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cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

Almost everyone has a bad album, I've yet to find his.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

The Equals were kind of formative for later British bands. They led the way for future racially integrated bands on the island. The specials and really most the 2nd wave ska bands were into them. They influenced the Clash, who covered the Equals "Police on my Back."

The lead singer was Eddie Grant who you might remember from his solo hit "Electric Avenue." Eddie moved back to the Caribbean after the Equals and shook up some of the strong divisions between different Caribbean music styles, getting people from various backgrounds to record and collaborate with each other. It was almost a music revolution but not quite.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

I was a jazz studies major for a bit in college, which I think give me licence to make the claim that I hate way more jazz than I like.

I own maybe two hundred jazz albums that I think are worthwhile.

When I get a crate of records off some old guy or gal I usually toss 95% if the jazz right in the dumpster. It's roundly derivative unispired wankery.

Every once in a while I'll find some Ellington or Ella but mostly it's more godamn Dave Brubeck or other white jazz bullshit, fit only for elevators or the timid elderly.

Off the top of my head list of jazz musicians that have some albums that are great.

Duke Ellington

John and Alice Coltrane

Sonny Stitt

Sonny Rollins

Less McCann

Charlie Parker

Dizzy Gillespie

Eddie Harris

Mose Allison

Don Cherry

Miles Davis

Sun Ra

Errol Garner

Billy Cobham

Branford Marsalis

Wes Montgomery

Charles Mingus

Jaco Pastorious

Ornette Colmon

Nina Simone

I'm running out off the top of my head pics but I like most if it.

I forgive anyone that hates the general, there way more chaff than wheat.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

This reflects what I know about libraries. My mom was a librarian and if a system is at all well run it's responding to aggregate needs and desires of it's patrons.

Libraries churn through a ton of low brow fare and also do a ton if work serving immigrent communities, job seekers, kids and the elderly.

There is always the chance that your library is poorly managed.

My Mom fought to buy 10% less of the shit you could get from a red box to spend some dough on more thoughtful stuff. A copy of Koyaanisqatsi will circulate a few times a year, a copy of Game of thrones will be in circulation as soon as it gets on the shelf.

There are two compeating theories or at least there is balance that must disatisfy some people some of the time either way you go. You can go for maximum circulation and stock mostly stuff that's hot or you can currate a broader selection.

It's expensive to give the people what they want. A hot DVD is garbage after a few months, popular books won't last a year.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 20, 2018

The Equals are some deep cut material.

One of my kids favorite songs.

I can listen to it five times in a row and like it more each play.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: My Opa

My grandpa started a small tool and die that he worked up to a significant firm that now makes aircraft parts and what not.

He was also very fond of the language.

I have one of his poems stashed away somewhere, I'll see if I can find it.

He was heavily involved in a food pantry and ministry in Pontiac Mi.

One way he is different from you grandpa was that he wasn't very loving. It's said he loved mankind but could love no single man. He never told my father that he loved him.


It was last repadded 20 years ago, I shouldn't be surprised that it's a hell of a lot more expensive now.

Can I ask you something?

I have a Selmar Mk VI Tenor that I want to sell.

It's sat in a case for the more than a decade. I take it out and play it about once a year, the pads seem good, there is one spring that needs to be replaced.

Should I get it reconditioned before I try to sell it?

How much should that cost?

Thanks if you have any thoughts.

I want there to be due process and I'm sure that some innocent men will go down because relations between people are difficult and not everyone is well adjusted or sane, people can be vengeful and blind to the hazard and consequences of their actions. It's unfortunate.

The combined weight of the consequences to women for how our society heretofore has treated sexual misconduct and crime is immeasurable. It fills every corner of our society with social and interpersonal distortion. It leads to so many ills, be it suicide, drug abuse, mental illness and just an inability for people to relate on an honest interpersonal level. It isn't good for men or children either.

