I am really badly missing the Quad Cities right now. I need you to go to Bent River Brewery, get an Uncommon Stout, guzzle it in 30 seconds and shout "THIS IS FOR THE NEIL SHOW!!" The bartender will know what you're talking about.
Compromise: I will go downstairs to my fridge, grab a tall boy of Great River Roller Dam Red (http://greatriverbrewery.com/), chug it in 30 seconds and shout “THIS IS FOR THE NEIL SHOW!”
Amazon Cloud Drive. Did you get excited for half a second like I did? Do you think anyone's gonna pull off a true cloud-based music system that doesn't (mostly) suck?
Oh, yeah, I got excited. Thanks for your earlier post. It burst my bubble a bit. But I think they’ll improve it or make an API available or something. I think they wanted to be first. They beat Apple and Google.
I’d love a cloud solution, but my problem is that I have 300 GB of music on an external HD. Irony: I have so much stuff that I literally need a cloud solution to listen to all my shit on the go, yet I have so much stuff that the cloud isn’t financially reasonable. I don’t want to have to manage my main library and then a cloud library and then decide what’s on my phone.
I do look forward to the day when I can afford to put everything on the cloud, though. My current plan is to set up a dedicated home theater PC and use Orb (http://new.orb.com/en.html) to turn it into a media server, and then I’ll be able to stream to my phone (iOS or Android, sorry WebOS) all the time.
I’m intrigued by the pricing, though. Amazon says that if you buy an album, you get $20 towards storage. My question is, if I buy 25 albums (one every two weeks), do I get $500 in credit. Do 25 albums (~$200) buy me 500 GB of cloud storage for a year? If so, I might be in, despite interface yuckiness.
But this Amazon thing is big. It is a shot across the bow.
One word: plastics. Amazon already offered cloud storage. And they already sell music. And movies. And e-books. And now they have an Android app store. And they already have a huge commerce infrastructure with one-click ordering. And now they are moving to media streaming.
You know what this means? They are building an Android media tablet with full cloud streaming. Maybe you don’t even sync to a computer AT ALL. They’ll keep the kindle but sell this thing right next to it. Or not. Maybe the money isn’t in the device itself. Maybe they just make a kickass set of Android apps that do all the media stuff and make money off the content. But I still think they’ve got a device in the pipeline.
This is just one more cog dropping into place. Quietly, Amazon is becoming the only real threat to Apple in this space, and they don’t even sell a device yet.
Holy shit. I just found out about “private channels” on Roku, which are essentially hidden on the device, but for which you can enter subscription codes via the website. These are basically third party hacks. I had no idea that was possible. So now, in addition to grabbing streams from live news sites and the major networks, I can watch YouTube on my TV. Pretty rad.
Great choices. Thanks for taking the time to reply. Have posted the results of my little survey here http://tetw.tumblr.com/readerfavourites. I'm sure you'll find plenty of rewarding reads on the list.
There’s a way to break out of this pattern. Nuclear power plants will never be completely safe, but they can be made far safer than they are today. The key is humility. The next generation of plants must be built to work with nature—and human nature—rather than against them. They must be safe by design, so that even if every possible thing goes wrong, the outcome will stop short of disaster. In the language of the nuclear industry, they must be “walkaway safe,” meaning that even if all power is lost and the coolant leaks and the operators flee the scene, there will be no meltdown of the core, no fire in the spent fuel rods, and no bursts of radioactive steam into the atmosphere.
One of my favorite classes in college was about the history, physics, ethics, and environmental issues of nuclear power. It was fascinating. So it’s weird and oddly exciting to me to see a national discussion some 13 years later that touches on so many of these things, though of course the circumstances are horrible.
This piece gets at the huge irony of nuclear power - our nuclear plants are orders of magnitude more dangerous than they should be precisely because we’re afraid to build new ones. I’m not a proponent of expanding nuclear power, but I am very much in favor of replacing the aging plants we rely upon for 20% of our energy.
I wish the author at least addressed the safety issues associated with the transportation and storage of fissile materials and spent fuel, particularly associated with the possibility of a bunch of smaller pellet reactors, but otherwise the article is quite good.
Tetw - a Tumblr dedicated to classic journalism and narrative non-fiction - would like to know: What is you favourite article, feature or essay of all time?
OK, I’ll bite.
The thing is, there’s a canon of sorts. This list, curated by Kevin Kelly, is a solid if New Journalism-leaning snapshot, full of famous articles by the likes of Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Junod, and Jon Krakauer.
David Foster Wallace is all up in that list, too, and I admit a soft spot. I adore “Consider the Lobster" and all of his tennis essays, but particularly "Tennis, Trigonometry, Tornadoes.” My favorite Wallace essay is probably “Ticket to the Fair,” for Harper’s in 1994, about visiting the Illinois State Fair (he grew up in Illinois). It was the first article I read by him, and it blew my mind. So long and detailed, so much longer than any such article ever had the right to be, and seemingly in need of major editing. But not really. What could you possibly cut? Irony of ironies, I first read the article as an east coaster, but now live in rural-ish Illinois. I’ve yet to go to the state fair.
One author shamefully not on the above list: William Langewiesche. He’s written a number of great pieces, including the epic 9/11 three-parter in The Atlantic, which became the book American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center. It’s remarkable because what it does is focus on the heroic and dangerous and arduous task of dismantling and cleaning up the ruins to what were until relatively recently the largest buildings in the world.
My digressions are getting the best of me. Tighten up.
Anyway, my favorite article (off the top of my head, at this moment in time) is probably Langewiesche’s The Shipbreakers, about how half of the world’s obsolete ships are torn apart every year by tens of thousands of men along a nasty six mile stretch of Indian oceanfront. It’s a story about environmentalism and globalism and natural resources and poverty and it opened my eyes when I read it in The Atlantic back in 2000.
Now it’s been reblogged dozens of times. As SNL’s toothy Miley says, “pretty cool!” Look, 99 notes ain’t a big deal. Some offline folks farts have more hearts. And it’s not really even anything I made, it’s a link. I know.
Still, I’m used to like five people reading this, so it’s kind of a swell feeling. Even digging out from the inbox avalanche has been fun because I’ve gotten to check out tons of cool and interesting blogs I’d never have seen otherwise.
Though, to be honest, it has certainly meant looking at a staggering number of penises. Which is why the rest of this post is really just a prelude to explain that my kid almost walked in on me looking at an animated cartoon gif of a masturbating giraffe
Women in Refrigerators (or WiR) is a website that was created in 1999 by a group of comic book fans. The “Women in Refrigerators Syndrome” describes the use of the death or injury of a female comic book character as a plot device in a story starring a male comic book character. (via noisenotmusic)
I’m conflicted because while so many of these things are truly beautiful, I don’t think they go far enough. Personally, I think if you are going to commemorate the Japanese earthquake and tsunami with a poster on your wall that properly advertises the generosity and altruism associated with your personal brand, it should at least have the date on it (like all good rock posters), maybe an estimated count of the dead and missing (scale is important), and the text, “I saved Japan, what did you ever do?” in Kanji. But that’s just me.