Plastic pollution in Antarctica 5 times worse than expected
America’s Amazon Problem
Are You The Husband Or The Wife?
“The good advice my mom gave me that I still don’t like” published in The Lily by Margaret Sullivan
Rachel Maddow: The Rolling Stone Interview
Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries
Political Violence is Our Issue Too
Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault
Russian official linked to South Florida biker club spent millions on Trump condos
What, He worry?
John Oliver blasts ‘human megaphone’ for the anti-vaccine movement
Power Causes Brain Damage Over Time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise
The Daily Show presents: THE DONALD J. TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL TWITTER LIBRARY
Nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office
The Racist History of America’s Chinese Restaurant Boom
vlogbrothers: Cheyenne, Wyoming
The length of a dog’s memory
Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)
Comedian Bill Dana, Who Played the Character Jose Jimenez, Dies at 92. He penned one of the funniest ‘All in the Family’ episodes. Plus the TV Academy has put together a very nice page about him
Stephen Furst, who I watched on St. Elsewhere, died at the age of 63. Film director Kevin Smith wrote: “As an awkward round kid, Flounder was the Delta I most identified with in #AnimalHouse, my fave comedy.”
Speaking of Smith, he and TV writer Ken Levine do a podcast crossover, first on Smith’s here, then Levine’s here and here.
What Play Finally Brought Tim and Tyne Daly Together Onstage?
Ace magician Misty Lee creates her new show
Leptospirosis Death Warning Hoax – Rat Urine on Soda Can Top
How To Make A Bedtime Snack
KFC to launch fried chicken sandwich into space
The redesigned Names.org offers origins, statistics and popularity rankings for people names. Users can search and compare the most popular names, find trending names and review various list of names by origin, region decade and more
Stop Sending Me Chain Letters Because They Can Be Dangerous! Also, VERY annoying
Arthur mentions unmentionables
Now I Know: The People Who Can’t Take Socks For Granted and China’s Extremely Personal Loans and Why Parisian Bakers Can’t Always Go On Vacation and The Hamburger on Display in a Canadian Legislature
How do they make cake sprinkles?
The Impressions – Gypsy Woman (1961)
Highway Tune – Greta Van Fleet
With A Little Help From My Friends – The Gibson Brothers Bluegrass
Surf’s Up – The Beach Boys
Coverville 1175: 75th Birthday Celebrations for Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 – Elgar
Tunes from c 1987
Musicians Look Back on the Albums They Don’t Remember Recording
You Can’t Do That! Making Of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1995)
Steve Earle: ‘My wife left me for a younger, skinnier, less talented singer’
Pet Sounds v. Sgt. Pepper
I don’t know how to review seeing Paul McCartney in concert on July 7, what turned out to be the first stop on the US leg of his current tour. Want a review? Here’s one by Greg Haymes, who I happened to see before the show, and I’d say it’s pretty darn accurate.
c. 2014 K Durkot
Also saw Karen, one of my oldest friends, a Beatlemaniac before I was by a few weeks, and that was fab. (Sorry.) The Daughter and I took the CDTA down and back, and THAT was actually worked out almost perfectly.
So let me do a song-by-song musing:
Eight Days a Week – Karen saw his performance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts last October, a highlight of her life, and he opened with that here as well. The Daughter (L) was so excited; this is the moment it became real, that she has actually seen a Beatle in person.
There are plenty of musicians I’ve never seen play live, who I’ll never see play live. Probably should have seen The Who in the mid-1990s when they were in Albany, NY.
And when the announcement came that Paul McCartney was going to play Albany, NY, I figured he be one more. I know someone who was working with his people, but there were no comps to be had, he tickets were pricey and were expected to sell out quickly, and I resigned myself to not going.
My friend Karen, who I’ve only known since we were in kindergarten, wrote this article for our sixth grade newsletter in which she was the winner of a contest to fly to England and see the Beatles in person. Back in 1980, her record company put out John & Yoko’s Double Fantasy album, but that was an arm’s-length situation.
Now, her current record company is putting out the new album by Paul McCartney, NEW, and while he’s in the New York City area, she’s spending time with him. This means she was THERE when Macca surprised a Queens high school with an auditorium rock show, plus Q&A on John Lennon’s birthday; she described it as a most satisfying experience. The day before, when she was with him doing interviews for nearly five hours, was another highlight. Continue reading
Why is September a slow writing month? Haven’t even gotten to look at many interesting links I have set aside to peruse later, then “later” never comes. Jaquandor’s having writing problems too, but it appears to have been rectified, according to his Facebook posts.
Arthur has had a woeful time on HIS blog, but maybe it’s the way it is after seven years of blogging. Or maybe he’s just excited about the fact that on Friday, November 1, he and Nigel are going to the registry office in Auckland, New Zealand to change their civil union to marriage. Mazel tov!
My friend Claire’s annual blog post.
SamuraiFrog was in a wedding. He was extremely anxious about it Continue reading
The New York Times’ prophetic 1983 warning about the NSA, which naturally leads to Glenn Greenwald killed the internet.
My Feelings About the Harriet Tubman Sex Tape in 10 GIFs.
Invisible Disabilities Day is October 24. I have this friend with rather constant neck pain, but she doesn’t LOOK sick, and therefore feels diminished by those who actually don’t believe her. Conversely, The Complexities of Giving: People with Disabilities as Help Objects.
Photos of the worldly goods of inmates at the Willard Asylum. I backed the Kickstarter for this and wrote about it a couple years ago.
“Each week, TIME Magazine designs covers for four markets: the U.S., Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.” Often, America’s cover is quite, well – different. I had noticed this before. I don’t know that it’s “stunning,” but it IS telling.
The Peanuts gang meets The Smiths, in which This Charming Charlie masterfully blends Charles Schulz’ comics with lyrics by The Smiths. Continue reading
When someone significant in my life dies, I like to mention him or her in this blog. They don’t have to be people I actually met, but are usually people who inspired me in one way or another. The late Roger Ebert’s birthday was June 18, and I had a passing recollection of how well he wrote about issues other than movies in the latter stages of his life.
Paul McCartney, who shared a birthday with Ebert – both were born in 1942 Continue reading
More questions from western New York’s finest blogger, Jaquandor:
If Lennon hadn’t been shot in 1980, do you think there would eventually have been a Beatles reunion? If so, what form? A one-shot performance at something like Live-Aid? A new album?
John and Yoko’s album Double Fantasy comes out in the fall of 1980. It does all right [not as well as it did in response to Lennon’s death]. They put out Milk and Honey a year later; ditto. They tour for a few months.
Around 1982, George, whose career was in a bit of a downturn – no All Those Years Ago hit single – plays on a John and Yoko album. John and George play on Ringo’s comeback album.