Drone Life on Flickr.
That is a pretty imaginative screenshot.
British band Lush’s first full-length album, Spooky (4AD, January, 1992) is a relic of a past which no longer exists, but which incessantly reminds you that it once did. You hear its reverberations in predecessors like Black Tambourine and in successors like Wild Nothing. What ties them all together is a dialogue, a certain way of looking at the world, which has everything to do with the tone, the sound, the feel, and often nothing to do with actual meaning. The meaning is conveyed in the delivery.
Been listening to this a lot again lately. Been thinking back to the Spooky tour, and Lush’s first show ever in the US, at Nightstage. I used to be upset about the direction Lush took later, with Ladykiller, et al, but now I really like it. They could see further than I.
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"I managed over 12,000 people at Groupon, most under the age of 25. One thing that surprised me was..."
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
To the left of Nick Cave’s left foot, at the lip of the stage, looking up in reverent, fevered wonder, right cheekbone partially obscured by a power supply: it’s John Darnielle, 16 years old, loving his life for at least the next 35 minutes and probably until at least 2 a.m.
"Mr. Obama also expresses exasperation. In private, he has talked longingly of “going Bulworth,” a..."
SERIOUSLY. God. Please. PLEASE.
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Come on! It’s been no one has gone before since 1987!
Beware of Benedict Cubercats distracting you while driving.
The first time I used a remote control
The first time I put on a walkman on and walked down the street
The first time I recorded a sound on my mac and played it back
The first time I played a synthesizer
The first time I used a cordless phone
The first time I tapped a BASIC program out of A+ magazine into my Apple II
The first time I dialed into a BBS
The first time I saw an Osborne 1 suitcase computer
The first time I flew a remote controlled plane, or sailed an RC ship
The first time I programmed a VCR
The first time I played an NES
The first time I used a sequencer
The first time I bought a CD
The first time I saw the Apple //’s amazing full color HGR2 graphics.
The first time I programmed turtle graphics to make something beautiful
The first time I wrote a PASCAL program
The first time I saw a font on a Mac
The first time I saw a camcorder
The first time I saw Sim City
The first time I used Photoshop
The first time I chatted with a stranger on the internet, a man in Finland
The first time I saw a piece of film come out of an imagesetter, from a Mac
The first time I used Quark
The first time I saw a Powerbook
The first time I saw the actual faders move on a mixing board
The first time I saw the cover of Wired magazine
The first time I used a color laser printer
The first time I saw a Heidelberg digital press print something without film
The first time I bought a cell phone
The first time I saw Steve Jobs walk on stage and show the world the iMac
The first time I saw my computer play four simultaneous tracks of audio
The first time I saw a digital camera
The first time I saw an autotune filter
The first time I saw the world wide web
The first time I paid for something with my ATM card
The first time I saw a video on the internet
The first time I saw Napster
The first time I used a computer on a porch with Wi-Fi
The first time I wrote a song on a computer
The first time I got something delivered to my house from Kozmo.com
The first time I used a remote car starter
The first time I bought something on eBay I had been looking for for ten years
The first time I used GPS
The first time I ripped a CD
The first time I saw a TiVo
The first time I travelled with an MP3 player and rocked out in the Sahara
The first time I IM’d someone from my phone, a T-Mobile Sidekick
The first time I saw the amazing AJAX that was Google Maps
The first time I played music on my phone
The first time I IM’d someone a file
The first time I saw Livejournal
The first time I saw an iPod
The first time I used Zipcar
The first time I met someone in real life that I only knew on the internet
The first time I blogged asking a favor and a kind stranger came to deliver
The first time I watched a Roomba clean a floor
The first time I saw Minority Report
The first time I used Dodgeball
The first time I saw Flickr
The first time I logged into Facebook
The first time I learned about Ruby on Rails
The first time I played an Xbox game with some kids across the planet. I lost.
The first time I downloaded a movie
The first time I checked in on Foursquare and people magically show up
The first time I connected my computer to the 3G network
The first time I saw Daft Punk
The first time I logged onto the internet on an airplane
The first time I bought a book on the Kindle
The first time I videochatted with my girlfriend
The first time I blogged something that a “real news publication” picked up
The first time I heard about AWS
The first time I saw a Tesla roadster
The first time I saw an iPad mini
The first time I took a picture of a check to deposit it in my account
"Here’s a current example of the challenge we face,” he writes in the book’s prelude: “At the height..."
I like Jaron Lanier a lot, but this illustration as some sort of evidence of the internet hollowing out the middle class is, forgive me for saying so, idiotic. A child could figure out where those jobs went.
1) Instagram SHOWS the photos. We have to include all of the people who work on the cloud that supports that.
2) Kodak made cameras and film. Cameras are still being made - even moreso. At the very least, we should include the current #1 camera maker’s employees. At this point, that’s apple. Fifty thousand employees. Pro rate it to only the apple devices that have cameras, ignoring their mac business. 30,000 employees.
3) The film business still exists. It was just lost to Fujichrome, who still makes film and has over 30,000 employees. This has nothing to do with the web, but rather something called “Globalization.”
The internet didn’t kill a single job in photography. There are more cameras now than ever. There are still tens of thousands of people making film.
Take the market cap of JUST these three companies - facebook, apple, fujifilm, and we’re looking at $500 billion market cap, and nearly 90,000 employees.
Think that’s unfair? Canon has nearly 200,000 employees. Nikon has 24,000. 10,000 more than Kodak. Shit, ZEISS has 24,000 employees.
Never mind every single camera in an android phone.
Those jobs went overseas, and they went to computer companies, Mr. Lanier. They still exist. The internet didn’t kill a single one of them.
"Cooper Union says that the current occupation of the president’s office “has created a poisonous and..."
Cooper Union says that the current occupation of the president’s office “has created a poisonous and dangerous atmosphere that can potentially destroy the school forever”. No one in the administration is going to come out and say explicitly what that means, so let me translate it into English for you: they’re saying that the more noise Cooper’s students make in protest at the tuition decision, the more likely it is that New York City is going to decide that it wants its property-tax revenues back, and that Cooper Union, without free tuition, is not a worthy enough cause to justify an effective $18 million per year public subsidy.
If Cooper loses its PILOT payments, then that really would be financially devastating for the college, and it would at that point be effectively forced to liquidate the Chrysler asset, whether it wanted to or not. It seems to me that Michaelson is using Stewart to help lay the groundwork for such an eventuality, and is trying to make the case that selling the Chrysler Building land is not such a dreadful thing to do after all.”
Oh god, it’s just going to get worse.
Pew Research Center, via Ezra Klein’s post “Joel Stein is wrong about millenials in one chart” (spoiler: this is the one chart)
Klein also links to Elspeth Reeve’s rebuttal of the notion that millenials are entitled, which has this killer portion:
Entitled, arrogant, spoiled, preening — those are the alleged signature traits of Millennials, as diagnosed by countless magazine writers. Those traits curiously align perfectly with the signature traits of a rich kid. Have you seen your intern on Rich Kids of Instagram? If so, he or she is probably not the best guide to crafting the composite personality of a generation that fought three wars for you.
as well as a bunch of other killer stuff.
I also can’t help but think that boomers find millennials arrogant because millennials look at a boomer’s lifestyle and choses, wrinkle their noses and say “um, no thanks.”
Tuition may or may not be inevitable at this moment, but everyone that got Cooper Union to this point should be fired.
This is kind of terrifying for me, that Moscot’s moving. But it’s only across the street. It’ll be interesting and weird to see all their old stuff in a new space.