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Not so fast! Canadian ISPs Slow Down P2P Traffic (download Christopher Parsons’ summary here)
On The Record: Judge says downloads don’t equal lost sales
Holy Lupins!  Monty Python DVD sales skyrocket thanks to offering free content

movies

In The Not-Another-Awards-Ceremony Category:  Our Oscar Picks

tech

Gee, Another Hard Drive?

wheel of pop

Television: Canadian Game Shows

websites of the week

Mike: Evernote
Anth: Save Our Net

guest dyscussion

Lana Gay from CBC Radio 3

musical selection

Gentleman Reg – You Can’t Get it Back (as chosen by Lana Gay)

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The Big 3

Facebook

MySpace

Twitter

The Pretenders

Anything developed by Yahoo!

Jaiku

Pownce

The Tools

FriendFeed

Ping.fm

Flock

Apps like TweetDeck

On The Bubble

Plurk

Seesmic, 12seconds.tv and other video blogging services

Microblogs (like tumblr)

…and what about Laconica?

Are They?/Aren’t They?

Flickr

YouTube

LinkedIn

Blogging services (like Blogger)

Musical Artist Profile

Laura Barrett (courtesy of Paper Bag Records)


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MacWorld Expo: The Show Before The Show

Phishing for the Fail Whale on Twitter

Facebook Says No Boobs Allowed – Unless You Are One Of Their Policy-Makers

Why Facebook is losing its status as “Treehouse 2.0” – Parents Welcome!

Spotify: The Torrent Alternative

Tech Segment

The 6 Things That Kinda Shoulda Probably Won’t Happen in 2009

Website Of The Week

Mike: www.makezine.com

Anth: www.ponoko.com

Musical Selection

Fembots

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Twitter Faced with Cash
Twitter kills sms updates in Canada
Google comes to Canada
You Tube’s New Geometry
Pirate Bay’s 5th Anniversary

tech
IBM predicts tech advances over the next five years
Apple Dev get Linux on the iPhone

websites
The Victoria-based comedy stylings of loadingreadyrun
Their efforts to be charitable driving the Desertbus.
35 days against DRM with defectivebydesign.

music
united steel workers of montreal – “out in the cold” from the cd Kerosene and Coal

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gmail vid chat – the cloud expands
the “$100 laptop” in Europe  – for only $200!
USB3.0 – 14X the speed of USB 2.0

movies
Bond – Quantum of Solace
Holiday/December Releases

websites of the week
www.blippr.com – a twitter-like review complier of films, music, books, etc.
www.goanimate.com – explore and share your inner cartoonist

music
The Wheat Pool – Geographic Centre of Canada

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Election – McCain on SNL
Cell Phone Bans while driving
Online Relationships through Gaming
Google Betas and Labs

Tech
Windows 7, Azure

Wheel of Pop
Game Shows 1980

49th perpendicular
Daylight Savings Time Shift

website of the week

70slivekidvid.com – retro memories of 70s Saturday mornings
zoho.com
– productivity in the cloud today

and here’s a link to the coolest 70s theme song ever… The Krofft Supershow

Music
Two Minute Miracles – The Bee Hell
weewerk.com

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Google Android
Gmail Changes – Autoresponder
The New iGoogle layout and the evolution of “portal” pages
Bill Gates’ Think Tank

Movies
Holiday Movie Season – October/November

Wheel of Pop
The Episode Five “Wheel of Pop” segment was postponed due to the Carrier Moose not arriving in Victoria on time.

Website of the Week
Anth – www.posterous.com (the easiest free blogging platform on the web)
Mike – www.freewebs.com (another almost-as-easy blogging platform with some extra perks and optional charges)

Music
Great Lake Swimmers – from 2007’s Ongiara – “Your Rocky Spine”

In addition to the core band of Tony Dekker (voice, guitar), Erik Arnesen (banjo, electric guitar) and Colin Huebert (drums, percussion, glockenspiel, timpani), the Ongiara features special guest appearances by singer-songwriter Serena Ryder (backing vocals, autoharp), Bob Egan of Blue Rodeo (pedal steel and dobro), Sarah Harmer (backing vocals) and Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy and Arcade Fire (string arrangements). Mike Overton (upright bass), Darcy Yates (electric bass), Mike Olsen (cello), and Mike Bonnell (organ) also contributed their talents to this recording. Nettwerk just announced the anticipated release of the band’s fourth album, set for early Spring 2009.

