January 19th, 2004

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Power Outage

Last night our power went out at 11:30am just as we were sitting down to some Cartoon Network TiVo action and I was getting ready to do some consulting work online on my laptop.

Much of Champaign-Urbana was apparently hit. Lots of people got their power back after an hour or so but ours was out until 3:30am.

Jon got out his guitar and started strumming so I went and got my harmonicas and other stuff. Jay got his little toy piano. We picked a bunch of instruments in the key of C and just started making random noise. The best part about having a lot of instruments in the same key is that you just hit discord and discord for a long time but statistically eventually everyone returns to the root or a good harmony with the root at the same time and it resolves all the tension and suddenly there's this Power. It's like you'd composed all that discord on purpose and it was all heading to this random moment where everything resolves and sounds beautiful. Over the course of the night we played harmonicas, toy piano, guitar, shepherds flute, chimes, train whistle, shakers, sung voice, drums, and finger piano.

This is the second time I've tried this with a group of people and it's been great fun both times.

It gets cold with no heat after 4 hours.

At 3:30am when the power came back on and I was huddled up asleep and the house was suddenly roaring with noise and full of lights I bolted out of bed CERTAIN that someone forgot to blow out a candle and that the house was a raging inferno.

Now I've gotta get my consulting work done that I was going to spend all night last night working on. Stupid community building power outage.
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Kucinich gets delegates.

Kucinich topped 15% in many Iowa precincts tonight and so was able to get some delegates in the very strange Iowa caucus system.

Dr. Dean fell to a surprising 3rd place. Gephardt is dropping out of the race after coming in 4th place. Just goes to show you that polls don't mean anything when it comes to primaries.

Dennis appeared on stage at an Ani DiFranco concert last night in Iowa. Check out the video. I got all weepy when she came out on stage and gave Dennis a big hug. I was going to go to that show. I should have gone to that show. There's also here's another great video of Ani endorsing Kucinich previously. She tells it like it is.
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Digging the Video Archive (http://kucinich.us/video/index.php)

"We are a nation of long shots and when a long shot becomes president of the united states everyone of us will be represented." - Dennis Kucinich

Maybe you are or aren't going to vote for this guy but my god is he an impressive speaker. Listen to his speeches and get a smile on your face. Maybe you can't bring yourself to participate in his vision by voting for him, but perhaps you can be inspired that a better world IS possible if we all stand up for what is right. I'm getting seriously choked up listening to this stuff.
  • Current Music
    Ani DiFranco - Self Evident