Junie Morrison Genius Appreciation Post

Rest In Peace Young Man, only 62, and gone already.

Junie Morrison

Walter “Junie” Morrison

7 months after losing Bernie Worrell. Then there’s Bowie. Prince. Wow what a run of bad news for music lovers worldwide.

I have been one of Junie’s biggest fans since the day I was born. I was coming into the world as he was leaving the Ohio Players and his music is part of the soundtrack of my life.

All kinds of genius and inspiration coming out of this man.

I can’t summarize my feelings at this point so I’ll let others go through their own rediscovery of him for your benefit:

OHIO PLAYERS KEYBOARDIST WALTER ‘JUNIE’ MORRISON DEAD AT 62

Solange Pays Tribute to Junie Morrison: “He Was the ‘Super Spirit’ Indeed”

Ohio Players and P-Funk legend Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison dies aged 62. The multi-talented musician was the driving force behind some of the biggest hits of 70s funk – and an inspiration to scores of hip-hop artists

R.I.P. Walter “Junie” Morrison

Junie Morrison, Parliament-Funkadelic and Ohio Players Member, Dead at 62


Go buy some Junie Morrison music now. Stream some of his greatest jams. Celebrate one of our finest funk musicians. Look below for our exclusive Junie Playlist.

(Not Just) Knee Deep • One Nation Under A Groove • Why • Funky Worm • Super Spirit • Suzie Thundertussy • Bread Alone • Paint Me • Because I Do ••• the list will go on forever, so many amazing tracks.


This Youtube playlist is so stocked full of Junie goodness it’s just amazing!

Praise Walter Junie Morrison, you will be missed.

I’m so sad I was never able to meet you. You are a constant inspiration to me.

 

Is Trump Psycho, Or Is His Narcissism Too Mean To Be Crazy?


Trump’s mental health?  Does it affect the safety and sanity of our nation?

We know he’s a serial liar. We know he is perhaps the most narcissistic person on the earth. What we are trying to figure out now is WHY he is like this, and what to do about it.

“He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.” — Dr. Allen Frances, defending Trump against claims of mental illness

Thousands of health professionals are violating a 45-year old edict and going on record about Trump’s mental state, even without doing a one on one consultation with him. They are pegging him with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, amongst other things.

The New York Times even published a letter signed by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers accusing the president of “grave emotional instability” that makes him “incapable of serving safely as president.” Though it is considered a breach of ethics to evaluate or diagnose public figures, they wrote, “We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.”

But the guy who wrote the NPD specifications says not so fast.  Trump’s not mentally ill, for that would be insulting to the mentally ill, many of whom are polite, helpful, and loving!

Trump’s simply too mean and planning to be mentally ill. Instead of that, the doctor defending his mental health says this:

“He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.” — Dr. Allen Frances, defending Trump against claims of mental illness

President Trump is a ‘world class narcissist,’ but he’s not mentally ill, says the psychiatrist who helped define narcissism

Don’t Insult the Mentally Ill

Mental Health Professionals Declare Trump is Mentally Ill And Must Be Removed

A Medical Theory for Donald Trump’s Bizarre Behavior


I feel like I have enough images alone to tell you this man is crazy. I have a hard time listening to him speak.




Who can forget that he uses a fake name to call reporters and brag about his dating skills.

Derps Crack In The Face Of Nonsense

Derp. FoxNews having to report on the Trump administration’s war on logic, and the press that attempts to determine it.

I expect you won’t see that dude on Fox for very much longer. I bet they are hiring his replacement right now.

Crazy times, folks. Educate yourself and protect your family from the trumpiness of what the insane 27% of voters have done to us.

 

Trump Verses Nordstroms


In yet another example of why this maniac should not be in the oval office – the president of the united states just attacked a major US retailer for not carrying his daughters purses and shoes.

The retailer shuffles brands in and out all the time based on sales performance. Guess what? Trump isn’t selling so well anymore. It actually never did sell well.

So Nordstrom drops the brand, and the White House Communications Director goes on TV and tells america that they are very good shoes and purses, and that all americans should go out and buy some.

Uh oh. Just like Trump’s surreal steak and wine and water press conference during the campaign, the Trump family can’t stop pushing their made in China crap to american’s trying to make America great again.

Profit before Country. #GrabYourWallet is right. This family will slap their name on anything and charge you triple for it.

This time Conway might have broken the law that says you can’t use the White House to sell your personal products and services. I can’t believe they made it 2 weeks!

Then our idiot president tweets shade at Nordstrom’s!   #Sad

This is amazing. Whoever stops this man is an american hero.

Dumb vs Smart


It seems in many ways dumb devices are better than smart devices:

Why? Security, privacy, and quality.

Anything with a network connection can be hacked: smart TV’s, cars, streaming boxes, appliances, routers and every other smart device, or IoT device, have all been hacked.

Anything that gets a software update can get hacked. That’s called a backdoor.

Then there’s the fact that most smart devices track how you use them, and many of them upload and sell that information to 3rd parties. There is money to be made in tracking the habits of their users, and companies exist to make money.


Think about it. Look around your life. Think about what you need to do, and if that needs to be trackable, hackable, and exploitable.

Things we used to do without smart technology:

  1. Drive somewhere
  2. Watch TV or Listen to music
  3. Read a book
  4. Play a game
  5. Talk to a friend
  6. Research something

1. Insert needle into groove. 2. Enjoy!


Nowadays, most people use connected devices to accomplish these tasks. The underbelly of the convenience they promise is the tracking and exploitation these devices offer their manufacturers.

Is the world better after knowing everything you’ve watched, listened to, read, googled, browsed, and seen?  I’d argue no.

The only thing improved is the bottom line of the company selling this data, and their ability to get the device to keep you using it longer than you would have naturally.

I always feel like somebody’s watching me!

The lack of security and privacy in their software is covered up with perpetual updates.

Overall, the whole situation doesn’t feel very smart to me.

