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For once, "Fair warning: there goes the day" isn't hyperbole.

August 13, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: Why the public no longer listens to what the U.S. government says about Covid

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The item above appears in today's New York Times.

August 13, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I'm good till 2031

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I just checked how long until bookofjoe.com expires and it turns out it's on July 9, 2031.

You could look it up.

I expect to be broadcasting via 3D holography by then.

Stay tuned!

August 13, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Carey' — Joni Mitchell

I read Joni Mitchell's wonderful account about how this song came to be written in a 2014 Wall Street Journal story/interview.

I had my Crack Research Team©® bring it up on Google and just below it was "I was Joni Mitchell's 'Carey': an interview with Cary Raditz," 38-minutes long, uploaded to YouTube April 14, 2022 via The New Statesman.

YouTube description:

For 50 years, the "mean old daddy" immortalized in one of Joni Mitchell's best-loved songs was an enigma.

For the first time, he tells his side of the story to the New Statesman's lead interviewer, Kate Mossman.

Kate and Cary Raditz met in Paris in late 2021 to talk about a love affair that began on the island of Crete in the spring of 1970 (below),


[Joni Mitchell with Cary Raditz and her dulcimer in a park in Heraklion, Crete, in the spring of 1970.]

continued in California and England, and which became a part of Mitchell's iconic album, "Blue."

Written and read by Kate Mossman.

It was first published on the New Statesman website on December 17, 2021, and in the magazine on January 7, 2022, updated on July 25, 2022.

The New Statesman article is here.

Next, I had the Team©® look for more from Joni Mitchell on the two of them and up came a fuller version of the 2014 WSJ interview with Marc Myers referenced above.

Lagniappe: Myers, after interviewing Mitchell, wrote, "After interviewing Joni Mitchell about her song 'Carey,' I realized I needed to find the real Cary Raditz, to capture his side of the story."

Scroll down here till you get to it.

But wait — there's more!

1970 proved to be an eventful year for Mitchell, culminating in her legendary performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in front of 600,000 (!) borderline out of control attendees.

She'd missed Woodstock and perhaps thought this was a chance to experience that sort of magic.

This excellent documentary

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gives a real sense of what went down.

Read about Mitchell's remarkable courage facing down a disgruntled huge and potentially dangerous crowd here.

What she'd hoped would be Woodstock II very nearly became Altamont redux, with a enormous drug-fueled crowd with no intention of buying tickets that was starting to break down the fences and overwhelm near-absent security.

August 13, 2022 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Photographer's 'Swiss Army Knife'

From PetaPixel:

Professional photographer and YouTube creator Peter McKinnon has unveiled a new camera tool. The Swiss Army-style PM Camera Tool comes with multiple drivers, a host of 1/4 inch hex bits, and even a secret slot for an extra SD card.

McKinnon has been a YouTube sensation almost from the very beginning, having reached over one million subscribers in nine months. A few years ago, he introduced his first photography product through a partnership with Polar Pro, which was a Variable Neutral Density filter.

Now McKinnon is back with his PM Camera Tool, spotted by DPReview, which features all the standard Phillips and flathead drivers, plus a pair of custom concentric extension arm bit driver tools that magnetically accept multiple 1/4 inch hex bits designed to work on camera setups using multiple screw types and sizes.


McKinnon says he spent the last 18 months designing and prototyping the PM Camera Tool chiefly because no other tool was able to meet his demands for usability.

"I've never really been stoked with the camera tools inside my backpack," says McKinnon in his announcement video.

"No matter what kind of camera you have, or what sort of rigging or any job you're doing, this tool will adapt to you."

What took McKinnon so long to refine his patent-pending tool design was his desire to have the bit drivers lock into the absolute center of the tool when extended. In a typical design of this type, the tool locks into place on the left or right side, which McKinnon says affects the user experience. He wanted them top dead center when they are extended for use, and that took a while to properly dial in.

The tool also has a lever that kicks out the drivers to either side, rather than having to dig a fingernail in to grab a hold of the tool to then extend it. The bit drivers are also slotted, and magnetically house favorite bits that will be used for a special job or project. The tool is crafted with scratch resistant 6061 anodized aluminum scales, hardened 17-4 stainless steel internals, and S2 Tool grade steel hex bits.


Finally, the tool also has a hidden SD card slot to house an extra media card so that the photographer is never without a card when space runs out or becomes corrupted. The tool comes with a high-quality zippered pouch for storage, and fits comfortably into a front pants pocket, with a metal clip to secure it.

The minimalist-designed box also has printed directions on how to use the tool and a visual inventory of the eight bits included in the collection. The tool also comes with a lifetime warranty.

The PM Camera Tool stands at a preorder price of $95, and there's no set shipping date as of this publication. McKinnon says, however, that he's going to make a limited number available on his companion website PetesPirateLife.com for field testing.

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August 13, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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