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John Jay Hooker Has Died

From The Tennesseean: ‘Charismatic’ John Jay Hooker has died

John Jay Hooker, who was perhaps Nashville’s most recognizable and charismatic political figure, and one of its most controversial, died Sunday morning.

He was 85.

Mr. Hooker, who had been battling cancer since January 2015, died peacefully with family and friends at Alive Hospice in Nashville.

“We have lost another legend,” said Tom Ingram, who, as a reporter for The Tennessean, covered Mr. Hooker’s first campaign for governor in 1966. “Seig (former Tennessean editor John Seigenthaler), George Barrett, and now John Jay. They were giants …”

I met Hooker at BlogNashville in 2005. Here is a post from back then.

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Star Wars for Breakfast

Yoda and Lucky Charms

I’ve got a million of ’em.

Jedi Mind Trix – “You want to buy this cereal. It has bright colors and a rabbit on the box. There’s a toy prize inside. You want the toy prize.”

Han Sol-Os – “Hokey weapons and ancient religions are no match for a good breakfast, kid.”

Han Sol-Os, Special Edition – Same thing, but the cereal bites first, forcing Han to eat it.

Obi-Wan Ken Oat Bran – “Obi-Wan Ken Oat Bran. Obi-Wan. Now that’s a cereal I ‘ve not had in a long time. A long time.”

Quote of the Day – Andy Warhol on Coca-Cola

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
–Andy Warhol

I remembered that after seeing this discussion – When can median income consumers afford the very best?

Word of the Day – The Pink Tax

Pink Tax – a higher price for the woman’s version of the same product or service, compared to the men’s version. Most often seen in personal hygiene products like deodorants and shampoo. The price difference may originate with the manufacturer, the retailer, or in some cases the government:

Since 2000, a New York City trade lawyer named Michael Cone has been fighting the federal government over gender-bias tariffs. While researching import tariffs (fees the U.S. charges on goods imported from other countries) at the request of a client who manufactured shoes, Cone discovered that the tariffs diverged across gender lines: men’s sneakers were taxed at 8.5 percent, while women’s were taxed at 10 percent.

As he continue researching, he found more and more price discrepancies based on gender. (An imported wool suit is taxed 8.5 percent for a woman and zero for a man?!) Some male items, like gloves, were more costly to males (14 percent versus 12.6 percent for females), but by-and-large, women’s items were taxed more.

Previous WOTD - Page Parking and Parallel Browsing (Web Browser Tab Usage)

Oniony – Potential Onion Headline

Area Man Would Have Picked Different Hobby if He Had Known How Expensive Making Babies is

Four Film Plots Explained Badly


A falcon statue changes hands in the fast-paced antiquities market.

A Vietnam-era Huck Finn travels up the Nung river in search of adventure.

Batman battles Wolverine while Black Widow and Alfred the Butler are forced to choose sides.

The actor who will become Han Solo wrecks the car that will become the Millennium Falcon.

Four Versions of Radiohead’s “Creep”

I like to wander YouTube listening to different artists’ covers of the same song, one after another. It’s like a wine tasting where you try one varietal (like a Zinfandel) from three or four different wineries side by side. You’d think that all Zinfandels would be about the same, but tasting them side by side tasting helps you appreciate the differences and makes it easy to decide which you like best. Seth Roberts called it the Willat Effect.

Here are four good covers of Radiohead’s “Creep” in four different styles. You can hear Radiohead’s original version here.

First up is the Pretenders.

This is Prince’s live cover from Coachella that the Internet is flipping out over this week. You can skip the first three minute of Prince wandering around the stage in the dark.

Macy Gray and David Choi in a radio studio with acoustic guitar.

Scala & Kolacny Brothers, sung by a large choir. If you’ve seen the movie The Social Network, this is the version that played over the credits.

Here’s how I’d rate the four covers

There’s a thing called The One Question – would you buy it again or do it again. So here’s how I’d rate the covers based on one question – would I go back and listen to them again?