FuckTrump.com owned by Donald Trump


Donald owns hundreds of anti-Trump domains.

He’s used to being hated.

He’s used to buying his way to popularity.

He’s used to controlling the narrative. So a couple years back he decided to buy up most of the anti-Trump domain possibilities.


But there’s still a few he still doesn’t own. like

CreepyRapistMillionaire.com

or

WreckingAmericaFromInside.com

or

ShortFingeredVulgarian.com

or even

DisgustingHumanBeingConningStupidAmericans.com

I love Mexicans!

Forgotten Audio Formats: MP3

The year was 1994.

Music was as popular as ever, with rock bands like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, pop artists like Ace of Base and Mariah Carey, and soul artists like Boyz II Men and Janet Jackson selling millions of albums.

The music industry was healthy and investing in new artists. Thousands of people were employed to record, catalog, distribute, market, and keep the books for successful recording artists.

This B-side collection by The Smashing Pumpkins sold 1,000,000 copies in america in just a few months to go certified platinum. That’s 1 million CD’s sold, not youtube views.

Music could be consumed on multiple formats and most people had a mixed bag for their own collection: analog vinyl LP’s and cassettes along with digital CD’s.

Other physical formats existed like reel-to-reel and LaserDisc but were tiny markets. DAT and DSD were still years away.

File-only digital had just begun with the WAV format being released in 1991, but a CD held more data than most hard drives.


In the tech world a trend was accelerating that would forever change the music industry: hard drive price per megabyte:

1988 – $16
1989 – $12
1990 – $9
1991 – $7
1992 – $4
1992 – $2
1993 – $0.95
1994 – $0.81
1995 – $0.68
1996 – $0.21

1 CD worth of drive space would have cost $10k in 1988!

By 1994 it was $526. By 1996 you would have spent around $135 for 650mb of HD space.

But the 650mb CD cost pennies to manufacture and sold at retail for $20. Plus they were proving to be pretty durable and CD-R’s were coming down in price. CD was the digital format of necessity unless and until something drastically changed with either the bandwidth needed or bandwidth available.

Don’t forget: bandwidth = moving storage.  aka Storage = static bandwidth.


So the same software engineers who came up with lossy JPG image compression were called upon to investigate audio and video compression. Their goal – to get the file size small enough for 1990’s bandwidth.

For music testing they used contemporary music (Suzanne Vega) and developed what they called perceptual coding.

Perceptual coding targeted all the parts of mixed music that were open to perception beyond the main focus of the song (melody and beat): things like transients, pan/placement, room and soundstage size, timbre of instruments, blending of sounds, that type of thing.

Remember hi-hats? MP3 crushed them into non-existence.

These audible cues are all present in mixed music but are unmeasurable. They are all nearly impossible to explain and communicate verbally or through written language.

You may know it when you hear it, but it’s not possible to explain further in a controlled, consistent, scientific way. No matter how descriptive you are, the next person will use completely different terms.

This listener confusion and lack of terminology made the engineers jobs far easier. They found that they could remove nearly 90% of the audio data before testers consistently identified a difference using their flawed testing methods.

A few 90’s mp3 engineers, not audio engineers.

 

This gave them the green light they needed. The MP3 specification was published and started to catch on. A 50mb WAV file was now a 5mb MP3 file and life was good!

It was true – at first listen, they almost sounded like the original. It took a more critical listen, or repeated listens, to pick out the degradation, and over time many came to hate the MP3 sound. Casual listeners didn’t care as much, but professionals, musicians, and audiophile-types rejected MP3 as lossy.

Sound quality was secondary though. Finally computers could play near-full quality music! Digital file-based convenience had arrived.

Finally modems and networks could send the files around! Finally bootlegging was convenient!


MP3 was quite popular in it’s time. Nearly every device made could play MP3 files, including phone’s, video games, TV’s, and wireless speakers.

Early MP3 player

But MP3 had no artwork beyond a tiny cover. No lyrics. No credits. No booklet. No shout outs. Nothing to attach to. It was highly bootlegged and for some time, recorded music lost all value.

It also required almost no people to distribute or sell. Nothing to sell & nothing to move = nothing to promote. Nothing to invest in.

Bootlegging ran rampant and the music industry practically folded. Most musicians stopped making money from their music.

Limping along, MP3 got one quality improvement in 2009 (aac), but it wasn’t going to help much. By 2014 streaming was stealing the download market.

Streaming takes everything bad about MP3’s and extends it to the rental model.

Now you own nothing. You just pay a subscription to hear degraded versions of your favorite songs in between commercials. Don’t pay up? No music for you.


The current streaming business model is unsustainable for both the license holders and the license purchasers, but in this post-fact world it really doesn’t matter. Quality has been trumped.

Lossless formats like FLAC, around for years, finally took off around 2016, giving critical listeners an open format to rally around. Buying hi-res music from sites like HDTracks ProStudioMasters was a thing again. Hi-res hi-fi DAP’s finally emerged in many markets. 24bit FLAC continues to offer higher-resolution files with no DRM.

Bandwidth/storage is now available. I have 60+ full lossless albums on a card the size of my pinky nail. I have the bandwidth into the house to stream 24bit audio, if anyone offered it.

One can only hope that the MP3 era is the last time we accept such a massive downgrade in quality.

#SaveTheAudio

 

What Trump Represents

Donald Trump represents the dark side of human nature: ugliness, ignorance and fear.

I cannot support that in any way.

There is no give him a chance.



He’s a horrible person that has built an empire of evil. Our snickering at the stupid Republicans and now this. No snickering anymore, it’s really happening.

No thanks. It’s everyone for themselves right now.


Proper Digital Audio Playback

The PonoPlayer got it right, whether they survive as a business or not.

There is a right way and a quick way to build a digital audio playback circuit.

The following information comes from Charlie Hansen, the designer of the Pono audio chain, and the excellent review by Tyll Hertsens. I’m putting it into it’s own post so other audio device builders get inspired.

