Apr 262015

From the album “Cool Dawn Place”.  Nenem’s a little-known, defunct Japanese post-rock band from awhile back.  I’ve been a big fan ever since I found them, but they’re pretty obscure – good luck finding one of their CD’s if you don’t read Japanese ><

How to link to a specific time in a YouTube video

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Apr 122015

Found this on http://youtubetime.com/#, which does it for you.  All you have to do is add a string to the end of the video’s URL specifying the start time in minutes and second, like this:

add: &t=1m28s
Example:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_zInEun2y0&t=1m28s
Becomes:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_zInEun2y0&t=1m28s&t=1m28s


Full of Fire – Jess Chambers

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Apr 122015

From the soundtrack for “The Almighty Johnsons”.  I love the rhythm – it can technically be counted in 4/4, but it’s stressed more like 9/8 with the last eight note missing, like: 123, 123, 12.

An Autumn For Crippled Children – Converging Towards the Light

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Mar 262015

Not generally into metal, but this is not bad.  Couldn’t find lyrics – apparently no one else can either.  The rhythms and change-ups remind me more of Japanese postrock/mathrock than most metal I’ve heard though; it’s an interesting sound.

President Obama interviews The Wire Creator David Simon [12:17]

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Mar 262015

This conversation’s a little stilted, but it makes a great case for decreasing incarceration of non-violent criminals.  America has the highest percentage of its population in jail of any country in the world, and ex-convicts are basically unemployable and often revert to crime to make a living.

Nova – Why Ships Sink

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Feb 022015

Great episode of Nova examining various cruise ship catastrophes, including the recent Concordia wreck.

There’s also a mind-blowing story about the MTS Oceanos, which flooded and sank off South Africa in 1991 due to a valve failure. This musician named Moss Hills and his wife were doing a gig when the shit hit the fan. Power went out, no announcements, no officers to be seen, etc. Moss goes belowdecks with a camcorder and documents a disturbing amount of water sloshing around, then heads to the bridge to inform the captain, but the bridge is empty. He radios an SOS, and the response is, what’s your rank? He’s like, well, I’m a guitarist. South African rescue helicopters show up, and a guy lands on the deck and informs him that, yeah, it’s worse than you think, this thing’s sinking like a rock. Moss gets a crash course in the use of rescue harnesses, and proceeds to organize the evacuation of everyone aboard before him and his wife get hauled off. Zero fatalities (sadly, the captain somehow avoided being shotgunned weeks later in a dark alley).