Accordion, Instrument of the Gods Geek Slice of Life

Christmas purchase of 2018, meet the Christmas purchase of 2020

This year’s purchase is less pricey than the 2018 one by a factor of 20 or so. Tap to view at full size.

Cyberpunk 2077 just arrived today, but I’m not playing it until Saturday evening. I’ve got lots to do between now and then, including writing content for the Auth0 blog, revising the Auth0 native mobile “quickstart” kits, teaching the final 12 hours of an online Python class for Computer Coach, and giving a remote presentation for mDevConf 2020, a mobile developer conference in La Paz, Bolivia.

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods

Just putting this out there…

Photo: “We must do more research on accordion music” — featuring woman in red dancing in the street
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Accordion, Instrument of the Gods The Current Situation

Tucker Carlson: “The dog ate my October Surprise!”

Photo: Tucker Carlson claiming “Damning Hunter documents suddenly vanish”.”

Tucker Carlson, spoiled frozen-food heir pretending to be a journalist, claims that a shipment of “damning” documents linked to Hunter and Joe Biden “mysteriously disappeared” in transit to Los Angeles.

Here’s the story, from Fox News themselves:

“We texted a producer in New York and asked him to send those documents to us in L.A, ” Carlson explained. “And he did that, so Monday afternoon of this week, he shipped the documents overnight to California with a large national carrier, a brand-name company that we’ve used, you’ve used, countless times with never a single problem.”

But the documents never arrived in Los Angeles, Carlson said.

“Tuesday morning we received word from the shipping company that our package had been opened and the contents were missing. The documents had disappeared.”

It’s strange that they wouldn’t have simply sent someone to personally take the  documents with them and book a flight to Los Angeles, as one might do when one has the budget and is transporting incredibly sensitive (but not restricted) items.

There’s also the safeguard of scanning or at least photographing the documents first. And hey, we live in a time and place where everyone has a high-resolution camera/scanner/video recorder in their pocket!

And finally, there’s the receipt and tracking number. Assuming of course, the shipment existed.

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods It Happened to Me

Le bateleur

Photo: Framed woodcut of “Le Bateleur”, a tarot card featuring an accordion-playing fisherman seated in front of a table overflowing with cod.
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I finally got around to framing and hanging our Le bateleur (which translates from French as “juggler,” “street performer,” or “busker”) tarot card woodcut print. It’s the perfect size to go under one of the sconces in the hallway leading to our offices, and it looks pretty damned good.

It’s a gift that our Toronto friends Natalie and Eldon gave to us during our visit to Toronto last October, just before we flew off to visit the Philippines.

(It’ll be nice to be able to travel again…someday.)

Le bateleur is one of Canadian artist Graham Blair’s woodcut prints. Here’s how he describes it:

The earliest known tarot card decks date to the early 1400s, and for several centuries they were used simply as game cards, becoming associated with divination only after the 1780s. While the first tarot cards were hand-painted, for most of their existence they were printed from woodcuts using the same techniques that I use today.

This design is my North Atlantic interpretation of the first and one of the most famous trump cards – Le Bateleur – which traditionally depicts a sleight-of-hand magician sitting in front of his table of tricks, the image of a skillful trickster and master of the material world. In my version, the magician is an accordion-playing fisherman seated in front of a table overflowing with cod. On the deck of his ship are the tools of his trade – a cod jigger and splitting knife – and the tail of a humpback whale can be seen in the distance. This magician’s sleight-of-hand is manifest in the jigs and reels he coaxes from his accordion.


Accordion, Instrument of the Gods It Happened to Me The Current Situation

I spent more on this accordion than Trump spent on his taxes

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods

I would *LOVE* one of these!

The Squeezebox Shop (Scotland) posted this photo, and not only is it unconventional looking, but it’s in my favorite colors as well!

Not only is this a straightforward accordion, but it’s also rigged up with MIDI, so you can hook it up to synths, samplers, lighting boards, and anything else MIDI-equipped.

Accordion, Instrument of the Gods The Current Situation

Okay, you can stop sending me this meme now.