  • EVERYTHING from DAC to jacks is DC coupled. No coupling caps anywhere.
  • Everything is TRULY balanced from the DAC chip all the way to the output jacks. There is no virtual ground needed, as we have true +/- rails from the switching power supply. The raw rails go to SUPER low noise regulators, of which there are a TON.
  • The audio circuitry has their own dedicated +/- regulators.
  • All of the digital circuitry runs off of positive voltage only
  • Three or four separate dedicated regulators there — one for the audio master clocks, another for the digital side of the DAC chip and a third for the rest of the digital circuitry.

“NOBODY builds portable players that are fully-discrete, fully-balanced, and zero-feedback. This all makes a huge difference.”

— Charlie Hanson of Ayre Audio

That’s what happens after the DAC, in the analog stage.



Regarding the file quality and DAC behavior before the analog stage, we have more details from Charlie:

 

  • Brickwall filtering creates massive time smear.
  • The human ear/brain is already known to be exquisitely sensitive to time smear.
  • DBT and AB/X are really only sensitive to differences in frequency response. Using these tools for anything to do with music is like pounding a nail with a screwdriver. Ain’t gonna work.

Specifically, one of the massive benefits of a higher sampling rate is not extended bandwidth.

Instead, it allows for gentler filters to be used.


In the case of the Ayre QA-9 A/D converter, the anti-aliasing filters have zero ringing or time smear for double and quad sample rates. (Only one cycle of ringing for single rates — something has to give somewhere…)

When Ayre designed the PonoPlayer’s audio circuitry, we held back nothing.

We gave it everything that could fit within the constraints of the budget, physical space, and battery life.

Every single secret we discovered went into the PonoPlayer. The digital filter is taken directly from our own products.

Movie Lovers Coalesce The Vapors Around Streaming

It’s not just music lovers realizing that streaming has a long way to go to match physical media.

Film lovers see the same issues:  degraded quality, no extras, no ownership, unknown/ temporary access.

We give up a lot for the convenience of streaming.  #SaveTheAudio ?  #SaveTheVideo


80’s Teen Movies

Greatness. I thought it was simply because I was a teen in the 80’s that I still managed to enjoy those movies, but I’ve found that people of all ages seem to gravitate towards them.


Real Genius

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Sixteen Candles

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Better Off Dead

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Weird Science

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Revenge of the Nerds

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Teen Wolf

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The Breakfast Club

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I’m sure I’ve missed plenty but those are my favorites off the top of my head. What about you?

The Problem With Experts Indeed

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Interesting take over on RealHDAudio taking shots at a music producer.

I read and replied to his post but it’s not publishing over there, so here is:


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Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and room sound.
Timing, timbre, and room sound.

These are things that you can’t scope or measure or chart. These are the basic building blocks of music.

This is why record producers, mastering engineers, and artists with a good ear are the experts here.

They are the only ones who understand mixed music. Not test tones. Not frequencies alone and isolated. Every bit of music is a complex stew of multiple tones, some heard, some hinted, some masked, some over/under ringing.

If the people in the studio that did the session say the 16/44 version sounds the best, then it does. If they prefer the 24/88 or 24/192 versions, they are the best. Creators privilege. Only they heard it as it was being made, aka what it originally came from. (They can all be different mixes of the song too, they don’t have to tell us that.)

The rest of us just take it for granted and enjoy it. Unless you are making the mix, or making the original sound being mixed, you are a secondary expert.

Mixed music is a tremendously complex collection of tones, all affecting each other, all containing critical timing, timbre, and layers upon layers of complex sound.

That’s why it’s so powerful. The power of music is ignored in these scientific discussions. If the 16/44 version moves you emotionally, that’s good. If the 24bit version does it more so, it’s a better version. Whichever packs the most in it is the best.


Even for sparse music, acoustic music, whatever…. more data = more sound = more vibration = more enjoyment. It’s simple.

I do think there’s a limit though. I hear some advantage at 24/192 on very good rigs but it does not make 24/88 or 24/92 sound degraded.

The pointless 16/44 is the degradation that we need to remove.


 

Too many people these days try to hear with their eyes and understand with their computer screens.

 

Which is music?

This:

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Strawberry Fields Forever, by The Beatles

 

or the audio track in this?

 

Election Post Partum

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Hillary is a good person but usually a stupid politician. She didn’t run a great campaign. but she was status quo and status quo ain’t great.

Trucker Hat + Business Suit > Pants Suit


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Don John Trump is a con of the highest order, raised by one of the dirtiest ‘business’ families this country has ever known.

Some people are called criminal masterminds, others are called successful businessmen, and the Trump family is both.

Research his father Freddy and their tactics to get huge contracts in the 60’s and 70’s:

  • Racist housing projects.
  • Hired actors to criss cross the country selling racial discord at city council planning sessions.
  • Exploiting veterans and minorities.
  • Illegal lobbying.
  • Hyperbolic Marketing.
  • Bold Lying.
  • Branding.
  • Multiple companies all run by same people, aka double dealing.
  • All for the holy dollar — sound familiar?

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His son Donny has been america’s richest slimeball for decades.

The Obama backlash is strong, as expected. The whitelash. They got their american Hitler-lover wrapped in gold and the flag, ready to sell you anything and everything.
Our first fascist dictator is a salesman, big surprise. That is if he ever makes it to power.
I have my suspicions this criminal enterprise is yet to be exposed.

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Mothership Long Term Parking

Europa

New imaging of Europa’s surface

Oh Jupiter, do you hold the secrets of the solar system?

Do the little green men reside there?


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How do you know we are Martian?


Many people point to Jupiter’s moon Europa as being the logical place to find life other than us. The crust appears to be frozen water and a vast liquid ocean might be underneath. So vast it contains many times more water than earth!


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2061Jupiter is also large enough to generate heat in it’s rotating moons (I don’t really understand how but I read that far!)

