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Courageous Endeavors: Live at Eau Claire Jazz Fest 4 April 2014

City Jazz Fests are many pigs in a capacious poke. Eau Claire is one of the longest running jazz festivals in the nation, 47 years now.  Newport's been running a festival for 60 years but they stalled for a few years - anyway, this year's Eau Claire's jazz fest had eight venues and the odds of hearing good groups are rather better here. I'd never heard of Courageous Endeavors

 

Pizza Plus was packed, a long narrow venue. The stage backed up to the windows, people milling about.  I'd already heard three groups, somewhat better than average.  Troppo Big Band, twenty-two local musicians of all ages were packing out, with a forest of music stands and a mountain of kit in tow, having just slayed the audience with their rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.  But I was betting on the Courageous Endeavors, the next band up.  I just liked the name. 

 

 

It was 50 years ago today

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that one of the first signs of a cultural revolution manifested itself on national TV. Not that any of the participants realized it at the time (John Lennon was famously quoted as saying that the Beatles would be popular for "two years, tops"). By itself, it wasn't a defining cultural moment for anyone except the young. But the young were just beginning to make their voice heard.

 

The East is the East and the West goes through bouts of lunacy.

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This is what I felt when I had an interaction recently with a bunch of Afghans who appear to have started their traditional relationships with our plainspeople once again.  And why not?  Their experience with the West over the past 40 years might have finally convinced them that a view of the Hindu Kush induces lunacy in Western governments.

 

An Experiment In Educational Standards

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This is a question that appeared on a math quiz for a group of primary school students (the wording has been changed slightly to disguise the source, but the changes will not impact the difficulty or basic nature of the question):

John sold cold drinks at his school's annual charity bake sale. He sold 69 cold drinks total. He sold 9 more cups of lemonade than Kool-Aid. He sold 12 fewer cups of orange juice than lemonade. How many cups of each kind of drink did John sell?

Now:

--how long did it take you to answer this question correctly?

Happy New Year Open Thread

Party like it's 1999. Make some resolutions, break'em by the 2nd and say "F**kit, we're all going to die anyway. Wooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!"

The Duckman and the Pope [Update: A&E caved]

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If you're publicly opposed to promiscuous and gay sex and same-sex marriage but you make the proper noises on income inequality, and if you package your message in a manner that pleases liberals, then you, too, could be Person of the Year

The principal bully

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Techdirt has a good recap on the sad story of 15-story Christian Adamek, who committed suicide not long after the principal, Michael Campbell, threw the book at Adamek for the awful crime of streaking onto the field during a high school football game. Yes, it was a dumb thing to do, but jeez, the kid was 15.

Liberals, conservatives, hypocrites.

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This story started with an opinion piece in the Daily Mail on the Man Who Hated Britain - Ralph Miliband, the father of the current leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband.

A not-Syria Labor Day Open Thread

So while we wait for Congress to get back into town and decide things on Syria, there's still other stuff happening in this great, big, beautiful world of ours.

 

In Japan, the rubber-suited monsters that brought international fame and recognition to its film industry are gradually fading into oblivion.

A not-Syria Labor Day Open Thread

So while we wait for Congress to get back into town and decide things on Syria, there's still other stuff happening in this great, big, beautiful world of ours.

 

In Japan, the rubber-suited monsters that brought international fame and recognition to its film industry are gradually fading into oblivion.

A Happy Place: Modern Afrobeat and Afro-cuban Music

Sometimes it may seem like the world is going to hell in a handbasket. One of the things that makes me happy is the revival of Afro-beat - the funk from West Africa in the 70s originally pioneered by Fela Kuti. 

 

The Bird Dog shuffle

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Instead of talking about music in an open thread, why not a music thread all on its own. Just for kicks, I listed the next ten shuffled songs from my music library.

 

1. Happy, by The Wrens

2. Hard as a Rock, by AC/DC.

3. Seven Nation Army, by the White Stripes. Love that guitar riff.

4. It's Only Rock and Roll, by the Rolling Stones. The odds are good that a Stones tune would turn up.

5. The Hand That Feeds, by Nine Inch Nails

6. Lights and Sounds, by Yellowcard

Food Trucks

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In Los Angeles County food trucks have become a hot commodity. They've always been here, and we used to call them "roach coaches", often found at construction sited serving cold, packaged 7-11 style cold sandwich fare, hot Denny's style coffee, (on a good day), and convenience store cold, fructose laden soft drinks, milk, candy bars, sweet rolls and so on. You know what I'm talking about here.

Hot curries, part 3.

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On to fish.

 

Coastal fish curries are heavily influenced by the chilli pepper brought to our shores by evil Europeans.  This prawn curry has coconut, too, showing up its connection to SE Asia, more specifically Malaya.

Prawn curry with coconut

1.  1 kg Asian Tiger prawns in shells, or alternatively 500 g shelled prawns from wherever. The prawns do need to be as large as possible, though.

2.  1 or 2 tsp of turmeric (depending upon how much of it you like) and salt 

 

Abandoning pure science in public institutions.

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George Monbiot.

Now the weak state, not the strong state, is fetishised by those in power, who insist that its functions be devolved to “the market”, meaning corporations and the very rich. Economic growth and the forces that drive it, whether they enhance or harm people’s lives, are venerated. And too many scholars seem prepared to support the new dispensation.

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