mr. trump – 11/9/16

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in this video, the narrator talks about how ideas catch on and infect people, very much like a virus. some of the most infectious ideas are one that make people angry, because they split into two groups that form an ecosystem of sorts, and they fight back and forth…pretty soon, they don’t even spend their time arguing against the ideas of the opposing side, but instead they just argue with each other about how much they hate them.

i was  very surprised when donald trump swept through the swing states and won the presidency, yesterday. i was part of the crowd that didn’t really like either of them but basically favored clinton. in my mind, she is was the devil we did know, and that was good. but enough other people, sewn with the same virus, sprouted red. (does this mean i am more conservative than those that voted for a republican? i think that anyone who wanted to throw a monkey wrench into the system, or wanted to trust a tv star instead of a politician, is much more desperate for change).

when i woke up today i watched clinton’s concession, obama’s statement, and then john green ‘s vlog post and read   ‘s piece from this morning. along with trump’s victory speech last night, and steven colbert’s live coverage, they all sounded very, very reasonable (all the same i couldn’t help staring too closely at clinton, while she spoke, trying to distinguish the sincerity from the effortless affectation. and then that made me feel cynical about everyone). in summary, compiled from all of them:

  • we have to accept the winner. trending #notmypresident won’t help anything. he is, unless you are planning on using your second amendment right to take up arms.
  • i really hope that trump doesn’t get a special prosecutor against clinton, because even you think it is justified for the email scandal, it still smacks too much of the political punishment of a rival. making an example.
  • we all have to get together and mend
  • society is too polarized and media is too politicized and we need to chill out a bit
  • the sun will come out tomorrow

so my question is this: am i taking the message from “this video will make you angry” too literally when i worry that some qualities – common sense and gracefully accepting disappointment and measured passions – can’t compete with the adaptive power of outrage and cynicism and conspiracy theory and martyr complexes. sure, john green and obama and these other people that seem reasonable, to me, they are being sensible and good, but if trump won then are “sensible and good” the qualities that define this moment? if it feels really good to have an enemy, someone to blame and hate, and usually those two sides have much more in common, anyway, what could happen to drain that pressure?

i would like things to calm down, a bit. perhaps cnn and msnbc and abc and so many other outlets can shake off the dirt and try to figure out why all the polls and our news was so fucking off. this cycle i listened to a lot of dave rubin, sam harris, joe rogan, and some salon and huff post, and listened to a bunch of steven crowder and milo yiannopoulos and ben shapiro. i was trying to get a nonpartisan, educated sense of what was going on. and i, like lots of people (especially people living in blue states), was totally off in my predilections. i thought that when it all came out in the wash most people would vote for the devil they did know, but instead they were a very progressive in that they wanted change.

god, this is so weird. it could turn out that he is a racist, narcissistic force that topples america, or it could be that anyone who didn’t figure out that he was all bark and beneath it he really cares about the country and is smart enough to govern it is an idiot.

sum greater entertainment

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the saturday night before halloween this year saw Clark’s Pub in Hillsboro, Oregon packed to the brim with sweaty monsters and demons drinking microbrews. Clark’s was hosting their annual party, Boos, Booze, and Brews: Bayou, and this year i got to participate both on stage and behind the scenes as part of a new Hillsboro entertainment business, Sum Greater.

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Clark’s has been a major part of my personal musical experience for the last year, as they do rock and roll shows several times a week and open mics and jams to boot. As for the acts they hired through Sum Greater Entertainment, none could claim that we have been unaffected by the open atmosphere, great stage, and opportunity to try out new sounds that Clark’s provides.

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a few facebook pictures won’t quite do the evening justice, but take my word for it when i say the place was packed to the gills. i opened up the show early while people, decked out in their trick-or-treating finery, were just starting to trickle in, and by the time Brotherman played the stage had disappeared in the swaying – and shouting, and singing – crowd. in between our acts the pub shook like a subwoofer to the amazing talent of Loveless Root, Tied to a Grizzly, and Swampy V and the No Motives.

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the show, with the musical talent and the energy and the positive atmosphere and the creepy sexualized dollar store dress-up, was a blast, but it meant even more for me because this was the first event that Sum Greater Entertainment helped organize. it was satisfying to see 100 people lining the walls around the bar, and it felt like it confirmed what i and a few friends had been hoping to find: that Hillsboro is excited about live music, and the people in the city love original art and rock n roll, and that Sum Greater just might have a shot at making a big impression on the music scene in Portland by organizing more shows, at more amazing local venues, with more amazing local talent.

the idea behind Sum Greater is to make an entertainment business to help connect musicians that want to play their music to venues that want to hear it. all of us who are involved with this fledgling pursuit are either artists or patrons ourselves, and we can see opportunity for downtown Hillsboro to keep expanding as an artistic hotspot. Sum Greater Entertainment is, for now, just an idea crystallizing into a real thing, but our foundation is solid:

  • we want to encourage the Hillsboro music scene and start-up artists by connecting them. we don’t want a single empty stage on a friday or saturday night at any bar or coffee shop, and we hope that we can fill those places to standing room only as our talent builds followings and ties with the community
  • we also know that we want to find a way to make Sum Greater profitable enough to use our business to generate income (51% of our proceeds) to a charity founded by one of our board members – more on that to come in another post.

i’ve never tried to start a company before, and i have to say that the process is confusing and exhilarating. already, we have a core group of Oregon musicians involved, along with visual artists, and we can boast years of combined experience in business and the music industry.

we have a lot of work to do: currently we have graphic designers whipping up our business cards, a twitter account and a website in the works, and, of course, a few piles of paperwork to file. i’m encouraged by the interest that i can already see from the community, and from the outstanding success of our first show, made possible by the fine people at Clark’s. and we are looking towards the next show: last friday i and a few other reps from Sum Greater met with the board of Influence Music Hall, a Hillsboro institution that has become synonymous with great music downtown, and in just a few minutes managed to come up with some exciting ideas for future shows (nothing set yet, but consider this a teaser of big things to come).

i’ll be writing about Sum Greater for the next few weeks as we keep working. consider this a cattle call for all music acts, visual artists, and performers of all kinds who want to be a part of a scene. we can make it, but we need you: Sum Greater needs board members, partners, and venues that are as passionate about live music and great shows as we are. if you are interested in helping or getting in on the ground floor, or if you have any questions, feel free to hit us up on the facebook page, and stay tuned to my blog for updates as we polish up our social media outreach. if the halloween show was any indication, this could be the start of something big.

Got Zeugma?

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Literal-Minded

In this 2008 post, I pulled together several examples of zeugma involving the word make, and these involving the word get. Some of the get examples involved two somewhat similar meanings of get: the intransitive meaning of “become”, and the transitive meaning of “cause to become”:

  • …after you’ve gotten dressed, your bed made, and your teeth brushed.
  • [The karate lessons] make it tough for him to get his things done and to bed on time.

Others involved the “become” meaning with the more-distantly related meaning of “acquire”:

    A 17-year-old gets arrested and a $1,000 bond for failing to show at a court appearance for … a seatbelt violation.
  • These days there’s dudes gettin’ facials, manicured, waxed, and botoxed.
    (“I’m Still a Guy,” by John Kelley Lovelace, Lee Thomas Miller, and Brad Douglas Paisley)

Now, four years later, the latest addition to the “become/acquire” get-zeugma collection comes…

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