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I poked around a bit and it looks the church pulled back from more direct control, maybe. Sounds like the church put a non-journalist church member in charge in the early 2000s and later put professional journalist back in charge later in the decade. I'm not sure what the background of the current leadership is.

I remember a bunch sky is falling pieces in the mainstream press when a church member took control back in the day but I can't find much good analysis of weather the quality of the paper has suffered from the changes. Sounds like the Monitor had as much trouble as any other paper adjusting to the new media landscape and that it might be hard to tell what changes are because of changes in the media landscape and which are from leadership changes.

Don't Look Back reminds me of The Zombies Just Out of Reach.

It used to be secular but in the past decade the church has exerted more control over the paper. There is still great journalism to be found in it but maybe not as much as in it's hey day.

I'm going to see John Maus at the end of the month and I'm pretty psyched for it, even if it's a lousy show. At least there will be much beating of breasts and wrenching of hair. He's my wife's favorite musician and I find him endlessly listenable.

I'm seeing The Residents in February. If you don't know them and don't like avant garde stuff don't bother checking them out. I've seen them before, usually an interesting show. Half the strangest people I know will probably be there.

I've listened to Walking in the Rain by Orrin (Juice) Jones more than any other song lately. I've listened to it so much I've caught my 6 year old singing it quietly under her breath and have had a few coustomers bust out in chorus with it when it comes on. I caught it while I was making a mixtape of songs about SOCIAL PARANOIA. I'm amazed at how many 80's R&B songs have made it on the list Wait till the spoken word bit at the end before you give up on it. mk for a Walking In the Rain alert.

I've been reading Respect Yourself,v Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.

It's filled with interesting trivia. Stax shouldn't have become a big independent lable but repeated and remarkable things took it from a rag tag Scooby Doo Gang record lable to the top. Every chapter is a lesson on the land scape of R&B at one point in time. I'm listening to a dozen tracks each chapter.

I think Otis was the greatest talent on Stax but cats like Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, David Porter, Eddie Floyd, Al Jackson, Sam and Dave, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Issac Hayes, Booker T and more all have their place in Stax and R&B history.

Otis was transcendent.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Anyone tried Vivaldi?

I tried it quite a while ago. It hung and crashed twice in under a half hour. It is probably much better now.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Anyone into '80s japanese city pop

My gateway to the genera was definitely Yellow Magic Orchestra. They are billed as the Japanese Kraftwerk, it was a road I had to travel when I heard about it. I find it pretty hit or miss as a genera but there are a few things that have really caught me.

I can't listen to this too many times.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Anyone into '80s japanese city pop

I have a few of those albums on playlists.

I've listened to quite a bit of YMO and the related bands that spawned off them.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 10, 2018

I used Stata in econometrics a decade ago. I found some good YouTube videos dealing with similar problems to the ones we had in class. My Google skills put me at the top of the class for once. Good luck.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The "Country" Is Getting an Upgrade

If this administration hadn't done everything it could to prevent the expansion of municipal broadband I might take them seriously on this issue their record stands on it's own demerits.

I've listened to and enjoyed it. I'm sure they'll tack on some extra episodes as things develop.

Untreated water from a clean aquifer isn't likely to spread cholera but it isn't worth what they are charging.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Last Jedi Discussion [spoilers]

I'm convinced that the kid is going to have his own spin off movie in the next decade and introducing the character is the only reason they shat out the needless casino story line.

I thought it was a good movie for the kind of movie it was but I would have liked it A LOT more if the casino story line had been dropped and if the imperial guardsmen hadn't bopped around and assumed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle poses.

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