Category Archives: SHELF

They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson produced and directed this World War I documentary, comprised of period footage from the BBC archives, remarkably restored and enhanced using multiple technologies.

“They Shall Not Grow Old” is being screened in select US theaters for two nights only: December 17 and December 27.

Find locations and purchase tickets at Fathom Events.

Please Hold

I think it reasonable to assume that everyone has, at some point, been placed on hold while attempting to contact a place of business, corporation, government office, nonprofit, etc. And during that time spent in telephony purgatory, callers typically endure endless loops of annoying messages, intolerable muzak, or a combination of both. However, depending on where you’re calling, you may have heard this pleasant, if not mesmerizing instrumental:

Over many years, I have frequently enjoyed that relaxing tune while spending countless hours on hold with customer service reps at various companies. I’ve often wondered what the track is and who produced it; however, it wasn’t until hearing it again today (while on hold, of course) that I made an effort to search it out.

The track is titled “Opus No. 1” and was composed and recorded by Tim Carleton and Darrick Deel in 1989 (sounds a bit reminiscent of Jan Hammer’s work for “Miami Vice”). Nothing came of the tune until a decade later when Deel, then in the employ of Cisco, seized on an opportunity to use “Opus No. 1” as the default hold music for the company’s new IP phone system.

And it seems that I’m not alone in my appreciation for Carleton and Deel’s ‘hit’—there are multiple postings of “Opus No. 1” under varied names on YouTube, accompanied by hundreds of comments.

Thanks for holding.

The Day The Music Died

Longtime followers of the MOD blog may recall this delightful diatribe from three years ago: In Memory Of Music

So today, 23 October 2018, marks the unofficial 20th anniversary of music’s demise. Let us all observe a moment of silence…

Master And Servant

Royals And Fascists

1937: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor meet with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler

2018: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Queen Elizabeth II

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana (1863-1952)



To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men.

The human race has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised against injustice, ignorance, and lust, the inquisition yet would serve the law, and guillotines decide our least disputes.

The few who dare, must speak and speak again to right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God, no vested power in this great day and land can gag or throttle.

Press and voice may cry loud disapproval of existing ills; may criticize oppression and condemn the lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws that let the children and child bearers toil to purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore I do protest against the boast of independence in this mighty land.

Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link.

Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave.

Until the manacled slim wrists of babes are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee, until the mother bears no burden, save the precious one beneath her heart, until God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed and given back to labor, let no man call this the land of freedom.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
Poems Of Problems, 1914

Mankind Is An Oxymoron

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.
William Shakespeare


Methods Of Dance is 7

So what, eh?

Hopefully, this blog has provided you with a modicum of meaningless distraction from the endless stream of angering and depressing news.

Now, please—let’s all unplug and try to save the world.

Here’s hoping for a better year in 2018.

Thank you.



Global warming isn’t a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government.

Climate change isn’t a conspiracy theory hatched by the mainstream liberal media.

It’s real. And it has consequences.

Climate Change Reality Project

The Liberty Of A Democracy Is Not Safe

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Message to Congress on Curbing Monopolies
29 April 1938

To the Congress:

Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living.

Both lessons hit home.

Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.

This concentration is seriously impairing the economic effectiveness of private enterprise as a way of providing employment for labor and capital and as a way of assuring a more equitable distribution of income and earnings among the people of the nation as a whole.

Read FDR’s full speech on The American Presidency Project.

Roosevelt’s remarks from nearly 80 years ago are even more relevant today, given the shameless collusion between Congress and corporations, and the sinister swamp controlling The White House.

And the newly minted US tax bill serves as a perfect illustration of FDR’s fears: the unpopular legislation further consolidates the monopolies on wealth and power held by a small number of rich, white men—the privileged capitalist elite.