Monday, January 09, 2006

Local Media Watch

Plagiarist suspended from Halifax Chronicle Herald | Regret The Error

Program Bits & Bobs

The tools we use to run and build 37signals | Signal vs. Noise

Startup kit | Nick Denton

Running your company on web apps | Evhead

Favorite Macintosh OSX Applications | matt.makalumedia.com

Essential Mac OS X Applications | Mac Specialist

Geek to Live | Lifehacker

Demo Gods

"I certainly know better than to try to re-record or recreate things that sound cool. Record companies used to do demos, and that's something Mike and I always fought against early in our career. When something sounds great, it's done. You don't want to go back and re-record something that sounds great. The way we recorded with computers in our history, the quality was always good enough. You don't want to repeat golden moments. We always felt like 'We don't do demos, we only do finished product." - John King of the Dust Brothers (Sound on Sound)

The Future

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "We live in a world with too much music," writes Joe Nickell at Missoulian.com. He's bothered by the fact that everywhere he goes, there are tunes pouring from cell phones and mp3 players and TVs and radios and live bands. As far as you're concerned, though, Nickell is utterly off-base. In 2006, you should take advantage of the profusion; you should immerse yourself in music more than you ever have before. To do so will be instrumental in helping you accomplish your top assignment in the coming months, which is to feel deep, rich, interesting emotions as often as possible. (courtesy Free Will Astrology)

Canadian Innovation

Designer invents winter snow skirt | CBC

Books

"Thanks to Oprah Winfrey, author James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" has sat atop best-seller lists since the TV star picked the nonfiction memoir for her powerful book club four months ago. Winfrey has called Frey's book, which chronicles his years as an alcoholic, drug addict, and criminal, "gut-wrenching" and "so real." Well, not exactly. A six-week investigation has determined that Frey's blockbuster is filled with fabrications, falsehoods, and other fakery. In a related note, a "rattled" Frey has lawyered up and is threatening to sue us for millions." Details at The Smoking Gun.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Event

"Also on tonight, Gus’s Pub has one of the quirkiest lineups in recent memory, with The Jeff Coll Five (with members of Windom Earle, Death by Nostalgia and Stiff Kitty/Catholic Gaydar), Ceti Alpha (named after the planet that Captain Kirk stranded Khan on) and street poet Jack MacDonald backed by Dartmouth’s Hotel Faces.

As an added bonus, the show will also feature special guest speaker Mark Black delivering an illustrated talk about . . . well, what it’s about is anybody’s guess but it’ll likely touch on growing up in Cape Breton, major league baseball and Star Trek (which is why I know what Ceti Alpha is)." - Stephen Cooke (Chronicle Herald)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006