Category Archives: Diversions

Playing Yahtzee® with God

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the award-winning documentary Three Identical Strangers, about identical triplets who had been raised separately, only to meet for the first time when they were teenagers. The film first explores the question of why these three men were so similar but ends on asking why their lives turned out so differently. The classic “nature versus… Read more »

Book review: “The Human Instinct” by Kenneth Miller

I have long had a habit of looking in used bookstores for copies of a 1999 book by biologist and best-selling textbook author Kenneth Miller entitled Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution, which I then give to friends. Miller’s book is one of the few scientifically-competent books about evolution that is written with the sensitive… Read more »

Diversions: the NME Awards Show of 1965

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In a recent post about the 1964 “T.A.M.I. Show” I noted the scarcity of good live performances by rock bands of the “British Invasion” era. In 1965, New Musical Express (NME) a British music magazine, produced a major live awards show that is available on YouTube (below). While the video and sound quality is not nearly as good as the American… Read more »

Diversions: The T.A.M.I. Show

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I don’t collect much, but I have long accumulated audio recordings from the 1963-1967 British Invasion era, and even that collection is now mostly digital. High-quality film or video of live performances by these groups during those years remain quite rare. Several reasons account for this. One is that the video recording technology was still pretty crude and film was… Read more »

Remembering Tom Rapp and one very appropriate song

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In the very early 1970s, I had passed the FCC test for what was commonly called a “First Phone” radio operators license, which allowed me to work briefly as an engineer for two Upper Peninsula Michigan radio stations. Warner Brothers Music and their Reprise label would supply stations regular demonstration LP records, which would contain sample tracks from upcoming albums, and… Read more »

Diversions: Kansas City to Iceland non-stop

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IcelandAir just announced the addition of three-times weekly in-season non-stop flights from Kansas City to Reykjavik, and from there you can connect to several primary and secondary cities in Europe. We have flown this route twice in recent years out of Minneapolis, and since I had already written up some tips for friends in the past, I thought I would… Read more »

Worth a listen: A Swedish singer-songwriter with my name

I was in Malmö, Sweden (which is just across the strait from Copenhagen, Denmark), a few years ago when I came across a concert notice for a local Swedish singer-songwriter who coincidentally shares my name, Richard Lindgren. We had to leave Malmö, his hometown, the next day and missed seeing him perform, but I have been buying his music ever since…. Read more »

Worth a listen: “On the Media” talks to the Pentagon Papers author

We finally made the time to see the Meryl Streep/Tom Hanks film “The Post,” about the Washington Post’s coverage of the Pentagon Papers, exposing secrets regarding the conduct of the Vietnam War. The film is well worth seeing, and I followed it up with listening to an interview with the lead Pentagon author on the papers, Leslie Gelb, on the… Read more »

When Norway was a s***hole (and why it’s not now)

I posted recently about how “chain migration,” currently under attack by our President, was the norm in how our immigrant forebears assimilated into the United States, even those from places other than the countries he described as “s***holes.” I also shared, in a recent book review, how my grandfather came from Sweden in 1901 at the age of 19, escaping… Read more »