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Highs in the low 70s

Today’s forecast is funk & soul! This continuous mix was made to enhance those perfect spring days. Highs in the low 70s, flip-flops, no worries and people in the ‘hood looking good. The breezy tracks included here also represent the “low 70s”, roughly the years 1970–1975.

Highs in the low 70s - lippy
(MP3 - 45 minutes - 65MB)

Here's a zip file of the mix to download:
Highs in the low 70s - lippy ZIP
(ZIP - 45 minutes - 62MB)

1. Express Yourself (alt. version) - Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
2. He's My Sunny Boy - Diana Ross & The Supremes
3. (Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away - Dr. John
4. Running Back and Forth - Edwin Starr
5. Right On - Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers
6. If You Let Me - Eddie Kendricks
7. Israelites – Desmond Dekker
8. Sunshine on my Shoulders - Nat Townsley Jr.
9. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson
10. Ecstasy - Ohio Players
11. You Got The Love - Rufus & Chaka Khan
12. Rien Ne Va Plus - Funk Factory
13. Rocking Chair – Betty Padgett
14. You Keep Me Hanging On – Bonnie and Sheila
15. Funky to the Bone – Fredi Henchi & the Soul Setters
16. Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push N' Shove) Part II - The Meters
17. Heaven Must be Like This – Ohio Players

Nursery Build 4

With the latest iteration of the Nursery (Build 4) complete, we may be ready to official say that it's done.

The finishing touches included a white stone octagonal mirror above the changing table, hanging some original turtle art (made by Amanda's former students and won at auction), and the addition of four cloth boxes on the top shelf for storage.

Here are some photos for a look-see. To see the evolution check out Builds 1, 2 & 3

Turtle art and mirror are up there!

Cloth boxes in effect.

So peaceful.

Hey momma!

Lego Architecture - Creativity meets the classics

With the imminent arrival of le bébé, I've been thinking a lot about the toys I had as a child. I attribute a lot of how my mind works to the types of toys I played with, particularly between the ages of 8 to 12.

I was into intricate paper models - each having hundreds of individual pieces to be cut and put precisely in place.

Video game-play was rampant in my house. My brothers and I followed the natural evolution of Pong -> Atari2600 -> Intellivision -> Colecovision -> Nintendo Entertainment System. Natch.

And of course, I would devour Lego sets.

I owe a lot to those little Lego pieces. The step-by-step instructions sharpened my mind as I learned how to incrementally build objects. The steps were always implied in the graphics, making the placement of each piece a puzzle to be solved. And then there was the joy of throwing the instructions in the corner and creating new and exciting items with just my imagination as a guide.

But even though I'm all growns up now, it looks like Lego has grown up with me.

Today I read that Lego is set to release an Architecture series and that Frank Lloyd Wright will officially be part of the collection! This image showcasing the box top for Wright's Falling Water leaves me drooling (remember the Stupidfresh post about the Virtual Falling Water?).

I can't wait to buy some of these kits for myself my child, and pass along the gifts of creativity and the classics.

Julia Dales - Beat Box Champion

Proving once again that anything boys can do girls can do better:

From this Boing Boing post.

I just watched this three times. Did you catch the "Sexy Back"and Black Eyed Peas references? Leave a comment with what else you hear.

Record Adapters, 1950s-1970s

45 RPM Record Adapters, plastic and metal construction, 1950's - 1970's.

Top Row: Philco / Morse MFG. C, Fitchburg Mass. / No name ( Duotone type )/ Snap-It / No name

Second Row: No name ( Duotone type ) / Unknown German / No name ( Duotone type ) / No name ( Hutchison type ) / Fideltone

Third Row: Recotron / Webster / Airline / North American Philips (Norelco) / Audio Tool

Fourth Row : No name ( Duotone type ) / Automatic Plastics Company ( Canada ) / No name / No name ( Recotron type ) / No name

One of the things you run across as a geeky thrift store / swap meet record collector is millions of 7" records. During the height of my collecting in the late 90's I picked up dozens of cheap 45s ( and 7" 33s as well ) not always for the records themselves, but tor the great adapters stuck in the middle of these swell slabs of wax.
Above is a small cross section of some of these engineering marvels from my collection.

Check out this skookum article for an overview of the history of these adapters....
Gorgeous aren't they? This post is a straight rip from an old MBV post. Which was a straight rip from glenmullaly's flikr stream.

G.I. Joe - I'm a Computer

Ok - so no baby yet.

Instead here comes a classic bit of web video hilarity:

Even though this is many years old, I still find myself mimicking the "I'm a computer" line a few times a week. As does Amanda - man do I love her.

Mmmm. That's good soul music.

If you know me, you know I love soul music. Really love it. It may be my favorite style of music of all time (well, you know - right now, today).

Here are two tracks that have been killing it for me:

Isley Brothers - Voyage to Atlantis

Ohio Players - Ecstasy

The Streets - Trust Me (Lippy Edit)

The Streets (British rapper Mike Skinner) has been doing a stellar job at releasing his new songs as mp3s via his Twitter feed. This morning he shared the raw tracks that make up one of these songs, "Trust Me" so people could remix it.

Below is my take on this song (which was pretty darn good before I ever got a chance to slice it up).

The Streets - Trust Me (Lippy Edit)

He's been sharing some remixes back onto his Twitter feed - maybe this one will get a mention. Let me know what you think.

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