So with water and heat perhaps come life as small as microbes or as large as fish, say our smartest scientists and theorists.

Well according to Arthur C. Clarke, much larger than fish, perhaps tree-sized jellyfish! Way bigger than whales, perhaps bigger than any single item on earth, with consciousness we may or may not understand.

That’s cool stuff. Hope they like us.

Hope we don’t kill them.

I’ve recently favored a different moon of Jupiter for the perfect mothership parking lot – Io.

We really don’t know what’s behind the crust while it should contain all of the other advantages of Europa. Maybe it’s not fish underneath there, maybe it’s spaceship parking.

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Io is perfectly designed for this task with it’s metallic crust that we can’t see or otherwise detect past. It basically has a shield for a crust. A shield that stops all of our current detection and scanning techniques.

Bonus the convenient naming Io to help keep it out of our conciousness. Computers have trouble indexing something named Io. Go ahead, have fun searching for Io info.


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What’s inside Io?

Why The Clinton’s Were Trumped

The Double Down lie. Triple down. Whatever is next. Keep lying and change the subject.

Enough lies to drown any single truth.

Project exactly what you are doing (and want to hide) onto your competitor. Blame them outright and aggressively. Claim you have evidence of their guilt.


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Trump shouted repeatedly that Clinton was all ‘pay to play’. Yet Trump is going to rip off every cent he can from this country every step of the way.  He’s going to wine and dine everyone at Trump properties with Trump crap and Trump golf. He will overcharge for everything. The oval office will be pay to play, the military, trade, all of it, will be done to enrich the Trump family. Sickening.

He already is the only person to ever profit from running for president. He actually profited tens of millions of dollars from the taxpayers and his donors.  So-called smart Trump supporters don’t even know this, or at least are in denial.


The scam: Host most campaign events and offices at your own property and charge the campaign highly inflated rates.

The scam: Host most campaign events and offices at your own properties and charge the campaign and the press highly inflated rates. Repeat this for airfare on your private jet and apply the scam across your entire campaign, including the secret service.  Trump ripped us off to the tune of millions, in plain site, because he lies so frequently.

There are already reports of him mixing his business dealings with the presidency:

  • A report from South America that he used his new title to ask a president there to clear up  permit issues for his new resort.
  • A report from Washington that he has already hosted 100’s of diplomats to his new Washington hotel to drink Trump wine watch Trump infomercials and prepare for this new world of bling and lying for fun.
  • Another report that his daughter Ivanka tied in a home shopping channel promotion of her self-branded crazy expensive bracelet she wore for her father’s first ABC interview.

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Every major presidential candidate is billed for Secret Service protection in the form of hotels and airfare. The campaign splits the cost with the taxpayers after the SS book their own logistics. But Trump put them up in his properties and flew them on his planes and charged inflated rates (sometimes as much as 4x normal). The end result? His donors and the taxpayers paid him tens of millions of dollars for services rendered worth far less.

This Trump takeover is the biggest criminal enterprise to ever hit the white house. We shall see how the rest of the government responds.


I know this clown lost the popular vote, just like the last clown we had.

That clown was a good old boy oil tycoon failure with a very powerful daddy.

This clown is a con man of the finest stripe, with a very racist and dead daddy that left a boy with many problems.

The problems of a small man are now the problems of a large nation.

That iPhone is Outmoded

Shout to Squagles!  Square Bagles!

The iPhone won’t make it to the future.  Sure it’s Apple’s cash cow right now but I see it going away in importance over the next couple of years.

Think about Apple current main product categories:

  1. smartphones (iPhone)
  2. tablets (iPad)
  3. wearables (watch/iPod/headphones)
  4. set-top boxes (AppleTV)
  5. macintosh laptops and desktops

All of those work together in the apple ecosystem. Assuming you have them hooked into your Apple account, they all work together, and can handoff all sorts of tasks between them. They continue to add iCloud features that make the lines blur more.

#2, 3, and 4 above will be the focus over the next 5 years. The smartphone will continue to become less important in the mix.  Several factors are leading to this.

  • There is almost nothing the iPhone does that is unique from the other devices. It did it first, it does it from your pocket/purse, but it’s not the only device to do those things anymore. You can call people, take pictures, stream, and do all of that from other devices now.
  • Over the last 8 years, competition has caught up to many of the physical iPhone specialties – thinness, glass quality, battery life, feature set.
  • Apple’s sweetheart deals with phone carriers which helped to launch the iPhone in it’s first 5 years are gone and not coming back. iPhone is an expensive rig no matter who you go through.
  • Automobiles and transit are beginning to roll out wifi services and built-in GPS
  • Everyone has a smartphone and you only need one max, if one at all.

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I see the mobile phone of the future going back to what it was originally used for in the 90’s – safety and vanity.

Safety is for the kids, the travelers, the person needing a lifeline no matter where they wander or work. The rest of us are on wifi 95% of our day and don’t need a cell radio at all.

Vanity is for the rich, the teens, the geeks, to impress us with an I don’t need wifi stance.

Perhaps security can be in here too, but it’s really hard to predict the future there. I can imagine a private cell network being more secure than a public wifi spot but there are many variables there.


We will all have tablets for the next 50 years, but the tiny pocket tablet is going away in importance soon. The wearable watch or badge or wallet will contain our cell radio (if needed at all) and all of the other devices already have wifi and location awareness.

Screen size is critical here. Walls will be screens wherever you can project onto them, so perhaps the iPhone has a future life as a pocket projector?


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The design model for the future iPhone. If this thing had a cell radio, wifi, iOS, and a projector that could turn anything in front of you into a display….. well there ya go. Goodbye iPhone, hello iPin.


I guess it comes down to the iPin. This baby will have all of the iPhone’s location and connectivity features without that tiny glass screen in your pocket. If it can’t project to or take over screens in your vicinity then it will operate with voice or hand gestures.

