Music

I should have said that I love you

Young child listening to music through headphones.
Young child listening to music through headphones.
Photo: author’s collection.

Note: Each week I take a look back at my playlists and share songs that were either played the most, got stuck in my head, or just stood out. Many are new to me, but there are old faves mixed in as well.

Below is my Top 5 of the last 7 days:

This past weekend, my sons and I took a last-minute trip to Minneapolis for a soccer game. Or rather; we drove up, watched the game, visited with a friend, and then drove straight back.

It’s 4 hours each way, but the opportunity presented itself, and we took…


Senator claims to love the country he tried to destroy.

Josh Hawley waving to his fans just before the insurrection. Photo: Vogue.

In his continuing quest to keep the culture wars hot (and himself relevant), Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has introduced the Love America Act.

If passed, the bill would block any federal funds from public schools teaching Critical Race Theory (spoiler alert: none currently do.).

It would also mandate funding go towards ensuring that students learn parts of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Pledge of Allegiance (spoiler alert: this already happens).

In a statement, Hawley noted:

“We cannot afford for our children to lose faith in the noble ideals this country was founded on. We have to…


Cleveland’s Baseball team announces name change.

Photo: ESPN.com

After months of discussions, the team will be officially dropping its Indians name, a moniker that’s been in use for over 100 years. The results came after discussions with over 40000 fans & 100’s of hours of interviews with team staff & the community.

The team had previously ditched their “Chief Wahoo” logo in 2019 replacing it with the interim one seen above.

“You see, there’s always been a Cleveland — that’s the best part of our name,” actor Tom Hanks says in a video announcement he narrated for the team, which posted it…


Literally

Photo: FoxNews.com

In 2020, life expectancy in the US fell by 1.5 years — the largest drop since WWII.

Some of that was directly due to COVID, but the second order effects are also starting to show in the data:

The full toll of the pandemic has yet to be seen, doctors and public-health officials said. Many people skipped or delayed treatment last year for conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure and endured isolation, stress and interruptions in normal diet and exercise routines.

“That has led to intermediate and longer-term effects we will have to deal with for years to…


Music

Everything’s all right

Young child listening to music through headphones.
Young child listening to music through headphones.
What multimedia looked like in the late ’70s. Photo by author

Note: Each week I take a look back at my playlists and share songs that were either played the most, got stuck in my head, or just stood out. Many are new to me, but there are old faves mixed in as well.

Below is my Top 5 of the last 7 days:

Thomas Dolby- Europa and the Pirate Twins

For a song turning 40 in a couple of months, this sure holds up well. This appeared on Dolby’s The Golden Age of Wireless record.

Multiple configurations were released with songs added/removed along the way. One was called “She Blinded Me With Science.”

Maybe you’ve heard of…


On this day in 1989, United Airlines flight 232 crash landed in Sioux City Iowa, after suffering a catastrophic failure of it’s no. 2 engine.

United airlines DC-10 lost in the crash of flight 232 7/19/1989
United airlines DC-10 lost in the crash of flight 232 7/19/1989
The aircraft in the incident. Photo: PlanePictures.net/M.Oertle

The regularly scheduled flight from Denver to Chicago was operated using a DC-10 aircraft (N1819U). About an hour into the flight, and at cruising altitude, the fan disk of the #2 engine explosively disintegrated, raining parts down on the fields below.

The uncontained failure damaged all 3 of the DC-10’s hydraulic systems, rendering most flight controls useless.

In what would become a landmark example of Crew Resource Management (CRM), the flight crew fought to control…


Now if we can just get an Edit button

Twitter has announced that it is shutting down it’s Fleets feature effective August 3rd.

Fleets are (were?) tweets that showed up at the top of your timeline and disappeared after 24 hours. Now they’re about to disappear for good.

In a blog post, the company said it was shutting down the feature because, “we haven’t seen an increase in the number of new people joining the conversation with Fleets like we hoped.”

Regardless of how one might feel about Fleets (I wasn’t a fan), it’s nice to see the company moving relatively fast to kill something that clearly wasn't…


Music

The week in review on The Riff

Young woman listen to music in a room with an ocean front view.
Young woman listen to music in a room with an ocean front view.
Photo: KantoAudio.com

What does music mean to you? What would you do without music?
~Duke Ellington

Happy Friday (and sorry for the bad pun)!

For your weekend reading, I’ve cued up a list of fabulous reads & reviews published at The Riff over the past week. The last time I did this, making picks was tough. This time was even harder. That’s a good problem to have, and all credit goes to you.

I want to start with the two articles below. Each makes very different but very important points. …

Kevin Alexander

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