Show me da money!!!

sammy cahn
When asked whether the words or the music came first, Sammy Cahn, the lyricist, would reply,”Neither; the cheque comes first!” Smart man.

Who Knew That Scientists are the New Rock Gods?

“She blinded me with science…and hit me with technology.”
Thomas Dolby

Way back in the day when I was in high school (no years given please), the uniform was concert shirts. Either the black or baseball-style variety. I had so many that I could go for a month without wearing the same shirt twice. Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Lynyrd Skynrd, Ozzy Osbourne…you name it, I had it.

My, how things have changed. Scientists are the nerd rock stars of technology, and are finally getting their due props with these t-shirt designs by Amorphia Apparel in their Monsters of Grok line.

Carl Sagan tshirt from Monsters of Grok Tesla vs Edison tee shirt from Monsters of Grok Isaac Newton t-shirt from Monsters of Grok Erwin Schrodinger tshirt from Monsters of Grok

This collection has proven to be so successful that they have now branched out to include Amorphia Apparel’s Badass Women of Science!

Marie Curie was seriously metal: She dedicated her life to the study of radioactivity (a term she herself coined), becoming the first woman to win a Nobel prize (and the only woman to ever win Nobels in two different fields), discovered the radioactive elements of Radium and Polonium, was scandalized by a torrid love affair, built and manned mobile radiology labs for WWI, and died from complications brought on by her long term radiation exposure. And that's just scratching the surface of her accomplishments.  t-shirt from Monsters of GrokOnce upon a time we didn't know how far away everything in space was. Without a means of measuring the distance to far away stars there was no way to be sure: Enter Henrietta Swan Leavitt! She discovered that a class of variable stars have an inherent brightness in a ratio to how long it takes to go through their variable cycle. So if we can find two of these stars and compare their brightness and period we can compare the relative distance between to two!  Though cock-blocked of recognition in her day, her work is what allowed us to finally measure great distances in space, and eventually led Hubble to determine that the universe is expanding. tee shirt from Monsters of Grok

Haven’t you heard? All the cool kids may love sports and partying, but all the cool adults love science and tech and go on to become wealthy engineers that will eventually rule the earth. Which one do you want to be?

Party on Wayne! Party on, Garth!

Happy 66th Birthday Robert Plant!


When I was a kid I used to hide behind the curtains at home at Christmas and I used to try and be Elvis. There was a certain ambience between the curtains and the French windows, there was a certain sound there for a ten-year-old. That was all the ambience I got at ten years old… I think! And I always wanted to be a curtain, a bit similar to that.” – Robert Plant

Hands-down, Led Zeppelin was one of my favorite bands beginning in my teenage years. Even today, they still sound fresh, and no one can come close to attaining that Golden God status that Robert Plant personifies.

He is always the visionary doing his own thing, whether it happened to be Led Zeppelin, The Honey Drippers, Page and Plant, orswitching gears over to country and blue grass with Alison Krauss.

One of my favorite songs, That’s the Way, was used in the the scene after the bus crashed though the gate in the film Almost Famous with Kate Hudson, Patrick Fugit and Billy Crudup. The perfect song for this poignant scene!

Happy 66th Birthday Mr. Robert Plant! May you have many more and keep turning on the new generations with your music!

The Doors: No One Here Gets Out Alive

Jim Morrison

“There are things known
and there are things unknown
and in between are the doors.” – Jim Morrison

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley‘s book The Doors of Perception, which itself was a reference to a William Blake quotation, from his famous work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.” They were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s and beyond, mostly because of Morrison’s wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.

They were signed to Elektra Records in 1966. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 21 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.

Although the Doors’ active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 36.6 million certified units in the US  and over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.  The Doors has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LPs.

Three of the band’s studio albums, The Doors (1967), L.A. Woman (1971), and Strange Days (1967), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, at positions 42, 362 and 407 respectively.

The band, their work, and Morrison’s celebrity continue to be considered inexorably embedded within the larger counterculture of the 1960s.

In 1993, The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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