Monday: January 7, 2013
- Watch the official Phish 2012-2013 New Year's Countdown and the golfing hijinks that followed.
For those who don't know: Phish does an elaborate New Year's Eve gag every year. This year's prank featured numerous ping pong balls, dance squads, and runaway golf cart marathons.
Thursday: December 13, 2012
- Apple selects the Best of 2012 awards from notable iTunes Store apps and games.
For the first time in two years, no photography apps made it in to the top listings. 2012 also marks the first year that an Entertainment app was given an editor’s choice award. As always, during the end of the year wrap up Apple highlights games and apps from a wide variety of categories, so it’s well worth skimming the list for hidden gems.
Monday: November 14, 2011
- Apple pulls the curtain back on iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match.
Unlike competing cloud storage music services from Amazon and Google, iTunes Match saves a lot of bandwidth and time in your initial synchronization, because Apple can identify which songs in your iTunes library are already available in the iTunes Store. If Apple can positively match a song in your library with any of the 20 million tracks for sale in the iTunes Store, it won’t bother uploading that song; only unmatched songs get uploaded to the cloud.
Monday: July 25, 2011
- Guitar Hero franchise not quite dead yet, gets upgraded to mostly dead.
It turns out there is still money to be made from selling plastic guitars and other assorted musical peripherals for console gaming. Activision Blizzard has stated that the franchise will indeed be making a return and that the experience will be reinvented, rebooted, retooled, whatever you want to call it. Hey Activision, please make sure that whatever you release at least works with my existing dusty plastic peripherals. Thanks.
Tuesday: May 11, 2010
- Instruments + Animals + Photoshop = Instranimals
Start your morning right with a little bit of Photoshop and you'll see what happens when an entirely new species is created. All glory to the hypno-trumpet-toad!
Monday: May 10, 2010
- Apple files and receives trademark usage for iTunes Live.
No one is quite sure what this newly trademarked service will actually do. It may refer to iTunes in the cloud for purchasing music online without actually using the iTunes software or perhaps it could be a method for seeing (and purchasing) live concerts as they are performed. Either way, purchasing will probably involved.
Monday: April 26, 2010
- Thirteen terrific sites for managing and sharing media files.
I keep hearing fantastic things about DropBox but I have yet to take advantage of their service. Should you decide to not make the same mistake you'll get two free gigabytes of storage space for signing up. Happy sharing.
Thursday: April 15, 2010
- Ten things that the Internet has ruined along with five things it has yet to ruin.
Good spelling is just one of the many casualties on this list that you'll come to discover on the other side of the click. Yes, the Interwebs have brought about some miraculous ruinings in it's short time on this planet.
Monday: April 12, 2010
- Eleven recordings of terrible hold music for your listening pleasure.
Ever been stuck on the phone waiting customer service of some kind? Chances are that you've probably heard some of these musical disasters. There are some exceptions to the hold call rule. Some of the trendier companies here in NYC play classic Nintendo (8-bit and all) music whilst holding. Instant win.
Thursday: March 11, 2010
- CNN lists out the top ten geek anthems of all time.
Slow news week eh, CNN? It's nice to see that they are tailoring articles that happen to be relevant to my specific interests. Coincidence or targeted advertising? All things considered (and to my surprise) this is actually a pretty well rounded selection of songs. Go ahead, get your geek on.
Wednesday: March 10, 2010
- Rock Band 3 to arrive just in time for this year's holiday season.
Details are scarce at this point but a posting on Rock Band's Facebook page promises to 'innovate and revolutionize the music genre once again, just as Harmonix did with the original Rock Band'.
Tuesday: March 9, 2010
- Daily Grind: Nerdy
Name: Vin (aka levelup+1)
How Vin feels today: Nerdy @ 2:55:41 PM
What Vin really wants today: Finish up remaining work tasks and attempt to get some time in playing a certain RPG video game that sounds vaguely similar to 'Shminal Shmantasy' at some point this evening. Insert traditional battle victory theme here.
Music Stuck in Head: Call it Love / God Street Wine
Continuing the celebration of the recently announced GSW reunion. You can have a listen to this rare jazzy track over on archive.org.
Stuff to do today:
- Purchase Final Fantasy XIII from semi-local NYC area Best Buy
- Semi-local = four subway stops from work location (meh)
- Ignore reviews complaining about PS3 versus Xbox 360 quality
- Finally post new photo to photoblog
Monday: March 8, 2010
- Daily Grind: Fantastic
Name: Vin (aka hat tipper)
How Vin feels today: Fantastic @ 2:11:12 PM
What Vin really wants today: To continue absorption of certain programming material for a certain mobile platform in a certain amount of uncertain time.
Music Stuck in Head: Electrocute / God Street Wine
Mostly in honor of the recent God Street Wine reunion announcement that was just recently posted. Must. Contain. Excitement. Link here for those interested.
Stuff to do today:
- Continue containing excitement
- Attempt to purchase tickets to said reunion shows first
- Seems like it's a good week to be a fan of jambands past and present
- And by 'present' meaning this little Phish link that popped up this week
- Attend movie in full-on Avatar costume for giggles (since it will most likely be in 3D and all)
- Ben Stiller FTW - abandon previous to-do item
- Get back to iPhone development
- Looking for some new music? Give the SXSW torrents a whirl.
More importantly, are you looking for some free and legal music to download? If the answer is yes than go ahead and enjoy over five gigabytes worth of audio content courtesy of the South by Southwest festival.
Tuesday: March 2, 2010
- Hacking popular ticket sites may land you with several unfriendly charges.
What kind of charges you ask? Well there is conspiracy, wire fraud and unauthorized computer access for starters. According to the source article that wire fraud charge carries a twenty year prison sentence.