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music: Lil Nas X and pop today

Meaghan Garvey wrote an insightful funny review of Lil Nas X for NPR that’s also about the state of pop music, and funny to boot! “the exquisite schadenfreude of the biggest pop stars on the planet, including Drake and Taylor … Continue reading

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music/audio: great recording of great playing

I listen to the NPR news summary on the main NPR page and the web page often features Tiny Desk concerts recorded at a not-so-tiny desk at some NPR office (and promoted by cute hedgehogs). Many are excellent. I grooved … Continue reading

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music/web: Sundays spent disambiguating

The Google Now screen on my phone does a good job presenting news relevant to me. It struck gold when it displayed “new album out now” by The Sundays, zOMG!! After 22 years, out of nowhere they deliver a new … Continue reading

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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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