bookmark_borderOne Reason I Still Buy Music on CD

When you buy an actual physical CD from a band you want to support that doesn’t have their music in physical stores, they often include a thank-you note, which is a charming bit of memorabilia.

Thanks from Martin of Wintergatan
Thank You note

‘Wintergatan’ is a band from Sweden. Martin Molin is the composer of (all?) their music, and the designer/builder/operator of the musical Marble Machine in this now classic YouTube video. He is currently working on the next generation Marble Machine X, and posting videos of the whole process. I decided to buy a physical copy of their 2013 album to support the process while they can’t get into the studio to record their next album or go on tour.

Such exciting things come out of musicians these days, if you ask me.

bookmark_borderSorry, it’s History

Does this sound like something that happened recently?

Initial analysis, repeated by top government officials, indicated that the attack spontaneously arose from a protest. Subsequent investigations showed that the attack was premeditated—although rioters and looters not originally part of the group may have joined in after the attacks began.

Oh wait, that was the Benghazi attack.

At first, the protestors planned a symbolic occupation, in which they would release statements to the press and leave when government security forces came to restore order. This was reflected in placards saying: “Don’t be afraid. We just want to sit in.” When the guards brandished firearms, the protesters retreated, with one telling them, “We don’t mean any harm.” But as it became clear that the guards would not use deadly force and that a large, angry crowd had gathered outside to cheer the occupiers and jeer the hostages, the plan changed.

Oh wait, that was the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran.

An organized attack. Anybody who tells you that what happened was as a result of a protest, you should ask them why they think that. That’s the first version of events we heard. That does not seem to explain what happened that night or by the facts or the more facts we get.

Oh wait, that was Benghazi again.

The above quotes have been edited to remove historical context. Any perceived parallels between historical events and recent events are intentional.