Flexi Disc

I have been wanting to make a paper phonograph like this. But I also want to do the recording onto the vinyl or other medium somehow...



Memphis music

One of the best sleeper album of the 90s is the Grifters' Ain't My Lookout

It takes a while to grow on you but then it is under your skin. Listening to it again I think about Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers and maybe I am not so off.


photoshopped danny

Microphone check uses this picture of Danny Brown - it is disconcerting that in the original someone has drawn white lines around his cheek and ears.


new charter better not be wishy washy

we want to ban clothing that was brought about by religious modesty for women - ban it in the public service domain that is - to not set a "bad" example?
women (in cultures throughout the world including the new world) were forced to cover their torsos by both christian and muslim modesty. these conventions of "decency" are pretty recent and brought about by religion. by the logic above, any public servant position that is shirtless for a man should also be shirtless for a woman, in order to ban religious conventions of female modesty. never mind that it is *now* the cultural norm for women to cover the upper body and not think of it as a religious convention but as a personal choice - that's just getting used to something - at the heart of it it is religion that forced women to cover up. can a law cherry-pick which religious clothing conventions it deems as sexist....if so doesn't that law become racist in how it decides cultural norms? i think this would mean (if the charter passes) that a women holding such a public service position would be *forced* to expose her torso or lose her job. are their life guard positions that are public service? maybe daycare workers that take kids swimming?


Digital music files are worth nothing - or so says a judge

Because a digital file has been ruled (in the states) to have no resale value I have stopped buying digital downloads. It makes no sense to buy something that instantly loses value as soon as you posses it. I had decided to stop buying CDs and buy digital downloads instead and of course keep buying vinyl. Now I think I will only buy vinyl and "rent music" from one of these streaming sites like RDIO. I am trying out their free trial right now. I guess it is like an expensive membership to a huge library - and the cost covers ease of service? Interesting to see how this will all pan out.


Artificial Retina - Bionic Eye

A fundamental flaw with the design of the artificial retina system - the camera is headfixed. It should have a servo that mimics eye movements accounting for both saccades, the VOR, pursuit etc. I'm sure the subjects would have an easier time orienting - the are now learning a completely erroneous (re evolutionary normal) sensory signal that is incongruous with the active gaze.

Evolution as a Black Swan

It occurred to me that perhaps trying to explain the highly improbably case of our existence (owing to the confluence of improbable events that natural selection deals with) might be an unnecessary task. Unnecessary in the sense that the only reason we are trying to figure it out is because we exist - and we exist because we happen to be the outlier in the distribution of events in the universe. Aren't we just the lottery winner wondering "how could we be so lucky?" when in the end someone had to win the lottery...or rather - if someone won the lottery that someone would inevitably wonder about how lucky they are? I need to see if academics in the field discuss existence in this manner. I would assume Nassim Taleb does...but I haven't found it online. After all - the term "Black Swan" itself comes from an evolutionary example! People address Black Swans in evolution - but I'm not sure if they talk about it in terms of the sequence of all the evolutionary events leading to the present. Hmm - maybe I should actually see if people talk about it in terms of the primordial soup and the event of the first self-replicating substance being a Black Swan. I'm sure someone must.   



then the cost of digital files should be reduced accordingly


Early Yes

I didn't know Peter Banks had passed away recently


Homely wives

My addition to the definition of "homely" in the wiktionary still going strong after almost 7 years

Maybe I should have said South Asian rather than Indian....Just changed it to Southern Asia (as per UN definition)


Carole Kaye

Carole Kaye - her bass-work with the Beach Boys - directly affecting Paul's bass lines with the Beatles. But as she says below - it was still Brian Wilson's bass lines.