Covered this week; Kicking a 43-yard field goal isn’t as easy as you may think it is… Contemplating an Apple Pro Display… Think twice on the Facebook ’10-Year Challenge’… Alan R. Pearlman, synthesizer pioneer, dies at 93… An advert for history podcasts… Football is a dying sport, from the youth on up…
January 21, 2019
Personally, I feel sorry for Cody Parkey… as he’s the Bear that has to carry that playoff loss with him for the rest of his days. Sure, he’s a professional, but even professionals can come up short, we’re all human and fallible after all… Anyway, Chicagoan’s are a hearty bunch that knows how to take things in stride… which is why this awesome event organized by Goose Island Brewery is one for the ages.
“I’m sure everybody’s going to give me grief, but it gives you newfound appreciation for how difficult it is to kick a field goal. … Cody Parkey’s dealt with a lot of scrutiny and a lot of criticism — and some fans being downright nasty — and maybe this will put a little perspective and appreciation for how difficult that job is.”
January 22, 2019
I continue to remain hopeful and excited as Apple itself has told us that 2019 will be the year of the MacPro and native standalone display offerings. It’s been a long, long time that some of us have been waiting so I’ll be linking to this and that on the topic as anticipation builds to a fever pitch… here’s some wish listing along with a poll from 9to5Mac.
“Personally, a 34-inch 8K 16:9 monitor would be the sweet spot for me. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple push the limits of the norm here and begin normalizing a 36+ inch offering in ultrahigh resolution.”
January 23, 2019
Without a doubt, the tech and ability to use it in the manner this article describes… is inevitable. The point I find most salient though in the time that we now live in… is that businesses have to treat our data with more respect… but more importantly, we need to treat our own data with more respect. Be mindful of when we’re handing data over and consider for what purpose. I’m as guilty as anyone, but I’m also slowly changing my ways.
What’s more, even if this particular meme isn’t a case of social engineering, the past few years have been rife with examples of social games and memes designed to extract and collect data. Just think of the mass data extraction of more than 70 million US Facebook users performed by Cambridge Analytica.
January 24, 2019
Granted, not many of you will know the name Alan Pearlman… but for those of us where the acquisition and use of synthesizers was a big deal in the early days, he’s a household name. Admittedly, I only owned an ARP Odyssey briefly in the 80’s… traded a Juno 106 for it… and then soon after traded it again with some cash for an Oberheim Matrix 6… the brand just never resonated with me… but Pearlman’s importance to the synth zeitgeist cannot be denied. Alan Pearlman, dead at 93, godspeed.
ARP sounds were central to numerous songs, including Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein,” Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” Kraftwerk’s“The Robots,” Underworld’s “Rez,” Nine Inch Nails’ “The Hand That Feeds” and the early-1980s version of the theme to the television series “Doctor Who.”
The five-note signature motif of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”was played on an ARP 2500 synthesizer, which is seen in the film. An ARP 2600, mixed with natural sounds, provided the voice of R2-D2 in the first “Star Wars” movie.
January 25, 2019
This one just gets my imagination running… Seattle to Washington D.C… all on a bike… without ever having to ride with cars in traffic… 4,000 miles of bliss if you ask me… still a long way off, but many good people are working on bringing this to reality using old rail routes. Very cool.
“The Great American Rail-Trail” could stretch from Seattle to Washington D.C., entirely off-road and with gentle grades. This is the dream the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (“RTC”), noting that about half the 4,000-mile route is already complete in some form thanks to decades of advocacy work in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
January 26, 2019
Having fallen headfirst into podcasts here over the last year plus, I’m always looking for new, recommended avenues of discovery on this front… this link is to a testimonial for history podcasts featuring Mike Duncan’s “The History of Rome”… I haven’t yet started listening, but I have the first dozen episodes downloaded and ready to go.
Enter history podcasts, the only podcasts worth listening to. They open up a world populated by inconceivably gentle people relaying genuinely gristly stories, full of strange characters and twists more surprising than they are forced. By their very construction, these shows are divorced from current events, but at their best, manage to humanize the dead and forgotten, connecting subtle truths about the past to the way we live our lives today.
January 27, 2019
As a father with two athletic boys, neither of whom have ever played a snap in a contact football game, I can surely say that I saw this coming… expected it… one argument posited is that the ‘softening of America’ is represented by these numbers drops… but in this case at least, who cares… human bodies were not designed to endure the punishment that football dishes out. We only get one life, why would anyone want to risk ending theirs early just to participate in a game. As I’ve always predicted, football will die from the bottom up.
You can find stories like Chan’s in nearly every state, as football’s place at the center of the American experience is being openly questioned. Over the past decade, high school football participation has dropped 6.6 percent nationwide, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Much of that decline can be attributed to the violent nature of the sport, and the attention being paid to the repercussions of that violence.