Audible snobbery?

While wandering the Web recently, I was surprised to find a link to a 2013 article on NPR titled ‘What Does A Song That Costs $5 Sound Like?‘  Intrigued, I clicked the link to learn more. In 1997, the first single was purchased online — “Electric Barbarella” by Duran Duran. At the time, Marenco was working for Liquid Audio, one of the first companies to offer commercial music downloads. Marenco says no one she knew even got what she was doing. “My artist and label friends looked at me like I was talking about things in a crystal ball. ‘Music

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An appropriate response

I had to laugh at this picture on Joel’s blog – and at his response. Joel’s reply: Yeah, allow me to retort by introducing you to the cuisine of my people. If you aren’t already a regular visitor to his place, you might want to stop by and look around. Peter

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Looks like the truck won’t wait any longer

Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for advice about my truck’s electrical problems.  There seems to be a consensus about the brake light switch and its rotary actuator, a potential ground problem, and the multifunction switch.  I’ll have the local service people replace all necessary parts as a first attempt at solving the problem. Unfortunately, tonight the brake lights won’t go off at all, despite multiple restarts, kicking the pedal, and votive offerings to the automotive gods (or demons – at this point I’m not sure which!).  I guess the battery will be drained by morning.  I suppose

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More flying fun with Pilatus

Earlier this month I mentioned a new British TV series about pilots with Susi Air in Indonesia flying Pilatus PC-6 Porter STOL aircraft.  There’s been a fair amount of interest expressed by readers, and Murphy even said he wanted to buy one of those planes.  (I’ve flown in one in Africa, and it’s pretty darn impressive, I can assure you.) To satisfy your interest, here’s a longer video clip about PC-6 operations by a Susi Air pilot in Indonesia during a single day’s flying.  Note the landing strips carved out of the hillsides – straight up or down!  Watch it

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The Great Indie Labor Day weekend book sale

A bunch of independent authors (many of whom I know online and/or in meatspace, and all of whom I’m proud to call my friends) are holding an e-book sale this Labor Day weekend.  You’ll find all the books listed here.  All of them are priced at $2.99 or below, for this weekend only.  (I’d gladly have joined in the sale, but because Miss D. and I have been settling into our new home this month, we simply haven’t had time to fit that in amongst all the other things we’ve had to do.) If you’ve been looking for interesting reading

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Entertainment dinosaurs

This week has seen further developments in the ongoing fight between the ‘old guard’ in many sectors of the entertainment industry, and the ‘new wave’ of tech-savvy digital vendors and entrepreneurs who want to shake off the old restrictions and move with the technological tide. We’ve all read about Amazon.com’s fight with publishers over e-book pricing.  (If you’d like to know more about it in a nutshell, Engadget provides an informative overview.)  Print news media are struggling to stay alive, and have been doing so for a long time.  In a recent article, Clay Shirky put his finger on the

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A real-life Crispi critter!

Seems alcohol and bacon make a dangerous combination. A [Utah] woman faces arson charges after police say she drunkenly started a fire in her ex-boyfriend’s house … . . . When officers arrived, they saw smoke billowing out the front door. Apparently, [Cameo Adawn] Crispi had placed a pound of bacon on a lit burner. In the home, officers discovered hot coals on the floor around an open wood stove and the burned bacon. Charging documents say Crispi’s blood-alcohol level was 0.346, four times the legal limit. There’s more at the link. They should charge her with wasting valuable bacon

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There are none so blind as those who will not see . . .

. . . particularly when it comes to politics, race, or other contentious issues. The situation in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to attract an inordinate amount of media attention;  but what strikes me most of all is the way the two sides are talking past each other rather than to each other.  It’s not so much that they don’t understand each other as that they begin from diametrically opposed viewpoints, so far apart that they have almost nothing in common.  As a result, there’s no dialog at all.  Consider the following two examples. Peter Coy, writing in Bloomberg’s Businessweek, opines that

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