Reality checks bounce from the strangest places

Back when I was a kid (and the printing press was killing the illuminated-folio business) Cracked was one of magazines we read instead of doing our homework.  Now it appears that writers at Cracked.com do their homework and everybody else’s too. History vs. Hype – pretty thought-provoking read (although, be warned, there are cusswords). 8 … Continue reading

Don’t shoot me; I’m only the player piano

Why player pianos have a role to play – The Irish Times – Tue, Apr 24, 2012.  This article in the Irish Times talks about the work of American composer Conlon Nancarrow,* the centerpiece of a two-day-long concert event in London last weekend.  Nancarrow wrote about 50 studies for player piano.  Unlike some of the … Continue reading

Social-Media Slimers: You Can’t Make Me ‘Like’ You

“Been told 100K followers could get me a publisher. . . w/100k followers I could take over the WORLD!” -Radio storyteller Nora Maki (@hades-noramaki), Twitter, 12/22/2011 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the Internet is going to make us all stars, we could probably use some celebrity rights to match. Even … Continue reading

The Mishmash Nation of Neverland – I kinda liked ’em

I can’t help but sympathize with the creators of Syfy’s Peter Pan prequel, “Neverland.”  Here’s this forward-looking bunch with an ethos of fairly and sympathetically portraying — not only HUMANS of all ancestries — but aliens and robots and ghosts and super-intelligent shades of blue as well.   And they’re forced to be simultaneously backward-compatible … Continue reading