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RE: Best of Bootie 2006
Topic: Arts 12:43 am EST, Jan 19, 2007

Rattle wrote:

Those that were exposed to the Best of Bootie 2005 will be happy to know that the next Best of Bootie CD has been released. It can be downloaded for free off the Bootie website.

The Best of Bootie compilations contain the best mashup tracks I've ever heard. I just started playing the new collection, and it sounds like it blows the last one away. These make the perfect party albums. They really confuse and delight a crowd. Every song is guaranteed to be familiar sounding.

An entire underground music scene has formed around these type of works. The recording industry licensing regime makes it pretty much impossible to legitimately create and release these type of works. The overhead you have to devote to getting the rights is unbelievable.

I caught Bootie at the DNA Lounge last year. Good stuff indeed, the people ate it up!

RE: Best of Bootie 2006

RE: Immolate Me Elmo
Topic: Arts 10:57 am EST, Jan  9, 2007

Decius wrote:
Bumping Cypherghost's link through to BoingBoing, but this burning Elmo video is one part of a three part series that starts with this video. Watching the chared, burning robot flailing its metal limbs against the ground and laughing manically evokes some of the more disturbing scenes from the Animatrix. The future is machines that don't break down, they die.

I saw this when it first came out and thought about memeing it. It made me laugh pretty hard, especially when he sits up and his skeleton arm is flailing.

I was hoping that the sound would start to get messed up, glitching like it was circuit bent, toys winding down sound or something. The sound circuitry probably just shorted in an instant though at some point.

If I make make slight social commentary, it's weird to me that a few days ago I posted about impending changes to the Social Security system that will hasten the date it goes bust, and no one seems to care enough to recommend it. Now the immolated Elmo meme already has 5 posts. :)

RE: Immolate Me Elmo

RE: BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Soul star James Brown dies at 73
Topic: Arts 12:37 pm EST, Dec 25, 2006

adam wrote:

Singer James Brown, known as the "Godfather of Soul", has died at the age of 73, his agent has said.

RIP a musical legend

James Brown was the fuckin' man. Well played Mr. Brown, well played. Your spirit will live on.

On the music family tree, he's one of the big trunks with lots of branches. The cool thing about the music family tree though is that even when old parts die, they live on as long as we remember to pay our respect. I put James Brown right up there with Ray Charles in that respect.

RE: BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Soul star James Brown dies at 73

RE: Kraftwerk: 1981 Merchandise pocket calculator
Topic: Arts 8:52 pm EST, Jan 16, 2005

Rattle wrote:
] I am the operator with my pocket calculator. I am adding and
] subtracting. I'm controlling and composing.
] If you had one of these, you could press a special key and it
] would play a melody, sort of..

I program my home computer
Beam myself into the future
We are the Robots

Damn I love Kraftwerk

RE: Kraftwerk: 1981 Merchandise pocket calculator

God Speaks To Me Through Scrabble
Topic: Arts 2:55 pm EST, Dec 19, 2004

The ending was completely unexpected to me. Nicely told story via Flash.

God Speaks To Me Through Scrabble

N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella)
Topic: Arts 4:51 pm EST, Dec  5, 2004

Gnutella is one of the many peer-to-peer file-sharing protocols which emerged in the wake of Napster. Unlike Napster, there is no central server and no single company in control. Because Gnutella is completely decentralized, it is legally and technologically challenging to shut down. But it can also be difficult to locate and download specific music; searches can take a long time to return results, and downloads sometimes grind to a halt before they can finish.

These shortcomings of Gnutella are exactly what fascinates me most about the network. Even when I cannot find music I am searching for, the search process itself is interesting; the network constantly surprises me with what it finds. And even if files do not download quickly, completely, and reliably, I find the download process itself captivating; the wildly varying download speeds reflect the chaotic nature of the network itself. In many ways, using Gnutella reminds me of the early days of the World Wide Web, before the big media companies and retailers took over. The process of searching, of serendipitous discovery, can be as engaging as the content itself.

