May 31, 2005

Son[g]ogram

Stairwaydynamics

What does a hit record look like?

Posted by Pedraum at 02:21 PM |

May 27, 2005

Digital Zorro

You've undoubtedly received a fake email purporting to be from eBby or PayPal:

PayPal is currently performing regular maintenance of our security measures. Your account has been randomly selected for this maintenance, and placed on Limited Access status. Protecting the security of your PayPal account is our primary concern, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

To restore your account to its regular status, you must confirm your email address by logging in to your PayPal account using the form below:

That's not nice and it's know as phishing. It made me smile to learn that noble hackers were defacing these phishing sites. Oh, and if you're generally concerned about your machine and security, then you might wanna check out a Mac.

Written while groovin' to Eight Steps from the album “Axes” by Electrelane

Posted by Pedraum at 09:24 AM |

May 26, 2005

One Magazine (re)Launches

Heather and River Brandon had an idea some years back to start a youth-oriented magazine that focused on positivity. One Magazine kicked all sorts of butt...it was well-designed, it had great writing, it made the reader feel like there was hope for humanity. The economics of magazine publishing, plus the demands of parenting three kids made it difficult for Heather and River to continue publishing OneMag (a painful realization). I had the pleasure of meeting Heather and River in NYC a few months ago and we immediately hit it off. I'm proud to call them my friends and I'm similarly proud of their having launched the online version of One Magazine. Check it out wouldja?

Written while groovin' to Mr. Two-Faced from the album “The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas” by Quasimoto

Posted by Pedraum at 09:59 AM |

May 25, 2005

Visible Human Browser

This online tool for viewing cross sections of the human body is incredible. I remember reading about this years ago in Wired magazine, it's done through a series of body scans that are then run through fancy 'puters to render the body again. Now you can interact with it clickity click. And calculators used to be the size of an entire room.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:26 PM |

Amen Uncle mark

These are things that HAVE TO STOP:

- Cell phones that make noise when they turn off.

You're sitting in a quiet theater, and the person next to you suddenly remembers to turn off their phone, so that it doesn't make noise. And then, of course, the phone plays its cheery “turning off” song...?! Whose bright idea was it to have the cell phone MAKE NOISE when the user tells it to be quiet?

So: please test your new cell phone *before* you buy it. If we all stop buying idiotic phones, the invisible hand of the market will backslap the lamebrain who invented the “turning off” song.


Read the
rest. Like most of what Mark Hurst and Creative Good do it's, well...good.

Posted by Pedraum at 10:41 AM |

May 24, 2005

Beat #1

I spend late night time transferring beats I hear in my head to bits on my PowerBook. Which tools I use and all that is for another discussion. Suffice it to say that George Benson probably won't be happy about this. There's more where this came from...lots of beat ideas waiting for motivation/guitar parts to catch up. You want to hear more? Well then how 'bout a little encouragement people!
Posted by Pedraum at 05:13 PM |

Hair

How 'bout that Phil Spector? (Props KS)
Written while groovin' to Place to Be from the album “Pink Moon” by Nick Drake
Posted by Pedraum at 01:15 PM |

Grad Hat Hack

What would you do if the technology program you were in enrolled in was cut? Might you hack your graduation cap? Thank goodness this guy was kind-hearted rather than bitter and angst-ridden.
Posted by Pedraum at 09:38 AM |

May 22, 2005

Do You LIke Jazz?

Then you might like the new biography of Dizzy.
Posted by Pedraum at 01:37 PM |

May 20, 2005

MWEB

I'd never been moved by an online animation quite like this before. The song is great but it's the animation that made me realize the potential this new medium affords.
Posted by Pedraum at 04:14 PM |

May 19, 2005

The End of WMT DVD Rentals

Regular readers know that the online DVD rentals business holds a special place in my heart. It's slightly sad to see the business given away to Netflix (even though I've remained a Netflix subscriber through all of this). The truth is that this writing was on the wall soon after we launched the business. Without a strong investment in the user experience, Wal-Mart's business was doomed to second-class status (and second class status rarely affords you the all-important net-promoter effect that a new business like this requires). I knew it was doomed when friends would ask me the question: “Should I switch to Wal-Mart DVD Rentals?” and I could not give them a yes without feeling like a sellout.

