In The Washington Post, Josh Dawsey reports that:

"President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican."

Even worse:

"McCain's popularity among Republicans has dropped as Trump has taken over the party. In a recent Fox News poll, 41 percent of Republicans said they had a favorable opinion of McCain... Trump's approval is close to 90 percent among Republicans."

That tells you everything there is to know about today's Republican Party.

Music

Electronic music — DIY music production

These are some of the noises I've assembled recently.

‘Ice-Nine’

I bought an EMX-1 SD some years ago after seeing mryat and denkitribe's incredible work on YouTube. This is my second track. The sound is straight out of the EMX-1:

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

Here you can watch it being 'performed'. YouTube's encoder made the bass drum sound like a Lacrosse ball bouncing inside a dryer, but I guess it still works. The song is about two minutes too long, but that's hindsight for you:

‘Cruzeiro’

This is my first EMX-1 track:

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 License.

This machine has a ribbon controller that gets overlooked by many users. In this track I used it to play a pretty decent 'solo', if I do say:

Notification Sounds

I created these WAV files many years ago for use as nthClock alarm sounds. Most sounds are from the Alesis Micron, though a few bits come from the soft synth that was bundled with Cakewalk's SONAR back then.

These are designed to be played once or in a loop:

These files are part of nthClock, so their use and distribution is covered by the GNU General Public License.