Day: February 17, 2017

A Grateful Dead family album

I came to the Grateful Dead late by some standards, and left its orbit early by most. My first album was the band’s third, “Aoxomoxoa,” which I purchased shortly after its release in 1969, and I didn’t experience the Dead live until 1970. From then until 1973, I saw them a lot, mostly at Winterland in San Francisco, but by 1974, with a few memorable exceptions, I was pretty much done.

My blind spot then, is the bulk of the band’s 30-year career, which also happens to be the years when the Grateful Dead was at its most famous and popular, becoming one of the highest-grossing arena and stadium acts of its day. That’s probably why Alive With the Dead: A Fly on the Wall With a Camera, by photographer Susana Millman, seems like such a revelation to a fallen Dead Head like me. Oh sure, Millman gives us plenty of shots of the hoopla surrounding the 1987 release of “In the Dark,” which went double platinum, but her photographs also offer intimate peeks inside a scene I’d always dismissed as being too big for its own good.

And in many ways, it certainly was, as Millman’s photos of the tie-dye-clad crowds filling enormous venues like Soldier Field in Chicago might have argued in the hands of a different author and photographer. Soldier Field, of course, is where the Dead performed its last show on July 9, 1995 — lead guitarist Jerry Garcia would die one month later. But instead of using the pages of her book to caution readers against simultaneous addictions to heroin, cigarettes, and Ben & Jerry’s, Millman gives us a glorious double-printed, double-exposed photograph of the band on stage at its last gig, dwarfed by the adoration of its fans, stage lights, and fireworks.

Elsewhere, Millman shares a sweet recollection of Garcia on her wedding day, during which he confesses his nervousness at having to walk Millman down the aisle to give her away to Dennis McNally, the band’s publicist and biographer at the time. This and other human anecdotes — some fleshed out with text, some left alone as photos — give Alive With the Dead the feeling of a well-thumbed family album rather than a precious tome about rock stars. It’s good to know that from Millman’s fly-on-the-wall perspective, the members of a band I once loved didn’t let the fame I missed go entirely to their heads.

Alive With the Dead: A Fly on the Wall With a Camera

by Susana Millman

2016, 260 pages, 12.0 x 9.0 inches, Hardcover

$60 Buy a Copy

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

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Free kindle edition of “100 Books You Must Read Before You Die”

This looks like a good collection of public domain novels, in Kindle format. I’ve been wanting to read Sister Carrie again, so I got this. It’s volume 1 of a 2 volume set. Here’s volume 2.

Here are the books in the volumes that I’ve read and recommend.

Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes

Wells, H. G.: The Time Machine

Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island

Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle

London, Jack: The Call of the Wild

Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street

Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment

I did a spot check and the formatting looks fine. (It’s sometimes a problem with free and cheap Kindle books.)

Image by Mark Brennan from Oakton, Virginia, United States of America (Portage Glacier) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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App platform company MuleSoft files for IPO

MuleSoft___Integration_Platform_for_Connecting_SaaS_and_Enterprise_Applications MuleSoft is the latest “unicorn” to file for an IPO. The company, which helps businesses like Netflix and Spotify with their APIs, has unveiled its financials to the public in an S-1 filing, suggesting that they are targeting a debut as soon as March. The size of the proposed IPO is $100 million, but that is subject to change. In the filing we see that MuleSoft had $187.7… Read More

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The fabled hydraulic press can also fold fabric, kind of


The famed Hydraulic Press Channel has long been the premier destination for people who love to watch stuff get smashed. But did you know it can also fold fabric?

Well, “fold” is a loose term — one that, in this case, means “smash.” But this video, which aims to discover how many times the press can fold a piece of fabric, is a fun twist on the standard destruction clip.

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Apple responds to people's tweets with entire commercials


When it comes to fielding customer service questions on Twitter, most companies are content to respond with a simple at-reply. 

But Apple is thinking different.

The Cupertino tech giant just released a series of iPad Pro commercials, each of which address an individual customer’s social media concern. 

The ads each feature an actor holding a giant print-out of a tweet, while chatting with a helpful narrator. The tweets and usernames are real, but the avatars have been changed to match their presenters.

