Monday, October 23, 2006:

IODA , usability, habeas corpus

Roscoe Shelton -- Worry (1962) (MP3, 192kbps. Left-cllick download.)
Allmusic.com tells me that Roscoe Shelton was in the Fairfield Four before joining the spinoff The Skylarks. I'd never heard of The Skylarks, though I'd heard of the Fairfield Four--I saw three of them in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (a Coen brothers joke, since there are five members in the group. Speaking of, the Radio Four also have five members. Is that some peculiar counting system specific to gospel groups?)

I can't help thinking The Skylarks were probably misnamed; Roscoe Shelton's voice, at least, is a trained falcon, snatching notes from the underbrush and soaring away until it's a speck in the sky.

Bloody writhing metaphors aside, this is a very nice soul track that I'm glad to be introduced to.
[Remember Me Baby @ iTunes]
[Remember Me Baby @ eMusic]


The African Brothers -- Practice what you preach (MP3, 192kbps. Left-cllick download.)
Righteous political reggae taking some preachers to task for being hypocrites and leading children astray. Can I hear "amen."
[Want Some Freedom @ iTunes]
[Want Some Freedom @ eMusic]


Embee -- Send Someone Away (feat. José Gonzáles) (MP3, 192kbps. Left-cllick download.)
Embee is the Tin Man and José González is the heart. The producer is the Wizard, one of the few who can magic warmth into electronica.
[EP @ iTunes]


Pierre Ardene -- Cristalina (MP3, 192kbps. Left-cllick download.)
This track has such a warm and effortlessly welcoming feel to it that it puts me in mind of an infinitely generous host with a cozy house, the kind of place that in your weaker moments you might wish you lived. But you know it's absurd; you can't overstay your welcome, so you just thank the host, and mean it, and go on your way.
[Casa de Praia @ iTunes]
[Casa de Praia @ eMusic]

These four are all from IODA/Promonet, the site I mentioned a couple of months ago that lets mp3bloggers poke through their catalogue for tracks to post.

I'm not getting kickbacks (or getting paid for anything I'm doing here); I just like the service more than most of the PR firms that send me tracks. For starters, I get to pick the tracks, rather than having them foisted upon me (most of the ones I get sent are ones I'd never have any interest in posting), and the site's interface is good: the embedded Flash players give a brief sample so you don't have to download an entire track just to find out if you like it.

Speaking of usability, I reworked this site's HTML and CSS recently so that the main column appears before the sidebar in the source but the visual layout is the same. The result should be that the posts appear before the sidebar on PDAs and cellphones, as well as in Lynx and text-to-speech browsers. I've also tried to simplify the site's CSS for handhelds but I notice that Google's and MSN's mobile proxy both serve up the images that the stylesheet instructs it to strip. I'm still trying to figure out why it's done that; I think I have an idea but don't know how to get around it.

I'm still debating whether to strip the sidebar altogether from the information sent to handhelds; if you have one and use it to access the site, I'd love your feedback on it. I probably wouldn't use all my fingers counting the number of times I've used a cell phone, but I'm interested in making the content as accessible as possible.

Even if you don't use a PDA or cellphone to access the site, if you've noticed any bugs in the layout or behavior, or if you have any other suggestions, please send them along.

And now for some politics. Keith Olberman on The Military Commissions Act and the death of habeas corpus. And again. The reaction to this law among the general population seems to have been a protracted yawn, and I can't imagine why. The points in brief: Congress has decided, and Bush has agreed, that people can be thrown into jail, without ever facing charges, and with no legal right to challenge their jailing. Since this new law states that people in jail under the law have no right to challenge their jailing in court, there is also arguably no standing to challenge the law's Constitutionality. Yet the new law goes against our entire history of legal precedent and also is blatantly un-Constitutional since it destroys the balance of power set forth in the Constitution, exceeding the legislative authority and the Presidential authority both also set forth in the Contstitution. It's a stupid, dangerous, reprehensible law, the kind of thing that absolutely must go before the Supreme Court anyway and be defeated.

End rant, climbing off the soapbox.

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Comments:
I have been studying this for 5 years now. Every American needs to study 911

I beg and plead with you to please take a look at these few videos I have linked to here. Let you make your own choices. Time is running out and might already be too late

THESE 3 MOVIES WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU EVER SEE IN YOUR LIFETIME AND ONE DAY YOU WILL THANK ME FOR THIS.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5589099104255077250&q

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8677389869548020370&q

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6708190071483512003&q

Whoever thinks that the American people would not stand for a dictator, wake up we already have one. The times of overthrowing a government that is armed with spears and knives is over. This is a real military with real bullets, ones that explode on impact. You get shot in the leg, you die.

Look at this link here. It is the official Army news. Notice the dates, and the objectives. Pretty scary stuff
http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2274936.php

I BEG OF ALL OF YOU TO SPEND A FEW HOURS CLOSELY WATCHING.

HERE IS THE PATTERN OF EMOTIONS THAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE.

FIRST COMES DENIAL, YOU THINK, NO WAY, NOT HERE IN AMERICA

SECOND COMES SHOCK, OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT

THIRD COMES ACCEPTANCE AND AN OVERALL FEELING OF CONFUSION.

FOURTH COMES RAGE, SOMETHING THAT IS NEEDED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

"Effortless" is exactly the word for Pierre Aderne. Reminiscent of an earlier generation of Brazilian music that disguised itself as easy listening but was deceptively rich.

IODA Promonet, indeed. Another site to explore.

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