20+ minutes, yes, and a wonderful tribute.
As with online reservations, Roberts said the challenge is getting restaurants on board. “Every bit of feedback, the excitement from the diner side of this is scoring very, very high,” he said. “We need broad-based adoption by restaurants. That’s totally familiar to us. Nobody would’ve loved online reservations if there were only 10 restaurants.”
OpenTable seats 14 million diners a month in 31,000 restaurants. Now testing mobile payments.
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"The old Maps was a lot like a Christmas tree," says Jorah Jones, lead designer for Google Maps. "We kept on adding these beautiful new ornaments, but over the years, the ornaments started weighing the tree down, and it became hard to find the one you were looking for." The accumulated cruft of almost a decade of development had resulted in a design that was cluttered and obtuse, with countless Google services layered over one another. This made features hard to discover, unless you already knew they were there.Behind Google Maps’ Intuitive New Design | Co.Design | business design
The new Bartlett’s, published in 1992, reflected Mr. Kaplan’s desire for a cultural ecumenicalism that older editions seemed to lack. Under his stewardship, the volume incorporated quotations from Woody Allen (“It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens”); Kermit the Frog (“It’s not that easy bein’ green”); and an Englishman born Archie Leach (“Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant”).One of the first literary biographies I read was Kaplan’s “Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain.” And Whitman’s biography helped shape my study of America’s poet. Justin Kaplan, Literary Biographer, Dies at 88 - NYTimes.com
"And I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie …"
What an opening to the Hunter Valley show!
It’s not that I was stalling; I wanted to gain some perspective, work with my formula of five (5) things and make sure I wasn’t blind with emotion.
Nope. Sgt. Pepper deserves to be on my list.
Here are the bullet notes I made as I listened closely from start to finish with my laptop close by:
- The opening song’s wacky guitar; it’s plucked
- The 2009 remaster has superior separation, good production (at least better)
- A band about a band, even the first “real” song sung by Ringo!, of all people; the mirror image of a mirror image of a mirror image …
- Paul’s bass is much more than a rhythm instrument; you can hear it playing its own line as early as “With a little help from my friends”; he was much more than a rhythm section bass player
- I read somewhere that Ringo was one of the best “common sense drummers” in rock; listen closely to his work in the remaster and you believe it
- Are much of these lyrics about drugs? “I get high with a little help from my friends” to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” aka “LSD” to “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” to “A Day in the Life”
- Is that a hard 3-knock on the door with drums before the chorus: “Lucy in the Sky …”
- On “Getting Better” … once again, Paul’s bass plays a larger role - bum bum bum dum-dum …
- It’s getting better “because it can’t get any worse”; “I used to be cruel to my woman, I’d beat her and kept her apart from the things she loved”
- Fascinating background vocals on “Getting Better”
- At the end of “Getting Better,” the counting time at the end even with bongos …
- “Fixing a hole” and “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Blackburn Lancashire”; a precursor paid off in “A Day …”; what’s the obsession with “holes”?
- The background vocals are a joy: deet-deet-deet on “Fixing”; ooooooooos
- A harp opens “She’s Leaving Home”; a harp? It took Florence Welch to bring it back in a big way
- The idea of time in “She’s Leaving Home,” from “Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock” to “Friday morning at nine o’clock”; the latter one, of course, is when Paul died (yes, I was one of those Beatle fans)
- John’s background vocal: “She’s leaving home, bye, bye”; his lyric is a sad, poignant tale; who else could have sung those lines?
- Lots of falsetto: “She’s having fun”
- Strings on many Beatles songs, but “She’s Leaving Home” is among the best
- "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite": “A splendid time is guaranteed for all”; has there been another line so adopted?
- George’s repressed, close-mouthed singing in “Within you”; there are no Beatles here, only George; like “Eleanor Rigby” for Paul, “Yesterday”; “You-may-find-is-waiting-there”
- The coming of George’s spiritual era leads, now obviously, to Paul’s more light-hearted questions about what happens as he gets older in “When I’m Sixty-Four”
- Is “Within you” a reflection of Patti’s and George’s relationship with Eric Clapton?
