PDR Update: End of Aliens Month

Hey, it’s PDR! The PDR from now, in 2017, not the PDR from 2016 who scheduled all those posts this month. 2016 PDR left November 30th blank with a note that told me-now-PDR to put a PDR Update here.

Well, the main thing on my plate right now is some seemingly expensive car repairs. It seems my shift motor has corroded. That’s punching my wallet right in the nuts, that’s for sure. Apart from that, things are as they have been all year for me. 2017 has not been a great year for me, but neither has it been for the world at large, so at least I’m not alone in that.


My finances remain poor.
Not been a great year.

It’s not all been a bad year, though. I’ve been listening to the Superman radio show from the 40s as I drive, and during the serial “Is There Another Superman” there was a scene in which Batman and Robin were investigating and Robin got kinda bored, noticed it was snowing out, and sung a few bars of “White Christmas” only for Batman to reply: “I’ll Christmas you unless you pipe down” so now I know the best Batman line that has ever been written.

So anyway, we now go back to not having a new Super Sunday post every day. The site will probably feel pretty empty. I do still miss my Twitter posts manifesting here. That was nice.

Nearing the end of School Year One

I’ve finished writing essays for the year, and I think I’ve only got three days of classes left. After next week, all that remains is the exams.

Exams have got to be my least favorite element of schooling, so I’m not happy that they’re what’s left. It is especially sad because the classes that remain aren’t about teaching any more. It’s all about how to study for exams, and how to pass exams, and all that stuff that I don’t care much about. Basically, from a PDR point of view, school is over and all that’s left is the annoying unimportant stuff they make us do so they can feel like they’re doing something.

My plan was to take some classes over the Summer, but reality is that I can’t currently afford any classes. With that in mind, I’m kinda going to have to make up Summer as I go, so let’s see what happens. Hopefully I will have a lot of time for doing things on the site, here.

(Edited in later in the day): Looks like the Radiolab polling has finished and I felt like I should include the results for posterity. Shrewdinger wins.

The Grandmammal

I suppose that I should make note that I suggested a name for an ancestor of humanity and that my suggestion is, as of this writing, in the running to win a Radiolab contest. There were over a thousand suggestions to begin with and somehow “Grandmammal” has made it into the final four.

I think I can safely say that if I had actually bothered to put any thought into my suggestion, instead of just firing off the first thing that occurred to me, it would never have made it this far.

PDR’s Amazing Music Facts

I like music quite a bit, which sometimes makes me ashamed about how little I know about it. I have trouble even understanding the concepts of basslines and tempos and treble clef aria reverb synthesizers. I also don’t know a lot about the people who make music. But just in case I ever get roped into some sort of Music Knowledge contest, I’m going to make this list, so that the facts will be on the Internet to back me up! Here comes a list of the Top Ten Things PDR Knows About Music:

  1. Music is played by musicians or groups of musicians (colloquially known as “bands”). The act of playing music (called a “gig”) is, in fact, a form of communicating with noise!
  2. The first musician was probably Beethoven! This was ironic because in his later life, he suffered from a condition which would make it hard to appreciate music: Orneriness!
  3. Instruments were first added to singing by accident after a singer forgot the words and tried to cover it by pretending to get a trombone stuck in his mouth, but it turned out even better.
  4. Modern music was invented by humans (Homo Sapiens), a species on the planet Planet Earth. They use music to give people time to think between commercials on the radio!
  5. Elvis Presley was a musician whose name is an anagram of “les evil’s prey” because he was constantly being hunted by Les Evil, supercannibal.
  6. Rick Davies from Supertramp and Ray Davies from the Kinks are not the same person, in spite of the fact they have the exact same name!
  7. Speaking of names, the band Radiohead takes their name from a song by Talking Heads. The name of that song is “Radio Head”, which leads to the astounding coincidence that the song the band took their name from, has the same name as the band! Spooky coincidences like that make me suspect their may be some truth to those people who think musicians are in league with the devil (or multiple devils).
  8. They even have music in Greenland! It is not even punishable by death there!
  9. Even the full twenty-three minute long version of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” is not long enough to sate me. I could listen to that song for roughly Four Hours at a time.
  10. From classical to country, from reggae to rap, from folk to funk, music is always, always, capable of rocking.