As jazz fans know, fifty years ago on March 2, 1959, Miles Davis, Bill Evans
, John Coltrane
, Cannonball Adderley,
Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb met at the Columbia 30th Street Studios in NYC for the first session of Miles new album, Kind of Blue
. (Link goes to the 50th anniversary collector's box set edition page at amazon.) It was the touchstone for many other future recordings bearing its mighty influence and it fostered several high profile careers, and a new modal sound for jazz. Kind of Blue
went on to be certified platinum, selling 4 million records,
the most ever for a jazz album. Bill Evans had left the band in late 1958, but was called back by Miles for the sessions, which included his new pianist Wynton Kelly on one track only, Freddie Freeloader.
The tunes they did that day, "So What"
, "Blue in Green"
(written by Evans, though credited to Miles) and "Freeloader" all became standards as did "All Blues" from the April session. Documentaries and entire books have been written on this one album alone. The phenomenon lives on. (previously
on AskMeFi, but just on Trane and Miles.)
posted by Seekerofsplendor
on Mar 3, 2009 -
The economic mess is squeezing everyone but many college students are really feeling it. Syracuse University
has made an emergency appeal for aid for 400 current students who may not be able to return for the spring semester without an infusion of cash; Harvard University
lost an incredible 22 percent of its very fat endowment but is trying to raise money through a $600 million bond issue
. [more inside]
posted by etaoin
on Dec 7, 2008 -
Gee, boss, I'm feeling a cold coming on. I definitely won't be in to work tomorrow. What's that? You saw me at Gamestop and/or Best Buy at midnight
? I, er, well, I was dealing with a nasty bug. No, not that one
, the other one
(no worries, I'll be compensated
!). I'm quite talented
, you see. If I was in Europe, they'd already be showing me the way to Northrend
. Alas, I'm not, and I have to wait until 9pm PST. In the meantime, there are those who've been where I'm going, and have nicely posted a review already
posted by thanotopsis
on Nov 12, 2008 -
Drummer and vocalist Jimmy Carl Black
, "the Indian of the group", who appeared on more Mothers of Invention records
than you could shake a stick at, has passed away. Here's Jimmy drumming with The Mothers of Invention live on French TV 1968
, live on BBC TV 1968
, singing with The Muffin Men, 2002
, and on one of his last gigs, singing Capt. Beefheart's Dropout Boogie
in June 2008, in his duo with mad banjo wizard Eugene Chadbourne which they called The Jack and Jim Show
. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Nov 3, 2008 -
Universal Algorithm of Experience:
Rev. Luke Anthony Murphy has produced four books of graphs over the past five years: Relationships, Spiritual Matters, Money, and Problems. These graphs are attempts to give shape to the conditions that produce the internal environment of anxiety. Recently a group of these were presented in a show called Wilderness at Bernadette Salvage Fine Arts in conjunction with 7hours in Brooklyn.
Rev. Luke Anthony Murphy is a painter and shows this work as well as his digitally produced drawings and photos in New York, Toronto, and Berlin. He currently lives in East Harlem, New York, and works for CBS.com.
posted by Fizz
on Sep 19, 2008 -
Have Food Will Travel: Pearl River Delta
is a travelogue teaser video from Leonard Shek
, a second generation Chinese American from San Francisco. Shek traveled to the Guangdong Province as part of the SF Chinese Culture Center's In Search of Roots program
. While the main purpose of the trips is for Chinese Americans to explore where their parents or grandparents came from, Shek wanted to explore the origins of the food he grew up with.
posted by spec80
on Jul 9, 2008 -
The record has finally been set for an Onion article (video, actually)
to turn into real life.
It's now a real game. You can download it.
time: about 1 day.
The subject is MMORPGS (pronounced 'more pigs') and how popular they are.
(more inside for descriptions) [more inside]
posted by Miles Long
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Some fancy security for 6 to 14-year-old girls
Anne's Diary is a Canadian social network for 6 to 14-year-old girls (I read about it on the CBC's Spark blog
). It has two interesting security features to fend off child molesters and the like. To sign up for the service, kids need to get a non-parental adult professional as a 'sponsor' who validates their identity and age (much like applying for a passport). Secondly, you get a USB fingerprint scanner with your initial package, and I gather the kids use this to log in to the service. And yes, that's Anne with an 'e'. No Prince Edward Island gable was ever this secure. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot
on Dec 6, 2007 -
Well, it's official
. After numerous rumors, leaks, and even someone with a sharp eye for trademark searches
, it was revealed this morning with the first entrants to BlizzCon
in Anaheim, California that the next World of Warcraft expansion will be called Wrath of the Lich King, complete with new areas to explore, new hairstyles and character customizations, level 80, and the first new class to be introduced to the game since it opened.
posted by thanotopsis
on Aug 3, 2007 -
The Denial Machine
. A 40-min Canadian (CBC) documentary about the "denial industry" - think tanks, scientists, PR firms, focus groups, lawyers, etc.. the issue?
. It doesn't matter - different issues but the same people.
How to be a professional denier and profit.
