The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee of the Unicode Consortium has released the latest batch of official emojis. The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a focus on making modern software and computing systems support the widest range of human languages. Here's a sneak peek of some of those emojis that you will see … Continue reading The Latest Batch of Emojis Is Coming Your Way
Facebook has built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules, according to company documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Known as “cross check” or “XCheck,” the program was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians, and journalists. Today, it … Continue reading I’m Less Important to Facebook Than a Dog
Of course, that's assuming I am correctly interpreting the results of a study recently conducted at the University of Michigan, and that the study was conducted properly. The study, published in the journal Nature Food, is based around healthy life expectancy - the length of time a person has a good quality of life and … Continue reading If I Eat 44 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Every Day, I Might Live Forever…
Eleven years ago New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote an opinion piece titled "We're No. 1(1)!" The title was in reference to a Newsweek ranking of the 100 best countries in the world. The U.S. didn't even make the top 10; we came in at No. 11. Not bad, but it seems that for … Continue reading We’re Number 11, Again! 😦
Could it be something by Ireland's James Galway? Or what about a performance by the American jazz flutist Herbie Mann? Or maybe even something from Scotland's Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull? Well... no, no, and no. It comes from someone you would never expect, but here it is, and you can judge for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c_ufaxeSTs … Continue reading Music Monday: The Greatest Flute Solo of All Time?
It's my favorite song of all time, and I sing along with it every time I hear it. In fact, one of my blog posts features the one and only solo singing performance of my life. In case you missed it (it's from 2017, so most readers have not seen it), here it is again: … Continue reading Music Monday: Making Things Right, Nearly Fifty Years Later
My son and I just finished watching the first episode of a relatively new series on Apple TV: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything. Here's a brief description of the eight-part series: An immersive, deep-dive rich with archival footage and interviews, “1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything,” will show how the musical icons … Continue reading Music Monday: 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything
I don't know why a desire to know the shortest song to make it to the top of the Billboards chart popped into my mind, but it's nice to know that Google makes it easy to satisfy such desires. Here's a couple of hints: the song appeared in Dirty Dancing, and Jackson Browne did his … Continue reading Music Monday: The Shortest #1 Song of All-Time
It's one of my favorite sporting events and over the past decades, it's produced numerous memorable moments. I can remember watching all of the following win the gentlemen's singles at Wimbledon, in my mind the premier tennis championship each year. And I loved how NBC marketed the finals - Breakfast at Wimbledon; it was the … Continue reading It’s Wimbledon Time!
The seventh and final season of Bosch made its debut last night on Amazon. I've written a couple of times about how much our family enjoyed this detective show set in L.A. One of those posts featured The Music of Detective Harry Bosch, since on the show Bosch is a big fan of jazz music. … Continue reading Bosch Is Back!