Archive for the ‘video’ Category

Album: Native North America Vol. 1

Monday, March 9th, 2015

This is a superb and historically important album, a compilation of music by indigenous musicians in Canada 1968-1985. It’s telling that I had only heard one of these tracks before hearing the album; it points to a disturbing lack of airplay of native music during those years. This album belongs in every music collection in Canada and beyond. The record has received uniformly rave reviews. Read the Guardian article, and …read more

What might ancient Babylonian songs have sounded like?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Possibly something close to this. Composer and performer Stef Conner and the Lyre Ensemble have put out an album of songs they believe are close to ancient Babylonian songs, using the original poetry. (Album can be found at that link and will be on iTunes by the end of 2014.) Above, Stef Conner recording, wearing a reconstructed Babylonian gold and lapis lazuli choker …read more

Ursula K. LeGuin: “We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.”

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Reprinted from Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who transcribed Le Guin’s speech: Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below. The parts in parentheses …read more

Goodbye Mork

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Shazbot. Sad loss of Robin Williams today. Thanks for the many laughs. And Robin before a Senate committee on preventing homelessness

Easybreath mask and snorkel innovation

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

After many years of few changes in the old mask and snorkel setup, this is an interesting innovation. It just won the 2014 Oxylane Innovation Award (I have no idea what that is, but I suspect it’s just the first of many awards for this contraption). The French company Tribord has come up with a way to allow snorkelers to breathe by both mouth and nose and without fogging the …read more

Mick Jagger in Peru

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I was talking to the very knowledgeable owner of a shop of antique weaving in Cuzco, Peru, and after a while he mentioned that Mick Jagger had been in the shop two years before. When I asked if Jagger was in Peru to do a gig, he said no, he had come to see Machu Picchu. I guess he he missed it the first time he was in Peru, when …read more