With the grad season upon us there are more and more commencement speeches being posted online. i just came across this one from David Foster Wallace of “Infinite Jest: A Novel” fame (that's another one I started probably 10 times and never got through, but it wasn't for a lack of terrific writing inside). Here's a snippet:
If you're automatically sure that you know what reality is, and you are operating on your default setting, then you, like me, probably won't consider possibilities that aren't annoying and miserable. But if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options. It will actually be within your power to experience a crowded, hot, slow, consumer-hell type situation as not only meaningful, but sacred, on fire with the same force that made the stars: love, fellowship, the mystical oneness of all things deep down.
Not that that mystical stuff is necessarily true. The only thing that's capital-T True is that you get to decide how you're gonna try to see it.
This, I submit, is the freedom of a real education, of learning how to be well-adjusted. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn't. You get to decide what to worship.
Written while groovin' to Rockin` Down The Highway from the album “Listen to the Music: Very Best of the Doobie Brothers” by Doobie Brothers
I'm sure y'all heard about the Supreme Court decision to allow private land to be seized by municipalities if it was deemed in the public interest (or something like that). Well, isn't it ironic.
Written while groovin' to In The Ghetto from the album “Let The Rhythm Hit 'em” by Eric B. & Rakim
Ah see I met this girl and I said to her, “Honey
if you wanna be my baby you got ta gimme money!”
Turned around, didn't mean no harm
I knocked her out, with my vicious charm
I said, “No no baby it's not like that
Ya see I'm all about makin that cold cold cash”
Started jivin around, started messin wit her head
And next thing I know, she wanted to go to ***
That's right, they ished-out “bed” in Sugarhill Gang's 8th Wonder. Just for kicks, let's juxtapose this against one of my favorite Biggie Smalls beats, Hypnotize:
I put hoes in NY onto DKNY (uh-huh)
Miami, D.C. prefer Versace (that's right)
All Philly hoes, dough and Moschino (c'mon)
Every cutie wit a booty bought a Coogi (haaaaah!)
Now who's the real dookie, meanin who's really the ****
Them niggaz ride *****, Frank White push the sticks
on the Lexus, LX, four and a half
Bulletproof glass tints if I want some ***
Gon' blast squeeze first ask questions last
That's how most of these so-called gangsters pass
At last, a ***** rappin bout blunts and broads
**** and bras, menage-a-tois, sex in expensive cars
I still leave you on the pavement
Condo paid for, no car payment
At my arraignment, note for the plantiff
Your daughter's tied up in a Brooklyn basement (shhh)
Face it, not guilty, that's how I stay filthy (not guilty)
Richer than Richie, till you ****** come and get me
Times is done changed son. Belie'dat.</fakeGangsterSpeak>
Now with Podcasting built in. I'm sorry I can't more about this stuff before the fact, you know how it is, me liking my job and all that. Buy this man a drink:
“The new iTunes client is here and the podcasting support is excellent.”
Written while groovin' to Mothers of the Disappeared from the album “The Joshua Tree” by U2
“Federal prosecutors have asked a U.S. judge to impose an effective life sentence for WorldCom Inc. founder Bernard Ebbers, convicted in March in the largest corporate fraud case in history, according to court papers released Tuesday.”
The courts are obviously making an example of the semi-retarted CEO (I mean, he didn't know the basic workings of his company if you believe his testimony). My favorite part of the story, though, is this:
“Attorneys for Mr. Ebbers have asked Judge Barbara Jones to give Mr. Ebbers a lighter sentence than the government wants, citing his good character, age, poor health and low risk of a repeat offense.”
Good character? Good freaking character? Their fraud added up to over $11 billion. Oh, I guess the attorneys are right though, it's a lot of money but he's so darned polite we oughta go easy on him. </sarcasm>
Written while groovin' to The Supermen from the album “The Man Who Sold the World” by David Bowie
There's a new ginger beer recipe making the rounds though it's not quite a well done as my friend Jerry's if you ask me. I had a killer bottle of some Australian ginger beer the other night at Neil's place. hey, speaking of Neil we're talking about taking some of our evening jams out to the streets of Mountain View sometime this summer. Details to be posted here...bring small bills whitcha.
Written while groovin' to The New Face of Zero and One from the album “Electric Version” by The New Pornographers
This dude has devised a contraption that mimics the feeling of walking on the moon. That's fun. It also, apparently, mimics what a windy moon might sound like...and wat a giggling buddy filming you walking on the moon might sound like.
