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We Used To Know - Jethro Tull

I love the entire Stand Up album, it was their second studio album and is still my favorite of all their albums with their first album running a close second. Jethro Tull ended up touring with the Eagles in 1972 and some say that Eagles lifted the chord progression from "We Used To Know" to create "Hotel California". Anderson was asked about this and was very nice in his response;

But they probably heard us play the song, because that would have featured in the sets back then, and maybe it was just something they kind of picked up on subconsciously, and introduced that chord sequence into their famous song "Hotel California" sometime later. But, you know, it's not plagiarism. It's just the same chord sequence. It's in a different time signature, different key, different context. And it's a very, very fine song that they wrote, so I can't feel anything other than a sense of happiness for their sake. And I feel flattered that they came across that chord sequence.

We Used To Know - Jethro Tull

Whenever I get to feel this way
Try to find new words to say
I think about the bad old days
We used to know

Nights of winter turn me cold
Fears of dying, getting old
We ran the race, the race was won
By running slowly

Could be soon we'll cease to sound
Slowly upstairs, faster down
Then to revisit stony grounds
We used to know

Remembering mornings, shillings spent
Made no sense to leave the bed
The bad old days they came and went
Giving way to fruitful years

Saving up the birds in hand
While in the bush the others land
Take what we can before the man
Says it's time to go

Each to his own way I'll go mine
Best of luck with what you find
But for your own sake remember times
We used to know

Making Masks Active with Soap to Protect Against Coronavirus

Soap has emerged as one of the most effective weapons to combat coronavirus – it’s why washing hands thoroughly has become even more important during the pandemic. Texas Engineering researchers are teaming up with a group from the University of Florida to infuse chemicals in soap into face masks, enhancing their ability to protect people from SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease it causes.

Led by Navid Saleh, an associate professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, the research team from the two universities landed a $197,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research program to pursue the project. The goal is to make face masks active by infusing soap molecules and other materials into the passive mask surfaces. This phased project will begin with a do-it-yourself kit for health care workers and others to add a soap solution to strengthen masks’ defenses against coronavirus.

The “surfactant” chemicals in soap bind with the virus and essentially take it apart. The experiment involves testing several different treatments on masks and measuring how well the chemicals deactivate the virus. The key is to choose the surfactants with the right properties to attach to mask surfaces, stay there during reuse and render the function of virus inactivation. The active masks will be tested for a range of respiratory viruses, in addition to SARS-CoV-2 strains.

More at link:

This looks like a cool idea. Hook 'em Horns!

Edited to Add: Please do not ingest soap or think that making a SOAPY mask is the intent of this OP, it is not. The intent of this OP was to highlight some research that is being done looking at NANO fibers and particles of surfactants and their POSSIBLE ability to deactivate the virus.

Frank Zappa - I'm The Slime

This was his open for the show in 84 at the Bayfront...very appropriate for today's media circus...lol

I saw him perform live at the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg Florida. He had a habit of improvising solos. After one such solo, the audience sat in stunned silence for at least 20 seconds before applauding.

King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man

Enjoy one of the finest from King Crimson.

This one has a habit of getting taken down quickly so enjoy while you can...

Cat's foot iron claw
Neurosurgeons scream for more
At paranoia's poison door
Twenty first century schizoid man

Blood rack, barbed wire
Politicians' funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man

Death seed blind man's greed
Poets starving, children bleed
Nothing he's got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid man

The Great Gig In The Sky - Pink Floyd - Claire Torry, Vocals

And I am not frightened of dying
Any time will do, I don't mind
Why should I be frightened of dying?
There's no reason for it, you've gotta go sometime
If you can hear this whispering you are dying

What Will We Call Donald Trump In 100 Years?

A little over 8 minutes but very funny and enlightening.

My answer is Soil...but I love her answer, lovely lady and excellent talk.

My Quarantine Anthem.

I love Derrick T. Tuggle's energy (he is an actor and security guard) and the song is great too...

Back in the late 70's in high school, I had a job as a Nurses Aide. I wanted to be a Nurse.

I had a couple of easy posts in some not so bad areas of the Hospital and thought it was a good choice. Then I spent a stint helping in the ER. One night a guy came in with his hand on his back. He said he needed a DR. "Real Quick Like".

We all kind of looked at him and he looked healthy except for his odd posture with his hand on his back. We asked why?

"I've been stabbed." he replied.

Immediately, the nurses rushed over to him and helped him to a room and called a Dr. The Dr. walked in and asked him where he had been stabbed. I was standing a good six fee away when he removed his hand and said "right here". The blood shot out covering the Dr. and a nurse. The knife must have struck an artery. The Dr. did not even flinch he just put his hand out and covered the wound and proceeded to help the man to the bed. I was in shock. Blood was everywhere.

It was no longer a fun job. It was real and it was scary. I knew I was not cut out for it. Not because of the blood. Just because I was so emotional and could not act when confronted with a shocking emergency. Sure, I was young and new at this, but I knew.

To say a Dr or a Nurse or all the support staff, like nurses aides and phlebotomist and lab people are heroes during this time is correct, but lets face it, THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HEROES.

It is criminal that hospitals, grocery workers, line workers in plants are not being given the support they need from our government.

It is criminal that our government is stealing supplies out of the hands of the states and hospitals that have purchased them.

It is criminal that Dump continues to lie and is never held accountable.

It is criminal that Senate Republicans have given him a pass and are silent while he tweets treasonous calls to rally his useful idiots around his flag of death and destruction.

It is criminal.

So he just said that he is going to let some states open sooner than May.

"Numerous states that are in great shape, right now".

"They're viewing the rest of the country as we don't believe this is happening".

"They're set to open, practically now".

Is he insane? So he is going to open half the country and then what?

wtf...this guy is crazy.

I want waffles!

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