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Why Hotel California marked a watershed for rock
Peter Aspden

APRIL 3, 2017

It started, as things did in the heyday of rock music’s golden era, with a few strums of a guitar on a beach sofa in Malibu. Don Felder, guitarist of The Eagles, improvised a chord progression that he recorded on to a cassette, and handed to the rest of the band.
Don Henley started to write a lyric, set in a West Coast hostelry, and addressing the issue of America’s slow implosion into decadence. “Hotel California” was born.

The song was the title track of an album of the same name, released in December 1976, which represented The Eagles’ finest hour. They started as a wannabe country rock band with great hair and sumptuous harmonies. After Hotel California, they lost their touch. The release of “Hotel California” as a single marked a watershed for the band, but also for the course of popular music.
music  California  '70s  songwriters  country_rock  the_Eagles  rock-'n'-roll  songs  golden_age  turning_points 
january 2018 by jerryking
Brandy Melville and the rise of the Instabrand
March 17, 2017 | FT via | Evernote Web | by Jo Ellison.

its place in the broader fashion landscape has remained deliberately low-profile. It has never placed an advertisement. It keeps its store numbers low — although it has a busy online business. And, unlike the showy founders of comparable youth-centric fashion brands, such as the now-defunct American Apparel, its executives rarely do press.
Instead, Brandy Melville is an entirely millennial phenomenon, propagated and fed by its mostly pubescent patrons, for whom it holds a cult-like appeal. Most discover it on Instagram, where its 3.9m followers can admire a seemingly never-ending feed (pictured below) of honey-blonde, tawny-limbed beauties skipping around piers, beachfronts, cafés and libraries in teeny-tiny shorts and cute slogan cropped tops.....The social media site launched in 2011 and has been tagging, sharing and enrolling followers ever since: many of its stars are professional models; others are just fangirls who have been picked up as brand ambassadors, picking up hundreds of thousands of their own acolytes in the process.....What’s interesting is how efficiently the brand has communicated its message. While labels have traditionally depended on print campaigns, bricks-and-mortar visibility and custom-built marketing, Brandy Melville’s success has been built on shares and likes alone.
And parents, like me, have been complicit in its success.....quite thrilling to have discovered a brand about which I knew nothing at all, and which never wanted my attention, either. Although it will happily use me as a conduit for cash. Instabrands like this are now popping up all over the retail landscape, and there’ll be more to come as the culture becomes ever more evolved. As a lesson in millennial shopping habits
fashion  brands  girls  retailers  California  millennials  Instagram  social_media  teenagers  bricks-and-mortar  shopping_habits 
march 2017 by jerryking
Glenn Frey, Eagles Founding Member, Dies at 67 - The New York Times

The band’s hit songs included yearning, battle-of-the-sexes musings like “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Heartache Tonight,” and the cool-cat lifestyle statements “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” all of which featured Mr. Frey’s light, casual, relaxed lead vocals, as well as the No. 1 hit “Hotel California,” the band’s signature song from its 1977 album of the same name.

Its imagistic, vaguely mystical lyrics — the song was written by Mr. Frey, Mr. Henley and Don Felder — hint at a drug-fueled state of being, perhaps promising rapture, perhaps not, and have supplied fuel for countless interpretations:
singers  music  obituaries  California  '70s  songwriters  country_rock  the_Eagles  rock-'n'-roll 
january 2016 by jerryking
Water Data Deluge: Addressing the California Drought Requires Access to Accurate Data - The CIO Report - WSJ
April 22, 2015| WSJ | By KIM S. NASH.

California, now in its fourth year of drought, is collecting more data than ever from utilities, municipalities and other water providers about just how much water flows through their pipes....The data-collection process, built on monthly self-reporting and spreadsheets, is critical to informing such policy decisions, which affect California’s businesses and 38.8 million residents. Some say the process, with a built-in lag time of two weeks between data collection and actionable reports, could be better, allowing for more effective, fine-tuned management of water.

