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Carl Sagan

August 13, 2016

“A literal reading of the Bible simply is a mistake; I mean it’s just wrong.”

Carl Sagan on October 4, 1985, as told to Studs Terkel. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital) and Quoted Studios. More of the interview here.

Carl Sagan Portal

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Usizi

August 7, 2016

“Usizi (Tribulation),” by the Soul Brothers. Moses Ngwenya is on keyboards; David Masondo leads the vocals.

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Summer in the City

July 31, 2016

“Summer in the City,” written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone, and recorded by the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1966. Produced by Erik Jacobsen, it was their only hit single to reach #1.

John Sebastian (lead vocal, guitar) Zal Yanovsky (guitar), Steve Boone (bass), Joe Butler (drums).

The video is from the 1928 silent film Speedy starring Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff and baseball star Babe Ruth. (thanks YouTube!).

“And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
the days can’t be like the nights
In the summer, in the city”

More:

“Summer in the City,” Andrew Berman, Off the Grid

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Up Above My Head

July 17, 2016

“Up Above My Head,” performed by The Wood Brothers. Many people are more familiar with the 1940 version by Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The Wood Brothers: Oliver Wood (guitar), Chris Wood (bass) and Jano Rix ( percussion thing).

“Up over my head
I hear music in the air
I really do believe
There’s a Heaven up there.”

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Starbucks Serves Cups of Coffee Jelly

July 5, 2016

Starbucks Serves Cups of Coffee Jelly

This summer Starbucks Japan is serving a four-layered coffee jelly Frappuccino. There are chucks of jellied espresso on the bottom.

“The Frappuccino has been designed to drink like a dessert, with the bottom layer of frozen jelly melding with the sweet custard vanilla sauce and frozen coffee above it, finishing with the pleasant taste of freshly whipped cream,” says Oona McGee at RocketNews24.

So much more sophisticated than Japan’s Minute Maid Peach Flavor Qoo Jelly Drink.

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Summer Solstice 2016

June 20, 2016

Summer Solstice
Today, on June 20, the Sun’s direct rays will reach their northernmost point, furthest from the equator, directly over the Tropic of Cancer. Folks wintering in the Southern Hemisphere call this the June or Northern Solstice. Here in the Northern Hemisphere we just call it the Summer Solstice, the first day of astronomical Summer. Northern latitudes have the longest hours of daylight.

More:

“Summer solstice 2016: Everything you need to know about the longest day of the year,” Justin Grieser, Washington Post

“The strawberry full moon makes this summer solstice a super rare thing,” Melissa Breyer, TreeHugger

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You Love The Thunder

May 29, 2016

“You Love The Thunder,” written and performed by Jackson Brown, with David Lindley on lap steel guitar and backup vocals by Rosemary Butler and Doug Haywood.

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I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know

May 28, 2016

“I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know,” written by Al Kooper, arranged and performed by Donny Hathaway.

Al Kooper website

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Tajik Bread

May 14, 2016

Bread baking at Shamsullo Dustov’s house in Kumsangir, Tajikistan, near the Afghan border. A film by John Wendle, selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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The East Is Red. Red Hot Peppers.

May 9, 2016

The East Is Red. Red Hot Peppers.

“The food of the true revolutionary is the red pepper. And he who cannot endure red peppers is also unable to fight.” – Mao Zedong (born and raised in Hunan Province, quoted by Otto Braun aka Li De 李德 ).

Read more:

“Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food: How the chili pepper got to China.”  Andrew Leonard, Nautilus

Related:

“Hot Peppers in China,” Yang Xuanzhang and Li Piao (translated by Nick Angiers), China Scenic

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