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Mac Rebennack, also known as Dr. John, has a new album titled Duke Elegance, a tribute to Duke Ellington. [Time]
Dr. John was one of the first musicians I remember listening to after I discovered an FM station, KBEY, which came out of Little Rock, Arkansas. I would listen after I had gone to bed and was supposed to be asleep. But I couldn’t absorb enough of that music I couldn’t find elsewhere. Clive Clifford had a show called Bleaker Street from 11 pm on. This was, I think, 1969, and that show and that music was my assurance that there was intelligent life out there beyond the confines of my small, rural Kansas hometown. The Dr. John song I remember Clifford playing was (I Walk on) Gilded Splinters, I think the album was Gris-Gris;. He played a million other things too.

I remember lying in bed with the Moon shining through the windows, which were open to the spring night breeze. I hung on every note, every lyric, and every word Clive said about the music. Who was on the album, who they used to play with, who their influences were, which he usually played later. Sort of like rock ‘n roll archaeology. The show would open with a Mothers song segment about ‘freak out in Kansas’ that would segue into the last part of Hendrix’s cover of Dylan’s If Six Was Nine. I got baptized into rock ‘n roll that wasn’t AM top 40 and I couldn’t pretend otherwise.. Back then, FM was the domain of classical music and rock ‘n roll that they didn’t play at the swimming pool. It was great. Geeze! I sound like Homer Simpson’s Dad telling ‘why, back in my day’ stories.

WebReview: From Darkroom to Desktop ˜ How Photoshop Came to Light. Thanks to CamWorld. One of the original "Killer Apps", Photoshop was introduced 10 years ago.

Update: Interplanetary Shock Wave Passes Earth. Wow, that sounds dramatic but it happens all the time. The solar flare I noted on the 19th is here. From Space Science News: "February 21, 2000 — An interplanetary wave of ionized gas and magnetic fields passed by Earth on February 20, 2000 at 2100 UT. The shock front was caused by a full halo coronal mass ejection (CME) that erupted from the Sun on February 17, 2000. Geomagnetic activity has increased as a result of the interplanetary wave, but it appears there will be no significant aurora over the lower 48 U.S. states. The NOAA Space Environment Center forecasts a 30% chance of minor geomagnetic storm activity at middle latitudes today, decreasing to only 15% tomorrow. … While this space weather event might not put on much of an auroral show, we could be in store for a dazzling display late this week or next. A large coronal hole is just approaching the Sun’s central meridian. Coronal holes are regions of low magnetic field strength where high speed solar wind particles can escape into interplanetary space. When the energetic wind stream reaches Earth, it can buffet the magnetosphere and trigger aurora. Stay tuned to SpaceWeather.com for this developing story." Its been overcast with drizzle for the last 36 hours here, so there wouldn’t have been any aurora watching anyway. Waaa! Maybe later this week or next.

Warp Core: The latest from John Martellaro. Some good thoughts on migrating to new hardware and peripherals. We’ll have to give up SCSI and AppleTalk soon as well.

USENIX: The Preliminary Program for the 2000 USENIX Annual Technical Conference has been posted. The conference is June 18-23, 2000 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California, USA. I saw this in the latest Risks Digest.

UniSci: Making the First Single Topographic Map Of The World A project led by Marcus Bursik, Ph.D, associate professor of geology at the University at Buffalo involving the topographic mapper being flown by the space shuttle Endeavor could help to develop a new and far more accurate way to map features of shorelines and aid scientists in determining past and future volcanic and seismic activity in an area. Once the shuttle returns to Earth, Bursik will analyze some of the data to examine the unusual topography surrounding Mono Lake, east of Yosemite National Park in California.

All of my excitement about how wonderful the STS-99 mapping mission isn’t just effusive "isn’t science cool". Scientists are waiting for this data to do their work. Mono is just outside the Mojave Desert, but different data sets from this mission can be used for southern Nevada and on over into eastern California. I’m especially interested in what we might be able to do over in Death Valley and over into the area of Pleistocene Lakes Mojave and Mannix. As you drive from Las Vegas into California on Interstate 15 you cross Lake Mojave (Soda Lake and Silver Playa) at Baker, CA. Lake Mannix was upstream to the southwest. By the way, you’ll pass by the exit to Zzyzx just west of Baker. It is a real place. It used to be sort of a health spa/ "therapy" center in the early decades of the 1900s, it fell into tax arrears and is now part of the University of California System as a Field Research Center. It provides a place to stay for scientists during their field work in that part of the Mojave.