Rain Parade’s David Roback Dies


[From Wikipedia] David Roback (April 4, 1958[1] – February 25, 2020) was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known as the founding member of the duo Mazzy Star. He died on February 25, 2020.[2] Roback was born and raised in Los AngelesCalifornia, and attended Palisades High School, graduating in 1975. He and his brother Stephen Roback, a bass guitarist, formed a band called the Unconscious, which also included Susanna Hoffs, who would go on to become the lead singer and guitarist of The Bangles. Roback was active in the Paisley Underground music scene in Los Angeles in the early to mid-1980s as the leader of the band Rain Parade, which was popular on the local club circuit. Shortly after the release of the band’s first album, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, in 1983, Roback left Rain Parade to join Rainy Day, a collaborative effort with a number of Los Angeles musicians in the Paisley Underground. After releasing their self-titled album, Roback formed Opal (which was initially called Clay Allison) with vocalist/bassist Kendra Smith, formerly of The Dream Syndicate. After one EP and one album, Smith was replaced by Hope Sandoval, but this lineup never released an album. Roback changed the name of the band to Mazzy Star in 1989.[3] Roback wrote and produced the songs that actress Maggie Cheung sang in the 2004 film Clean. He also played himself in the film. He died on February 25, 2020.[4][5] His songwriting and sound ideas have been quite influential on Lana Del Rey as the Guardian head rock and pop critic Alexis Petridis stated.[6]

Country Top 50

My Top 50

I chose these from the Top 1000 List  played on Sirius/XM 30. I have included the ranking number from the original list.

1) 20 Hank Williams Your Cheatin’ Heart
2) 8 Roger Miller King Of The Road
3) 349 Dwight Yoakam Guitars, Cadillacs
4) 106 Garth Brooks The Thunder Rolls
5) 47 Hank Williams Hey Good Lookin’
6) 407 Alison Krauss When You Say Nothing At All
7) 457 Dolly Parton Jolene
8) 84 Jimmy Dean Big Bad John
9) 122 Floyd Cramer Last Date
10) 109 Tom T. Hall I Love
11) 37 Kenny Rogers The Gambler
12) 107 Roger Miller Chug-A-Lug
13) 87 Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
14) 160 Garth Brooks Rodeo
15) 116 Hank Williams Cold, Cold Heart
16) 1 Garth Brooks Friends In Low Places
17) 138 Johnny Cash/June Carter Jackson
18) 41 George Strait All My Ex’s Live In Texas
19) 29 Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter
20) 64 Johnny Cash Daddy Sang Bass
21) 93 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons
22) 188 Roger Miller England Swings
23) 848 Shelly West Jose Cuervo
24) 792 Taylor Swift Love Story
25) 3 Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues
26) 771 Hank Williams Jr. Born To Boogie
27) 736 The Band Perry Better Dig Two
28) 386 Taylor Swift Our Song
29) 13 Willie Nelson On The Road Again
30) 330 Little Texas God Blessed Texas
31) 968 Taylor Swift Mine
32) 945 Dwight & Buck Streets of Bakersfield
33) 163 Alan Jackson Chattahoochee
34) 297 Dolly Parton Coat Of Many Colors
35) 69 Glen Campbell Gentle On My Mind
36) 404 Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats
37) 931 Taylor Swift Mean
38) 140 Don Gibson Oh, Lonesome Me
39) 57 Zac Brown Band Chicken Fried
40) 961 Dwight Yoakam Little Sister
41) 454 Hank Williams Move It On Over
42) 354 Little Big Town Girl Crush
43) 564 Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Man
44) 71 Hank Williams Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
45) 710 Randy Travis Diggin’ Up Bones
46) 711 Hank Williams Honky Tonkin
47) 484 Lady Antebellum Bartender
48) 774 Hank Williams Lovesick Blues
49) 859 Taylor Swift Back To December
50) 958 Randy Travis Too Gone Too Long
Honorable Mention
300 Don Gibson I Can’t Stop Loving You
177 The Band Perry If I Die Young
12 Garth Brooks The Dance
52 Taylor Swift Tim McGraw
62 Garth Brooks If Tomorrow Never Comes
89 Roger Miller Dang Me
101 Buck Owens I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail
151 Buck Owens Act Naturally
158 George Strait Ocean Front Property
173 Johnny Cash (Ghost) Riders In The Sky
179 Randy Travis Deeper Than the Holler
225 Glen Campbell Galveston
262 Tom T. Hall Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine
828 John Anderson Swingin’
830 The Band Perry All Your Life
838 Don Gibson Sea Of Heartbreak

Iphone Plant To Make Masks

The other day we realized we were getting low on masks at the pharmacy and went to order some more. There were none to be found, anywhere. The Coronavirus has scared millions into purchasing them, even though they will probably do little good. Here is a follow-up story I found:
[From BBC.com] Electronics giant Foxconn, maker of the Apple iPhone, is taking the unusual step of switching part of its production to making surgical masks.

The firm is also pushing to be allowed to reopen its regular production lines making electronics, which have been closed due to the coronavirus.
The outbreak has seen demand for masks soar and caused a shortage of supplies around the world.
Foxconn aims to produce two million masks a day by the end of the month.
“In this war against the epidemic, every second counts,” the firm said on the social media platform WeChat.
“The earlier we take precautionary actions, the earlier we can prevent the virus, the earlier we can save lives, the sooner we can overcome this.”
As well as the iPhone, Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, makes parts and consumer electronics products including the iPad, Amazon’s Kindle, and PlayStations.
The company said it had already started test production of masks at its flagship manufacturing plant in Shenzhen in southern China.
The masks would in the first instance be to protect its workers from infection, something that the firm believes: “is not just Foxconn’s biggest corporate responsibility, but also our social responsibility”.
Once full production had started it would start providing masks to people outside the company, it added.