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 9, 2006 -
Madonna and Child
by Duccio di Buoninsegna
(ca 1300) “is widely considered a key forerunner of the Italian Renaissance style and a landmark in Western European painting”. The painting “resides in a Plexiglas case in the middle of a room of medieval Italian paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art” and was purchased in 2004 for about $50million, the most expensive acquisition in the Met’s history. However James Beck
, Columbia professor, founder of ArtWatch
“established for the dignity of the art” (previously
mentioned in this forum), is emphatic: “It’s a poor painting
and it is a fake
.” In a recent interview to Paul Hond in the Columbia Magazine Fall 2006 issue he admitted that such a bold and counter-mainstream proposition is “…calling attention to the mistakes of our favorite institutions of great power would not have been readily available if I didn’t have tenure.”
posted by carmina
on Oct 17, 2006 -
, 94, was a star player
for the Kansas City Monarchs, of the
The Negro Leagues
, the first black coach hired by
Major League Baseball
, one of the founders and current Board Chairman of
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
, a scout, who signed such stars as
his last chance to enter baseball's
Hall of Fame
this week. Considered by many to be the unofficial " Ambassador of Baseball", Buck was most diplomatic in his response, saying:
"Shed no tears for Buck," he says. "No, no. Ol' God's been good to me. You can see that, don't you? If I'm a Hall of Famer for you, that's all I need. Just keep loving ol' Buck."
" You think about this,' he said. "Here I am, the grandson of a slave. And here the whole world was excited about whether I was going into the Hall of Fame or not. We've come a long ways. Before, we never even thought about anything like that. America, you've really grown and you're still growing."
is outraged...I am just sad.
posted by lobstah
on Mar 3, 2006 -
Proposed Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1.
Proposed Rule 32.1
[.pdf] is an attempt to resolve a dispute in federal court practice over the propriety of citations to unpublished opinions. It is an argument
that has been played out in academic papers
and Circuit Courts. Judge Richard Arnold of the 8th Circuit, writing for the majority, held
that local rules which declare that unpublished opinions are not precedent are unconstitutional under Article III.
Anastasoff v. United States
, 223 F.3d 898, 900(8th Cir. 2000), vacated as moot on reh'g en banc
, 235 F.3d 1054 (8th Cir.2000). Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit disagreed
, holding that nonprecedential decisions are not inconsistent with the exercise of the judicial power. Hart v. Massanari
, 226 F.3d 1155, 1163 (9th Cir. 2001). The proposed Rule would resolve the circuit split, but the debate rages on.
posted by dios
on Feb 13, 2006 -
It was an instant icon
, with Dan Rather calling it "the best war photograph in recent years." About 100 newspapers ran the photo, dubbing the anonymous warrior
the "Marlboro Man."
The photograph hit the world on Nov. 10, 2004: a close-cropped shot of a U.S. Marine in Iraq
, his face smeared with blood and dirt
, a cigarette dangling from his lips, smoke curling across weary eyes. He's quieter now -- easier to anger. He turns to fight at the sound of a backfire, can't look at fireworks without thinking of fire raining down on a city. He has trouble sleeping
, and when he does, his fingers twitch on invisible triggers.
The diagnosis: post-traumatic stress disorder.
The man in the photograph is James Blake Miller
, now 21, and he is an icon, although in ways Rather probably never imagined.
Previously mentioned briefly here
posted by stenseng
on Jan 29, 2006 -
WoWFilter: It's official.
The Burning Crusade debuts today in Los Angeles at BlizzCon
, a company-sponsored event that is also showing off Starcraft: Ghost
. The convention has been sold out for nearly 3 months now. Surprisingly, even after selling out all the tickets, Blizzard went on to announce that The Offspring
will perform (with an opener from Christian Finnegan
), there will be a fully equipped exhibit hall, and the event will take place right next to Disney Land
. The convention opened its doors this morning, and Blizzard promptly put up the official site for the expansion. The only question that remains is: What is the new mystery playable race for the Alliance? My vote is for drunk Panda Ninjas.
posted by thanotopsis
on Oct 28, 2005 -
A Picture is Worth 1000 Brains.
Tonight, an event took place on one of the new Role Playing Player Versus Player servers for World Of Warcraft
. One of the more eccentric guilds
on the server decided to hold an event in honor of the game's official seasonal holiday "Hallow's Eve." Trading in their regular characters for level 1 zombies, they named themselves unpronounceable names (seeing as zombies lack proper tongue and jaw), gathered by the hundreds, and descended on the human fortress of Stormwind. More pics can be found in the official WoW forums
. Happy Hallow's Eve, everyone! Brains!
posted by thanotopsis
on Oct 21, 2005 -
has been dead
for a few days
. He was not mentioned here and I somehow missed all this. He was a player in the music biz in his day and kinda looks like me if I stopped trimming my beard for a week or two. RIP.
posted by arse_hat
on Jul 8, 2005 -
The ultimate spoiler! Download the complete, illustrated screenplay for "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" here
for $4.99. completely legal.
posted by JPowers
on Apr 18, 2005 -