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Saturday, March 01, 2008

  Livin in the 00ze - Asteroid Appreciation Day, 2008

This is a long winded post. Download this new song of mine - Livin in the 00ze, while reading it...

I took some heat from my liberal friends regarding my take on Global Cooling. None of them got the "according to slashdot" reference, as if I (or they) should regard much of what they find there to be credible. It's not that I discount the evidence completely, it's just that I am capable of holding two conflicting ideas in my head at the same time.

It bugs me that Global Warming(tm) has achieved the status of religion with Liberals, and Conservatives have had to line up on the other side accordingly, just because the two sides have to fight. It's a scientific set of theories, damnit! There doesn't need to be "faith" involved. Some of the theories I buy into, the rest I remain skeptical about. I'm willing to make plans based on the idea that some or all of it is correct, even suggest cures for the problem, but I think that there are a lot of proven problems that we could be solving, like addressing fishery depletion or curing malaria, rather than laying awake at night worrying about sheep moving back into Greenland, or worrying about your bikini line in January.

I was really annoyed at Al Gore's thermal runaway scenario, where in "An inconvenient truth", he projects a non-linear explosion in global temperatures in the near future by jacking his platform up to the ceiling. I think the same people that made similar projections for the "New Economy" prior to the year 2000 are now all in the global warming business...

Still, all that aside, the thing that bugs me the most is, when I talk to most Global Warming converts, is when I take (my usual) pessimistic approach, and say - "ok, it's true, we're at fault and we're not going stop it in time - what do you do?

What's your backup plan? If we really do hit a global runaway scenario, what are you going to do? What is humanity to do?"

Usually I don't get an answer. (Sometimes I do get some great discussions, though)

I have a whole raft of plans for what I'd do in a global runaway, things like getting used to the heat in Nicaragua, etc - and most people haven't even got that far, their thinking stops at "government must stop global warming", and THAT drives me absolutely nutso.

My backup plan has always been to distrust those that would save the planet, and promote ways to get off it. The earth is one great big asteroid attractor - a target that has been wacked by big asteroids multiple times in history - a great big target. It would be best for our species to get its eggs into multiple baskets, as soon as possible - not only do we have to get out of the way of the next K-T event - but it would also be good to get off-planet to avoid all sorts of other planetary disasters that could befall us - nuclear war, the four horsemen, green goo, takeover by spambots... or google... and Global Warming.

It turns out that asteroids might well be a pretty cool place to live and work, but that's not what Asteroid Appreciation day is about - it's about appreciating what they've done for us. The K-T event killed off the dinosaurs, and gave us mammals a leg up on the planet. Sometimes I think that the various other hits (there was one in Australia 15,000 years ago) also gave humanity a kick in the pants towards civilization... and so, I look up at the sky every February 29th - and say "thanks", and I also shake my fist at the stars - "we'll get out there ourselves one day so we can be safe from you rotten rocks!".

My relationship to asteroids is pretty similar relationship that man has had with his gods throughout history.

There's a lot of other crap that goes through my head on this day, about having to change my retirement plans, etc, but that's the core of it.

I had kind of wanted to spend this year's celebration camping out under unfamiliar stars, in Wolfe Crater but I spent it instead working on my current software project, and also mixing down a song I started years ago, about what life would be left - and like - after an asteroid hit... when the planet would be reduced to supporting only primordial slime and bacteria swimming around grey smoking fumaroles, deep underwater.

The song's called "Living in the 00ze". I started it (and documented the dream that started it) two years ago. Here's a decent mix, though I'm sure I'll hate the vocal in the morning. The raw stuff was recorded over at Nick Mainsbridge's studio with his inhouse drummer and bassist. It was a great session - I'd gone over there to work on two far more troublesome songs, and this one came out in half an hour during a break...

Unlike my usual "mikey winston", neoclassical stuff, Livin in the 00ze is actually drivable and bikeable music. I mixed it on headphones, so I'm deathly afraid that the current (bitchin!) bass part will overdrive car speakers. Let me know.... It should really rock on house or dance speakers, though...

The first feedback I got on the song was: Your CONTENT is more ominous, but I was referring to the mood of the actual music......one of the reasons I think the song works so well is because you have juxtaposed a dark subject with a slightly brighter score and that makes it APPEAR less ominous; whereas PF has an overall ominous tone regardless. I like the slight dissonance, I think it works well with 'Ooze'. It's like you'll get people to sing it because the lyrics and music are catchy, but they will almost be caught off guard upon realizing the content of the song.

Darn it.

I wanted the to be menacing... sarcastic... and ironic... if at all possible. I got closer with this version. I guess I'm almost happy with 'catchy', though....

Now, in my head, there's three overdubs left to do on 00ze, two are of a British or Australian weather announcers, in the beginning of the song there's one coping with global warming, and in the end of the song, there's one describing the weather after an asteroid hit. I haven't done those bits yet. Maybe someone out there can contribute that, my email address is over there on the right.

Here's the lyrics -


Livin in the 00ze
Copyright 2008, Michael David Taht

Drums and Bass kick in

[repeat] Piano Kicks in

[overdub of weather announcer kicks in]

Out in the night
Just out of sight
There's a star overhead
And soon we'll be...

(Chorus)
Livin in the 00ze

Livin in the 00ze
Livin in the 00ze

Out on the beach
Just out of reach
planet bordered in black
It's a Meteor attack

And now we're living in the 00ze
Yes, we're living in the 00ze
Livin in the 00ze

[solos, more overdubs]
Out on the beach
Just out of reach
Mind melting heat
Girls voice: [I just LOVE my peanutbutter and Jellyfish]

[weather announcer]

Yea we're living in the 00ze
and we don't have any shoes
and we're turning corn to booze
Because we're livin in the 00ze.
00ze.



To the 800+ known PHA's - Happy Asteroid Appreciation Day - at least one guy loves you. If you have to hit the earth any time soon - aim for Washington.

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Comments:
happy asteroid appreciation day right back atcha!

If an asteroid hits, it should do so in February, yes????

Viva March. Spring is right around the corner, thanks be to the goddess.

Let's get off this freakin' planet, first star on the right and straight on til morning.

(no, I haven't had anything to drink and yes, I haven't had breakfast yet.)

hugs and kisses.

p.s. I found your song to be very menacing....
 
Didn't we have plans to get the flock outta' here?

Loved the song. (I'm also sober and eating dinner). Pifft. I say we go hikinh in the...wait, you're 6kmi away...ok YOU go hiking and I'll be there in spirit. *grin*.
 
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