The idea is to demonstrate how the iPad might help with some of the real frustrations people have with their laptops. Read more…

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Trump is causing a political app boom, data shows

Capitol Building. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Marìa Helena Carey Anyone surprised by this? The growth of politically-focused mobile apps has been booming since November, with the top five political apps receiving a combined 300,000 downloads across iOS and Android over the past three months, according to new data from App Annie. This list doesn’t include news media applications, but rather those apps aimed helping people find their representatives,… Read More

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Beauty guru Emily Weiss on building a brand from scratch in 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-8-21-47-am There’s no shortage of women’s beauty brands, yet for many millennial women in particular, one young outfit — the cosmetics company Glossier  — seems to stand out. Having products that customers like is undoubtedly one large reason why. The company’s “boy brow,” a kind of mascara meant to thicken and tame eyebrows, is particularly popular. But… Read More

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Kate Nash to Snapchat: 'Where's my paycheck?'


Snapchat has been having some fun with music on the app. Last month, they helped Ed Sheeran debut 30-seconds of his new song “Shape Of You” via a lens, where users could don blue sunglasses and dance amid fictional disco lights. 

But not everyone is playing along. Kate Nash, an English singer-songwriter perhaps best known for the song “Foundations,” accused Snapchat of stealing the rights to that exact song. She broadcasted her accusation on Twitter Friday, posting a video of her using the lens:

Hi @Snapchat Do you pay ppl for the use of their work? Been off a record label now for 5 years. Is this legal? I should be paid PLS RETWEET

— Kate Nash (@katenash) February 17, 2017 Read more…

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These internships are most likely to turn into jobs, according to LinkedIn


It’s hard to get an internship, but it’s even harder to know whether that internship has a chance of becoming a job. Unless you’re in an industry where post-internship employment is virtually guaranteed, it’s pretty much anyone’s guess. 

LinkedIn analyzed the profiles of students who landed full-time jobs after summer internships to find out which industries have the most long-term promise for interns. 

In-demand skills like accounting and engineering most often led to employment, but other fields like retail made a strong showing for entry-level hiring too. 

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Listen to a ten hour playlist of killer Moog music

In 1948, Robert Moog, age 14, was inspired by classical Theremin performer Clara Rockmore to build his own Theremin. Then in 1964 Moog designed a brand new kind of electronic instrument, a modular voltage-controlled synthesizer. That instrument and Moog’s work since transformed the sound of modern music forever. To hear how, dive into this fantastic 10-hour Moog playlist:

(The Guardian via Open Culture)

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Kate McKinnon and Hillary Clinton spotted processing this hellscape together


Two Hillary Clintons walk into a bar and simultaneously declare, “I’m with her.”

The real Hillary Clinton and Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live‘s resident HRC impersonator, caught up over dinner this week and for the first time, we’re wondering if Amy Poehler ever gets FOMO. 

According to Page Six, the pair laughed as they dined at Orso in Manhattan on Wednesday evening.  One diner put their own spin on the Trump supporter chant and yelled, “lock him up!” 

After dinner, Clinton checked out Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard and the winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election got a standing ovation from the crowd.  Read more…

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Little pug helps his doggie friend out by giving him a great back scratch


Teamwork makes the dream work.

In this video uploaded to Youtube by Storyful Rights Management, a very helpful little pug scratches the back of his much larger pup friend. And the big dog can’t get enough. His leg is going wild from all the great doggie scratches.

Lil’ Pug saw his friend in need and stepped up to the plate with vigor. Someday we hope Big Dog will return the favor, but he’ll have to be careful. That pug is tiny. 

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Google wants to know what you'd like to see in the Pixel 2


Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are, without question, two of the best Android phones ever created.

There’s lots to love. Its “pure” Android software is fast and smooth, the camera is one of the best and sometimes even better than the iPhone’s, battery life is excellent and it’s Daydream-ready for mobile VR.

But the phones are by no means perfect.

In a post on the Pixel User Community board, Google’s Krishna Kumar, the product lead on the Pixel, asks to hear thoughts on the current Pixel phones and what Google can improve for future devices. Read more…

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People with disabilities destroy stigma on Twitter with #DisabledAndCute


News flash: You can have a disability and be cute — and a new hashtag is putting people who think otherwise on notice.

