Last weekend, I sat in on The Cotton Exchange radio show on San Francisco's "KUSF In Exile Archive." I didn't actually say anything, I just listened intently to host David Katznelson play his favorite recordings of Mississippi hill country blues. Compared to Delta blues - which most people hear in their heads when you say "blues" - hill country blues is characterized by a distinctive driving rhythm and minimal chord changes that give it more of a droney, trancey feel. Odd as it may seem, David and I both agreed that some hill country blues hits us right in our Velvet Underground and Spacemen 3 sweet spot. If you're not hip to the hill country sound, this archived episode of the Cotton Exchange will be a fine education. And if you already are up on it, consider this a killer compilation of essential cuts. My favorite track of the night can be heard in the YouTube video above, Junior Kimbrough and rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers playing "I Feel Good Again." David Katznelson's The Cotton Exchange (7-31-11)
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
Watching Netflix, Hulu or other streaming services can unfortunately be difficult while traveling outside the US. Rather than bypass these restrictions with the help of a complex and slow VPN, choose a faster and simpler solution with Getflix. Instead of rerouting all your Internet traffic through a different server, this handy service only routes the […]
Shake, stir, and muddle your way to delicious homemade cocktails with this must-have bar set. Expect only the finest quality tools from MakersKit — enabling you to unleash your inner mixologist.Top 12 Favorite Things of 2014, Sunset MagazineQuart-size vintage-style Mason jar shakerRetro double jigger for accurate measurementsStrainer & spouts for a mixologist-style smooth pourHardwood muddler […]
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.