2009-09-20

Early Mashing-up

Simon Napier-Bell, in Black Vinyl, White Powder:
"The club only lasted a couple of years, but during that time its resident DJ invented a new form of dance music. He was Francis Grasso. Writer Albert Goldman claimed that, 'Grasso invented the technique used by every DJ ever since of holding the record he was about to play at the precise point he wanted it to start playing, while a felt mat underneath it revolved on the turntable. Then letting it go, to make a seamless connecting point between two pieces of music.'"
"Grasso's other specialty was to play two tracks at the same time mixing the raunchy heavy drums of British rock music with the soaring voices of American soul. Led Zeppelin's thumping solid drum breaks would throb like an amphetamined heartbeat under the delicate vocals of Gladys Knight or Aretha Franklin. According to Albert Goldman, Francis Grasso didn't just play records, 'he reinvented them out of their composite parts,' the top end vocals and the bottom end rhythm. His method of mixing the different parts of different records to make altogether new music was 15 years ahead of its time."
Emphasis mine.

2009-09-19

Wash Your Hands

And use hand sanitizer. Ideally CleanWell.

NYTimes:
"During the eight-week study period, students in the dorms with ready access to hand sanitizers had a third fewer complaints of coughs, chest congestion and fever. Over all, the risk of getting sick was 20 percent lower in the dorms where hand hygiene was emphasized, and those students missed 43 percent fewer days of school."

2009-09-18

Oh. My.

Yes Nick, I most certainly am. Dom, this one's for you.

2009-09-02

That's a big Card Catalog

Jon Orwant: "We've learned the hard way that when you're dealing with a trillion metadata fields, one-in-a-million errors happen a million times over."

[via Chris]

<3 Ars Technica

Clear off a few hours on your calendar, make yourself a cup of tea, and enjoy the Epic Snow Leopard Review

I love that they do this with every Mac OS X release—I definitely savor each one. Thank you, John!

Obviously

John Mackey in the WSJ:
"Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending—heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity—are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices."
This isn't rocket science, people.