Sunday, May 31, 2009
The Astro Zombies
The Astro Zombies Are Coming!
Since 1996, The Astro Zombies have made more than 200 gigs all over Europe. From Poland to England, Finland to Spain, the french trio have rocked all kind of venues and clubs, playing their own psychobilly style inspired from hell. The first record of the band is an EP with an old school Psychobilly sound which made the band go forward.
The first album "Astro Zombies are coming..." was recorded " In Heaven " at Paul Fenech's home studio (Swindon UK) in 1998. This young and fresh first production made the band known by all the Psycho scene and opened the gate of evil Rock and Roll. With songs like "I'm alright", "Barcelona", "Manson family"or the fabulous instrumental "Usual Suspect", the band is now ready to hit the road.
In 2000, the band record a second album called "Control your minds" on Crazy love Record which is avalaible on LP or CD, meanwhile Guido Neuman decide to repress the first one on LP. This second album shows that the band has grown up and songs like "Jeckyll and Hyde", "Lil'Henry", "Scene of the crime" or "Leather and Pain" are much more melodic and confirm that the band's gonna be soon a true worth.
After several tours over Europe, the Zombies are now ready to conquer the whole world with their third album "Mutilate, Torture and Kill" recorded at Kaiser studio (Chagny F) which finally recognized the band as one of the top, not even in the Psychobilly style, but on the nowadays Rock and Roll scene. Songs like "666 racing" playing with a Motorhead style, or the version of "Plastic Passion" from the Cure, the pure psycho "Story of Bonnie and Clyde", the ballade "Psychos on the road" or the crazy "Terrifying Astro Zombies" (inspired from the movie of Ted V. Mickel), are indeed the best of The Astro Zombies ... waiting for the next.
The situation in 2003 is that the band has new slap bass player: "SEB". He's the slap bass player from the germano - french band "VOODOO DEVILS". The third album "MUTILATE, TORTURE AND KILL" will be out on L.P. in the end of october. This L.P. will be released by DRUNKABILLY Records in a limited edition of 500 copies on green vinyl and double cover.
1 The Astro Zombies Are Coming
2 The Devil on Arrival
3 Magnetic Man
4 Love You So
5 I'm Allright
6 I'll Never Be Your Friends
8 Bertha Lou
9 No Other Girl
10 Manson Family
12 The Usual Suspects
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.
I also checked this group out to make sure it was legit.
Friday, May 29, 2009
KCR radio has been in existence since 1968 at San Diego State University (San Diego, Calif.). “KCR Radio presents AZTEC BEACH” is the first audio fund-raiser for the station which is in desperate need of new equipment and various repairs. A year or so ago, Mike Geiser of Ratpack Digital Recordings and Rick Wilkinson of Rickshaw Records got together and discussed the idea of using Mike’s countless recordings and Rick’s production skills to put together a CD to support KCR radio. This would be their way of thanking KCR for providing an outlet for Clint Beachwood’s surf radio show, “A Day at the Beach”. After months of reviewing recordings, contacting bands, coordinating with management at KCR and the KCR Alumni Association, post recording production, etc., “AZTEC BEACH” was ready for release. The name “AZTEC BEACH” is derived from San Diego State’s mascot, the Aztecs, and the surf music genre of the CD.
11 bands were finally selected to be a part of “AZTEC BEACH”. The bands range from psychedelic and progressive/power surf (Insect Surfers, The MiGs, Slacktone, CHUM, The Infrareds and Surf Report) to more traditional surf bands (Longboard Ranch, The Detonators and The Duo-tones) to styles in between (Glasgow Tiki Shakers and The Surf Kings). These live recordings have never been released and demonstrate the band’s awesome on-stage presence. Reverb Central’s Phil Dirt gives the CD a four-star rating with all the songs getting either four or five stars.
Rick Wilkinson did an excellent job of taking all these recordings and putting together a seamless live show, emceed by Clint Beachwood. Over 70 minutes of live instrumental surf music. This is a fantastic source for discovering what the surf music scene is like in Southern California. It portrays the wide range of the surf genre.
Overall, it is an excellent live CD that was produced for the sole purpose of supporting student-run, commercial free, college radio from San Diego State University. The songs, recordings, artwork and production were all donated for this cause…all are first class!
