A few days ago VU sent out the announcement that the url MP3.com had been sold and the new owner was not taking possession of the music and band pages. This means the music will die, disappear, and vanish forever. MP3.com is a global treasure. First off, it is the largest music site in the world, nothing else is even close. And as I mentioned, it contains a diversity of music found nowhere else. If you want Britney Spears, there are lots of places to go. If you want Brittany Bauhaus, Brittany Lacy, Brittany Frompovich, or even Lymp Brittany, MP3.com is the one place in the world you'll find them. On December 2nd, their sites there will no longer exist.Delete? Doesn't that seem irresponsible?
I can only imagine that a million MP3's takes up some massive amount of space (ie, SAN fabrics), and likely requires some big iron to dish it all out. It's likely that the cost of that hardware is just that, a cost (as opposed to a profit center). But why not just let Archive.org do its thing and archive it all? I can only assume copyright/intellectual-property issues are there, or just laziness and ignorance. Who knows? I don't.
November 13, 2003 3:31 AM
When you stop to consider how the various parts of a chunk of content are presented to you, it can become clear how other people want you to feel about something or someone. In this case, it's something other people have already pigeonholed as "media bias." The icon to the left is the icon used on the aol.com home page which is a feed from CNN.com and is a picture of a certain crackpot who has been in the news recently. I'm avoiding using her name for some reason to avoid the Google hits that may be generated down the road. But that's beside the point. This person has recently shown herself to be a crackpot (imho) and the media, in it's own subtle way, is pointing that out thru their selection of this image. They could have picked an image of her smiling, but they chose a sneer.
November 5, 2003 1:44 AM
Satisfy your wom@n you pindickThe ridiculousness of this works on so many levels, just the same way most of the humor in The Simpsons does. And for that, it gets my Best Spam Ever award.
I think it's interesting though that Autechre attempted to be listenable again. Their skill and musical talent has been hidden and (imho!) wasted on attempts to make noise into music. Their willingness to experiment and not kowtow to commercialism makes them worthy of repeated attempts to find enjoyment in this new batch of tunes, but I imagine I will quickly go back to Esem, BoC and Ochre for my melodic fix.
[ The Milk Factory has a more favorable review here. ]
I missed a few things.
April 7, 2003 9:42 AM
In the past several weeks I've worked on one high profile project (the orange thing in the top right at AOL keyword: Safety), broken bad news to my wife, watched too much war coverage, played two thirds of the way thru Zelda and purchased a TiVo. Because of that I've missed these important items...
OK, seriously, I'll be arriving on Tuesday, I won't be attending the tutorials that day, and plan on making my Cupertino pilgrimage. Starting Wednesday, I'll be attending sessions and will attempt to blog everything I can, and photograph all the nerds with my Nikon 4300. I'd like a chance to meet up with any other webloggers who may be at the conference (which will likely be most of the attendees, so this shouldn't be hard).
I'm going to try to do everything I can to get the most out of the conference.
Even Dolphins hate Saddam.
March 25, 2003 2:23 AM
Dolphins are helping out in the US led war against Iraq by searching for under water mines. Meanwhile, many people on shore don't have drinking water. That contrast is shocking.
March 23, 2003 4:32 AM
This image seems to be making the rounds recently, but I'm not exactly sure where it originally came from. At the very least, this cat seems to know it's been violated, and is unhappy about it.