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Saturday, July 25, 2021

heart start
As improbable as it is that the title of the Bee Gees signature song could be taken literally, that is indeed the case in cardiopulmonary-resuscitative terms:

Stayin’ alive,
Stayin’ alive,

(this part is exactly 100 beats per minute)
Stayin’ a-li-ive

This tip helps rescuers keep the proper rate while doing CPR. Going too slow doesn’t generate enough blood flow, and going too fast doesn’t allow the heart to fill properly between compressions. Humming along with the Bee Gees is one way to stay on track.

Too bad it’s not the ’80s, or else the band could produce an appropriately re-lyricized version of the song: Ha, ah, ah, ah, Pump-and-revive, pump-and-revive!…

What’s that? You’re still harboring that “Disco Sucks” backlash anger? No worries, you can still save a life to the proper beat, albeit with questionable lyrical accompaniment:

For those of you less optimistic folks, Queen’s classic, “Another One Bites the Dust”, also has the proper beat.

Yes, the Bee Gees have been on my mind-slash-iPod a lot lately. What of it?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/25/2009 12:51pm
Category: Creative, Pop Culture, Science
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Intercollegiate Quidditch games, schemes for a “Saved by the Bell” reunion, and comeback concert tours — Generation Y is already nostalgic for its childhood trappings, and it ain’t pretty:

Even though nostalgia hits every generation, it seems awfully early for 28-year-olds to be looking back. One possible explanation, say authors who focus on generational identity, is the impact of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The political and economic climate of the late ’90s had been as soothing as a Backstreet Boys ballad: no wars, unemployment as low as 4 percent, a $120 billion federal surplus.

Neil Howe, an author of several books on what he calls the Millennials (another term for Gen Y), draws a parallel between this nostalgic wave and the one boomers embraced with the film “American Graffiti” in 1973. That movie depicted the recent past, the early ’60s, which seemed to have vanished forever.

Still, why now, when many twentysomethings are just now developing a grown-up persona? To borrow a Presidential campaign slogan from that very same retrospective era, it’s the economy, stupid:

Jeff Gordinier, the author of “X Saves the World,” a book last year that looked back at the early-90s formative years of Generation X, said, “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Generation Y is burrowing into nostalgia in the middle of a severe recession. Nostalgia comforts people and the Millennials are probably craving comfort right now.”

I think this nails it, more than any lingering 9/11 anxiety. Maybe I’m out of touch, but I don’t see the terror attacks as still being top-of-mind influencers, nearly a decade later; and I’m in New York, where you’d think that event would hang on to the local mindshare especially long. It’s always about where your next meal is coming from. Past recessions spawned nostalgic sentiments, so it’s par for the course. The only difference is that, by now, the culture industry anticipates the waves better, and have ready-made packaging for selling old stuff as renewed commodities.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/25/2009 12:07pm
Category: Politics, Pop Culture, Society
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