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#159: The Narrow Priesthood

June 25th, 2021 · 79 minutes

Cameras! Just SO much about cameras.

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But, also: amusing primates, Taylor Swift, ““content creation,”” crummy band managers, widespread misunderstanding of Lucille Bluth, the genius and tragedy of Howard Ashman, RFC1178, plus John shares his nostalgia for one indefatigable computer naming scheme.


The Problem with Music (Steve Albini, 1993)

"Whenever I talk to a band who are about to sign with a major label, I always end up thinking of them in a particular context. I imagine a trench, about four feet wide and five feet deep, maybe sixty yards long, filled with runny, decaying sh*t."

Taylor Swift masters controversy - Wikipedia

She condemned Braun's purchase; although she attempted to make peace, she denounced him as an "incessant, manipulative bully".

Taylor Swift - "Change" (2008)
The Battle Between the Rolling Stones & Allen Klein

'After countless lawsuits, verdicts and settlements (26 in all counting the Beatles), as each party licked its wounds and counted casualties in terms of lost property, wasted time and treasure, perhaps it was the Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards who summed up the battle best: it was “the price of an education.”'

Howard Ashman
Howard | Disney+ Originals

'[…]“Howard” is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and creator of musicals including “Little Shop of Horrors.”'

Sony A6600 Camera
Tamron 17-70mm f/2.8 Di III-A VC RXD Lens for Sony E APS-C (AFB070S700)
Sigma 56mm for E-Mount (351965)
Sony 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS APS-C Lens (SEL70350G)
SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card
Best Memory Cards for Sony A6600
Think Tank Digital Holster 10 V2.0
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

(Merlin's fancy video camera)

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens
Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
RFC1178 - Choosing a Name for Your Computer
Cattle, Not Pets
[green beans monkey]
[banana strings monkey]