Monthly Archives: October 2016

Music on Mondays (10-31-16)—Happy Halloween!

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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On October 10, I was backing up my big internal hard drive to a big external hard drive when both hard drives decided to crash simultaneously. I bought my first computer in 1978 and this is only my second and third hard drive crashes, so maybe I’m due.

I had a data recovery center work on the hard drives, and while they did recover 100% of my data, I then had to get my data back onto a computer so I could use it. I’ll tell you, when 100% of your life disappears, you don’t really know what to do. I spent exactly three weeks, to the minute, October 10 noon to October 31 noon not knowing if I could keep any of my businesses and activities going on. I didn’t even know what to do each day because my life is run 24/7 by Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. I was so depressed that I couldn’t get up the energy to get my camera, jump into the car, and head out into the world to take new pictures. Taking pictures usually is the easiest way for me to deal with depression, but in this case all it did was remind me that I had lost 100% of about a million pictures. So, that’s where I have been for the last three weeks, just in case anyone missed me.

Meanwhile, today is Halloween, and I can tell you that losing your computer work is definitely spooky. So let’s explore a little spookiness in music and pictures from my personal collection, which I have back.

Happy Halloween from Russel Ray photos

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Happy Halloween from SBB (Scary Boo Birds)!Happy Halloween from the Scary Boo Birds at Russel Ray Photos

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Happy Halloween from the VW Spider!Happy Halloween from the VW Spider at Russel Ray Photos

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Happy Halloween from Tony the Tarantula!Happy Halloween from Tony the Tarantula at Russel Ray Photos!

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Happy Halloween from Gary the Garden Spider!Happy Halloween from Gary the Garden Spider at Russel Ray Photos!

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Happy Halloween from Al the Albino Burmese Python!

Happy Halloween from Al the Albino Burmese Python at Russel Ray Photos!

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Music on Mondays (10-3-2016)—”Daddy’s Car”

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Although I am officially a Baby Boomer, I identify much more with the post-World War II television generation. Not sure if there is such a gen, but if there isn’t, there should be.

My favorites were TV programs that my wise old grandmother deemed “silly.” In other words, things that “aren’t true and never will be.”

She was watching “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.”

I was watching “The Twilight Zone.”

Her, “Mayberry R.F.D.”

Me, “The Outer Limits.”

Her, “Leave It To Beaver.”

Me, “It’s About Time.”

I have always been fascinated by robots, artificial intelligence, the future, the unknown. Even my favorite cartoon was about the future—“The Jetsons,” a 1962 cartoon depicting a family of the future. What would my wise old grandmother say about all the silly Jetsons’ stuff that has come true? Flying cars, jet packs, robotic help, holograms, 3-D printed food, drones, smart shoes, smart watches, even little Elroy taking a trip to the moon with his Cub Scout pack.

Technology here, today.

It got more exciting for me: “Star Trek,”  “Lost In Space,” “The Time Tunnel.”

My fascination with all things silly and not possible shot up last week when it was announced that an artificial intelligence (AI) program had written a Beatles song. Hmmmm. Here it is:

“Daddy’s Car”

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In all fairness, only the music was composed by the AI program. French composer Benoît Carré arranged and produced the song, and wrote the lyrics.

What do I think? Well, I can see “Daddy’s Car” being on “The Beatles Anthology” CDs right alongside “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love.”

“Free As A Bird”

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“Real Love”

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As Sir Paul McCartney said about “The Anthology” CDs, loosely quoted: “There’s a reason we didn’t release this stuff. But if people want to hear it…..” None of the three songs are classic Beatles, of course. Two are early outtakes by John Lennon, post-Beatles breakup. The other one is interesting, but AI still has a way to go. I’m thinking AI might get there, though, perhaps even in my lifetime. After all, Deep Blue plays a better game of chess then do I….

Here I have to give a shout out to a business partner friend,
Joey Thaidigsman, who is a freshman computer science major
at the University of California-Berkeley, wanting to go into
artificial intelligence.

So…..

My considered opinion after being a Beatles fan for 51 years? I’m going with “Daddy’s Car.”

And while this post is about AI and The Beatles, I end with my favorite song about AI and the future:

“Yours Truly, 2095” by Electric Light Orchestra, 1981

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