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Jul. 31st, 2014 10:29 pm
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As an aside, I dislike the new basic style sheet.

Eww.

For all your Comic Sans / Arial Gothic needs

(not that you have Arial Gothic needs. That would be weird. And gross. Ewww)
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I read a lot of news, and a fair bit of science reporting, and spend a fair bit of time thinking about what I expect to see in the next fifty years. This is a very long post about the things I expect to see.

Read more... )

In conclusion, I expect the 21st century will look a lot more like the 19th century than the 20th, albeit with less human misery and longer lifespans. The biggest black box is how does the world change when we hit peak humans - our entire modern history has been shaped by always having more humans, wanting more stuff, and having more children being a path to greater prosperity. And all bets are off if we back ourselves into actual widespread environmental collapse. I'm unwilling to take bets on how little sea level rise we end up seeing, but I still think we dodge the runaway greenhouse gas models.

Welcome to the future. It's going to be a great adventure.

Citations to follow in next post

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Travel is generally a high-text time for me. I have not yet fallen to the dark path of e-books, so these days a measurable fraction of the weight of my luggage is text.

This year, the assembled fodder was as follows
  • 50 Mathematical Ideas You Should know
  • - I really need to read this series. I've dented like, mmm, two of the six or so books I picked up at the British Science Museum (Dude! We invented Steam! Catch Up!), but haven't actually finished any of them. Keep meaning to. Maybe when I've wiped out another two shelves of fiction and non-fiction. Not cracked this trip, much less finished.
  • Right, Ho, Jeeves
  • - Years ago, the esteemed @memeregal introduced me to EF Benson's Lucia series, and after that, Wodehouse is practically an inevitably. I've been quite happy with the Fry and Laurie Jeeves and Wooster productions, and occasionally reread the original Wodehouse when I find a print edition that I'm particularly fond of. Someday, I'll be certain that I've actually read all of it, at the same time, and I won't need to reread it again. 'Til then, well, there keep being new editions. Also unopened at the end of the trip.
  • Fate of Worlds
  • - Larry Niven has been writing the long-form novelization of Down in Flames, this is the last of them. I seem to have somehow missed the next-to-last, so I'll have to go find it and read it. In the meantime, I have to say, enlisting a hard-science SF author to co-author a space opera whose objective was to burn the Ringworld franchise to the ground was, ah, inspired. Finished after returning from the con, as Amazon had replaced my original, misprinted copy.
  • The Unincorporated Future
  • - I met the brothers Kollin at a Westercon and Norwescon some years ago, and I've enjoyed their fiction ever since I got around to reading it. The entire Unincorporated series really is a lovely indictment of the entire Randian anarchy-syndicalist utopia, altho, unfortunately, Future is the weakest of the lot. It's not quite a Stephensonian level of oh, crap, we've run out of page count ending, but it definitely feels .. rushed. Particularly compared to the earlier works, which include pieces of fine, fine piece (American) Civil War and World War II history cleverly disguised as science fiction. I'll have to offer them a refreshing adult beverage next time I see one or the other of them and ask them what the hell happened. Norwescon is a likely bet. Finished while on holiday.
  • Doctor No
  • - Penguin Classics has been reissuing the original Ian Fleming Bond works, which I originally read in the very early eighties, and I've been rereading them, as I've been giving my earlier editions to a deserving, happy recipient. She gets to read Bond for the first time, I get to reread them again, and Green Apple Books and Powells get to sell them to me, I'm pretty sure everyone is walking away happy. Anyway, I really, really like the fact that in the early Bonds, he's not Superhuman. In fact, while we-the-reader may know that he's going to come out intact, he certainly doesn't. Which is a lovely. I know, I know, You Only Live Twice. Hush, you. In any case, Quantum of Solace is a stunning piece of English-language prose. Finished while on the flight East.
  • Moonraker
  • - Yes, Virginia, the original Fleming from which the 1979 Roger Moore fantasy is drawn is originally a piece which is clearly shouted out to in the penultimate and final episodes of The Prisoner. There, I've now obscurely spoilt one piece of mid-century thriller spy fiction and one extended episode of one of the greatest pieces of spy-genre commentary ever produced. I expect 1500 words on the subject by Tuesday, and I'm not above using one of those new-fangled anti-plaigarism sites to make sure that you're not cribbing from your classmates. Get cracking! (Finished on the flight West, in case you're wondering)
  • Lust
  • - I don't often delve into Literature as such, and even less frequently into Essays, per se, but there was a .. promising series on the seven deadly sins offered a number of years ago that I picked up from my corner Blues and Books shop. Sadly, having consumed the treatise upon Lust, and attempted the tract on the subject of Pride a number of times, I can sadly report that these works do not work for me, and I will be returning them to the shops for delivery to some more-deserving reader. Finished on the flight East, in between naps.
  • I Shall Wear Midnight
  • - I am led to understand that Mr Pratchett considers his Juveniles to be More Important than his Discworld work generally, which is a point of view to which I am sympathetic, but I am sadly a book behind in the replacing the Witches series, which I hoped to catch up on while on holiday. Sadly, not cracked, I was entirely unsuccessful.
  • The Consummata
  • - As part of my recently-acquired affection for Film Noir and hard-boiled crime fiction generally, I've devoured the bulk of the output of the Hard Case Crime imprint. They've undergone a bit of a rough patch over the last year, as their publishing house has undergone.. ah, interesting times, but they're now back in the groove, albeit with a shift to trade paperback format instead of mass-market fiction format. But I'm not complaining. In any case, I demolished this on the flight East, along with the inadequately graceful essay on Lust, and it was quite fulfilling.

