... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 


The Groove Cartel examines the recent trend towards 8D audio aka Spatial Sound, which enables a listener to  appreciate a variety of sounds coming from different directions.  It is an immersive experience quickly increasing in popularity around the world recently, but has been used in a lot of gaming systems over the last couple of years.


Cultural dances of indigenous people across North America are usually more of a community experience best served "live."  All that is quickly changing as the pow- wow reaches out across the digital divide to offer  the world community emotional support.


As of April 1, 2020, nearly 4,000 people infected with Covid-19 aka coronavirus have died in the United States, according to a New York Times story and database. The number of cases continues to explode exponentially in the nation, and now surpasses numbers in country of origin for the pandemic that started in December.


The first original release from music legend Bob Dylan meditates on "art touching and shaping American lives" through a lens focused on the death of President John F Kennedy.  Starting with the moment that changed America forever, the song winds through the pop culture associations, touching on just about every song, movie and artist that preceded the death of the popular President.


A new study from the University of Texas at San Antonio takes a look at the association of individual values towards what is considered "socially appropriate sickness" within socioeconomic cultures and norms, suggesting that a person may take greater or lesser action in coping with their illness, aiding in the suppression or spreading of diseases. 


The restoration process is currently complete through December 2007.  Full restoration of all photography anticipated in mid-April 2020.  The compiled version of photo albums discontinued with December 2006.  Individual postings for events from January 2007 to current have resumed.

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