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Mary Steenburgen after surgery: “My brain was only music”

From this people.com story:

When Mary Steenburgen woke up from minor arm surgery in 2007, her brain was “only music,” an odd result that lead her to a new songwriting career — and one that may earn her another Oscar.

The actress, 66, said that her brain felt out of control immediately after surgery.

“I felt strange as soon as the anesthesia started to wear off,” she told IndieWire. “The best way I can describe it is that it just felt like my brain was only music, and that everything anybody said to me became musical. All of my thoughts became musical. Every street sign became musical. I couldn’t get my mind into any other mode.”

(In a slightly related story, Scientific American has an article titled, The Hidden Dangers of Going Under.)

Schism, by Tool

I recently had my blood drawn by a man with a lot of tattoos and piercings, and while we were talking he asked what my favorite band was. I answered Guns n' Roses, and then asked what his was, and he said, Tool.

I totally forgot about that band. I think back in the day (the 1990s), Schism was my favorite song from them, but I’m still trying to recall them all. I had never seen that video before, but parts of it reminded me of Justin Kamerer and AngryBlue.com.

Alexa, never play songs by James Taylor

Me: Alexa, play 70s folk music.

*Alexa starts playing a James Taylor song*

Me: Alexa, never play songs by James Taylor.

Alexa: Shuffling James Taylor playlist, on Amazon Music.

How to show the largest files under a directory on Mac OS X (Unix) alvin December 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

Here’s an example that shows how to find the largest files under a directory on MacOS and Linux/Unix systems.

A du/sort command to show the largest files under a directory on Mac OS X

The Unix/Linux command that worked for me on my MacOS system is this:

$ du -a * | sort -r -n | head -10

du is the disk usage command, and the -a flag says, “Display an entry for each file in a file hierarchy.” Then I use the sort command to sort the du output numerically and in reverse. After that, head -10 shows only the first ten lines of output. In the Music folder on my Mac the command and output look like this:

Tom Petty and The Traveling Wilburys’ “End of the Line”

Whenever I think about Tom Petty, the first things I think of are the song Free Fallin’, and the Wildflowers album. Other great songs are Runnin’ Down a Dream, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, and Learning to Fly. But today I’m thinking of The Traveling Wilburys’ End of the Line:

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and grey
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive.

Amazon MP3 quality

A long time ago I wrote about how to improve your iTunes song quality, but that article was about how to make the songs you already have in iTunes sound their best through a couple of tweaks.

This morning I was again listening to a song on YouTube, and then I checked it against the same song I have in iTunes, and the YouTube song quality sounded better than my song, which I purchased through Amazon.com. In short, that led me to find this amazon page where they discuss the (poor) quality of their MP3s, part of which is shown in this image. IMHO, I don’t think people are that concerned about 5 MB file sizes and 56k dialup connections in most places. (They could make this an option.)

How I significantly improved my iTunes song quality

It was driving me crazy that the quality of the songs I was streaming from a website known as Bandcamp sounded better than the quality of the songs I was playing from my iTunes collection. In my case, I recently bought a Marian Call CD named “Something Fierce”, and had imported the songs from that CD into iTunes. But the songs I streamed from Bandcamp sounded better than the songs I imported from the CD; how could this be?

My most listened to songs of 2012

With the end of every year I like to take a little time to look back, and for the last few years I've been noting which songs I listened to most during the previous year. This is my list of the songs I played most during 2012.

The list is a little skewed, because in my world there's Guns 'n Roses, Godsmack, The Dixie Chicks, The Cranberries, and then everyone else. So, in the "Everyone Else" list, here are my most listened to songs of 2012. The Top 5 are shown at the bottom.