Monday Musings–6Nov23

The big news this week is the Beatles releasing new song. It is a Beatles song, and brings you right back to the seventies. I listened to it several times, and it is likeable, but except for the technology used to separate John’s vocals from the piano not that interesting to me, as it might be to other people.

Now and Then–The Beatles

There’s also a short film on how they made it.

Sort of a making of film.

Some progress on the house painting:

House Painting
House Painting

Here’s something to think on, from an essay by Wendell Berry:

Wendell Berry’s Criteria for Appropriate Technology

To make myself as plain as I can, I should give my standards for technological innovation in my own work. They are as follows:

  1. The new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.
  2. It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces.
  3. It should do work that is clearly and demonstrably better than the one it replaces.
  4. It should use less energy than the one it replaces.
  5. If possible, it should use some form of solar energy, such as that of the body.
  6. It should be repairable by a person of ordinary intelligence, provided that he or she has the necessary tools.
  7. It should be purchasable and repairable as near to home as possible.
  8. It should come from a small, privately owned shop or store that will take it back for maintenance and repair.
  9. It should not replace or disrupt anything good that already exists, and this includes family and community relationships.


I’m not sure I agree with all points of that, and of course the essay was written a longtime ago (1987), but maybe slowing down on all the tech innovation is not a bad idea.

I think that’ll do it for this week. Hope you have a good one.