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50 years later, nearly-forgotten all-girl ‘Summer of Love’ band cuts their first album

Over fifty years ago, an all-female rock band based out of San Francisco played to “Summer of Love” crowds. The popularity of Ace of Cups grew quickly and, thanks to a good manager, they were soon on the same bill as Steppenwolf, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, Jefferson Airplane, and other popular acts at that time.

In fact, the weekend after Monterey Pop Festival, they opened for Jimi Hendrix at a concert in Golden Gate Park.

Despite their early success, the dynamics of the band changed when the women started having children. Never signed to a record label, they simply didn’t have the resources to continue playing music together like their brother bands did.

This short documentary by KQED Arts shares their story:

The Ace of Cups didn’t set out to be an all-girl band. The group’s original five members — Mary Gannon, Marla Hunt, Denise Kaufman, Mary Ellen Simpson and Diane Vitalich — came together guided by the communal spirit that blanketed Summer of Love-era San Francisco. Up to that point, most all-female bands had worn matching outfits and played cover songs. But with original songs that reflected their circumstances, the Ace of Cups played with groups like The Band, Jefferson Airplane, and even Jimi Hendrix, an avowed fan.

Despite their impact in San Francisco, in the intervening years the Ace of Cups were relegated to footnote status, all but written out of history books.

Until now, that is.

Four out of the original five band members, all in their seventies, have come back together to record new and old music together. Their first album will be released by High Moon Records in Spring 2018.

Thanks, Chuck!

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/15/50-years-later-nearly-forgott.html

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Congressional Democrats have so little faith in Trump’s leadership that they’ve awarded him the power to conduct limitless, warrantless mass surveillance of Americans

When Congress voted last week to renew the NSA’s controversial Section 702 powers, which gives the spy agency the power to conduct mass, secret, warrantless surveillance on Americans, they also voted down a bipartisan amendment that would have limited the president’s ability to abuse these powers, injecting the barest minimum of accountability and proportionality into a system that Republican and Democratic presidents alike have abused for decades.


Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/14/primary-those-fuckers.html

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Study finds municipal broadband is up to 50% cheaper than telcos

Telcos despise community-owned broadband, and fight like mad whenever a city announces it’s going to build its own network. Why?

Because when communities provide their own broadband, it costs users way less than broadband from telcos.

That’s what the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard found in a terrific new study. They collected data on 27 community-owned broadband networks that offer at least 25/3 Mbps service, and compared it to the pricing of similar offerings from telcos serving those communities. This sort of comparison is hard to do, because it’s tricky to find enough markets that have side-by-side offerings; but they found enough cases to see the trend, and it looks terrible for the telcos.

In nearly every case, the community-own broadband was cheaper — up to 50% cheaper — and had more consistent, predictable pricing.

The whole report is here, but here are the top-level findings:

When considering entry-level broadband service—the least-expensive plan that provides at least 25/3 Mbps service—23 out of 27 community-owned FTTH providers we studied charged the lowest prices in their community when considering the annual average cost of service over a four-year period, taking into account installation and equipment costs and averaging any initial teaser rates with later, higher, rates. This is based on data collected in late 2015 and 2016.

In these 23 communities, prices for the lowest-cost program that met the current definition of broadband were between 2.9 percent and 50 percent less than the lowest-cost such service offered by a private provider (or providers) in that market. In the other four cases, a private provider’s service cost between 6.9 percent and 30.5 percent less.

While community-owned FTTH providers’ pricing is generally clear and unchanging, private providers almost always offer initial “teaser” prices and then raise the monthly price sharply. This price hike in the communities we studied ranged between $10 (20 percent) and $30 (42.8 percent) after 12 months, both imposed by Comcast, but in different communities

(Image above courtesy the CC-licensed feed of the Blue Diamond Gallery)

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/13/study-finds-municipal-broadban.html

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Desktop dumpsters

Fashioned after real full-sized galvanized steel dumpsters, these miniature desktop Dumpsty’s stand in at just 10 inches tall and 11 inches wide (which is big enough to hold magazines). The blank models come in a variety of body and lid colors and are ready to be customized (or not).

Priced at $195 each, they ain’t cheap. But, wow, what a cool conversation piece.

Beautifully pre-designed one-of-a-kind editions are available too, like this one by street artist Jimbo Phillips ($495):

Or this one by Burn353 ($395):

Check out their Instagram for more inspiration.


Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/12/desktop-dumpsters.html

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Charlie Daniels warns Taco Bell about llluminati

Taco Bell’s new Illuminati-themed ad campaign spurred a warning from southern rocker Charlie Daniels: “Hey Taco Bell The Illuminati is not a frivolous subject,” Daniels tweeted last night.

My favorite response? “Welcome to Taco Bell, Mr. Daniels, can I take your NEW WORLD ORDER?”

Of course, Daniels, best known for the 1979 rousing hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”(1979), is vocal about his conservative politics.


Welcome to Taco Bell, Mr. Daniels, can I take your NEW WORLD ORDER?

— C. Wiley Riser (@CWileyRiser) January 9, 2018

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/10/charlie-daniels-warns-taco-bel.html

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Hear the unreleased demo of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”

In celebration of what would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday today, Nile Rodgers released this stunning demo recording of “Let’s Dance” that he co-produced in 1982.

Rodgers says:

“I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very, very, very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations. This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, ‘Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!’

…This recording was the first indication of what we could do together as I took his ‘folk song’ and arranged it into something that the entire world would soon be dancing to and seemingly has not stopped dancing to for the last 35 years! It became the blueprint not only for ‘Let’s Dance’ the song but for the entire album as well.

(Rolling Stone)

Source: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/08/hear-the-unreleased-demo-of-da.html