Friday, July 21, 2006

Observer Panel: 50 albums that changed music 

The full list is here. I personally agree strongly with the following:

1. The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)
Timeless - rock'n'roll & melodies will be cool for ever

4. NWA - Straight Outta Compton (1989)
Was as much of a sledgehammer as the Sex Pistols a decade prior

11. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)
Concept albums are generally crap, this is sublime and perfect

42. The Smiths - The Smiths (1984)
Nice to know this music exists for when I ever decide to become a hermit...

47. Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)
NWA for white folk in colder climes

Monday, July 17, 2006

Adobe Online Backup: Rip Off 

Not just because companies like Google will be offering free storage soon, but because:

1) Newbies are lead to believe that 500MB will be enough to backup all their photos
2) The size you really need (called "Professional") is only 20GB but costs $US350 per year!

Annual fees:

basic 500 MB $29.95

standard 1 GB $49.95

advanced 5 GB $99.95

power 10 GB $199.95

professional 20 GB $349.95

I was just testing their Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0, but these prices have put me off using it instead of Picasa

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Wanna have wobbly vision for 5 seconds? 

Then watch this slightly trippy video

Monday, July 10, 2006

Phone Envy 

Not for the looks, or the MP3 or camera... it has a built-in breathalyzer and is also a universal remote! It is LG’s Korean-only LP-4100 Sobriety phone.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

America - Slow Down! 

Many states in the USA appear to have roads where one can drive faster than 55mph. But 55mph is the speed at which most cars operate with the most fuel efficiency. Speeding up causes extra heat and drag and costs more petrol. A writer in New Scientist says it can make a huge difference to the world if they slowed down to just 55mph, and a commentator says:
In one decisive act, the US government could save more than 50m gallons of petrol a day – that’s more than a billion barrels a year, which is more than the US imports annually from the Persian Gulf. A collateral effect would be thousands of lives saved, not only on the roads but in catastrophic oil-protecting wars. Another would be a big reduction in pollution and its impact on global warming. Australia could take exactly the same action. All with the stroke of a pen.

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