Metro Area: Machine Vibes

Ahh…

What a great album (Metro Area (self titled))!!!  Pretty much like, italo, analog synth prog disco, Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, Todd Terje, Daft Punk, even Stereolab, touches of Lonnie Liston Smith, etc.  Some hints of Utd State 90 era 808 State.

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Lonnie Liston Smith live

A long held goal: see Lonnie Liston Smith live…

AC Temple–Half Angel

AC Temple–Half Angel. Great band from the mid 80s-early 90s UK, Somewhere between Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Live Skull, Polvo, etc. This is from their poppiest CD.  Reportedly they might release this performance on DVD, that would be awesome.

Backing up Gmail with Thunderbird

I’m backing up my Gmail account and will later backup my Yahoo e-mail account too to my computer via Mozilla Thunderbird, then I’ll back that up to an external hard drive, so that I can still access old e-mail messages in case my Gmail and Yahoo accounts online ever go down or get accidentally erased…

*UPDATE*

My biggest wish is that Thunderbird would encrypt downloaded mail by default and require a password to login to Thunderbird.   As it is now, once you’ve downloaded e-mails, anyone who has access to your computer can just open Thunderbird and start reading all of your e-mails.

Gmail and Thunderbird

I had some trouble by using the “Gmail” radio box on the Thunderbird wizard, when I tried to make changes (change to IMAP from POP), I had to choose the “e-mail” option instead of Gmail, which then gave me more choices…

Also, is there anyway using Thunderbird and IMAP to automatically download the entire messages? Apparently the entire messages aren’t downloaded until you click “Work Offline”? I haven’t found the right setting yet apparently. Ah, looks like it might be File->Offline->Offline settings, then select the folders that you want to have e-mail messages available in for offline use (the messages for these folders should then be downloaded–whenever you choose to work offline? Or automatically, I’m not sure yet…)

Will using IMAP download all my mail?

Not unless your client is set to do so. Most IMAP clients will download only the headers of your Gmail messages while you’re connected to the Internet. However, a few clients will download all of your mail by default.

Your messages will download completely when you select your client’s option to work offline. You’ll be able to read, sort, and compose replies to your messages while you’re working offline. Once you’re connected to the Internet again, you’ll be able to sync your client with the Gmail interface on the web.”

More info:

Turn Thunderbird into the Ultimate Gmail IMAP Client

Using Thunderbird with Gmail IMAP

Apparently Yahoo still only offers POP access with a paid Yahoo Plus account, and they still don’t offer IMAP access. Um…

Night Marchers — You’ve Got Nerve

Night Marchers–You’ve Got Nerve, Bar Pink Elephant, February 8, 2008

What a great song!!!

Ronald Jenkees, Muscial Genius as heard on ESPN

The Fast Song – a piano jam

messin with an e-piano sound (with distortion, LOL)

What????

This guy is good.

Really good! He could be making songs with Daft Punk, Madonna, Just Blaze, Timbaland, etc. In fact, if any of them let him produce their next few songs/CDs, they’d probably turn out that much better. Check out his crazy classical music piano song…followed by a great R&B/hip hop jam.

He could go on tour like Bowfire, or the Blue Man Group.

He has also got the best voice ever! (At the beginning and end of the clips). He could do voices for a great cartoon or something!

Looks like a movie in the making.

From his website:

“I’m not a savant or anything remotely related. Lots of people make assumptions, but I’m normal. I make videos to (hopefully) entertain, share my music, and encourage others to play even if they’re just getting started. No matter where you plan to take your music, I think it’s time well spent. Whether you’re hammering out “Mary Had a Little Lamb” or something crazy complicated, music can and should be fun. It’s such a constructive use of your time, even if you are doing simple stuff.”

Great stuff!

Simple Health Cures: Nasal Irrigation and Neti Pots?

A potential death blow to the billion dollar allergy/nasal/sinus problem industry???

That would be great…no more medicinal nasal sprays and nasal surgery…just water, salt, and baking soda??? Wow!

If this really works, this should be on the news more (besides being on Oprah).

“Nasal irrigation refers to rinsing the nose and nasal passages with a solution, typically salt water. The solution can be as simple – and cheap – as a quarter-teaspoon of kosher salt, eight ounces of warm tap water and a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda.”

“For most patients, the benefit of nasal irrigation is that it does a great job of treating symptoms that otherwise aren’t well treated with medicine,” she notes. “Nasal irrigation can be considered a first-line treatment for common nasal and sinus symptoms. It’s often more effective than medications.”

For people with mild allergies, Pynnonen says, nasal irrigations alone may be enough to control the symptoms. Others may need to use medications in addition to nasal irrigation.

Pynnonen recently led a study in which her team found that saline irrigation is very effective at controlling sinus symptoms, more so than saline sprays. “Patients who used nasal irrigation,” she says, “experienced as much improvement as some patients with chronic sinusitis get with sinus surgery.”

Nasal irrigation can be used in children, she says, with a smaller amount of the solution. As long as the child is old enough to cooperate with the treatment, Pynnonen says, it’s safe to try nasal irrigation. ”

Spring cleaning … for your nose (University of Michigan Health System)

Dr. Oz Explains the Benefits of a Neti Pot (www.oprah.com)