Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Music of the Week: Cape Verde's Cesária Évora - Carnaval De São Vicente

The Music of the Cape Verde islands does not get enough attention. Here is one of the greats: Cesária Évora.

Heineken Concerts 2000

Teatro Alfa / São Paulo
Cesária Évora: voz
Fernando José Andrade: piano
Antonio Domingo G. Fernandes: sax/percussão
João José Pina Alves: guitarra
Aderito Gonçalves Pontes: guitarra
Julian Corrales Subida: violino
Leonel Eusébio B. Hernandez: violino
Antonio Pina Alves: cavaquinho
Daniel Rodriguez: cello
Virgilio Julio Duarte: baixo
Carlos Monteiro: bateria

Monday, August 17, 2009

Music of the Week: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

Music of the Week Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, live at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, in 1999 singing Safe European Home by the Clash.

I know that it is strange to say, but in many ways, the Mescaleros rocked-out even more than the Clash, but I appreciate them both. Strummer was asked why they sang so many Clash songs, and he replied that by putting his name on the band and playing a couple of old songs, "The lads get twice as much for each gig."
They were the first Carbon-free band as well, planting trees and supporting reforestation projects to off-set their fuel and electricity use.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

'Dead' A-Bomb Hits U.S. Town, 1958.

Three years before I was born, an a-bomb happened to fall near my hometown in South Carolina. The pilots did not know that it had fallen until they landed at the nearby airbase and noticed that it was missing. My father took me by there a few times when I was a kid, and then I found this newsreel a few years ago at the Internet Archive ( One thing I like about the reel is that it is followed by a story about computer-assisted manufacturing, featuring Hughes Aircraft, who may very well have manufactured the bomb mounts in the plane. But not to worry in the computer-assisted factory of the future.
By chance we vacationed on Tybee Island last year, and I ran across this little story about another lost a-bomb somewhere just off the coast there. It seems that the proper authorities have never found this one!
It makes for a good reason to show Dr. Strangelove to my Intro. Cultural Studies students.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Music of the Week: Robert Wyatt Left on Man

Music of the Week: Robert Wyatt Live: Left on Man

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lectures by Richard Feynman online

The 1964 Messenger Lecture series was given by Richard Feynman and recorded by the BBC. Microsoft is using it to get people to use their new interactive software (which is rather clunky, I must say), but the lectures are worth the trouble of dealing with MS's "hosting" of the archive. Just ignore the MS distractions and enjoy these very accessible lectures. They are also important in considering the history and social context of science.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

"Exhuming Rwanda's Gorillas: Fossey's Legacy"

NPR is currently running this series on its website. Researchers are at work ehuming the remains of the gorillas that were studied by Dian Fossey. Erin Marie Williams records the field dispatches available at