What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

Apr 16

chandra75:

George Takei,

You rule. 

Apr 04

Radar Love.

Yeah, Radar Love.

Radar Love!

(this one’s for Greg)

Apr 01

rotl:

Uriah Heep - “That’s The Way That It Is” (1982)

What is this I don’t even

Mar 27

lacienegasmiled:

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

Mar 17

quote My [UberX] driver turned out to be a Google employee who said he drew the lucky H1-B visa straw to get out of Bulgaria … he told me he works at the company’s Mountain View campus, but started driving for UberX for two hours on Saturdays and Sundays to send money to a family of four kids he met on vacation, who couldn’t afford to go to school or even shoes. ‘I just calculated that if I work four hours of a week, I can clothe all of them,’ he told me. ‘For so little, it’s amazing what you can do.’

(via Valleywag)

And then I think about the structures that Google put in place to avoid paying taxes in the United States, and how many schools and shoes those billions could account for.

(via slavin)

Mar 13

Like Tiny Little Cracks →

Steve Prefontaine, known simply as Pre to the hordes of teenage runners who idolized him, once said, “Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have bleed to do it.” It’s the type of thing you’d expect from a cocky 21-year-old American at the top of his game, a runner who tried to blaze the…

As a former cross country runner who couldn’t run in the state championship meet my senior year because I was just too injured to try, believe me: read this.

Mar 11

shoesandsocks:

50yearsoftop40:

Fleetwood Mac, “Hold Me” (Top 40 debut: 6/19/82, chart peak: #4)

While the five reportedly couldn’t stand each other during this shoot, which might explain why only the rhythm section is seen within a couple yards of each other.

(on Legends Of The ’80s!)

For those of us too young to know about cocaine, this was simply a companion to “Down Under” (and to a lesser extent, “You Got Lucky”).

I love this song so much. Like, I have no idea why, and I have no idea how to explain it. Tusk and Mirage are like the Iliad and Odyssey of Great LA Radio Rock Music: The Cocaine Years. Tusk is an explosion of frantic anger and hurt buried under thirty-two coats of shellac, and Mirage is mostly the slicked-back numbness of what follows, straitjacketed  but shining under a polyurethane gloss and Scarface-sized piles of coke on every horizontal surface.

Mick Fleetwood spent so much money on drugs during the making of this album that he went broke.

Mar 11

Today’s jam.

Mar 10
shoesandsocks:

The second-dumbest thing I’ve ever done with MSPaint.

shoesandsocks:

The second-dumbest thing I’ve ever done with MSPaint.

Mar 05
slavin:

marxvx:

Insomnia Cookies Strikers Win Back Pay
Four workers at Insomnia Cookies’ Cambridge store went on strike on August 19, protesting poverty pay and wretched working conditions, and demanding $15/hr, health benefits and a union at their workplace. The company illegally fired all four. For the next six months strikers, IWW members, allies, and student organizations at both Harvard and Boston University held pickets, marches, rallies, forums, phone blitzes, and organized boycotts, while workers continued organizing at both the Cambridge and Boston locations. The union also pursued legal charges through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
On March 3, a company representative signed an agreement promising almost $4,000 in back pay to the four strikers (two of whom had given notice before going on strike; and all of whom had moved on to more rewarding jobs or pursuits). The company also agreed to post a notice in the Cambridge store, promising not to fire or otherwise retaliate against workers for taking collective action, including joining the union and going on strike. The company was also made to revise a confidentiality agreement that improperly restricted workers’ rights to discuss their conditions of employment with one another and third parties (including union organizers and the media). All references to the terminations have been removed from strikers’ personnel files.
“Since the first utterance of the word ‘strike’ that late August night, it has been an uphill battle for all of us,” says striker Chris Helali. “The Industrial Workers of the World answered the call when no other mainstream union was interested in organizing a small cookie store in Harvard Square. We picketed, we chanted, we sang. I thank my fellow workers, the IWW and all of our supporters for their continued work and solidarity through this campaign. I am proud to be a Wobbly!”Jonathan Peña says.

The IWW vows to continue organizing efforts at Insomnia Cookies. Helali says, “I am extremely pleased with the settlement, however, it does not end here. This is only the beginning. The IWW along with our supporters will continue to struggle until every Insomnia Cookies worker is treated with respect and given their full due for their labor. There is true power in a union; when workers come together and make their demands unified voices and actions.”


I don’t know anything about Insomnia Cookies or what’s gone on here. But my grandfather was a Wobbly, and I think it’s one of the only reasons he was able to stay alive during a (different) dark period of American labor.

I briefly thought about trying to organize the Gibson factory here, which would have surely involved becoming a Wobbly, but then I started looking into Tennessee’s labor laws and quit my job instead. I’ve always half-felt like I chickened out, but I wouldn’t have won.

slavin:

marxvx:

Insomnia Cookies Strikers Win Back Pay

Four workers at Insomnia Cookies’ Cambridge store went on strike on August 19, protesting poverty pay and wretched working conditions, and demanding $15/hr, health benefits and a union at their workplace. The company illegally fired all four. For the next six months strikers, IWW members, allies, and student organizations at both Harvard and Boston University held pickets, marches, rallies, forums, phone blitzes, and organized boycotts, while workers continued organizing at both the Cambridge and Boston locations. The union also pursued legal charges through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

On March 3, a company representative signed an agreement promising almost $4,000 in back pay to the four strikers (two of whom had given notice before going on strike; and all of whom had moved on to more rewarding jobs or pursuits). The company also agreed to post a notice in the Cambridge store, promising not to fire or otherwise retaliate against workers for taking collective action, including joining the union and going on strike. The company was also made to revise a confidentiality agreement that improperly restricted workers’ rights to discuss their conditions of employment with one another and third parties (including union organizers and the media). All references to the terminations have been removed from strikers’ personnel files.

“Since the first utterance of the word ‘strike’ that late August night, it has been an uphill battle for all of us,” says striker Chris Helali. “The Industrial Workers of the World answered the call when no other mainstream union was interested in organizing a small cookie store in Harvard Square. We picketed, we chanted, we sang. I thank my fellow workers, the IWW and all of our supporters for their continued work and solidarity through this campaign. I am proud to be a Wobbly!”Jonathan Peña says.

The IWW vows to continue organizing efforts at Insomnia Cookies. Helali says, “I am extremely pleased with the settlement, however, it does not end here. This is only the beginning. The IWW along with our supporters will continue to struggle until every Insomnia Cookies worker is treated with respect and given their full due for their labor. There is true power in a union; when workers come together and make their demands unified voices and actions.”

I don’t know anything about Insomnia Cookies or what’s gone on here. But my grandfather was a Wobbly, and I think it’s one of the only reasons he was able to stay alive during a (different) dark period of American labor.

I briefly thought about trying to organize the Gibson factory here, which would have surely involved becoming a Wobbly, but then I started looking into Tennessee’s labor laws and quit my job instead. I’ve always half-felt like I chickened out, but I wouldn’t have won.