Monthly Archives: February 2017

In praise of Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal did a service. Racial identity is a social construct. Black and White are identity, not genetics.

There are many instances of families slipping into Whiteness over the generations. Why not the other direction? What Dolezal did shocks us because we can’t believe she would prefer Black over White.

She deceived with regard to her genes as a byproduct of choosing her identity. There were few explicit lies, and they weren’t about important things. The deception, not the lies, is what disturbs people.


She did nutty things. I’m not saying I’m in love with her.  But people do nutty things all the time. None of us would care about this person except that she switched from White to Black, which shocks because:

1. We think it’s worse to be Black than White
2. We think Blackness and Whiteness are genetic rather than social

In that switch she did a service. We are confronting those racist beliefs because she called our attention to them.

MP3s on Soupgreens.com

When I disconnected the blog for my historical public domain music, I stranded the music I had posted, which is actually all still available. Here are links to every MP3 on soupgreens.com:

http://soupgreens.com/Italian Song For Gurdonark/Italian Song for gurdonark.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/Italian Song For Gurdonark/LucasGonze-ItalianSong1.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/Italian Song For Gurdonark/LucasGonze-ItalianSong2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/TheAerialists-GhostSolos.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/africapolka/LucasGonze-Africa Polka on parlor.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/v4-LucasGonze-OldOakenBucket.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/AlvinPleasant-CelebratedShooFlyGalop-3_24_2004.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-CelebratedShooFlyGalop.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-SpiritRappings.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/DeathValleyWaltz/LucasGonze-DeathValleyWaltz.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-sortaItalianSong.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-Egyptian Fandango.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/v3-LucasGonze-OldOakenBucket.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/alvinandlucille/Alvin_and_Lucille–I_Love_Paris.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/alvinandlucille/Alvin_and_Lucille-Romance_Without_Finance.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/alvinandlucille/Alvin_and_Lucille-Dont_Explain.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/alvinandlucille/Alvin_and_Lucille-Lover_Man.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-StLouisWaltz.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/danjam/LucasAndDan-FleeAsABird.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/danjam/LucasAndDan-LandOfTheBungalow.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/danjam/LucasAndDan-StLouisWaltz.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/danjam/LucasAndDan-LivingEasy.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/byhere/lg-km.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/byhere/LucasGonze-30SecondsByHere.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-PompeyRanAway.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-MustIThen.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/LucasGonze-EllaWaltz.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/SoupGreens-WillowWeepForMe.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/05 I’m Taking Care Of Mother (While Daddy’s Gone Away).mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/Oakley and Cammeyer – Chinese Patrol.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/14 Baton Rouge Rag – Kitty Gray & Her Wampus Cats with Oscar _B.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/03 Charmin’ Betsy.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/01 Shimmy She Wobble.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/21 Baton Rouge Rag _ interview.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/Gid Tanner and Fate Norris – Goodbye Booze.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/1-28 Beans, Beans, Beans.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/13 I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop (Take 1).mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/1-01 The Plum Blossom.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/1-07 I’ve Got The Big River Blues.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/01 The Light Crust Doughboys’ Theme.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/misc/14 Bald Head.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/audio/slightlyonthemash/LucasGonze-SlightlyOnTheMash-v2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — bleeting.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — hi hat 1.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — clarinet 2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — cornet 1.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — clarinet 1.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — band 2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — guitar 1.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — snare 3.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — horn kicks 1.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — guitar 3.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — guitar 2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — final 2 kicks.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — band.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — man take that goat out of here.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — cornet 2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — hi hat 2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — horn kicks 2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — snare 1.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — hi hat 3.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/billygoatstomp/mp3/Billy Goat Stomp — guitar.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/dodworth/LucasGonze-DodworthsFiveStep.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/egyptianretreat/LucasGonze-EgyptianRetreat.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/elizabethjune/Elizabeth June.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/elizabethjune/Elizabeth June – lead sheet.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/fleeasabird/LucasGonze-FleeAsABird.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/fleeasabird/JellyRollMorton-DeadManBlues.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/froginthewell/LucasGonze-FrogInTheWell-WOAF.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/froginthewell/LucasGonze-FrogInTheWell-20s.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/froginthewell/LucasGonze-FrogInTheWell-40s.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/froginthewell/LucasGonze-FrogInTheWell-30s.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/froginthewell/ringtone.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/froginthewell/LucasGonze-FrogInTheWell-bit8.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos-TalkAboutSuffering.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos-Horace Weston’s Old Time Jig, March 3 2010.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos-EdisonTalkingDoll-LittleJackHorner.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos-FrogInTheWell.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos-DeathValleyWaltz.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos-GeorgePWatson-EmmettsCuckooSong-clip.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/ghostsolos/LGonze-GhostSolos-Dodworth’s Five Step.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/horacewestonsoldtimejig/LucasGonze-HoraceWestonsOldTimeJig.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/horacewestonsoldtimejig/v2/LucasGonze-HoraceWestonsOldTimeJig-v2.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/horacewestonsoldtimejig/v4/LucasGonze-HoraceWestonsOldTimeJig-v4.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/jig-mar-3-2010/Horace Weston’s Old Time Jig, March 3 2010.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/jig-mar-3-2010/Horace Weston’s Electronic Jig.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/joplin/11 Solace – A Mexican Serenade (LP Version).mp3
http://soupgreens.com/joplin/04 Gladiolus Rag (LP Version).mp3
http://soupgreens.com/jubabreakdown/Juba Breakdown.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/jubabreakdown/LucasGonze-JubaBreakdown-54seconds-320k.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/jubabreakdown/LucasGonze-JubaBreakdown-13seconds-320k.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/landofthebungalow/landofthebungalow-novocal.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/landofthebungalow/landofthebungalow-vocal.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/livineasy/master/Livin_Easy.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/livineasy/leadsheet/key-of-Bb/Livin_Easy-lead_sheet.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/livineasy/leadsheet/key-of-D/Livin_Easy-lead_sheet.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/misc/relaxyourmind/Leadbelly-Relax_Your_Mind-intro_snippet.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/misc/AlvinPleasant-CelebratedShooFlyGalop.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/misc/georgejohnson/1-20 Listen To The Mocking Bird.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/misc/georgejohnson/1-22 The Whistling Girl.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/misc/AlvinPleasant-MustIThen.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/misc/OllieOakley-MarchDeConcert/OllieOakley-MarcheDeConcert.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/offendmaggie/Offend Maggie.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/rockingyukongold/talkaboutsuffering.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/silver-crown-schottische/LucasGonze-SilverCrownSchottische.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/stlouiswaltz/St Louis Waltz.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/thejoydrops/TheJoyDrops-WidowsPlea.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/thejoydrops/TheJoyDrops-NotDrunkEP.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/thejoydrops/TheJoyDrops-NotDrunk.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/thejoydrops/TheJoyDrops-RollJordanRoll.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/widowsplea/played/WillFDenny-myboyyouareadaisy.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/widowsplea/played/SoupGreens-WidowsPleaForHerSon.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/widowsplea/played/WillFDenny-outro.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/widowsplea/played/WillFDenny-credits.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/widowsplea/played/SoupGreens-WidowsPleaForHerSon-ringtone.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/widowsplea/played/WillFDenny-intro.mp3
http://soupgreens.com/widowsplea/Charlie Poole – The Mother’s Plea For Her Son.mp3

