Friday, June 29, 2007

Daydream Nation

I guess it was inevitable; as with the launch of any new technology, there will be some naysayers. I agree whole-heartedly that the iPhone is machine blessed by Cellulias, the God of cellular phones and pagers, but I don't know about AT&T's unforgivable acts of evil in this case. For all we know, all major cell phone carriers assisted the government in it's desire to illegally wiretap the phones of U.S. citizens, and AT&T may have been the only one dumb enough to get caught. It is impossible to release a brand new product without experiencing a single bug associated with the device, but I think the phone will catch on eventually with more than just the Mac addicts and technophiles. Just give it some time; soon you too will be drawn to its undeniable allure.

Well what do you know, the GOP controlled Supreme Court has actually thought about doing something right; taking another look at whether Guantanamo Bay detainees can use the civil courts to challenge their blatant theft of the right to habeas corpus. Now don't get excited yet; they have not decided to do anything about it, they have just agreed to review the case. It's still not much, but it's better than I expected.

This is an interesting article; Hans Reiser, a computer programmer who was pivotal in the free software community for his contributions to the development of the Linux kernel, has been arrested for the murder of his wife. Hans claims he is innocent and the story has sent shockwaves through the software community. This is a very interesting article, give it a read and try to ignore the computer codes if you don't understand them, they are merely a narrative technique and are not pivotal to the story.

Last but not least, Sonic Youth's swan song record Daydream Nation has finally gotten the deluxe edition treatment. This is the record that sparked the alternative fire and started the musical revolution. How good is this record, you ask? In 2006, it was chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. Yeah, it's that fucking good.

We're off the streets now and back on the road, on the riot trail

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