    For those of you keeping score at home, I took eight books with me on the trip, and finished five of them at, or shortly after, the con, and can recommend all but one of those.

    What have you been reading?
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Barsoom News congratulates the great people of Mars on their successful efforts to again repel another invasion from their blue-green sister planet. The most recent attack came in the form of the Mars Incursion Vehicle, Victory, which was shot from the Martian sky while deploying its advanced landing system, leaving the vehicle to crash into the surface at nearly escape velocity. A small underground village was destroyed by the impact, but Martian officials report that nearly all civilians were successfully cleared from the area. "We've seen a lot of attacks from Earth, and they just never think these things all the way through," one Martian Space Defense commander was observed to say.

The failure comes as yet another disappointment to the Terran authorities, who have launched some successful landers, but have suffered setback after setback in their efforts to catalog, map, and overrun Martian defenses. Worse yet, these failures continue to be expensive; the most recent represents a loss of more than two billion US dollars, a price that ailing country can ill afford after its ruinous conflicts with its own neighbors on the watery planet.

Martian officials stressed that while this invasion was halted, they must remain vigilant against attacks from their nearby neighbor. "We must be ever vigilant. Failures do not deter them, and they simply cannot be bothered to respond to diplomatic overtures. We fear the only deterrent will ultimately be invasion, an unpleasant duty we expect the Terrans will force upon us."

Here at Barsoom News, we hope that day will not be soon. Until then, Watch The Skies!
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INN would like to extend its congratulations to the National Air and Space Administration and the United States Department of Defense on their successful test of the third generation Mars Incursion Vehicle. Named Victory, the test vehicle is believed large enough and resourceful enough to be the keystone weapon in a future invasion of the Red Planet. While previous Incursion Vehicles have been blown of course or destroyed by Martian point defense efforts, Victory supports a fast and agile landing system that can evade Martian defenses. Once on the ground, Incursion Vehicles can deliver energy and projectile weapons at close range, and crush many surface features and structures.

We are confident that the Pentagon is entirely prepared to mass-produce Victory-type Incursion Vehicles, and the spoils of our planetary neighbor will soon be enriching the Empire of Earth.

With Interstellar Network News, I'm Helmuth Smith. Hail Terra!
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Meissner, the effect please -





I will allow you to insert your own Insane Clown Posse remark here.
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Tonight's Mixed Media edition is heavy on current British Synthpop, with my normal affection for Female-fronted acts, although not fitting entirely to the traditional Whiny Babe Music category.

Bat For Lashes. From Britain, I told you this was a story about Britpop, the standout single so far is Daniel. Somewhat ethereal, but not too, too dreamy, with heavily aspirated vocals, although I think the official video is unfortunate. Joe Bob sez Check it out!

