He wrote this for a Chrome experiment.
By original Mac icon designer Susan Kare. Prints available. I kinda want this for my office/computer room.
On The Media on media business models in the _digital age_1.
This week, a special hour on the incredible volume of media available to consumers, and the incredible difficulty of making money for creators.
We are living in the entertainment golden age for consumers.
While they cover things like Spotify and Netflix, what was new to me is how many people latch onto things like Ad Blockers. I don’t use them. I think having an ad in a sidebar is a small price to pay for free content. But some of the ad-block defenders sound like jerks.
Then again, I don’t usually go to sites that deluge their readers with advertisements.
Yeah, I know. I shouldn’t use that term. ↩
One Word Extinguisher celebrated its 10th birthday last week.
I remember first hearing “Detchibe” on the Warp homepage back in early 2003. I had heard nothing like it before. It introduced me to instrumental hip-hop, or glitch-hop, or whatever you’re supposed to call whatever this is.
One of the best albums released in the new millennium. Just listen to it if you haven’t.
|1 of 23||The Wrong Side Of Reflection (Intro)||★★|
|2 of 23||The End Of Biters-International||★★★★|
|3 of 23||Plastic||★★★★|
|4 of 23||Uprock And Invigorate (A Prefuse/Daybre Production)||★★★★|
|5 of 23||The Color Of Tempo||★★★★★|
|6 of 23||Dave’s Bonus Beats||★★★|
|7 of 23||Detchibe||★★★★★|
|8 of 23||Altoid Addiction (Interlude)||★★★|
|9 of 23||Busy Signal (Make You Go Bombing Mix) (A Prefuse/Daedelus Production)||★★★★|
|10 of 23||One Word Extinguisher||★★★★★|
|11 of 23||90% Of My Mind Is With You||★★★★|
|12 of 23||Huevos With Jeff And Roni||★★★|
|13 of 23||Female Demands||★★★|
|14 of 23||Why I Love You||★★★★|
|15 of 23||Southerners (Interlude)||★★★|
|16 of 23||Perverted Undertone||★★★|
|17 of 23||Invigorate (A Prefuse/Daybre Production)||★★★★|
|18 of 23||Choking You||★★★★★|
|19 of 23||Storm Returns (A Prefuse/Tommy Guerrero Production)||★★★★★|
|20 of 23||Trains On Top Of The Game (Interlude)||★★★|
|21 of 23||Styles That Fade Away With A Collonade Response||★★★★|
|22 of 23||Untitled||★★|
|23 of 23||Untitled||★★★★|
Its natural conclusion.
I’ll try not to make this another PS3 love letter, but today I bought a bunch of Blu-Rays. Having a PS3 remote changed the game for me. I’ve been trying to curtail purchases of physical media. iTunes has a lot of stuff I like and I already live in the Apple ecosystem for music.
But there are a few problems with this approach for movies.
- Movies on iTunes are often marked up with the lazy tax.
- My internet connection is not super-duper fast. If I want to watch The Godfather Part II1 through iTunes it may take 60-90 minutes for it to load enough of the movie to let me watch it the HD version.
- HD versions are BIG, like around 5 gigs sometimes. I don’t want to buy extra external drives just for media. Yeah, ok – “THE CLOUD” – but again, slow internet makes the cloud impractical for huge files. If it’s REALLY that important to me I’d rather just have a disc.
- My movie collection is subject to the whether or not big companies currently have the rights to distribute that content. I haven’t seen this happen yet to movies I’ve purchased on iTunes, but it’s already happened with music I purchased.
“But what if you want to watch a movie on your iDevice or laptop?” you might ask. I never want to do that. For me, movies are like games. I want to sit on a couch, I don’t want to touch a keyboard. I don’t want to feel the heat of a laptop. I don’t want to hold an iPad or iPhone in my hands. I want to be as comfortable and lazy as possible.
And when I’m traveling I often don’t have the free time to watch The Godfather trilogy.
So, screw it. If I need to OWN a movie I’m getting it on Blu-Ray now. All the movies worth owning2 aren’t available on Netflix Instant anyway. And when the Blu-Ray train passes (already in decline, since some of these movies are super cheap) I’ll deal with that when it’s really a problem.3