N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella) turns the process of searching for and downloading MP3 files into a chaotic musical collage. The software continuously checks the status of all downloading songs and uses their respective download speeds to prioritize song segments for real-time playback while they download. Users can control many different aspects of the algorithm, such as how many songs may play simultaneously, how quickly N.A.G. moves amongst songs, and whether N.A.G. varies playback speed and volume in proportion to the download speeds of each song. Essentially, N.A.G. becomes a simple instrument with which users can "play" the Gnutella network.

N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella)

RE: MSNBC - Bush makes case for second term
Topic: Arts 9:44 am EST, Jan 21, 2004

w1ld wrote:

] ] The terrorist threat will not expire on that
] ] schedule, he told lawmakers. Our law
] ] enforcement needs this vital legislation to protect our
] ] citizens. You need to renew the Patriot Act."
] Fuck you Ashcroft. We are not interested in more Patriot Act.
] We do not live in the middle east. We live in America. We
] have rights and civil liberties built by our forefathers. You
] strip those from us and leave us with only what our
] forefathers would be rolling in their grave to learn about.
] You are not making me safer from terrorism by reading my bank
] account statemets without court concent but by dropping bombs
] on tents where terrorist reside. Also, you are not providing
] due process to those terrorist that reside in the United
] States. You only lock them up and throw away the key. Why
] not show the world our court system and due process and what
] happens to people/groups that carry out evil deeds.
] Let the Patriot Act die is deserved death and bring on the
] guns and bombs where the real war of terrorism is fought.

Hear hear!!!

RE: MSNBC - Bush makes case for second term

RE: BLEEP - Digital Downloads from Warp Records
Topic: Arts 1:13 am EST, Jan 17, 2004

] norfzorf wrote:
] ] inignoct wrote:
] ] Perhaps this is a genre where this can work... interesting
] ] experiment if nothing else.
] has more sophisticated fucked up sound
] (since aphex and autechre don't make good stuff for warp
] anymore) and they give away free 2 min. or so downloads to try
] it out.

Schematic's releases will hopefully be available in BleepMart. It will really be nice to eventually have all of WarpMart's back catalogue available. I know not every label on there will go for it, but Warp is already taking the big steps. I'm sure Rephlex isn't far behind. From there it will really catch on.

I bought HAB1&2 off Ebay a couple of years ago for a hefty sum. Now it's available for download. I always knew Warp had clue.

No more out of print recordings.

No more reason to waste time and materials on trans-Atlantic shipping.

No more energy expended making plastics.

"Immediate Consumer Satisfaction"

What more could you ask for?

To me, this is a big first. I will be spending a regular sum of money here, no doubt. All the other so-called music services should notice this. Anything with DRM, I'm not paying for it.

RE: BLEEP - Digital Downloads from Warp Records

RE: Area615 Compilation & Buzz & Click Night
Topic: Arts 9:57 pm EDT, Oct  2, 2003

Nanochick wrote:
] logickal wrote:
] ] ] Buzz & Click. Nashville Robots, unite to get
] ] ] your groove on. Celebrate Nashville's burgeoning
] ] ] electronic scene and the release of Area615 with
] ] ] us at The End in Elliston Place on October 11, 2003.
] ]
] ] Okay, I'm meme'ing this so that no one that I may have
] ] forgotten to email can use the "you didn't tell me" excuse.
] ] Consider this your invitation, and don't think that just
] ] because Phreaknic is coming up that's any excuse not to
] come.
] ] (grin)
] If I wasn't living in Atlanta, I would totally be there:)
] -Nano

Okay, so that's almost an excuse I'll accept. (g)

Does it help that it's on a saturday night?


RE: Area615 Compilation & Buzz & Click Night

George Foreman USB iGrill
Topic: Arts 5:35 pm EST, Apr  1, 2003

] prime Black Angus? The iGrill does. As your meal cooks,
] the subtle glow from under the unit increases brightness
] and pulses faster until your meal is perfectly done.

This is just damn cool.....Geek Grilling....its the wave of the future!


How about waffles?

George Foreman USB iGrill

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