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  • Turning This Car Around Podcast banner - Lex Friedman, John Moltz and Jon Armstrong

    Link: 55: Lexless

    We are mostly lost without our cohost, Lex, this week.

  • Manhattan Bridge

    Winter blues

    Winter, 2015. East River. Frozen. No Elsa/Anna around to fix.

  • Awaiting a Brooklyn bound train at Chambers Street subway station.

    Chambers Street

    Chambers St. Station, Manhattan.

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    Short Mark Knopfler film by Henrik Hansen

    "And then the song walks out the door and goes on to have a life of its own"

  • Skala 2, an alternative color picker for Mac OS X

    Link: Skala Color, a Mac color picker

    A great alternative to the default Mac OS X color picker.

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    Link: How Apple Makes the Watch — Atomic Delights

    How Apple Makes the Watch — Atomic Delights.

    From the intro:

    Apple is the world’s foremost manufacturer of goods. At one time, this statement had to be caged and qualified with modifiers such as “consumer goods” or “electronic goods,” but last quarter, Apple shipped a Boeing 787’s weight worth of iPhones every 24 hours. When we add the rest of the product line to the mix, it becomes clear that Apple’s supply chain is one of the largest scale production organizations in the world.

    While Boeing is happy to provide tours of their Everett, WA facility, Apple continues to operate with Willy Wonka levels of secrecy. In the manufacturing world, we hear rumors of entire German CNC mill factories being built to supply Apple exclusively, or even occasionally hear that one of our supplier’s process experts has been “disappeared” to move to Cupertino or Shenzhen. While we all are massively impressed with the scale of Apple’s operations, there is constant intrigue as to exactly how they pull it all off with the level of fit, finish and precision obvious to anyone who has examined their hardware.

  • Turning This Car Around -

    Link: 53: The Random Show

    Show notes are here

  • Turning This Car Around -

    52: Performance Anxiety

    This one isn't as much of a downer as last weeks episode.

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    Robert Christgau: Expert Witness — Cuepoint — Medium

    Robert Christgau: Expert Witness — Cuepoint — Medium

    It started with a visit to a used CD store in Berkeley, California, seeing the album art for Naked City, a collaboration between John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz and others. I came to know about Bill Frisell the summer of 1989, because my then brother-in-law would drop me off at Yoshi’s some Tuesday nights (pre-Jack London Square location) and our friend who was bartending would let me see whoever was playing for free. One night I got to hear Bill Frisell. There were maybe 20 people there. Mind blown. This midwestern looking preppy guitarist started playing these crazy notes, with a tone that went on for miles. It was sad, full of melancholy and also exceedingly schizophrenic. Very studied in a way as well. I bought Frissell’s album “Before We Were Born” the next day. I remember playing that album on my return to Provo and it pretty much cleared the house. Which was the desired effect. cf: exactly one minute into the title track when the drums come in and the guitar sounds like the darkest urban canyon of Manhattan, circa late-1980s:

    Naked City’s self-titled album Naked City opens with a track called “Batman”. Given the frenzy around the 1989 release of the Burton/Keaton Batman, I knew I had to have the album.

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    I remember the first time I read a review by Robert Christgau, probably 1989-90, in his Village Voice column, “Consumer Guide.” I had subscribed to the Voice because of Nat Henthoff, Pauline Kael and a list of other writers, media critics and reviewers, but was oblivious to Christgau. I was a moron. Maybe I still am. In Provo, Utah, in 1989-90, reading the Voice on campus felt subversive. It also felt like disappearing into the demimonde of Manhattan, a markedly darker place where the above albums would get the attention they deserved. It was also more morally gray than Brigham Young University and full of more amazing everything.

    Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite

    So this morning when I read the above-linked Christgau post on Medium, it took me back to the days when I would come back from campus and find the latest Voice issue in my mailbox, stuffed in there with obvious disregard by a philistine of a mail carrier. Here’s why I like Mr. Christgau:

    Although I admire Reich in general and love Music for 18 Musicians in particular, he does dig him some austere, and austere I can live without. But here Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood performs one of Reich’s more virtuosic pieces and Reich returns the favor by assigning minimalist variations on some cunningly concealed Radiohead themes to the alert experimentalists Alarm Will Sound. Right, no one would call it a party. But the rock sonorities are very much a comfort nonetheless.

    In four sentences, you know everything you need to know about Steve Reich’s new album, Radio Rewrite. Also, he gives grades to whatever he reviews, e.g., Before We Were Born, B+.

  • Buckyball by Leo Villareal, Madison Square Park, New York City, October 2012

    “Buckyball, 2012″

    Buckyball, an installation by Leo Villareal.

  • audio

    45: Happy Puberty

    Show notes are here.
  • Canyon wall in Zion National Park

    Zion National Park Day One

    A longer post with images from the first day of our trip to Zion National Park.

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    Link: 2 Drug Chains Disable Apple Pay, as a Rival Makes Plans

    Apple Pay, the Silicon Valley giant’s highly anticipated mobile wallet, has been available for only one week but already may be inciting a battle within the payments industry.

    Over the weekend, Rite Aid and CVS disabled Apple Pay from working in their stores nationwide.

    Via: NY Times

  • Apple Pay NFC

    Link: Apple Pay goes offline at CVS, Rite Aid

    Last week’s rollout of iOS 8.1 on new iPhone models ushered in the long-awaited debut of Apple Pay. And for now, Apple is relying on major retailers—and their upgraded, compatible sales registers—to convince more people to pay the Apple way.

    Via: Ars Technica

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