No school like the old school–Jam On This! The Best of Newcleus

In that dark age when Disco was ready to die but not quite dead, Newcleus came on the scene. All the fun silliness of the disco era is wrapped up in this album, but none of the tired stale air of what disco became. This album is full of all the excitement of what rap and hiphop became.

It is dated, but to my mind it doesn’t detract at all. According to the liner notes, these guys still loved the Disco music. They were only trying to take it to a new level.

Newcleus, of course, is famous for saying “wikiwikiwiki”. That was their vocal imitation of record scratching, which they themselves avoided. The other MCs of the time were consantly scratching at the turntable, and Newcleus just mocked it.

I love their self-referential sarcasm. This is now one of my favorite albums. Electronic music is one of my most favorite kinds of music, and this is some proto electronica. It seems to me to be like a sort of acoustic electronica, if there could be such a thing. It’s so low-tech, it is almost no tech.

How to build a sandbox with wheels, for easier Ostrich travel

I’ve been saying that I like my new job, and I do. I still do even after 5 months. It’s a kinder gentler world here, and I still don’t quite believe that the candy coating is not covering some bitter pill.

But everybody seems happy, and not even creepily so. They complain about dumb stuff and behave like fairly normal people.

Yesterday, however, I heard about a new friend that had just quit. Man gathered up the pictures of his family and walked out with a wave.


He had even transferred here very, very recently, bought a home and all that. And he walked out with a wave. I am inclined to consider him a goober.

It stuns me, that dude would just leave. Isn’t it part of being a grown up, to have patience and foresight to know that the bad times are temporary and not to make hasty decisions?

If you have to leave the job, leave it on your own terms. You can’t just quit without a fight. Okay, so your boss/co-worker/customers are giving you problems. Face them! Deal with it! Come up with solutions and come out ahead.

Work problems, like automobile problems, do not go away if you ignore them. They usually pop up again at inopportune times. Catch them early.

Don’t ignore the flashing red dashboard light.