The hashtag #DisabledAndCute is bringing fun yet radical body positivity to people with disabilities on Twitter, encouraging the community to share photos of themselves that make them feel attractive or adorable. It brilliantly combines revolutionary self-love with unapologetic visibility, all to empower people with both visible and invisible disabilities.

Twitter user Keah Brown, who lives with cerebral palsy, created the tag this week to show appreciation for her community, and push against the idea that people with disabilities can’t be stunning. Read more…

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AT&T brings back its unlimited data plan for everyone — too bad it sucks


It’s official: unlimited data plans are back.

Following Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, AT&T finally caved and announced the return of its own unlimited data plan for all customers, and not just customers who are DirecTV or U-Verse subscribers.

Compared to the competition, the AT&T’s “unlimited” plan is easily the worst — it’s the most expensive and offers fewer features.

A single line costs $100 and each additional line costs $40, which breaks down to the following per month:

  • 1 line: $100

  • 2 lines: $140

  • 3 lines: $180

  • 4 lines: $220 ($180 after you receive a $40 credit) Read more…

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Powered by WPeMatico puts you inside your favorite music video

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-11-31-52-am A green-screen effect, or chroma keying, is nothing new. But it’s not really consumer technology — mainly because of the need for an actual green screen, a static camera and studio-quality lighting. But being able to have a live video background behind you is cool. Meet, a new app that’s figured out how to achieve a “mobile green-screen effect.” Read More

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Mobileye outfits 4,500 for-hire cars in NYC with collision avoidance tech

A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S., May 23, 2016.  About a half dozen ride-hailing firms have rushed into Texas tech hub Austin after market leaders Uber and Lyft left the city a little over a monthago in a huff over municipal requirements that they fingerprint drivers.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files Mobileye’s long-game is focused on autonomous driving, but some of the tech that feeds into that can have an impact now, including advanced collision avoidance systems. The company announced on Friday that it has completed the installation of accident prevention tech across 4,500 for-hire vehicles used by drivers for services including Uber and Lyft in New York City, as part of a… Read More

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Rogue Wave's new video for cover of Pete Townshend's “Let My Love Open the Door”

Today my friends in Rogue Wave released the video for their lovely cover of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door.” The track is from their latest release “Cover Me,” a quite wonderful covers album that consists entirely of Rogue Wave going back to their 1980s musical roots, influences, and mix tape favorites. Songs include The Cure’s “In Between Days,” The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary,” The Church’s “Under the Milky Way,” The Romantics’ ‘Talking In Your Sleep,” and many more 80s MTV classics. “Cover Me” is available for digital download or colored vinyl — pink or splatter paint, natch.

The video for “Let My Love Open the Door” was directed and edited by Jim Granato with color effects by Truckee Lynch.

“The idea for this video has been circling around my brain since we finished tracking it,” Zach Rogue says. “A fantasy about what I could tell my younger self if I had the chance.”

Check out Rogue Wave tour dates here.

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Announcing the judges for the D.C. and Miami Pitch-offs

meetups The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is headed to D.C. and Miami next week, and it’s finally time to introduce you to our esteemed judges. The pitch-off will consist of sixty-second presentations from ten startups in each locale. These pitches will aim to win over the audience and the judges panel, which includes local VCs and TechCrunch editors. The winner of the Pitch-off will get a table in… Read More

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Teslab is the companion app Tesla owners have been waiting for

screen-shot-2017-02-14-at-3-03-49-pm Tesla actually makes a lot of data available to vehicle owners via APIs and other endpoints, but it’s not always easy to find and make use of that info. Enter Teslab, a new app that tracks data and links it to your profile, while also letting you share it out to a community of other Tesla owners in a way that, during the beta spotted by Teslerati, users have really enjoyed.
The app… Read More

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EasilyDo brings its powerful Email app to Android

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-10-30-29-am EasilyDo’s simply named “Email” application is one of the most popular productivity apps on iOS, because it closely resembles the look-and-feel of Apple’s default Mail app, but comes with more powerful features. Essentially, it feels like you’ve given the Mail app an upgrade. Now EasilyDo’s Email has made its way over to Android, bringing the same core… Read More

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Eat These Protein Superfoods For Breakfast

Did you know that you ought to be having protein for breakfast?