Those who have power have been able to abuse it with near impunity for a long time. Yes, it's gotten better, gradually. Be it race, or sex or class; those with power have been getting one over on those beneath them since the dawn of man. Maybe it will get a bit better in this cycle of man continual failure.

johnnyFive has a real and valid issue. This isn't due process and that is not the way things should go. While you may be right that this isn't a court of law but lives are getting ruined by a pretty flimsy standard of evidence. There has to be a better way to handle the issue of sexual crime and misconduct going forward. It probably doesn't start now but it's important that we figure out what it is and sooner would be better than later.

If we can't find a way to resolve these kinds of issues going forward with the rule of law there will be real ugly consequences. This whole thing is tangled up in the rise of alt right. Further threats to the primacy of White males to lord it over women and minorities is only going to make this shit worse. Racist misogyny is a powerful drug. perceived persecution is a powerful drug. #MeToo is a threat that is going to make a bunch of incels, red-pillers, evangelical assholes and general misogynist easy pickins for charismatic assholes who have their own dark agendas to push.

It's good to see this evil being faced in a new way but everything has it's downside. I'm scared of the blow back and truly believe that rule of law is a correct principle to govern society. Sometimes stepping outside of the rule of law is what pushes us forward.

Have you known many women who were sexually assaulted and ignored, shamed or blamed? Know anyone who's life was ruined by it, left to be fearful, mentally ill or unable to have well adjusted adult relationships?

I think the current witch hunt is of way less importance than the change it might make in our world.

Too bad for the ones who get cut down in all innocence, we may never know who they are.

Have you ever pressured for sex?

Maybe it wasn't rape but maybe it wasn't really what she wanted.

It's a horrible unfair world.

Maybe this is what has to happen for it to be a little less so in the future.

It didn't seem like it was going to change without some kind of revolution and no revolution happens without some blood in the streets.

I hope a guy in college is afraid when he's trying to coerce my daughter into to doing something she doesn't want to.

I hope that it comes around to making those people with the least power safer from their bosses, their landlords the cops.

My mom, a school teacher who retired to become a librarian, a women of modest demeanor and habits says that she and almost all her female friends have been sexually harassed by cops during traffic stops.

It's been a shitty brutal and fearful world to be a women.

Maybe someday soon, maybe tomorrow it will be a little less so.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Gosh darned bookthread time.

Mutiny is a good book.

Pitcairn Island, the third book in the Bounty Trilogy had a way bigger effect on me. I think I found the trilogy a much heavier read than most people. I found them all gripping but Pitcarin's was way heavy.

The book in between the two is misery. If you like tales about being stuck on a long boat for days and days you'll enjoy it. I've read a bunch of lost at sea books and it holds it's own but probably not every ones cup of tea.

I like Nordoff and Hall as authors. They write well together they write well apart. No More Gas is was decent, if you see it in the dollar bin pick it up. Hall's book Dr. Dogbody's Leg is a favorite book of mine. It isn't high literature but it's a warm and funny book wherein a Old Navel Surgeon tells twelve totally different outrageous versions of how he lost his leg. Each tale touches piece of British age of sale history, each tale has evidence to support it's veracity but the doctor only has one leg so they can't all be true.

Dogbody's leg is part of the Heart of Oak series that has reissued a bunch of great Age of Sale books. They are almost all good reads if you are interested in the genera. They aren't all fiction.

A few of the better ones were.

Lord Cochrane, Seaman, Radical, Liberator: A Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald was good. Lord Cochrane was the anti Nelson and a bad ass. The wretched Patrick O'Brian stole a third of his plots from Nelsons life, another third from Cochrane's and the remaining lame third came from his own imagination.

Dudley Popes The Black Ship is another good an account of another terrible mutiny. Pope is an excellent writer of history and fiction. It ends with a bit of revenge, I dug it.

Tales of the sea are their own genera. None of the writers are divine but a few are good at spinning a tale.

cgod  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The great video game exodus

I'd be fine if she wanted to do either but there is no way I'd pay for her to go to school to learn either. Make a game that is fun and has a good story with the tools available. Get a job at a dope restaurant and learn everything you can. Going to school for these things is like burning money.

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