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Prince plays jazz piano and coaches his band in a sound-check: “Summertime”

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Really good, IMO. More information in the post at Open Culture:

 

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5 January 2018 at 8:52 pm

Posted in Jazz, Video

Queen of Beverly Hills Cannabis Culture

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This is part of the article from the previous post, but I thought it worth a post of its own:

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23 December 2017 at 10:48 am

Posted in Daily life, Drug laws, Video

How far can you generalize “homonym”?

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The sound produced by reading, “The s-[long o sound]-l is h-[long o sound]” aloud. It has two meanings, as you see—one good, one bad.

I came to the thought because I am reading the Richard Stark “Parker” novels, and just started the first one published, “The Hunter.” Early on there’s something that triggered the thought. But then I started thing about what that is and trying to think of other examples. —[ Aha! Here it is: “His shoes and socks were both black and both holey. The shoes were holey on the bottom [thus bringing in “s-[long o sound]-l”)), the socks were holey at heel and toe.” I got to thinking about holey/holy, and in the context sole/soul came right along.]

It’s just a generalization of a homonym— a phase instead of a word having two meanings.

So I wondered how far you could take it, and thought of great literature—Shakespeare, for example: He writes plays in which speeches, characters, and meaning can be read many ways (see this fascinating article (PDF)). So it’s sort of the next level of generalization/abstraction. I suppose the ultimate generalization of this kind of ambiguity is life, since each person has his or her own reading of their experience/life.

And for the icing on that particular cake:

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22 December 2017 at 4:55 pm

Posted in Art, Daily life, Video

Endlessly zooming art

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Jason Kottke explains what’s behind this video:

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19 December 2017 at 12:30 pm

Posted in Art, Technology, Video

Universal Basic Income Explained

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As automation, AI, and robots take over, millions will not be able to find a job. UBI is one potential solution.

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9 December 2017 at 11:12 am

Nail-biting snooker frame. Ronnie O’Sullivan is amazing.

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Listen to the audio, if you can. It really adds a lot as you hear how excited the announcers are getting.

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8 December 2017 at 4:26 pm

Posted in Games, Video

Sarah Silverman comments on Louie CK’s sexual offenses

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She describes how she feels about Louie CK and his actions, and I have much the same feelings about Al Franken: I like him and I think in the Senate he has done a good job, but what he did to the woman was very bad. He’s apologized to her (and called for an ethics investigation of himself), and she accepted his apology. But still he did it. And he admits it (unlike, say, Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, and Donald Trump, but like Louie CK).

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16 November 2017 at 2:49 pm

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