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I remember an interview I read with Ahmet Ertegün, the founder of Atlantic Records. He was talking about Aretha, and he said that one of his producers came in, saying that she wasn’t measuring up. He asked the producer what was up, and was told that they were trying to get her to sing like…

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The New York Times reports on how many of Alan Lomax’s recordings are now online, “The Unfinished Work of Alan Lomax’s Global Jukebox.” This is a very interesting and important archive of musical and cultural heritage. The Global Jukebox. I was going to say that Lomax and Harry Smith were parallel, and that the Anthology…

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Andy Goldsworthy creates effects by arranging nature. In this case, it’s a set of leaves around the base of a tree. There’s an online archive of his early work, and plenty of other sites, such as Melt, but it seems that the artist, wisely, does not bother with a website.

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The Gavle Goat has burned again, according to The Local.Se, and of course, it’s Twitter account (yet one more way in which real name policies inhibit natural behavior). Two quick comments. First, the goat survived longer this year than usual. Second, I think it illustrates something. I’m not sure what. But my yule would be…

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So Flickr has launched a new redesign, and it’s crowded, jumbled and slow. Now on Flickr with its overlays, its fade-ins and loads, it’s unmoving side and top bars, Flickr’s design takes center stage, elbowing aside the photos that I’m there to see. So I’m looking for a new community site where the photo I…

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An amazing shot by Philipp Schmidli of a cyclist in front of the moon. PetaPixel explains the work involved in getting that shot in “Silhouettes in a Giant Moonrise, Captured Using a 1200mm Lens.” (Thanks to Bob Blakely). Also in the realm of impressive tool use is this: Orangutan from Borneo photographed using a spear…

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