The New Ohio License Plate

Earlier this year, Ohio state officials spent millions developing a new license plate. Then, for some reason, they abandoned the effort after printing thousands of them. Now, they’re only available for an extra fee, like vanity plates.

The proposed new plate

The proposed new plate

It’s too bad. The new design sure beats the old one. It’s warm and welcoming, and it does a much better job of representing Ohio’s heritage, with a farm setting and a representation of the Wright brothers’ plane. Better than the flashy, boring patriotism of the old one, which we’ve been using since Ohio’s bicentennial in 2003:

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Current plate

I’m glad my car has the classic Ohio plate. It may be even more boring than the current one, but there’s some warmth in its modesty.

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The classic plate

More On The Beatles

In my post from a few days ago I linked to a recent London Times article about the break-up of The Beatles and mentioned how their music seems to span generations.

Here’s confirmation of that fact:  “The Beatles: Rock Band” video games has come out to great reviews, and tomorrow the entire Beatles’ catalog, remastered, will be released.  You can buy the entire boxed set for $250, and if this review is any indication it will be a bargainThis review also makes the mono boxed set seem like a must-have.

The staying power of the Beatles is nothing short of astonishing.  The Beatles began recording their records in the early ’60s and came to the U.S. in early 1964, more than 45 years ago.  When the group first came to America’s attention, it was shortly after LBJ took office, when the Vietnam War was  still in its early, conceivably winnable stages.  The country has changed enormously since then, but the Beatles’ records nevertheless remain popular. In this sense, they are unlike the vast majority of musical acts known to American culture.  In the 45 years from 1900 to 1945, musical tastes went from ragtime to jazz to big band; in the 45 years from 1945 to 1990 popular music shifted from big band to rock ‘n’ roll to disco to ’80s rock to grunge.  For Beatles songs to stay popular for 45 years, during an era where popular culture has been volatile and ever-changing, is an extraordinary testament to the enduring quality of their music.

Will I spend the $250 for the boxed set?  I’m not sure, but it will be hard to resist the lure of hearing the second side of Abbey Road — which I consider to be the single most perfect side of music ever produced in a record album — in the way the Beatles intended, without technological limitations standing in the way.

Strange Ipod

Russell left one his Ipods here when he left for school. I found it today and plugged it in, just to see what’s on there. It’s interesting to see what other people have on their Ipods — it tells you something about them, like what they have on their bookshelves or in their refrigerator. Unfortunately, I can’t make much out of Russell’s Ipod, because I’m not familiar with most of the artists.  That makes it even more compelling, because I’ll get a chance to listen to some new music.

Here are the 20 top-rated songs on Russell’s Ipod:

Stuck on Repeat — Little Boots

Jai Ho — A.R. Rahman

Glass — Bat For Lashes

Diva — Beyonce

Iron Lemonade — Black Moth Super Rainbow

She Loves Everybody — Chester French

Scream (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix) — Chris Cornell

Momma’s Boy — Chromeo

+81 — Deerhoof

Whats The Difference — Dr. Dre

Fixin to Thrill — Dragonette

Fixin to Thrill (Don Diablo Remix) — Dragonette

Heaven Only Knows — Emmylou Harris

Walking on a Dream — Empire of the Sun

better off as two – kissy sell out mix — Frankmusik

Shut The Club Down — Girl Talk

Set It Off — Girl Talk

Once Again — Girl Talk

Kansei (promo) — Greg Kozo

Hercules Theme — Hercules and Love Affair