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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Pretty Cool Beans........The Internet, Online Commerce (with a pinch of Sexism) predicted in 1967

I became aware of this clip courtesy of my Yahoo home page but it is interesting and noteworthy nonetheless. This video appears to be making the rounds due to its unerring predictions of what the future would look like in 1999. The predictions were so uncanny that many assumed that the video was a hoax but famed game show host, Wink Martindale (who appeared in the 1967 snippet) was able to confirm its validity. The sexism that I alluded to in this entry's title refers to how the "wife" in the clip upon making an "online" purchase had to send the bill to her husband for approval-now you know that wouldn't fly in 1999. That perhaps was the incorrect prediction.

And for more predictions for the future, check out The Boondocks' latest effort today instead of tomorrow (Monday night, actually)-

The Boondocks-Home Alone

Next, up some weekend jammy jams. I want you guys to check out this clip from Roy Hargrove who represents the young vanguard in the current Jazz scene. Watch how Mr. Hargrove channels George Clinton and Miles Davis in this extended performance.

And here is a oldie but goodie from one of my favorite female vocalists, the inimitable Chaka Khan. Check out her "merry go round" scat towards the end of the song, Ain't Nobody. The interesting thing about Ain't Nobody is that Quincy Jones initially lobbied to get this song for Michael Jackson's Thriller and I must confess that I would have liked to hear his version of the tune. More serious fare coming up next entry-Rev. Press and Curl shenanigans.

And lastly, check out this soul stirring performance of No More Drama by Mary J. Blige during the 2002 Grammys. I was always indifferent towards Blige because she initially appeared to be weighed down by a lower-tier/project mentality. Mired by drugs and ghetto-centric aesthetics, I just assumed the worst for Ms. Blige. But in the last few years (perhaps finding religion and marriage) she has readily admitted to shaking off a great deal of her past dysfunctionalism. I know music and I always thought there was something there with Blige-call it the it factor. That "something" was seen in the greats-Etta, Bessie, Lady Day, Aretha-the ability to transmogrify soul and feeling into a sound that rivets an audience. This performance proves it:

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