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Favoriting October 29, 2018: WFMU's Jesse Jarnow on his book "Heads" and the early Internet's psychedelic history

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This week: Jesse Jarnow, author, Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America (as well as Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock (2012) and the upcoming Wasn't That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America).

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The Frow Show, Tuesdays midnight to 3am on WFMU

Alternate Routes podcast ("Independent music not found on major streaming services")


Recent Tech News

via Renee DiResta

Past Techtonic guest Janelle Shane's NYT Op-Ed (Oct 28) on creating Halloween costume ideas with a neural network. A few of this year's entries:
Huckeyour on LEG
Dotchic Dancer
Giant Box
a spong
Sexy Banana
Santa Classworth
Cyborg baby man
Bungy bulbasaur
Bro-bot Bee
gummy cow

This sensor will alert your Airbnb host if it thinks you’re having a party (Oct 29, The Verge): "Leaving internet-connected microphones in your house probably isn’t a great idea if you have even the most basic level of respect for the privacy of your guests, which is why NoiseAware’s sensors are only capable of tracking overall noise levels. When the decibel level reaches a certain level for a sustained period of time, the host will get an app notification..."

• From Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property? (New Yorker, October 22), quoting ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski:

Chris Hedges in Eugene, OR (Oct 3): "We cannot sever ourselves from the wisdom of the past. That's our patrimony, that's our heritage."

PBS Frontline: The Facebook Dilemma (Part 1 is tonight, Monday, Oct 29; Part 2 is tomorrow, Tue, Oct 30. (In NYC, watch it on Channel Thirteen at 10pm.) Here's the WSJ review, saying the documentary is "aggressive, indignant, illuminating... [showing] the blissfully amoral way a social-media site has morphed into a sociopolitical evil. But what viewers will also come away with is a sense of something else - something entirely relevant to the situation: That Mark Zuckerberg is the worst company spokesman in the history of corporate America. If he told you the sky was blue, you’d wonder what his agenda was."

• From Business Insider (Oct 26): "The New York Times has exposed a culture of sexual harassment at Google, in a report claiming that former executive Andy Rubin was paid $90 million in an exit package after a credible sexual misconduct accusation. Other male executives at Google had consensual and non-consensual workplace relationships, according to the report, and all were protected by the company... Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, has admitted the company has a harassment problem and told employees that the firm had fired 48 employees for sexual misconduct over the last two years. Thirteen of the 48 were senior managers or above, and were not given an exit package, he said."

Amazon Has Pulled Its Ads From Bloomberg Over China Hack Story (BuzzFeed News, Oct 26): "Sources say both Amazon and Apple are taking retributive measures against the outlet that alleged they were hacked by China."

The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected (NYT, Oct 26): "America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether." ... "It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction." Could happen? Already is happening. (See also Silicon Valley Nannies Are Phone Police for Kids, also NYT, Oct 26.)

This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise (NYT, Oct 24): "Clorox paid to license information from Kinsa, a tech start-up that sells internet-connected thermometers... with a smartphone app that allows consumers to track their fevers and symptoms.. The data showed Clorox which ZIP codes around the country had increases in fevers. The company then directed more ads to those areas, assuming that households there may be in the market for products like its disinfecting wipes."

Google Is Teaching Children How to Act Online. Is It the Best Role Model? (NYT, Oct 23): "The tech giant is positioning itself in schools as a trusted authority on digital citizenship... Google plans to reach five million schoolchildren with the program this year... but critics say the company’s recent woes — including revelations that it was developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market and had tracked the whereabouts of users who had explicitly turned off their location history — should disqualify Google from promoting itself in schools as a model of proper digital conduct." Hey kids, if you don't believe Google, you're not a good citizen!

Every minute for three months, GM secretly gathered data on 90,000 drivers' radio-listening habits and locations (BoingBoing, Oct 23)

NoMoreGoogle.com: Privacy-friendly alternatives to Google that don't track you

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Artist Track Album Images Approx. start time
  Mark interviews Jesse Jarnow, author of "Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America" and host of WFMU's The Frow Show.
Tomaš Dvořák  Game Boy Tune   Favoriting Machinarium Soundtrack 
  Mark's intro    
  Interview with Jesse Jarnow, author of "Heads" and host of WFMU's The Frow Show    
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  Your calls and comments 201-209-9368    
0:43:03 (Pop-up)
The Grateful Dead  Touch of Grey   Favoriting In the Dark 
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Listener comments!

Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:01pm

Hello Mark! Techsylvanians!
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Chocolate covered brussel sprouts?

