Recent comments by albrt

Names and trends were hard in the late 70s because the consolidating radio industry was working so hard to make sure we couldn't hear anything good (at least in flyover country where I grew up).

I vaguely remember a story in Newsweek listing Devo and Billy Joel as examples of New Wave in about 1980.

I'm pretty sure I got paid, but they were brutal if you didn't make your quota after the first week.

I thought we had a lot in common before this conversation but this is getting a little strange.

They got a record deal and toured around the country for several years but never quite made it big. Their records were overproduced - they were a live band all the way.

Charlie Chesterman died of cancer last year. My girlfriend was a fan of theirs when we first met in Ohio. She was super impressed when we were visiting Boston one time and we went to see Charlie play and he remembered me.

My first job in town was with MassPIRG. I lasted about two weeks.

But I basically only knew the people that worked at the bar and my friends from Ohio.

I stayed on a friend's couch on Corey Road for a couple of months then found a room on Gardner Street down near Packard's Corner.

It was on the south side of Comm Ave past Harvard Ave by Natalie's Pizza.

I worked there from 1984-86. I think it closed within a few years after that.

I remember listening to "Walking on the Moon" at about 3:00 am in a friend's trailer and wondering what the hell they were thinking.

I think it would be fair to say that was part of a process that changed my life over the course of a couple of years.

That's part of what it was in Boston. There was a pub in front where they served dollar pizzas to Boston College students on Mondays. There was a big room where they showed 16mm versions of cult movies and served food and drinks. Then there was the basement comedy bar where the up and coming comedy folks hung out on nights when they didn't have real gigs.

Last time I stopped there it was a generic brew pub.

Good to know. I always wondered what gyros were made out of.

YouTube - ''Soylent Green Is People''

Yeah, I used to bartend for Denis Leary and DJ Hanard at a place called Play It Again Sams in Boston. They were both sterling characters but I always thought DJ was the funny one.

And I used to go see the Pixies open for Scruffy the Cat. I was a huge Scruffy the Cat fan.

Talent is pretty obvious when you see it but success is something completely different.

Donner kabobs?

It's not even winter down there is it?

I think I've posted this before.

YouTube - hard Times

Everybody else plays it too slow.

Oh yeah, well since we're dukin' it, I saw Neutral Milk Hotel last night.

I'm pretty sure they are the "indie record that's much cooler than mine" Taylor Swift was talking about.

I can't claim to have adored them through the hard times - I lucked into a ticket from a friend.

You know nothing of my work.
- Marshall McLuhan

How did I miss Douglas Coupland publishing a biography of McLuhan in 2010?

I'm working too much.


Do you mean analysis of the NBA playoffs or the NHL? Or more something more intellectual such as prognosticating on the baseball season?

Labor markets could clear if we just let them, and then the market will set a fair price for labor.

The markets will clear when enough workers starve and die.

Why labour markets dont clear

The neoliberals understand this. It is the plan for your future.


As if the teachers and the unions had been able to afford to buy a candidate in anything bigger than a county election since 2006!

Now in federal elections we got two candidates competing for the chance to be bought by the bankers. One candidate pretends to have an affinity with southern and rural religious people, the other pretends to have an affinity with NPR liberals (the closest thing to a union-affiliated audience that's left in most media markets) but both candidates deliver for the bankers as soon as they get elected.

Because that's where the money is, as Willie Sutton used to say.

I've become much more ambiguous in my political leanings, especially in the past few weeks. This link is short and to the point:

Paul Krugman, not knowing what he's saying, says it | Corrente

Contrary to the prevailing belief among my primary affinity groups, Republicans are not crazier than Democrats.

Everyone who thinks ten digit populations of humans will continue to exist on the planet for more than another thirty years is equally crazy.

Yes, they are very useful pawns. And since the smart folks are busy sucking banker dicks, there is nobody even trying to organize the useful pawns for good.

So if you want a world where the stupid people are organized for evil and the smart people get to suck banker dicks forever, keep doing exactly what you're doing America.

To the contrary, that dynamic helps the rentiers and their wholly-owned media and political whores a great deal.

Especially when the stupid people are villainized for their stupidity so that smart people want to segregate themselves and join the rentiers that much more.

The problem is not the stupid people who think the Ukraine is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

The problem is the smart people who aspire to become stateless rentiers and who are being sorted out of the general population with increasing efficiency, leaving the stupid people with no personal acquaintances who can locate the Ukraine on a map, and therefore at the complete mercy of the various corporate propaganda organs backing the banker-owned system of Republicrat Kabuki that facilitates stateless rentiership.

This dynamic is working everywhere.

Beyond the Mysteries of the “Middle-Income Trap” » TripleCrisis

h/t Yves

Oh well, we shall see what Darrell Issa makes of the situation. Probably nothing - the Republicans will stop any investigation at the point where it threatens to unbalance the fund-raising kabuki or create real consequences for political actors.

The most fascinating thing about the Hersh story is that he makes it appear the military brass are providing the last shreds of judgment and morality that keep the psychopathic elected leaders from going completely off the rails.

I wonder if we will get our Sisi in 2016 or if it will take a little longer?

