Meat Loaf, one of my favourite singers died on Thursday, rumours say because of COVID. He was also an anti-vaxxer (seems, hadn’t seen him say anything about it). It doesn’t take me from having enjoyed his music, and saddened I won’t get to see him live. I was in London for the premiere of Jim Steinman’s musical Bat out of Hell, which is the closest I’d have been to it. Below some interesting links and articles from The Guardian.
Unbelievable energy. I saw a gig in 1988, when I was working as a sound and lighting engineer at a big UK venue. I don’t like Meatloaf’s music much. But of the many shows I worked, that one sticks in my mind. It was billed as 1 hour 20 mins. At the “end” he said a big goodnight! Then the crowd chanted for the encore. He did another two songs and exited stage. Then the crowd chanted some more. He came back. Two encores. Three. Four! It was past two hours. The venue staff and stage crew were getting nervous and tired. The manager said stay with it, I’m authorised to pay you double overtime. Meatloaf came back on, and that’s when the show really started. Like he’d been holding back on half energy so far. Maybe it went to three hours. No wonder the poor guys back gave up, sounds like he died from giving it everything. I’ve never seen such a generous performer.
Saw him live in the 90-ies, was amazing and he had a great band.
During the show he climbed on one of the big monitor speakers on the stage without thinking about how to get down again. A roadie had to help him out… I mean he was already a middle aged man at that point and no Eddie Vedder anymore…
I don’t always listen to Meatloaf. But when I do, so do the neighbors
By Michael Lopp (aka Rands). Less known than his other management book, Managing Humans. I found it excellent, full of useful tips for managers at all levels. It starts with the line manager role and progresses until executive, following his learnings as he progressed. Next, Managing Humans, 4th edition.
Years ago I read the first chapter of this (free blurb somewhere) and marked it as “want to read”. Couldn’t easily find it available, and eventually forgot. My surprise when I found it’s not only on Kindle, but also as an exceptionally narrated Audible. There are chemical formulas and compounds, but it’s the color comentary what makes it cracking. Like these four quotes:
Everyone who uses a computer frequently has had, from time to time, a mad desire to attack the precocious abacus with an axe.
It is, of course, extremely toxic, but that’s the least of the problem. It is hypergolic with every known fuel, and so rapidly hypergolic that no ignition delay has ever been measured. It is also hypergolic with such things as cloth, wood, and test engineers […]
For dealing with this situation, I have always recommended a good pair of running shoes.
Their guess turned out to be right, but one is reminded of E. T. Bell’s remark that the great vice of the Greeks was not sodomy but extrapolation.