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Music Fridays – The Sessioneers

Posted by middlerage on September 28, 2013

Dahveed has a nice highlight of session guitarist Andy Timmons over at his blog. A perusal of Timmons’ biography shows he has been a session musician for everybody from Kiss to Leann Rimes. Mad props to Dahveed for the discovery. Obviously a respected worker and puts me in the mind to think of backup musicians in general.

This gives me an opportunity to highlight a recent discovery for me from Booker T and the MGs. Booker et al were the studio band for legendary Stax Records, and everybody has heard them play their signature tune Green Onions. I am not going to play Green Onions. Even if you are seven years old and don’t know anything about music and believe you’ve never heard Green Onions, you’ve heard it. A fine song, but too ubiquitous for a post about discoveries. Instead, I’m gonna feature a fantastic funk number called Melting Pot, and follow up with another fave of mine – Time is Tight. These are the kind of instrumentals you just want to play on the microbus radio, roll down the windows and roll on down Highway 1.

And make sure to head over to Davheed’s blog for some Andy Timmons.

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Here We Go Again

Posted by middlerage on September 24, 2013

The IPCC, aka, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is just about to release the next round of pentennial assessment and review of the state of science on global warming. The last assessment was released in 2007.

So on September 30th, Working group I – the assessment of the physical science of global warming – will release their 5th report here: http://www.ipcc.ch/ to be followed next spring by the reports of Working Groups II and III (impacts and mitigation).

As Michael Oppenheimer (one of the scientists who has been in on IPCC assessments since 1990) said on NPR this morning – is it really of any use anymore? Each report is just a further refinement of the last one, and the confidence of each one doesn’t seem to be inspiring any real policy progress from governments.

In the intervening years we’ve had heavy weights like the US Air Force and the National Academy of Science join the it’s real, it’s happening crowd.  But that’s not good enough for Sen. Tom Coburn (R Okla) or Marc Rubio (R Flor) or…well… deniers are as old and numerous as the IPCC reports.

Let’s fade out with this post with a picture. In May of this year we surpassed 400 ppm of CO2 at Mauna Loa for the first time since measurements started in 1958 (for perspective, ice core measurements show CO2 below 300ppm for the 800kyr prior to the 20th century):co2_weekly_mlo

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The Importance of Signs

Posted by middlerage on September 24, 2013

Or more accurately, the importance of the precision of signs.

My state is so lame. They recently installed giant electronic sign boards along the freeway. Signs to tell you about accidents or delays. They also tell you about Amber and Silver alerts. Except all they tell you is:

Amber Alert. Dial 511 for info.

Screw that. Whose gonna do that? In the middle of a commute? Instead try, oh I dunno…

Amber Alert. 5 yr old grl. Bld hr Brn eyes. Last seen in green chevy. Dial 511 for more info


What really inspired my thoughts about the importance of signs, was thinking – what if you were driving by the NSA, and you felt you wanted to flip them the bird for spying on citizens? The ‘bird’ isn’t just a raised middle finger. It’s the back of the raised middle finger. You can’t give them this:


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