Misc. Notes 1/3/2023

I learned a lot yesterday:

Rick Beato’s podcast with music historian Ted Gioia was enlightening throughout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM4MsEl8avug

Gioia is a vibrant conversationalist who is knowledgeable in domains other than music. His ideas about music intersect with his knowledge of finance, literature, and technology. I found his explanation of the importance of the blues being a mixture of Western and African music especially interesting; and he also mentioned this country song Louie Armstrong recorded with Jimmie Rodgers in 1930 called ‘Blue Yodel #9’ (performed here in the last year of his life with Johnny Cash on The Johnny Cash Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUeHlyDNki0 — Louie Armstrong playing country, who would’ve thought?

When talking about innovation generally I liked Ted’s toss-off line, “People are always happy with what they’ve got.” He said it in relation to the Steve Jobs quote that “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them,” but it struck me as an observation even more elemental to human psychology. Taken together, the two quotes complete each other because of course we are satisfied with whatever we happen to have because the alternatives are either out of reach or not a priority.

Another interesting YouTube video I watched was ‘NATO’s biggest weakness is Scotland’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph5H0YFxbJI I’ve been enjoying RealLifeLore’s in-depth realpolitik explanations of what is going on between NATO and Russia right now. His analysis offers information I haven’t seen discussed anywhere else.

The video discusses Scotland’s precarious position as part of the United Kingdom and the strategic waters in the Atlantic that hang in the balance if Scotland votes to split off from Britain and thus NATO. This complicates my gut reaction because normally I would be happy for Scotland to have the opportunity to leave the UK.

EDIT 1/10: This video is a good rebuttal assuming Scotland leaving the UK wouldn’t actually permanently change anything.

I got strange enjoyment from reading the inscriptions in these Louis L’Amour books for sale individually at a used book store. From 1990-96 some woman regularly bought her young son a leather-bound L’Amour western novel and wrote him a note about how she was feeling about him at that particular moment. All together between the 53 volumes, these heartfelt notes read as a thrilling story about a young man doing poorly in high school, trying alcohol, crashing his dad’s pickup truck, friend’s girlfriend dying under unclear circumstances in 1992, joining the Marines; and a mother’s unconditional but always tested love for her son.

Every book a note every note a story.

Would have purchased if I had the shelf space or the appetite for 50 westerns by the same author!