“Indeed, it is fair to say that nothing has done more to promote the cause of socialism than the ranting and raving of Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. It’s not just that the right has spread the word about socialism, raising the ideology’s profile to levels rarely experienced in recent decades — if ever — and associating the ideology with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, President Obama and a lot of other programs and people that Americans actually like. The fact that so many agitated, angry and – at least in some cases – politically toxic characters go apoplectic at the mere mention of the ideology has undoubtedly caused millions of Americans who don’t know much about socialism to say to themselves: “Anything that Paul Ryan does not like must have some merit.”
—The Oldest Known Recording
The Oldest Known Recording, Restored in the Digital Age
Hearing the voices of dead people might make you feel a little odd, but give this a listen.
In 1878, writer Thomas Mason sat down in front of one of Thomas Edison’s just-invented phonograph recorders, and captured himself playing cornet, laughing, and even the first recorded screw-up (trying to read a line from “Old Mother Hubbard”.
According to writings, Edison had recorded himself the year before, just after he invented the device, reading “Mary Had A Little Lamb”. This recording has since disappeared, making Mason’s the oldest known playable copy.
Except it wasn’t really “playable”. The metallic drum had deteriorated so badly that it couldn’t be played mechanically, so Lawrence Berkeley scientists had to develop a way to digitally scan the grooves and convert them into real sound.
Check out Rebecca J. Rosen’s article at The Atlantic to find out more about the history of this recording and to hear more samples, and check out the research project’s site to find out how they did it. So. Cool.
It’s nice to know that, for as long as people have been laying sound to records, they’ve been messing up. No one’s perfect, even the pioneers of sound! At least we can laugh with them, right along with the recording.
El Fake Accounto! I am the Most Mexican Man in The World!©
Follow me as I run for Presidente of the United Estates!
I AM THE JUAN PERCENT! Ajua!
Formerly Chihuahua, cabrones!
“I am the JUAN percente! Fear my wrathemente!”
The most purely exciting phone right now is the new Nokia Lumia 920 (in yellow!), both because it’s such a departure from the iPhone and (let’s be honest here) because Nokia is in disastrous trouble (next stop RIM-ville), and Windows Phone is its last best bet–other than going back to pulping paper and making tires. But at least Nokia’s Windows Phone has a narrative and an identity. The iPhone no longer really has either, other than being the best.
Ann says to elect Mitt, “so that we can work LESS hard!” OMG! Ann and Mitt Romney want to End Work as we know it! #GOP2012 #TCOT
Nasimiyu - Rules Aren’t Real (by AlexJGlustrom)
“now you work every day just tryin’ to pay the debt on your own slavery; but don’t be afraid to find, your own beliefs; always have faith in the truth; you can do anything your heart calls you to do; don’t hesitate to refute the lies they’re telling you.”
“use fluidity to re-arrange your own reality.”
“go forth, without fear, with only the promises of love, to keep you on course.”
Too bad you failed college, soldier. Get a job, losers. Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. #JobTrance #FAIL
Among the approximately 800,000 military veterans now attending U.S. colleges, an estimated 88 percent drop out of school during their first year and only 3 percent graduate, according a report forwarded by the University of Colorado Denver, citing the analysis by U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education and Labor and Pensions.
If you can’t buy a soul or a conscience, at least borrow a clue, humans: awaken from your Job Trance, now and immediately implement an irrevocable, unconditional Basic Income for all veterans of all generation; then, for all Americans, period.
There’s a reason it’s not called the Comcasternet. The Internet beat out rival private networks because it grew faster and created more value. Comcast was perfectly free to build the Comcasternet, but it didn’t. That’s not an accident. Every network benefits when all networks interconnect. For cable companies to claim now that they did in fact build a private network and that it shouldn’t be subject to the same rules as the rest of the Internet is a tough sell.
Former Criminal Court Judge Michael Bolan said he used to have to waste too much time and resources on cases involving small amounts of drugs and the cases often were tossed. “This is an absolute waste of our taxpayers’ money: You criminalize a whole segment of our society unnecessarily, same as at the turn of the century for alcohol,” Bolan said. “It goes in the category of parking tickets. It’s quasi-criminal. This is not even a petty offense. He doesn’t want that word [decriminalize] attached to it. He’s looking to save money and make money.”