eMusic a better Apple Music Store?

While I’ve heard about eMusic for ages, I never signed up due to the small selection back in the day. With these two reviews, I’m thinking it’s almost time to consider signing up for it. I had no idea they had so many independent label artists, and every song downloaded is a 192kbps MP3s, without any DRM baked in.

BattleBots: What machines do when we’re not watching

I noticed a lot of people seem to be using KnowSpam. It works like this: I send an email to a KnowSpam user, then get a bounced message saying go to a webpage and input a code found on that page, then I get whitelisted and all email to them suddenly works.

The thing is, I’ve heard that if a person using this sort of whitelist technology sends an email to a new person that also happens to use a whitelist technology (either from KnowSpam or someone else), a bounce from one could trigger a bounce to another, since they’ve never corresponded before. That bounce could trigger another bounce, and so on.

For some reason I get a little giddy at the thought of bots locked in an email bouncing battle. Who will bounce to the whitelisted death? Who will reign supreme?

Somewhere there’s someone pitching this idea as a new reality show and somewhere else someone is building a site where you can bet on which email bounce bot will win.

birds of a feather flock to usenet

Usenet is an immense, astounding place. Newsgroups have been around for going on 20 years now, and due to the strict taxonomy you can really find the nooks and crannies of the Internet there.

There are many stories of how great it is that we built this global network because the strangest people can finally find each other. Somewhere on earth right now there’s a person that would like to do nothing but wear flowing golden robes and throw pickles at people in the street, and thanks to the web that person can connect with a group that also indulges in that specific activity, compare locations, techniques, and preferred robe fabrics.

Every once in a while I stumble upon some outer reach of usenet like alt.binaries.pictures.rail. Don’t let the alt.binaries.pictures category scare you (long known as the place to find porn in the pre-web days). These are people obsessed with trains, more specifically, photos of them. Looking at their archives, it’s thousands after thousands of photos of trains, tracks, bridges, and switches. Nothing scandalous, nothing too earth shattering, just photo after photo of trains.

I don’t know who started the group, why they did it, or how so many people find each other to exchange photos of trains, but for some reason I feel good knowing a place like that exists for people that take part in it.