Sci-Fi Sundays: Amazing Science Fiction, April 1958

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This week I got a chance to un-pack this collection. I’ve had it for about 10 years now and it has been in boxes the whole time.

I absolutely love this cover. It is unabashedly silly. What is that boy even doing with that dog? Why lug that iron lung so far from your home-dome if the dog can’t even walk around? That thing has to weigh a ton. All joking aside, there’s something delightful about all the space covers from before 1961, when Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Interestingly though, the first dog in space was Laika, in 1951, so I guess they really have no excuse!

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Li’l Trump

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Tiny Trumps is a new subreddit page that features the little fella in his daily life. From Melania making sure he doesn’t take a tumble to Obama doing his best not to laugh to Trumpkin entertaining Justin Trudeau, Tiny Trumps is my current go-to when I need a good chuckle.

A Grateful Dead family album

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I came to the Grateful Dead late by some standards, and left its orbit early by most. My first album was the band’s third, “Aoxomoxoa,” which I purchased shortly after its release in 1969, and I didn’t experience the Dead live until 1970. From then until 1973, I saw them a lot, mostly at Winterland in San Francisco, but by 1974, with a few memorable exceptions, I was pretty much done.

My blind spot then, is the bulk of the band’s 30-year career, which also happens to be the years when the Grateful Dead was at its most famous and popular, becoming one of the highest-grossing arena and stadium acts of its day. That’s probably why Alive With the Dead: A Fly on the Wall With a Camera, by photographer Susana Millman, seems like such a revelation to a fallen Dead Head like me. Oh sure, Millman gives us plenty of shots of the hoopla surrounding the 1987 release of “In the Dark,” which went double platinum, but her photographs also offer intimate peeks inside a scene I’d always dismissed as being too big for its own good.

And in many ways, it certainly was, as Millman’s photos of the tie-dye-clad crowds filling enormous venues like Soldier Field in Chicago might have argued in the hands of a different author and photographer. Soldier Field, of course, is where the Dead performed its last show on July 9, 1995 — lead guitarist Jerry Garcia would die one month later. But instead of using the pages of her book to caution readers against simultaneous addictions to heroin, cigarettes, and Ben & Jerry’s, Millman gives us a glorious double-printed, double-exposed photograph of the band on stage at its last gig, dwarfed by the adoration of its fans, stage lights, and fireworks.

Elsewhere, Millman shares a sweet recollection of Garcia on her wedding day, during which he confesses his nervousness at having to walk Millman down the aisle to give her away to Dennis McNally, the band’s publicist and biographer at the time. This and other human anecdotes — some fleshed out with text, some left alone as photos — give Alive With the Dead the feeling of a well-thumbed family album rather than a precious tome about rock stars. It’s good to know that from Millman’s fly-on-the-wall perspective, the members of a band I once loved didn’t let the fame I missed go entirely to their heads.

Alive With the Dead: A Fly on the Wall With a Camera

by Susana Millman

2016, 260 pages, 12.0 x 9.0 inches, Hardcover

$60 Buy a Copy

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Rogue Wave’s new video for cover of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door”

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Today my friends in Rogue Wave released the video for their lovely cover of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door.” The track is from their latest release “Cover Me,” a quite wonderful covers album that consists entirely of Rogue Wave going back to their 1980s musical roots, influences, and mix tape favorites. Songs include The Cure’s “In Between Days,” The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary,” The Church’s “Under the Milky Way,” The Romantics’ ‘Talking In Your Sleep,” and many more 80s MTV classics. “Cover Me” is available for digital download or colored vinyl — pink or splatter paint, natch.

The video for “Let My Love Open the Door” was directed and edited by Jim Granato with color effects by Truckee Lynch.

“The idea for this video has been circling around my brain since we finished tracking it,” Zach Rogue says. “A fantasy about what I could tell my younger self if I had the chance.”

Check out Rogue Wave tour dates here.

Listen to a ten hour playlist of killer Moog music

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In 1948, Robert Moog, age 14, was inspired by classical Theremin performer Clara Rockmore to build his own Theremin. Then in 1964 Moog designed a brand new kind of electronic instrument, a modular voltage-controlled synthesizer. That instrument and Moog’s work since transformed the sound of modern music forever. To hear how, dive into this fantastic 10-hour Moog playlist:

(The Guardian via Open Culture)

What America loses when the USDA nukes its taxpayer-funded records of animal cruelty

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Immediately upon assuming office, the Trump administration directed the US Department of Agriculture to take down the extensive records of its publicly funded investigations of animal cruelty in America; now, Americans can only access their own data by paying for expensive, unweildy, and slow Freedom of Information Act requests to the USDA.
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Germans warned to DESTROY Cayla, network-connected doll that spies on children

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It’s called Cayla, it’s about a foot tall, and it can be used to listen to and talk to the child playing with it. But who is doing the listening? Anyone in Bluetooth range, reports Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur).

An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data. … The Vivid Toy group, which distributes My Friend Cayla, has previously said that examples of hacking were isolated and carried out by specialists. However, it said the company would take the information on board as it was able to upgrade the app used with the doll.

But experts have warned that the problem has not been fixed.

The Cayla doll can respond to a user’s question by accessing the internet. For example, if a child asks the doll “what is a little horse called?” the doll can reply “it’s called a foal”.

Watch the BBC’s video of Cayla, in its squeaky, sinister voice, say “I’ve been hacked to say all sorts of scary things.”

Cayla was on Boing Boing last year when the FCC received complaints about it. Cayla is on Amazon for $45.

It’s so easy to hack that everyday YouTubers are at it!

Gallery of London’s urban foxes

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Shot here by Natalie Lowe sunbathing on the roof of its convertible, a fox relaxes before evening’s activities come due. Below, a fox pop takes a trip on the London Underground, as observed by Stephen Ebert. Check out the full gallery at Londonist. A common sight in London, foxes moved in after World War II and have become a symbol of the city. They’re mostly harmless, but the tabloids there love to run fox-ate-my-baby stories.

Learn Python and explore the machine learning frontier

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China’s “citizen scores” used to blacklist 6.7m people from using high-speed rail or flying

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China’s nightmarish “citizen scores” system uses your online activity, purchases, messages, and social graph to rate your creditworthiness and entitlement to services. One way your score can be plunged into negative territory is for a judge to declare you to be a bad person (mostly this happens to people said to have refused to pay their debts, but it’s also used to punish people who lie to courts, hide their assets, and commit other offenses).
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America: where hundreds of thousand of underage girls are married off by their parents

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The nonprofit Unchained At Last analyzed US marriage license data from 2000 to 2010 and learned that 167,000 children (almost all girls, some as young as 12) in 38 states were married off to older men: 31% of the girls were married to men who were 21 or older. Extrapolating from their data-set, Unchained at Last estimates the true total of child-marriage 2000-2010 as 248,000.
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