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Ok, you suddenly have the power to resurrect 1 musician to enjoy new work from them for 10 more

years. Who do you resurrect?

For Me, it would be Stiv Bators

Runners' up:

Joe Strummer
Johnny Thunders

DU Missed Connections! You: Tan Jeep with "DU Jeep" personalized plates.

Me: Topless 4-door Jeep roaring along.

This simple solution to smartphone addiction is now used in over 600 U.S. schools

Graham Dugoni was at a music festival in San Francisco in 2012 when he witnessed something that disturbed him. A man was dancing, uninhibited, perhaps drunk, losing himself in the moment. Some strangers thought it was funny, so they filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube.

It’s the kind of thing that happens a thousand times a day. But it bothered Dugoni. Traditionally, as he saw it, people at such festivals would come together to commune, to share a collective feeling that those not present would never be able to participate in (see: Woodstock, 1969, or any Grateful Dead show from the 1960s to the 1990s). But now, everyone had a smartphone. You had to act cool. And that old group intimacy? It was gone.


In the end, Dugoni wants people to ask themselves: What is the point of all those instantaneous texts, shares and likes?

“If you think of this phone as the ultimate expression of technological efficiency where things are easier, cheaper, faster all the time, I think it comes down to what are the limits of a purely efficiency-driven mode of life? What people really enjoy has nothing to do with efficiency. You can play a melody faster, but that doesn’t make sense. What does it mean to be more efficient in our social interactions? Is that something we want? Does that make sense at all?”

Good article by Tara Bahrampour from back in Feb in the Washington Post

The device discussed, by a company called Yondr, is a small, gray neoprene pouch. The phone is locked in and cannot be used until the end of the event. Comedian Dave Chappelle requires them at his shows and some courts and schools have begun using them.


Go ahead, waste some time -- it's good for you. Here's why.

Excellent article advocating wasting time. Too much to paste into a cohrent blurb, they go over the reasons (puritanical aversion to waste, the Industrial revolution, etc.) Worth a read, imo.

The mind needs periods of rest to replenish itself. Some researchers believe that one benefit of sleep is to give the mind an opportunity to make sense of the input of the day. I would argue that constant external simulation during waking hours, without any time for quiet contemplation, is equivalent to sleep deprivation. The need to rest the mind has been known for thousands of years and can be found in the meditation traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Our hyperconnected lifestyle, without downtime, threatens our “inner selves.” My inner self is that part of me that imagines, that dreams, that explores, that is constantly questioning who I am and what is important to me. My inner self is my true freedom. My inner self roots me to me and to the ground beneath me. The sunlight and soil that nourish my inner self are solitude and personal reflection.

Whole article by Alan Lightman at the Washington Post

Oh Yes!!

Important: Every time someone mentions Cohen, point out that he wasn't just Trumpy's attorney, he

was also Deputy Finance Chairman for the RNC!

Even the press seems to forget this fact.

It is almost lunchtime here and I think I'll gestate a Banh Mi Sandwich. Anyone want one?

Just how insane will Trumpy's tweets be in the morning?

Any guesses?

Driver arrested twice on same day on DUI charge, Md. state police say

The same Maryland woman was arrested twice on the same day by the same state trooper on the same charge: driving under the influence, the Maryland state police said.

In fact, the state police said both arrests were made within 20 minutes on Saturday morning.


Dwarf Japanese Maple help requested

We had a nice Dwarf Japanese Maple in front of our house for about 14 years. It was damaged 3 years ago when a large pine came down in an ice storm and broke the top. We trimmed it back slightly and it seemed to be getting better. This spring, it didn't come back. No leaves, all dead. Was about to cut it out, but saw some life around the trunk. Can anything save it or is it too late.

Overall view

Close up of trunk
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