"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
With a sliver of poetic justice, ripped from the canon of Marxist determinism: The new NSA data center is nearly destroying itself with its overload of spying.
To be more precise: the spy agency’s new data center in Utah has suffered 10 meltdowns in the last 13 months due to electrical surges. The center, scheduled for opening in the coming months, is intended to help the agency in its hoarding efforts, collecting billions of bytes of communications data
The Wall Street Journal reported that the electrical surges “create fiery explosions, melt metal and cause circuits to fail” — each incident costs $100,000 in repairs. This gives some sense of the sheer amount of electricity (which is cheap in Utah) needed for the NSA’s sprawling surveillance dragnets and brute force decryption efforts.
Via the WSJ:
Backup generators have failed numerous tests, according to project documents, and officials disagree about whether the cause is understood. There are also disagreements among government officials and contractors over the adequacy of the electrical control systems, a project official said, and the cooling systems also remain untested.
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)