Posts posted by DudeAsInCool
No different than the jukebox if you think about it - here you get to take the song and packaging home. The price is still too high - 25/50 cents would be more reasonable -but this idea should have been born from Tower, Best Buy, et tal, a long time ago. At least youre getting the songs you want...
My mom has one - she also has a Tippy Canoe and Tyler too medal
If you look at Magical Mystery Tour as a series of music videos ( the Beatles pretty much invented the form) for TV then the thing sorta works in segments. At least they had the Magical Tour idea as a concept...most music videos never have any theme at all
A Hard Days Night and Yellow Submarine still hold up as films today
Umma, could I borrow a topless photo? :P
This means only 22 people saw the danger in this on freedom of speech--unbelievable. The Senatorial side is a bit more in tune with the real world.... hopefully
Certainly the most polished one--I think Im partial to Revolver though, because that is when the experimentation really began to work...
George seemed to have eye on the pulse of things, and was less egocentric.. Kind of refreshing to hear things from him..
It was bad enough seeing Kooper's ass...
I think...just to be safe...that I better give my mac a shot of penicillen
Ive chosen to ignore the rankings...I agree, CD, theyre silly. But I do think its a good idea to have a comopendium of the best guitarists though..so this forum is just a start...
nice pic, homes
awww...am I the only sick bastard that watches jackass/viva la bam.
The cant help it they are growing OLD, ASUM. :P
heist pic eh...sounds pretty sweet to me
Since you are a music man, check out this cool 80s french movie in the video bins:
Diva (I prefer the subtitled version)... Its sort of a heist movie with a twist, very cool cinematography, and an operatic score and one of my favorite movies
Re: Ladder Theory
Criticism:I have lots of male friends who would never think of me that way blah blah blah.
Answer:Your friend doesn't find you attractive, or he's currently doing better, or he's gay or you're wrong.
Criticism:That's not true
Answer:Yes it is.
haven't they already tried this like twenty times before and every time it craps on their face...radio listeners tend to dig the conservatives peeps more...if this actually suceeds i'll be the first to be suprised
excluding NPR, ive never heard one
State of the Art: Hand-Helds That Offer Video to Go
March 11, 2004
By DAVID POGUE
IF you hadn't noticed, audio inventions are inevitably followed by corresponding video versions. Radio begat TV; audio tape begat videotape; CD's begat DVD's.
It was only a matter of time, then, before it occurred to somebody to invent, for want of a better term, the video iPod: a hand-held personal-entertainment gizmo with a color
screen capable of playing movies.
That idea has certainly occurred to Microsoft. At the
Consumer Electronics Show in January, Bill Gates
demonstrated prototypes of something un-catchily named the
Microsoft Portable Media Center. Creative Labs, iRiver,
Samsung, Sanyo and ViewSonic all intend to unveil
Microsoft-based video players by year's end.
But you don't have to wait. Two hand-held video players are
already on the market, each marching to its own
non-Microsoft drummer: the Archos AV320 and the RCA Lyra
RD2780. You can find them online for $336 and $420,
respectively, not bad considering that music-only players
with the same capacity (20 gigabytes) cost about $300.
Now, video players will never be quite the smash hit that
audio players have been. One significant difference is that
there aren't as many times and places for using one. For
example, it's O.K. to listen to music as you drive, jog or
perform surgery, but probably not such a great idea to
watch movies. You have to load your player with video a lot
more often, too; you might listen to a favorite song 100
times in your life, but you probably have a lower tolerance
for repeated viewings of, say, "2 Fast 2 Furious."
Still, the video pod concept has much to offer. Such a
device can turn any airline into JetBlue, with its personal
seat-back TV screens, except that you control what's
available and you don't miss the ending of "Friends" when
the guy in front of you reclines into your lap. When you
finally get to your secluded vacation cabin, you can hook
the video pod up to a TV for a whole weekend of VHS-quality
movie viewing. The Lyra even has a Compact Flash card slot,
so when you've filled up your digital camera with nature
photos, you can empty out the memory card onto the player
and return to the field, ready for more shooting.
In many ways, the Archos and the Lyra video players are two
peas in an electronics store. Each is an 11- or 12-ounce
rectangular slab too big and too heavy for a pocket. The
Lyra is thinner but longer (5.4 inches by 3.1 inches by 1
inch); the Archos is smaller but thicker (4.4 by 3.2 by
The bright, clear color screen measures 3.5 inches (Lyra)
or 3.8 inches diagonally (the Archos). A permanent
rechargeable battery plays video for a little over three
hours; the Archos provides 10 hours of music playback by
shutting off its screen (a feature RCA plans to add to the
Lyra in a software update later this month). Inside, a
20-gigabyte hard drive holds about 20 movies, 5,000 songs,
or 200,000 photos. (The Archos is available in 40- and
80-gigabyte models for those who feel constrained by that
repressive 200,000-picture limit.)