Written while groovin' to Harder Now That It's Over from the album “Gold” by Ryan Adams
We here at ariped are big fans of community features on the internets. Such big fans, in fact, that it is our lifeline. So it gets me really excited when I see a community member creating something new with community features extended to the open source community. Take this for example. You can type in a Flickr tag and watch as a mosaic is made with pictures tagged appropriately. It's better to interact with than to try to explain. This takes the work that Robert Silvers did at the MIT Media Lab some years ago and puts into the hands of the people. [insert utopian babble about technology wanting to be free].
Written while groovin' to Lift from the album “A Lifetime Of Temporary Relief: 10 Years of B-Sides & Rarities” by Low
Former fellow-walmartian Julie from the QA dep't (props LM) has been written up in the SF Chronicle...I had heard she had a public access TV show but didn't know it revolved around reading a sci-fi novel in bed. I should have guessed though.
Written while groovin' to Obstacle 2 from the album “Turn on the Bright Lights” by Interpol
Mike Yeaton, former head Ops honcho at Walmart.com, left the company a while back to re-locate to Australia on a massive swath of land. But not before traveling the globe a bit with his wife. Live vicariously through his lens.
David Hasselhoff has become an extreme personality on the internets. I can't exactly say why but I can say that this plane flies really well. And it's got David Hasselhoff's face on it.
Written while groovin' to Last Night from the album “Lovelife” by Lush
THE Queen had dipped into the royal purse to snap up an iPod, a report said today. Britain's The Sun newspaper said the 79-year-old sovereign had bought a six-gigabyte silver model for £169 ($400). The pocket-sized digital music players can hold up to 10,000 downloaded songs. The Queen's second son Prince Andrew, fourth in line to the throne, was reported to be behind the move, having bought his mother a mobile phone and taught her how to use it in 2001.
“The Queen loves music and was impressed by how small and handy the iPod is,” a royal insider told The Sun.
“Obviously it is quite complicated to download songs, but I'm sure one of the courtiers will do it for her.
”Prince Andrew will probably also help out because he's a real dab hand with gadgets.“
The newspaper suggested Abba's Dancing Queen and Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears might be on the royal iPod.
Written while groovin' to Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt from the album ”Endtroducing.....“ by DJ Shadow
An update to an earlier post that has gone stale...South Park's Create-A-Character is still alive and kicking albeit at a different URL.
Written while groovin' to He asked me to be a snake and live underground from the album “Duet for guitars #2” by M. Ward
Yo Bugga, you seen our man Borat floating around your hood? You just might if these picture are any indication. UPDATE: Yes, Bugga's seen it and blogged it last week. I had just assumed that SG was still sleepin' on the blog. Glad to know he's back.
So, for the record, it's pass muster. Knowing this makes hearing “they're good, they passed mustard” sound all the funnier. Truth is, I probably have said this myself before so I write this not to [only] make fun of people that do say that but, rather (or shall I say additionally) to edumacate.
Written while groovin' to A Message from the album “X&Y” by Coldplay
Motown Remixed takes a few classics and a few back catalogue items and updates them. Breaking them down and re-assembling them reminds me of how great a song like “I Want you Back” is at its core. Let's try to remember MJ this way shall we?
I Want You Back (DJ Z-Trip).mp3
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!
Do you like 'em? Do you agree that their funding shouldn't be cut? Well, let someone know.
Written while groovin' to Don`t Phunk With My Heart from the album “Monkey Business” by Black Eyed Peas
It took every ounce of self-control I had not to share this link with y'all. But it's just. too. darned. funny. Triumph the insult comic dog at the Michael Jackson hearing. (Thanks Leslie)
I've never much enjoyed sitting at a desk all day. I should actually say until now. The online Apple Store engineering group is in a temporary building right now and that means that my usual office has been replaced by a cube in a bit of a bullpen of four cubes. The four of us form a square and our backs all point to the middle of the space. There's a constant hum of working and conversations and rather than being terribly distracting, I find it oddly comforting. I can throw on my Grado SR-60's (highly recommended) and crank out a functional spec or crunch some weekly metrics hearing but not listening to the background buzz of activity. Maybe I'm super gregarious or maybe I'm just a nut (don't answer that). Either way, great minds work alike it seems. Malcolm Gladwell works the same way apparently. Now, the question is does he use a Mac? I'll bet he does. Report forthcoming...
Nokia makes pretty slick phones. They obviously value the design of everyday things and it makes sense therefore that Apple would be interested in helping them out. Oh, and Nokia isn't a carrier. Apple doesn't like working with carriers. I leave it to you to guess what this all means long term.
