Author Archives: Pierre

Blame the Computer!

Following Derek Sivers’s recent mention, I just bought “Advanced PHP Programming” at Amazon. You know the “recommendations” they make after you check out, based upon the subject matter and whatever other arcane electron waving? This is what they came up … Continue reading

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Ils Sont Fous, Ces Gallois!

While reading the latest issue of What’s Brewing, the monthly magazine of the Campaign For Real Ale, I came across a mention of a sport I had never heard of before. Now, we all know about darts and snooker, cricket … Continue reading

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I Wonder Why

Why does the bass solo always happen during the last song before the break? Bass solo, tip bucket: same struggle?

Posted in Music Theory |

No Permit, No Turnip!

In mid-March, my local Key Food store closed rather abruptly. The shelves stopped being replenished, then everything went on sale, and the store closed a couple of days later. No explanation, no announcement. After a brief lull, all the shelves, … Continue reading

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The Blonde and the Jawa

Saw Blondie yesterday afternoon, in City Hall Park. I had missed them in their prime, somehow never catching one of their early steps before I moved to Sweden, and I did not come back to New York until they were … Continue reading

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Downloading Is Good For You

New Scientist reports on a large-scale study of mp3 downloading versus CD sales: The most heavily downloaded songs showed no decrease in CD sales as a result of increasing downloads. In fact, albums that sold more than 600,000 copies during … Continue reading

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It’s A Wrap, Or All Things Must Pass

Austin, TX: 3/20/04 Saturday gets into fab gear with one of the architects of the 60′s, Andrew Loog Oldham. He’s a graying gent, now, and his memory is mostly kind except in a very few occasions (“Brian Jones: he was … Continue reading

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In The Afternoon Of The Night

Austin, TX: 3/19/04 Friday started late, with Pat DiNizio on the day stage pushing yet another copy protection scheme, one that looks like one more challenge to bored crackers everywhere to spend an afternoon writing a little script to blow … Continue reading

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The Return Of The Prodigal Daughter

Austin, TX: 3/19/04 Austin “Favorite Daughter” Trish Murphy is back at South By Southwest after a few years of internal exile. The room at the Crowne Plaza’s 18th floor lounge is much smaller than La Zona Rosa’s the last time … Continue reading

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Oooh! My Soul!

Austin, TX: 3/18/04 Little Richard is a legend. Or more precisely, A Legend. He says so himself, and agrees with it, too. When he walked in Thursday morning for his SXSW keynote interview with Dave Marsh, a circle finally closed … Continue reading

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