatter the rubble of the very buildings in which we live over the ground; in that moment solitude and silence prevail around us, we are the sole survivors of an entire nation that is no more. –Denis Diderot, “The Salon of 1767”