Protein foods are one of the most important food groups needed by the human body. It serves as the building blocks of life. One needs protein in one’s diet to repair the cells in the body and make new ones. Proteins are responsible for healthy bones, muscles, and skin allowing for better movements and activities. A strong immune system is highly achievable with the proper consumption of foods rich in protein.

Studies showed that protein can also help in losing weight. People who eat loads of proteins during breakfast have higher chances of reducing mindless snacking. Moreover, protein-packed breakfast can also help control the appetite of a person due to a fuller feeling experienced throughout the day. This reaction of the body towards a high-protein breakfast may be accounted for the effects of proteins on the hormones signaling the brain to regulate one’s appetite and hunger.

With the numerous advantages of proteins in the human body, it is very necessary to have knowledge on the protein-rich foods and supplements that can be included in one’s diet, especially during breakfast.

Some of the most common source of the protein includes oatmeal, yogurt, beans, eggs, and nuts. Other protein-rich foods which are highly beneficial to one’s health were as follows:


spirulina superfood

Spirulina is a kind of blue-green algae found in the sea. It is packed with essential nutrients needed by the body. One of its most notable compositions is its protein content which is around 60 percent by weight. The protein contained in Spirulina is said to be the best protein since it contains all the essential amino acids needed by the body to function properly. Moreover, being a plant-based source of complete protein, Spirulina serves as an ideal dietary supplement.


kombucha superfood

Kombucha is a functional beverage made from fermented and sweetened black or green tea. This popular drink is believed to comprise of several essential nutrients needed by the body to grow strong and healthy. Continuous studies are being conducted to prove and to regulate its healthy benefits. However, reports from users claimed that this fermented drink has already shown great, positive changes in one’s body.

These benefits include the enhancement of one’s well-being, the increase in energy, and the effect on weight loss. Kombucha has also shown a great role as an ideal probiotic drink for those struggling with a bacterial infection such as Candida.


emmer superfood

Emmer belongs to the wheat family of annual grasses. It consists of grains enclosed by strong glumes and husks. Others refer to emmer as rice wheat, starch wheat, or two-grained spelt. This very special treat offers high protein ranging to about 22 percent. It is also rich in fiber, magnesium, and other vitamins.

Emmer is low in calorie content making it a better and healthier option for vegetarians or for people who wants plant-based protein food source. Emmer is a good addition to one’s breakfast as it comes in the form of bread, biscuits, and grains in soups.

Black Radish


Black radish is the larger type of radish encased in a black or brown skin. It can be eaten and enjoyed raw or cooked depending on the desired preparation.

Studies showed that the black radish is an excellent source of essential nutrients such as vitamins, potassium, iron, and magnesium. They also yield complete protein source which highly improves the quality of health and diet.

See Also: Shifting Your Family To The “Real Food” Diet 

Bone Broth

bone broth superfood

Bone broth has been a breakthrough in protein supplementation in the body. This add-on to the diet can be easily prepared to improve one’s health in a myriad of ways. One can procure higher immunity due to the presence of high amounts of amino acids. It can also promote weight loss and healthy guts because of the amino acids present.

The knowledge about the human body and its functions allow one to know how Nutrisystem works. These helpful facts make people more aware of the things that could promote better health. Moreover, these help people in choosing the best and the worst options they could include in their own diet plans. The food one eats, as well as the activities one performs, will greatly play a big role in determining the health and wellness of an individual in the years to come.

Always remember, health is wealth!

See Also: A List of Superfoods You Definitely Need in Your Diet 


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You'll actually want to watch these stop-motion loading screens


How much time do you spend waiting for stuff to load?

Not as much time as animator Raphael Vangelis took to put together this video, that’s for sure.

The two-minute long video sees 30 different and familiar loading screens playing in stop motion.

You’ll probably recognise the Windows, Google and Facebook ones, including some that’ll make you pause wondering why they look so familiar. 

