In my series about my personal “Best of Ambient” selection, this one’s an outlier: “Wabi” is a compilation (all the others so far are artist albums). But, despite the fact that there’s nine different artists contributing tracks to the compilation, the disc has a surprisingly coherent sound. Continue reading “Flying Rhino – Wabi (2001)”
I found the compilation of “32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made” via “Ambient Landscape“, and I thoroughly enjoyed browsing, reading and listening to the entries in the list. Continue reading “32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made”
Think back 20-30 years ago, and imagine this headline: “RIAA takes on tape-recording in copyright lawsuit targeting tape deck manufacturers” – does that sound absurd?
But yet today, we have a headline like this: “RIAA takes on stream-ripping in copyright lawsuit targeting YouTube-mp3” Continue reading “The RIAA is Don Quixote”
Well, that was a weird encounter for sure. I never imagined I’d see a Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) in the wild, let alone at nearby Lake Hodges! They’re not native to Southern California (this Wikipedia article has a range map), and apparently it’s not even lawful to possess them here. Continue reading “Snapping Turtle at Lake Hodges (5 photos)”
- we only learn through our own mistakes;
- if there’s anything we learn from history it’s that we don’t learn from history;
- those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,
it appears to be fairly safe to say that a Donald Trump presidency is inevitable.
I was quite impressed by the Ivanpah solar power plant, initially. Then I realized that there’s zero existing infrastructure in the desert (ie. roads and power lines), where utilities and conglomerates want to build utility scale solar power plants in general. Precious and fragile desert habitat is destroyed. Then the reports about bird death’s came in, and my initial positive impression turned into disgust. Continue reading “Ivanpah is Bullshit”
Shuwen and I got to see an early screening of “Storks” thanks to our friend Carola. I think most of the audience was parents with their kids, plus some press and VIP guests, so we felt a little bit like outsiders. 🙂
It’s a cute and funny animated movie for kids, with some absurd humor that is good for adults too. We both enjoyed it. At the end it gets rather tear-jerking – well, it’s a long, long happy end, and a family movie, so that’s okay.
And I wonder whether it’s going to be easier for the parents to explain to the kids where the babies come from, after that movie! 😀