1 Glasgow Tiki Shakers: Spicy Danger
2 Glasgow Tiki Shakers: Velvet Surf
3 Insect Surfers: Tiger Shark
4 Insect Surfers: Black Sea
5 Surf Report: Bluff Failure
6 Surf Report: Sandpaper Paddles
7 The MiGs: Heavy Water
8 The MiGs: Girl From Orange County
9 The Surf Kings: Glass Bowls
10 The Surf Kings: South Swell
11 CHUM: In the Green Room (Through Your Mama's Brown Eye)
12 CHUM: Tijuana Taco
13 The Infrareds: I.N.F.R.A.R.E.D.S.
14 The Infrareds: The Infraromp
15 Longboard Ranch: Ricon Revel
16 Longboard Ranch: Ghosts at the Ranch
17 The Detonators: Liquid Chaos
18 The Detonators: First Point
19 Slacktone: PCH
20 Slacktone: Mysterioso
21 The Duo-tones: Baja Nights
RickshawRecords.com link to purchase a $3 CD download, or order a $5 CD to support KCR Radio.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Quite a few comments regarding The Endless Summer posting so thank you for speaking up. Please let me know how you like this one. More to come.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Please give me a sign, oh noble ones. Are these movies working for you? Have had minimal d/ls on them so far. I have plenty more but will layoff posting them if nobody is interested. Clue me.
This is one that you should all have in your movie collection.
The Endless Summer is one of the first and most influential films of the surf movie genre, creating and defining an entire category of cinema, which has endured and evolved in the decades since its release in 1966.
Director Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on a surf trip around the world. Despite the balmy climate of their native California, cold ocean currents make local beaches inhospitable during the winter. They travel to the coasts of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii in a quest for new surf spots and introduce locals to the sport. Other important surfers of the time, such as Miki Dora, Phil Edwards and Butch Van Artsdalen, also appear.
Its title comes from the idea, expressed at both the beginning and end of the film, that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer around the world, making it endless. The concept of the film was born through the suggestion of a travel agent to Bruce Brown during the planning stages of the film. The travel agent suggested that the flight from Los Angeles to Cape Town, South Africa and back would cost $50 more than a trip circumnavigating the world. After which, Bruce came up with the idea of following the summer season by traveling around the world.
The narrative presentation eases from the stiff and formal documentary of the 1950s and early 1960s to a more casual and fun-loving personal style filled with sly humor. The surf-rock soundtrack to the film was provided by The Sandals.The "Theme to the Endless Summer" was written by Gaston Georis and John Blakeley of the Sandals. It has become of the best known film themes in the surf movie genre.
When the movie was first shown, it encouraged many surfers to go abroad, giving birth to the "surf-and-travel" culture, which prizes finding "uncrowded surf", meeting new people and riding the perfect wave. It also introduced the sport, which had become popular outside of Hawaii and the Polynesian Islands in places like California and Australia, to a broader audience. In addition, it set the style for later surf-and-travel movies, including Momentum, (These Are) Better Days, and Thicker Than Water.
In 2002, The Endless Summer was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Wiki
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Friday, May 22, 2009
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First making a Marxist example of the maniacal monarch Prince Igor by enslaving him as their boatswain, they set course on a communist crusade across the atlantic only to be wrecked on Newfoundland’s shores. Exploited by the capitalist economy, they used red serf rock to raise funds and reverberate the cry for proletariat uprising across the island. In need of a political wing to help actualize their socialist mandate, they founded the Kremlin Dance Party of Canada (KDPC) in the spring of 2006. Now at over 600 members strong, the proud members of the KDPC consistently support the Kremlin by helping to dance down the dirge of neoconservative tyranny at each Kremlin Rally.
Although Comrade Trotsky was exiled from Canada in the fall of 2006 after government agents discovered his revolutionary work in socialist genetics (he was attempting to isolate the socialist gene), the Kremlin and The KDPC have continued to grow stronger in his absence. Thanks to the conversion of Prince Igor from monarchism to socialism, and to the addition of Central America’s best socialist bass player Ernesto Guevara, The Kremlin’s Proletariat Serf Revolution is now more powerful than ever. Workers of the world throw down your chains, the time to join in solidarity against capitalist oppression has arrived!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Well, if you can't make it to Santiago, Chile maybe Long Beach, California is do-able. Check out who is playing on Saturday the 6th. That's right, The Sonics and The Fuzztones!! That makes this a happening not to miss.
Though it's a little bit of a drive (We'll have to carpool. DaBoss you swing by and pick-up Zillagord, head to my house and we'll head south) wanted to let y'all know about this show next month.
June 6th 2009
I couldn't help it! I had to post this.
Fart ARE funny!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Ladies: Stop laughing and pick yourself up off the floor!