I better get to go on a star ship. Maybe that’s why Apple cancelled the car project…?

[Squagles starts at 3:24]

Lalo’s Classics

Great performance from the BBC big band directed by Lalo Schifrin, one of my favorite 20th century composers.  This guy has written some amazing soundtrack music over the years — Dirty Harry, Bullitt, Mission:Impossible… just to name a few.

Big bands are pretty amazing, especially in person. The power and precision is addictive and you just feel good watching a big band work through their numbers.

If your town offers anything like this, I recommend checking it out. Scrub up, put on a nice suit, grab your lady, and take her out for some drinks in style.


Lalo Schifrin and BBC Big Band

Don John The Con As President Elect

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


We’ve entered nickname land. The nickname masters have taken over america, it’s all republican childish name calling all the time now.

Gotta play along for a bit at least, until the President’s lawyers sue me, or John Miller gives me a stern talking to.


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Trucker Hat with Business Suit -vs- Pants Suit. Winner: Trucker Hat with Business Suit!


This clown is trying to get into the White House. His sketchy wife has already said she and their son will be staying in New York without him so they boy can continue to attend his private school (in a business suit). What a joke.

He’s not going to liquidate any of his companies, and he’s not going to separate the country’s business from his personal addiction to wealth and bragging.

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Don John looks shook! There’s a real president next to a fat old con man with too much makeup on. There’s real fingers vs tiny fingers in that creepy triangle pose again.

We are headed for a very ridiculous 4 years, if he even gets sworn in.

The man literally is surrounded by scandals of every type.


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Trump University Graduated Melania Twice!

Our american con man president elect Don John decided on Friday to settle one of the many lawsuits against him – this one for “Trump University” — for $25 million!

That’s right – he paid $25 million to SETTLE — to shut up the people he conned out of thousands of dollars for his hotel ballroom seminar featuring cardboard cutouts.

Of course he claimed repeatedly that he never settles.

Like most things he says this is total bullshit.

Also, he did it on a Friday and announced only with a tweet.  Someone trying to make something go away?


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Well Don, just like your wife’s claim of having 2 college degrees, this isn’t going away.

You are a con man and just because you conned 25% of this stupid country (republicans) to vote for your reality TV circus doesn’t make you any different than you were 2 weeks ago… a sad con and a sexual predator.

#Sad #Sociopath

Where are Melania’s degrees?


Also, why not just appoint John Miller and other made-up characters from your sociopathic history to be in your cabinet?

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You’ve Got To Give Them What They Came For

Sun


One of the baddest underground funk bands ever was SUN, live from Dayton, featuring a hint of all of the greats rolled into a sound all their own.

The vocals were amazing, the band was TIGHT, they could swing, they had latin flavor, they could throw down with horns or without… I mean, they are true legends with very little fanfare.

Check out some outstanding Sun selections in the OhioFungk playlist:

 



 

The Triangle Hand Thing

Lots of people I dislike pose with their hands in a triangle, open, making a point.

It’s almost like praying but it’s scheming, planning, tricking.

I don’t know what this means but I will be keeping an eye on it.


 

This:Melania and Donald Trump and their son Barron Trump

Yes that’s their son, in a business suit, riding a stuffed lion and playing with toy limos.

Fucking amazing.  Sick fucks.

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I can think of a few more people that do that with their hands. All of them are major assholes.

Android vs iPhone – behind the scenes

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From the front, the user space, this argument is tired. Both smartphones do whatever you can imagine at this point. Both are amazingly thin and packed full of sensors and features.

Behind the scenes though…. things are very different. Why does each OS exist? Who are the companies behind them, and what are their goals?

With Apple, you have a traditional computer retailer. They are a public company but very private and generally keep quiet about where the platform is headed. One thing is clear though, you can spend a lot of money with Apple. They have most of their own ecosystem – you can get the iCloud, buy stuff from their real stores or their virtual ones, get additional storage, service plans, accessories, classes, etc..  You know how Apple makes their money because you have to give it to them to get involved.

With Google, the people behind Android (since 2005), you don’t ever seem to give them any money. How can google be everywhere, doing everything, and no one is giving them any money?  It’s all targeted advertising.

Really? Ad banners make that much money?  Well yes and no.  It’s alot more than ad banners. Every bit of your movement online and on the phone is being tracked, packaged, and sold to the highest bidder. Then it’s repackaged and sold again and again. Google make untold amounts of money doing this with none of it going back to the user.

Facebook uses a similar model, without the phone hardware that google has.

It’s been claimed that Android represents choice. I take issue with that phrase.


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Your choice is to have your profile and all your habits, purchases, locations, and interactions tracked by Google.

Your choice to have your profile sliced, diced, grouped, normalized, and sold to every Google revenue source (advertiser) possible for the rest of time with no revenue sharing going to you.

Your choice to have your history continually sliced, diced, labeled, invaded, and shared with every advertiser possible for the rest of time with no revenue going to you.

I prefer to make the advertisers work a little harder to find and profit from me. Google is ‘cool’ and hate on Apple if you want, but I trust Apple with my private digital life far more than millions of google advertisers.

Android was an awesome idea and I’d probably have one by now if Google never bought it. iPhone is an expensive rig and I barely use it anymore.

The charade here about freedom while using Android is ridiculous.

Bad guys will occasionally get into Android and iOS. Patch and business as usual. But the “good guys” are who you really have to worry about with the Android ecosystem.

Anyone can advertise with google, so nearly anyone can pay enough to access you whether you care or not.

Your future is being determined in private meetings between Google sales and 3rd parties from around the globe. None of this has anything to do with user space.

Android user space is the biggest private data collection scheme ever shipped. Which is why google paid g i i i i i i i i i llions for it when they saw it available.

Google is the biggest pay-no-attention-to-the-advertising-advertisering agency in the world, with Facebook being the 2nd. Call them search engines or social media if you want, but the scale and pace that those two data mine our personal business FOR PROFIT is alarming to me.