The firm also said that it would use a new generation of infrared temperature measurement equipment at its facilities to help detect any potential coronavirus infections in its workforce.
Like other companies, Foxconn responded to the outbreak by closing most of its operations during the Lunar New Year break. In previous years it had kept its factories running during the holiday. It is now seeking permission from the authorities to restart work at the closed plants.
The announcement came as concerns grow that factory closures and travel restrictions across China will have a major impact on the supply of goods around the world.
Some analysts have estimated that global smartphone shipments could fall by as much as 10% this year, and cause a shortage of iPhones, especially the new iPhone 11.
US car maker General Motors has also joined efforts to resolve the surgical mask shortage.
Its Chinese joint venture SAIC-GM-Wuling has announced that it will set up 14 production lines with the goal of making 1.7 million masks a day.

NASA Mathematician Dies at 101

[From Wikipedia] Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson (August 26, 1918 – February 24, 2020) was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.[2] During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her “historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist”.[3]

Angel Has Fallen

I watched the 2019 movie Angel Has Fallen last night. It is the third film in the Fallen series and did an excellent job. The drone scene is great. I give the movie 4 out of 5 stars and the extras on the disc, 5 out of 5 stars.

[From Wikipedia} Angel Has Fallen is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh. It is the third installment in the Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). The film stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, and Danny Huston. The plot again follows United States Secret Service agent Mike Banning, as he races against time to clear his name after being framed for an attack on the U.S. President, Allan Trumbull.

The film was officially announced in October 2016, and Roman Waugh was hired in July 2017. New members of the cast were added in early 2018, and filming began in February of that year around Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
The film was released in the United States on August 23, 2019, by Lionsgate. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $147.5 million worldwide. Plans for future sequels and TV spin-offs are in development.

Angel Has Fallen

I watched the 2019 movie Angel Has Fallen last night. It is the third film in the Fallen series and did an excellent job. The drone scene is great. I give the movie 4 out of 5 stars and the extras on the disc, 5 out of 5 stars.

[From Wikipedia} Angel Has Fallen is a 2019 American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh. It is the third installment in the Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). The film stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte, and Danny Huston. The plot again follows United States Secret Service agent Mike Banning, as he races against time to clear his name after being framed for an attack on the U.S. President, Allan Trumbull.

The film was officially announced in October 2016, and Roman Waugh was hired in July 2017. New members of the cast were added in early 2018, and filming began in February of that year around Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
The film was released in the United States on August 23, 2019, by Lionsgate. It received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $147.5 million worldwide. Plans for future sequels and TV spin-offs are in development.

The Mummy’s Curse (1944)

I watched the 1944 classic, The Mummy’s Curse on Svengoolie. It is good and with the Sven extras, fun to watch again. I give it 2.7 out of 5 stars.

[From WikipediaThe Mummy’s Curse is a 1944 American horror film and the fifth entry in Universal Pictures‘ original Mummy franchise. It marks Lon Chaney, Jr.‘s final appearance as Kharis, the Egyptian mummy.

The action of this film, which continues the story of Kharis and his beloved Princess Ananka, is supposed to take place in the same swampy location that was the setting of The Mummy’s Ghost.

But while the earlier movie was explicitly set in rural Massachusetts, this film strongly implies that the swamp is in Louisiana, with references to Cajuns and bayous. Furthermore, if one follows the continuity of the “Kharis” series, this film would have to take place in the late 1990s.

Quartz Data Storage

[From XME Science

Digital storage is incredibly easy and practical, but it has the downside of being prone to data loss. A book stored on your hard drive might last less than a hardcover. After four years, 11% of hard drives will fail. Solid state drives last a tad longer, but after a number of read-write cycles these too will inevitably fail. Cloud storage is your safest bet at the moment, but you’re at the whim of a third party. Now, for most practical purposes this can be fine, but if you need to store important data for … hundreds of years? This might seem absurd, but national archives are very serious about it and invest a lot in networks that backup data over and over. There might now be a more elegant solution after a team reports how they managed to cram 360TB worth of five-dimensional (5D) digital data onto a small quartz disk. The researchers claim the data is stable for as long as 13.8 billion years at temperatures up to 190 degrees Celsius.Southampton University researchers fired femtosecond laser pulses onto a structure of quartz at the nanoscale to write data. They made three layers of nano dots, each layer separate by only five microns. Another laser pulse fired on the structure measures the polarisation of the light. Changes in polarization can be used to read data.

“Coined as the ‘Superman memory crystal’, as the glass memory has been compared to the “memory crystals” used in the Superman films, the data is recorded via self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz. The information encoding is realised in five dimensions: the size and orientation in addition to the three dimensional position of these nanostructures,” reads a press release.

A light wave that is vibrating in more than one plane is referred to as unpolarized light. The light emitted by the sun, by a lamp in the classroom, or by a candle flame is unpolarized light. Such light waves are created by electric charges that vibrate in a variety of directions, thus creating an electromagnetic wave that vibrates in a variety of directions.