The Good Natured (sorry for the MySpace link, Wikipedia is apparently running behind). More Britpop, and a hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] netik for turning me on to these people. Well, this nineteen-year-old performer from London, actually, brings a sound reminiscent of early Smiths and The Beautiful South. Stand out tracks are Skeleton and Tongue Tied.

The Bird and the Bee. Out of LA, but with a lot of collaboration with British Synthpop artists under the lead singer's belt, [livejournal.com profile] veevi introduced me to this duo a year or so back, and they're lovely. Their most recent albums include Rayguns Are Not Just The Future and a brilliant album of Hall & Oates covers. Check out Again & Again and Rich Girl. Again, sadly, the official video is a bit unfortunate.

Modernaire. A Britpop band that you can't find, [livejournal.com profile] kamileon turned me on to them a while back. They've only done one EP, that we've found, but it's tasty, tasty goodness. Check out Bloodshed in the Woodshed. They're apparently performing now as The Moulettes, but I haven't had occasion to listen to the new work yet.

Little Boots. British Synthpop and New Wave are not dead, one of her tracks has Philip Oakey providing vocals, my brother pointed me at her cover of Freddie Mercury's Love Kills from the 1984 Metropolis soundtrack. Also a bit of a Motels vibe on some of her tracks, and perhaps a touch of Terri Nunn, which again isn't surprising, given the crowd she's running with. Check out the single New In Town, my favorite track of hers is Meddle, but I can't find a good reference performance on the web to share.

Sleepthief. American Electronica, because this can't be just a story about Britpop. Hat tip to @water_of_fire for turning me on to them, Sleepthief are very much in the vein of Delerium and Conjure One, with a debut album from a couple of years ago including an amazing cover of Duran Duran's Chauffeur, which you should check out. The lovely vocal on that track is by Kirsty Hirkshaw of Opus III, who [livejournal.com profile] adsah_98 pointed me to so many years ago.

And with that, I bid you a Fine Night Tonight, with a raft of tasty britpop and electronica to guide your way.
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In another venue, someone argued 'the people who caused the mortgage meltdown be in jail?!'

I don't know if any of you, dear readers, happen to hold that view, but, if you do, would you be so kind as to tell me, in general terms, who you think ought to be in jail, and in specific terms, what you think they should be in jail for?

Let me note two important things at the outset: remember that lying to people is usually only against the law if you're doing so to cheat them out of money (which is why Bernie Madoff is in jail), and it's unconstitutional to make laws that make something retroactively illegal.

Got your moral outrage ready? Go!
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I've been watching Mad Men for the first time recently.
It's extremely good.
I finished the first season a few weeks ago, and watched about half of the second season yesterday.
In between, I read most of Liar's Poker, about bond trading, Salomon Brothers, and the invention of interest-rate swaps. It was extremely surreal, because in many respects, it seemed like the world of Sterling Cooper and the world of Salomon Brothers just weren't very far away from each other.
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I was looking through recent articles I've pulled aside for signal boosting, and there are a number of science snacks among them. Thus, without further adieu, some science crunchies for a Friday evening:

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In the Summer of 2008, Hill House Publishing was putting together a set of special editions of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Being fond of such things, I ordered one of each.

Unfortunately, before they'd ever sent any to me, Hill House Publishing imploded. So much for the tasty special editions.

However, around about this time last year, word went out that Harper Collins was picking up the ball, and would be finishing up the run. I sent word to them to inquire, and a very nice young woman got back to me, mortified that no one had contacted me before then. Hill House had sent them a bunch of info about customers who had not yet been fulfilled, and apparently they'd neglected to mention me. She went about trying to track down any information about my order in the records they'd been given by Hill House, and was going to get right back to me to get me my books.

I went to Arisia with a warm glow, impressed by HC having their act together...
And promptly forgot about the whole thing entirely.
So I didn't notice when the next step, of actually getting books out to me, never happened.
This morning I was reminded of the whole thing, because my favorite Noir imprint, Hard Case Crime, which went away earlier this year when their underlying publisher went out of business, is coming back to life.