I either want a piece of that cut (make it non-profit so the tech is maintained but the users are paid) or give me old-fashioned private companies like apple and microsoft that I can own stock in without selling user’s souls to the wolves.


Google isn’t going to show you how/where/when they sell your data and they won’t share how much it’s worth to them.

Call it what you want…. profile, habits, demographics, searches…. it’s your online life, it’s who you are and what you do, and they have it for their own exploitation until the end of time.

“Targeted advertising” will become much more than what we think of it as now. They are just collecting all the data for free now, while they still can, and over the next couple of years will start to roll out the ‘customized content’ to sell us even more crap.

I’d rather have one point of concern/failure with my personal data, and do business with a company that derives revenue from everything else besides my private likes, dislikes and habits.

You can read google’s policies, apple, MS, whoever, and choose to opt in or opt out. You should also know that google doesn’t exist without targeted ad revenue. Apple exists just fine (fully profitable) as long as they keep you buying and subscribing to their stuff.

It’s simple to me — companies have a purpose which is to make money. They usually only have a couple of ways to make good money. Some promise free and find a way to profit beyond your control. Others just expect you to pay as you go, and with that they don’t have to hide the fact that they profit from your data, not your purchase.


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Ohio Funk Dosimetry

300 tracks and counting….. ALL OHIO FUNK youtube playlist

curated by ezraz the enfunklopedia

to lock you on the 1

and cool you out in these stressful times

Works nice in shuffle mode.


Featuring

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Dayton

Bootsy

Bootsy

sun

Sun

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Lakeside

roger

Roger

aurra

Aurra

Ohio Players

Ohio Players

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Slave

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Isley Brothers

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Faze-O

Dazz Band

Dazz Band

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Platypus

 

President Elect Facing Court Dates

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May 23, 2005; New York, NY, USA; ; Real estate mogul & TV star DONALD TRUMP at a press conference to announce ‘Trump University’ which will offer learning programs for business professionals by top scholars held at Trump Tower. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dan Herrick/KPA/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 2006 by Dan Herrick

Before he’s sworn in as President, Don is going to be sworn in in front of the Federal Judge he claimed was incapable of a fair trial because of his mexican heritage.

The scam seminar known as Trump University is being sued for fraud by several former customers and it’s going to court before the inauguration.

Legal analysts believe there are at least 4 of the 75 known lawsuits against him with merit. Most are scams and jokes, but not all of them.

These include suits from members of one his golf clubs that claim they were continually charged fees without access, a former employee who claims she was fired when reporting sexual harassment, a city in Florida suing over an ongoing disagreement about a flag pole, and a political consultant who claims Trump stiffed him out of millions during the campaign.


I said he would never be elected. Fuck it I was wrong. Electoral college math.

I still say there’s a good chance he’ll never be inaugurated. I don’t see President Trump in our future. Hello President Pence.


There’s also the violent rape case out there that continues to be buried for unknown reasons. Allegedly Trump repeatedly raped a 13 year old girl working the NY millionaire sex party scene in the early 90’s. She claims she was invited by a friend to a party to meet rich guys, lied about her age, and ended up meeting Trump there more than once.

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Jeffrey Epstein, sex party host and now registered sex offender, hosted the party where the alleged rape took place.

She is claiming he tied her up and forced himself on her against her will at one of the parties. She says there was no ambiguity about it, that even given their surroundings she was not down with it.

She says she cried for him to at least use a condom and he threw money at her for an abortion. She says she called him a rapist and he threatened her and her family, saying he had enough money to make even her family in Indiana dissapear.

Damn. The girl was so scared she moved back to Indiana and never visited NYC again.

BUT she also claims to finally have a witness from the party that night who is willing to testify on her behalf.

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Trump admits to being at Epstein’s parties, having socialized with him, and sharing his love of women. Trump always projects what he does onto others for diversion.


I can easily imagine rich pervs forcing themselves on dumb gold diggers at a party. Business as usual. But bondage, rape, 13, and death threats is a toxic stew. If this ever gets airtime he’s done.

 

Goodbye Old World

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I can’t shake the feeling today that someone or something died.

President Trump?

Oh My Fucking Gawd.

It’s the end of america as we know it. It’s full idiocracy now.


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The Obama backlash is here. Some are calling it a whitelash.


I don’t think he’ll be sworn in. He’ll do his victory lap then the trials start.

See, he’s a con man.  A real one.  The trial for Trump University starts next month.

He also might be a rapist. If you don’t believe that woman, there’s 10+ more that will assure you he’s a sexual predator.

He’s also being sued by over 2000 other people. He ran for president to gain immunity. We shall see if it happens.

He reads Hitler books for inspiration. I swear I can’t make this stuff up, truth is always stranger than fiction with Don John.


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Polite times are now past. Trump supporters are either racist sexist fools or they are good-hearted fools who have been conned every which way possible.

Heil Drumpf!


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Thanks alot non-voting people.

Thanks alot millennials for Bernie.

Thanks alot women who voted for a sexual predator over another woman.

Fucking disgrace.

11/9/2016 is the darkest day in america’s recent past.

9/11/2001 was horrible but not self-inflicted.


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The Day The Con Ends

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It’s finally here. Everyone take a breath, take a few walks today, pet the dog plenty… remain calm.

Go vote if you haven’t already – long lines reported everywhere. Broken machines, confusion… Voter suppression at it’s finest.

Damn those millennials and purists sitting this one out. I hope you don’t regret it.


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Reality. Not reality TV.


We’ve never had a bold in your face liar showman like Don John go for president before, at least in the electronic media age. He did better than most of us thought. Or we are just that horrible of a society.


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The fact that his con, similar to Sarah Palin’s, worked on the Tea Party types is not a surprise. They would fall for a billionaire in a trucker hat. I wonder if he wears his trucker hat around his golden apartment?