Oil Change instructions for Women:
1) Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last oil change.
2) Drink a cup of coffee
3) 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained vehicle.
Oil Change: $20.00
Oil Change instructions for Men:
1) Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for $50.00.
2) Stop by 7/11 and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home.
3) Open a beer and drink it.
4) Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6) In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7) Place drain pan under engine.
8) Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9) Give up and use crescent wrench.
10) Unscrew drain plug.
11) Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process. Cuss.
12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.
13) Have another beer while watching oil drain.
14) Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench
15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.
17) Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.
18) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
19) Remember drain plug from step 11.
20) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
21) Drink beer.
22) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.
23) Get drain plug back in with only a minor spill. Drink beer.
24) Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame removing any excess skin between knuckles and frame.
25) Begin cussing fit.
26) Throw stupid crescent wrench.
27) Cuss for additional 5 minutes because wrench hit bowling trophy.
29) Clean up hands and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
31) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
33) Lower car from jack stands.
34) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during any missed steps.
36) Test drive car.
37) Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.
38) Car gets impounded.
39) Call loving wife, make bail.
40) 12 hours later, get car from impound yard.
Impound fee $75.00
(But you know the job was done right!)
It's a guy thing.
Santa Barbara's Kelp has finally issued a CD, entirely from tracks recorded on Phil Dirt's Surf's Up (KFJC) and Jim Dunfrund's Surf Waves (KXLU). Great consistent sound, exceptionally fine playing, unique and inspired writing, and a completely different surf sound. Digital reverb drenched, intelligent, and urgent.
"El Alacran" 4 stars Live at KXLU on Jim Dunfrund's Surf Wave show, this is a haunting and mysterious track, rhythmic and dramatic. The seaweed are attacking the surfers. The progression supports a swirling melody line, with lots of psychotropic wave action. Great listening.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Guardrail" 3 stars This original is more a progression and an atmosphere than a song. This KFJC session creates an intense visual of relentless water like might accompany a stormy surf ride in a video.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Happy As A Clam" 4 stars Debating the relative joy of a bivalve mollusk aside, this KFJC track is indeed a happy song, with a highly infectious hook, and a speed driven double picked lead line. It not only laughs with you, it also growls and howls. This is a fine song destined to be a modern classic.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Piece Of The Action" 4 stars A slow and slithery intro builds gradually to moderately paced song with a meandering melody line. The overall effect is of a semi-chunky atmospheric piece with both gentility and ominous warnings. The construction of the ambiance is accomplished through a meandering around the base chords on guitar, while the bass and drums carry a beat that is not suggested by the guitar lines, but compliments them well. This is from KFJC.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Valiant" 4 stars From KXLU, this is a crystalline track, with an artsy blue intro, and a haunted ambiance. It is a slow-mid tempo track, with eerie corners, and a melodic lead line. It swims with a swooshing fluidity, and an almost Mermen structure. Very nice track. Like the subtitle to Hey Gyp reads, "dig the slowness."Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Shrimp Cocktail" 4 stars This KXLU track is rhythmic and chunky, with a throbbing drive, and an almost middle eastern churning cadence. It swirls like a whirling dervish on a 9'6" McCoy. Brilliant use of rhythm sync on the lead guitar keeps this double picked monster churning like the eddies in level 5 whitewater.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Deadly Creature Below" 3 stars Long drawn-out chords introduce a dribbling double picked track that is somewhat similar to "Narcosis," but differently delivered and intoned. This has a more relentless less dimensional quality to it. It is wet and slithery, and the playing is quite good. Plenty of energy. It also sports a more-or-less dramatic change mid song, which quickly returns to the speedy powerful main theme. from KFJC.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Underwater Journey" 4 stars This KFJC track is a slow and moody piece that creates it's ghostly drifting vision on solo guitar, then finds gentle drums and bass in support rising to the surface. It's a nice track, with a simple and almost aromatic character, like smelling the specter of the shark before you see it. Very cool song. There are several changes here, with an arrangement not without prog influences - complex and intelligent.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Narcosis" 4 stars Excess nitrogen and a rolling melody introduction give this an infectious track an extra breath of life. It meanders joyously through an unusual progressive melody, and is supported by a solid bass and drum rhythm, section. This track also appears on the "Surfin' Sundays" surf museum benefit CD. From KFJC.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"The Road To Islay" 3 stars Urgent, intense, uneasy, and yet confident and cool. A relentless grinding dribbling of double picked notes, issued forth with considerable energy, and touches of ska lurking in the background. A strong though constant melody, with a natural bridge. From KXLU.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"The Liquidator" 4 stars This is ominous, intriguing, and trad based, with bits of spy and punkoidal rockabilly in the drums. It's interestingly structured, with unusual changes and melody lines, and a lot of drama. From KXLU.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
"Last Call" 3 stars An almost lounge lizard variation on the South Sea island ethic. Is it a last call before the bar closes, or the last call to the surf? I vote the latter, since the bar wasn't open when they played. It has a fine lilting melody, and an imagery of fresh salt air. From KFJC.Psychedelic Surf Instrumental Stereo
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
OMG!! From the land of Zilla!!!
