Why the N-word matters.
Why all the dead animals? (Marginal Revolution)
J.G.Ballard quote on art and reality:
Art exists because reality is neither real nor significant.
– J.G. Ballard
(Via Home of the Vain)
There, let that roll around your mind for a few hours, days, years… Good one, Ballard!
Very good article in the L.A. Times regarding organic farming and sulfites in wine. A must read for winos:
Why isn’t more wine ‘organic’? – Los Angeles Times
Currently for a wine to be labeled ” USDA Organic” — a coveted seal of approval for most foods — it must have no added sulfites. However, most winemakers feel that sulfites are crucial in winemaking — they discourage spoilage and preserve fresh fruit flavors. Unlike most organic products, wine may sit for years before being opened. Furthermore, most wines contain some level of sulfites anyway since they are a naturally occurring byproduct of fermentation.
Our ancestors had only one thing on their mind:
BBC News – Ancient humans, dubbed ‘Denisovans’, interbred with us
Scientists say an entirely separate type of human identified from bones in Siberia co-existed and interbred with our own species.
From the Guardian – about making a new start in 2011:
Abandon resolutions. Stop looking for a soulmate. Reject positive thinking.
A Canadian study suggested positive affirmations – such as “I am a lovable person!” – actually have a negative effect on the moods of people with low self-esteem, who you might have thought would benefit from them the most.
Abandon resolutions. Check.
Stop looking for a soulmate. Check.
Reject positive thinking. Let’s modify that one to “reject affirmations”. Check. When I read the article I remembered Stuart Smalley! I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me.
I have to go to Havana! Check out this photo.
This relates to my comment from a couple of days ago:
Breaking Down the DNA of a Hit Song – Speakeasy – WSJ
But some in the music business believe that important clues are buried in the data, gleanings that just might help songwriters engineer hits of their own. Jay Frank is a senior vice president of music strategy for CMT, the country music channel, but he has a side business as a songcraft wonk. His recent book “Future Hit. DNA” mapped out shifts wrought by the digital age and offered songwriters advice on everything from tempos to titles that might make their tunes more bankable.
…advice on everything from tempos to titles that might make their tunes more bankable.
Phooey! Stop looking at the cussing data and make music! If I wanted to play with data I could work in a more lucrative field. I want to make music and if we are in it for the music, the data is absolutely of no interest.