Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Morning Music Video Selection

... back to the usual fare...

Whew, what a fast 29 minutes...
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So - here's one more video, audio only. As was last Friday, a departure  from the usual above fare, same for the below.

It's a song that predates MTV, so I didn't find an "official video" or a good video that had decent audio. It's kind of a hidden little gem that didn't get a whole lot of airplay compared to the other hits on the same release: "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets To Paradise."

Turn up the speakers.












"Wanna Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star", from "Eddie Money" by Eddie Money

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday Video Selection

This is an interesting idea.

And some very good parenting going on out there - teaching kids the "Who's Who" of great R&R.  Some good, budding, future Rockers out there.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Morning Music Video Selection (Grab your coffee...)

I'm (really) late in discovering The Art of McCartney where other musicians sing the music of Paul McCartney/John Lennon/Beatles (see Wiki Item 3 for track listings). I like the idea, and it's worth checking out other artists covering the McCartney/Lennon/Beatles song catalog.

What surprised me at the YouTube site of today's selection were some of the viewer comments of, "I never knew Alice  had such a great voice." Heck, he's always had, and has, a great and distinctive voice. His ballad-style songs ("Only Women Bleed" , or "How You Gonna See Me Now" ) are outstanding showcases of how subtle and nuanced his voice is and his range.

So the below clip is a slight departure (retro videos featuring tasteful and attractive ladies) from the usual fare of the "Friday Morning Music Video Selection".

The one other thing I noticed at the You Tube link of the video were comments simply saying "Auto-Tune ." I have no way of knowing if an Auto-Tune was used or not - but then, I started thinking...  Alice has been singing, incredibly successfully, and continues touring, for 50 years. He doesn't need to prove anything to anyone. "Rigby" seems to be in a key that is natural for his voice, so really, it shouldn't be surprising that he nails the song perfectly, is it? I've seen him in concert and he's fantastic. What's your take?

Besides my always liking Alice, add to a video split-screen , floating-black-multi-"block" screen technique and dissolves, fades-to-white-with-Black-Font and double-reverse mirror imagery and I'm hooked.

One other interesting note; his political views... pretty darn good, and funny, IMHO:
Cooper's philosophy regarding politics is that politics should not be mixed with rock music. Cooper has usually kept his political views to himself, and in 2010 said, "I am extremely non-political. I go out of my way to be non-political.["]
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... in the run-up to the 2004 presidential election, he told the Canadian Press that the rock stars campaigning for and touring on behalf of Democratic candidate John Kerry were committing "treason against rock n' roll". He added, upon seeing a list of musicians who supported Kerry, "If I wasn't already a Bush supporter, I would have immediately switched. Linda Ronstadt? Don Henley? Geez, that's a good reason right there to vote for Bush."









 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tech News

From Digg: Splitting ten decks of cards with a hydraulic press:


 The real fun starts at 2:48 into the vid.
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Facebook frequently uses surveys to gauge user opinion about features, changes and ideas. One recent such survey raised more than a few eyebrows as the social network asked whether it was OK for a man to ask a child for sexual pictures.
Seriously?  WTF?
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Having components spring from the edges of electronic devices isn't new. Its history extends back to flash bulbs on analog cameras[.]
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WIRED: Just because you're not paranoid and not being secretly spied upon...doesn't mean you're not.
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From WebOPedia. But, you ask, "WIIFM?" A darn good, comprehensive list of text and chat abbreviations.
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The big three social media giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter, are in process of purging en mass popular anti-media personalities and materials.
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This delights the Technocrat steam-roller because all they need to do is point to those journalistic indiscretions as they crush them, as the rest of the world cheers them on. It doesn’t matter how much truth was presented along the way, they are banned for their non-truths.
So...we should leave "fake news" and journalistic indiscretions (like ex-NBC News anchor Brian Williams?) only to the professionals...like...CNN? ABC? CBS? NBC? NPR? NYT? WaPoo?
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DARPA is kicking off a new research program aiming to explore how molecular biology could be used to slow the speed of living systems, thereby extending the window for treatment after a traumatic injury and increasing the wounded's chances of survival.
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Online privacy, from Extreme Tech20 Tips to improve your online anonymity and privacy.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Death Wish" Review

If you enjoy the "Death Wish" genre, you'll enjoy the new "Death Wish"  with Bruce Willis. I saw it yesterday.

It's not "The Godfather"  or "Lawrence of Arabia",  then again, it isn't meant to be, and how many films are THE GF or LoA?

"Death Wish" doesn't waste any time, it's taut, well-paced and - and - it deftly uses split screen techniques, something that I personally like a lot. And it certainly doesn't hurt that a certain song is used during one of the more enjoyable split screen sequences.

Dean Norris  is in it, (he played Hank Schrader) in "Breaking Bad."  He's always good.

And Bruce Willis...I dunno, I've always liked him. He keeps getting better as he ages. He knows when to underplay, and the role is perfect for him.


At the Wiki link (the first of this post), in the "Critical Response" section, it is reported that...
...[Reviewer at] The Chicago Sun-Times's Richard Roeper [calls the film] "...essentially revenge porn."
Uh, yeah - - - it's not. It's a Vigilante Film. And there's nothing wrong with that.

The film is set in Chicago and there are some beautiful landscape and other sweeping scenes of the city.

It runs just shy of one hour and fifty minutes.