Space considerations

You know, this kind of thing never happened when Tom was in charge:

Myspace has apparently lost most or all of the music files uploaded by its users before 2015, and it told users that the data was corrupted beyond repair during a server migration. Myspace apparently admitted the problem to concerned users seven or eight months ago, but so few people noticed that there wasn’t any news coverage until the past 24 hours.

Myspace, the once-mighty social networking site, has existed since 2003 but has been fading into obscurity for the past decade. Many musicians used to rely on Myspace to spread their music, and over the years it hosted 53 million songs from 14.2 million artists.

Some of Myspace’s loyal users noticed more than a year ago that they couldn’t play music or download music files and asked Myspace for answers. Myspace initially told those users that it would recover the lost data, but months later it admitted that the files were gone forever.

The last actual album I linked to on Myspace was Taylor Swift’s 1989, released in 2014. The album details are still on my deck, as it’s called, but the songs don’t play. I did find some actual photos from 2007. And a couple of my friends have since passed away, but I knew that already.


The undisputed King

Did Dick Dale ever get tired of playing “Misirlou”? From this session, recorded when he was 71, I’m guessing he didn’t:

Dale said that he had to keep touring just to afford his medical bills, which is a shame, but it never seemed to affect his playing.

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Where are the Snowdons of yesteryear?

Lisa Snowdon is still around, as fashion models and TV presenters always seem to be. It’s perhaps worth noting that her parents spelled that surname “Snawdon,” with an A; she changed it when she signed with a modeling agency. She hadn’t planned on being a model, but she apparently decided it was better than pole-dancing.

Lisa Snowdon rides that train

Her first television job was on MTV UK; she went on to several medium-profile gigs, including Sir David Frost’s sidekick on Through the Keyhole, and the host of Britain’s Next Top Model.

Lisa Snowdon shaves her legs, presumably not with Guinness

Presumably unrelated to her work, in 2010 she contracted viral meningitis, and after recovering became a fundraiser for research into the disease.

Does this guy have the best job in the world, or what?

Of course, it takes two to tango:

She and her partner finished third on that season of Strictly Come Dancing.

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Licensed bird

Digitus impudicus, the ever-popular upraised middle finger, is apparently subject to First Amendment protection:

When Debra Cruise-Gulyas was pulled over for speeding in Taylor, Michigan by Officer Matthew Minard in 2017, she gave in to that very temptation. Well, not right away. After he stopped her, Officer Minard had apparently gave Cruise-Gulyas a bit of a break, citing her for a non-moving violation instead of speeding. Not mollified by the break she got, following the stop, as she drove away, Cruise decided to make a crude gesture directed at the police officer.

As the court put it, “she made an all-too-familiar gesture at Minard with her hand and without four of her fingers showing.”

Apparently piqued that he was not shown sufficient gratitude for his act of grace, Minard turned his emergency lights on and pulled Cruise-Gulyas over again, voiding the original ticket and instead rewrote her up for speeding. Cruise-Gulyas sued, arguing that she and her middle finger have rights to free expression under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

In a unanimous 3-0 ruling earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th federal circuit agreed. “Fits of rudeness or lack of gratitude may violate the Golden Rule,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote in the decision. “But that doesn’t make them illegal or for that matter punishable.”

Oh, and there were Fourth Amendment issues as well:

The Fourth Amendment’s protections against “unreasonable” search and seizure require police to have a reason to pull you over. Once the first stop ended, the court ruled, those conditions no longer existed, making the second stop unconstitutional. “Cruise-Gulyas did not break any law that would justify the second stop and at most was exercising her free speech rights,” the court wrote.

Everybody knows that the Bird is the word.

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Stuck in 1690

Someone perhaps wasn’t thinking when this application was written:

The matter was resolved quickly enough:

And thank God this didn’t happen to an American woman running for office, because we’d never hear the end of it.

