Journey from the Golden Age of analog mastering to today's digital processes.

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Tracklist:

Middath – The Jam

Infinity Ink – Too Strong (Radio Slave Remix)

Alex Kennon – The Lover

Raumakustik – Animal

Federico Grazzini – Purple Fur

Pete Graham & Marc Spence – Culture

Dennis Cruz – Insane

Cour T. – Joke Jungle

Frankly Watts & Steady Rock – Ghetto Freestyle

Gettoblaster ft. Fuzzy Cufflinxx – Excited

Claude VonStroKE & ZDS ft. KE – Comments

Psychemagik – Rattlesnake

Dennis Quin – Twerkolater

ID – ID

Emery Warman – Bonesaw

David Keno – Resonate

“There was a time when the 3,000 miles was a good guideline,” said Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor for the car site Edmunds.com. “But it’s no longer true for any car bought in the last seven or eight years.”  

Oil chemistry and engine technology have improved to the point that most cars can go several thousand more miles before changing the oil, Mr. Reed said. A better average, he said, would be 7,500 between oil changes, and sometimes up to 10,000 miles or more.

Nothing will ruin a pleasant drive quicker than the sight brake lights coming towards you on the highway. Miles ahead, someone or something has spooked the bejeezus out of traffic and now you're about to pay for it with your free time. The mighty flow of America's highways is about to be plugged by you and a couple hundred of your closest strangers.  

The next time a traffic jam's iron grip has you in its clutch, you can at least take heart knowing that scientists have figured out why they happen and who's to blame...

Sculptor Judith Klausner has been carving classically- and Victorian-inspired cameos out of Oreo cookies. Her most recent series -- From Scratch -- explores traditional handicrafts using mass-produced, packaged foods as her medium. In addition to the Oreo cameos, she has embroidered a fried egg onto toast, cross-stitched Chex cereal, and more!

Media Matters for America will document and correct conservative misinformation in each news cycle. Media Matters for America will monitor cable and broadcast news channels, print media and talk radio, as well as marginal, right-wing websites that often serve as original sources of misinformation for well-known conservative and mainstream media outlets.     this site is not fighting fire with fire. it's fighting it with water. the best way to combat lies is truth.  

For nearly 20 years, Dane Shitagi has been photographing ballerinas on the streets of the world's big cities, although so many of the photos are from NYC that I never knew about the other cities until just this very moment. Great stuff.

"Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they’re born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mocking birds aren’t content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that serve no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art."

The problem of child sexual abuse imagery faces a particular hurdle: It gets scant attention because few people want to confront the enormity and horror of the content, or they wrongly dismiss it as primarily teenagers sending inappropriate selfies.

Some state lawmakers, judges and members of Congress have refused to discuss the problem in detail, or have avoided attending meetings and hearings when it was on the agenda, according to interviews with law enforcement officials and victims.

Steven J. Grocki, who leads a group of policy experts and lawyers at the child exploitation section of the Justice Department, said the reluctance to address the issue went beyond elected officials and was a societal problem. “They turn away from it because it’s too ugly of a mirror,” he said.

Yet the material is everywhere, and ever more available.

“I think that people were always there, but the access is so easy,” said Lt. John Pizzuro, a task force commander in New Jersey. “You got nine million people in the state of New Jersey. Based upon statistics, we can probably arrest 400,000 people.”

Common language about the abuse can also minimize the harm in people’s minds. While the imagery is often defined as “child pornography” in state and federal laws, experts prefer terms like child sexual abuse imagery or child exploitation material to underscore the seriousness of the crimes and to avoid conflating it with adult pornography, which is legal for people over 18.

“Each and every image is a depiction of a crime in progress,” said Sgt. Jeff Swanson, a task force commander in Kansas. “The violence inflicted on these kids is unimaginable.”

Björk releases a dire and delightfully dissonant reimagining of Fever Ray’s “This Country”.

Whoa!

"The sad state of Mario Kart Tour is part of a steady decline in Nintendo’s mobile efforts. Things started off promising, with an iPhone version of Super Mario designed by none other than Shigeru Miyamoto, one that was sold in its entirety for $10. After that proved to be a failure, Nintendo pivoted to free-to-play with Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. They were fun, Nintendo-quality games with mechanics like loot boxes tacked on — and they made a lot of money. Things have since taken a turn for the dire. In addition to Mario Kart Tour, earlier this year Nintendo launched a puzzle game that was essentially Dr. Mario-themed Candy Crush, and both games are aggressively monetized to the point that the actual game feels secondary."

A thoughtful discussion with Stott Aukerman of Comedy Bang Bang, Between Two Ferns, among other things. They talk religion, comedy, parents, and it all feels like a real conversation between two friends.

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Podcast app user-agents

A communal attempt to figure out which devices and apps are downloading podcasts.

Horse Head

Auteur Rob Parrish’s delicious and bizarre Next To Heaven hit the web nearly 15 years ago. We haven’t seen anything so perfectly walk the line between absurdist surrealism and sentimental narrative since.

But now he’s back with Horse Head, a new web project about a gender-fluid-extra-dimensional alien’s visit to Earth.

The latest revision of this epic and highly opinionated/judgemental (read the Garage writeup for a great example) map contains 166 genres and 11,321 songs. It's both a masterpiece and a mess, and there's nothing else like it.

Music nerds can get lost in here for hours. Set aside some time.

Here's a massive chronological playlist of music from the guide.