Archive for April, 2009
In response to Toby’s post on Record Store Day.
I’ve been buying more vinyl lately too. Mostly bcause I like vinyl and they usually come with a free mp3 download. Sometimes they even come with a CD or CDR. I am also in teh process of getting rid of all but my most precious CDs. I do like packaging and liner notes and I wish that was available for digital downloads (on iTunes it sometimes but rarely is) but I do not have any particular attachment to the CD as a format. It’s on its way out, I think. And here’s the part I have trouble beleiving about myself: even after working at a recording studio and having recorded several records, I am not bothered by the lossy format of AAC or MP3. I can hear it on real lo-res or old mp3s but I can’t really tell the difference with a 256kbps AAC encoding. So, keeping CDs as a better digital representation of my music really isn’t that important to me. All of this music will still be available somewhere in the future (except for the ultra-rare, which I’m keeping.
that was my 2 cents.No comments
I need your help as I propose to launch the first social media manhunt. Someone broke into the apartment I share with my fiancée, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn over the weekend. They stole electronics mostly, including the laptop containing her unfinished master’s thesis and years and years of pictures. Yes, we should have backed up this data. But we didn’t and that’s the unfortunate fact. Lesson learned. But a learned lesson doesn’t bring back thousands of photos and other data.
I came back home on Sunday night to discover that the window had been opened by the fire escape and that all of our things had been rifled through. I rushed immediately to the hiding place where her engagement ring was hidden (she didn’t take it out of town with her) and was relived to find it where I left it. What was missing was what, apparently, one person could carry out. The burglar took a canvas tote bag of mine that had my iPod in it and packed into it the rest of the goods that were stolen: a Playstation 3, a Wii, their controllers, and my fiancee’s Mac PowerBook laptop.
They are just things, things that can be replaced. However, on the computer are things that cannot be replaced with any amount of money. These are the things we want back more than anything else. It could have been a lot worse. There were a lot of our belongings that could have been taken that weren’t. Cameras, a TV, stereo, etc. I count us fairly lucky all in all, but we should not take this lying down.
Why should you want to help? I’m not sure. Maybe you want to help us out of the goodness of your heart. Maybe you want to see if this social experiment can work. Maybe you want a reward. Maybe we stop this from happening to our neighborhood. For whatever reason, I hope you can help.
Let’s get this message in front of anyone you know who lives in Brooklyn or the surrounding areas. The computer could have made its way to Queens or Manhattan, so let’s just get people to see this.
Here’s what we’re looking for: Apple Macintosh PowerBook G4 Aluminium with a 15″ screen and a 1.25GHz PowerPC G4 processor. The serial number is V73394FSNRZ It’s the September 16, 2003 version. It’s got some cosmetic damage on the outside corners, small dents and scratches. The screen has some lighter-colored splotchyness to it. There are probably around 10-15 light splotches on the screen. The power adapter was not taken but if there is one with it it probably has to be jiggled and finessed to keep the green charging light activated. The battery life is abysmal. It may be being carried in a canvas tote bag with WNYC printed on it in red. If it is on, the desktop background will have a comical picture of a woman wearing a head-scarf with various funny things floating in the sky behind her tiled on the screen.
There are so many people online that I think we have a good chance of getting this message in front of someone who has the chance of coming into contact with this computer. I believe that the thief intends to sell the computer to the first person that can be found who wants to buy it at a cut-rate. Perhaps it’s already been sold. Perhaps someone on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or some other network already has the computer in their possession. Perhaps someone online will see the computer for sale on some street corner. We have a lot of eyes and ears and typing fingers. Maybe we can retrieve this special information. If it can return a camera to its owner, maybe it can return information and photos to their owner as well.
If you have this computer and have come into ownership by any means whatsoever, I will be happy to arrange to meet you and get it back, no questions asked. Please, let your conscience get the better of you.
Please email me at [email protected] if you have any information leading to the recovery of the data on this computer or the computer itself.
Thanks, and let’s see if we can do this!8 comments
I have a few email addresses. I hacve some that I use for my everyday life, one for work, and others for things like signing up on email lists and entering contests.
