Now That’s What I Call Drone: Vol. 1 got featured in The Atlantic today, which is mindboggling.
The title of the piece might be a bit much. “The History of Drone Music Culminates in ‘Now That’s What I Call Drone’”. Culminates? Let me look that up in the dictionary just to be sure:
Hyperbole, sure. Obviously I think it’s a really good compilation and worth of your listening time, but that might be a bit much.
I certainly appreciate it, anyway.
A couple of months back, a small group of people, myself included, were joking around on Twitter about doing drone covers of Top 40 hits. We took the joke so far that it became a real, actual, ontological thing called Now That’s What I Call Drone: Vol. 1 complete with twelve tracks, which has been released to an unsuspecting public today. It’s actually really awesome. If you like drone or ambient music, you will probably like it, because it’s got twelve really excellent drone/ambient re-imaginings of recent Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers.
I really like my track, I’m proud of it, and I also think every other song on the compilation is far superior to mine.
Please feel free to download the compilation for free. You have the option to pay an amount of your liking if you really feel some kind of need, but you should feel no pressure to do so. All we care about is you having a nice musical experience for about an hour and a quarter.
[link to the compilation, in case you missed it above.]
A lunch counter in Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market named Olympic Gyro received a cease-and-desist notice from the United States Olympic Committee and will have to change its name. Nevermind that the owner is Greek.
One one hand, yeah ok, they were using the Olympic rings logo and I’m fine with saying you can’t do that, but saying a Greek guy can’t use the name Olympic for his restaurant is like saying an American couldn’t name their business Liberty Real Estate or Rushmore Pizza.
The Olympics have turned into a bizarro-land of corporatism gone amok, where you have to get a special dispensation to sell fish and chips (sort of an English staple, yeah?) anywhere near the London Olympics because McDonald’s is the Official Restaurant Sponsor of the 2012 London Olympics and as such has the Exclusive Right to Sell French Fries (or “chips” in the local parlance). McDonald’s was kind enough to allow this only for the combination “fish and chips”, but otherwise, try to sell just the chips without fish and well you’re gonna be in some kind of Big Trouble.
There was a time where the Olympics were about sports at their most awesome1. Those days are long gone, and now the Olympics are merely another tactic mega-corporations to squeeze every last dime out of the populace.
The USOC should get bent, and bring the IOC along.
1 Now that I’m thinking about it, this time was probably before I was born.
Erin Kissane, speaking on the Anita Sarkeesian situation, but also about so much more:
Civility isn’t fancy-talk for “being nice.” It’s the essential quality we require to live together in complex social structures built on our jumpy, irrational primate brains. Online, where we increasingly live, we need it more than ever.
The essential, crucial, must-read piece of the week. Gordon Withers calls it Required Reading, and I’m inclined to agree.
Randall Munroe of XKCD has started a new delightful new sidelog of weekly answers to hypothetical reader questions called What If. The first two entries regard guessing on every multiple-choice SAT question and trying to hit a baseball going 90% the speed of light.
The answer turns out to be “a lot of things”, and they all happen very quickly, and it doesn’t end well for the batter (or the pitcher).
My favorite part so far is this bit, which clearly would have been an XKCD alt-text if it had been a regular comic:
A careful reading of official Major League Baseball Rule 6.08(b) suggests that in this situation, the batter would be considered “hit by pitch”, and would be eligible to advance to first base.
Last statements of people executed by the State of Texas since 1982.
Kit Chellel, Bloomberg:
The design for three Galaxy tablets doesn’t infringe Apple’s registered design, Judge Colin Birss said today in London in a court fight between the world’s two biggest makers of smartphones. Consumers aren’t likely to get the tablet computers mixed up, he said.
The Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Birss said. “They are not as cool.”
Well I guess that settles it.
The fall and rise of the baguette:
“For years I had watched the sensorial quality of French bread palpably deteriorate,” he told me. The decline first set in, he said, when bakers switched from levain to commercial yeast in order to shorten the bread-making process. Yeast could work as an acceptable substitute for levain, but instead of relying on minute amounts of yeast and letting the dough ferment over 24 hours— as Delmontel does with his baguettes—bakers added more yeast and cut the rise period to as little as one hour, “suppressing the first fermentation that is the source of all taste,” Kaplan said.
The situation worsened in the 1950s, when bakers started using intensive kneading machines that satisfied consumer desire for an ever-whiter crumb. They started sprinkling in additives such as vitamin C to spike fermentation, and heaps of salt to mask the absence of flavor. In short, while pursuing the promises of modernity—efficiency, speed, and whiter bread—what French bakers lost was the one indispensable ingredient: time.
The good news is, the United States has the third-best electoral system in North America.
The bad news is, there are only three countries in North America.
John Gruber on “tablet” web traffic:
“Almost all of the traffic (95 percent) was from the iPad, said Monetate.”
So why is the headline about “tablets”?
oh, you didn’t know Bill Clinton played on “Midnight City”?