he / him | musician: piano, concertina, etc | catholic | medievalist: al-Ghazali; Dante | now working through al-Farabi’s Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle

Albuquerque, NM
Joined March 2012
jazz music: still relevant
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You people didn’t care when the FBI had Fred Hampton murdered. You didn’t care when Viola Liuzzo was killed by an FBI informant and defamed to cover the crime. You didn’t care when FBI agents gunned down Filiberto Ojeda Rios. What hideous irony - expecting us to care now!
If the FBI can raid a U.S. President, imagine what they can do to you.
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In Xanadu did Newton-John A stately pleasure dome decree
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Is it a generally held gen x maxim that any "vintage" band t-shirt that you didn't buy at a show is stolen valor, or did my brain just come up with that on its own?
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Prey’s awesome, but everyone keeps saying this, & my petty heart finds it grating. So I’ll just say: No. I want to see every film genre- mysteries, sex comedies, musicals- set in 1700s Comanche villages, & 1300s Pueblos, & any thriving, still-intact First Nation. Do it, cowards
Prey kicked ass, need a Predator Through the Ages franchise ASAP: Roman Predator, Mongolian Predator, Wild West Predator, Pirate Predator
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(And once we make lots of movies set in thriving, still-intact First Nations, maybe we can get it together to help make more of real life happen there, too.)
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The level of talent…whew
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sigh, sometimes the amazing jazz kids just depress me with my own inferiority
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i have an idea for a new musical called "Ice Cream Cake: The Musical". What happens is when the Ice Cream cake is on stage they play happy music, but when it starts to melt they play sad music
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Socrates, having been accused of impiety and corruption of the youth, presents his case to the people of Athens:
Everyone’s pissed at me cause of my inquisitive mind
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my strongest and truest Pasta Shapes Opinion is this: Rotini is a foolish pasta shape. By every metric of quality, it is vastly inferior to Fusilli. The only reason Rotini even exists is because it’s easier to produce in industrial pasta factories. But that is not a good reason.
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explaining patiently to my great-grandchildren that, as familiar as it is to them, the grand American tradition of having the President catch COVID a few years after inauguration wasn’t even a thing when I was young (they don’t believe me)
Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of folks. I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.
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Replying to @collectdust
Americans love nothing more than reducing every insane authoritarian outrage into a trite lesson about personal responsibility. “Well, if you don’t want the state to punish you with horrifying force,” they’ll say, “don’t commit one of the tiny infractions it randomly forbids.”
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In the controversial Canto XIII of Inferno, Dante and YouTuber Paulus Vergilius visit the Suicide Forest and prank its tragic residents for a stream. Virgil later apologizes that it was fate rather than choice that made him do it and anyway he couldn't know what would happen.
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in awe of the actor they got for the Indian Forrest Gump remake
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my favorite plot cliche is the one Dashiell Hammett invented for Red Harvest: the nameless hero detective is incapacitated by gin mixed with laudanum; when he comes to, somebody's dead. the hero pursues the truth with cold precision, even in the face of his own possible guilt
Screw dunking on it, what are your FAVORITE plot cliches? Like no matter how many times it's been done, no matter how many miles away you can spot it, you will always get hype when it's executed well?
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I hope everyone is having a great heavy metal day
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having covid after all the symptoms are gone is the worst thing. I literally just want to walk into a supermarket but I can’t. and the Mexican market with the good tortillas and cheese doesn’t have curbside. ugh
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time to figure out curbside at the smith’s I guess. ah well