Tomorrow (March 24) night in Koreatown

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Large quantity of XB-70 & F-104N artifacts found

Google Earth updated their imagery of the Mojave desert in 2018 and aviation archeologists have been making some incredible finds. Some members of the Wreckchasing message board tracked down the initial impact point of the famous XB-70 & F-104N midair collision from 1966 and found pieces still sitting out in the desert fifty years later.

Sam Parker is an aviation enthusiast and an expert Google Earth imagery specialist. He was able to answer the question about where the debris from the initial impact came down. He has spent hundreds of hours viewing Google Earth images to determine the trace marks left behind from aircraft accidents. Google Earth updated their imagery of the Mojave Desert in 2018 and for the first time details emerged that revealed that something may have been forgotten in the desert from the 1966 accident more than 50 years ago. As previously confirmed, a piece of gleaming metal debris as small as one square foot in size or even smaller can be found using Google Earth if the sun angle at the time of the image is just right. Aluminum can show up in an image as a white pixelated area against a darker background. It just so happened that the updated Google Earth imagery of the Mojave Desert area in question was updated when the sky was clear and the sun angle was just right. Sam scanned and scrutinized the imagery looking for those telltale glimmering pixels in the images. They could be glistening quartz rocks or they could be pieces of aluminum that had fallen there long ago. There was no way to be sure of what the white pixels were without boots on the ground to confirm them. The problem was that there were literally hundreds of white pixel targets that needed to be checked out in the area of interest.

Sam methodically plotted the target coordinates and then plotted the best routes to get to them. On his own initiative and all by himself, Sam drove out into the vast unknown desert wilderness to see what the white pixel targets were. After cresting a small hill and searching through the sage brush, Sam came upon a large piece of white painted aircraft aluminum. Sam turned the piece over and it revealed honeycomb construction and part numbers confirming that it was from the North American XB-70. Sam had done the seemingly impossible; he had discovered one of the largest pieces of the historic XB-70 Valkyrie since 1966 and made history!

Report on the recovery [PDF link].

Film of the accident:

XB-70 pilot Al White talks about his career, the collision, and the life of a test pilot during a long interview recorded in 1979. (From the Royal Aeronautical Society podcast):

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2018 in shows

Some (but not all) of the shows I saw in 2018:

Steve Kilbey

Steve Kilbey – April 28, private home, Sierra Madre, CA

Le Butcherettes

Le Butcherettes – May 12, The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – May 27, Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles

Hedgehog Shenzhen

Hedgehog – June 15, B10, Shenzhen, China

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson – July 7, Marty’s On Newport, Tustin, CA

The Bangles

The Bangles – July 14, Pershing Square, Los Angeles

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine – July 22, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

Charalambides

Charalambides – October 7, Blank Forms, New York City

Spiritualized  Kings Theater Brooklyn

Spiritualized – October 11, Kings Theater, Brooklyn

Shearwater

Shearwater + friends play David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy – October 19, Brookfield Place, New York City

Lady Gaga  2018 12 28 Las Vegas

Lady Gaga – December 28, Park Theatre at Park MGM, Las Vegas

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My 2018 album list

All of them are recommended

My 2018 album list (larger version on Flickr)
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Episode 019

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  1. Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra – “Calling Planet Earth – To Those Of Earth… And Other Worlds [00:03]
  2. Melenas – “Volaremos” – Melenas [00:26]
  3. Hedgehog – “Opium – Sound Of Life Towards [03:47]
  4. Backspace – “Lost Him” – Human Nature Architecture [08:41]
  5. The Creation Factory – “I Don’t Know What To Do” – The Creation Factory [13:09]
  6. Landing – “Nod” – Bells In New Towns [16:44]
  7. White+ – “Walk” – Live in Zhejiang, China 2018 [21:55]
  8. Chris Carter – “Blissters” – Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 [31:33]
  9. Yellow6 – “# 1” – Loops, Notes and Sketches Volume 2 [34:17]
  10. If Thousands – “Removed” [37:33]
  11. A Thousand Hours – “Ship” – Endless Grey [47:39]
  12. Marissa Nadler – “A Forest” – Covers 2 [50:45]
  13. The Asteroid No. 4 – “Remedy” – Collide [55:16]
  14. Speck Mountain – “Coldpoint” – Badwater [01:00:41]
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Episode 018

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I wouldn’t call it my top 15 list but everything here was released in 2017.

  1. The Blue Aeroplanes – “Looking For X’s On A Map” – Welcome, Stranger!http://www.theblueaeroplanes.com [00:03]
  2. Birdstriking – “25” – Holey Brainhttp://downloads.maybemars.org/album/holey-brain [03:55]
  3. Crystal Fairy – “Chiseler” – Crystal Fairyhttps://crystalfairy.bandcamp.com [07:02]
  4. Beaches – “Void” – Second Of Springhttps://chaptermusic.bandcamp.com/album/second-of-spring [10:00]
  5. Rainer Maria – “Suicides and Lazy Eyes” – Rainer Mariahttps://rainermaria.bandcamp.com [13:18]
  6. The Gentle Cycle – “Shells And Spells” – The Gentle Cyclehttps://thegentlecycle.bandcamp.com [16:57]
  7. Filthy Friends – “Editions of You” – Any Kind Of Crowdhttps://filthyfriends.bandcamp.com [22:31]
  8. Buried Feather – “Endless C” – Mind of the Swarmhttps://buriedfeather.bandcamp.com [25:31]
  9. Jane Weaver – “I Wish” – Modern Kosmologyhttps://janeweavermusic.com [29:46]
  10. Neutral – “Du” – Närhttps://www.facebook.com/neutralgamlestaden/ [34:11]
  11. Ojos Rojos – “Say Goodbye” – Songs of Love and Deathhttps://ojosrojosmusic.bandcamp.com [37:19]
  12. The Church – “I Don’t Know How I Don’t Know” – Man Woman Life Death Infinityhttps://thechurchband.net [42:28]
  13. A Thousand Hours – “Fall” – New Adventures of The Blog The Celebrates Itselfhttps://theblogthatcelebratesitself.bandcamp.com/album/new-adventures-of-tbtci [46:10]
  14. Gate To Otherside – “See” – Dragon Bus Terminalhttp://downloads.maybemars.org/album/dragon-bus-terminal [50:52]
  15. Moon Duo – “Mirror’s Edge” – Occult Architecture Vol. 2https://moonduo.bandcamp.com/ [56:25]

