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March 2021

I’ll start with some music: Visionist’s A Call to Arms is the album I’ve been listening to the most for the last couple of weeks. It’s a bit of a departure from his previous work in that there, you know, songs on it, but it’s still hard to classify. Parts of it are almost ambient, …

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February 2021

This was supposed to be another shortish post about some things I’ve enjoyed recently, but turned into a sort of mini-essay on NFTs— a subject I probably don’t understand well enough to write about it. Oh well. In his book Uproot, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/Rupture) writes in one chapter about Red Bull’s sponsorship of musical …

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January 2021 Recommendations

One of the goals I’ve made for 2021 is to post here at least once a month. One symptom of the vast malaise that was 2020 was having my attention taken hostage by the constant drumbeat of crisis and catastrophe. For me, at least, it was like having an eye glued to a peephole— unable …

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Some Recommendations

While I’ve not posted anything here in quite a while, I have been collecting things to write about— so many, in fact, that trying to assemble some kind of essay out of them has become an overwhelming prospect. So I’m doing an old-fashioned link roundup of some recent(ish) things I think are worthy of attention. …

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Recommendations for August 2, 2013

I didn’t get it together to do these last week. But, I’ve got a bunch of good stuff this week. Some music first, and then several good reads. You can also download all of this week’s articles as a Readlist here. Video: “Hot Knife” by Fiona Apple (directed by Paul Thomas Anderson) This was my …

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The Unfinished: Thinking about Roger Ebert

There will be many obituaries written for Roger Ebert, but this one, by Dana Stevens at Slate, will almost certainly be one of the better ones. Unlike Dana Stevens, I was not someone whose life was particularly touched by Roger Ebert. I was born about the time his show with Gene Siskel went on the …

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Coming up Dry

So, for various reasons, this has not been a good week for me and discovering new things. I’ve been reaching the last couple of weeks anyway, so at this point it seems better to officially take a week off and find some good stuff for next time.

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Recommendations for March 22, 2013

For the past week, I was in New York as one of the advisors at the National Model United Nations conference. Our team represented Botswana (and South Africa on the Security Council), and I was very pleased with their performance. However, being at the conference also means that I was not spending much time finding …

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Recommendations for January 18, 2013

Kind of a long list this week: four article and three songs/videos. All good stuff. Article: “A $1 Billion Project To Remake The Disney World Experience, Using RFID” by Mark Wilson http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671616/a-1-billion-project-to-remake-the-disney-world-experience-using-rfid Disney has a plan to replace tickets to its amusement parks with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) wristbands (called, inevitably, “MagicBands”) which will not …

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Recommendations for January 11, 2012

A relatively long list this time, with some interesting things to read and some new music. Somebody on a podcast I listen to, who writes for NPR Music, said recently that the beginning of the year is when record labels tend to push new or lesser-known artists, which might explain why I am hearing a …

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