atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7055: I suppose it needs doing

Media calls it a "stutter" but it's not. Take the most risible gaffe: "We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women created by the, go, you know the, you know the thing."

If it were a stutter it would be more like, "W-w-w-w-w-we h-hold these t-t-truths tt-t--t-t-t-to be s-s-self-evident...." and so on.

This is a stutter:

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Interesting fact: even the people who have the worst of stutters won't do so when they sing. There was some big country and western star who had an awful stutter.

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The left lionizes FDR because he was, in fact, an exemplar of the breed. Same reason they lionize Lincoln, in fact.

There was an alternate history book by Harry Turtledove which was set in an America where the Confederate States of America won the Civil War and Lincoln lost the election of 1864. At the end of the book, Lincoln was getting involved in the Progressive movement and in fact was shaping up to be a socialist, and Turtledove had Theodore Roosevelt himself call Lincoln a "communard", the period-correct (and, IMHO, superior) word for the type.

At the time I read the book I found that moment a serious turn-off. But the more I learn about Lincoln and the way he operated--and the more perspective that gets added to the mix--the more I think that yes, had he lived, Lincoln would have been a communist. And so, one of the outcomes of a triumphant CSA would have been a US in which the Republicans were the leftists.

It even makes sense when you really think about it. The Republican party was seriously progressive during its formative years. Abolition was a progressive goal, and the Democrat party was seriously anti-abolition. Following that, where did we see the biggest advocates for the expansion of federal power? A lot of them were Republican. Theodore Roosevelt himself was a huge progressive.

One of the greatest political scams ever pulled off was the Democrats, in the middle of the 1960s, convincing blacks that Democrats, the party of Jim Crow and the KKK, that opposed the abolition of slavery, were on their side.

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At work yesterday I had a sudden desire to hear a specific track from the Roxanne soundtrack. The track is called "The Panache". Like the entire OST for the movie, it's late-1980s jazz fusion. Unlike the rest of the OST, it doesn't have the slight cheesiness of late-1980s jazz fusion. Took a break and hopped on the Internet, and absolutely could not find it.

You can find the main theme for the movie. You can find endless songs from other artists with the same name, both as the movie and the specific song from the OST. (Since the OST song is an instrumental I was pretty certain that "The Panache (explicit version)" was not it.) You can even find endless copies of the main theme for the movie. What you can't find, though, is this track. Not even if you add the composer's name, which is Bruce Smeaton.

I got endless instances of "Roxanne", the song by the Police, as done by this or that band. I got several bands which had "Roxanne" in their nomes. I got all sorts of shit by Bruce Springsteen. And as already mentioned, a whole bunch of songs with "Panache" in their titles.


I am convinced that the guy who invents a fast search algorithm which is nonetheless accurate will be extremely rich, so long as he doesn't work for someone who can claim his patent.

I mean, I get it: search engines have a lot of data to sort through. Googe has enormous data centers; rack after rack after rack full of servers and drive arrays, all dedicated to serving that little search bar that pops up, so that people don't have to wait for results after entering "bobs n vagene". There are literal millions of web sites and to do an exact word match for each word in the search terms with each word on the sites (even titles) would be exhaustive and time-consuming. I get it.

But getting results which are wrong-- I mean, looking as far as "Bruce S" and quitting when you find a result is something I'd expect from a lazy human. (To be fair, that was Pandora, not Googe, but still.)

Searched on Googe, Pandora, and Amazon--none of them got me what I wanted. So, when I got home, I got out my copy of the OST and listened to it that way.

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