I’m disappointed in the neocons and religious right for not handling this guy. Take his liberal (dirty) money and get him off the stage.

Romney and McCain were decent candidates, you were just facing a rockstar in Obama.  Trump is Biff Tannen. He needs to be punched in the face, like 50 years ago.


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Don with his dad Fred, the racist who made hundreds of millions off the taxpayers in questionable housing project contracts. Now Don makes dirty money from everything he touches – Casinos, modeling, immigration exploitation, TV, even the election. Donny is the first candidate to profit from running for President. Dad would be so proud!

 


I love you america …. do the right thing today and send this orange clown home like the loser he is.

Ohio Fungk Is Where It’s At

The baddest playlist around….. All OHIO, All FUNGK, ALL ON THE ONE

Ohio Players, Sun, Slave, Bootsy, Heatwave, Dayton, The Isley’s, Junie Morrison, Zapp, Aurra, Faze-O,  Lakeside, Overnight Low, Dazz Band…. if it came from Ohio we will play it.

Give in to the addiction that is youtube…. give in with Pure Ohio Fungk!

 

10 Months Late

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It’s hard to believe that David Robert Jones, aka David Bowie’s surprising death is already 10 months ago.

Days before he passed he promoted a strange tangle of an album called Blackstar, complete with a new band, a new sound, and an ominous video about dying.

Then he died. I couldn’t listen to the album even though I was fascinated by it’s story.

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Donny McCaslin

Our hero knew he had a fatal illness but shared it with almost no one. He hunted the New York nights for inspiration, finding it in Donny McCaslin, the saxophonist that Bowie always wanted to be. McCaslin had a progressive jazz combo that Bowie caught one night and immediately set up a meeting.

Walking into this jazz band’s practice space, Bowie opened up his notebook and proceeded to free jam song ideas and melodies with this band of guys he had never played with, much less met before!

It was all recorded, and it was so magical that it was almost released as the album! Can you imagine, the ultimate improv?


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But business and engineering interests prevailed so they set up recording sessions to properly render their ideas.

Like his previous album The Next Day, this was a secretive project. The result was completed and shipped as Blackstar just two days before he met his demise.

And it has sat on my Pono in hi-resolution for 10 months now.

Too painful to press play and accept that this was Bowie composing very concisely about his pending demise.

I say go for it. I did.

It was amazing. His whole career, his whole artistic essence, facing the end and needing to channel this into music. It’s utterly devastating.

He can do anything. Accepting his ultimate fear leaves him fearless.


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This might be his best album ever. I shit you not. It has no hits or singles. Nothing fashionable. Nothing I can scream out to you in small pieces.

It only is the most perfectly sad moment of music I’ve heard in quite some time.

 

Don John The Con

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Donald John Trump is the world’s finest con man.

The tax returns would rip the cover off of his whole scam. He’s all leverage, branding, and pure risk. He makes some money on the way into a deal, but most of it on the way out. A parade of lawsuits and burnt bridges follow him wherever he goes.

It’s poker to him. 1 winner = Everyone else loses. Many titans of business aren’t sharks like that, they need the full ecosystem to supply them with stable income.

Trump is a shark, a pure predator, who uses real estate, branding, and the ability to lie convincingly to the face of anyone (banker, creditor, mobster, customer, voter, anyone) to get lines of credit extended to him like no other.


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Imagine going to pre-Trump times and finding a republican to believe that a

pro-choice,
openly sexist,
immature dirtbag,
sleazy lying,
9/11 was an inside job believing,
corrupt,
3rd trophy wife havin,
vain,
Liberal,
Clinton supporting,
New York limousine asshole ….

would be their candidate in 2016?  Crickets.

Don John Trump the worlds best con man, the perfect spoiled rich kid who won’t work unless it’s to show how great he is, to demean everyone else all the time.

The Republicans were his perfect target. Palin opened the door to Ignorant And Proud and Trump took it to new heights.


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The Trump Tapes

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aka on a bus with that Bush cousin
aka talking shit about women and getting caught
aka admitting assault

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WTF?


I’ve been a part of plenty of locker room talk.

I have verbally piggish friends. I can blast off from my big mouth from time to time. I’m not the PC-police, especially about private conversations. Say it and mean it, or make sure people know you are joking.

But Don Trump was admitting and bragging about sexual assault.

That doesn’t happen every day. In fact never in my lifetime of shooting the shit with a variety of male characters, in many states of the country (and mind)…. listening to late night brags, breakdowns, and divorces…. I’ve been there.

Yet never has any man told me that he grabbed a pussy without invitation.


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Another unhappy co-worker: She sued Trump for harrassment


Of course us males often think of the female body as a happy place, a concept, a thing, something we are going to go out and get, even collect. Especially when we are single or young and sexy and full of our oats.

Dark times and dark humor leave us thinking about the same body as a trap or a trick.

But no sane guy brags about taking it whether the woman agrees or not.

That’s a major red flag.


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He’s admitting it


I mean honestly! I’ve chopped it up with countless guys, analyzing the tantalizing propositions of how/when/where to bed a woman. Yet not one of them explained to me how they take the pussy, how they kiss without invitation.

Trump is a Predator.

In many areas of his life, this is admired. Are we to admire his sex attacks also?  If you are an alpha human does that afford you rape privileges?


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For real?  So much fakery. Hollywood can’t even make this shit up.


When the Trump tapes appeared I sighed.  I was sort of happy for our country, immediately picturing President Hillary and angry fat Trump supporters still wearing their hats, but also it forced me to face up to the locker room defense.

C’mon guys, Trump says, you know you do it!  Or maybe you are a girlyman – a pussy – yourself?

That’s what I’m saying!!  We do indeed do it, many of us, especially certain types and ages.

We talk about women and their body parts in all sorts of mythical and mysterious ways. We say things that would disqualify us from the presidency – and many relationships – if ever aired. We brag about what we did to a female because she really wanted it.

