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xo Nov 13.09

- AUDIO –

Wired noted that the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 could bring another round of tumult to the music and publishing industries, due to “provisions that allow authors or their heirs to terminate copyright grants — or at the very least renegotiate much sweeter deals by threatening to do so”..

Creative Deconstruction posted a great article on the problem with music streaming and why it’s only the beginning – got some interesting comments too..

And we witnessed the power of the “fully armed and operational” MPAA when they shut down an entire town’s WiFi over a single illegal download..

– VISUAL –

Instant Shift gave us 100 AWESOME Tilt-Shift Photographs to drool over – Tilt-Shift photography gives you that cool surreal “miniature” effect that i can’t get enough of.. check out the Tilt-shift video and iPhone app if you like these..

I fell in love with this dark Invisible Empire Series from photographer Juha Arvid Helminen..

And Newsweek posted the must-see video of the week – The Decade in Seven Minutes..

- GEEK –

LifeHacker gave us a priceless bookmark – the Repair or Replace Chart helps us determine what to do with broken gear..

On the heels of the news that the LHC is going to get fired up in the coming weeks – Discovery News quickly assured us that even if it DOES cause a black hole, it will be very small and evaporate fast (not the earth-munching kind of black hole).. so.. one less thing to worry about..

And soon after the Google Wave: Theory & Reality pic showed up on a hacker thread, Google announced that the Google Wave Invitation Donation Thread Is Open – we’ll see if that speeds things up any..

- WTF? –

In a flurry of Twitter activity, we learned that Rupert Murdoch is threatening to de-index his sites from Google.. to which Google replied “Do it – here’s how” since they send his sites (Fox News, Wall Street Journal, etc) 25% of their traffic.. but then some CEO (who used to work for Murdoch’s Digital Chief, Jonathan Miller) came up with a way Murdoch could actually hurt Google – by partnering with Microsoft’s BING.. so who knows what will happen next..

Sadly, I knew zip about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, so I was giddy with geeky-”wtf?”-excitement when I saw these 15 amazing hi-rez images from the MRO on the Coolist – and they are waaaay cooler than that even sounds.. and we found out there is water on the moon!

And we got the video to prove that – if you wanna drive your Oldsmobile from the roof using an iPhone – yeah, there’s an app for that..

Posted 2950 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

xo Nov 06.09

- AUDIO –

Jack White’s Third Man Records to going to release “A Glorious Dawn” on Vinyl – if you’ve never seen the video, this is one of my all-time favorite things in the world

Explore Music posted 3 articles (and now a follow up) on 11 Ways the Internet Has Ruined Music – all of which contain great comments / conversations on thow the music industry is adapting..

Popular digital music industry service SoundCloud – aimed at artists, producers, A&R folk and label managers – will launch it’s official iPhone app on Nov 17th

– VISUAL –

I dig a lot of Japanese weirdness, but these toys are just creepy as hell

Fox News coverage of the Uptown Bar closing contains some awesome footage – including a guy dressed as Carl (from Aqua Teen) smoking a joint behind the reporter (at the 1:50 mark)

WIRED gave us a map of the future and io9 lets us view the details and gives us alink to print the poster :)

– GEEK –

Finally – the app I’ve been waiting for my whole life! Car Finder uses augmented reality to locate your car

TechDirt warned us that the FCC is poised to let Hollywood break our TVs & DVRs

Why? Because you can.. Build a Home Server in a Whiskey Bottle

– WTF? –

Not often we get a new ocean.. but there’s one forming in the African desert right now!

This electronic rock guitar t-shirt can actually be played (on your body) – hilarious video footage.

Ultimate proof of what an uber-geek I am – this What To Do If Romulans Invade a Renaissance Fair video had me laughing all morning :)

Posted 2957 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

nine inch nails tonight

what: concert
where: Target Center, DT Minneapolis
when: tonight – Tuesday Nov 25, 2008 @ 7:30 PM
cost: $89 – $383
website: www.nin.com/

okay – this concert was amazing. seriously. granted, i haven’t seen an arena show in about 15 years or so .. the last one was Jane’s Addiction or Chili Peppers headlining (i honestly can’t remember which – so that gives you some idea of my state of mind back then) with smashing pumpkins opening, right after gish came out – (this show only filled HALf of roy wilkins!! and corgan threw a hissy fit, stopping mid-song to threaten that he was going to leave if the crowd didn’t pay attention to him – what a whiner) because i hate big venues (give me first avenue – where i actually saw the best nin concert in the history of nin concerts.. but now i’m rambling)

but even my jaded arena-concert loving friends agreed that it was the best show they had seen – blowing both beck and radiohead out of the water with the crazy lcd screen sht.. it was obviously a stretch for them to blend the old with the new tho (and the new won, hands down). the songs from year zero, the slip and ghosts were absolutely amazing, but the kids preferred the old stand-bys (song 10-20 years old) and i found myself getting that feeling i experience when watching the big cats do “tricks” at the zoo.. slightly sad and wanting to look away, out of respect. regardless, i guess getting paid to perform (even songs 20 years old) is better than most jobs and performing those four or five songs probably paid for these lcd screens.

that said, my favorite song of the night was actually “big come down” :) so i guess i still want to hear some old stuff too.. the greater good and great destroyer were amazing and every track from ghosts blew my mind (the visuals blended best with these songs, i think). songs from the slip were awesome too but fit oddly with the rest (head down and echoplex were particularly perfect.. hey, it just occurs to me that i don’t think they played demon seed.. which is disappointing..hmm) and this was the coolest thing i have ever actually seen with my (relatvely sober) eyes.. (ie not in my head) – check it out on youtube [note: click "watch in high quality"]

lastly – the one thing that really wasn’t great about this show was the fact that we weren’t on the floor – my fault, since i missed the nin.com presale by 15 minutes due to poor planning (i was on a plane, waiting to take off and the stewardess put the smack down on my attempted ticket purchasing :(

Posted 3304 days ago in Audio

eagles of death metal are coming

the eagles of death metal will be @ the fine line on saturday november 8th and i can’t imagine why you wouldn’t go

seems the new album (heart on) will be released this month, so you will have some time to familiarize yourself with the new songs before the show.. if you don’t have the first two eodm albums – you can pick up both their first release (peace love death metal) and their second (death by sexy) on itunes.

if you are unfamiliar with the band, it was formed in 1998 by josh homme of qotsa and jesse hughes. you can learn more about the band here and/or hear their music here

Saturday, November 8, 2008
fine line music cafe / dt mpls
doors 8pm / music 9pm
$18 in advance / $20 door*
limited availability of upper level/rail seats (+drinks/food) $80
get tickets here (available in 40 minutes)
*the chances of any door tickets are slim – i strongly suggest advance tickets

Posted 3363 days ago in Audio

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