A home screen shows icons for the player's contents: Video,
Audio, Photos, and Files, for example. (Oh, that's right -
you can use a video pod as an external hard drive for
transporting Mac or PC files back and forth.) Using a
cheap-feeling, often-exasperating plastic joystick next to
the screen, you open the "folder" you want, choose a song,
picture or movie, and then press Play.
So how did those songs, pictures and movies get onto the
machine to begin with?
When you hook the player up to a Mac or PC with a U.S.B.
2.0 cable, the player appears on the screen as though it's
a hard drive; you drag your pictures and music into the
corresponding folders. (The Archos can also use a special
FireWire cable, although the company has the gall to charge
$60 for it.)
Getting video onto the player is a more complicated story.
The easiest way is to use the video pod as a glorified VCR,
using its Record button. As your VCR, camcorder or TiVo
plays, the player records its video feed in real time. The
Archos can even record from commercial tapes and DVD's.
(The RCA is designed to prevent that sort of lawyer bait,
although the Web is full of workarounds.)
If you prefer to transfer video directly from your Mac or
PC - a movie you've made, for example, or one you've
downloaded - buckle your seat belts; it's going to be a
geeky ride. These machines require something called
MPEG-4-encoded Divx 4 or 5 files. Converting movie files
into this special format requires special software - Archos
provides it, RCA does not - and a good deal of technical
Nobody ever said that 1.0 versions of anything are perfect,
but that's especially true of the Lyra, whose software is
appallingly half-baked. Many actions - trying to adjust the
brightness of a photo, change the graphic equalizer or push
the joystick up or down - produce only a message that says:
"Feature will be available in future upgrades. Visit
rca.com/lyra for details." RCA has indeed released several
software upgrades since the machine's debut in November,
but Lyra owners online (including some of those posting
reviews at Amazon.com) grumble that they've paid for the
privilege of doing RCA's beta-testing.
Apparently trying to compensate, RCA includes an especially
generous assortment of accessories right in the box: a
carrying case, cigarette-lighter adapter, and even an
adapter that plays the music or soundtrack through your
car's cassette player. You feel as though you've just
bought a car with the most expensive options package and
then, when you step on the brake at 65 miles an hour, a
message says, "Feature will be available in future
Nor is that the only surprising lapse in the Lyra's design.
The whole operating system is, to use the technical term,
dog slow; you'll practically spend as much time looking at
the hourglass icon as at your movies. Dark scenes in movies
frequently fall apart into bursts of pixel crumbs. There's
no Back button, so if you want to change songs or movies,
you must return to the main menu screen and begin drilling
down again. You don't get an instruction book, not even on
a CD. (You're told to download the electronic manual from
In short, Lyra self-help groups are surely forming in
church basements all around the country.
The Archos player lacks those particular inanities, and
even offers perks like a remote control and a built-in
microphone for voice notes, but it's not perfect, either.
It could really use something like the Lyra's kickstand to
hold it upright on a table. The various input and output
jacks on the player's edges are labeled, but on a different
face of the device; more than once, you'll inadvertently
stick the headphones into the identical-looking microphone
jack. Similarly, onscreen labels often appear to identify
the changing functions of the three vertically stacked
physical control buttons, but the labels are arrayed across
the bottom of the screen, rather than vertically beside the
Make no mistake: it's quite a technical feat to build a
personal video player that does so much and costs so
little. And compared with, say, personal DVD players, these
early players cost less and take up a lot less space; they
also offer recording features and play a lot more than just
Apparently, adding polish and coherence to this seething
mass of features is an even greater feat, however. RCA
ought to send the young Lyra to its room without supper, so
that it can think about what it means to be a well-behaved
video pod. Archos, on the other hand, has the first truly
usable video pod on its hands - a little rough in spots,
but otherwise ready for prime time.
Alas, that prime time may be only a short time. You know
how, near the end of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of
the King," Aragorn and his tiny band take a hopeless,
desperate stand against the vast Orc armies that pour from
evil Sauron's gates? As RCA and Archos watch Microsoft's
own video-pod armies amassing behind a different sort of
Gates, they probably know exactly how Aragorn felt.
That smile is suspicious - is that a baggy of pot behind you? B) J/K--You got Hollywood looks, dude - I think Im gonna cast you with Slum Goddess in a heist pic.
