Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?

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Photo/Indie Art South

How dependent are you on Big Tech? If you’re like me, it’s an addiction. From online purchases to product reviews and news, we rely on our devices to purchase and to read. In the US, a handful of  big tech companies dominate the tech sector, and most of us, without hesitation or skepticism,  use one or more of their products or services. Who are these tech titans? Continue reading “Is it time to take a hard look at your relationship with Big Tech?”

Google gets in on scary Halloween—could it backfire?

Halloween ghost bride photo Indie Art South
image: Indie Art South

Do you go all out for Halloween? We do it up in measured fashion, with some decorations and lots of candy for the goblins who show up at our door. Now Google is getting in on the holiday close to my heart for a number of reasons—you can use your Nest Hello to freak out those goblins in a big way. I’m not the only one wondering if this could backfire. Continue reading “Google gets in on scary Halloween—could it backfire?”

Live music saved the night—literally—as Billy Buchanan saved a life in Florida

image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page
Image of Billy Buchanan from Facebook public page @billybmusic.

If you’re a traveling musician, your stories are probably legion once you’ve done this for a few years. Jacksonville (FL) musician Billy Buchanan has one to top them all. Live music literally saved the night, and a life, on Saturday at The Villages in Sumter County, Florida. Continue reading “Live music saved the night—literally—as Billy Buchanan saved a life in Florida”

In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red

Junior Brown photo from Facebook
Image of Junior Brown from @officialjuniorbrown on Facebook

In Massachusetts, a burglary has created a whodunnit that has rocked the music world. Big Red has gone missing, and a reward for its return has been increased. How did an iconic guit-steel go missing? And what is a guit-steel? Continue reading “In music whodunnit, reward increases for Junior Brown’s Big Red”

No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden

Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com
Video snip from Facebook @vulfpeck.com

Vulfpeck, a band from Michigan with no manager or record label pumping their brand, managed to sell out their Sept. 28 concert at Madison Square Garden. They didn’t spend one dime on advertising. The band has “never had a hit single”, according to an article in Billboard. How’d they do it? Continue reading “No manager, no label, but Vulfpeck sold out Madison Square Garden”

Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight

Hunter’s Moon image by Indie Art South.

From the time I was a child, I’ve been obsessed with the moon. My parents and I lived with my grandmother and her brother when I was small, and in those days, security wasn’t a big issue. You could see through the lace panels on my bedroom windows—the windows were a single sheet of glass. I loved to look at the moon on nights when it was visible. I still do. Last night I walked outside and found a view, but it was a view with a twist. Continue reading “Moon (and ancestor) obsession renewed as October delivers a gazer’s delight”

Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event

Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)
Dorothy K. Fletcher has received a number of awards, including an award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. (Used with permission)

Author Dorothy K. Fletcher will share her stories at the launch of the new Friends of the Library speaker series at the library in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Dorothy has written nonfiction articles, a novel, books of poetry, a children’s book, and books on history. To say she is versatile is an understatement.

I’ve known Dorothy for quite some time, and she is a fascinating speaker. We shared the podium at the US Library of Congress for Florida Poets Arrive, and my publisher also brought out her poetry book, Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures. Continue reading “Versatile writer will share experiences at Ponte Vedra FOL author event”

Bastiat Jax meeting at Posting House tackled bitcoin, touched on mystery of Nakamoto

Refreshments and libations at Posting House, San Marco area of Jacksonville
We enjoyed our cheese and fruit tray and drinks very much at Posting House in the San Marco area of Jacksonville. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Are you curious about bitcoin? I was, and that led me to attend the October meeting of the Bastiat Society, Jacksonville chapter, at Posting House on Wednesday. Guest speaker was Nick Baldwin, and his talk was very informative. Naturally, the topic of the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto came up. Discussion of “fiat currency” also arose. There is one absolute about meetings of the Bastiat Group Society in Jacksonville. Continue reading “Bastiat Jax meeting at Posting House tackled bitcoin, touched on mystery of Nakamoto”

Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville

Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)
Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)

Tyler Childers, in an interview posted on Spotify, pegged the new Nashville in a perfect way. He said of the city that is “the largest growing and developing city in the nation”, one traditionally known for country music, “Once you’re immersed in that, then there’s just a disconnect to the reality of what country life is.” In my opinion, Childers gets it right. Continue reading “Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville”

Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?

Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter
Screen capture from @TheEllenShow on Twitter

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres responded to criticism after she shared a Sunday afternoon football game with friends. The problem? Former president George W. Bush was also a guest at the gathering. DeGeneres is defending herself again, having done so publicly on a number of occasions. What’s she defending? Continue reading “Was Ellen right or wrong about befriending people who disagree with your politics?”