The weird science of the cord cluster

October 8th, 2007

Why do they do it? You open your bag to get set up on stage and it looks as it their is a cord orgy in progress, looped, tangled, bent into all sorts of knots previously unknown to man, adding an extra 5-10 minutes to set up, depending on the amount of patience you can maintain. Some days it will be enough to make you lose your shit! Ben and I had a few theories, and today he sent me a link which put my mind to ease a bit, alerting me that finally someone has begun research on the science of this phenomenon. We can send a man to space…and yet the technology of cords and electrical outlets seems to have been severely neglected. The only suggestions I personally have are to be sure to try to take some time, every time, you pack your cords, and wrap them in nice clean circles…supposedly if you do this always they will adjust, and behave less like the dirty mided buggers we know them to be if given free reign. I don’t always have time. Here is a short video with some options for clamping them down…I’ve tried the plastic adjustable clamps and they work pretty well.

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Music fan liable for $220,000 after losing landmark lawsuit to record industry

October 5th, 2007

So we opened the week with the great news that a major label band (Radiohead, you may have heard of them) had embraced this new exciting digital market, so chock full of opportunity, and released their album for…whatever you feel it’s worth. We end the week with a major blow to file sharing as the first person to challenge the RIAA in court was effectively handed her ass to the tune of $220,000. This seems a bit excessive, but that is the penalty for not simply caving in and paying an out of court settlement. Here is a quote from the article linked below which outlines an important part of today’s decision.

A key ruling during the trial undercut the defendant’s case. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ruled that the prosecution didn’t have to prove that other Kazaa users downloaded copyrighted files from Thomas’ file. The recording industry merely had to demonstrate that she made them available for sharing.

The industry is changing, some are embracing this, while others continue to wallow in the quicksand shooting arrows blindly into the forest…today they probably ruined this lady’s life for a good while, meanwhile I’m pretty sure there is the same amount of file sharing going on tonite…

Chicago Tribune Blog- Music fan liable for $220,000 after losing landmark lawsuit to record industry

*Here is a followup link with some great details on the case, and why she lost.*
ARS Technica- How the RIAA tasted victory: a perfect storm which might not be repeated

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Reactogon- Touch sensitive music

October 2nd, 2007

Now you too can look suave as you create dance music for free spirited robots high on robot ecstasy. All kidding aside, this thing is pretty damn cool, and there are some great tools and toys coming along for creating music with the touch of your finger…hopefully it will also evolve past sounding like you’ve entered the death chamber of Logan’s Run. No info was available as to when you will be able to pick up one of these at Mal Wart or Guitarget, so don’t hold your breath.

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Radiohead- It’s about damn time!

October 1st, 2007

In case you’re living under a rock and missed the news, Radiohead dropped a bomb on us today in releasing their next album (earlier than expected) over the internet…for free basically, or HOWEVER MUCH YOU THINK IT’S WORTH. What an amazing move, and I might say it is great to see a major label artist stepping up to the plate. The labels, and their lapdogs usually are seen as doing all the dirty work while most big time artists sit on the fat contracts avoiding the argument or in some cases fucking up the argument big time *cough* Metallica *cough*. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and even though I am not a huge fan (I like them alright, just not on my daily rotation or anything), I will shell out some cash for their idea alone. This is an interesting time for artists and the industry, the artists have a real opportunity to influence the direction of things to come…so get out and support those who are trying to innovate.

Radiohead- It’s about damn time!

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