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A warm thumping

I’m not sure what happened here. The Thunder jumped out to a 15-3 lead early, watched it disappear, and then never managed to catch up again. Admittedly, the home team was somewhat undermanned, with Nerlens Noel a late scratch and Russell Westbrook under a one-game suspension for having collected 16 technical fouls, but you still have to wonder what happened after those first few minutes. Miami led by two after the first quarter, by three at the half, by eleven after three. The Heat ran that lead to as high as 19; the Thunder managed to shrink it to six, but there wasn’t anywhere near enough time for a full-fledged comeback. Finally Steven Adams fouled out, Dwyane Wade swished a couple of free throws, and that was it. Miami 116, Oklahoma City 107, the season series is split, and suddenly even making the playoffs becomes debatable.

And Wade, bless him, just had to go out on top. The Chesapeake Arena crowd gave him a warm welcome at the start, and they weren’t about to boo him. Still, the Heat starters were no great shakes tonight: Kelly Olynyk was the only one in double figures, with 18. Look at this bench, though: 25 from Wade, 26 (and 11 assists) from Goran Dragić, 14 from James Johnson. Meanwhile in Thunder blue, Jerami Grant squeezed out a career-high 27 (and 10 rebounds), just behind Paul George’s 31. Dennis Schröder, starting at the point in lieu of Westbrook, came up with 20, but the depleted Thunder reserves managed only 10 points all night.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors won their 50th game tonight, and OKC gets to play them twice in succession, Wednesday night at home (where the big event is the retirement of Nick Collison’s #4 jersey), and then Friday in the Great White North. Tough times ahead, to be sure.


The victim

She did nothing to deserve that status, of course, but there would always be someone to explain why it was her fault. No one, however, can explain why I would dream about it.


Welcome back, Johnny

The irrepressible John B. Sebastian brings along one of his Sixties songs, and it’s just perfect for the MonaLisa Twins:

Just too cute.

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The usual wailing

This sort of stuff has been coming out all year, with the implication that somehow it’s All Trump’s Fault:

The average tax refund is $2,640 for the week ending Feb. 15, according to the IRS. That’s down by more than 16 percent compared to the year-ago period.

For the first time, taxpayers are submitting their returns under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect last year.

The filing season only kicked off on Jan. 28, but some early filers are finding that they’re either owing the IRS or they’ll be receiving a smaller refund.

Boo fricking hoo. If you knew how to play this game, you’d have tweaked your withholding for 2018 to wind up even with the IRS and had all that extra cash during the year. Most people, it seems, would rather get it in a lump sum in the spring.

Then again, I didn’t tweak my withholding for 2018, and I got back six times as much as I did last year. This reflects two factors: (1) I actually made a few bucks less, and (2) I am not easily scared.

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Strange search-engine queries (685)

By now you should be well past the most alarming aspect of green beer, and it’s time for us — for me, anyway — to get back to work.

27 track mind:  But only an 8-track player.

michelle left dirty dishes in the sink for a couple of days. when her roommate tania saw this, she:  Hurled them at the lazy bum with great vigor.

vintage diane webber:  In an era when vintage clothing is all the rage, it’s worth remembering someone who never wore any of it.

people who hate reality shows are really just old, humorless sourpusses. what propaganda technique does the writer employ in this statement?  The same ones used on most reality shows.

bewbage:  You’ll know it when you see it.

soggy cardboard rule 34:  Wouldn’t you rather see some nice bewbage?

supercar blondie cameltoe:  Drive young, stay pretty.

written update handkerchief:  Hey, I was out of paper, okay?

weingeld:  Pay it, and you’ll never get rid of the Wein.

celty sturluson:  She’s kind and loving, but she will never go down on you.

dating limbo:  Like dating hell, except with slower feedback.

prior incantato:  A spell which rewinds to the beginning of the previous song.

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Critters at play

And almost certainly enjoying it:

Works for our species, too, at certain stages of development.

(Via Miss Cellania.)


Big leg woman ain’t got no soul

We will leave questions of taste aside for the moment:

(Via snipe.)

