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Reconsidering Earliest-Known Recording

From a 2009 episode of All Things Considered, wherein two audio historians re-evaluate a phonautograph recording dated to 1860:

We’ve decided that instead of playing back the voice of a young girl, possibly the daughter of the inventor, that now we’re actually hearing the voice of the inventor himself. We played it back at the wrong speed.

Science: it’s really hard sometimes.

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Casey Kasem's body missing from funeral home, daughter's rep says

Christie D’Zurilla writing for the Los Angeles Times's Ministry of Gossip blog:

Casey Kasem’s body is no longer at the Washington state funeral home that had been keeping it, a rep for the radio icon’s eldest daughter said Friday.

A judge awarded daughter Kerri Kasem a temporary restraining order Wednesday preventing her dad’s second wife, Jean Kasem, from cremating or removing the remains from the funeral home pending a decision about who could conduct a possible autopsy, the Associated Press reported Friday.

However, Jean Kasem had already filled out a death certificate indicating that the body should be transferred to a funeral home in Montreal, the AP reported, noting that on Friday the Canadian funeral home said the radio host’s body was not there, nor was his name in its system.

This story is getting weirder and weirder.

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Tesla Model 3 to challenge BMW 3 Series

Steve Fowler quoting Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on the naming of the model of their next car for Auto Express:

"We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car," Musk told us. "So I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.

"We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.

"The new model is going to be called Model 3, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!"

This just in: Elon Musk is ten years old.

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Scientists use MRI to measure precisely how your butt deforms when you sit down

Discover magazine’s Seriously, Science? blog has discovered a study from 2013 about, well, uh:

AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of this study was to describe an individual’s 3-dimensional buttocks response to sitting. Within that exploration, we specifically considered tissue (i.e., fat and muscle) deformations, including tissue displacements that have not been identified by research published to date.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The buttocks anatomy of an able-bodied female during sitting was collected in a FONAR Upright MRI.

Another mystery of the universe solved. Presumably.

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As part of his Every Frame a Painting show, Tony Zhou has analyzed Michael Bay’s filmmaking style in “Michael Bay - What is Bayhem?”

Yes, this is really happening.

No, it’s not a fluff piece. And it’s actually fascinating.

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Alice Coachman, 90, Dies; First Black Woman to Win Olympic Gold

Richard Goldstein reporting for The New York Times:

Alice Coachman, who became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she captured the high jump for the United States at the 1948 London Games, died on Monday in Albany, Ga. She was 90.

Her daughter, Evelyn Jones, said she had been treated at a nursing home for a stroke in recent months and went into cardiac arrest after being transferred to a hospital on Monday with breathing difficulties.

Wonder if I should make an “I’m sad because I never heard of this person until they died” tag.

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It’s been a little while since I posted a Meine Meinung video here, but they arranged my favorite song from Dragon Quest IV, the main battle theme, so I’m kind of obligated to share this one.

In this medley we’ve got:

  1. "Interlude" (0:00–0:29)
  2. "Battle for the Glory ~ Deathfight" (0:29–2:54)
  3. "In a Town" (2:54–4:20)
  4. "Casino Rag" (4:20–7:05)
  5. "Medium Fanfare" (7:05–7:24)

I love how not only do they get the weird time switches at the battle theme’s climax correct (at 1:18 here, yes it’s like that on the NES and it rules), but afterward they stay in 7/8 and proceed to radically solo over that.

Original soundtrack by Koichi Sugiyama.

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Where Online Services Go When They Die

Benj Edwards, The Atlantic:

Michael Doino approached the late hours of October 1, 1999, with a lingering sense of dread. It was finally time, after 11 years, to pull the plug on Prodigy Classic, a commercial online service he had helped shepherd from a plucky upstart into a nationwide giant.

"It was very bittersweet, very sad," recalls Doino, a veteran project manager at the company. "I had been there before the Prodigy service went live."

Some time before midnight, Doino logged into the main Prodigy Classic server and, as instructed, uploaded a file to redirect Prodigy Classic users to the company’s newer Prodigy Internet service. At that moment, the written record of a massive, unique online culture, including millions of messages and tens of thousands of hand-drawn pieces of digital art, seemingly vanished into thin air

Both Colin and I used the old Prodigy service (my user ID was KNCT87D), so reading anything about it is a guaranteed way to get me nostalgic about grade school and dial-up modems and Mac Color Classics.

The piece is mostly concerned with the quest of one man to reverse engineer information from old Prodigy clients and cache files. I’ve mentioned it before here, but I get kind of worked up when I think about things made by people being lost forever, and an internet service and all the data on it certainly qualifies.

What I’m saying is that reading this piece gave me some Feelings.

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Florida redistricting illegally favors Republicans, judge rules

David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times:

Florida judge ruled the state’s congressional district map invalid Thursday night, saying it violates constitutional provisions that require fair districts and instead favors Republicans.

In a scathing opinion, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis ruled in Tallahassee that the Legislature’s Republican political consultants had “made a mockery” of the redistricting process, tainting it with “partisan intent.”

Lewis said that the districts, drawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature after the 2010 census, flouted voter-passed constitutional amendments intended to eliminate gerrymandering - that is, often-bizarre and irregular lines that make a district safe for one party or the other.

In 2004, the Supreme Court ruled in Vieth v. Jubelirer that gerrymandering based on political party is more or less okay. The key to this ruling was those amendments to Florida’s constitution mentioned in the third paragraph.