Archive | August, 2007

The Daily Loper – August 31, 2007

Sent from my iPhone Edition

Today’s links of interest:

  • Apple won’t sell NBC programs on iTunes
    NBC is the latest entertainment company to accuse apple of attempting to use digital content to sell hardware. A shocking claim. And somewhat surprising when you consider all the talk about how iTunes was responsible for the crucial early success of programs like the Office (and probably Heroes, to a certain extent).
  • The Office Summer Vacation
    What the people from The Office did on their summer vacations.
  • Sony Unveils Video Walkman, Drops Connect Music Store
    Not only has Sony given up on selling digital music, they’ve dropped their proprietary DRM scheme — in favor of PlaysForSure. Guess they haven’t heard about the Zune.

That’s What I Like: Somethingness

I’m not a wine snob. I don’t feel the need to discuss vintage discrepancies or the loaminess of the terroir. It’s just that there are few things as pleasurable as finding a truly great wine. There are some objective truths to a great wine but like all arts, it’s largely a subjective exercise of the senses. Above all else, it fills one with a sense of wonderment as you recognize its endless possibilities. In other words, it’s just so cool.

What makes a wine great can be debated ad nauseam (please, no more about the tannic structure or I will have to get medieval on your %$#) Yet, I find that amidst all the clammer, there is that constant refrain of somethingness, for lack of a better word. In itself that somethingness is indescribable, you just know that it’s there. It’s the a-ha moment.


The Daily Loper – August 30, 2007

Rest My Weary Bones Tonight Edition

Todays links of interest:

  • The blog haters have barely any idea what they are raging against
    Scott Rosenberg on blogging.
  • To be or not to be?
    Analysis of how Shakespeare became famous. Hint: in a way that ensured he would not actually benefit from said fame.
  • Wilco is still like no other | wilco, sky, band, tweedy, one
    Your ‘lopers were at that Wilco show last night, and holy christ! is Nels Cline a guitar god. Don’t remember him being this awesome with The Geraldine Fibbers, but that was a long time ago. Hard to say if this was the best Wilco show I’ve ever seen — the 1995 show at Slim’s was a revelation, and then of course there was that Jay Bennett birthday show with the stripper at Great American Music Hall. Or any of the Fillmore shows after "Being There" came out. But it was pretty great.
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At the Tone, the Time Lady Will Be Gone

I was fairly young when some unsuspecting adult thought it would be a good idea to explain to me that I could always get the current time by dialing POPCORN.

I proceeded to abuse that information by dialing the number every five minutes to find out what time it was — among other things. I figured if the Time Lady was so all knowing about the time of day, she might have the answers to other questions as well. What can I say, I was young and Google hadn’t been invented yet.

I never did get any other answers from the Time Lady. She stuck to the time with a zen-like focus. In retrospect I think she might have what we now call “obsessive compulsive”.

Over the years I lost track of the Time Lady. Recently there hasn’t been much need to call her. In fact, I was sort of surprised to discover that she was still around and giving out the time to anyone who called — but not for much longer.

This week AT&T announced that the Time Lady’s time has run out. After September, California residents will no longer be able to pick up the phone and dial the time. AT&T is discontinuing the service, citing failing equipment, the need for additional phone numbers, and, presumably, a general lack of use, as reasons.


Potpourri: Download Service Explosion, Miss South Carolina, iPhone Hacking

I don’t have the juice to go in-depth about anything this week, so I thought that I’d take a few swipes at some things:

Download Service Explosion — With Nokia’s recent announcement announcement of their download service on the heels of CD Baby and Wal-Mart’s services, it looks like we are in another round of download service offerings. Add these to the DRM-free service that Universal announced last month, and the long-rumoured Amazon download stores, and consumers will have every type of choice.