Tuesday, March 3, 2009

BBC: Horizon - Parallel Universes


Michio Kaku on the BBC!

Torrent: http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/28249294/Nature%27s+Great+Events?tab=summary

The internet, circa 1996


In 1996, Americans with Internet access spent fewer than 30 minutes a month surfing the Web, according to Steve Coffey, who's now the chief research officer of the market research firm the NPD Group.

Some of Yahoo's 1996-era front pages have been saved in the Internet Archive. What's interesting about them is what they lack. First, no e-mail: The first webmail site, Hotmail, launched in July of 1996. There was no instant-messaging software; the first big IM client, ICQ, hit the Web early in 1997. The MP3 file format was invented in the early 1990s, but very few people traded music in 1996—the files were too big to cram down modems, and Winamp, the first popular MP3 player app, was published in 1997. All these innovations hit the Web suddenly, defying prediction, and each completely altered how we'd spend our time online.

First Google page: http://web.archive.org/web/19981111184551/http://google.com/
ESPN - 1998: http://web.archive.org/web/19981212013850/espn.sportszone.com/
Facebook - 2005: http://web.archive.org/web/20050806011211/http://facebook.com/

Album of the Day: Sloan - Parallel Play

Surprisingly good album! Sloan's incredibly polished now, too much so for my taste. There's less emotion / more production in all their songs. The lyrics leave a little to be desired, but a listen to after coming work never hurt nobody.

Highlights include songs 6, 7, 8, 11 and 13. Maybe 10 for a Dylan-esque listen.

Torrent: http://dl.btjunkie.org/torrent/sloan-parallel-play/4495a9fbde5809223fd5a60c7860d03beab80588b837/download.torrent

Metacritic: http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/sloan/parallelplay

Sloan playing Mod Club during CMW March 11th and 12th. I'll be there on the 11th.