“More data and better data will allow for more nuanced approaches and potentially allow the water system to function more efficiently,”...“Right now, there are inefficiencies in the system and they don’t know exactly where, so they have to resort to blanket policy responses.”...the State Water Resources Control Board imports the data into a spreadsheet to tabulate and compare with prior months. Researchers then cleanse the data, find and resolve anomalies and create graphics to show what’s happened with water in the last month. The process takes about 2 weeks....accuracy is an issue in any self-reporting scenario...while data management could be improved by installing smart meters to feed information directly to the Control Board automatically... there are drawbacks to any technology. Smart meters can fail, for example. “The nice thing about spreadsheets is anyone can open it up and immediately see everything there,”
lag_time  water  California  data  spreadsheets  inefficiencies  municipalities  utilities  bureaucracies  droughts  vulnerabilities  self-reporting  decision_making  Industrial_Internet  SPOF  bottlenecks  data_management  data_quality  data_capture  data_collection 
april 2015 by jerryking
Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis - The Globe and Mail
Wiping out California’s almond industry won’t fix the water crisis
PORTLAND, ORE. — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015, 11:08 AM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Apr. 21 2015,
California  droughts  water  scarcity  farming  agriculture  water_footprints  almonds  Omar_el_Akkad 
april 2015 by jerryking
The Risks of Cheap Water -
OCTOBER 14, 2014 | NYT | Eduardo Porter.

the proliferation of limits on water use will not solve the problem because regulations do nothing to address the main driver of the nation’s wanton consumption of water: its price.

“Most water problems are readily addressed with innovation,” said David G. Victor of the University of California, San Diego. “Getting the water price right to signal scarcity is crucially important.”... markets and prices are an indispensable part of the tool kit to combat scarcity....The signals today are way off. Water is far too cheap across most American cities and towns. ...Adding to the challenges are the obstacles placed in the way of water trading.
California  droughts  water  scarcity  pricing  signals 
october 2014 by jerryking
In California’s brown fields, an arid future - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Aug. 25 2014

Astoundingly, considering that it supplies a vast proportion of North America’s agricultural goods and regularly suffers terrible droughts, California is the only state without a groundwater-management strategy.

This, as you might imagine, has scientists alarmed. “I see a state that is standing on the edge of a cliff,” Jay Famiglietti of the University of California’s Center for Hydrologic Modelling wrote in National Geographic. “This current drought, if it continues, will be like none other in recent times. The stress on groundwater will be far greater than ever before.”

Another UC professor studying water use, Richard Howitt, put it this way: “We’re acting like the super rich who have so much money they don’t need to balance their chequebook.”

Dr. Howitt and his team estimate the drought is costing the state $2-billion this year alone. The only reason that price tag isn’t even higher is because farmers are relying on groundwater to keep their crops growing and sent to market – kind of like taking out a second mortgage, with no prospect of repaying it. Maybe that price tag will be enough to shock California into action. More likely, it’ll be the sight of all those depressing brown lawns.
California  water  scarcity  droughts 
august 2014 by jerryking
Silicon Valley meets Salinas Valley in partnership to make farming 'smart'
Jun 29, 2013 | Financial Times |
By April Dembosky in Salinas, California

Big data is on its way to the dinner table. Silicon Valley executives are for the first time forming agriculture partner...
Silicon_Valley  fresh_produce  agriculture  California  farming  sensors  innovation  massive_data_sets 
july 2013 by jerryking
California Farmers Retool to Feed China -
April 20, 2012 | WSJ | By VAUHINI VARA.

Farmers Retool to Feed China
Dairies in California Make Powdered Milk Last Longer for Growing Middle Class
dairy  China  farming  exporting  California  cattle  agriculture  agribusiness 
april 2012 by jerryking
Black Oak Capital Partners company profile
Black Oak Capital Partners will acquire and manage California
agricultural lands for investor returns and land conservation outcomes.
Black Oak pursues an "agriculture-plus" investment strategy. Black Oak
will source and manage lands in partnership with land trusts, brokers,
and farm managers. Agricultural cash flows and asset appreciation are
primary value drivers, while exposure to new environmental markets
provides additional upside. Environmental markets help to align
financial and environmental objectives. Markets include mitigation
banking, organic transition, water transfers, and conservation real
estate development.
venture_capital  vc  sustainability  cash_flows  farmland  private_equity  agriculture  farming  California 
april 2011 by jerryking
Santa Monica Mall Gets a Makeover -
JULY 5, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By KRIS HUDSON. Kill the Mall's Main Roof, Add a Big Plaza
commercial_real_estate  shopping_malls  California  Santa_Monica  travel  retailers 
july 2010 by jerryking

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