Indie pop quartet the Dimes was formed in Portland, OR, after singer/songwriter/guitarist Johnny Clay met the other members, guitarist Pierre Kaiser, bassist Ryan Johnston, and drummer Jake Rahner, in 2002. While performing extensively in their local area, the Dimes self-released a six-song self-titled debut EP in 2003, followed by another, Atlanta, in 2005. They next released four-song EP The Long Arm Came Down on January 15, 2007. Their first full-length CD, The Silent Generation, had songs based on newspaper articles from the Depression era found by Kaiser under the floors of his 1908 home while he was renovating it. The Dimes began selling the album at shows on August 25, 2007. Local label Pet Marmoset Records picked it up for national retail release starting on December 11, 2007.
The Dimes started a buzz with a bright, poppy 2006 EP that featured a "hit" single, "Catch Me Jumping," the story of a friend who enlisted in the navy, went a bit crazy, and jumped off of his ship in the Persian Gulf. The tune has a bright, bouncy beat, driving acoustic/electric guitars, a slightly surrealistic lyric, and the bright, breezy vocals of guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader Johnny Clay. The band's restrained performance puts the band's sound halfway between folk-rock and pure pop, while Clay's vocals are simply stunning. Just before they started recording their debut, second guitarist Pierre Johnson discovered a stash of Depression era newspapers hidden beneath the floorboards of his Portland, OR house. Clay began reading the old papers, then writing songs about the colorful stories he discovered. The songs he produced maintain the band's folk/pop feel. Even when the subject matter is grim -- the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the hard times families faced in the Great Depression -- Clay brings a ray of sunshine to the tale with his upbeat melodies and optimistic singing. "The Jersey Kid" gives us the brief outline of a murder trial that ends with a death sentence. Crisp acoustic guitars, a bright wordless chorus, and the playful rhythm of flamenco handclaps give the tune an upifting feel, despite the grim subject matter. "New York, 1930" tells the story of a pro-Sacco-Vanzetti demonstration that became a vicious riot. Clay sings "The Reds are rioting in Times Square..," to the strum of an acoustic guitar, a chorus of angelic overdubbed harmonies, and what sounds like a Baroque recorder tooting in the background. It's another beautiful, surrealistic moment. "Letters in the Sea" is a song about a box of 300 letters that washed up on the Jersey shore. Clay wonders about the effect the undelivered letters had upon those who never got them. His poignant vocal and the band's quiet modern rock arrangement -- think of a brighter, lighter New Order -- give the song an aura of ambiguous mystery. While the songs provide snapshots of a bygone America -- an obituary of Emmy Destinn, the top opera star of her day; the tale of a man who survives a bullet to the head only to find that he can't sleep, and stays awake for the rest of his life -- the Dimes' soft rock delivery is completely modern, investing the tales with the humanitarian romance of a Frank Capra movie. The Dimes have done what most bands dream of, creating an alternate universe of warm pop music with a sunny vibe that'll keep toes tapping and plaster a sunny smile on every listener's face.
1 Jersey Kid
Friday, May 08, 2009
JUNE 7 @PIER PLAZA 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
AUG. 2. @PIER PLAZA 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Not treated to kindly by critics, this movie does give some details that might go unknown to the casual Badfinger fan. Some very cool performance footage with quite a bit of the standard of the day, lip-synched music show appeareances.
You be the judge.
The tragically brief career of '70s British pop group Badfinger is a story of a chaotic band in need of structure. As a rockumentary, Badfinger is an equally unfocused affair desperately in need of historical context and, worse, a narrator. For a few years in the early '70s, Badfinger rose from the shadow of the Beatles and emerged as pioneers of infectious power pop. Bridging the gap between the British invasion and American indie pop bands like Big Star, Badfinger crafted beautifully melodic tunes like "Day After Day," "No Matter What," and "Come and Get It" (penned by Paul McCartney).