Ape vs Human Cognition

Other primates are clever and emotionally present like humans. So how do are we different? From There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos | Aeon Ideas:

We did a study with pairs of orangutans in which we tested their ability to communicate and cooperate to get rewards. We hid a banana pellet so that one orangutan could see the food but couldn’t reach it. The other orangutan could release a sliding door and push the pellet through to her partner, but wasn’t able to take it for herself. They did okay (but not great) when playing with me, and they mostly ignored each other when playing together. We then performed a similar set of studies with human two-year-olds. Compared with the apes, the two-year-olds were very good at getting the reward (stickers) when they played with an adult.

Taken together, these studies tell us something about human evolution. Unlike apes, humans are good at pooling their talents to achieve what they can’t do alone. It’s not that the apes don’t care about getting the food – they got frustrated with one another when things were going wrong, and one orangutan in particular would turn his back and sulk. However, unlike humans, they don’t seem to be able to harness this frustration to push themselves to do better.

Feed readers

As a reader, I need an RSS reader that caters to personal-scale blogging. There isn’t one now.

Professional blogs generate a torrential flow compared to personal blogs. In a river of posts where all sources are competing for attention, the professional posts flood out the personal ones. Your reader needs a rate limiter for overposters.

RSS readers need to make it trivial to reply to your friend, with similar gestures to Facebook and Twitter. It should be possible to post a private reply, to Like, to repost/retweet, or to comment in-place in your reader. The software should have sophistication comparable to Facebook, for example there should be a range of Like types that include “wow” and sympathy.

RSS readers also need to provide readership metrics to publishers. Otherwise your friends with personal blogs get close to zero feedback. With a big professional-scale blog there are enough readers for comments to happen. But with a personal-scale blog comments are few and far between.