Archive for March, 2006

Daddy Needs a Peep

It’s nerdy and essentially silly, but 25peeps.com is catchy. Essentially, it’s a popularity contest to get a few links. At some point, it’s going to devolve into sex like anything else on the Internet.

It doesn’t make any money, that I can tell, and it doesn’t offer anything but traffic. Just a fun little diversion while I should be grading essays.

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I got my hands on an image of OSX 10.4.5. I then downloaded the Maxxuss patches and used all of them except for the AMD patch. That was it. The install was perfect after that. Sound and network worked fine. I didn’t test the burner, but the CD-ROM was working fine.

I did have problems with iTunes as most users have reported. I was planning on a big write-up of how I did this, but it was so easy that I don’t see the need. Below is a gallery of screenshots, including those showing the hardware the on which the system is running. I will post more tech details about the system as soon as I get a chance to copy them all down. The short tale is that it’s a Pentium4 Gateway laptop with pretty much standard features. The video card is an nVidia ATI Radeon (thanks azz!) mobile card.

Here are some links to the screenshots. Choose your favorite photo site:

I simply can’t decide which makes one of those photo sites better than another…can you?

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Mashup Madness

This remix stuff has just exploded. Was this a scene that existed before and has only now found popular purchase? I first became aware, like many I expect, with DJ Danger Mouse’s “Grey Album” which mixed Jay-Z’s “Black Album” with The Beatles “White Album.” I’m enjoying most of these as novel ways to enjoy acts I might not otherwise listen to. The old axiom about putting a danceable beat behind anything is certainly true here. There are tons of blogs and forums out there, but the best by far is GYBO: Get Your Bootleg On.

You’ll find plenty of links there to mashups. There’s also info about how to remix, including ideas on beats, tempos, software, and even legality issues. It’s a well-rounded gathering of people with interest in this scene.

Here’s three mashups that I think are the cream of the current crop. These are full album mashups which intrigue me much more than the singles that are coming out of the woodwork. Adapting an entire album is a serious effort and can show much more talent than just busting out a single.

I don’t know how long this scene will be out there, but it’s an interesting pop culture moment made possible expressly by the web. Without getting too mystical about the web’s impact, it also relies greatly on inexpensive music software and production tools. In short, this scene exists simply because the technology exists.

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