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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 1000th century

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I played a couple of hours of snooker recently. I’m a rubbish player: not only lack of practice and experience, but also blurry vision and having really just one functioning eye (no depth perception). Plus all my adult cue experience was in 3-cushion billiards, and snooker balls are much smaller: snooker ball is 54mm in diameter, carom (and 3-cushion) billiards balls are 61mm. So my old stance put the cue way too high, which took a while to figure out. Aiming? Forget it. I did get one point.

The table seems much larger in person and the distance for a table-length diagonalish shot (not rare) is formidable.

At any rate, I’m very glad I did it because it brings a whole new dimension of experiential understanding when I watch this amazing video:

 

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12 March 2019 at 3:18 pm

Posted in Games, Video

Very good comedy special

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11 March 2019 at 8:07 pm

Posted in Comedy, Video

Russell Brand on the joy of saying “No”

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8 March 2019 at 8:53 am

Posted in Daily life, Video

To me, it sounds an awful lot like boogie-woogie (ah-roogie)

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6 March 2019 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Jazz, Video

Mama Bear and Paul Sebastian host a fine shave

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Vanilla Cream and Paul Sebastian’s vanilla note (from the tonka bean) go together quite well. The Bruce synthetic from Italian Barber made a lusciously lovely lather with a fine fragrance, and my Maggard V3A on its UFO handle quite easily stripped the stubble away. Speaking with my marketing hat on, I would have named the razor the Maggard V3C, to emphasize Comfort. Instead, they chose Aggressive (the A) to emphasize efficiency, creating a sales barrier for those who fear harshness (the meaning Aggressive has when referring to comfort). Perhaps this is projection, since I hesitated to buy it because of my negative experience with razors aggressive on the comfort front (the 2011 Mühle R41, the Fatip Grande).

And just wanted to share this:

I’ve been thinking about memes, and their strategies to get copied, and here we see an example. In the tens of thousands of years before sound recording, and more before video recording, this performance would be by now totally forgotten. A crowd of people, enjoying the day, listening to good jazz or talking among themselves, oblivious. That was the “recording device” before Edison recorded sound.

But once sound is recorded, the meme persists, and so we to this day can enjoy that unique (meant literally) performance: the day, the crowd, the band, the dress, the hat the gloves, and oh my goodness, the singing.

That’s how a meme survives.

Written by LeisureGuy

6 March 2019 at 7:41 am

Posted in Jazz, Shaving, Video

Anita O’Day at the Newport Jazz Festival 1958: Jazz on a Summer Day

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The hat she found in a secondhand store the morning before her appearance. It is a classy addition to the outfit. And a truly great performance.

If you’re interested, there’s a full-length documentary: “Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer.” Her birth name, BTW, was Anita Belle Colton. “O’Day” she picked as pig-Latin for “dough” (or “do”—from “do-re-mi,” meaning “money”).

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4 March 2019 at 9:15 am

Posted in Jazz, Video

Elijah Cummings’ closing remarks at Cohen hearing

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3 March 2019 at 7:08 am

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