Songs from Pearl Jam's 1991 debut album Ten
, stripped of all but Eddie Vedder's vocals: Once
. Even Flow
. Apart from highlighting Vedder's unique voice, phrasing and harmonzing, these vocal mixes expose some interesting studio effects applied to his voice (on 'Even Flow', for example).
Sentencing reform for drug offences is expected be announced by the US Attorney General. Eric Holder
will announce Monday
that he is mandating the Justice Department modify its policies so that certain non-violent drug offenders will no longer endure “draconian mandatory minimum sentences,” according to excerpts of his remarks to American Bar Association. [more inside]
The sixth and final Scott Pilgrim graphic novel, subtitled 'Finest Hour' is being released tonight
. There is a block party
in Toronto to celebrate this fact
. While waiting for your copy to arrive or the party to start, why don't you... [more inside]
The first issue
of the comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
was released yesterday. Mr. Gaiman is credited as a "consultant." So far, the story is fairly intact, but it's the visual element that deviates from the novel--characters look nothing like they were described, and don't even resemble the old BBC miniseries
. And for someone accustomed to the phenomenal artwork seen in most of Gaiman's previous graphic novels (which included several adaptations of his short stories), Neverwhere
seems downright bland. If a feature film follows in the same vein as this adaptation, will Gaiman pull an Alan Moore and refuse all royalties
? (Go easy on me; it's my first post.)
Remember the Free Fiona
campaign (discussed last month here
)? Well, Sony hasn't caved (yet), but the entire album has been leaked online (get it here
or via torrent
.) I've listened to it a few times through, and all I can say is... wow.
"It's time to tell our users, our clients, our associates, our families, and our friends to abandon Internet Explorer
". Mozilla Firefox 0.9
and Thunderbird 0.7
are out, and today is a great day to make the switch from Internet Explorer
and Outlook Express
once and for all. Microsoft's own Set Program Access and Defaults
feature makes it easy to set everything to use Firefox/Thunderbird and hide IE/OE completely.
Apple releases iSync
barely meeting its promise to unveil the software before the end of September. Will Apple's iSync finally take the hassle out of syncing between PDAs, online calenders, email, and cell phones? Why hasn't anyone else made this kind of software?
Apple announced QuickTime 6 today
with MPEG 4 support but refused to release it. Apple, along with other members of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance
are not happy with the the MPEG-4 licensing scheme
. And they have good reason, among other fees, the plan
includes per minute charges for viewing content, with no maximum amount.
Is this the Moving Picture Experts Group
and their licensing partners
admitting that content will be worthless in 5 years? Is the financial future of the entertainment industry modeled on the utility companies?
New Mozilla Browser, Will anybody have this new mozilla browser!
A new version of the open source mozilla browser (what Netscape 6 is based upon) is out. Preliminary impressions: faster, less buggy
and with cool new toys. This is getting better and better, maybe we will get some competiton after all.
Apple's new device is rumored to be a PDA/MP3 Player with a color screen and airport functionality. Never heard of spymac.com before, but this looks pretty legit. (contains photo)
has been released to the general public. Beware it's Alpha 2 so some things aren't complete, such as the EQ, but it still has some nice new features such as the Thinger and the ability to layer and alpha blend skins.
Wen Ho Lee release delayed, again...
as the case falls apart against him, the feds manage to secure a single plea of guilty and arrange Dr. Lee's release after 9 months in solitary confinement. How do you feel about this? Is the an example of the "Evil Empire" scapegoating a minority?
In case you haven't heard elsewhere, the newest Mozilla
milestone (M13) was released today. Here's the download page
, lets hope they finally get a beta launched soon.