The Racket Buster

May 15, 2021

“The Racket Buster,” a 1948 Terrytoons theatrical cartoon featuring Mighty Mouse, directed by Mannie Davis, with music by Philip A. Scheib.

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Napoleon’s Hand

May 14, 2021

Why is Napoleon Bonaparte‘s hand always inside his shirt? Coleman Lowndes explains. A Vox video.

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The Toymaker

May 13, 2021

Eddy Goldfarb has created over 800 toys and novelties, including such classics as the chattering teeth, Vac-U-Form, and Kerplunk! A short film directed by Lyn Goldfarb. See more at EddysWorld.net

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Teaching Singers In Metal Bands How To Scream

May 12, 2021

Voice coach Melissa Cross works with metal bands so their screaming singers don’t damage their vocal cords.

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“Where Did the Metal Scream Come From? And How Do Metal Vocalists Avoid Destroying Their Vocal Cords?” Josh Jones, Open Culture

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Big Highways Make Traffic Worse

May 11, 2021

Expanding highways doesn’t do what you think it does. A Vox video.

More:

“What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse,” Adam Mann, Wired

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Trump’s New Job

May 10, 2021

Trump's New Job

According to the Palm Beach Town Attorney, Donald J. Trump is live-in help at the Mar-a-Lago Club.

In 1993 Mr. Trump signed a “Declaration of Use” agreement with the town, assuring that when he converted the historic Mar-a-Lago property into a private club, he wouldn’t live there permanently. In October of 2019, however, Donald Trump changed his official residence from New York to Florida, specifically 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Mar-a-Lago.

Neighbors weren’t happy, even less so after Mr. Trump lost the 2020 election and fomented the Capitol insurgency. They cited the 1993 agreement, as if they could trust the word of a man who told 30,573 lies in the 4 years he was president.

The attorney for Palm Beach, John “Skip” Randolph, cited a loophole in the town’s zoning code allowing private clubs to provide living quarters to a “bona fide employee.”

He lives at the club, ergo Donald J. Trump is live-in help at Mar-a-Lago. with so many of his fellow employees out due to COVID-19, maybe he can bus tables or clean the pool in his free time.

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Angel

May 9, 2021

“Angel,” written by Sarah McLachlan, performed by The Idea of North, 2018. Arranged by Naomi Crellin.

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Open Up the Heavens

May 9, 2021

“Open Up the Heavens,” written and recorded by Jade Bird, 2021.

Jade Bird website

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Heaven

May 9, 2021

“Heaven,” written by David Byrne and Jerry Harrison, recorded by Talking Heads, 1979.

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Heaven Is My Home

May 9, 2021

“Heaven Is My Home,” written and recorded by Chris Hillman, 2005. Chris Hillman (vocal, guitar), Larry Park (guitar), Herb Pedersen (guitar), Sally Van Meter (dobro), Bill Bryson (bass).

Chris Hillman website

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