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Culture Post Serious Technology

SXSW 2014 Cover Art is Posted

I have just post­ed this year’s album art for SXSW, the Music fes­ti­val in Austin in eleven days. But all is not well. SXSW has offered one track from each artist as a down­load (as a .tor­rent) since at least 2005. Accord­ing to the Unof­fi­cial SXSW Tor­rents site, while there are a small num­ber of […]

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Hell yeah Post Technology

Enjoying the hell out of iTunes Radio

iTunes Radio is a rev­e­la­tion to me. Not that I did­n’t know what it was going to be like, I mean, intel­lec­tu­al­ly. I’ve used Pan­do­ra, after all. But Pan­do­ra was annoy­ing, brows­er-based, finicky, and I nev­er used it very long. When I first tried iTunes Radio yes­ter­day, while try­ing to write, I picked some of […]

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Culture

Son of a…

So we’re com­ing home from Tar­get, lis­ten­ing to the iPod in the car, and at one point the five year-old pipes up from the back­seat, “Why is he the only one that could ever teach her?” Bonus points for iden­ti­fy­ing the song with­out using Google.

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Technology

Album cover art and torrent download for SXSW 2008

Hel­lo, vis­i­tors from the Intar­webs.  You grace my site with search queries about the SXSW Music con­fer­ence, and I have decid­ed to give you what you want: Here is a link to the cov­er art I made for the SXSW 2008 music.  You may use this cov­er art (a 600 x 600 pix­el jpg file) […]

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Technology

Rickrolled by my baby

So YouTube is busy cel­e­brat­ing April 1st by Rick­rolling all the Fea­tured Videos on their front page.  How fun, I thought, I haven’t seen Rick Ast­ley since, well, the Eight­ies.  So, at break­fast, I vis­it­ed YouTube and clicked on a video about a mon­key.  Sure enough, there was Rick, singing in his too-deep tones with […]

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The last memorable commercial: United’s use of Rhapsody in Blue

Just heard George Gersh­win’s Rhap­sody in Blue on the radio, and I imme­di­ate­ly won­dered what a Unit­ed Air­lines com­mer­cial was doing on NPR. Sec­onds lat­er I real­ized that it was a per­for­mance of the Gersh­win piece, not an ad. I don’t watch com­mer­cials any­more, with TiVo in the house, but Unit­ed’s cam­paign pre­dat­ed my TiVo […]

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Culture

I’ve been profiled, by a holiday catalog

Among the many hol­i­day cat­a­logs we received was one that offered a turntable (you know, the kind that plays those old plas­tic records… um, vinyl?) that could con­vert your music to a dig­i­tal for­mat. The beau­ti­ful pho­to includ­ed an iPod and a stack of CDs, the top one labeled promi­nent­ly, “Chica­go.” Not the city.

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Culture Technology

SXSW Music Cover Art (updated x2)

This post used to have infor­ma­tion about the SXSW cov­er art files I made on a whim. Now you can get that infor­ma­tion from a new per­ma­nent loca­tion instead. Go to the new SXSW Show­cas­ing Artists Cov­er Art page

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Culture Me and my life

Lancelot has died: Robert Goulet, 1933–2007

You have to under­stand some­thing about my fam­i­ly, to know why I care that Robert Goulet ((Here is his Wikipedia entry, and his offi­cial site.)) has died. Besides being that rare per­former that is com­fort­able mak­ing fun of him­self ((While he appeared in sev­er­al come­dies, includ­ing an episode of The Simp­sons, this Emer­ald Nuts Super­Bowl […]

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Culture Politics Rants

Where are the protest songs?

We’re doing our morn­ing chores when Wash­ing­ton Bul­lets by The Clash comes on the iTunes mix, and after about half the song, my wife (who did not bring The Clash to our mar­riage) asks from the oth­er room, “Is this the Clash?” Inim­itable. But it made me won­der, for the umpteenth time in the last […]