A decade after the death of renowned folklorist Alan Lomax, his vision of a "global jukebox" is being realized: his vast archive — some 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of film, 3,000 videotapes, 5,000 photographs and piles of manuscripts, much of it tucked away in forgotten or inaccessible corners — is being digitized so that the collection can be accessed online. About 17,000 music tracks will be available for free streaming by the end of February. NYT article here
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jan 30, 2012 -
Alan Grayson (D - FL) has introduced a bill
to tax corporate political campaign donations at 500% (via
). The bill is called the "Business Should Mind Its Own Business Act."
posted by lohmannn
on Jan 25, 2010 -
Design geek and brilliant self-promoter Pete Dungey just completed a project where he did a 'survey' to find the best-known people named Alan or Allen, and printed the top names on Allen Wrenches
(or Alan Keys as they're called in the UK, I guess). Brilliant! And if you're a non-UKian wh's wondering who the funny-named #1 is: Ground Force
! [more inside]
posted by wendell
on Jun 24, 2009 -
Alan "Fluff" Freeman
has died at the age of 79
he gave up broadcasting in 2000
, due to poor health, he will always be remembered as the man who invented the chart rundown, complete with background music and jingles.
He is probably best known for Pick of the Pops
, which reached a mainstream audience, but was also a champion of rock music. Along with John Peel
and Tommy Vance
, Fluff was the last of the three great DJ's I grew up listening to on late night radio. I'm too young to remember his Radio Luxembourg shows, but The Saturday Night Rock Show on Radio 1 was compulsory listening, part for the music and part for Fluff's unique catchphrases and jingles, particularly Sign of the Swingin' Cymbal (rm)
which became his theme on all his radio shows. He was also the inspiration behind the Harry Enfield character Dave Nice
. We'll miss you Fluff. Not 'arf!
posted by bap98189
on Nov 28, 2006 -
The White House nominates
Ben Bernanke to replace Alan Greenspan. Works at Princenton, got his doctorate at MIT, currently has several economic related papers out
. Apparently actually has a job relating to economics, and wants to drop dollar bills out of a helicopter
Well, cut taxes if we enter a deflationary period -- which is just as sexy.
posted by geoff.
on Oct 24, 2005 -