Here's a video archive of about 40-odd vintage punk (and post-punk, power pop, and new wave, and I don't want to argue about it) music performances. Most of them appear to have been taped between 1979 and 1983, in fine old dive bars in and around Boston. Link, link 2. Bands both famous and obscure: Buzzcocks, Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Specials, Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, Dead Kennedys, Stranglers, Stiff Little Fingers, XTC... (thanks, Oz) Read the rest
BoingBoing buddy extraordinaire Gareth Branwyn says,
When my wife and I first saw Spinal Tap, we laughed so hard, several people around us got up and moved. We laughed pretty much from the moment that Marty DeBergi entered the first scene, in his USS Ooral Sea cap, till the credits rolled. We'd both been involved in rock and roll and it was just too spot on for its own good. So, seeing that there was a new Spinal Tap short, a sort of "where are they now?," in advance of their reunion at the Live Earth Concerts, I was hoping for similar dumb-funny fits of giddiness.Read the rest
It didn't disappoint. The vid opens on the set of Marty DeBergi's new film, "The Hills Have Eyes with Macular Degeneration." Hoping to get the band back together for Live Earth, Marty seeks out the members, now not talking to each other. Nigel is a ranch hand on a miniature horse farm, David runs a hip-hop production company, called Back Alley, in a former colonic irrigation clinic. Derek talks to Marty from a rehab center, via webcam, where he's being treated for Internet addiction. Marty, the affable lunk, manages to get the band talking again and to agree to reunite for the benefit.
If you're a Tap fan, you'll likely get as big a kick out of this as I did. Wonder who the drummer will be at Live Earth? Too bad Mick Fleetwood has thus far defied the band's drummer curse. He's still with us (as far as anyone can tell), but no word if he'll mount the exploding drum stool for the upcoming shows.
I'm presently about 18,000 words into this -- final length is probably somewhere north of 30,000 words -- and I'm planning on reading about 30 minutes' worth of audio every week.
I piloted the mecha through the streets of Detroit, hunting wumpuses. The mecha was a relic of the Mecha Wars, when the nation tore itself to shreds with lethal robots, and it had the weird, swirling lines of all evolutionary tech, channelled and chopped and counterweighted like some freak dinosaur or a racecar.Read the rest
I loved the mecha. It wasn't fast, but it had a fantastic ride, a kind of wobbly strut that was surprisingly comfortable and let me keep the big fore and aft guns on any target I chose, the sights gliding along on a perfect level even as the neck rocked from side to side.
The pack loved the mecha too. All six of them, three aerial bots shaped like bats, two ground-cover streaks that nipped around my heels, and a flea that bounded over buildings, bouncing off the walls and leaping from monorail track to rusting hover-bus to balcony and back.
Mimeopath Created by: toadstool57 Pronunciation: mim-ee-oh-path Sentence: Jill did a mimeopath of herself in her prom dress, handing it out to everyone she knew and didn't know. Etymology: mimeograph, psychopathLink Read the rest
The BBC has turned its back on its promise to deliver a remixable, DRM-free archive of its video materials to the British public, citing lame excuses like, "It will cost a lot to negotiate rights," and "It might make us less effective at selling DVDs to Americans." Instead, it has opted for the "iPlayer," a crippling technology that infects PCs and makes them incapable of saving and using some of the files on their hard-drives. At the core of this is a Microsoft technology, the WMV file-format. It's illegal for British entrepreneurs to build devices that play WMV without permission and a license from Microsoft, and Microsoft specifies what features WMV players must and must not have.
The upshot is that British TV -- when recorded over the air -- can be stored forever, shared, re-used, and recorded using anyone's tools. British entrepreneurs can make recorders for it. British people can save it and use it as they see fit within the law.
But British TV -- when delivered over the Internet -- infects your computer. It deletes itself after a set period. It can't be used for any purpose other than watching it. And no one is allowed to make a player for it without Microsoft's permission.
The Trustees heard that 80 percent of the respondents didn't want DRM and especially didn't want Microsoft DRM. Read the rest
Previously on Boing Boing: • Digg users revolt over AACS key • Secret AACS numbers, the photoshopped edition • Ed Felten explains the AACS revolt • EFF explains the law on AACS keys • AACS DRM body censors Cory's class blog • New AACS crack "can't be revoked" • AACS vows to fight people who publish the key Read the rest
This was roughly my 3rd time ever going to a McDonalds... and my last. I ate some raw chicken before noticing and spitting it out in horror, I didn't expect good food, but I did expect cooked food. FYI, I did look at it before eating it, as raking the great blobs of mayo off took some effort. I can't even think of chicken now without feeling like I'm adrift on a choppy sea.Link Read the rest
PRESS DEMOCRAT: In 1993, you developed the first commercial Web site -- known as the Global Network Navigator. How did you come up with the idea?Link Read the rest
DOUGHERTY: Late in 1991, I saw a demonstration of the Web from Tim Berners-Lee, its founder, and I became a believer. I began showing it to others and watched as they were amazed by its power -- that you could use a single program to access information on servers around the world. I remember saying: "That page just came from Italy. Just like that." You'd have to remind everyone that it wasn't coming from a local hard disk. I knew this was the future for publishing. I set out to organize a team to build a site but it was never clear how we could make money on it. Before Yahoo, GNN was an early attempt to create a directory of links to what you could find on the World Wide Web; it was also a magazine with some articles on how to explore this new world. We sold GNN to AOL in 1995 for millions, although AOL didn't deliver on the promise to scale it up. (Editor's note: the site is viewable at www.oreilly.com/gnn)
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LISTEN: "U.S. Army May Restrict Soldiers' Blogs" Link to archived audio (Real/Win). Here's an MP3 Link. Or, listen to this report as an MP3 in the "Xeni Tech" podcast (subscribe via iTunes here). NPR "Xeni Tech" archives here.
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Snip from radio transcript:
Some fear the new rules could end up silencing first-person web journals published from combat zones. The uproar circles around an Army regulation issued April 19 which updates earlier language about operational security (or "OPSEC") and blogs.
Paragraph 2-1g says Army personnel must "consult with their immediate supervisor and their OPSEC Officer for an OPSEC review prior to publishing or posting information in a public forum."
The regulation applies to e-mail, blogs, message board, and other forms of digital communication.
In a taped message played during the event , President Bush thanked military bloggers for their contributions; but the president's upbeat message felt to some like a contradiction with the actual regulations. Read the rest
Sara wants to measure how much applesauce she made this fall. If she uses metric, which unit should she use?I've shown this question to a movie director, a screenwriter, and a magazine editor, and they think its a lousy question, too. I've even heard a decent argument for d).
A) gram B) liter C) kilogram D) centimeter
What do you think? Weigh in here: Link to PDF file of discussion (read from bottom up) (At request of QuickTopics's owner, who said his server load meter is pegged, I have removed the conversation link.) Read the rest