It is hard for me to admit that Darrell Issa might be onto something about Benghazi, but Seymour Hersch has thrown me for a bit of a loop.

I thought I had opted out of the Democratic party narrative no later than 2010, but I obviously didn't.

The system of neutralizing the democratic process by sorting and co-opting people has become absolutely mind-boggling in this country. I don't see how it can possibly be overcome.

The Simic article is a perfect example of an appeal to tribal prejudice, designed to prevent people from articulating what they are trying to oppose by ridiculing other people who are also unable to articulate what they are trying to oppose, but for slightly different reasons.

In the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any attention to him.

This is patently untrue. I think the folks for whom college education is a family tradition are just bitter that it won't be a golden ticket for their kids anymore. This article indulges the tiny bit of remaining systemic power the educated workers have to lash out at the less educated workers, in service of the oligarchs who own them all.

College in the United States has always been primarily an obedience school. It only taught critical thinking once in a while by accident, and most of those folks ended up becoming useless academics. For the most part it just teaches people slightly more sophisticated excuses for buying into a corrupt and inhumane system.

I think I will try to figure out the anti-money thing while the family is at church tomorrow. I can't see any reason why it couldn't work at first glance, except from the practical standpoint that it appears to place all the responsibility on the borrower. Like no-doc loans.

Sometimes I wish I had gone to a prestigious near-ivy-league school with a choking basketball team.

Bro who outed the Duke porn star gets a taste of his own medicine | The Daily Dot

Joust and Robotron were the two reasons I wanted the game.

I hardly ever play them anymore - they take too long.

Recently I've been pretty focused on trying to beat the GF's high score on Super Breakout.

We have this.

I didn't realize until I went to look it up just now that it is already two or three generations out of date. So we have a retro retro video game.

U.S. Dept. Of Retro Warns: 'We May Be Running Out Of Past' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

I held a fund raising event at my house the other night.

Several people asked if it would be OK to bring somebody to get a meal without paying, because they had been laid off and needed the meal.

Yeah, the economy is recovering, except for the large number of people who get voted off the island each year.

Loincloth style, you don't even need a belt clip.

Seriously, chromebook.

Nice chiclet keyboard, nice little screen, boots up almost instantly, and practically disposable at $200 - $250. And the IT department is working on the VPN plug-in so I can have full MS functionality when I need it.

I currently have a circa 2008 phone and a circa 2013 chromebook. Neither one attaches to my belt, although I suppose I could hang the chromebook over the front of my belt like an Iroquois loincloth if I really wanted to.

You know what would be useful information?

Knowing the odds of a bank account being hacked today versus the odds of a home burglary in your neighborhood.

Funny how that information is basically completely unavailable.

You can find tons of advice online about things you can do to help improve the fundamentally lousy security of your accounts, but nothing about whether it even makes sense to expose your money to hackers by keeping it in a bank.

That's exactly what Bush and Obama have in common - they both have an extraordinary gift for the vernacular of a big chunk of the party base.

Obama gets more credit because at least part of his audience has more education, but if you don't fit within the target group they both sound equally cynical, corrupt and stupid bordering on delusional.

I say that as a former member of the Obama target group who finally woke up.

Neither one of them is actually stupid, by the way - they just sound stupid because the beltway consensus is stupid and that's what they're selling to their respective audiences.

I do not miss him at all.

The good news is that the last five years have cured me (probably permanently) of the notion that giving money to Democrats will change anything.

So I got that going for me, which is nice.

I do not look back fondly on GWB, but it's fair to say I have the same reaction to Obama's voice that I had to Bush's voice - I immediately turn off NPR.

Of course there are lots of things that make me immediately turn off NPR these days.

I can't figure out whether NPR was really better back in the '70s and '80s, or if I was just such rube that I thought their beltway consensus talking points were insightful.

Can someone explain to me why we need to stress test banks that are going to continue getting unlimited free money from the Fed and the government regardless of whether things go well or badly?

It seems like a waste of time. The only purpose it could possibly serve is to help the politicians lie and pretend they aren't going to give unlimited free money to the banks.

I guess I answered my own question.

Those NASA dudes are optimists - they assume this is a cycle that will repeat somehow.

I don't think we're going to be able to unscrew the pooch this time around.

No, but that is an awesome car.

I never visited the HQ. I think he drove a regular car to meetings - at least I don't remember anything extraordinary.

Duke Point

I knew Terry Ehrich when I lived in Vermont - served on a board with him right before he died.

You know, I was a big fan of the Chromebook, but I just discovered it does not support midi files.

Was Not Was - Walk The Dinosaur.mid | Free Midi Download |

That's not acceptable. I guess I will have to get a real computer.

Random Article Number 22 was "Let It Be Me" by the Everly Brothers, which I know pretty much all the words to.

Before that I had a couple of maybes - Mithradates IV who I heard of because he fought with Trajan but I didn't really know anything about him personally. And "IT Risk Management," which I probably know more about than the former CIO of Target, but it doesn't seem to me to count as a thing.

All forms of the domain appear to be available - .com. .org, .net., etc.