C’mon guys, Trump says, you know you do it!  Or maybe you are a girlyman – a pussy – yourself?

That’s why it’s private guy talk and it deserves a place in our lives.

Don talking privately about hot women or his appetite for them isn’t disqualifying stuff, not to me. Totally different level than bragging about assault.

Let’s also acknowledge the classiness that his 3rd wife was home pregnant at the moment that tape was made.


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The gun to Don’s head – now that would be a picture


In summary, someone boasting about assault is one of those things you don’t forget when and where it was said.

You probably follow-up. You might consider making a few phone calls or texts to see if the person is indeed a sexual predator.

This is why this is serious, whether he wins or not. Trump has all the makings of a serious sexual predator.

He has a teenage rape case pending. His modeling agency grants work visas to desperate young eastern european girls trying to get to america as models. He has 10+ women out there with detailed reports of being harassed, humiliated, and threatened when they turned down his advances.

Many have said they believe there to be many more because of his nonchalance when violating them.

This guy can’t even resist himself when talking about his daughters. This is one sick dude. Total degenerate.

He boasted on camera to a TV host when his oldest daughter was a baby (!!) that she will have a good rack (actually, he did the hand gesture for big tits) as inherited from her mother, sitting there smiling.

Don thought this was really funny, and he laughs at all of his own jokes. They are the funniest and the most fabulous jokes ever said. Can I get comped at a Trump Resort already?


The hidden Trump daughter, from wife #2. Daddy’s been hitting on her since she was a baby.


The other daughter has posed for several creepy photos with her very grabby daddy. He likes to talk about how hot she is, and has even boasted that if it wasn’t his daughter he would be dating her.

Let that sink in, its never to late to be grossed out. The ultimate fail level of narcissism is wanting to fuck your own offspring.


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Yuk.  Makes sense the world’s biggest ego would need to fuck the female him.


I guess there’s a silver lining –

I have a hunch that he’s more buffoon than slick rapist but either way it’s creepy thinking that could be involved in our politics.  Thanks religious right, thanks anti-corporate tea partiers, you really know your stuff.

Also Hillary is just the woman to defeat this cretan.

The next few weeks should be an amazing flame out as Breitbart rides the flaming TRUMPTrain right into the RNC headquarters.


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Anti-Audio Tech Sites, Pt. II

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I’m an A&K and I take sound quality very seriously.


To followup on my rant against american tech sites like Ars Technica and how they completely ignore hi-res audio, I found some proof.

Check out Crutchfield, an american stereo catalog retailer. Crutchfield is known for their help in installing and explaining tech. They have a whole section of their catalog for portable hi-res music players.  They have a nice selection of the current products available to US consumers: Sony, Pono, Pioneer, Onkyo, A&K.


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Pioneer making it’s pitch with a good hi-res DAP that looks like nothing else.


Head over to arstechnica.com, a site that reviews the newest tech gadgets, and search the site. You will not find a single mention of any of these devices (except for takedowns of the Pono). No reviews, no press releases, no mention in other articles. It’s as if they don’t exist.

It’s not that they don’t cover audio or mp3 players: search for headphones and get 2000 results. search for mp3- 970 results. iTunes? 8410 results.

Pono? 5 results, including 3 for the same review slamming it as ‘snake oil’. All the other DAP’s combined? 0 results.

Why do self-professed gadget lovers ignore this class of gadget. Is it plain ignorance of good sound or is something more nefarious at work?


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Sony has multiple walkmans, including Hi-Res models starting around $300


It’s not just Crutchfield, either, an audio specialist. Check out Amazon.com and you’ll see hundreds of MP3-only players under $100, and at least 40 different models of hi-res players starting at around $100.


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The PonoPlayer is the only one noticed by Ars Technica, and they shit on it by saying it sounds the same as an iPhone with a radio shack switcher, and by the way no one needs lossless music either. Snake oil! Audiophiles!

The Deluge From Don

As the Trump circus rolls on he’s having major trouble picking up newspaper endorsements, even from reliably conservative editorial boards. I guess when you work in the newspaper business you are less able to stomach that man’s constant lies and misrepresentations.

So far he has 0 endorsements from city dailies. Newspapers have had built-in fact checkers from day one, unlike the web and reality TV, so Don’s con doesn’t seem to work on them.


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First it was serious conservative daily papers in Texas, Arizona, and Michigan all announcing their inability to support this republican nominee. Most took several paragraphs noting they don’t easily support Hillary Clinton (if at all) but all of them agreed that Don John is unfit to be president due to his continual lying, incessant bragging, questionable ethics, and general cluelessness about politics and the president’s duties.

Where were you during the primaries when he could have been stopped?

Now the USA Today has chimed in, and they spent most of their time ripping him to shreds with some ammo left over for Hillary. They said not everyone likes Clinton, but compared to the disaster that is Don Trump they have no choice but to urge all americans to avoid voting for him.  Amazing.

Are we Idiocracyis being determined in real time. Fascinating.


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Not Over You

Michael Ivey

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Basehead was a glorious thing back in the day – the most indescribable band in era of genre mashing. Basehead was an outfit somewhere between hip-hop and country-western, and believe it or not that blend has aged well due to the good writing and consistent performances throughout.

Leader Michael Ivey sing-raps in a slow drawl about the blues in life – women, friends, drinking beer – as the band glides through the changes on mostly acoustic instruments. Many songs build to a slow-boil, balancing tension and melancholy in his pleadings, fully aware that they are breaking new stylistic ground.

They did 2 great albums in the 90’s – Play With Toys and Not In Kansas Anymore, then dropped out for a while. Ivey did manage another hard to find album after renaming the outfit DC Basehead but to my ears some of the initial magic was gone.

Here’s one of the many great tracks from their debut:

Looks like they reformed with some original members for a 2007 album called Rockalyptic Music under the name Basehead 2.0.  The samples sound pretty good, I might have to pick that up.