If you've ever heard Steve Jobs talk about the iTunes Music Store (ITMS) then you've heard him describe it as a percentage of the “legally downloaded songs” market. The news that the ITMS is gaining on these other-than-legal sites is welcome to those of us who might benefit from such trends. For the record, and to provide you--the loyal readership--with a balanced view, it should be noted that the P2P networks/sites included might not be the ones where most lovers of music who don't necessarily use the ITMS are hanging out these days.
Written while groovin' to `til Kingdom Come (Hidden Track) from the album “X&Y” by Coldplay
The next time I'm in NYC on a Wednesday I'm planning on checking out movieoke. Think Karaoke for movies. I know, it sounds Rocky Horror Picture Show-ish but look at the list of movies you can do it with...I don't know. It sounds fun. Now I just need to watch movies (I am going to see the new Batman thing next Wednesday...it's a big shindig for all the iApps groups). I'll give y'all an update after the show.
Written while groovin' to Song for Mary from the album “Take London” by The Herbaliser
Integration of data from disparate sources has its benefits of course. It also has its potential downside though.
This takes the idea of product placement to a whole new level.
The above has always been one of the seminal images I associated with conscious, peaceful protest. What I didn't realize was how impactful Smith and Carlos' black fists in the air had been:
A storm of outrage hit Smith and Carlos immediately. For disrespecting the “Star Spangled Banner” and the Olympic games, the IOC forced the U.S. Olympic Committe to withdraw them from the relays, banish them from the Olympic Village, and expel them from the U.S. Olympic team. Most of white America was also outraged at their actions, and both men experienced a heavy backlash upon their return home.
Written while groovin' to The Stoning from the album “The Passion Of The Christ-OST” by VA
Have you ever thought of getting something on your way home (killing the bird twice as Saba would say) only to get home and realize you'd driven right by the [whatever] store and forgotten to get the thing you'd planned on getting? Maddening no? What if there were a way to program your GPS-enabled cell-phone to call you when you came within [n] miles of the store to remind you? Sound too good to be true? Well, 'snot. Hey BuggaSG, get Nextel on the line and tell them to get on this GPS thing wouldja?
Written while groovin' to My Mathematical Mind from the album “Gimme Fiction” by Spoon
Is your photo too professional looking? You may not get it printed at the store if it is. From my previous life at the big W I know this is a big deal in the stores. THat this guy would persist so strongly says to me he's looking for a promotion.
Written while groovin' to Chief Inspector (Inspector Dub) from the album “Dub Infusions 1989 - 1999” by Wally Badarou
These merry pranksters conned many a New Yorker into believing U2 was playing from a Manhattan rooftop...seems plausible no? My favorite quote:
“Although the band would not be visible for most of their concert, we tried to make them look as much like U2 as possible. There were several obstacles to over come. Firstly, our ”The Edge“ was a Korean-American.”
Written while groovin' to Even Better Than the Real Thing from the album “Achtung Baby” by U2
The squares marked A and B are the same shade of gray. The fact that Apple has been running OS X on Intel internally for the past [n] years is not gray, it's fact.
Written while groovin' to Ready For It from the album “Logic Will Break Your Heart” by The Stills
I think there a more than a few folks in Washington D.C. that wish this whole Abu Gharib prison abuse thing would have blown over by now. Unfortunately for them the ACLU is a bit like a pit bull when it comes to stuff like, oh I don't know, civil liberties. I personally think it's not gonna be pretty for anyone when the images of a few morons abusing prisoners are released. I do also think, however, that it's ironic that they were being withhold under the protection of the Geneva agreement (yes, the same one that's meant to prevent this type of abuse in the first place). Sheesh, I'm starting sound like BuggaSG.
Written while groovin' to Knockin' Em Back from the album “Come Feel Me Tremble” by Paul Westerberg
This parody shows that this dude really does have some guts. My favorite part is his being pulled down from the checkout line counter by the cashier.
Written while groovin' to Sideways Down from the album “Burn The Maps” by The Frames
I got pretty excited taking a look at this tool . The possibilities are fun. Got an album cover you really dig? Why not print it out huge and cover a wall with it? Sure, it might cause you to spend $20 on ink (though you can buy more ink from the online Apple Store from within Tiger-Go Gloria!) but it'll be original.
Written while groovin' to Self Portrait from the album “But Not For Nothin' - Side A” by Blue Scholars