2010

Parking Garage

In Google labs we have Living Stories “an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment…” Interesting. I recall being excited about Wikipedia’s News coverage, take the entry on Hurricane Katrina for example. The format steps away from the ‘old fashioned’ model of news as a series of historic articles and stepped into the future of news as a single, always evolving, article. Living Stories’ The War in Afghanistan for example. The future is now.

NPR visits a parking garage exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Just a hair more interesting than it sounds. / The Japanese Addressing system, and other opposites / Some sounds from The Jazz Loft Project / New art from vasco mourao / Subscribe to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artwork of the day RSS feed. If only they’d get to the point and offer up large images right off the bat, their subscribers would really really enjoy it. A for effort. / I dig the HTML layout of this Nolan Johnson article from the Skateboard Mag. All print-like on the web. Nice link in the second headline. Print is dead, long live print. / Movie title screens, a set of illustrations on Flickr. / Nerd alert: Optimizing HTML, some fantastic tips to steer you towards “having a solid and robust foundation to build upon”. Well said, well done. Kinda. Things get a bit carried away towards the end and they end up promoting some bad practices. Look for the gems.

Oink No More

So now that Oink is gone and the record industry got back those 180,000 people, will we see sales increase over the next couple of weeks? I’m personally all for the argument that downloading music increases the chances of me making a purchase in the future. Wether it be opening my pocket to see the band live, purchasing their product, and/or spreading the word to others who would do the same.

In the news:

OiNK Website Shutdown – BBC video on You Tube

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Amazon in the mp3 business

Amazon mp3 beta claims it has 2 million DRM free songs, each priced from 89 cents to 99 cents. More than 1 million of the 2 million songs are priced at 89 cents. The top 100 best-selling songs are 89 cents, unless marked otherwise. Most albums are priced from $5.99 to $9.99…

I’m just assuming the people who buy music from iTunes are so comfortable with that interface, that there’s little reason to go a totally different route.

GigaOM compares Amazon MP3 to iTunes

I Need Some Headphones

I need some new headphones. The $10 pair I bought on the streets of Bushwick three years ago have finally been laid to rest. Any suggestions? I think I’m ready to get a somewhat real pair, but the further south of $100 the better.

Just because I was there, I gave a quick listen to a pair of BOSE “TriPort” in Target that were super flexible, felt great, and sounded even better, but at $150 they’re over my budget. I want something substantial too, ear buds are out of the question, but still somewhat portable & compact. Any suggestions?

BOSE TriPort, cheaper online, naturally:
BOSE triports

Update: Thanks for the comments & suggestions, I was checking out some phones with my cousin who works in the acoustical engineering field (his screen name even mentions his hatred for BOSE). His favorite set is a Grado, which apparently are open element, so people can hear what you’re listening to, and you can hear them. Fine for home listening, but not ideal for an office setting.

He mentioned too that the Grado’s are what most audiophile reviewers use as reference to compare other products to. Clearly a player in the market, but again, not ideal for office use.

Sennheiser’s do have models with noise cancellation, and can be found much cheaper on sites other than their own.

Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen

Although they gathered under disappointing circumstances, The Dead Milkmen played an amazing show; live at the Trocadero no less. Deans Dream, Big Lizard, Punk Rock Girl, Stuart, Swordfish, I walk the Thinnest Line; Just some of the classics we finally had the chance to see live. And Congrats to Dandrew, of Low Budget fame who did a great job filling in for the late Dave Blood.

There’s a bunch of good links on the Dead Milkmen site, including video of tiny town, and a slew of Milkmen photos.

Music on Park Ave


Chris Low Budget, occupation – rockstar.


Joe rockin the organ. Big Lizard in my Backyard, Beelzabub, Metaphysical Graffitti & Soul Rotation will always be in heavy rotation in my CD player.


More rockin…


Chillin on the rooftop.


Who doesn’t love a 99 cent Colt 45? The young punks bought a case.