Archive for October, 2012

Storin’ It Old School

Storin' it Old School

Remember these guys? With a whopping 720 kilobytes of storage, they would hold two or three DOS games or a thousand text documents. They were amazing for their time and surprisingly durable.

I found these at a computer recycling store in Bellevue WA – fresh, minty, and ready to use by those who can even locate a 5″ floppy drive to run them! Of course now, I can’t even fit one digital photo on a 720k disk 🙂

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk

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Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 – Mas Que Nada

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Take a sharp-dressed piano man, add catchy music and perfect harmonies.  The result: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66.

Hugely overshadowed by the “Surf Sixties” and “Free Love Sixties,” the “Lounge Sixties” stands today in testament of the quality and talent that permeated the decade – on full display in countless videos on the Intertubes.  The Bossa Nova beat is difficult to ignore – upbeat happiness that caresses the ears.

Case in point is the song Mas Que Nada, originally written and performed in 1963 by Jorge Ben.

Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 brought it to prominence about three years later on their A&M debut.  While I have known about Sergio Mendes’ talent now for many years, I only first hear Mas Que Nada as part of the soundtrack for 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. I picked up the clean copy of the A&M LP a while back, and play it regularly.  Since then I have also purchased other Sergio Mendes work, thoroughly enjoying every one.

If you’re down, try a little Bossa Nova and a strong cup of South American coffee.  That’ll clear up what ails you 🙂

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