Orange Blossom Chorus

My original barbershop chapter now has a site on myspace.com! Its got a lot of the annoying myspace design faults (unbidden audio, too-large photos, visually obstructive background images, font-changing hover style tags), but the content is great and its the best web presence the chorus has ever had.


There’s a good story about the history of the chapter’s building property that I had not heard before, and photos of the inside of the rehearsal hall, and the chorus in performance. Even videos of rehearsals posted on youtube.

iTunes

I just got a used ipod from nephew Austen.

itunes sucksthis is crazy. I’ve been struggling with iTunes for almost two
hours. I can’t get any music on the ipod. I’ve renamed
the ipod, and itunes erased all the contents owned by Austen.
I built a library from files on my computer, over 700 songs. I’ve tried synchronizing, I’ve tried
‘consolidating’ the library (what the hell does that mean? it took 10 minutes to complete!), I’ve tried exporting the library. I’ve tried clicking and dragging. there are still no files on the ipod.

I don’t want to use itunes to play music or to rip CD’s. I don’t want to use itunes to
buy music. I just want to put existing files on the ipod.

Intuitive interface my ass. itunes sucks.
big time.

movie streaming, almost here

Netflix has announced the provision of time-metered access to online streaming movies.

The NYT reports they are rolling out the service to existing netflix customers at no extra charge. They report the quality of the stream can be very good, near-DVD, provided of course you have a reliable high-bandwidth internet pipe.

Its not the same as movie downloads, but there are numerous advantages, and Netflix says they expect to build a significant catalog.

The masses have yet to connect their computers to their TV sets. Only then will the decline of the DVD begin in earnest. Only then will the futurists’ fantasy of instant access to any movie, any time become a reality.

When that day arrives, Netflix, for one, will be ready.

Meanwhile, we (the Reeds) opted just last night to sign up for Blockbuster DVD’s-by-mail.

sustainability

Managing Editor Sarah RichSustainability seems to be the new century’s catchword for the leading edge of responsible environmentalism and economics. I came across this site/blog http://www.worldchanging.com/ with a focus on products, shelter, politics and more. They have an email newsletter, and just published a book.

They pay special attention to “tools, ideas and models that may have been overlooked in the mass media and make a point of showing ways in which seemingly unconnected resources link together to form a toolkit for changing the world.” Managing your ecological footprint isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. It starts with incremental change(s).

Looks like something to keep an eye on, I’ve bookmarked it.