Tuesday, September 23, 2008


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The Swell Season

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What an incredible show last night in Columbus. After the opening act, and 2 songs from friends of Glen who happened to also be playing in the Columbus the same night at a different venue, Glen started off the show by stepping around the microphone and not plugging in his guitar, holding his finger to his mouth to quiet the audience, and playing Say It to Me Now with no amplification whatsoever. After introducing Marketa, they went straight into Falling Slowly, clearly to get it out of the way and not keep everyone waiting for an encore. The rest of The Frames were introduced as the backing band, and they played When Your Mind's Made Up together. They performed a mix of the songs from Once, Frames songs, covers, and new songs over the course of the night. The official set list (available as a download from playedlastnight.com) is:

01. Say It To Me Now
02. Falling Slowly
03. The Moon
04. When Your Mind's Made Up
05. I Have Loved You Wrong
06. Leave
07. Back Broke
08. Astral Weeks
09. Go With Happiness
10. Low Rising
11. Lies
12. Red Chord
13. The Hill
14. If You Want Me
15. Blueshoes
16. War Pigs
17. Fitzcarraldo
18. People Get Ready

The harmonies at the end are incredible. I was thinking while they were singing that they actually reminded me a little of the harmonies at the end of Coldplay's Fix You.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ike in Ohio

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Ike in Ohio

..and a bunch of pictures I stole

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


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Monday, September 8, 2008

iPod 1979

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I found this story online today and thought it went perfectly with the fake iPod ad I had found previously:

iPod roots traced back to 1970s UK
12:03PM, Monday 8th September 2008

Apple has admitted that a British man played a part in developing the iconic and extremely profitable iPod, although he has so far received no money for his invention.

In 1979 Kane Kramer from Hertfordshire filed a patent for a digital music player that stored just three and a half minutes of music to a solid state chip - limiting media options to just one short song.

Nonetheless, a company was set up by Kramer to bring the IXI to a commercial release, but it slipped into the public domain in 1988 when the firm failed to raise the £60,000 needed to renew international patents.

Because of this patent lapse, Kramer has received no money from the sale of any of the 163 million iPods Apple has so far sold.

However, Apple recently contacted Kramer and hired him as a consultant in a legal case against another company that claimed the iPod infringed on its own patents, Burst.

"To be honest, I was just so pleased that finally something that I had done which has been a huge success and changed the music industry was being acknowledged. I was really quite emotional about it all," says Kramer, speaking to the Daily Mail.

After ten hours of deposition from the Briton the case was settled out of court. Kramer is now in talks with the company to agree on a compensation package, giving credit to the man for his design which was years ahead of its time.

Kramer isn't resting on his laurels, though. He is currently working on a new device which will record telephone calls and send the audio file via email. The device is expected to be used for business meetings and interviews.

Apple was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.