In a post from a couple of months ago at lovehatethings.com, I lamented how the 99 cent download could be damaging to the integrity of many artists as it essentially did away with idea of the full album/cd as a unified piece. Citing that same defense (kind of), AC/DC this week said it would not sell any of its new album Black Ice on iTunes because people would be to tempted to buy single tracks and ignore others thus deconstructing the full work. Brian Johnson opined, “Maybe I’m just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless ’em, it’s going to kill music if they’re not careful….”

Two things… I do agree with the point that there should be a place for the full CD as a single work. I grew up listening mostly to music of a past generation in progressive rock.  One of the reasons I was drawn to that style was the frequent ability to create larger scale concepts even through single songs set in a certain order.

But AC/DC… seriously… I appreciate the band and music for what they are: bawlz to the wall cawkrawk (don’t ya love phonics?) but what album have they EVER released that could justify this stand? Now I appreciate that some people may have an affectation for listening to Back in Black as an entire piece, but that’s mostly because people bought the CD to look retro-cool to their friends, or they stole it from an older relative’s collection, and not becuase there’s an intrinsic tie that holds the songs together any more that any AC/DC song. I mean, let’s face it, other than the different growlings of Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, the couple of hundred riff-laden guitar rock songs of AC/DC could probably be interchanged from one album to the next without much problem.

So, if artistic integrity is not the issue, could it be that the band is simply afraid that the single hit or two they may have from this album will cause their demographic of fans to readily buy a full CD anyway? We know that integrity from a social justice perspective is not the issue, because their retailer of choice is Walmart.

I think they could have had a great marriage with “You Shook Me All Night Long” and the new iPod Nano’s shake and shuffle technology… it would have been interesting to see Steve Jobs dressed in a school boy uniform at a press conference anyway.

The pervasive, and growing, number of suggestion engines concerning topics of all sorts have become a de rigeur aspect of social networking pages. I intentionally didn’t say social networking sites, because, as we discussed on the podcast lat week, social networking is becoming more a regular part of ALL sites as opposed to platforms in themselves.

Whether it’s film, television, music, books, websites, cars, etc., the ability of web users to rate and comment on anything under the sun is facilitating the aggregation of opinion. And popular opinion, right or wrong, often gets confused with fact… but that’s another issue.

There is an inherent danger in recommendation engines that is often overlooked and has nothing to do with the truth or fallacy of the opinions used to generate the recommendations. Recommendation engines homogenize choice. Discovery of the new, unique, and radical is, by nature, stifled by numbers.

If 1000 who liked movie A also liked B, C, and D, the “push” aspect of adhering to such an engine would force me down a road that reinforced a opinions of a cultural demographic instead of a spirit of exploration (excuse my esoteric flight of phrase). You’re taking recommendations from a website, with a certain demographic of users that is even greater constrained by the subgroup of users that actually contributes their opinions (via checks or stars or thumbs). That subgroup becomes a further subgroup of the particular afficionados of whichever particular genre you’re searching for. The model breeds laziness in exploration and a funnel-like status of recommendation cramming that, unless abandoned, will perpetuate a vicious circle of “now 1001 users who like movie A also like movies B, C, and D.”

I only have so much time in the day… it’s a shame that, while, movies J, Q, and U are fantastic, I won’t have any time for them after D.

Check for the new podcast next Monday, where my website of the week will be related to a new spin on music recommendations.

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Musical Break – Featuring, from Vancouver, Bend Sinister and their new single “The Same Things”

Band Members
Daniel Moxon(Singer/Guitar/Rhodes), Naben Ruthnum(Lead Guitar), Jason Dana(Drums), Joel Meyers(Bass), Henry(Guitar)

They have a new CD entitled STORIES OF BROTHERS, TALES OF LOVERS coming out on OCT 21st across Canada and you can download today’s track on iTunes immediately.

On the new disc the band incorporates a choir, strings and additional musicians to create this fourteen song, 60 minute effort.

Their CD/LP release show is booked OCT 25th at THE RIO THEATRE in Vancouver, and from November 4th-20th they will be touring Western Canada in support of the new disc.  (Anthony sez:  Here’s hoping they make out east soon and we play the first track from a CD I’ve been waiting for, from STORIES OF BROTHERS, TALES OF LOVERS, “The Same Things.”)

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