Full article here: High Tech Cowboys of the Deep Seas: The Race to Save the Cougar Ace (long but worth a read).
- It's kind of curious when people find ways to do data analysis on human behaviour... The 4 Big Myths of Profile Pictures | OkTrends is data on how OKCupid profile photos affect the success rate of people on that dating site. Even they were surprised by the data, including the fact that the 'crappy myspace shot' actually works and showing a bit more cleavage is more successful for older women than younger women. (via What makes a successful online dating photo? | Information Is Beautiful)
- Unhappy Hipsters: It's lonely in the modern world
- Awkward Stock Photos
- Fun with form inputs and js... tenori, scrollbars.. more at the389.com.
- MADATOMS - Sexual Bases Through the Decades (borderline NSFW)
- Vintage Ad Browser - thousands of vintage ads, searchable by category.
- BBC News - Reporter breaks an 'unbreakable' mobile phone at CES (amusing)
- FUI Fantasy User Interfaces | Mark Coleran Visual Designer - a gallery from a guy who invents interfaces for movies.
As distasteful as it may sound, the fact is that so many of our heroes: Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, The Beatles, whoever you care to name; generated much of their best art in return for financial compensation. If you take away the compensation, guess what…the art stops.
Be prepared to keep waiting…and for music, overall, to keep sucking. Why? Because only bottom-of-the-barrel, embarrassing pop tripe generates enough income to feed the machine. Anything unproven or risky? Nobody’s going to bankroll that kind of ‘experiment.’
[I]f $9.99 is too much to spend for one of my albums, so be it, your choice. But if you’re holding your breath, waiting for me to boost my cool-quotient by giving my music away for free, it’s not going to happen. The fact is that I feel my music has value. You may disagree, and that’s fine. [...] I’d rather sell it to 100 people who value it as I do than give it away to 1000 who could care less. That’s MY choice.
Worth reading the whole thing. But I look at this and think... my first copy of Endtroducing was taped. I've since bought that album twice on CD (normal album, plus deluxe edition that came out years later). So I agree his music has value. But I probably wouldn't have ended up buying it if I hadn't had it on tape first.
Ultimately I suspect the real trick here is not about giving away your music, so much as not losing your mind if it gets pirated. Because overall, pirates are either people who were never going to pay you money (feel free to curse such leeches, but don't waste your time trying to stop them); or they're people who will ultimately buy the next album and go to a gig (ie. your fans).
I don't know when I last listened to the radio. All the new music I've discovered lately came from listening to streams on blip.fm, which no doubt the music industry will eventually try to shut down. Most of the music on blip is probably technically not meant to be there, but as an artist you'd be mad to intentionally pull your stuff out of the index.
...and a bit of LOL to finish:
Fireworks and smoke, seen from our balcony.
Happy new year, all.
- Hypo Full Of Love (The 12 Step Plan) - Alabama 3
- Yes - Coldplay
- Jerry Was A Race Car Driver - Primus
- Art of Conflict - VNV Nation
- Memento Mori - Reaper
- Crocodile Shop - Order & Joy (Dessau Remix) ... note the Youtube list has the original track rather than this mix, which doesn't seem to be on YouTube.
- Beloved - VNV Nation
- this is what it became - Kutiman
- Fifty In Five - Hilltop Hoods
- Blood, Milk And Sky - White Zombie
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