One of the email addresses I use to subscribe to Jim Bramlett’s “inJesus” evangelical email list got a strange email the other day from Twitter. The subject was, “Welcoming you to Twitter!” and it began, “Hello, new Twitter-er!” This, I thought was very strange because I didn’t sign up for a Twitter account with that email address, and I looked into it. It turns out that someone had created my account and called it “PastorFurtick” with the name Steven Furtick. I immediately changed the password on the account so that nobody could access it anymore (I wish I hadn’t, more on that later). Then, naturally, I googled Steven Furtick and came up with this site. I looked for a way to contact his church and found a phone number, called it, and didn’t reach anyone. I didn’t leave a message either. I was going to ask about the twitter account while knowing that it wa not necessarily Steven who had created it.
As I was discussing this with my coworkers today, I decided to try it myself. I realized that I could complete the sign-up process and start tweeting without even verifying the email address that I used to create the account. I made an account called “securityproblem” with the email address [email protected] (In the meantime, my coworker created one with my work email address.) It seemed that someone else had dome something like that becuase when I saw the home page, my new account was already following and followed by “llk4235 / Lupe King“.
So I tweeted. I tweeted more and tweeted @biz, the founder (nothing in reply yet). A screenshot of the first few tweets is what is above. Check out the twitter account page here. I have tested logging out and back in to this account, and that works, no problem.
Looking around for other people talking about it, google turned up the Twitter support page on “My account is compromised…” but it doesn’t really address the issue at hand. This is more about something strange happening to an existing account. I need to know about creating new accounts. I didn’t really find anything useful after googling “sign up for twitter with someone else’s email address”. Mostly, people were concerned with Twitter “impoersonators” but this was not related to the email address issue.
If you know anything about this issue, please comment here or tweet @hewins.No comments
Is what the driver of the car you see said out the window as I took
this in a really douchey way.
I popped the disc I found into my iMac at home. It’s an anti-Scientology DVD. I haven’t watched much of it yet though, but that’s the fact, jack.
This is a photo of the back of the DVD.No comments
Cheers to Vermont and Iowa (with a belated shame-on-you to California)! Like Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, says in this NYTimes article, “Contrary to the claims made by the opponents of equality, it’s not just judges, it’s not just the coasts, and it’s not just going away.” It is not going away. We can’t ignore this issue or hope that it will go away any longer. Nor can we infringe upon civil rights by banning same-sex marriage.
This issue is just another link in the long chain of civil rights changes that our country has gone through, is going through, and will go through. This one just happens to be the one we’re dealing with now. We’ve abolished slavery, given all citizens a right to vote (both for all colors and sexes), and now we are working through this one. Same sex marriage will be allowed in all states in our country eventually; that, I believe, is inevitable. Those who are trying to stop it will eventually lose this battle. Those who wished to continue slavery lost their battle. Those who wished to prevent blacks form voting lost their battle. Those that wished to prevent women from voting lost their battle. Those that wish to prevent same-sex marriage will lose their battle.
What is the argument against? It is that allowing same-sex marriage will harm the institution of marriage. That, somehow, that institution is threatened. The National Organization for Marriage says on it’s website:
“Who gets harmed? The people of this state who lose our right to define marriage as the union of husband and wife, that’s who. That is just not right.”
This is simply a non-answer. “That is just not right”? What is? Please explain.
NOM has launched an ad campaign that you can read about (and see an ad) here. Naturally it’s playing the “fear” card and trying to induce behavior by making people scared. There were statements to the affect of “they want to take away my freedom” but with no explanation how or what that even means. Again, this is a non-argument.
The argument (at least purported by NOM) is that we don’t want gay marriage because our faith tells us that marriage is between a man and a women. But it stops there. Why is that important? What harm will same-sex marriages cause to anyone else? Isn’t this just a metaphysics issue?
Let’s start to build a list of people who will eventually lose their battle:
- Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage
- “Euripides” who runs the blog “Self Evident Truths“