- Why the laughter at the end? is that Paul and John giggling?
- More great background vocals on “When I’m Sixty-Four”; oooooos and very nasal … (“we shall scrimp and save”)
- Bass is the primary rhythm here; one plucked note at a time
- Wonderful clarinet with “Send me a postcard …” verse
- Simple electric guitar at the end, almost retro
- Percussion from cymbals, a ringing sound
- Mouth-made instrumental sound effects in “Lovely Rita” - “ch-ch-ch”
- Great piano solo; ragtime - then it goes away!; the piano disappears
- "Sitting on the sofa with a sister or two"; reminds me of John Sebastian’s “Did you ever have to make up your mind?”
- "Lovely Rita" turns into a bunch of moans and orgasmic sounds, ending with “Believe it”
- "Nothing to do … call his wife in" - is this a harkening back to "She’s Leaving Home"?
- “Going to work …” harkens to “She’s Leaving” and “A Day”
- “People running round, it’s 5 o’clock” ; “Someone needs to know the time, glad that I’m here”
- Someone nasals “Bye” as we begin the “Sgt. Pepper” reprise; George? (This is great fun)
- Cacophonous guitars at the beginning; like everyone’s playing; reminds me of the three distinct guitar solos on Abbey Road’s “The End”
- Great harmonies on “Sgt. Pepper” (the reprise), including a very high pitched, almost yelling voice
- And what is that chant at the end …? It sounds like Paul’s voice, racing, yelling …
- “A Day in the Life” - again, a wonderful and obvious bass line
- Lennon with his best voice … If “In My Life” hurts, this aches
- Ringo’s drums are not consistent with a slow song; there’s something else going on here; steady maracas
- It’s like Ringo’s playing on a different song, but this really works
- Paul’s vocal is almost muffled, no reverb or echo at all
- Lennon’s moaning scream, leading to big horns
- Why the rush?: “Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall”? The line clips along at a pace unlike anything else in the song (except Ringo’s work on tom-toms)
- And then, finally, there’s this ditty after the final note on “A Day” … “Never could see any other way” WTF is that? Does it need to be here?
"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" is 40 minutes of magic, one wonderful surprise after another. You’ve probably heard it 1,000 times—I know I have. But give it another listen. Up close.
13:15: As Stone tumbles off into empty space, Gilmour sings, “Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way.” To calm herself, Stone recalls her routines on Earth: when she comes home, cold and tired, she likes to warm her bones beside the fire.
Joshua Rothman listens to Pink Floyd as he watches “Gravity.” I’m going to try this for myself. Even if there’s a stretch here and there, it seems a blast.
Kudos to a company that’s always looking for good people to work with customers. Hats off to the team that keeps finding new ways to attract them. Thanks to both GolfNow and Nicole Nichele.
The great football coach John Madden was once asked whether he would tolerate a player like Terrell Owens on his team. Owens was both one of the most talented players in the game and one of the biggest jerks. (more)How to Deal With the Brilliant Jerks You Work With | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
50 years ago, Muhammad Ali became the heavyweight champion of the world
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"After listening to [Beck’s] ‘Morning Phase’ almost fifty times, I can’t find a single thing wrong with it. Even if you listen to listen to popular music all day, every day, you don’t get many albums like this in your lifetime." - Sasha Frere-Jones in The New Yorker (Feb 17 & 24, 2014)
Contacting someone on Facebook is the equivalent of opening up the phone book and calling someone,” said Scott Feinberg, 22, a user of WhatsApp. “With WhatsApp you’ve given me your number and actually want me to contact you.WhatsApp Deal Bets on a Few Fewer ‘Friends’ - NYTimes.com
Who knew years ago a horn section would rock the E Street Band? Ladies and gentlemen, Kitty’s Back in Town (here she comes now).