Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pop culture roundup: Sherlock; Kareem; Dylan; Pono; Batman

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written a mystery novel featuring Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft.
Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, a 19-time N.B.A. All-Star, began reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories more than 40 years ago, during his rookie season. “I was fascinated by Holmes’s ability to see clues where other people saw nothing,” he said in a statement released by his publisher.
“Mycroft Holmes” was written with the screenwriter and producer Anna Waterhouse.
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Read an interview with Bob Dylan's English teacher.
B.J. remembers one of the rare visits Bob made to Hibbing several years ago. “I remember distinctly. He told me, You’ve taught me everything I know.’ I dispute that. I’ve taught him half of what he knows.” 
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Neil Young is hyping his high-resolution  Pono music player as offering the best fidelity possible, but is "high-res" music just a bunch of b.s.?
The CD-quality standard—which Young and HRA proponents say isn't sufficient—wasn't adopted randomly. It's not a number plucked out of thin air. It's based on sampling theory and the actual limits of human hearing. To the human ear, audio sampled above 44.1 kHz/16-bit is inaudibly different.
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Good to see others who are fans of Doug Moench's 1980s run on Batman. Frank Miller wrecked the character.


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