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music: the Isley Brothers

3 + 3 > 5, ergo The Isleys were more talented than the Jacksons, QED. On “The Highways of My Life” brother-in-law Chris Jasper is immortal on piano and ARP synthesizer. Wikipedia says Stevie Wonder was making Innervisions down the … Continue reading

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eco: immediate action, disaster much later

We Have Five Years To Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Harvard Scientist Says This is true, as is “We have 12 years to avoid catastrophe” and every other prediction of doom, but it is really hard to explain. We definitely … Continue reading

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web: the unparalleled genius of Sir Tim

In a nutshell, linking within hypertext to another computer system, to possibly get more hypertext, blew people’s fragile little minds. Continue reading

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music: how to contribute scanned lyrics to the web

Lyrics are everywhere on the web, yet I regularly come across popular songs whose lyrics are nowhere to be found. Sometimes I have a CD or LP on the shelf with the missing lyrics printed in it! Time to make … Continue reading

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art: Jhane Barnes inspires

I’ll pull out a Jhane Barnes shirt I haven’t worn in a while and I’m Ricky Fitts in American Beauty: “I need to remember… Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it.” (This … Continue reading

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web: when it comes to paying, backward USA! backward USA!

Someone asked me to donate to the Center for Youth Wellness, a worthy cause. Give Lively, a free fundraising system, organizes the donations at https://secure.givelively.org/donate/center-for-youth-wellness/friends-name . The donation page’s “Suggested donation method” is “Donate by bank account” because “We get … Continue reading

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software: how electronic medical records could be better

On an Ars Technica story on AI in hospitals, “goofazoid” commented There are so many things that have set this environment up, mostly having to do with hospitals attempting to save money (nursing is usually the largest expense in a … Continue reading

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music: Look Now, a great Elvis Costello album

Slate’s Carl Wilson said it well “Elvis Costello’s New Album Is His Best This Century” Yes it is. Look Now has the horns and backing vocals of Punch the Clock, more Bacharach collaborations like Painted from Memory, varied production that … Continue reading

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music: Corduroy transcends Acid Jazz

I somehow found out about Acid Jazz in 1992 entirely through a few compilation CDs. One of them (100% Acid Jazz) contained an effervescent funky pop song called “Mini” by Corduroy, about… the Mini car. I like the way your … Continue reading

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Minox James Bond off-hours camera

Minox was moderately famous for making a tiny spy camera using 16mm film. But they also made the smallest 35mm camera in the world (100 x 61 x 31mm or just 2.4″ tall), and I owned several as each broke … Continue reading

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