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SotD: Cannonball

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Music comes in lots of flavors, most of which I’d hate to have to live without, but the ones closest to my heart involve well-played electric guitars, female voices, and raw rock energy. The Breeders’ Cannonball has all three ingredients.

Unlike many of the daysongs, this one has no personal back-story at all; Until I started writing this I had no idea who The Breeders are/were, I just liked this tune a whole lot when it came on the twentieth-century radio, and still do. Hm, it turns out they have roots in the Pixies and Throwing Muses and have been on-and-off over the years but are apparently still on.

Anyhow, it’s got a good tune and a nice guitar riff, lots of energy, I’d like to dance to it sometime.

This is part of the Song of the Day series (background).

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Amazon, no iTunes, Spotify, live video - (but the recorded version is better).

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steingart
11 days ago
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"they have roots in the Pixies" . I love me some Bray, but he oughtta know the Deal(s). here all week.
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La Linea

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I watched Heidi on Netflix with my kids the other night, which they loved. It made me go down memory lane of shows and movies I used to watch as a kid. This one, La Linea is one I looked forward to every week. It is an Italian animated series created by the cartoonist Osvaldo Cavandoli. What are some of the shows you remember fondly from when you were a kid?

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steingart
14 days ago
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Q&A With New York Times Tech Columnist Brian X. Chen on the iPhone Battery vs. Performance Issue

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Good piece overall, and a welcome relief from the overwhelmingly sensationalized mainstream news coverage of this story (that largely plays into the “Apple is purposefully making year-old iPhones run slow” narrative), but I thought this answer was a bit off:

I would recommend paying a third-party repair shop to replace the aged battery with a fresh one. This will cost between $20 and $70, depending on where you live and which iPhone you own. Repair shops will probably recommend against installing a battery that has a larger capacity than the original, as there can be risks of damage.

An authorized battery replacement from Apple is $79. I would never recommend a third-party battery replacement.

Update: This answer is a bit clumsy too:

What else could be slowing the older phones down?

Often, a buggy operating system upgrade can cause glitches when running apps. Another common cause is having little available device storage.

Low storage space is a real problem, but “a buggy operating system upgrade” is not really a thing. I think what Chen is trying to say is simply that bugs in iOS can make things so. The throttling feature for declining batteries that has been in the spotlight this week should only kick in when the iPhone is attempting to run at peak performance — that’s why it shows up in benchmarks like Geekbench. If “everything” is slow on your iPhone — like this guy, who claims it took more than 5 seconds just to open the Camera app — something else is wrong with your iPhone.

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steingart
27 days ago
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$80 for a replacement battery (cell cost ~ $2) is criminal. Replace the battery yourself.
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Would you rather be “smart and sad” or “dumb and happy”?

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National political opinion polls are usually fairly staid affairs involving Presidential approval ratings, healthcare, and religious beliefs. Over the course of a year in partnership with a professional research firm, Cards Against Humanity is running a different sort of opinion poll with more unusual questions. The early results are at Pulse of the Nation.

They asked people if they’re rather be “dumb and happy” or “smart and sad”. The “dumb and happy” respondents were more likely to say human-caused climate change is not real:

Pulse Nation Poll

The majority of black people surveyed believe a second civil war is likely within the next decade:

Pulse Nation Poll

65% of Democrats surveyed would rather have Darth Vader as President than Donald Trump:

Pulse Nation Poll

And one’s approval of Donald Trump correlates to a belief that rap is not music:

Pulse Nation Poll

And farts. They asked people about farting. Jokes aside, the results of this poll bummed me out. Many of the responses were irrational — Darth Vader would be much worse than Trump and Democrats believe that the top 1% of richest Americans own 75% of the wealth (it’s actually 39%)…and people with more formal education guessed worse on that question. The divide on rap music is racial and generational but also points to a lack of curiosity from many Americans about what is perhaps the defining art form of the past 30 years. But the worst is what Americans thought of each other…Democrats think Republicans are racist and Republicans don’t think Democrats love America. The polarization of the American public continues.

Tags: Donald Trump   movies   music   politics   Star Wars
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steingart
27 days ago
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Another one in the “kotkot overthinks a 20 year old simpsons plot” column
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Ketamine Relieved Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours in Hospital Study

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When it comes to preventing suicide, true breakthroughs are hard to come by. The overall rate of suicide in the U.S. has increased since the turn of the millennium, reaching a 30-year-high in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although there are many drugs and therapy approaches…

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satadru
21 days ago
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Fun fact: Ketamine was developed as a safer anesthetic analog of PCP.
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steingart
33 days ago
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Special K to the rescue!
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Comment on "Alternative strategy for a safe rechargeable battery" by M. H. Braga, N. S. Grundish, A. J. Murchison and J. B. Goodenough, Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, 10, 331-336

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Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE01318C, Comment
Daniel A. Steingart, Venkatasubramanian Viswanathan
Braga et al. demonstrated a series of electrochemical cells with a novel solid electrolyte, but the mechanistic process as described in the paper constitutes a first-law violation.
To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above.
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satadru
19 days ago
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It really doesn't bother me that when I hear first law violation, the first thing that comes to mind is "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."

To Dan's credit, Clarke's First Law only came to mind later.
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steingart
41 days ago
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