Archive for September, 2009

Music industry has lost the plot…

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

A great article on CrunchGear. Read it, it’s quite funny.

It has come to my attention that the music industry now wants royalties for those 30-second clips of music you hear in iTunes. That, I think you’ll agree, is bullshit. Seeing as how we’re a solution-oriented blog here at CrunchGear, I want to offer a completely fool-proof way to save the music industry and put an end to the years and years of nonsense we’ve seen since Napster was first released: let’s ban music. That’s right, let’s pass a law that says “the creation or performance of music, in any form, is hereby banned. Any violation of this law will be punishable by death.” Problem solved, let’s all play Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Read the rest of the article here.

Woo hoo!

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

2007celebrate41_300Can’t believe I almost missed it!! One year ago today, I wrote my first post. I started this blog to write about absolutely nothing in particular, and thus far I am very close to hitting my goal of being completely irrelevant on the web. I can’t say I’m quite there yet, since there have been instances occasionally where posts may have brushed on newsworthiness or even interestingness (if that’s a word). Honest mistakes, I’m sure, and I promise that won’t happen again, as my mission of mediocrity continues.

Well anyway, I just wanted to pat myself on the back a little as I’m still in shock that I actually made it this far.

Happy New Year everyone!

Fanboi

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

glogoNot sure when it happened. It wasn’t love at first sight. I think it was gradual. But I’m slowly realizing that I’m a Google fanboi. It started with Search, then with a simple Gmail invite. Then Google Calendar, Reader. Now, lately Google Voice. And soon Google Wave. I don’t know how they do it, yet they manage to complicate my life in the most user friendly ways possible. Introducing applications I never knew I needed. And on top of that, claiming they’re not evil, even though we’re never quite sure what it is they do with all our data. Quite frankly, I almost don’t care because I’m so severely blinded by their awesomeness. They could be building an Orwellian empire, or secretly plotting elaborate extortion schemes based on my web searches. But being the fanboi my 12 step program finally lets me admit to, I’m certain my data is only used for good purposes. Like, solving world hunger or classes on performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitationon on kittens. Either way, we should all be thankful Google exists. Because they sure can’t stop, given that all those things I never really needed in the first place are now interwoven into the very fabric of my being.

Now, excuse me as I turn to the giant G on my wall and chant for a bit before going to bed.

Redundancy of Heavy Metal Redundancy

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

hair-metal-fashionToday is one of those days. Not sure what brought it on, but I somehow have ended up listening to a bunch of Hair Metal from the 80’s, bringing back with it lots of memories from my youth. My Glory Days, as Springsteen would say, I guess. The days when all the band members during a live show would line up to  each perform 15 minute solos. By the 12th minute of the drum solo, I remember thinking: “I get it. You are good at drums. Now, dear God just stop”.  Also these were the days when we were told quite frequently about why, when and how we were about to “be rocked”, which in my opinion, might be the single most annoying aspect of Heavy Metal. Maybe music in general, although I haven’t studied the frequency of the phrase in other genres.

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Education

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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American socialist holiday

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Also known as Labor day, that we celebrated yesterday. Normally it really means nothing. No parades, no convoys of giant military trucks with missiles attached to them, just an excuse for a day off to barbecue. And below is a video that pretty much sums it up by Ze Frank.