David Johnson

I got some writing done today. That felt good.

Is there a race on?

Five and a half hours standing in a hot storage room while working today. Lying on my bed feels like the right thing to do right now! 🛏️

An Evening with Paul Simon

Yesterday I spent a wonderful evening at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center at Paul Simon’s second of two shows on the island. Although officially retired from touring, Simon shared that the concerts were a “thank you” to the island now that he lives here. All profits from the shows are going to two Hawaiian environmental projects - Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA).

What to say about the concert? There was so much. I feel as though I need to sit through it again, and again, and again…just to take it in. The band of 14 were tight, some of them being local musicians, and included horns, percussion and strings. During a set that lasted two hours, Simon played from a huge back catalogue and even then just touched the surface of his over 50 year long career - he is 77. And he did not sit on the laurels of the original arrangements. Songs were reworked, extended, but were still the favourites from when they were originally released. His version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was beautiful.

During the evening, Simon was joined separately on stage by two other musicians who live on Maui. Hawaiian slack guitarist Keola Beamer, who as well as singing a Hawaiian song with Simon also sung his own song, Honolulu City Lights, while Simon stepped back. Towards the end of the show, Michael Murphy came on to play a reworked, and apparently little rehearsed version of Cecillia.

With the band having left the stage, and the clock passing two hours, Paul picked up his guitar and started playing the first few bars of “Sound of Silence”. He was ending with the song that had started his career.

Thank you Paul for a wonderful evening and for the music. That was a truly memorable concert.

Beware of hiding yellow jackets

My face looks as though I have had half a dozen fillings. Yesterday while outside working on something in the garden which I am now told want work - grumble, grumble, but that’s another story - I was stung by a yellow jacket. For now it is mildly uncomfortable and looks as though I’ve out on weight in my face. My wife says that my face looks like Joe from Family Guy!

I’m looking forward to seeing Paul Simon at the MACC, his second of two nights there. My plan is to leave my phone at home, or at least buried deep in my pocket if I need it to find friends, instead of watching the concert through the camera.

I saw The Farewell at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought the movie worthy of its good reviews, and found it refreshing to watch a film for the most part situated in a culture other than Hollywood and that I am not so familiar with. 🍿

Bear falls on California patrol car, causing crash and fire. Thankfully there were no serious injuries, though they can’t be sure about the bear as it fled the scene!

Sunset from the cliffs at Ho’okipa this evening.

I’m pleased that the weekend is here. It will be over soon enough, but for now I am pleased that it is here. My wife & I spent this evening at the cliffs at Ho’okipa with friends, chatting and watching the sunset.

What time in the day do you work best? When are you at your most productive? For me it is (early) morning, and if I am by myself, in the evening. I regularly hit a time in the middle of the day/early afternoon where I can feel as though I am wading through treacle.

Not all days are great.

We were busy building.

Listening to Jazz for a Sunday Morning 🎵

What a difference a night makes. To the south the sun glints off of the observatories on the summit of Haleakala. There is little wind and scattered cloud with blue sky. To the south the ocean is in a haze of grey cloud. Tropical storm Fossie will be with us in about 36 hours.

Evening storm rainbows.

Late night visitor.

Hawaii is starting to feel Hurricane Erick as it approaches on a course that will take it south of the islands. It’s around 380 miles from the north shore of Maui, but the skies are darkening and winds are picking up. In the next 24 hours it will weaken to a tropical storm.

The Great Hack

I watched The Great Hack on Netflix last night. Following all the news reports over the last year or so, it wasn’t all new news to me but just seeing the implications of how our data is used, seeing the wide spread use of people’s data to achieve ends (whatever those ends might be and regardless of the effects on ordinary people), seeing people being pitted against each other by anonymous third parties, hit me hard. I find myself wondering how the founders and heads of the big data grabbing companies can live with these implications…and actual outcomes.

At the end of the documentary is a snippet of The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr’s TED talk from earlier this year, in which she calls out those heading the big social media and search engine companies who are sitting in the audience. I have bookmarked that talk to watch later. Here is Carol’s article about the TED Talk.

Phew! It’s hot! Yes, that’s probably what I should expect with summer in Hawaii…but it is still H O T. ☀️

I saw The Lion King last night and enjoyed it. Despite what the critics said, I thought that it was a good film which stood well alongside the original. Having said that, I wish that Disney would come up with some original ideas and not just CGI old favorites. 🍿

Beware! My grandson is on a bombing run…🎈💦

I found this video, Crannog, very moving. It’s about Alexis who has a life threatening illness and spends her time caring for animals who are themselves sick or dying. For me it just seems to put the rest of life in perspective.

”…like tears in rain.” RIP Rutger Hauer.

For those who use MailMate for their email on a Mac and check email on their iPhone, what client do you use on the iPhone? I’m looking for something other then the stock Apple app, which I have a use for.