So I sent an inquiry to Harper Collins, wondering what they'd ever found.
And a very apologetic, now slightly older but still with the company, young woman will be sending me some books later this week.
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Wonders will officially never cease.
As of early this morning, AIG (remember them? the people who thought it was a good idea to insure every mortgage-backed security in the country, and promised to make good to the MBS investors if the homeowners didn't pay their mortgages? used to be the largest insurer on the planet) has prepared a plan for paying back the Federal Bank of New York and the US Treasury. We had expected that AIG was going to be one of the two remaining sources of losses in the 2008 federal bailout of the US financial system.

We were wrong. Now both Chrysler and AIG are expecting to return profits to the federal treasury, instead of losses. The dickering now going on between the Fed, the Treasury, and AIG, is about how much money the US Gov't will make on having prevented the world bond market from collapsing. Pretty neat.

Although it does present a problem for Tea Party governance - if we're actually making money on the financial system bailout, stopping that spending won't improve the state of the federal treasury. (As a side note, we've also come out ahead on the Chrysler deal, which is actually more surprising than AIG making money - a bunch of economists were reporting at the time of the AIG bailout that the Feds should make money on it, but should and three bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. No one was nearly that optimistic about Chrysler)
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I can't remember the precise day when I decided that I no longer needed to own every book that O'Reilly published. It was probably about when they published their third book on Oracle databases, and I had to admit that even though the books were quite good, I'd never be able to remember all that information, much less use it.
But I still keep track of when a publisher or an editor is so reliably on that I can recommend that someone buy anything they publish, much like I keep an eye out for artists and authors whose new work I will purchase sight unseen.
It is thus with a heavy heart that I must report that my current favorite intro-to-investing series has jumped the shark. I have always been of the view that Gold investors are basically crazy, since a bet on Gold is a bet that Civilization will Fall, and if Civilization actually does fall, trust me, you have more immediate problems than the state of your investment portfolio. To paraphrase a late 19th century economist, The Means Of Production is Where It's At.
And commodity investors are the next step further around the bend than gold-bugs. So I looked to the most recent installment of the Little Book, Big Profits series with some curiosity. Perhaps they would point out what it is that those Commodities people understand that I don't, that makes them not dangerously insane pessimists?
Sadly, The Little Book of Commodity Investing shows that no, those people really are looped. Whereas most of the Little Books series are very good introductions to a classic investment style, even the one by Ben Stein, Commodity Investing is an unmitigated puff piece, unsullied by resorting to actual arithmetic or, particularly, either logic or analysis. Frankly, the depth of their consideration goes about as far as People Always Want More!, but it doesn't even have the defense of being stoned when they said it. Yes, people do always want more, but that doesn't mean that they're going to give you money because you believe that.
For that matter, 200 pages of saying Commodities are a great investment! doesn't make it true - although, if you believe it does, Julian Simon may be interested in making a bet with you. Little Books Editors, shame on you!

Picoreview: Joe Bob sez Bad Clams, would not eat again
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A collection of interesting things from the outside world..


As always, good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.
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There are still three entirely unrecognized songs on the list, but I'm guessing people aren't going to get them, so here's the final list, with scores!

I think next time around, I'll have to grant additional points for songs identified later. People who don't see the post in the first day are being a bit unfairly penalized for not responding early enough.

  1. What You Feel, Buffy Musical soundtrack
    [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] melissa_actress
    Why'd you run away? Don't you like my style?
  2. One Thing Leads To Another, The Fixx
    [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] malabar
    The deception with tact, just what are you trying to say?
  3. I Do Both Jay and Jane, Larissa
    [livejournal.com profile] tacky_tramp, [livejournal.com profile] feyandstrange
    I met a boy, his name was Jay, he was so fine
       I met a girl, her name was Jane, she wants to be mine

  4. Living in the Plastic Age, The Buggles
    [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] ragani
    Every day my metal friend, shakes my bed at 6am
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2
    [livejournal.com profile] blue_estro, [livejournal.com profile] kest, [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] michiexile, [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] plymouth, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    I can't believe the news today
  6. Waiting on a Friend, The Rolling Stones
    [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] bloodredrosev - This was the least recognized Major Pop Hit on the list.
    Watching girls, passin' by, it ain't the latest thing
       I'm just standin' in a doorway

