Friday, March 28, 2008

It’s Not You, It’s Your Books


It’s Not You, It’s Your Books

so not only are people treating books as furniture but they are also using books as dating standards. A couple of individuals in this article refer to people carrying books, as does the picture/caption for the article. I am not sure of the reason for this article as you could insert art; music; cooking etc. any other similar ideas. perhaps this is the nyt bookreview fluff piece but overall it's a bit awkward.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Millions of Jobs of a Different Collar

In Birmingham, Everyone Has Keys to the City

In Birmingham, Everyone Has Keys to the City

the utilitarian nature of music combining with the universality of music meeting the sculptured form of the upright to be sound canvas and artist's canvas while holding tune and reigning over street corner and chrsynathemums but slowing ever decaying just as the notes that are struck fall away

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Attracting Audiences With Intricacy

The Royalty Scam


The Royalty Scam

Bragg raises some interesting points but there's also an elephant in this article, namely, how is the value of these works and how should that be determined? Bragg also asks what the royalty radio stations play should not be extended to the Internet. I think that decision would fail. Even though what Bragg states here is already been discussed in terms of copyright and limiting even the RAM access to an article for online journals and ebooks etc., it would set a difficult precedent that would be almost impossible to maintain. Through the use of bitTorrents or other p2p systems once one person has the information it can be sent to everyone who wants it. I understand and appreciate the dilemma Bragg presents. As a musician myself and lover of music, it's a difficult situation to determine how to set value on these works. The problem is, as Bragg states that "the coporations and the kids...want the use of our [Bragg's] music without having to pay for it." since the corporations control the cash, it will be very difficult to get them to part with it.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Is Google God?

Is Google God?

This is an older interview with Douglas Coupland about his book JPod and his beard. I read it, the book not the beard, in B&N but if you would like to purchase it for me, I would be extremely grateful. If you would also like to introduce me to Coupland so that we could have a cup of coffee together that would be awesome.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Highlights from SXSW: R.E.M., Bon Iver, More

Highlights from SXSW: R.E.M., Bon Iver, More

Woohoo!!! I wish I was in Austin TX rocking the SXSW! maybe someday. Check it out.
Also NPR has a sweet podcast giving a very brief preview of the music. It was good; but I'll post it later becuase I can't find the address right now.
Peace.