Pretenders – It’s solid, and the thing that makes it stand out from the zillion Creep covers on YouTube is Chrissie Hynde’s unique phrasing. It’s good, but I can’t see any reason to listen to it again.

Prince – Some people love it, some people despise it. After listening to it I couldn’t decide which camp I was in. Some things are challenging – they’re so different than what you’re used to that you have to have to wrap your head around them. I liked it better the second time. I don’t think it’s great (and you have to handicap it for being a bad recording of a live show), but it’s a huge contrast to any other cover because Prince. I might listen to it again one day because it’s so different.

Scala & Kolacny Brothers – Beautiful and different. Worth multiple listenings.

Macy Gray and David Choi – The duet format is nice and the Macy Gray uses her aility to express strong emotion without raising her voice. I’ve listened to it over and over. The great camerawork in the video is a bonus.

Oniony – Potential Onion Headline

Hipster Appalled at Cost of Feeding Family of Four at Starbucks

Reje-X-men Profile #1 – Captain Above Average American

Reje-X-men profiles applicants who weren’t accepted to Charles Xavier’s elite team of mutant superheroes.

Reje-X-men Profile #1 – Captain Above Average American

What powers do you possess that your average countryman does not?

My mutant DNA gives me two powers the statistically average American does not have. The first power is tallness. I am 6 feet 8 inches tall. That makes me three standard deviations taller than the average American male.

Intriguing. And what other power do you have that most Americans do not?

I know what a standard deviation is.

Potential Onion Headline

Potential Onion headline: Google Maps Blamed for Rising Unemployment Among People Who are Good at Giving Directions

Trying something different with photos

I have a science degree and a little journalism experience. When I started photograpy my pictures were very literal, like I was using the camera for documentary purposes. That gets old after a while. The more I shoot the more I avoid boring pictures. For the pictures from the corn maze I used posterization to get a different look.






Oniony – Local Band Led Zeppelin Unaware Another Band Already Had That Name

High school senior Connor McHenry had just received the UPS delivery for his band, Led Zeppelin, when his friend came over for X-Box. “My buddy Paul looked at the Led Zeppelin t-shirts and was like, I think there’s another band with that name. They were this ancient British band that literally sold millions of records out of their pickup truck at sockhops and discos all around the country.”

McHenry hit the history books to learn more about his band’s namesake. “They were basically a J.R.R. Tolkien tribute band. So for example, ‘Ramble On’ is about Frodo’s journey and ‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’ is about Tolkien firing his literary agent.”

“They’re fossils now, but they were definitely ahead of their time,” McHenry says with admiration. “Timmy Page was the first person to play an electric guitar and Robert Planet was an openly hippie transsexual. This was before Roe vs. Wade, so you can imagine the discrimination he endured.” He says wistfully that he would have liked to see the old farts perform, but that “they all died in a scarlet fever epidemic.”

The Chesterfield High band has gotten a lot of ribbing from classmates who remembered hearing about the heavy metal dinosaurs from their grandparents. It’s mostly good-natured, but Zep bassist Scot Bhatnagar feels that some people are pushing their buttons a little too hard. “They act like we’re drooling morons who didn’t learn our ABCs,” says Bhatnagar, who plays on the football team. “We can’t be expected to know about this stupid swing band from the 1940s.”

iPhone Video – Playing Around with Slow Motion and Video Editing on the iPhone

I got my new iPhone 6s Plus and the first thing I wanted to do was film some things in slow motion. The car hood worked the best. You intuitively know how quickly a car hood should fall, so you instantly recognize the video is in slow motion. The loud noise is a bonus.

This is the first video I’ve made entirely on the iPhone. I used Apple’s free iMovie app to trim it, convert it to black and white, and add a title and background music.

That’s admittedly really basic video editing, but as an Adobe Premiere snob it was an eye-opener that I could do it on the phone and do it so quickly. The whole process from shooting to editing to publishing took about 20 minutes. Now I understand that doing everything on the iPhone could speed up video creation dramatically. I’ve downloaded some other video editors to explore this some more.

PreviouslyiPhone Video – My First Time Using an iPhone Instead of a DSLR for Club Video