The Fringe Lost a Fringe

What was once, in the non-wired world, relatively difficult to find like Dead Milkmen stuff, is now always as easy to get as mainstream content. Does that take some of the fun out of the fringe?     Back to Punk Purity!   Maybe the Internet is separating the wheat …

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Maria Konnikova posts an interesting article in this past Sunday’s New York Times on the effects of undivided attention and mindfulness. In her post, she links concentration to Sherlock Holmes (perhaps because that’s a link to her forthcoming book), but she provides a nice if brief review of some of …

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Lots of evidence points to the usefulness of aerobic exercise for maintaining and improving mental functioning (see a previous blog post here and an extensive review article here). It is not as clear, though, whether strength training has an effect. An article in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that even a …

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The Fringe Lost a Fringe

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What was once, in the non-wired world, relatively difficult to find like Dead Milkmen stuff, is now always as easy to get as mainstream content. Does that take some of the fun out of the fringe?

 
 

Back to Punk Purity!

 

Maybe the Internet is separating the wheat from the chaff in terms of punk fans. Now, since there is no ego/image payoff for a would-be Milkmen listener, for example, we might expect that the pool of fans will become purer, composed of people most interested in the music and fun surrounding it.

Nice thought, huh! On the other hand, the Web has given us countless new ways to build profile-based personal images for ourselves, far from the reality of our actual musical tastes. There are new ways to find obscure content online, after all — perhaps peer-to-peer software is like the new underground label experience.

Then there’s SoundCloud, where anybody can be a star, alongside the actual user-accounts of musical stars, who use the network as a way to release the un-released or un-release-able material. This is just one easy example of countless scenes that exist everywhere in the world, and all of them in the same place, online.

 

 

 

Crazy Ideas

 

If you were a band starting out today, how could you retain some sort of underground feel, even if just for the fun of it. Maybe these days, the art of communicating a band image — its ‘brand’, although that’s such a very yuppie thing to say — is about limiting the exposure and making that exposure highly targeted.

The good news is that it is today easier to gather a small crowd around what you’re doing. Forget about the other direction, of people finding you. As it turns out, there is a naturally self-organizing quality about the Web: people already group themselves into communities.

All there is to do for a young band is connect with online communities of high-potential listeners. Then, let the nature of the Web do the rest. And don’t neglect unusual venues.

In fact, by going to all sorts of cult or campy quarters of culture to mine for possible listeners, a band can evolve a quirky underground feel. You could even try a site like http://www.classycasinos.co.uk

 

 

 

Fire Prevention Measures Around The House

January 14, 2014 Brain Fitness No Comments

As a continuation of the fire prevention advice we provided you with at a previous date, we are now going to discuss a few additional ways of preventing fires and fire-related accidents inside your house.

Handle Your Smoke Detectors Carefully

 Make sure your smoke detectors are properly verified at least once every 30 days; keep the batteries charged and running and change them at least once a year. Burning fires as well as combustion gases that are not visible for the human eye can all be detected by well-functioning smoke detectors. This is why it is paramount to have at least one smoke detector installed on every level of your home. You should also constantly keep gas and electricity emergency numbers near the landline phones inside your home or somewhere visible and reachable at all times. Nevertheless, be extremely careful about making a call from within the grounds of your own home provided a fire does threaten your place. Another thing that could be posing a real threat on your house is the lack of a security system. If you also lack the money to get an expensive one, try your luck playing the lottery; look at this website to get started.

Safety Measures For Using Space Heaters

All of the space heaters around the house need to be located at least three feet away from inflammable sources; they also do not need to be left unattended when going to sleep or when leaving the house. Be careful about your children and pets – they need to be kept away from all space heaters. Cooking also need to be done in an area where there are no combustibles, so make sure your kitchen is entirely safe before turning your stove on. Pay attention to your outfit when cooking and avoid short sleeves or sleeves that are too tight and make sure the pot handles are always maintained inward. Place a lid over a pan filled with grease that has caught fire and then turn the burner off to prevent any unfortunate accidents.

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Fire Prevention Measures Around The House

As a continuation of the fire prevention advice we provided you with at a previous date, we are now going to discuss a few additional ways of preventing fires and fire-related accidents inside your house. Handle Your Smoke Detectors Carefully  Make sure your smoke detectors are properly verified at least …

Black Celeb Moms Joggling With Motherhood And Careers

If you have discovered black mom Jourdan Dunn’s secret on how to successfully joggle with motherhood and career obligations, you might have found a little inspiration for yourself. In case you’ve missed it, here’s a short recap: the gorgeous actress is a dedicated mom who puts her son first – …

Can You Resist Food Temptations When Dieting?

Bodybuilding, fitness, and all forms of workout in general go hand in hand with strict diets and eating habits. Foods rich in protein are at the core of building muscle mass; fruits and vegetables provide the body with the vitamins and minerals it needs during intensive workouts. But one of …

Strength Training and the Brain

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Lots of evidence points to the usefulness of aerobic exercise for maintaining and improving mental functioning (see a previous blog post here and an extensive review article here). It is not as clear, though, whether strength training has an effect. An article in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that even a …

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Maria Konnikova posts an interesting article in this past Sunday’s New York Times on the effects of undivided attention and mindfulness. In her post, she links concentration to Sherlock Holmes (perhaps because that’s a link to her forthcoming book), but she provides a nice if brief review of some of …

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