Have I mentioned I'm glad to be at Apple now?
(Props to Dave/Christina, Drew, and the other DC-based SeanG for the heads up)

Written while groovin' to Feel Good Inc. from the album “Demon Days” by Gorillaz

Posted by Pedraum at 05:56 AM |

May 18, 2005

How To Grow A Mustache

Surfing around today I saw a new meme surfacing around a dude who filmed himself shaving his hair and beard and posted the results. I'd seen this before as Jerry did this in February of 2002 (I'm sooo indie!).
Posted by Pedraum at 04:35 PM |

May 13, 2005

Nutty, kooky, and Whacky

I really would like this blog to come up when a search is done for the phrase nutty, kooky, whacky. It's an inside joke I know, but an important one. Have a great weekend folks.
Posted by Pedraum at 05:06 PM |

Squirrels and Nuts

Sb1 Sb2

Did you know that Sugar Bush (stop it Bugga) is the most photographed squirrel ever?

Written while groovin' to Pablo And Andrea from the album “Prisoners Of Love: A Smattering Of Scintillating Senescent Songs” by Yo La Tengo

Posted by Pedraum at 10:09 AM |

Dep. of Poorly Named Companies Dept.

Maybe they specialize in moving donkeys?
Posted by Pedraum at 03:24 AM |

May 12, 2005

My Radio

My radio, believe me, I like it loud
I'm the man with a box that can rock the crowd
Walkin' down the street, to the hardcore beat
While my JVC vibrates the concrete
I'm sorry if you can't understand
But I need a radio inside my hand
Don't mean to offend other citizens
But I kick my volume way past 10
My story is rough, my neighbourhood is tough
But I still sport gold, and I'm out to crush
My name is Cool J, I devastate the show
But I couldn't survive without my radio
Terrorising my neighbours with the heavy bass
I keep the suckas in fear by the look on my face
My radio's bad from the Boulevard
I'm a hip-hop gangster and my name is Todd
Just stimulated by the beat, bust out the rhyme
Get fresh batteries if it won't rewind
Cos I play everyday, even on the subway
I woulda got a summons but I ran away
I'm the leader of the show, keepin' you on the go
But I know I can't live without my radio

Posted by Pedraum at 09:02 AM |

May 11, 2005

Last 5ive Albums


So, books are nice but my friend Nabil asked me what my last 5 albums purchased were. That's a fun question for a nut like me so I'm gonna introduce a new periodic posting which is just that, the last five albums I've acquired. If I'm inspired I might even throw in a little quip about each one. Props to Nabil for the inspiration...

Hot Hot Heat: Make Up The Breakdown
War: Grooves & Messages - Greatest Hits
Sam Prekop: Sam Prekop
The Decemberists: Picaresque
Imperial Teen: On
Written while groovin' to Ambient Emely from the album “Opera” by Tosca

Posted by Pedraum at 09:37 AM |

May 10, 2005

Books Recommendations

There are a few books sitting on my side table at home that I feel it's worth recommending here even though I haven't finished reading any of them. They're all good enough, though, I feel quite comfortable putting my reputation (yeah, I have one to some) on the line in doing so.

Can't Stop Won't Stop : A History of the Hip Hop Generation: It's the story of our time still being written as we speak. Starting from the insurance fires in the South Bronx to the East West rivalries and finally to the alternative hip-hop movement of today, this book covers it all eloquently. And it's written by Davis' own DJ Zen to boot.

The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations: How can a group of people independently guess the number of jelly beans in a jar within a few of one another? And why can a group's guesses about the weight of an ox be so dead on when averaged? This book is a fascinating read by the author of the New Yorker financial page, James Surowiecki.

