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Cory Doctorow's latest issue of Pluralistic dives into period-tracking apps and abortion surveillance. And while there's no doubt that "tracking apps are privacy dumpster-fires," he argues that "giving up automated period-tracking imposes a high cost - and it's a cost with very few benefits in terms of security from forced-birth law-enforcement attacks."
Pluralistic: 29 Jun 2022

This week on the Friday Flashback, we have NOTHING TO FEAR! It's Oingo Boingo's second studio album, released this week in June 1982, featuring plenty of Boingo goodness, including the single "Private Life."

This week on the Friday Flashback, we pay tribute to 's ninth studio release, BEAT, released 40 years ago this week on June 18, 1982! It was inspired by the Beat literature of the 1950s. Can you feel its heartbeat, heartbeat?

Valiant comeback or the beginning of the end? Check out my latest Friday Flashback -- which features CHICAGO 16, released 40 years ago this week on June 7, 1982 -- and tell me what you think!

The First Ever Drum Machine You Could Buy - 1959 Wurlitzer Sideman (via Look Mum No Computer on YouTube):

My latest Friday Flashback revisits EYE IN THE SKY, released 40 years ago by the Alan Parsons Project! What songs besides the title track do you remember?

It is a pleasure to read while listening to a thunderstorm.

"I'm running behind schedule because the aliens hadn’t set my watch correctly when they abducted me."

^ That excuse was posed by a customer at Little Mysteries Books (site now defunct). You might find it useful the next time you are running behind!

Walt Whitman was born 203 years ago today!

Quoting "Carol of Words" from LEAVES OF GRASS:

"Facts, religions, improvements, politics, trades, are as real as before,
But the soul is also real, it too is positive and direct,
No reasoning, no proof has establish'd it,
Undeniable growth has establish'd it."

~Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)


A song for Memorial Day: "Let Them In, Peter" by John Gorka.

"Let Them In" was made into song by John Gorka from a poem found in a hospital in the Philippines during World War II. The nurse that found the poem kept it all these years until a more recent war brought out all the memorabilia. That nurse's daughter sent a copy of the poem to John.

Forty years ago this week, Roxy Music released their eighth and final studio album, AVALON. Revisit this enchanted record with the Friday Flashback.

So, yeah, s*** be dark sometimes. Lots of times, really. And humans regularly show how ridiculous they can be. But life and love are also powerful, more powerful than we can fully know.

So ... Don't Panic. Always Carry a Towel. And let's strive to be worthy of Ford Prefect's expanded entry for Earth in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: "Mostly Harmless."

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Since May 2001, Towel Day has been celebrated on May 25th. This observation is in tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On this day, fans carry a towel (which "is the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and express their appreciation for Adams and his books.

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"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened." ~Douglas Adams (in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

// Cost-effective bulk carriers eclipsed commercial sailing ships in the 1950s, since they didn’t require expensive repairs and sail-trained crew. Yet modern cargo ships are responsible for a host of environmental issues—the noise pollution ..., the cross-contamination of seawater and ecosystems, and of course, incredibly high carbon emissions... if ocean shipping were a country, it would be the sixth-largest carbon emitter, responsible for more CO2 annually than Germany. //

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Founded in 2013, New Dawn Traders puts their shipping business on a wind and a prayer. (A prayer that consumers won't mind delayed delivery if it means carbon-neutral coffee).

Images via Atlas Obscura:
- The De Gallant at sea.
- A sack of Las Brisas coffee.
- The crew of the De Gallant.

Last Friday: Begin compiling possible tunes for scene changes in Montgomery Theater's production of NATIVE GARDENS.

By the end of last weekend: I had accumulated almost 70 possible tunes.

This Friday: Reviewed song choices and submitted 55 songs to the director. Songs are organized in two style folders, plus I documented preliminary suggestions of where to use them.

Oh, and we need only about 11 songs for the whole show.

It's the Friday Flashback for May 21, 2022. And we're looking back at Queen's HOT SPACE, released 40 years ago today. Does this experiment hold up, or is it a hot mess? Tell me your thoughts after you read mine (and revisit the songs for yourself)!

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