Put this way, it sounds so simple. And actually, it should be this simple.
Unfortunately, this discounts the fact that Hollywood is run by people with their heads up their asses. Like this guy. It’s a fucked up nightmare of politics and greed. It’s amazing that anything good comes out of the system at all — it’s a testament to the true creative talent behind the films themselves.
MG has been on a tear lately about Hollywood. While I don’t agree with EVERYTHING he has to say but this post couldn’t be more true. It’s easy to stop piracy (if it’s even REALLY an issue), but they’re choosing not to.
Synthetic Corp’s fabulous Hipstamatic is a retro camera app for iOS. But its 18 films and 20 lenses give many possible combinations. Use the options here to narrow down the choices from all 360 possibilities and learn about the lenses and films. To get started, click some buttons to the right.
Im a huge fan of Hipstamatic but sometimes trying to figure out which combination to use in order to get the perfect look is infuriating.
While I’d rather see all the combinations in one large matrix, this pick and choose option is better than nothing.
Why Hipstamatic themselves still don’t offer a similar solution themselves is beyond me…
MegaUpload, one of the largest file-sharing sites on the Internet, has been shut down by federal prosecutors in Virginia. The site’s founder Kim Dotcom and three others were arrested by the police in New Zealand at the request of US authorities. MegaVideo, the streaming site belonging to same company, and a total of 18 domains connected to the Mega company were seized and datacenters in three countries raided.
SOPA hasn’t even passed yet, and already we see the first major takedown of a filesharing site.
It should be noted that while obviously Megaupload hosted thousands if not millions of illegal files, it did have legitimate uses as well. Filesharing sites, like Megaupload, by their very nature can be used for both legal and illegal activities. Just as easily as one could upload and share the latest Twilight film, that same person could be uploading photos from their family vacation to send to their friends and families.
It would be naive to say that Megaupload’s primary purpose was a legal one, but it does set a dangerous and chilling precedent. Are all filesharing services up for grabs? What about services like Apple’s iDisk (which is soon to be retired)? While most people would use it to backup their photos it could just as easily be used to share illegal movie rips. What about Dropbox?
There-in lies the ultimate paradox of the internet and the underlying problems behind SOPA/PIPA; anything on the internet, and indeed the internet itself, can be used for good or it can be used for evil. Where do we draw the line? Who gets to make the distinction? And how do we fight back?
The opening title sequence for Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is right up there with SE7EN for stunning opening titles. It was by far one of my favourite parts of the entire film.
Having said that, I don’t quite understand why they used all the imagery that they did (clearly some was referencing the sequels but that seems odd to do in a film about solely the first novel), and have to say it felt more like the opening title sequence to a James Bond film (in fact, with all the oil-like substance flowing it would have fit right in with Quantum of Solace).
However, it’s still absolutely incredible and certainly sets the tone for the film that is to follow. Not to mention that song fucking rocks!
Also, kudos to Blur for staying totally on brand with the titles. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen movie posters with a look distinctly different from that of the titles of a film, and it drives me nuts. Dragon Tattoo on the other hand is consistant through and through (well except maybe for that teaser).
This past weekend I watched a great documentary about the 90’s hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest called “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" (which you should definitely watch). One of the most interesting parts of the film involved tribe member Q-Tip describing how he discovered some of the beats, loops, breakdowns, and hooks he used on the early Tribe albums. He described how he would listen to his father’s old jazz records and would discover all sort of amazing sounds.
Which got me thinking; I want to start doing the same. Not so much raiding my father’s record collection (I’ve already done that), but rather discovering new and amazing sounds. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a sizeable music collection, but the problem is that I rarely take the time to actually sit down and listen to what I have. This year I want to change that.
However, more than just that I also want to discover older stuff, along with stuff I might not be inclined to check out normally. And while sure, I could just head online and download a random torrent every week that would be illegal, but more importantly a lot less fun.
So this is my goal for the year: every week (or maybe every other week, we’ll see how lazy I get) I want to head into one of the record shops on my way home from the office (lucky for me there are several), head over to the bargain bins and purchase a random album. Maybe it’ll be a band I’ve heard of in the past but never checked out. Maybe it will be a clever title that I think might be a great listen. Maybe (and more likely) it will be based solely on how awesome the album art is (they say don’t judge a book by a cover, but let’s face it I totally do). I will purchase this random album and take it home and listen to it from start to finish. This, of course, will be easier than usual since vinyl can only pack a maximum of 45 minutes of music onto one disc meaning I won’t be as easily bored, and even if I am there’s no way to skip songs on a record so I’ll just have to put up with it and listen.
Maybe I’ll love it. Maybe I’ll hate it. Either way, picking from the bargain bin will ensure it doesn’t really matter either way. Hopefully I’ll find a few songs I like, but maybe I’ll just find a few cool loops, hooks, or breakdowns. Either way, this fun little project will help expand my musical tastes, while at the same time expand my record collection. It will also hopefully be an impetus to start that vinyl blog I keep planning on creating…
I encourage you to join in. Let’s face it, we all have albums we neglect in our iTunes libraries. There’s probably plenty of songs out there we would love if we just gave them a chance. So let’s do that. Let’s give our music a chance. We might be surprised by what we find!
"I do not see anywhere on the screen capture that you have provided that the image was attributed to the source (me). So my conclusion would be that Lamar Smith’s organization did improperly use my image. So according to the SOPA bill, should it pass, maybe I could petition the court to take action against www.texansforlamarsmith.com.”
MG Siegler on why he (and most other people who actually know what they’re talking about/Apple fan-boys) hates Android
I hear you all screaming, “What’s there to hate! Android is open!!”
There’s no denying that there are upsides to open — a lot of them. But in the case of Android, “open” has been hijacked and wildly contorted so as to mask the shady side of what’s really been going on. And it’s working.
Seriously worth the read. Harry Potter reference not withstanding.