Blink : The Power of Thinking Without Thinking: Malcolm Gladwell strikes again with a book so hard to put down that I get snappy when I have to stop reading it to change a diaper. Enough has been written about this one already so suffice it to say if you haven't already picked it up now would be a perfect time to do so.

Speaking of Malcolm Gladwell, he's written a review of Steven Johnson's new book, Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter. The name says it all but having read a bunch about this in different places now I'm excited to add it to my wanna read it list.

Written while groovin' to Cantaloupe Island from the album “Empyrean Isles” by Herbie Hancock

Posted by Pedraum at 10:41 PM |

May 09, 2005

Religious Spam

If there were ever a sign that we are, in fact, living in end times then it's this: I received my first piece of religious spam today. No link, no denomination, just a exhortation for me to get baptized...and a closing that says “see you in heaven”. Of course, the irony of this is that all spammers go to hell. Duh, everyone knows that. Well, everyone except religious zealots apparently.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:17 AM |

May 08, 2005

Funky Cold 1040A

Tone Georgehamilton

Not sure if it's true or not...but a source tells me that the US producers of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here contacted Tone Loc to see if he'd appear as a contestant. His reply was to fax them a copy of his 2004 tax return, showing more than $1.5m in post-tax earnings.

Apparently, Mr. Loc credits George Hamilton for showing him how to build a well-diversified portfolio of commercial and residential property.

Posted by Pedraum at 09:29 PM |

May 05, 2005

PSA

Think this is a lame?

On Sunday morning, Christian Coalition founder Rev. Pat Robertson told TV viewers nation-wide that the threat posed by liberal federal judges “probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings.”

Written while groovin' to Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect from the album “Castaways and Cutouts” by The Decemberists

Posted by Pedraum at 11:52 AM |

Mother's Day Ideas

Hey gang, it's me again. Just writing because I need a distraction from writing the product proposal I'm in the middle of...everyone needs a break after all. So here's the thing: this Sunday is Mother's Day and I'm looking for a good gift for my lovely wife and the mother of our two children. If I don't hear from y'all in the comments section (Susan! David!) then I'm gonna be forced to get her a gift certificate from her favorite clothing store [again]. And I don't think you'll be able to live with that even if she does love gift certificates to Lucy.

Oh, and don't worry about her reading this...she barely has enough time to eat lunch these days let alone read her husband's online drivel.

OK, brang it in the comments...

Written while groovin' to Mothern Popcorn from the album “20 All Time Greatest Hits!” by James Brown

Posted by Pedraum at 11:42 AM |

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Yes, it's come to this. I am linking you to instructions on how to fold a fitted sheet. Scary thing is many of you will prolly thank me for this...I mean have you ever tried to fold one of these darned things? BuggaSG, you don't have to answer.

Written while groovin' to City Song from the album “On” by Imperial Teen

Posted by Pedraum at 10:43 AM |

May 03, 2005

To Protect and Serve

“I think it's a good thing to be educated about it, but it's bad if they're teaching you how to do it.”

Written while groovin' to Heavy Hitters Feat. GLC from the album “Freshmen Adjustment” by Kanye West

Posted by Pedraum at 02:15 PM |

Black Words

Most applications that accept user content have terms and conditions that prevent users from using naughty language. Often these T's &C's (as we call them in the biz) are accompanied a bit of technical infrastructure to prevent users from forgetting the rules and submitting something obscene or otherwise offensive (“This device is a turdburglar!”). Knowing what words or phrases should be included in a black list that's often a part of these applications has been a fun exercise for me. I've expanded my vocabulary beyond what I'd imagined it ever would be...in a new dimension anyway. So imagine my glee when DK sent me the following link to curse words from around the world. Hey, if your parents ask I didn't send you to this site, k?

Written while groovin' to Fearless from the album “The Bravery” by The Bravery

Posted by Pedraum at 09:30 AM |

May 02, 2005

A Link

Cuz I'm busy but I still love you...

Blentwell

Posted by Pedraum at 11:23 AM |