  7. I'm on Fire, Bruce Springsteen
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] anthologie, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen, [livejournal.com profile] zunger, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    Hey, little girl, is your daddy home?
  8. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen, was looking for the cover by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
  9. The Waiting, Tom Petty
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy
    Oh, Baby, don't it feel like heaven right now
  10. Hell, Squirrel Nut Zippers
    [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff, [livejournal.com profile] ratontheroad, [livejournal.com profile] ragani, [livejournal.com profile] anthologie, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] jessicac, [livejournal.com profile] zunger, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    In the afterlife, you could be headed for the serious strife
  11. Boy in the Bubble, Paul Simon
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy
    It was a slow day, and the sun was beating
  12. Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles, was looking for the Industrial cover by Godhead
    [livejournal.com profile] blue_estro, [livejournal.com profile] kest, [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] michiexile, [livejournal.com profile] solan_t, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff, [livejournal.com profile] ragani, [livejournal.com profile] anthologie, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] jessicac, [livejournal.com profile] zunger, [livejournal.com profile] plymouth, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
  13. Blinded by the Light, Bruce Springsteen, although I was looking for the Mannfred Mann cover.
    [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
  14. Hold on Tight, ELO. I didn't realize this was originally a Springsteen song when I put it on the disc.
    [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff
    Hold on tight to your dream
  15. Fever, performed by LA artist Devil Doll
    [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] malabar. Most people don't realize that Peggy Lee was actually covering an earlier, quite successful, hit.
    Never know how much i love you
  16. Rich Girl, Hall and Oates, was looking for the cover artist Bird and the Bee
    [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen. It's really interesting how people misremember the lyrics to this song, too.
    You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far
  17. Rapture, by the artist known as Vaio until Sony threatened to sue her into a neighboring plane of existence, thereafter known as Iio. Because that's not confusing.
    The night I laid my eyes on you
       Felt everything around me move

  18. Dirty Laundry, by Bitter:Sweet
    Tasty, tasty torchy badness
    I've got a bad boy and that's alright with me
       His dirty laundry's nothing that I can't keep clean

  19. Surrender, by Lunascape
    A lovely, lovely breakup song
    The daylight, cried for a cure
       I will wake over you

  20. Pure Imagination, originally performed by Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. I was actually looking for a recent techno mix performed by the band Ford
    [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen, [livejournal.com profile] rmd, [livejournal.com profile] iamradar, [livejournal.com profile] blooderedrosev, [livejournal.com profile] darthsunshine, [livejournal.com profile] noirrosaleen
    Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three
       Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of pure imagination


And in the final scoring, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic picks up one more point to knock [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy out of the lead:
[livejournal.com profile] tronpublic - we have a winner!
[livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy
[livejournal.com profile] mangosteen - dude, you can dj with me any time
6[livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy
[livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
[livejournal.com profile] malabar
5[livejournal.com profile] src
5[livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus
5[livejournal.com profile] vvvexation
4[livejournal.com profile] 3diff
[livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen
[livejournal.com profile] ragani
[livejournal.com profile] anthologie
[livejournal.com profile] zunger
[livejournal.com profile] bloodredrosev
2[livejournal.com profile] michiexile
2[livejournal.com profile] blue_estro
2[livejournal.com profile] kest
2[livejournal.com profile] plymouth
[livejournal.com profile] jessicac
[livejournal.com profile] melissa_actress, but it's a very well-deserved point!
1[livejournal.com profile] solan_t
1[livejournal.com profile] ratontheroad
1[livejournal.com profile] rmd
1[livejournal.com profile] iamradar
1[livejournal.com profile] noirrosaleen
1[livejournal.com profile] feyandstrange
½[livejournal.com profile] tacky_tramp
½[livejournal.com profile] darthsunshine
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One day on, all but six of the songs have been identified. You've identified most of the covers, although you're still missing a couple of the artists. And apparently a lot of people misremember song 15, the old jazz standard Fever. I've added an additional line for each of the songs that no one has scoped out yet, and I'll still award points for identifying the cover artist I'm looking for on other covered songs. I'm really surprised that no one has called song number 6 because it was a huge hit. Of the songs no one's guessed so far, two are covers and another is a remix by the original artist. One of the covers is a performance by a Bay Area local artist, but I know that at least half a dozen of you have heard her perform. Oh, and apparently we really all did learn all the lyrics to the Beatles in the womb, some of you even misidentified one or two songs as being by the Beatles. They should probably should have been called The Featles instead.

