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Category Archives: From The Field

Frank & Quincy 1984: Portrait Of An Album

Didn’t know about this! Frank would have been almost 70 when he recorded this and he sounds great! And what a band! George Benson and the Brecker Brothers, just to mention a few. (I haven’t watched the whole doc yet but the IMDB cast list seems a little off, at least it doesn’t mention Ray […]

Whether To Laugh Or Cry

Do You Know Where You’re Going To

The rabbit hole of a melody that keeps popping into your head. In this case, Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To). What an interesting form! Odd measures, key changes, complex chord changes. And great bass playing! It was written by Michael Mercer and Gerry Goffin. First recorded in 1973 by Thelma […]

What’s In My Shuffle 6/9/20

Dolly Parton’s America Dixie Disappearance Dec 17, 2019 – Dixie Disappearance Dolly Parton’s America ( Christine De Carvalho ). This episode delves into the controversy surrounding Dolly Parton’s … Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music Wynonna Cocaine & Rhinestones is a podcast about the history of 20th Century Country Music and the lives of […]

What’s In My Shuffle 5/14/20

Stay Tuned with Preet What is the Fifth Risk? (with Michael Lewis) Dec 13, 2018 – His new book, The Fifth Risk, takes on the Trump administration. He speaks with Preet about the dedication of the civil service, Trump’s attack … Exponential View with Azeem Azhar S3E04: The Innovation Economy Azeem Azhar is an entrepreneur, investor, […]

What’s In My Shuffle 3/27/20

Quirks and Quarks from CBC Radio New technology gives amputees a hand, a big dam proposal, your dog’s heat sensitive nose, was the Earth once a waterworld, the fight to be the first female astronaut and composting garbage Mar 6, 2020 – Quirks & Quarks. Mar 7: New technology gives amputees a hand, a big […]

What’s In My Shuffle 11/2/19

Rough Translation Liberté, Égalité and French Fries Planet Money #944: We Should Have Mentioned That Oct 11, 2019 – Sometimes we forget to mention something. And our listeners always let … Episode 944: We Should Have Mentioned That. Planet Money. NPR. The Little Shaman Healing The Aging Narcissist The Little Shaman Healing The Little Shaman […]

Update on Test iTunes Playlist Export to Html

This version adds a bit of a description for each item. Again it’s a little bit hit and miss because the script takes the podcast ‘Artist’, combines it with the episode ‘Name’, does a custom Google search for that artist/episode and then builds the link. The Google search has to happen because in my original […]

DEA Manufacturing Caps for Oxycodone and Hydrocodone 2001-2017

The D.E.A (Drug Enforcement Agency) sets caps on the amounts of schedule 1 and 2 drugs that manufacturers can legally produce each year.  I was curious to see how the caps had changed over time and it was relatively simple to discover via the Federal Register. Considering all the lawsuits now targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers like […]

Magic Mushrooms and the Healing Trip | New Yorker

This is some fabulous reporting. A long and detailed article about the use and effect of psilocybin as a medicine for dealing with end-of-life issues around cancer care. Read the full article: The Trip Treatment.

McLuhan’s 1960 Report on Project in Understanding New Media | Norm Friesen

In the cryptic note at the top right (on p. 2), McLuhan writes to Harley Parker, with whom he later co-authored Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting (1968) and Counterblast (1969). Parker also appears with McLuhan in the 28 min 1969 film Picnic in Space, directed by Bruce Bacon. This text reflects […]

Avant-Garde to Electric Kool-Aid With Beats In Between

The book was first published in 1946. It’s by Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe and is about as Beat as anything I’ve ever read, although it predates the ‘Beats’ per se.  Mezz was a white clarinet player from Chicago who befriended ‘the race’ when sent to reform school. He never really went back to white […]

Junk Mail Calendars From Conservation Groups? Conservation FAIL

Not something I’d normally write about in here, but this is ridiculous! In the last week I received two unsolicited calendars from conservation groups! Your Free Nature Conservancy Calendar 2010 Your Free National Parks Conservation Association 2010 Calendar Does sending bulk junk mail calendars send the wrong message? I think so. I’m going to keep […]

E. Howard Hunt names the men who killed Kennedy

On November 23, 1963 I was a grade two student. I sat in the desk in the front row next to my friend Bruce. I remember that it was very unusual that the Sister who taught us rolled a television set into the classroom. She seemed to be very upset. There was the sense of […]