All This Machinery Making Modern Music

As an old progressive rock fan, I don’t have any problems with machines making music. If you want to get technical about it, most instruments are machines, so adding new technology doesn’t change things too much. How does a robot band change the equation? Look and listen for yourself. This is Z-Machines: And here’s Compressorhead [Read More...]

I’m Bored With St. Patrick

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We need a new Irish saint who represents my people in all our mighty glory. I give you … St. Jack! [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: Random Quotes Edition

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You all keep a quote journal, right? If not, you should. I moved mine over to Evernote, which makes it easier to sort and search. Here are a few you might like: –1– “Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped [Read More...]

Crowd-sourcing the Search For Flight 370

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There are few news stories that capture and hold my interest, but I’ve been following the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Air MH370 very closely. At first it was the simple yet crushing tragedy of 239 souls being lost, most likely to human cruelty. But it’s the echoes of Twilight Zone and Stephen King stories–the sheer strangeness of it all–that [Read More...]

The Most Surprising Thing About the Web, From Its Inventor

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Twenty-five years ago today Tim Berners-Lee first submitted the proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. Today he did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. My favorite question and answer: [Read more...]

The Gell-Mann Effect

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I miss Michael Crichton. It’s not just that he was a marvelous storyteller who could spot a trend ten years away and turn it into a ripping good yarn, but that he had a clarity and honesty in his writings and speeches about science and society that is sorely needed today. His skeptical approach to [Read More...]

13th Century Monk Bones Revealed By Erosion

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The Telegraph’s headline was more colorful–800-year-old monk found poking out of cliff face: The legs of an 800-year-old medieval monk have been discovered, poking out of a cliff face in Wales. Although badly damaged and missing their knees, shins and feet, the thigh bones were found after the fierce recent storms caused severe coastal erosion. [Read More...]

Truman’s Amazing 1950 Christmas Message

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Yes, I realize it’s not Christmas, but I didn’t know about it then, and will forget about by December, so here it is. I was listening to an old-time radio show and this was at the beginning: Can you even imagine it today? Plain ole Harry the haberdasher, speaking from the heart about faith in [Read More...]


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