While director Gary Katz obviously has affection for the band's contributions to rock history, he unfortunately hasn't a clue as to how to present them. Instead, we get a jumbled mix of interviews with the band's two surviving members, Joey Molland and Mike Gibbins, not to mention Molland's wife, cut together with far too many lip-synched "live" performances. While the footage gives intimate looks at the band, Katz really needs narration to explain just why we should even bother watching the film.
Badfinger is known as much for the tragedy that hit the band--their crooked manager emptied their band account and disappeared, causing two members to commit suicide later on. However, by the time Katz gets there, the story is so underdeveloped that it feels like an afterthought. After viewing this, you can't help but think that the band deserved better. --Dave McCoy
Make sure to swing by The Research Garage (http://theresearchgarage.blogspot.com/) for quite a few of the Badfinger albums in 320 for your listening pleasure, including the companion CD from the Tragic Story of Badfinger book.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The digital speedometer, on the left, is in Km/H ... here is the conversion for us Yank blighters:
100 Km/H is equal to 62 MPH
200 Km/H is equal to 124 MPH
250 Km/H is equal to 155 MPH
300 Km/H is equal to 185 MPH
2. Why you don't hit a can of WD40 with a rake.
Please let me know what you think about this new segment for the blog.
Darwin was an inquisitive man. Sure he was curious about nature and all that science stuff, but he's also a guy. So when he saw strange animals, he often wondered what they would taste like. The difference between Darwin and the rest of us is that he actually ate 'em!
While he was at Cambridge University, Darwin joined the "Gourmet Club," which met once a week to eat animals not often found in menus, like hawk and bittern (a type of wading bird in the heron family). His zeal for weird food, however, broke down when he tried an old brown owl, which he found "indescribable."
But that one episode didn't end Darwin's weird gastronomic proclivities. During the voyage of the Beagle, he ate armadillos and agoutis (the rodents were "best meat I ever tasted," he said).
In Patagonia, South America, Darwin ate a puma (it tasted like veal) and an ostrich-like bird called a Rhea. Actually, Darwin had been looking for this particular species of Rhea, only to find that he had been eating one all along. He sent back the uneaten parts to the Zoological Society in London, which named the bird Rhea darwinii after him!
In the Galapagos, Darwin ate iguanas and giant tortoises. He liked it so much he loaded up 48 of them aboard the Beagle, to be eaten on the journey back!
Sources: Darwin's Dinner at Quite Interesting The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin by Charles and Francis Darwin
Darwin attended Edinburgh University in hopes of becoming a physician like his father, but soon abandoned the idea because he couldn't stand the sight of blood. So he decided to study divinity instead and become a rural cleric, which would fit his hobby of being a naturalist just fine.
The Captain of HMS Beagle, Robert FitzRoy, was about to embark on a survey expedition to South America, but he was afraid of the stress and loneliness of such a voyage (indeed, they have driven the previous captain of the ship to commit suicide). So FitzRoy asked his superiors for a well-educated and scientific gentleman companion to come along as an unpaid naturalist whom he could treat as an equal. The professors at Cambridge recommended then 22-years old Charles Darwin for the trip.
At first, Charles' father Robert objected to the appointment - after all, such a voyage would take years and would get in the way of him being a clergyman. But Darwin's uncle was able to persuade him not only to let his son go, but also support him financially.
Darwin and FitzRoy got together well, but later Darwin found out that he almost didn't get picked for the voyage ... on account of the shape of his nose!
"Afterwards on becoming very intimate with Fitz-Roy, I heard that I had run a very narrow risk of being rejected [as the Beagle's naturalist], on account of the shape of my nose! He was an ardent desciple of Lavater, and was convinced that he could judge a man's character by the outline of his features; and he doubted wheather anyone with my nose could possess sufficient energy and determination for the voyage. But I think he was afterwards well-satisfied that my nose had spoken falsely."
Mount Darwin in Tierra del Fuego
A year earlier, Darwin and his shipmates were on a small island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago when a huge mass of ice fell from the face of a glacier and plunged into the ocean, causing a huge wave. Darwin ran to the shore and saved the ship's boats from being swept away. For saving everyone from being marooned, FitzRoy named the area Darwin Sound.
And as if one mountain isn't enough, Darwin got three more named after him: There are other Darwin Mountains located in California, Tasmania, and Antarctica.
You probably know that Darwin's most famous work, outlining his theory of evolution, is On the Origin of Species.
