The Sound of Tri-X

I always associate photos of musicians on dimly lit stages with Tri-X. It seems to have a soul worthy of the subject.

Jimmie Lee Vaughan
Jimmie Lee Vaughan
Steve Jordan, aka Esteban Jordan y Rio Jordan
Steve Jordan, aka Esteban Jordan y Rio Jordan
Robert Cray
Robert Cray
Pete Mayes
Pete Mayes
Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam

Photos by Phil Ellsworth

Don’t walk away

Photographs of New York, NY, by my great uncle Allen Mayer Davidson

Part of an incredible collection of photographs taken by my great uncle Allen Mayer Davidson during his travels throughout the United States and beyond spanning the early to mid 20th century. Over the next few months, I hope to post them all – well over 1,000 of them I’m sure – as time allows. 

A fascinating look at the nation during a fascinating time, by a fascinating man.

Body Language

1920s people watchers

While going through my Great Uncle Allen Mayer Davidson’s old photos, I found this detail in one. The body language is great. If you look closely, there’s a man standing with his back to the gents and lady on the right. Clearly not interested in the goings-on of the others. Unlike the others.

What Made P.D. East the Fearless Wit of Forrest County | History | Smithsonian

The newspaper man’s bravery rocked the racist establishment of the South—and heralded a new era of political satire
— Read on www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-made-pd-east-fearless-wit-segregationist-south-180970036/

On Hospitality

The guest arrived he tends, the coming guest expects to see;
To those in heavenly homes that dwell a welcome guest is he

Thirukkural

Uprooting Capitalism

Join me at Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
— Read on meetu.ps/e/FG3KS/sYDt2/a

I’m really hoping to make it to this meetup. For years, I’ve envisioned a system in which users can select a variety of goods (e.g., ethically sourced coffee and a box of pencils), put those items into a shared, anonymous-but-verifiable shopping cart, and let merchants and manufacturers bid for the business via coupons.

To me, Blockchain holds great promise for giving consumers collective bargaining power.

Thirukkural

How have I lived 58 years without knowing of the Thirukkural? 

The Tirukkural or Thirukkural (Tamil: திருக்குறள், literally Sacred Verses), or shortly the Kural, is a classic Tamil text consisting of 1,330 couplets or Kurals, dealing with the everyday virtues of an individual. Considered one of the greatest works ever written on ethics and morality, chiefly secular ethics, it is known for its universality and non-denominational nature.

Wikipedia

A tusker who defies spearmen
is killed in a bog by jackals.

To be nasty when you can say nice words, is like
tasting an unripe fruit when you have a ripe one.