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Music Monday One Day Late: Sera Cahoone

On: January 30th, 2007 at 10:16 pm | Number of Comments » 0

In a torrent of iTune downloads a couple weeks ago Sera Cahoone somehow got caught in the maelström. She’s pretty much a straight-up folk-based “singer songwriter,” the type that try to break in here in Nashville. She’s from Seattle, however. I imagine she’d be well-received in Music City, USA. Here are three from her eponymous […]


Brand Me Apple

On: January 26th, 2007 at 4:53 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Now I just pontificated about not having any great desire to be indentified as a patriot and yet I have no problem pledging fealty to Apple. Seems like I’m not the only one who recognizes a great brand. Apple placed second this year globally as the top brand (Google edged it out) and number one […]


Japanese Neo-Nationalism

On: January 26th, 2007 at 4:41 pm | Number of Comments » 8

Japan’s new prime minister, Abe Shinzo, is living up to his reputation, advocating revision of Japan’s Constitution to eliminate Article 9 (the no-war clause) and the fostering of “patriotic education” that will instill a sense of pride in Japan’s youth. That’s just great. Let’s combine rearmament with the kind of nationalistic education that was used […]


New Music Monday: Emiliana Torrini

On: January 22nd, 2007 at 4:33 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Emiliana Torrini (pictured here in concert in Heidelberg, Germany) is another female crooner found via iTunes mini store. She was born in Iceland (how cool is that?) Comparisons have been made between her voice and Björk’s. This is most notable, I think, in the first of these three tunes from her album, Fisherman’s Wife: Nothing […]


A roller coaster year

On: January 20th, 2007 at 5:26 pm | Number of Comments » 3

Somehow it seems fitting that today, the 45th anniversary of my birth day, shares the anniversary of LaMarcus Adna Thompson (“The Father of Gravity”)‘s patenting of the roller coaster in 1885. It was a year full of ups and downs in my personal and professional life. Currently I’m on an upswing it seems, but that […]


Happy 24th Birthday, Lisa!

On: January 19th, 2007 at 1:44 am | Number of Comments » 2

Before the Macintosh there was the Apple Lisa, one of the first personal computers to sport a GUI and a mouse. It was announced by Apple on this day, January 19, 1983. Although overpriced at $9,995 and a commercial flop as a personal desktop computer, it revolutionized personal computing design (the Macintosh, announced a year […]


Louisville Lip

On: January 17th, 2007 at 11:07 pm | Number of Comments » 0

That it is Muhammad Ali‘s 65th birthday today gives me the opportunity to acknowledge him as one person whom, despite his profession, I have to admire (and once ran into in a hole-in-the-wall Middle Eastern restaurant in Hyde Park, Chicago) and to post Freakwater‘s song about him, entitled after one of his nicknames (after, of […]


Istanbul

On: January 17th, 2007 at 9:07 pm | Number of Comments » 0

How’s this for a junket: The 2nd Annual Transdisciplinary Literary and Cultural Studies Conference in Istanbul. The theme is “Metamorphosis and Place” with one subtheme being war-related. So, thinking I could cook something up with the tranformation of landscape in postwar Okinawa I submitted a proposal and… it was accepted! The conference web site is […]