Comments are screened, I'll unscreen them after I look at people's answers. Each correctly identified song title is worth half a point. Each correctly identified artist is also worth half a point. In some cases, I'm actually looking for a cover performance instead of the original; correctly identifying that is worth half a point, and correctly identifying the cover performer is worth another half point. Incorrectly identifying something as a cover when it wasn't what I was after is a quarter point penalty. Points will be awarded to everyone who identifies a song or song element in a screened comment; once I've unscreened an identification, further identifications of the same song will not receive points.

  1. What You Feel, Buffy Musical soundtrack
    [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] melissa_actress
    Why'd you run away? Don't you like my style?
  2. One Thing Leads To Another, The Fixx
    [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] malabar. Hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] kevinelong for first playing this for me twenty-two years ago.
    The deception with tact, just what are you trying to say?
  3. I met a boy, his name was Jay, he was so fine
       I met a girl, her name was Jane, she wants to be mine
  4. Living in the Plastic Age, The Buggles
    [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] ragani. Possibly more popularly known as 'the song before Video Killed the Radio Star,' for those of us from the age of Album Rock
    Every day my metal friend, shakes my bed at 6am
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday, U2
    [livejournal.com profile] blue_estro, [livejournal.com profile] kest, [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] michiexile, [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] plymouth, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth. Apparently this is one of the most recognizable songs I've ever included in a Lyric Game.
    I can't believe the news today
  6. Watching girls, passin' by, it ain't the latest thing
       I'm just standin' in a doorway
  7. I'm on Fire, Bruce Springsteen
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] anthologie, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen, [livejournal.com profile] zunger, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    Hey, little girl, is your daddy home?
  8. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen, looking for a cover artist
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
  9. The Waiting, Tom Petty
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy
    Oh, Baby, don't it feel like heaven right now
  10. Hell, Squirrel Nut Zippers
    [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff, [livejournal.com profile] ratontheroad, [livejournal.com profile] ragani, [livejournal.com profile] anthologie, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] jessicac, [livejournal.com profile] zunger, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth. [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy got partial credit for answering this one entertainingly incorrectly.
    In the afterlife, you could be headed for the serious strife
  11. Boy in the Bubble, Paul Simon
    [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy
    It was a slow day, and the sun was beating
  12. Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles, still looking for a cover artist
    [livejournal.com profile] blue_estro, [livejournal.com profile] kest, [livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy, [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] michiexile, [livejournal.com profile] solan_t, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff, [livejournal.com profile] ragani, [livejournal.com profile] anthologie, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy, [livejournal.com profile] jessicac, [livejournal.com profile] zunger, [livejournal.com profile] plymouth, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth. Seriously, people in the Second World learn these lyrics before they're born, too! Although the title of the song is in the first line, which probably helps.
    Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
  13. Blinded by the Light, Bruce Springsteen, although I was looking for the Mannfred Mann cover.
    [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen, [livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
    Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
  14. Hold on Tight, ELO
    [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] 3diff. Another song with the title in the first line, but apparently fewer people remember it than I expected.
    Hold on tight to your dream
  15. Fever, no one has provided the original artist or the cover artist I have in mind yet
    [livejournal.com profile] vvvexation, [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] malabar. The most misidentified song on the list.
    Never know how much i love you
  16. Rich Girl, Hall and Oates, looking for a cover artist
    [livejournal.com profile] src, [livejournal.com profile] tronpublic, [livejournal.com profile] malabar, [livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen
    You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far
  17. The night I laid my eyes on you
       Felt everything around me move
  18. I've got a bad boy and that's alright with me
       His dirty laundry's nothing that I can't keep clean
  19. The daylight, cried for a cure
       I will wake over you
  20. Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three
       Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of pure imagination


