Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member


Pinback's Journal
Pinback's Journal
August 30, 2023

Your Mac Has a Hidden White Noise Generator


I found this article searching for an answer to why my Macbook was emitting white noise this morning. I had logged out before going to bed and left the computer asleep with the lid closed. I noticed the hissing noise when I got close, and opened the lid: black screen, unresponsive touchpad and keyboard. Computer was not hot or exhibiting any signs of trouble. I did a force shutdown by pressing the power button, and it started up normally. Odd.

I didn't find an answer to why this happened, but the article is interesting. I've used third-party white noise generators in the past, but now I see that with the current version of MacOS (Ventura), you have this built in. Here's the info from the link:
How to enable Background Sounds on macOS Ventura

You can find the white noise generator in your Mac’s settings menu. Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen and select System Settings. Next, select Accessibility in the left sidebar and click Audio in the right pane. Go to the Background Sounds section to enable Background Sounds. Once you’ve done that, you can select from a bunch of different sounds for your Mac. Click the Choose button next to Background Sound and you’ll see the following options:
  • Balanced Noise

  • Bright Noise

  • Dark Noise

  • Ocean

  • Rain

  • Stream

    • Hit the download button next to the sounds you want to download. That’ll save them to your Mac so you can also play them if you’re offline.
August 28, 2023

Bill Frisell: "Surfer Girl"

August 27, 2023

Amina Claudine Myers: "Golden Lady in the Graham Cracker"

- from Poems for Piano: The Piano Music of Marion Brown
August 22, 2023

"Despite his mobster cosplay, he lacks even a gangster's sense of dignity."

The Mobster Cosplay of Donald Trump
Daily Comment, The New Yorker
by David Remnick - August 22, 2023
He’s been indicted on RICO charges, but how does the former President stack up against actual dons?

Murray Kempton, the greatest newspaper columnist New York has ever known, was both a moralist and an ironist, particularly as he chronicled the lives, the crimes, and the decline of the Cosa Nostra in the pages of Newsday and the Post. Dressed in a black suit and listening to Verdi on his headphones, Kempton would bicycle to arraignments at Foley Square and interviews at the Ravenite Social Club, on Mulberry Street. He had no illusions about the mafiosi. But, in describing their ordinariness, their codes of behavior and self-delusions, their modest houses in Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge, he seemed to say that the Five Families were merely a more lurid reflection of the rest of us.

“You know, most of these guys, when you meet them, are just as bad as respectable people,” he once told me. As John Gotti, the “Dapper Don” of the Gambinos, headed off to federal prison—doomed, in part, by his prideful indiscretions and by the bugs planted amid the espresso cups at the Ravenite—Kempton saw him as the end of something. “Do you remember that moment in Henry Adams’s ‘Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres’ when Adams speaks of the Virgin and Child looking down on a dead faith? Well, John Gotti believed in all of it. He believed in a dead faith.”

I once asked Kempton if he ever really liked any of the mobsters of his acquaintance. He told me that he had “tremendous admiration for Carmine Persico,” the longtime boss of the Colombo crime family. He was a killer, of course, but the wiretaps brought out an appealing side to his character. Kempton recalled an episode in which Persico, Carmine Galante, and others were playing cards, and Galante, a widely loathed capo of the Bonanno crime family, kept insulting a player of Irish extraction. “Galante just kept it up with all manner of obscene anti-Irish comments,” Kempton said. “Finally, Persico said, ‘Get out of the game!’ and Galante did, slinking off for home. The next day, Galante came back to the card game, begging, ‘Please! I’m sorry! I’ll never do it again!’ It was wonderful. Persico said about Galante, ‘He’s not such a bad guy. He was just brung up wrong.’ ”

Yet even Kempton, who died in 1997, might have struggled to find a shred of virtue in another fallen Don—Donald J. Trump—who is finally confronting a judicial system that he cannot bully into submission. This week, the forty-fifth President, who built his early fortune on casinos and construction, and Rudolph Giuliani, the former “hero mayor” of New York, whose early legal reputation came from locking up mobsters and bankers on racketeering statutes, will turn themselves in with a gaggle of co-conspirators on forty-one felony charges in Fulton County, Georgia. Fani Willis, the county’s district attorney, is employing a state version of rico, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, to make her case. Easy ironies are blooming like dandelions.

More at link: https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-mobster-cosplay-of-donald-trump

Profile Information

Gender: Do not display
Hometown: GA
Home country: USA
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 12,033

Journal Entries

Latest Discussions»Pinback's Journal