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Strangest Cello Music

The guys from 2CELLOS are pretty amazing, and performing heavy metal rock music (in this case, Thunderstruck by AC/DC) with cellos is definitely a bit strange. The thing is, it works, don’t you agree? I prefer the cellos to his voice, but to each his own.   I love the audience reaction at the end. … Continue reading

Shifting Between Worlds

This is cognitive liberty lesson #37. There is a concept called the “Assemblage Point” which you may one day find extremely useful. The AP is your attitude, your current mindset, the gestalt of your recent experience. Shifting the AP is a vital skill; it is that innate playfulness we may misplace as adults. The skill … Continue reading

Bonzo’s Last Stand, A Bootleg Led Zeppelin Rehearsal

Today I enjoyed listening to a rare Led Zeppelin rehearsal bootleg on vinyl. It is the last rehearsal the band recorded about five months before drummer John Bonham died. John Henry Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer for the British rock band … Continue reading

Billion Year Data Storage

How can my 100 original song project be enjoyed by whatever humans exist in one million years? For starters, I’ll need very long term data storage. To make the million year mark with a margin for safety, one option may be storage on tungsten disks. There will likely come a day when humanity itself has … Continue reading

Inventor: Machines Will Have Human Level Intelligence by 2029

We may not have long until the number one threat to humanity manifests: Artificial Intelligence. Enjoy your humanity while you can, things could change dramatically in the next 50 years. TOP 10 THREATS TO MANKIND  1 – Artificial intelligence 2 – Bio-hacking 3 –  Killer robots 4 – Nuclear war 5 – Climate change 6 … Continue reading

Video: Strange Riffs: Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder

The big riff from the song “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder has always seemed strange to me. It feels like it has extra notes, but somehow it works. Here’s our Saturday night jam version, me on acoustic guitar and my buddy Karen on bass. Our version is probably not exactly right, but fairly close. We … Continue reading

15,000+ Posts on Xenophilia.com Now Restored, Happy New Year

Hello Fellow Time Travellers, I’ve done much technical fiddling to revive xenophilia.com as the now archives for truestrange.com. Stop by Xenophilia — which means “love of the strange” — to browse over 15,000 articles collected over more than 15 years. Hosts tell me I could make money if I had ads on the site, but … Continue reading

Siri is polluted by brand names, doesn’t know “vibrato”

I wanted to look up voice lessons about singing with vibrato on YouTube. Here’s what Siri typed instead of the word vibrato: by Brado by Brotto five Brotto the Brado I brought a vibe Rado my brought it my brother vibrant fly pronto Not one correct guess. Since Siri could not get the individual word, … Continue reading

Hidden Web Site Terms: You Must Obey!

Slavery as a condition of web page use? I found a web site where a hidden term is that you agree to not disobey any employee of the company. The interface is set up so it is not possible to see the terms and conditions until you are already using the site.  Nice try, Satan. … Continue reading