December Update

The weather outside has been frightful. The cold temperatures and snowfall has been far from delightful but it’s done a good job keeping me inside. That’s not a bad thing when it comes to wanting to catch up with all the audio dramas on my to-listen-to list. This December I have been slowly making my way through Don’t Mind the Cruxmont and Parabola. One is slowburn. The other makes me suspect I’m being strung along. Both have earned my commitment …

The Cue to Create

Bandcamp just launched a new service that allows fans to subscribe to artists on a monthly basis. Looking to expand the avenues of artist compensation as music earnings move away from sales into subscription models, Bandcamp enters the 21st-century patron space with one of the biggest rosters of indie artists online. Bobby Oswinski wrote in a recent blog post on Music 3.0¬† that despite a large usership he saw Bandcamp as having an uphill battle in making this work for …

Tech Roots and Factoids

ColdfusTion Tv’s recent video 14 Things That Changed The World let me know the first email pre-dated my birth-date, who made the first cell phone call, the fate of the first Facebook user and what ever happened to Auction Web. It’s actually a great reminder how young the internet really is, and the we’ve come along way themes of ColdfusTion TV serve to remind us of that with slick, fact-filled shorts fleshing out the bullet points of tech history. He also offers tech reviews and music videos making for a diverse channel with regular but well-spaced uploads bound to answers tech curiosities you didn’t know you had.

The One Who Got Away

“I think I must be crazy, I’m so happy.”
– The tale of Slomo, the one who got away.

The New York Times has been pumping out web shorts they call “Op-Docs on their You Tube channel lately. Beautifully filmed and covering a wide range of people and ideas, some of them are setting the stage for longer docs to come while others are just simple yet insightful New York slices of life. In addition to the mini docs the channel regularly serves up a wide range of content: world news bytes, recipes, tech reviews and street fashion editorials. While I have never read the paper in my life, I can only imagine it is a reflection of the print vehicle that has earned it such high-esteem over the past few decades. Shifting into the online space, one which is so driven by video, The New York Times has done an impressive job of adapting to the medium and turned its brand from being what I considered a far away irrelevant newspaper to a You Tube feed highlight with a global outlook that connects with my current interests as well as sparked new ones. Having wet my appetite with their cultural lens, I’m already thinking about when I can orchestrate a trip to this legendary urban destination.

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