pain is the staff of life

Search engines

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on September 26, 2010

Last week on either NPR or CBC there was a woman talking about how search engines can skew our impressions of people or events by the media stories they choose to display when you enter a search for something. I think she said they did this with internal tags. So I decided to A B Google and Bing.

First I tried Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American/Yemeni (Mullah-mentor to the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and underpants bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab) in the news lately (my source Huffpo) because of a lawsuit Al-Awlaki’s father has launched against the U.S. Gov. who have targeted his American born/Yemen resident son.

On Bing, I wasn’t sure I had the same Anwar Al-Awlaki. He just seemed like some sweet Mullah who makes tapes and videos.
Voici: Bing’s Anwar Al-A
then Google:
Voilà: Google’s Anwar Al-A

Then I Googled Sarah Palin. Ah shucks. All becoming pics and pretty much favorable story sources except for the swimsuit pic with the rifle (not her, she’s got better legs.)
Google: Google’s Sarah Palin

And Bing, a little more balanced: Bing’s Sarah Palin

Lawsuit against Google in France on this topic


The Levant

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on September 23, 2010

My mother was a nut for Gershwin and when I was quite young I remember my father saying they had put Oscar L. in a straightjacket. I’m not sure I knew who he was and what that meant but it stuck with me. The first lp I ever bought was Oscar Levant playing the Gershwin Concerto in F. I would lie down on the floor next to the speaker and go into a reverie. It was the B side of An American in Paris and the B’s had it, they expanded the mind. Not Fade Away. Later I would discover that there was a lot of Debussy in Gershwin but til then the only Debussy I’d heard was Kate playing Dr. Gradus at Parnassum, an end of year piece. The first lp Kate bought was Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley’s. Go figure.


Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on September 22, 2010

I was half-watching the PBS special Live from Lincoln Centre and I’m sorry to say it was pretty boring, well-played but boring. Some Gershwin and other stuff. I used to like Oscar Levant playing the Concerto in F but that was in the 60s. Times they have-a-changed.. Anyway these were not very interesting arrangements. And then Wynton Marsalis was there and OMG he cooked. Martha S. should have him on. Was that his arrangement, recipe?

Bienvenue à Montréal

Posted in Uncategorized by ruthanzo on September 11, 2010

Another heart-warming story about a visitor to this city getting the usual welcome. Poor guy. Thieves broke into his car and took everything. He’s here to cycle in the Tour de Lance in Mont-Tremblant this weekend. Doing it for his cousin who’s undergoing a stem-cell transplant at the Montreal General. It’s more and more like Port-au-Prince everyday.GAZETTE STORY