Friday, June 18, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Yes Virginia, there is a simple, web-based site to hear podcasts without downloading an app.
As Spotify, Stitcher, itunes, TuneIn all increasingly demand you download their gateway app for access, podbay doesn't.
The fact that podbay's first splash page offers a more attractive and searchable offering of podcasts than rivals is icing on the cake.
You can search by podcast, host, genre, trending, top 50. If you know any detail about a pod, odds are good it's find-able.
Why would you download a gateway app you only need right now?
How much memory are you willing to tie up on phones, tablets, laptops, multiple devices?
Do you just want to hear or sample a podcast?
Keep it or chuck it?
This has been the most useful find of the week.
Image: The Goofy Guy podcast (Disney deep dives)
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
First, try to sell the piano.
Then, try to give it away.
Finally, pay somebody $200 to take it.
As the Washington Post reports, it will be to a junkyard, where it can be pounded apart, metal for melting, the rest for firewood.
Electronic keyboards doomed acoustic pianos: in a decade, annual sales have plunged from 220,000 to 20,000.
Why such a cruel end for an old friend?
Because we're us.
Monday, June 14, 2021
"Well even now, I believe that former U.S. president Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become U.S. president," Vladimir Putin tells NBC.
"He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. But he didn’t come from the U.S. establishment. He had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it, some don’t like it but that is a fact."
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Trump and Vlad.
Still a Fun Couple.
But what of ... Kim?
New York Times on shocking Justice Department demands on Apple:
More frequently than not, tech companies comply with law enforcement demands. And that underlines an awkward truth: As their products become more central to people’s lives, the world’s largest tech companies have become surveillance intermediaries and crucial partners to authorities, with the power to arbitrate which requests to honor and which to reject.
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Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Google.
Your favorite lookieloo, is watching you.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Over 27 million people have found their way to the clip above--and there's good reason.
This earfood is so rich, you can find new twists in every listen. Michael League's pup has bark, bite and killer instincts. (He's the bass player.)
Dozens of YouTube musicians try and describe what's happening here. The say "dazzle" a lot.
When my next reincarnation occurs, I want to come back as Snarky Puppy's drummer. I could never be the keyboard guy. He's mad.
You hate edgy? Killer chops? Jazz?
No prob, brother. Different strokes.
Really??! My face obviously fell.
Then he gave me a big smile and asked me how many booklets I wanted.
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I believe there is something in the soul-crushing nature of Canada Post that results in a bevy of very flirty, cute postal folk.
Or maybe posties are just inclined to view seniors--and at this point I am senior to virtually everybody--as willing prey.
My own postmistress greets me by first name if I appear at the counter. She is always smiley. I am "dunf" to the world. "Gary" to her. It's as close to intimacy as I'm gonna get. And she's always waving stamps, new issues in particular.
If you revisit the Turner blog entry, I added a snarky comment Nancy White made on Facebook about the JT stamp. She wrote several dubious Turner tunes, so I wasn't surprised.
Nancy White: "Oh that tactile guy."
Dunf: Now being cancelled thousands of times a day
I take a dim view of the cancellation culture--be it current, future or just strafing ghosts of Christmas past.
There. Everybody happy now?