War, what is it good for: liberation?

While I may not have agreed with the means we took to get there, the ends were a happy sight to see. Especially when a week ago, everyone was talking about how much tougher combat was looking and how the war could go on for quite some time. I’m glad it was over (for the most part) in less than a month, I’m glad to see not too many people died, and I’m hopeful that Iraq will be a better place tomorrow.

Hopefully, giving to the red cross/red crescent for humanitarian needs is a bipartisan issue that everyone can get behind.

Go MTU

I’m impressed by the Michigan Tech University President and his response to the recording industry. I never thought I’d see a college president going to bat for a single rogue student running a filesharing network, but it sure looks like the proper procedures were already in place (based on suggestions of the RIAA), but the RIAA chose to ignore them to make their point.

Webby Awards announced

The Webby Awards nominees were just announced, and I like a lot of what I see.

Movable Type in best practices, Get Your War On and Whitehouse.org in humor, Meetup in community, Boxes and Arrows in zines, and Jenville and Cockeyed in personal site.

I’ve mentioned Rob’s Cockeyed.com in the past, but it’s worth mentioning again. It’s a great example of a personal site, the kind that used to populate the web before weblogs. It’s about anything and everything, whatever Rob feels like writing/photographing. Everytime I go to the site, I start reading new stuff, clicking on old stuff, and the next thing I know 2 hours have passed. Cockeyed is what motivated me to change the focus of this site and work on features more (there should be two this week).

I’m also happy to see Jenville nominated. Jen’s also got a non-webloggy personal universe going on that is well organized and beautiful. I also can’t wait until she finishes and launches the Jenville Show. That last project taught me that sometimes the best ideas are the simplest.

Anyways, congrats to all the nominees. In the past, the Webbys often skewed towards the big IPOing dotcoms with no relevance to the world, and now the nomination list seems pretty well stacked with great stuff.

TiVo releases Home Media

TiVo today finally released their home media option which allows you to play music, view photos, and program your tivo remotely, among other things.

I’d love to try these new features out, but ever since TiVo sold their satellite business to Directv, I’m now a customer of Directv, and not TiVo. Directv did not release the Home Media Option for its customers today. I emailed Directv customer service and their reply was that they will not say when (or even if) they will enable it for series 2 Directivo owners. They are waiting to see how the TiVo rollout works before committing to it.

MP3 killed the hidden track

In the early 90’s, it seemed like every CD’s last track included either a wacky cover song, improvisational acoustic number, or musician shenanigans recorded in the studio, hidden after minutes of dead time. While it went out of favor a few years later, it still pops up every now and then.

Today I found myself listening to a mp3 that featured 8 minutes of dead silence before a half-finished song popped up and I realized it’s probably one of the only mp3s I own that features such a thing. It makes no sense to have 5 minutes of music (total) take up 15 megabytes (mostly of silence) due to the hidden nature of the last segment. I’m curious if the advent of mp3 did anything to speed up the death of the hidden music track or if I just fell out of favor naturally.