But what most people don't know is the full title: On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. It was published in 1859, twenty years after his epic voyage (yes, he took his sweet time in publishing his work, which he only did because Alfred Russell Wallace came to the same conclusion of evolution and Darwin didn't want to be left behind). A total of 1250 copies were printed and it went on sale for 15 shillings. It's now valued at around $23,000.
In the 6th edition, the title was changed to The Origin of Species.
Darwin himself used the phrase in his 5th edition of The Origin and gave full credit to Spencer.
Darwin was a logical man, and he approached the important issue of marriage like he would any problem. In The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Darwin made careful pro and con list of marriage to his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood:
Under the title "This is the Question," Darwin wrote in the "Marry" Column:
Children — (if it Please God) — Constant companion, (& friend in old age) who will feel interested in one, — object to be beloved & played with. — —better than a dog anyhow. — Home, & someone to take care of house — Charms of music & female chit-chat. — These things good for one's health. — Forced to visit & receive relations but terrible loss of time. —
W My God, it is intolerable to think of spending ones whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, & nothing after all. — No, no won't do. — Imagine living all one's day solitarily in smoky dirty London House. — Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music perhaps — Compare this vision with the dingy reality of Grt. Marlbro' St.
... and in the "Not Marry" column:
No children, (no second life), no one to care for one in old age.— What is the use of working 'in' without sympathy from near & dear friends—who are near & dear friends to the old, except relatives
Freedom to go where one liked — choice of Society & little of it. — Conversation of clever men at clubs — Not forced to visit relatives, & to bend in every trifle. — to have the expense & anxiety of children — perhaps quarelling — Loss of time. — cannot read in the Evenings — fatness & idleness — Anxiety & responsibility — less money for books &c — if many children forced to gain one's bread. — (But then it is very bad for ones health to work too much)
Perhaps my wife wont like London; then the sentence is banishment & degradation into indolent, idle fool —
He concluded that he should marry, and wrote:
Marry - Marry - Marry Q.E.D.
It is ironic that the man who gave rise to the importance of genetics in natural selection chose to marry his first cousin (Darwin wasn't alone in this - Einstein also married his cousin), but one thing is for sure: Darwin cleverly avoided adding more relatives to visit!
Darwin was actually quite a religious fellow when he began his voyage on the Beagle (he was fresh out of divinity school). Aboard the ship, Darwin was known to quote passages from the bible to rowdy sailors on board.
But something happened during the trip that made him less religious. Darwin saw slavery firsthand as well as the wretched living conditions of the natives of Tierra del Fuego and wondered why God allowed such inhumanities to happen (Source). Darwin became skeptical of the history in the Old Testament, yet still believed in the existence of God.
Darwin lost his faith when his daughter Annie caught scarlet fever and died at the age of 10. He wrote "We have lost the joy of the household, and the solace of our old age ... Oh that she could now know how deeply, how tenderly we do still & and shall ever love her dear joyous face." The heartsick Emma filled a small box with Annie's small treasures and kept it until her own death.
From then on, Darwin continued to help the local church with parish work, but would go on walks while his family attended church on Sundays. When asked about his religious views, Darwin denied that he was an atheist, but called himself agnostic.
In 1915, Lady Hope claimed to have visited Darwin and witnessed his deathbed conversion back to Christianity. This was refuted by his children, who noted that his last words were to Emma: "I am not the least afraid of death - Remember what a good wife you have been - Tell all my children to remember how good they have been to me."
After his return from South America, Darwin developed a life-long illness that left him severely debilitated or bed-ridden for long periods of time. Darwin consulted with more than 20 doctors, but the cause of his disease was never discovered (Wikipedia has a n interesting list of possible illnesses).
Over the years, with the help of Emma, Darwin developed a strict routine that seemed to help in alleviating the symptoms. AboutDarwin.com has an interesting glimpse into what everyday life was like for Darwin.
Of note is Darwin's strict schedule for playing backgammon. Every night between 8 and 8:30 PM, Darwin would play 2 games of backgammon with Emma. He even kept score of every game he played for years!
When Darwin's work on the theory of evolution came out, the church attacked him vociferously. Now, 126 years after his death, The Church of England has apologized to Darwin:
Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practice the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends. But the struggle for your reputation is not over yet, and the problem is not just your religious opponents but those who falsely claim you in support of their own interests. Good religion needs to work constructively with good science – and I dare to suggest that the opposite may be true as well.
Monday, May 04, 2009
7 Rap City
8 Navel Patrol
10 Ace 10
12 Gotham Blues
14 Journey to the Stars