Good News for Aging Freaks

“Besides standard CD releases, the Grateful Dead is finalizing a deal with Apple’s I-Tunes to make every live note they’ve ever recorded available for download.

‘Everything, sooner or later, will end up being released on the Web,’ Weir says. ‘What we wanna do is digitize our entire catalog, our entire collection of tapes . . . and make that stuff available. I think I-Tunes is up to that.’

The band has recorded all of its live shows since the late ’60s, at first ‘just so we could listen back, see what it sounded like and make any changes.

‘Or if, for instance, we were jamming and something fell together, some little plum came through the sky and landed onstage, it didn’t get lost. We could go back and maybe make a song out of it,’ Weir says.

And compared to most music at I-Tunes, the Dead’s jams are a bargain, he says with a laugh.

‘At 99 cents a tune, it’s a pretty decent price, because most of our tunes are pretty long.'” —Rocky Mountain News

Zoom-In, Zoom-Out

“Hate the small fixed size fonts being used on so many web pages these days? Here are a couple of bookmarklets so you can increase (or decrease, by the way) the size (and text size) of any page you visit. (Sorry–only works in IE.) Bookmarklets are javascript routines you place in your IE Favorites. To use them, you just click on them in your Favorites and they run the script. You install them in your Favorites by right clicking on them, and choosing “ADD TO FAVORITES” from the menu.” —Sam-I-Am

New monkey virus jumps to humans

“The discovery of a new class of monkey virus jumping into humans has reinforced claims that HIV came from bushmeat hunting.

It also suggests that viruses jump species much more often than thought – raising the risk that new viral diseases will eventually develop in humans.

The simian foamy viruses newly found in the bushmeat hunters by US and Cameroonian scientists are probably harmless, but follow up studies are planned to check whether they spread between people or cause disease.” —New Scientist

Worst Place on Earth?

Mass rape atrocity in west Sudan: ‘More than 100 women have been raped in a single attack carried out by Arab militias in Darfur in western Sudan.

Speaking to the BBC, the United Nations co-ordinator for Sudan, Mukesh Kapila, said the conflict had created the worst humanitarian situation in the world.

He said more than one million people were affected by “ethnic cleansing”.

He said the fighting was characterised by a scorched-earth policy and was comparable in character, if not in scale, to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

“It is more than just a conflict. It is an organised attempt to do away with a group of people,” he said.’ —BBC

Why would the world community not intervene in this human devastation?

"Plato, not Prozac"

The Socratic Shrink: “On a recent Manhattan morning, with a cold wind slashing off New York Harbor, Lou Marinoff took the granite steps of the federal courthouse two at a time — brown eyes fierce, ivory white skin offsetting his dark beard, a Russian fur hat making him the very picture of the engaged intellectual. A tenured philosophy professor at City College of New York and the author of The Big Questions: How Philosophy Can Change Your Life and of the international best seller Plato, Not Prozac! Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems, Marinoff is the world’s most successful marketer of philosophical counseling. A controversial new talk therapy, philosophical counseling takes the premise that many of our problems stem from uncertainties about the meaning of life and from faulty logic.” —New York Times Actually, there appears to be nothing new and very little controversial except perhaps the notion that a professor of philosophy is pushing this as a narcissistic marketing trend. Existential influences on psychoanalytic psychotherapy are as old as the discipline, and every psychology student knows of the contributions of Fromm and Frankl. And cognitive approaches which explore and address faulty logic are time-honored, arguably stemming from Albert Ellis.