How a fire in the Inland Empire could spell doom for the worldwide vinyl LP boom

A fire at Apollo Masters in Banning, Calif., on Feb. 6 has disrupted the supply chain for lacquers essential for making vinyl albums. (Cal Fire)

Some experts fear that a fire last week at a lacquer manufacturing plant in Banning, Calif., could lead to a worldwide shortage in vinyl LPs.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Mosaic Chiminea

The finished chiminea in its new home on the patio

I’ve just finished my latest mosaic project, a chiminea. I purchased the chiminea in July 2019 but I spend several months contemplating the design. I finally decided on a dragon design for the top. The dragon is hovering in swirling smoke. The bottom of the chiminea is intended to look like flames started by the dragon.

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You See Pepsi, I See Coke: New Tricks for Product Placement

Mirriad, a digital product placement company, incorporated Pepsi into an episode of Univision’s “El Dragón” after it was filmed.Credit…Univision, “El Dragón”

The streaming services have data on viewers’ spending habits and brand preferences, and they’re looking into new ways to use it.

Source: www.nytimes.com

If the Chargers Score and No One’s There to Cheer, Does the Owner Care?

The Chargers have the lowest attendance in the N.F.L., more than 14,000 fewer fans per game than the next-closest team.Credit…Kelvin Kuo/Associated Press

With a proud history in San Diego abandoned and a new home filled with opposing fans, the Chargers are a cautionary tale for rapacious N.F.L. ownership.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The Story of the Great Japanese-American Novel

Note: This article refers to my old friend Frank Abe who has done some very important writing about John Okada.

John Okada’s “No-No Boy” captures the injustice of incarcerating Japanese-Americans during World War II — and serves as a warning today for our own fractured society.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle

A photo booth portrait of the blues musician Robert Johnson. It was taken around 1930 and is one of two confirmed photographs of him.CreditCredit© 1986 Delta Haze Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

Johnson gained little notice in his life, but his songs — quoted by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin — helped ignite rock ‘n’ roll.

Source: www.nytimes.com