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This is why the internet was invented…

…So you can post youtube videos of a song you created using only sounds that come from Windows XP and 98 computers. You have to watch the Youtube video embedded below to know what I mean:

Some Sunday links

Some media-related links for your amusement:

1. What news outlets can learn from the porn industry. Let me just say that I agree with all the points made in those links. This is precisely why I announced not too long ago that I would begin covering the porn industry in this blog.

2. Tobias Buckell talks about freelancing full time and the importance of getting out of the house and socializing.

3. Ebook sales for the Sony Reader are still outpacing the sales for Amazon’s Kindle.

4. The perils of taking a press release and flipping it without making any follow-up phone calls.

5. Yes! Facebook is taking measures to cut down on the spam effect of its platform applications.

6. Those internet trolls that plague message boards? A court ruled that they can remain anonymous.

7. From Gizmodo: “If there was ever a time for a band to try going completely independent, this is it. Why give over 90% of your income away to greedy sleazebags when you can sell your music online without the middleman? This industry needs to be burned to the ground and built back up again; it’s broken and it seems less and less likely that it’ll be able to be fixed”

Some weekend links

1. The greatest science fiction porn of all time

2. I’ve heard of elaborate Facebook pranks, and I’ve reported on some here, but I think if you manage to trick the entire French media into believing your prank then you get to take home the gold medal.

3. I use Google as much as the next person, but let’s face it, their algorithm has some serious flaws.

4. A former editor for The New Republic has died. Luckily for him, he stopped working there when the magazine still had some credibility.

5. Why you shouldn’t exercise to indie rock

6. When I heard that The Virginia Pilot was for sale (Disclaimer: I work for a competing newspaper), the last thing I was expecting was for Pat “700 club” Robertson to consider buying it.

7. Some interesting Twitter messages that have emerged from the presidential press bus.

8. The blogosphere increases its influence on the 2008 presidential election.

Wednesday night links

Ok, I was going to wait off another day or two before posting some new links, but some of these are starting to get outdated and will be old news by Friday. So here are some media-related links for your enjoyment.

1. Many of us can remember a time when the only widely-used browser was Netscape, but I almost completely forgot Netscape existed until I read that it’s pretty much closing up shop.

2. Sites like Technorati and Bloglines are notorious for being shut down for hours at a time because of errors and maintenance, but they weren’t the only sites in 2007 to have major outages.

3. Let’s say you’re a striking writer entering a high-class bar after a long day of picketing, and inside the bar are the very producers you’re striking against. There’s only one word to describe your situation: AWKWAAAARRRDDD

4. If you live in Australia and want to look at internet porn, make sure you ask your government nicely first.

5. The New York Times proves in one fell swoop that god is dead. More about their stupid decision over here.

6. Paul E. Steiger writes a departing column for the Wall Street Journal, one in which he pines for the golden days of journalism. This one is actually more entertaining than your normal OMG-newspapers-are-dying column that has become ubiquitous over the past year.

7. Remember that cute girl that sang a song about Well, it looks like her internet fame might result in her getting a record deal.

8. Kudos to Chelsea Clinton for telling a 9-year-old bitch to shove it. For all she knows, that young journalist was a Helen Thomas in training.

9. I can just picture the Gawker Media advertising staff groaning in unison when they found out that they’d have to sell advertising for a…wait for it…blog about science fiction. Something tells me this isn’t a profitable niche.

10. Maybe Tucker Carlson isn’t a gonner after all.

11. Ten obscure Google tricks you didn’t know about.

When rap albums get you busted

Police in Richmond are using a locally-made rap album they found in a crack house to try and solve some crimes. Apparently the rap artist, in the album, brags about crimes both he and others committed, in enough detail that they can actually get leads.

via outsidein

Media related links via boingboing

I finally got around to reading my boingboing rss feed and came across a bunch of media related links so thought I’d include them all in one post.

1. Cory gives us a behind-the-scenes look at DRM and how big technology and media companies get pro-DRM rules signed into law.

2. Wired has a cool article about how Jamaican music artists basically invented mash-ups and remix albums because of relaxed copyright law in that country.

3. A researcher figured out that an artist only really profits off his copyrighted work for about 14 years before the copyright is virtually useless.

4. A website that specializes in allowing teens to display webcam video is owned by a porn company. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that they’re not very good at dealing with parent complaints about inappropriate webcam video popping up on their site.

5. A Sampling of new words and senses from the new 2007 update of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition: “Just two years after a majority of visitors to Merriam-Webster OnLine declared it to be their “Favorite Word (Not in the Dictionary),” the adjective “ginormous” (now officially defined as “extremely large: humongous”), has won a legitimate place in the 2007 copyright update of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Eleventh Edition.”

6. A blogger from China could be thrown in jail simply for posting a link to a site with nude pictures.

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Some quick New York Times links

1.The Final Days: NYT magazine profiles Coast to Coast, the late-night radio show that focuses on conspiracy theories, UFOs, ghosts, and other mysterious subjects. They’ve been focusing a lot on the Mayan calendar recently and whether the world will end in 2012.

2. Universal in Dispute With Apple Over iTunes: “The Universal Music Group of Vivendi, the world’s biggest music corporation, last week notified Apple that it will not renew its annual contract to sell music through iTunes, according to executives briefed on the issue who asked for anonymity because negotiations between the companies are confidential.

Instead, Universal said that it would market music to Apple at will, a move that could allow Universal to remove its songs from the iTunes service on short notice if the two sides do not agree on pricing or other terms in the future, these executives said. ”

3. The Six Stages of E-Mail: I’m not linking to this because it’s any good, but rather because of how unfunny it is. Shouldn’t this have been written sometime in the 90s when it might have at least been giggle-worthy?

4. All the News That’s Fit to Print Out: “When news broke on May 8 about the arrest of a half-dozen young Muslim men for supposedly planning to attack Fort Dix, alongside the usual range of reactions — disbelief, paranoia, outrage, indifference, prurience — a newer one was added: the desire to consecrate the event’s significance by creating a Wikipedia page about it. The first one to the punch was a longtime Wikipedia contributor known as CltFn, who at about 7 that morning created what’s called a stub — little more than a placeholder, often just one sentence in length, which other contributors may then build upon — under the heading “Fort Dix Terror Plot.” A while later, another Wikipedia user named Gracenotes took an interest as well. Over the next several hours, in constant cyberconversation with an ever-growing pack of other self-appointed editors, Gracenotes — whose real name is Matthew Gruen — expanded and corrected this stub 59 times, ultimately shaping it into a respectable, balanced and even footnoted 50-line account of that day’s major development in the war on terror. By the time he was done, “2007 Fort Dix Attack Plot” was featured on Wikipedia’s front page. Finally, around midnight, Gruen left a note on the site saying, “Off to bed,” and the next morning he went back to his junior year of high school.”


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