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Oh, goodness, Aunt Becky

I’d been hoping for a nemo paradise take on this particular contretemps:

I read this morning that the government has set bail for an actress named Lori Loughlin at a cool one million bucks. She paid a guy to bribe somebody at a huge California diploma mill called USC into accepting her daughters for admission, and she has been charged, not with statutory stupidity, but with mail fraud.

Yet it seems pretty clear to me that tragedy is averted by the sheer quality of comedy that obtains:

First of all, there’s the USC angle. In A Man For All Seasons, Thomas More asks his corrupted protege Richard Rich, whose false testimony has been bought by making him Chancellor of the Welsh:

“Richard, it profits not a man, should he lose his soul, to gain the whole world! But — for Wales?”

Bribing people to get your kid into Harvard, Stanford — even Brown — is understandable. But USC? Tailback U?

And the best comedy, of course, is the comedy that’s the most universal:

What Loughlin did is dishonest, but hardly worth the level of outrage it has ginned up among both red and blue TV virtue-signalers. Frankly, anybody who ever handed a headwaiter a tip to get a table is guilty of social misconduct, and being a friend of the doorman at last night’s hottest club shouldn’t get you inside ahead of all those eager folks waiting patiently in line, now, should it?

It’s not the bribe; it’s the acknowledgement of a bribe. There are places on this earth where nothing gets done unless palms are greased.

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Neither silent nor deadly

But a distraction just the same:

At a snooker match in the UK, Judd Trump lines up for a shot as he attempts to mount a comeback against Ronnie O’Sullivan. But right before he pulls the trigger on the attempt, someone in the audience pulls the trigger on a thunderous fart. It takes over a minute for the audience to settle down, but even Trump and O’Sullivan get in a chuckle.

A big ripper, indeed.

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In lieu of extension cords

I can’t even come close to be surprised at this:

In our little community of 150 homes, some “sustainability” folks formed a HOA committee and they decided we should have a charging station. Hilarity ensued when the quotes came in — just to install the hardware: $75K to $300K. If used regularly, power bill is over $10K annually.

Rather a lot of people have turned up in fora to boast of how much they’re not spending on gas, and that’s fair, but I’m betting most of them have no idea what they’re paying for traveling kilowatt-hours.

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Looking out at Number One

First, let’s get this out of the way:

Durant’s absence, however, did not create any opportunities for the Thunder, who could barely buy a bucket most of the night. And if the Warriors had a weak spot, OKC was not able to find it. Golden State rolled up 40 points in the first quarter, after which the Thunder defense was occasionally visible; still, halfway through the fourth, the Warriors were up 17, and a couple minutes later, the benches were emptied. When the smoke cleared, it was Golden State 110, Oklahoma City 88, and radio guy Matt Pinto had an interesting statistic to toss in: during Durant’s three seasons in Oakland, the Warriors have played 30 games in which Steph Curry played and Durant didn’t — and their record for those 30 games is 26-4.

Other numbers of note:

32.3:  the Thunder’s shooting percentage tonight, a season low. (88 points is also a season low.)

10:  the number of points OKC left at the charity stripe, shooting 13-23.

16:  the number of technical fouls called this season on Russell Westbrook, which unless rescinded will get him a one-game suspension.

Speaking of Westbrook, his line tonight was 7-8-9; he went 2-16 from the field, 0-7 from outside. Paul George delivered a double-double, 29-13, despite having Andre Iguodala breathing down his neck. (Hey, it could have been Durant.) Steph Curry was happy to drop in 33 points, and Klay Thompson tacked on 23 more.

And that’s the end of the season series, with Golden State winning 2-1. (Who knows what the playoffs may bring?) Monday brings the Miami Heat, who are actually better on the road (16-16) than they are at home (16-20). We note in passing that three of the 16 playoff slots have now been claimed: the Warriors in the West, Milwaukee and Toronto in the East. The Thunder have dropped to fifth in the West, one game up on the Spurs, who have won eight straight, including tonight’s tussle with Portland. Next for San Antonio: Golden State. It’s almost enough to make you root for the Spurs.