Off the top of my head, alot of these guys put some of the guys above to shame!
Stephen Hunter (Lou Reed's Rock & Roll Animal/Detroit)
Pat Metheney (Jazz/Rock)
BBKing/Albert King/Chuck Berry/John Hammond/Albert Collins/John Lee Hooker,etc.
Dave Edmunds (early days)
Funkadelic Guitar Player
I'll be back to add more...
Here's their list (Thanx, Reg)... Who are they missing?
1. Jimi Hendrix
2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band
3 B.B. King
4 Eric Clapton
5 Robert Johnson
6 Chuck Berry
7 Stevie Ray Vaughan
8 Ry Cooder
9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones
11Kirk Hammett of Metallica
12 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
13 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead
14 Jeff Beck
15 Carlos Santana
16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones
17 Jack White of the White Stripes
18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
19 Richard Thompson
20 James Burton
21 George Harrison
22 Mike Bloomfield
23 Warren Haynes
24 The Edge of U2
25 Freddy King
26 Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave
27 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
28 Stephen Stills
29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges
30 Buddy Guy
31 Dick Dale
32 John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service
33 & 34 Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth
35 John Fahey
36 Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's
37 Bo Diddley
38 Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac
39 Brian May of Qeen
40 John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival
41 Clarence White of the Byrds
42 Robert Fripp of King Crimson
43 Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic
44 Scotty Moore
45 Frank Zappa
46 Les Paul
47 T-Bone Walker
48 Joe Perry of Aerosmith
49 John McLaughlin
50 Pete Townshend
51 Paul Kossoff of Free
52 Lou Reed
53 Mickey Baker
54 Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane
55 Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple
56 Tom Verlaine of Television
57 Roy Buchanan
58 Dickey Betts
59 & 60 Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead
61 Ike Turner
62 Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band
63 Danny Gatton
64 Mick Ronson
65 Hubert Sumlin
66 Vernon Reid of Living Colour
67 Link Wray
68 Jerry Miller of Moby Grape
69 Steve Howe of Yes
70 Eddie Van Halen
71 Lightnin' Hopkins
72 Joni Mitchell
73 Trey Anastasio of Phish
74 Johnny Winter
75 Adam Jones of Tool
76 Ali Farka Toure
77 Henry Vestine of Canned Heat
78 Robbie Robertson of the Band
79 Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps (1997)
80 Robert Quine of the Voidoids
81 Derek Trucks
82 David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
83 Neil Young
84 Eddie Cochran
85 Randy Rhoads
86 Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath
87 Joan Jett
88 Dave Davies of the Kinks
89 D. Boon of the Minutemen
90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper
91 Robby Krieger of the Doors
92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5
94 Bert Jansch
95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine
96 Angus Young of AC/DC
97 Robert Randolph
98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer
99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag
100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
The Copyright Office, under Marybeth Peters, after input from lawyers hired by one of the "Big 5" of the RIAA, found that digital music files, ought not to be governed by the limitation of first sale doctrine....
Actually, Marybeth Peters, judging from her statements, must live in a make believe fairy tale world of absolutes where digital data, like some sleeping beauty, lies pristine for centuries, eons, millenia...without wrinkles...like someone who has way too much botox...where all copies are perfect and never change. It's a world in which hard drives never crash, cross linking of files never occurs, files never get corrupted, CRCs always match perfectly...and on and on reductio ad absurdum....
"Scientists have sounded the alarm after spotting changes in the environment in Brazil's tropical rain forests."
i just had a vision of scientists sounding the dw33b alarm and jumping down metal polls into g33k mobiles.
Mr. Jipper - You are the KING of one liners
Sunnyvale-Based Yahoo Teams with Top ISPs to Sue Spammers
Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Several prominent Internet service providers, including Sunnyvale-based Yahoo, America Online, Earthlink and Microsoft, have teamed to file lawsuits against hundreds of habitual Internet spammers. The companies say they have shared information and resources in targeting several hundred defendants, who they say collectively sent out millions of unwanted commercial e-mails to their subscribers in violation of the new U.S. "Can Spam" Act. The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, allows for harsh new penalties against large-scale spammers that use fraud, deceit and evasion to try to send junk e-mail to consumers. "Congress gave us the necessary tools to pursue spammers with stiff penalties, and we in the industry didn't waste a moment," said Randall Boe, AOL's executive vice president and general counsel. The suits have been filed in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington state.
Starbucks to Offer DRM
in General News
Probably get the songs quicker than the coffee :P