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Reality exceeds Richard Condon's fiction? And aspiring autocrats dependent on Kremlin favor join in http://talkingpointsmemo.com/world-news/viktor-orban-trump-better-hungary-europe. (Comments closed for the obvious reasons.)
Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matc...
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Another of my lost John Abercrombie albums replaced. Lovely first track Nice Idea with Joey Baron's brushes and Marc Johnson bass opening a light, spacious mood.
John Abercrombie Cat ‘n’ Mouse John Abercrombie guitar Mark Feldman violin Joey Baron drums Marc Johnson double-bass Recorded December 2000 at Avatar Studios, New York Engineer: James F…
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The music industry shot itself on both feet by encouraging poor quality downloads and poor quality streaming, raising a generation of music fans who can't hear the difference as their hearing has been damaged by artificial loudness.
According to Nielsen Soundscan's 2016 numbers through June, total music download sales were $404.9 million, down from $531.6 in 2015. This plunge follows drops of 16% and 6.6% in 2015 and '14 respectively. Of course, streaming is booming. Music streaming was up 58.9% year-over-year in the first half of 2016, which follows an ever-increasing trend. CD sales are down as well (-11.6%), while vinyl continues it's slow and steady climb (+11.5%). Inter...
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What happened to download + streaming sales? Article says recent streaming sales are up 59% but doesn't give the base so I can't tell whether this is a download -> streaming shift or an overall online music decline.
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Not just Black & Tan Fantasy, Ellington fans, Vijay Iyer's interpretation of Fleurette Africaine, is playing right now on my living room, almost as loud and clear as if Iyer's grand was at the back of the room (thanks, Sonore+Bel Canto+KEF+REL for the digital/electroacoustic magic). Best served with a good system, for sure.
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Thanks for the recommendation! I'm right in the middle of reading Terry Teachout's biography of Ellington, so this should be apropos :-) 
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It would be interesting to see an estimate of the lifetime profits of digital music hardware (iPod, use fraction of iPhone and Android, specialist hardware such as DACs) vs distribution service, label, and artist profits. 
Digital music appears to be dead as a standalone business, or at least on life support
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To all who are most dear to me, a fairy tale to take heart from.
 
This is my new favorite thing.
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+Jean-Luc Delatre I know, but it always works in fairy tales :)
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How an interesting but very preliminary research finding is sold as a "cure."
 
Getting a bit more angry about this misleading Press Release, Title and Commentary on Alzheimers and the Gut Microbiome from U. Chicago today ...
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I had lost my previous copy of this and I did not have a lossless digital copy, so I had to find it from a small reseller. Just ripped as FLAC and listened through my nice headphone system (Sonore microRendu>Schiit Bifrost MB>Schiit Asgard 2>MrSpeakers Alpha Prime). A trip indeed!
John Abercrombie Class Trip John Abercrombie guitar Mark Feldman violin Marc Johnson double-bass Joey Baron drums Recorded February 2003 at Avatar Studio, New York Engineer: James A. Farber Assista…
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Makes me shiver, fear, and dream. David Virelles's Afro-Cuban music flies you to many places, including some we'd rather avoid. As in his later Mbókó, the interplay of piano and drums creates a constantly swirling motion where everything else swims. Never easy, never predictable, never just going along.
“Mr. Virelles is one of several Cuban musicians living in New York who have fully absorbed the environments of two islands—Cuba and Manhattan—and now exert influence through subtle innovations as sidemen and bold strokes as bandleaders.” -The Wall Street Journal, Larry Blumenfeld “His album Continuum … features musicians of multiple generations; it also weaves in computer-generated textures, poetry (in Spanish as well as Afro-Cuban religious lang...
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If you are thirsting for some Black & Tan Fantasy, as you might in almost any situation, Vijay Iyer's interpretation in his Solo album is a great thirst quencher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6UDktCkJnA
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One of the earlier Anouar Brahem albums in my collection, which I had not listened to in a long while. A lot of space, maybe a tad more ECM-brand reverb than needed, but a beautiful unity among instruments, with Galliano staying away from his sometimes-over-the-top tendencies to discuss Brahem perfectly. Christensen's cymbals propel the whole into flight.
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Juno's Jupiter orbit insertion: A more worthy 4th of July event than any fireworks.
 
Jupiter orbit insertion

On the 4th of July, a NASA spacecraft named Juno will try to start orbiting Jupiter.  It has traveled for 5 years and 2.8 billion kilometers to get there.  This is going to be exciting!

At 4:18 am Greenwich Mean Time, Juno will try to aim its main engine towards the Sun, turn it on for 35 minutes, and slow down to 58 kilometers per second.  It will be captured by Jupiter's gravitational field.   Says the lead scientist:

“There’s a mixture of tension and anxiety because this is such a critical maneuver and everything is riding on it. We have to get into orbit. The rocket motor has to burn at the right time, in the right direction, for just the right amount of time.”

With luck, Juno will enter a highly eccentric polar orbit, and make 37 orbits lasting 14 days each.   Each time it will swoop down just 4000 kilometers above Jupiter's cloud tops, and then shoot back up to a height of 2.7 million kilometers.   It will map Jupiter using many instruments.

Juno will gradually be damaged by Jupiter's intense radiation, even though the main computer is encased in a 200-kilogram titanium box.   After its last orbit, it will deliberately plunge to its death - so that it has no chance of contaminating the oceans of Europa.

Juno has already entered Jupiter's magnetosphere - the region of space dominated by Jupiter's powerful magnetic field.  You can hear it here:

http://www.cnet.com/news/the-sounds-of-juno-approaching-jupiter-are-totally-spooky/

For details of Juno's trajectory, go here:

http://spaceflight101.com/juno/juno-mission-trajectory-design/

And watch the NASA "preview" here - it's like the preview of a science fiction movie, only better!
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    Distinguished researcher, 2013 - present
  • Google
    Research director, 2008 - 2013
  • LNEC, Lisbon
    1975 - 1977
  • SRI International
    1982 - 1989
  • AT&T
    1989 - 2000
  • University of Pennsylvania
    2001 - 2007
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Menlo Park, California - Lisbon, Portugal - Edinburgh - Westfield, New Jersey - Philadelphia
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Introduction
I am a distinguished researcher at Google, where I lead work on natural-language understanding. My previous positions include chair of the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Pennsylvania, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International. I received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and I have over 120 research publications on computational linguistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and logic programming, as well as several patents.  I was elected AAAI Fellow in 1991 for contributions to computational linguistics and logic programming, and ACM Fellow in 2010 for contributions to machine-learning models of natural language and biological sequences.  I was president of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 1993.

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  • University of Lisbon
    Mathematics, 1969 - 1975
  • University of Edinburgh
    Artificial intelligence, 1977 - 1982
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