This is a fight no one can win. Putting the brakes on music gaming would hurt everyone in the ailing music industry. Instead of demanding greater profit participation, Warner should be angling for creative participation. Thirty years ago, Hollywood took a similar threat—the VCR—and turned it into a new source of revenue, building customer loyalty in the process. The music industry could use new games the same way—but its track record suggests that it won’t.
Some of Yahoo’s 1996-era front pages have been saved in the Internet Archive. What’s interesting about them is what they lack. First, no e-mail: The first webmail site, Hotmail, launched in July of 1996. There was no instant-messaging software; the first big IM client, ICQ, hit the Web early in 1997. The MP3 file format was invented in the early 1990s, but very few people traded music in 1996—the files were too big to cram down modems, and Winamp, the first popular MP3 player app, was published in 1997. All these innovations hit the Web suddenly, defying prediction, and each completely altered how we’d spend our time online.
one of those songs that’s almost too hard to hear, so you just listen
Good morning, son. I am a bird Wearing a brown polyester shirt You want a coke? Maybe some fries? The roast beef combos only $9.95 Its okay, you dont have to pay Ive got all the change
Everybody knows It hurts to grow up And everybody does Its so weird to be back here Let me tell you what The years go on and Were still fighting it, were still fighting it And youre so much like me Im sorry
Good morning, son In twenty years from now Maybe well both sit down and have a few beers And I can tell you bout today And how I picked you up and everything changed It was pain Sunny days and rain I knew youd feel the same things
Everybody knows It sucks to grow up And everybody does Its so weird to be back here. Let me tell you what The years go on and Were still fighting it, were still fighting it Youll try and try and one day youll fly Away from me
Good morning, son I am a bird
It was pain Sunny days and rain I knew youd feel the same things
Everybody knows Tt hurts to grow up And everybody does Its so weird to be back here. Let me tell you what The years go on and Were still fighting it, were still fighting it Oh, were still fighting it, were still fighting it
With services like iTunes, Amazon Video and even Hulu, it’s apparent that the act of streaming content is gaining momentum onto the coattails of the conventional task of taking a trip to the video store. So much that the company that began with the “we’ll mail you a movie and you mail it back” model has the CEO Reed Hastings already alluding that by 2010, DVDS will take a backseat on the Netflix service:
We recognize at some point in the long term, the streaming will be good enough that an appreciable number of people will find streaming is all they need.
In her latest book,
Secrets of Simplicity, author Mary Carlomagno offers some advice that I believe is pivotal for anyone that is reluctant to embrace change by technology, especially when it involves the primitive act of watching a movie:
Any technology you choose should save you time, not take more of your time.
Everyone’s work flow and life priorities are different, so choose technology that will best help achieve your unique goals.
One thing for sure is that I already find myself watching movies through the Xbox 360 as oppose to playing games on it as its originally intended to, so I welcome Netflix’s new streaming model.
Academe is full of potential geniuses who have never done a single thing they wanted to do because there were too many things that needed to be done first: the research projects, conference papers, books and articles — not one of them freely chosen: merely means to some practical end, a career rather than a calling…
If there is one conclusion to be drawn from the life of Leonardo, it is that procrastination reveals the things at which we are most gifted — the things we truly want to do. Procrastination is a calling away from something that we do against our desires toward something that we do for pleasure, in that joyful state of self-forgetful inspiration that we call genius.
“The point everyone is missing is that in Technoland, nothing ever replaces anything. E-book readers won’t replace books. The iPhone won’t replace e-book readers. Everything just splinters. They will all thrive, serving their respective audiences.”—David Pogue in his Kindle 2 review (via marco)