Has Anybody Seen My Dream?

March 16, 2019

“Has Anybody Seen My Dream?” written by John Junkin and Laurie Holloway, and recorded by Marion Montgomery, 1997.

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Maybe

March 16, 2019

“Maybe,” credited to Richard Barrett, recorded by the Chantels, 1958. The tune may have been written by lead singer Arlene Smith and arranged by Mr. Barrett, who played piano on the track. The singers were all students at St. Anthony of Padua High School in the Bronx.

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Copper Mines

March 16, 2019

“Copper Mines,” written by Kristine Lepscher and recorded by her with Mothers, 2016. Video directed by Ryan Ohm.

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For What It’s Worth

March 16, 2019

“For What It’s Worth,” written by Stephen Stills,  performed by the Del McCoury Band and friends. Lead vocalist: Jason Carter.

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She Done Him Right

March 16, 2019

“She Done Him Right,” featuring Pooch the Pup and directed by Walter Lantz, 1933. Animation: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, George Grandpre, and Ernest Smyth. Music by James Dietrich. Features “Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day,” a tune by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. The cartoon is a parody of the Mae West-Cary Grant film “She Done Him Wrong.”

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Ouija Boards

March 15, 2019

Where did Ouija boards come from? No, we don’t mean Amazon.com. A Vox video by Phil Edwards.

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Boeing Finally Grounds All Remaining 737 Max 8 Planes

March 14, 2019

Boeing Finally Grounds All Remaining 737 Max 8 Planes

Many global air carriers stopped flying their Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners after the fatal crash of that model in Ethiopia on Monday, but President Trump (“I like stupid pilots“), who often chats with Boeing’s CEO (a major campaign donor and lobbyist) put it off until late Wednesday. By then, some US travelers scheduled to fly on Max 8s were rebooking.

Boeing had devised a software update for the Max 8 after a similar fatal crash in Indonesia in October, but FAA approval was reportedly delayed by the Trump government shutddown. In the words of the president, “God Bless Boeing.”

More:

“How Did the F.A.A. Allow the Boeing 737 Max to Fly?” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

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The Web Is Ancient

March 13, 2019

The Web Is Ancient

The World Wide Web is 30 years old this week. That’s three millennia in computer years.

On March 12, 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee designed the Web, and he published the first website two years later.  Sir Tim unleashed the first public World Wide Web server on August 6, 1991. It was a NeXT cube on his desk at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

CERN went on to produce the Large Hadron Collider. The Web produces memes.

More:

“The World Wide Web Turns 30. Where Does It Go From Here?” Tim Berners-Lee, Wired

“The World Wide Web is 30 years old — and its inventor has a warning for us,” Farnoush Amiri, NBC News

“The World Wide Web Turns 30: Our Favorite Memories From A to Z,” The Verge

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History of the Hoodie

March 12, 2019

History of the Hoodie

“From its association with punk and hip-hop to skater culture, the hoodie has a history of being adopted by youth-driven communities once relegated to the fringes, imbuing it with an iconoclastic, sometimes criminal, subtext. Mainstream fashion may embrace it as practical article of clothing, but it’s never lost that edge.

The hoodie was born of modest origins. Champion Products, which began as the Knickerbocker Knitting Company in 1919, claims to have made the first hooded sweatshirt. Originally a sweater mill, Champion began making sweatshirts in the early 1930s once it developed methods to sew thicker underwear material.

According to Harold Lipson, a former president at Champion who started at the company in 1934, the hood was first added to sweatshirts in order to protect athletes and laborers from the elements. Employees at cold-storage warehouses and tree surgeons working through the winter were calling for a garment that would provide more warmth than their long underwear. Meanwhile Champion was working directly with high schools to determine their apparel needs, eventually making big double-thickness hooded sweatshirts that football and track athletes wore on the sidelines in bad weather.

The hoodie made the leap from practicality to personal style when athletes started to give their track gear to their girlfriends to wear. Just as they are today, high schools were a breeding ground for popular fashion, and soon sportswear caught on as a fashionable style.”

— “The History of the Hoodie,” Denis Wilson. Rolling Stone

 

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China: The People’s Heroic KFC

March 11, 2019

China: The People's Heroic KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken has opened a new branch in honor of Lei Feng, a legendary model soldier in China’s People’s Liberation Army, in his hometown of Changsha, in Hunan province. The restaurant opened in time for Lei Feng Day, a national holiday when people are encouraged to show goodwill and lend a helping hand to others. Yum China plans to open 250 Lei Fang KFCs throughout Hunan.

More:

“Hunan KFC branch honors Lei Feng spirit,” Zhang Yangfei, Feng Zhiwei, and Wen Xinzheng, China Daily

“KFC turns to the image of a Communist hero to support its massive China expansion,” Mary Hui, Quartz

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