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The new iPods are great and all (apart from the fugly iPod Nano) but Michele points out the serious price differential between here and the states now.
As Ken notes, I joined Jaiku yesterday after Twitter was down once again. It’s a fantastic microblogging/presence system, the only downside being it’s pretty empty when it comes to Irish users. I might stick around on it now actually as many of those I interacted with on a daily basis are on it now.
Kottke is a massive fan of the TV series “The Wire” and points to this marvellous quote about the creators attitude to the average viewer:
I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him. Fuck him to hell.
It is not as such the erosion of privacy but the erosion of obscurity that is the issue these days. Search engines et al are now tieing all those small pieces loosely joined toogether and displaying them all in one go.
And more cleverness: Doc Searls points out the idiot girl from South Carolina has been viewed more than 13 Million times on youTube now. A few million more views that the number who viewed the actual pagent.
Via Una, the visuals at the Chemical Brothers gig at Electric Picnic. That screen is the size of the main stage. It blew me away. Absolutely fantastic.
This is Amy Winehouse at the Mercury Music Prize the other night. (Una also linked this but I swear I had an original thought of doing the same before reading Una) It’s a shame the Beeb seemed to be so obsessed about panning up and down her body, like they were looking for evidence of her recent battles with self-mutiliation. Her voice and this song shows what an amazing and quite beautiful girl she is. Shame the tabloids are helping her to be more fucked up. A rumour went around Electric Picnic that she had thrown herself off a building and I felt genuinely sad about that, even though I don’t follow her exploits and have yet to play her album but her voice seems to suggest to me she’s a lovely person. Could be way off of course!