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Welcome home traveler…

…a volcano has erupted in the town next door.

Monrovia brush fire

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883: I really feel like he is setting people up for a mass suicide.

The borderlands between social branding and cult behavior have always on my radar. Long ago I predicted that actual cults will distill out of the pollution of 21st century-style marketing and no surprise – here they are…

“I really feel like he is setting people up for a mass suicide. He talked about ‘The Harvest.’ I always had a weird feeling.” – Former core staff member

Inside Bentinho Massaro’s cult that grafts together new age self-realization philosophy salad with the malignancy of tech bro narcisscism. Here comes Silicon Sedona. Beware.

“If anyone has an issue with me, turning against me, they stand to lose all these people they’re really close to”

Teal Swan, guru/cult leader.

“The C.E.O.s, inside they’re hurting. They can’t sleep at night.”

Esalen Institute rebrands itself to help Silicon Valley power brokers figure out why technology didn’t work in the way they expected. (my gut reaction… fuck them. their souls could stand to burn some more.)

I spent a week with 8,000 worshippers of the fake, fantastical cult of zumba.

Links:

The photography book shows a world most of us will only ever see in images. Wealth so glaring it is almost insulting. Inequality so massive it becomes preposterous. I’m not entirely convinced that we needed more visual testimonies of a situation we’ve been reading about day after day since the onset of financial crisis but the selection is excellent. I should probably add that the majority of the photographers in the book are men and/or from Europe or Northern America. Now that’s what i call perpetuating privileges.

We Make Money Not Art takes a look at Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality – the photobook of the exhibition.

Robert Blakeley, Who Created a Sign of the Cold War, Dies at 95.

What Happened to the $2.2M Marina Abramović Raised to Build Her Institute?

The slow death of the Ludlow Cafe.

Allison Bennett teaches you how to play The Smiths (and more) on guitar.

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Episode #017

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Quartz City Podcast Episode #017

  1. Carl Matthews – “As Above, So Below” – Space, Energy & Light: Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88https://www.discogs.com/Various-Space-Energy-Light-Experimental-Electronic-And-Acoustic-Soundscapes-1961-88/release/10514272 [00:03]
  2. OVOD – “Autumn Mornings part I” – Autumn Morningshttps://ovod.bandcamp.com/ [04:49]
  3. Oora – “Aria Fredda” – https://oora.bandcamp.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXi8uMmCuE [11:44]
  4. Steve Roach – “Nostalgia In Waves” – Nostalgia for the Futurehttps://steveroach.bandcamp.com [21:12]
  5. Boards Of Canada – “Tears From The Compound Eye” – The Campfire Headphasehttp://boardsofcanada.com [29:17]
  6. Flying Saucer Attack – “Instrumental Wish” – Distancehttp://fsa.space [32:59]
  7. Dean Hurley – “Slow One Chord Blues (Interior)” – Anthology Resource vol. 1https://deanhurley.bandcamp.com [39:31]
  8. David Lynch – “The Air Is On Fire part 07” – The Air Is On Firehttps://www.discogs.com/David-Lynch-The-Air-Is-On-Fire/master/677904 [40:38]
  9. Bernard Parmegiani – “Alba & Serge” – Rock (Bande Originale Du Film) – http://transversales.bandcamp.com [44:53]
  10. Busride – “The Ocean” – Busride [46:14]
  11. Brian Eno with Kevin Shields – “Only Once Away My Son” – https://soundcloud.com/adultswimsingles/brian-eno-with-kevin-shields [01:00:17]
  12. The Darkside – “Guitar Voodoo (alt mix)” – Complete Studio Mastershttps://www.discogs.com/The-Darkside-Complete-Studio-Masters/release/10876635 [01:09:24]
  13. FWY! – “Gateway Cities” – Gateway Cities – http://fwymusic.bandcamp.com [01:15:24]
  14. James Wilsey – “City of Broken Dolls” – El Doradohttps://www.discogs.com/James-Wilsey-El-Dorado/release/3344510 [01:19:35]
  15. Luna – “Around And Around” – A Place Of Greater Safetyhttp://lunamusic.com [01:22:24]
  16. Ulaan Khol – “Saltland” – Salthttps://worstward.bandcamp.com [01:26:00]
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Rugby Font v1.0.2

I finally stopped procrastinating and pulled the trigger on Glyphs which means that I can finally generate an OpenType version of Rugby font that should work everywhere.

Call it version 1.0.2. Download it here.

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