A few months ago I dug my old Yamaha V-50 digital synth out of the closet to see if it could still pump out the 80s hits. After taking the whole thing apart and using a soldering iron to replace a battery on the motherboard as well as replacing the belt on the disk drive (after scraping the old one off with a knife) I got it up and running just like it was 1989. Since then I’ve been practicing (and buying more vintage 80s keyboards). So far the results are not unlike Jon Benjamin’s work on his first jazz piano album.
Watch the clip and you’ll see what I mean. Or listen to his interview on All Things Considered.
I can’t begin to add up the hours that I spent at Tower Books (on Watt Avenue in Sacramento), nor list all the things I saw, or learned, or tried to buy at that store (maybe some day). During high school and college Tower was a window into the outside world that I never would have had the chance to gaze through if it hadn’t been there, open every day of the year ’till midnight. That’s why I’m looking forward to seeing Colin Hanks documentary All Things Must Pass.
It’s going to take me a while to come to terms with everything that Steve Jobs made possible for me and my family. Simply typing this and posting it here is one of them, because Lord knows I would never use a PC. Thank you.
In explaining print media’s remarkable appeal, the entire financial community said citizens rely, and will continue to rely, on printed newspapers to keep them not only informed about current events, but better prepared to function as the kind of knowledgeable citizens a robust democracy requires. Others pointed toward people’s deep emotional attachment to print media and the loyalty readers have for the treasured publications as a financial guarantee. In addition, investors from every major financial firm strongly noted that newspapers are an integral part of the ongoing American story that is written each morning, chapter by chapter, on black-and-white newsprint by decent, hardworking men and women who live in the very communities their newspapers serve.
It reads like the media kits of some of my favorite action sports titles.
It’s been a painfully slow summer for literary fiction. One look at the NYT Best Sellers List explains it pretty well: crap. That’s why, even though it seems that summer has gone by far to quickly, I’m looking forward to fall when a trifecta of potentially great new books drops.
1. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta (August 30, 2011)
After epic stories of middle-aged couples lost in suburbia, like his previous books Election, Little Children (both turned into movies) and The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta’s sharpens his skewers up a bit with a book about the truly lost souls left behind after all the good people are taken to heaven in the rapture. Perrotta is one of those writers (like Eugenides, or Jonathan Franzen) whose books I will read no matter what they’re about because with their writing it really doesn’t matter.
2. The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides (October 11, 2011)
As a follow up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex, Jeffery Eugenides has written another coming-of-age story. Reportedly set in the early 1980s, The Marriage Plot features a college English major who is “writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot” and the two of the guys in her life. It’s about time for a good old-fashioned, new story about marriage. Isn’t it?
3. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (October 25, 2011)
With Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Kafka On The ShoreHaruki Murakami proved that he is one of the few writers who can offer Westerners an emersion into the hyper-accelerated cultural consciousness of modern day Japan. This 944 page book was originally published in Japan as three separate hardbound books, but all three have been pulled together for this English language translation. The title is reported a play on the way 1984 is spoken in Japanese, and tells the story of a young boy and girl. “And they fall in love. From that point of view it’s a simple story. But something happens and the two of them go to the dark side of the moon,” according to the author. Or moons, as the case may be. We’ll see.
The migration to the web also continued to gather speed. In 2010, every news platform saw audiences either stall or decline — except for the internet. Cable news, one of the growth sectors of the last decade, is now shrinking, too. For the first time in at least a dozen years, the median audience declined at all three cable news channels.
When marketing people ask me why I think they should be spending more money online in the next 12-24 months, I think this is the first chart I’ll show them.