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Which File Extension Are You? September 29, 2005

Posted by Tycho in Chatter.
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I always thought these personality quizzes were corny and promised myself I’d never dream of posting one.¬† But this one’s actually kinda cute.

You are .ogg Even though many people consider you cool and happening, a lot still find that you're a bit too weird to hang out with.

Personally, I prefer to focus on “cool and happening” and ignore the “too weird to hang out with” bit. ūüôā So, I gotta ask, which file extension are you?

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Music Industry Greed September 28, 2005

Posted by Tycho in Chatter.
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[Updated 10-03-05: The Register has corrected the source of the quote, and is now reflected here as well.]

If you haven’t been keeping up, there’s lately been much verbal jousting between Apple’s Steve Jobs and the music industry.¬† While Apple insists upon keeping its iTunes Music Store prices at $0.99 a download, with the majority of¬†that already going to the music industry, the music execs still aren’t content.¬† In their ever-continuing quest for profit, they want iTunes to increase their prices.¬† Yet, Jobs is steadfast in staying at $0.99.

Now, I’m sorry, but the most recent comments¬†emanating out of law firms representing the music industry seem to be completely and utterly out of touch with reality.

“The industry can say, OK we’ll cut him off – very few people people buy music from digital downloads.”

Just a moment here.  All this time, the music industry has been lamenting the fact that people were illegally downloading music, and encouraged us to purchase our music from legitimate venues like iTunes.  Now, all of a sudden, we no longer matter?

“It’s going to be difficult to get the consumer to stop thinking about owning music, and think about paying for participation instead.”

Wow.¬† Please allow me a moment to regain my composure.¬† We should stop thinking about “owning” music and instead pay to “participate?”¬† What does that mean!?¬† Submit to some corporate idea of only accessing our music when they deem fit?¬† Is “participate” now synonymous with “borrowing?”

Warner is just deluding themselves if they think this will work.¬† The only reason people opt to buy music instead of illegally download is because: 1) it’s easy, and 2) it’s cheap.¬† If you eliminate either of those, especially by increasing its price, you¬†immediately alienate your customers.¬† A mass exodus of music-lovers will gladly return to illegal downloads.¬† And the only people who lose out are, once again, the music industry.¬† You get no sympathy.

Hi! September 27, 2005

Posted by Tycho in Chatter.
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Hey folks!

I just wanted to officially introduce myself and say hi.¬† So, “Hi!”¬† I go by Tycho, and I’m totally new to this whole blogging thing.¬† I graciously received an invite to WordPress.com from a friend, and not knowing what I was getting myself into,¬†here I am!¬†¬†I’ve never blogged before — ever — so please bear with me as I learn about this new, wonderful place.¬† I’m sure to make some mistakes, but I’ll certainly try to learn from them as we get through this together.

I’ll make updates about…well…whatever I feel like whenever I get the chance.¬† As a grad student, time is not always a luxury, but I’d like to meet as many of you as possible!¬† As the site’s name implies, I’ll write about my lofty (and not-so-lofty) thoughts and musings.¬† No more, no less.

So to get things going, please don’t hesitate to stop by and leave a comment, or two!¬† Make some new friends, find some old ones, thanks for reading,¬†and take care!

“Make Your Own Kind Of Music” September 26, 2005

Posted by Tycho in Lost, Television.
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Lost Main Title

Just finished watching the first new episode of the second season of Lost, and wow, I totally didn’t see that one coming.¬† If you haven’t watched it yet, don’t continue reading, but if you have, the hatch is a 70s style underground bunker?¬† With light streaming in through the windows!?¬† Where’s the light coming from!?¬† And why the anachronistic Neptune washer and dryer?¬† Weird if you ask me, but still incredibly captivating… ūüôā

Oh, and for some more Lost goodness, here’s a screencap of the never-used alternate main title sequence.

Lost Alternate Main Title

Spooky, but I still prefer the one we’re used to seeing.¬† Here’s to episode two!

Purty flowers… September 25, 2005

Posted by Tycho in Photography.
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Some pretty whatchamacallits growing outside my front door.

Flowers

Gotta love Zoto!