Apparently Arrow 93.1, a classic "Classic Rock" station that kept me company through untold hours of gridlock on the 405 and/or 101, has switched formats to the new breed of stations that lacks an easy-to-pigeonhole label, call it "nostalgia 80's and 90's for the late 20 and early 30 somethings, with a smattering of 70's rock that refuses to die."
It's not a bad format, I guess, but did they have to kill the Arrow?
Please fix GMail's spam filter so I stop getting 50 h0t stock / growth / investment / insider opportunity messages a day. I hardly get any other spam, just this investment crap these last few days.
Usonian posted a photo:
All that’s left of Ship’s coffee shop are its two signs. The lot is now occupied by a gas station.
Olympic Boulevard at La Cienega
Los Angeles, California
Usonian posted a photo:
La Salsa Restaurant
22800 Pacific Coast Highway
I’m often struck by the strange position of my generation with regards to the rise of personal computing; there seems to be a pretty even split between people my age who were exposed to computers as kids and irrevocably hooked, and people whose only exposure to computers is the aging MS-DOS or mainframe enterprise software they have to put up with at work; they don’t “know computers” so much as they know to hit F5 3 times, then TAB, then ENTER in order to create a new transaction.
I’m in the former camp, having spent much of my childhood in front of a Commodore 64. As rapidly as home computer technology has advanced over the last 20 years it’s easy to forget how amazing the Commodore 64 and Apple ][ were at the time.
It’s also hard to imagine being a kid now, growing up with the current hardware and software that’s out there… and it’s staggering to look at the Commodore 64 then and PC/Macintosh computers now, and try to imagine what kids will be growing up with 20 years from now.
Case in point, Apple’s GarageBand. Last night, using software that comes free with Macintosh computers, I was able to record myself playing three different instruments, and mix three tracks into a single master. A digital master – I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to record stuff on analog tape and watch the sound become progressively poorer as you attempt to mix and dub it into a finished track.
(How utterly cool is it that Apple saw fit to throw in instrument icons for Banjo and Mandolin, which are probably two of the intstruments that are least-commonly recorded by GarageBand users?)
The home-recording-studio-for-$500 is impressive enough by itself, but the next part is pretty mind-blowing, too if you make yourself think back to the days before broadband, graphical web browsers, and WinAmp:
Using Audacity, a free audio-editing application, I was able to clean up my recording a little bit and compress my CD-quality home recording into a file format small enough to post on my web site where pretty much anyone on the planet can listen to it, including you:
Worried Man (959K, 160Kbps MP3)
I won’t even get into PayPal or the iTunes Music Store as ways to make money from my self-produced recordings if I ever become good enough that people might actually pay to hear them.
I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been breathlessly said by hundreds of other people already – but every once in a while I am struck by just how much has changed in my lifetime, and a little unsettled by how quickly it’s taken for granted. (Who are these people who complain that iPods are too big ?! It’s the size of a deck of cards, it holds all of the music you own, and it’s too big?)
I think it’s important to step back once in a while and acknowledge that a lot of this everyday stuff would have been science fiction if it had been described to you when you were 10 years old.
I’m rediscovering Flickr after dabbling with it briefly last summer, and one of the first things that irked me was the inability to do simple ad hoc, multiple tag searches within Flickr URLs. With del.icio.us it’s easy;
With Flickr it’s not really that much harder:
But it’s certainly a lot more typing, and more URL syntax to memorize.
After Googling unsuccessfully for an existing bookmarklet for multi-tag searches, I put together a couple of my own. They’re very simple; they just prompt you for a comma-separated list of tags and build the appropriate search URL for you. The first one will do a search for public photos that match ALL of the tags specified, the second will do a search for public photos that match ANY of the tags specified.
Drag these to your browser bookmarks toolbar, and have fun!