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Music Monday: Modern Minimalism in March

Published on March 24, 2014 By bmagnus

Last week I introduced everybody to minimalism. Sure, there are “serious” composers doing minimalism, but I think that the dance music community has done a far better job with the genre. Notice the small selection of notes used and the repetition of slightly-changed thematic material. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t go on for a half […]

I bet I know how some jobs could be created….

Published on March 8, 2014 By bmagnus

More than half the nation’s public schools need to be repaired, renovated or modernized, a survey released Thursday found. Getting these schools in good condition would cost about $197 billion…. Since to the best of my knowledge there’s no Renovation Fairy who can complete a project by waving a magic hammer, that work would have […]

Shorties’ Due

Published on January 28, 2014 By bmagnus

Enjoy some pre-SOTU appetizers. Keeping an eye on us all: So, here’s the latest links on the NSA, privacy, spying, Snowden, the legality of anything the NSA is up to, and related issues. This just keeps getting messier. No, the fact that it’s cold outside does not prove that global warming is a hoax: seriously, people. […]

ZOMG! He’s Asking About the Future!

Published on December 17, 2013 By bmagnus

My local news channel decided to cover some information about the Arapahoe High School Shooter, specifically using this “chilling” — that’s Channel 8′s descriptor, not mine — quote: During a 2010 9NEWS town hall style debate, the then-freshman was selected from the audience to ask a question. “What would you like your legacy to be,” […]

The Last Will and Shorties of Rosalind Leigh

Published on October 18, 2013 By bmagnus

On Education: Children living in poverty are everywhere, and standardized tests are not ready for them. For pity sake, we’re wasting time teaching kids who are still figuring out how to hold a pencil how to fill in little bubbles on scantrons. All hail the holy power of earning a completion certificate degree. On Spying […]

Return to BloodShorties Lake

Published on September 4, 2013 By bmagnus

You can thank Drew for the title inspiration. It’s sometimes tough to keep thinking of Shorties titles! Beating the same drum: so here’s today’s tab dump on the freaking mess that continues to be the NSA, DEA, FBI, and Edward Snowden. And now for something completely different: a nice selection of  health, health insurance, and healthy […]

But all I see is a boat

Published on August 22, 2013 By bmagnus

Saw this on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Ok, I can deal with this. In Closing: Your NSA and Prism and other you don’t need no privacy link dump is here; some random health and science stuff; some even more random school and parenting links; short memories; and rum.

Financial Illiteracy

Published on August 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Many thanks to Cara Delany for this terrific infographic. Way back when I went to high school, I was required to take a trimester long class called Personal Finance. Among the topics were how to write a check and balance a checkbook, how to put together a family budget (this lesson might as well have […]

The economy sucks so bad they have to add Seinfeld to the calculations.

Published on August 1, 2013 By bmagnus

No joke! For the first time in four years, the Commerce Department will revise its estimates of U.S. gross domestic product — the value of U.S.-made goods and services — back to 1929. The biggest of the changes affect money spent on research and development and on artistic endeavors such as writing books or filming […]

R.I.S.D: Rest In Shorties Department

Published on May 24, 2013 By bmagnus

I Would Watch That!: I have been given permission to share my son’s brilliant idea for a new TV show: he calls it “Law and Order and Batman.” Dumbasses: There are plenty of vegan parents out there who manage not to starve their babies to death. Leia: 20 facts, 20 pictures, one princess. Startling: The amount […]