“I spend most of my life swearing at the computer because it’s crashed or isn’t working,” said the London-based animator in his video description. Read more…

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Soundtrack Your Brand, a ‘Spotify for B2B’ nabs $22M for expansion

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-10-00-09 As Spotify continues its reign as the world’s biggest consumer music streaming business, a startup from its backyard in Stockholm (and even backed by Spotify itself) has raised a large growth round to take a leading place in providing music streaming services to businesses. Soundtrack Your Brand, started by an ex-Spotify executive and one of the co-founders of Beats (now part of… Read More

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Guy promises to eat Jason Segel's photo every day, until Jason Segel returns the favor


From the “wtf” to “why in the name of” departments, comes a fella who ate a printed photo of Jason Segel, and posted footage of the feat on YouTube.

Not only that, the YouTube user (named Dog Shit, no less) promises to eat one picture of Jason Segel every day — until Jason Segel eats his picture. 

Which picture should Jason Segel eat, you wonder? Perhaps this one

There’s very little in the way of explanation, besides a message saying “I will not stop” and the hashtag #eatmyfacesegel. The YouTube video is currently one of the most popular posts on Reddit, but the uploader offered no additional comments.  Read more…

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New rendition of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' tells the story of every engineering student


Ed Sheeran’s new video title “Shape of You” about a budding romance has found a new meaning, thanks to some of the brightest young minds from India. 

Students at the prestigious IIT-Roorkee have made a new video for Sheeran’s song that truly captures the desperate struggles of all the tens of millions of students who pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering to find a girlfriend.

Not only does the video sees college students dancing to the right steps, which in itself is impressive, but it also doesn’t deviating from Sheeran’s original portrayal of evolution of a relationship.

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A bike helmet with turn signal lights will make rides a whole lot safer


Cars have indicator lights for better safety — so why don’t bicycles too?

The Lumos helmet is a helmet for cyclists with a prominent red brake light, as well as yellow left and right turn signals, like what you’d see on motorised vehicles.

Created by Jeff Chen and Ding Eu-wen, the Lumos is currently getting built, after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $800,000 last July.

The helmet is controlled through a small wireless remote that you clip onto the handlebar. 

Image: Yvette Tan/Mashable

The remote also contains an accelerometer that triggers the brake lights when it detects a quick deceleration: Read more…

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Listen to Monzo founder on building a ‘smart’ bank, fintech bubble, and turning down acquisition offer

Tom Blomfield Yesterday I caught up with Tom Blomfield, co-founder and CEO of digital-only or ‘challenger’ bank Monzo. In our call, we talked about why Blomfield and his 80-plus team are building a new bank, whether or not we are in a fintech bubble, and what he thinks the impact will be of upcoming EU regulation intended to force incumbent banks to open up. Read More

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Ring of underground factories making fake branded cosmetics gets busted in China


You might want to check the label of that perfume bottle carefully.

Police in China have uncovered seven underground dens in Zhejiang manufacturing brand-name cosmetics, from big names like Chanel and Lancome.

In a raid conducted earlier this month, they found over 1,200 boxes of counterfeit makeup worth some $120 million (827 million yuan). 

All the seven dens were run by a syndicate.

A gang member belonging to the syndicate told local press [link in Chinese] that he had bought raw materials online and mixed them to mimic the products, in another factory in Henan. Read more…

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Samsung vice chairman arrested on bribery charges

Samsung Galaxy s6 edge+ Rear Samsung vice-chairman/heir-apparent Jay Y. Lee has been arrested in Korea on charges of corruption.
Lee is accused of paying bribes to an advisor of President Park Geun-hye in exchange for political favors. The New York Times reported that he is alleged to have given a total of $36 million to Park’s secret advisor in order to win government support for a merger between two Samsung… Read More

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Crunch Report | Elon Musk’s Tunnel Project

Apple’s WWDC moves to San Jose, an update on Elon Musk’s tunnel project, Google makes an update that plays piano duets and Google Home steps on Alexa’s turf. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt ordered to release his fossil fuel emails, as EPA staff revolt

A state judge today ordered the office of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to release thousands of documents, including emails, related to Pruitt’s conversations with energy industry executives. Tomorrow, the United States Senate votes on Pruitt’s nomination to run the Environmental Protection Agency, for the administration of Donald Trump.


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