The scores so far:
[livejournal.com profile] shoutingboy - well done!
[livejournal.com profile] tronpublic - very good runner up
[livejournal.com profile] rikibeth
[livejournal.com profile] corpsefairy
[livejournal.com profile] malabar
5[livejournal.com profile] src
5[livejournal.com profile] hydrolagus
5[livejournal.com profile] mangosteen
4[livejournal.com profile] 3diff
[livejournal.com profile] vvvexation
[livejournal.com profile] ragani
[livejournal.com profile] jeffpaulsen
[livejournal.com profile] anthologie
[livejournal.com profile] zunger
2[livejournal.com profile] michiexile
2[livejournal.com profile] blue_estro
2[livejournal.com profile] kest
2[livejournal.com profile] plymouth
[livejournal.com profile] jessicac
[livejournal.com profile] melissa_actress, but it's a very well-deserved point!
1[livejournal.com profile] solan_t
1[livejournal.com profile] ratontheroad
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Good Evening, Gentlefolk!
It's time for another Lyric Game. For those of you who aren't familiar, this is a game testing of the bounds of your musical memory. I will list a series of the first lines of various songs, and you, dear readers, will attempt to identify them. Using search engines is cheating, although going to your own music collections to listen to the beginning of a track to see if that's actually the one I'm looking for is entirely fair, and even encouraged.

Comments are screened, though I'll unscreen them after I have a chance to look at people's answers. Each correctly identified song title is worth half a point. Each correctly identified artist is also worth half a point. In some cases, I'm actually looking for a cover performance instead of the original; correctly identifying that is worth half a point, and correctly identifying the cover performer is worth another half point. Incorrectly identifying something as a cover when it wasn't what I was after is a quarter point penalty. Points will be awarded to everyone who identifies a song or song element in a screened comment; once I've unscreened an identification, further identifications of the same song will not receive points.

And now, the lyrics. Ready, Steady, Go!

  1. Why'd you run away? Don't you like my style?
  2. The deception with tact, just what are you trying to say?
  3. I met a boy, his name was Jay, he was so fine
  4. Every day my metal friend, shakes my bed at 6am
  5. I can't believe the news today
  6. Watching girls, passin' by, it ain't the latest thing
  7. Hey, little girl, is your daddy home?
  8. In the day we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream
  9. Oh, Baby, don't it feel like heaven right now
  10. In the afterlife, you could be headed for the serious strife
  11. It was a slow day, and the sun was beating
  12. Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
  13. Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
  14. Hold on tight to your dream
  15. Never know how much i love you
  16. You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far
  17. The night I laid my eyes on you
  18. I've got a bad boy and that's alright with me
  19. The daylight, cried for a cure
  20. Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three


And finally, a hat tip to [livejournal.com profile] ariyanakylstram for introducing me to tracks 17 and 18. Oh, and an extra full point to anyone who can hand me a good transcription of the intro to track 8 in the performance I have in mind.
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On this day in 1954 President Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Have a nice Flag Day.
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Judge Ted Stewart today again affirmed the Jury's decision in SCO v Novell. Since 2003, SCO has been attempting to argue a legal claim against Linux, by a variety of legal theories. They essentially all boil down to one or another arguments relating to SCO's purchase of UnixWare from Novell in the mid-90s. There are still a number of counter-claims outstanding against SCO, brought by IBM, Novell, and Red Hat, and it is conceivably possible that SCO will appeal the Judge's ruling to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.. but SCO is already operating under a court's supervision, and it seems a serious stretch that the court would allow them to continue making a nuisance of themselves to the courts with claims that judges and juries keep rejecting.

This is important because it removes a significant possible source of legal encumbrance of Linux and Unix-like operating systems going into the future, and removes some additional legal uncertainty around Open Source software in general. I'll be raising a glass tonight to the legal teams at Novell and IBM, and to the nice people at Groklaw who've been following this story over the years, who've been fighting to keep SCO from effectively claiming an ownership stake in the entire open source operating system industry.

In late trading, SCOXQ closed at 5 cents/share, down 7 cents/share in late afternoon trading.
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I ran over this fascinating graph this morning, from a presentation put together by Hal Varian, Google's Chief Economist.



Newspaper ad revenues is that long blue line at the top that has been falling continually for the last 60 years.
The observation that strikes me is not The Internet is killing Newspapers!
The question that strikes me is What was killing Newspapers for the four decades before the Internet came along? For that matter, why wasn't the newspaper business doing something about it?

The answer to that next-to-last question, by the way, is that advertisers have shifted their spending from newspapers to television continually for the last half century, as people have stopped being readers and started being viewers instead.
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