Hi Techtons
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:02pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Techtobots, assemble!
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Hi Mark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:03pm

hey all
Avatar 6:05pm

Politics seeps in.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:06pm

Yep, we're soaking in it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm

*hits head on phone to check in* (not so hard next time).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:06pm
Michael 98145:

Gonna need some bigger boots
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm

Hello! Scary!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:12pm

By the way, give those sprout pops out on Halloween and you'll likely get eggs back
Avatar 6:12pm

Already seems totalitarian to me.
For example, Time Warner shuttng down Filmstruck.
We're losing film history, we're losing our culture.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm

noiseware, what Merzbow wears under his sounds.....
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:15pm
listener james from westwood:

I knew I'd see a link to that Frontline FB story in your link stack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm

this is why i drive a 1997 vehicle.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
listener james from westwood:

Clorox bottle: "It looks like you're eradicating bloodstains. Would you like 50 cents off a pair of gloves?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm

what a useless product
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm

oh, I thought you meant for weather monitoring....
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:18pm

Will you get alerts if the noise level goes the other way? "It's quiet, TOO quiet, your party is dead"
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Dale, absolutely.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm

Not to be confused w/ WFMU's Kenzo.....
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm

i've used an internet connected thermometer to make sure the temperature was staying consistent in a closet where my wort was fermenting. just saying. hi, Mark and all.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
Bas NL:

Internet Of Things
Robert Tables:

You mean https://mobile.twitter.com/internetofshit ?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:21pm

(well, really it was a wifi enabled thermometer. but who knows who was seeing the temps)

"Sexual misconduct"
Avatar 6:25pm

These companies have no regard for or even concept of citizenship.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:33pm

The more I see that Levandowski quote sitting over the more objectionable it seems.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:33pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

It's odd to hear Jesse's voice without the reverb.

my thermometer just pinged me, "plz insert me into yr rectum". Really!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm
Michael 98145:


and what ultradamno just said

Ask Jeff about Burning Man. A LOT of that libertarian utopianism comes out of That Thing in the Desert
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
Michael 98145:

for example, there were no Good Old Days in medicine.
Avatar 6:41pm

but not all of it, impboy: some radical utopianism also came from socio-political upheavals in the streets.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:41pm
listener james from westwood:

I wonder if Mondo 2000 gets mentioned at all in the book. Durk Pearson and Terence McKenna sharing pages and whatnot.
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Beast of Boonton:

Remember the AOL disks that came in every electronics box you purchased in the 90's?

You just mentioned the two worst bands ever

Dave f n mathews - distopian ? How about just dis.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:47pm

What I'll always remember The Dave Matthews Band for best: www.chicagotribune.com...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:47pm
listener james from westwood:

McKenna occasionally got aired on FMU early in the 90s on the Crackpots & Visionaries segment that, IIRC, birthed our regular Dave Emory segments.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:48pm
Dave in Vermont:

Oh man, I went to the Wetlands all the time for a couple few years.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:48pm
listener james from westwood:

Ah ha! Very cool!

Any side notes, references, comments etc. on the song like humans do by David Byrne and how it appears on almost every version of Microsoft?
Avatar 6:49pm

ah i remember Mondo 2000 AND Wetlands . . . and have been lucky enough to see Terence McKenna speak a few times
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm
Michael 98145:

ooh, creepy surveillance pumpkin !!
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Beast of Boonton:

Everyone got those Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia CD-Rom's too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm

@ultradamno that's what I think of too!
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Jeff Moore:

Oh, Wetlands – I remember Wetlands as the place you'd walk by and see crowds of adorable youths who wore boutique-recreated hippie garb and smelled strongly of patchouli.
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i think i saw Ari Up at wetlands -- before she put together a new Slits group
bunch of other music groups too, but also loved that Wetlands supported us activists :)
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listener james from westwood:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm

I got there for the tail end of Wetlands....
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:53pm
Bas NL:

The Greater Good..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm

First time I saw People Like Us was when she opened for Matmos for a WFMU fundraiser back in the day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
Dave in Vermont:

oh, Matmos
Avatar 6:54pm

Still wonderin' how psychedelia ties in with the Silicons. Guess I hafta read the book..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm

Ooh, I'll read a book about the Weavers! Michael Row the Boat Ashore!

Holy crap... Pentagon to deploy 5000 troops to the US Mexican boarder.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm

Liberate us from fri-sat-sun!
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The whole world's watching, Zetti.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Bas NL:

Hoi Den Haag!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
Bas NL:

Thanks Mark & Jesse!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm

Gracias Mark y Jesse!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone - have a good week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55am
Michael 98145:

Having watched the Frontline series regarding Facebook ... holy crap, that thing needs to be whacked.
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