Summer Sorted, Pt. 1

Year: 2023
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In the last couple years I’ve gotten into the habit of making quarterly playlists of things I intend to listen to. This summer, for one reason or another, I actually did. And when that happens things start to fit themselves together in my mind, and I feel compelled to make something out of them.

Some of these songs are new, and some are just new to me. Some are things I heard on the radio — that’s right, the radio. Here in The Land That Time Forgot we have several great options, including the best classic rock station I know of; a typically anarchic college station; and the last freeform commercial station in captivity.

Now that summer is over, I feel like it is safe to talk about. On the whole it was a pretty good one, although it addition to whatever else it may be, summer is now the season when we think about the coming End Times. Well, all that smoke makes for some spectacular sunsets.

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Adorned Fathomless (Love Is a Black Hole), Side 2

Year: 2023
Original Format: mp3

Until I went to see Oppenheimer the other week, I was not aware that Oppie (as they repeatedly insist on calling him in the film) was involved in an argument with Einstein over the existence of black holes.

In 1939, Einstein would attempt to prove that black holes were impossible in his publication “On a Stationary System with Spherical Symmetry Consisting of Many Gravitating Masses,” using his theory of general relativity to defend his argument. Months later, Oppenheimer and his student Hartland Snyder would provide the Oppenheimer–Snyder model in their paper “On Continued Gravitational Contraction,” which predicted the existence of black holes. In the paper, which made no reference to Einstein’s recent publication, Oppenheimer and Snyder used Einstein’s own theory of general relativity to show the conditions on how a black hole could develop for the first time in contemporary physics. (Wikipedia)

Oppenheimer won. That had to feel good.

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Adorned Fathomless (Love Is a Black Hole), Side 1

Year: 2023
Original Format: mp3

Back in 2019, when the above image of a black hole was released and we were told that it had been given the Hawaiian name “Powehi” (“the adorned fathomless dark creation”), I knew that it would be the name of a mix. I didn’t know that it would take four years, but that’s how things go sometimes. The process is slow and anyway we are all made of time, right?

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