It was just over 6 years ago that we brought Tabby home.
I had some trouble getting her to pose back then. Tabby was hoping that she was doing the right thing for the camera guy, looking over to Lorraine for confirmation.
So happy that I got this shot.
Such an awesome Golden!
I love being in downtown Kingston especially during late spring. A few images from my photo walk this evening.
As we walked around the market square, there appeared an old Triumph Spitfire. I used to have one of these when I was a very young man — I was only 17 years old. I will say that I do not remember my Spitfire being as nice as this one. Especially the suspension system. My rear wheels literally toed out from the bottom by a good 5 – 10 degrees. On this car, all the wheels were perfectly level. If you look closely, you can make out a gun target on the hood of the car just in front of the steering wheel.
After two decades, the last store selling musical instruments and gear in the city’s downtown core has closed.
The Kingston Guitar Shop, at the corner of Wellington and Clarence streets, has seen its sales drop by about half in the past five years, said co-owner Gord Mylks, as people turn to the internet for their purchases.
Tough time to be in retail.
Such a wonderful world this world of email. Tracking me to see if I have opened or clicked on any of their emails.
In this case, their emails went directly into my spam folder, including this ACTION REQUIRED email.
Clicking on that “Update Your Email Preferences” link looks dangerous to me.
I think I will just leave it alone.
Where it belongs.
Earlier this month, Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, finalized a divorce settlement with ex Isaiah Silva. As part of the agreement, Silva gained possession of the 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar the late Nirvana frontman played in the band’s legacy-burnishing 1993 appearance on MTV Unplugged.
The instrument is a genuinely iconic artifact of alterna-rock history. As TMZ reported at the time, Cobain wanted a full break with Silva as soon as possible and hoped it would help settle things for good. The settlement came five months after a judge declared the marriage over. According to reports, Cobain will keep the home the couple purchased together.
Silva, however, does not appear to be letting things go. According to reports, he filed a new suit alleging that Love conspired with Britney Spears’s former manager Sam Lutfi (who has also reportedly managed Love), 13 Reasons Why actor Ross Butler, private investigator and security expert John Nazarian, and musician Michael Schenk to murder him and steal back the guitar.
All that for a sixty-year old guitar. It is a unique piece though. Martin only made 302 of them.
Reverb puts the estimated price range of the D-18E at somewhere between $6,000 and $8,000.
Chicago Music Exchange had one and put up this video on the guitar:
Because Cobain played it live on MTV, someone is probably willing to pay millions for it.
Perhaps even willing to kill someone for it.
I will miss email encounters like this one after I retire.
You would be surprised at how difficult it is to answer questions honestly, simply and with absolute clarity but somehow, with decades of experience answering hundreds of thousands of emails just like this one, I think I finally found a way.
Gmail has a new AI auto responder.
The AI wanted me to answer this way:
Yes, I am. I would love to chat. You’re looking at him!
I think Google has some work to do with their AI auto responder.
From the Atlantic:
This moment we’re in right now—where humans and bots find themselves in an unprecedented admixture—is one more step in the automation of different kinds of human labor. In the quiet, white-collar automation that swept the world in the last quarter of the 20th century, the messiness of human processes required many intermediate steps in the transition from paper and human to computer and computer. Much of what service work used to be was automated over the last few decades. Now, computers make the decisions, and the main role of the human is to deliver this information after pressing some keys on a computer.
Governments are looking into universal basic income programs because they can see where the technology advances are leading: to a society where most will not have work of value.
“2001’s” official premiere was at the Uptown theater in Washington’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, with stars and MGM brass in attendance.
By intermission, attendees were “streaming out. It was a disaster. No one liked it,” Benson recounts in his book.
Wrote one British journalist: “There was not a single handclap. … The audience just rose, stunned and thoughtful, and shuffled out to the pavement.”
The next night, after the New York premiere, Clarke reportedly heard MGM suits saying: “Well, that’s the end of Stanley Kubrick.”
50 years later? One of the most influential of all science fiction films.
This film tops my list of the best science fiction movies. Others include Alien, Blade Runner, Inception, Metropolis, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Matrix, Interstellar, Mad Max:Fury Road, Gravity amongst others.
But 2001: A Space Odyssey remains at the top for me.
April 2nd, 1968. I cannot believe it has been 50 years since it was first released.