In 1938, Ella Fitzgerald sang her first big hit, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” for a national audience on CBS Radio. Now, a global audience has access to this performance again — thanks to the discovery and restoration of the Savory Collection, a legendary private trove of nearly 1,000 recordings that haven’t been heard by the general public since the 1930s. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired them in 2010, and today they’re beginning to make their way to a new generation of jazz fans.
The collection is an incredible treat for jazz fans. It’s only available on iTunes, though.
We haven’t checked our own mail in over a month, but we’ve been regularly checking a friend’s mail during that time. This is the unfortunate effect of using a PO box; with the busyness of the Christmas holiday, we really only receive mail for eleven months out of the year. I can’t think of a single other downside to relying on a post office box, though.
Cyrus Farivar writes in Ars Technica about a California man’s misadventure with a laser pointer, and the devastating consequences of aiming it at an aircraft.
After a few weeks of temperatures cold enough that we closed our windows and turned on the heat, Ventura is finally warming up.
It’s nice to have fresh air and a gentle breeze again, and the ambient noise that comes with open windows. I feel less cooped up.
I’m a huge fan of the growing “internet of things” movement, as I frequently write about on ethitter.com; that doesn’t mean I can’t laugh at the absurd things some manufacturers concoct. Internet of Shit is hilarious for this: https://twitter.com/internetofshit.
The second account parodies Ice T’s character from Law & Order: SVU, Fin Tutuola, warning of “future drugs” and their crazy consequences for the nation’s youth: https://twitter.com/icetsvu.