Daft Punk Live Set

I uploaded the Daft Punk set from Coachella to yousendit. You can find it here.


Pharrell x Kanye

Kanye West - Number 1

Shit son, you know a collaboration like that just can't miss.
Red Stripe

Red Stripe should give their marketing department a medal. This ad has everything, what a great campaign.


Network Neutrality: A Retarded Blessing in Disguise

Network Neutrality is so fundamentally stupid that it's almost not worth mentioning. The telecoms' entire argument is predicated on the notion that sites like google should have to pay for priority delivery for their packets. This is dumb because they already do pay for this in the cost of bandwidth. Unfortunately, it's difficult to legsilate against because it would mean telling individuals how they can and cannot configure their firewall. I'm not particularly interested in getting into the guts of the issue since it's already been covered to death by sites like boingboing, but I've been intrigued by the opportunity it may present. There is an easy and obvious solution to the "problem" that will satisfy both sides, and that solution is government funded development of fiber optics infrastructure. Network neutrality issues stems from the ISPs operating near capacity due to the changing habits of their customers (i.e. bandwidth heavy use like downloading movies) and their inability (or refusal) to keep up with the changing face of the internet. Adding bandwidth would lower costs and make the argument moot; why argue about bandwidth when it's cheap and available? If ISPs weren't such retarded profiteers they'd recognize that the future of computing isn't individual processor power, but bandwidth, and they'd better get on board or get left in the dust. I'd prefer a free market method of developing infrastructure that didn't rely on government (read: taxpayer) funding, but that's just not going to happen unless the telecoms get their act together, which they won't because they're telecoms. This is something I think consumers (especially the technocrati) should get behind. It would prevent the ISPs from bullshitting up the internet with their money grubbing, and the implications for free bandwidth are amazing. The future of computing is not processing power, but bandwidth.

The next step for home computing is the merging of the browser and the operating system into what is essentially a souped up web portal. Users will use services like Microsoft Live or Google's suite of applications to build personal web portals that integrate most lifestyle applications. As a result, bandwidth will become as important as other typical benchmarks such as processor speed or RAM, as large amounts of data that would normally be processed on the home computer will now be processed on computers accessed through personalized portals and streamed live back to whatever machine the user is accessing their portal from. Free bandwidth could very well push most serious computer parts manufacturers out as consumers shift to simple portable machines configured specifically for web browsing. Personal storage space will become outdated as more and more personal files are stored externally and accessed through applications such as Google Desktop. We've seen cheap computers capable of browsing the web and not much else on the market for years, but this will be the first time that they're really feasible for the savvy user. I'm really looking forward to it; imagine the possibilities made available by the combination of free bandwidth, the $100 laptop project, open source, and the next wave of user portals. It's going to be a real humdinger. I'll write more on this subject later as it's pertinent to the seminar on business technology management i'm taking.




Television Rules The Nation

In retrospect, Human after all isn't nearly as bad as we made it out to be. It's just unfinished. I suppose it's unnecessary to mention but I love youtube, even if 75% of its
content is either teenage girls dancing and doing karaoke or naruto episodes.
Nobody Loves A Computer Because A Computer Does Not Dance

Check out this great track from French outfit Computer, 14 minutes of grooves the likes of which you've probably heard before but could stand to hear again. I've been reading Flaky Disco for the last month or so since lucidkoan linked me, it's full of sweet disco beats. And lord knows I love a sweet disco beat.