Brian Eno: Recorded music equals whale blubber

Brian Eno: “I think records were just a little bubble through time and those who made a living from them for a while were lucky. There is no reason why anyone should have made so much money from selling records except that everything was right for this period of time. I always knew it would run out sooner or later. It couldn’t last, and now it’s running out. I don’t particularly care that it is and like the way things are going. The record age was just a blip. It was a bit like if you had a source of whale blubber in the 1840s and it could be used as fuel. Before gas came along, if you traded in whale blubber, you were the richest man on Earth. Then gas came along and you’d be stuck with your whale blubber. Sorry mate – history’s moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber. Eventually, something else will replace it.”

On gospel, Abba and the death of the record: an audience with Brian Eno | Interview | Music | The Observer.

She Walks in Beauty – George Gordon Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

George Gordon Byron
George Gordon Byron was born on January 22, 1788 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and inherited his family’s English title at the age of ten, becoming Baron Byron of Rochdale. Abandoned by his father at an early age and resentful of his mother, who he blamed for his being born with a deformed foot, Byron isolated himself during his youth and was deeply unhappy. Though he was the heir to an idyllic estate, the property was run down and his family had no assets with which to care for it. As a teenager, Byron discovered that he was attracted to men as well as women, which made him all the more remote and secretive. More

HP Mini 2140

I got a new HP Mini notebook, which is compared to the Asus netbook more professional computer. The HP Mini 2140 Notebook PC features a simple, refined all-aluminum case.It features a large 10.1-inch diagonal scratch-resistant high-definition LED display, a full-size QWERTY keyboard, and a 140 gig hard-drive.

After using the little machine for 2 days, I am really impressed. Vista runs smooth, the battery lasts more then 3 hours and the screen is great to work with. This is one of the best netbooks that I have seen so far. If it would run os X it would be perfect. If I can find the time I will start experimenting with linux (Ubuntu) on it.

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HP Mini 2140 NN357EA – N270 2GB/160GB 10 or at Amazon; HP 2140 Mini-Note VBu | NN357EA

Thai Poosam

Thai Poosam Kavady is a Hindu religious festival dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Murugan. Thai Poosam falls on the full moon day in the Tamil month Thai (January). The ten-day festival starts with hoisting of the flag. Daily rituals, abolitions and singing devotional hymns are held in honour of Lord Murugan.

On the main day of the Kavady festival, devotees carry the Kavady from a distance away from the temple, preferable from a river, back to the temple. It is believed that the more effort and hardship applied when carrying the Kavady, the more benevolent Lord Murugan will be towards fulfilling his devotee’s needs. Devotees usually carry milk and honey on either end of their Kavadies.

The simplest kavadi is a semi circular decorated canopy supported by a wooden rod that is carried on the shoulders, to the temple. In addition, some have a little spear through their tongue, or a spear through the cheeks. The spear pierced through his tongue or cheeks reminds him constantly of Lord Murugan. It also prevents him from speaking and gives great power of endurance. Other types of kavadi involve hooks stuck into the back and either pulled by another walking behind or being hung from a decorated bullock cart or more recently a tractor, with the point of incisions of the hooks varying the level of pain. The greater the pain the more god-earned merit.

After entering the temple grounds the devotees carry their Kavadies three times around the temple. When they are inside the temple, the milk and honey are poured over the statue of Lord Murugan. The festival concludes with the de-hoisting of the flag.

@ wikipedia: Thaipusam

Sony eBook Reader

I bought at Ebay a new Sony eBook reader. Nice little gadget, looks very nice and it hold with the standard memory more books then you will be able to read in one month. I will use it to read downloaded manuals and some documents that I converted to PDF format. It is is small and the battery lasts several days, so it is great for travelling. The display, electronic paper, display delivers fast response and a higher contrast ratio for easy reading even in bright light. Eight levels of gray scale provide for crisp and clear text, images, and graphics.
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Update: spoiled by the Apple out of the box experience en usability it is always hard to fall in love with a new gadget. It all works, but its missing that little extra that you get wenn using Apple products.
Some things which I don’t like about the Sony eBook reader: the page turning is not really smooth, the thing has to many buttons, and in order to understand the software I needed to look into the manual. No Itunes to handle the ebooks. As expected the Sony software wont run on my Macbook air or on my Ubuntu Laptop, but there is a nice open source alternative, Calibre, that plays really well with the reader. The software handels all the ebooks and is able to download rss feeds and website and upload to the reader. It is free, open source and cross-platform in design and works well on Linux, OS X and Windows.

The reading experience is actually nice, and the e-paper is easy on the eyes. Some PDF’s dont really scale well, but thats a problem in the document rather den in the eReader itself. So far I am happy, and I think I will use it a lot when I am traveling.