Saturday July 7, 2007
- That’s right, folks, we’re three-quarters of the way through the 00 decade. As such, I think it’s time we take stock, but I’m going to start slowly, by looking back at the 90’s. Back then, we had this thing called techno, and I’m now going to proclaim Underworld’s Pearl’s Girl the apex of that genere. Here is the original version, with the visuals suitably subsumed by bitmapping, and for those who’ve heard PG more times then they can count, here’s an extended live cut.
- Are you a real American? Take the immigration test. (I got a 95% (1 wrong).)
- Slideshow from a doll factory.
- James Dyson dries his hands. “Well, if you’re interested in saving the environment . . .”
- You call that a light switch? No no, this here is a light switch.
- Font smoothing, anti-aliasing, and sub-pixel rendering. Noteworthy for the “how your brain works” analysis at the end.
- Al Gore’s contributions to the internet and technology.
- “[I]f you weren’t familiar with the fact that this is the first time in history that we in the United States are able to eat mangoes that are actually from the place that mangoes were born, it’s time to get acquainted.”
- The Boda-Boda taxi-bikes of Africa.
- Five good things to absorb while you’re still young. Oh, what the hell, let’s do some more 5vies: Five great reasons to buy a Hummer™, Five more slightly misleading revelations of federally-funded abstinence programs, Five things that must be stopped immediately.
- You have to “skip introduction” and click “music OFF” real quick, but here’s a link to a 9.9 Gigapixel image of an Italian fresco, and an explanation of how it was done.
- Lots of interesting ideas get thrown around in this think-piece about posters.
- You know you want ‘em, and here they are: your human cadaver dissection videos.
- This chickenshit Esquire writer tries “Radical Honesty” and fails. (belated via to DN)
- “The music companies are in a dying business, and they know it. Sure, they act all cool because they hang around with rock stars. But beneath all the glamour these guys are actually operating two very low-tech businesses. One is a form of loan-sharking: they put up money to make records, then force recording artists to pay the money back with exorbitant interest. The other business is distribution. They’ve got big warehouses and they control the shipment of little plastic boxes that happen to have music in them . . both parts of their business model are fucked.” All this and more, including stuff about getting hit with the clue stick, at the Fake Steve Jobs.
- Greg Packer, man in the street.
- Today’s flash game is a music app: Pandora.
- Next week: album of [this] decade.
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