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Monday, 18 June 2018

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (Dodger Stadium with the USC Trojan Marching Band - 1979)

quote [ Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Buckingham and Nicks, 1977's Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks' song "Dreams"), and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. ]

A young guy at my office had never heard Tusk before, and was only vaguely aware of Fleetwood Mac. I LOVED this song when it came out. I was ten. I listen to it again every few years and it still gives me chills. Plus, Stevie Nicks skipping and twirling a baton is to die for. What more could you want? As a public service, I'm posting it as a quickie.
[SFW] [music] [+5 Good]
[by midden@10:39pmGMT] [11 comments]

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Terry Gilliam Loses His Don Quixote Court Case And No Longer Holds The Rights To The Film

quote [ “The ruling means that the rights to the film belong to Alfama. Any exploitation of the film up until now has been completely illegal and without the authorization of Alfama,” said Branco, in an interview with Screen Daily. “We will be seeking damages with interest from all the people involved in this illegal production and above all, all those who were complicit in its illegal exploitation. We’re holding everyone responsible.” ]

Worst case, a pristine 4k torrent suddenly becomes available, from an "unknown source." Gilliam just had a stroke a few weeks ago; I doubt he gives a flying fuck through a rolling doughnut what Paulo Branco thinks he owns. Case summary in extended.

[SFW] [art] [+5 WTF]
[by midden@1:50amGMT] [16 comments]

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar

quote [ Pollan’s initial skepticism and general lack of hipness work wonders for the material. The problem with more enthusiastic or even hallucinatory writers on the subject is that they just compound the zaniness at the heart of the thing; it’s all too much of the same tone, like having George Will walk you through the tax code. ]

I'll start listening to this as an audiobook on my commute in the next few days. I've read several of his books, and deeply enjoyed them, as well as seen him speak a few times. There's a link to a recent interview about the book with Michael Pollan by Sam Harris in the extended, along with a few of my own thoughts. NYT text also in extended.

[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
[by midden@12:41amGMT] [7 comments]

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Andrew Sullivan: Why We Should Say Yes to Drugs / Brexit / Pope Loves Gays

quote [ Our society is starved for compassion, gratitude, spirituality, and connection. Psychedelics can help....The end of all this may not be the end of the U.K. or the end of the E.U., but the demise (largely deserved) of the Tory Party....It is so strange to me how so many nonbelievers can see in this Pope’s interaction with others the spirit of Jesus, and how so many of the most devout seem terrified by it. ]

These are the three topics from Sullivan's current New York Magazine column, not, "Three things we should say yes to." I saw Sullivan speak with Sam Harris a few months ago in DC. Since then, I've been following his writing. I don't always agree with him, but I do appreciate his carefully considered ideas.
[SFW] [people] [+3 Insightful]
[by midden@1:32pmGMT] [1 comment]

Friday, 25 May 2018

I Scream, You Scream

quote [ Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni ]

This is one of those long-lost Quickies.

Fishing With John, Episode 2 with Tom Waits in extended.

[SFW] [humor] [+1 Funny]
[by midden@3:21pmGMT] [4 comments]

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Terry Gilliam suffers stroke ahead of Don Quixote's Cannes premiere

quote [ The veteran director is said to be recovering well in London as court rules against producer attempting to prevent film festival screening. ]

On a related note, today's episode of 99% Invisible, about how doctors tell their patients bad news, included interviews with John Cleese (who is fine) and mentions of Terry Jones, who sadly is suffering from dementia. Link in extended.

[SFW] [people] [+6 Sad]
[by midden@10:31pmGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 26 March 2018

NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

quote [ ...And not just any funguses, but some species capable of producing amino acids that are usually considered to be extra-terrestrial when found in meteorites. ]

There certainly have been some odd pictures taken on Mars, but nothing you wouldn't expect after taking thousands of photos of billion year old rock and dust formations. "Mars Donut," in extended.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 Interesting]
[by midden@2:07pmGMT] [18 comments]

Thursday, 15 March 2018

She found a dating app on her boyfriend’s phone. Then she bought a samurai sword.

quote [ With her boyfriend finally asleep, Emily Javier reached for the samurai sword she had secretly taped earlier to the side of the bed. ]

I couldn't not post this. Full text in extended, because WaPo.

[SFW] [people] [+8 WTF]
[by midden@1:58pmGMT] [24 comments]

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue

quote [ Americans would be less alienated from one another and solve problems more easily if they recognized one little-noticed distinction in policy debates. ]

This is intentionally tagged as People instead of Politics, since it's more about framing and better communication than about any particular issue or position.
[SFW] [people] [+4 Interesting]
[by midden@1:11amGMT] [15 comments]

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Here’s how Google Chrome’s new ad blocker works

quote [ Google Chrome will soon begin to block ads on some websites by default. I dug up some more information about how it will work. ...Google have announced that their Google Chrome web browser will block every ad on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards by default. ]

This might shift web advertising and directed support into a new phase. While obnoxious advertising sucks, blocking them is a significant part of why I took up paying folks via Patreon. There's a nice breakdown of the initial set of standards in extended.

[SFW] [business] [+6 Interesting]
[by midden@3:29pmGMT] [57 comments]

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