'Brexit' is just one of the 5 things that <strong><span style="color: #800000;">caught my eyes and ears</span></strong> this past week that I wanted to share with you.


2016 is not turning out so well for great artists. Particularly those androgynous ones. Old news now, but Prince of course died on the 21st. So of course, I found a couple of great performances.

First, an awesome solo while on stage with Winwood, Petty and Lynn while paying homage to Harrison.  This is a great backstory to the performance.

And then, let’s not forget his amazing performance of Purple Rain in the pouring rain at Super Bowl XLI, with some commentary from stage management to give you some context.

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            I recently posted <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2016/02/16/if-you-hate-telemarketers-youll-love-this-robot-designed-to-waste-their-time/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this link</a> to a group I belong to. It is about a robot that calls telemarketers and wastes their time. Until then, I had never heard of Jim Florentine, who is "human and wicked" ... so much harder to scale - but well worth a couple of click throughs. Five of them in all. Thanks <a href="https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/dsearls" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">'Doc'</a>.


            <a href="http://scripting.com/2014/11/24/howToRebuildJournalism.html">A fascinating piece</a> about - guess what - rebuilding journalism - by <a href="http://scripting.com/">Dave Winer</a> - if you don't know who he is - you should demonstrate extreme inquisitiveness and find out.

This relates to this piece I published back in June

My Three Rules

  • What can be displaced will be displaced.
  • Nothing is sacred.
  • You are not special.

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            ... makes Rolling Stone's '50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time'

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For their ninth studio recording, British art-rockers Porcupine Tree created a concept album based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel Lunar Park, with lyrics that addressed how the adolescent protagonist battled his bipolar and attention-deficit disorders with a regimen of prescription drugs and Internet overstimulation. The music used sprawling vocal melodies, atmospheric guitars and drums that tumbled through chaotic passages to echo the main character’s manic-depressive states. Porcupine color their songs with chiming prog, serrated Nineties alt-rock and blaring hard-rock power chords, enlisting the help of Robert Fripp, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and ex-Japan keyboardist Richard Barbieri. J.W.

Well deserved – as are many others of Wilson’s works – stunned to see that Kansas even made to to the list – but they did … so maybe the list isn’t perfect ?

[ Source : Rolling Stone ]