What I’m listening to this week

This week I’ve found some relatively new artists but I’m also refreshing some roots by picking up high quality versions of some songs that got recorded to tape, from tape to digital CD, from Digital CD to Itunes library. With each recording the signal to noise ratio rose, so I didn’t feel bad about going out and picking up some Isley Brothers songs that I’ve listened to for years & already purchased multiple times, including Fight the Power, For the Love of You, and of course Who’s That Lady to name a few.

The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless lead singer Taylor Momsen fits well in that “tough yet tender” rocker girl category, she has big pipes and a voice with both character and tonal depth laced with a slight rasp, you can’t help but like it.

The Neon Trees are getting replayed after I saw their appearance in a TV commercial the other night.

My favorite pop anthem band, All American Rejects, have a new single out (not an anthem)

I’m really liking D-Pulse’s “Velocity of Love” — this is a song that won’t become a skip over on the Ipod in three years and one I’ll be listening to for a long time.

To wrap up, a new band I”m looking at is Graffiti6, check out “Stare into the Sun”

The Demise of Spinning Disks and Other Technology Verges

It’s very clear that memory devices that use spinning platters and disks are all headed to obsolescence soon. This means Hard drives, CD players, DVD’s and DVD players. So what will the replacement be?

The most likely replacement is streaming digital mixed with the SD-MMC card in some form or another. Since manufacturers are making 128 GB versions of these chips, it’s likely that the lower GB versions will become dirt cheap soon, and when that happens 16 GB chips might become the media that movies get sold on. (The typical HD or Blu ray movie takes less than 8GB on average on DVD’s now.) There are also solid state devices using similar memory technology for capacity right now, while solid devices like the Ipod touch are relatively expensive for the average consumer for the memory (64 GB), they will improve.

Disk based industries have a vested interest in keeping spinning platter formats alive, but engineering and physics really demand that the switch be made. CD’s and DVD’s can skip when you hit bumps in cars or when you bounce while walking, while the solid state chips require zero moving parts to play. You can also plug SD-MMC chips into any player device with an SD slot, they are low energy, and the minimal storage space required makes these portable – all are media properties that consumers would desire if manufacturers only provided them. At Best Buy and other stores you could place that entire row of bins of CD’s and DVD’s on a couple of spinning racks of cards with MMC’s on them. Manufacturers already see this coming and are starting to bridge technologies – e.g. if you have an elder Sony Blu ray player, you can get a chip that enables BD-Live.

When this will happen is probably in a span of under ten years but more than a couple, however do keep in mind that many early adopters have already switched to all digital, all streaming for media purchases. The average consumer will still want physical media, but the savings for industry are clear (how much fuel and space do you save shipping MMC’s over CD’s and DVDs?)

I haven’t bought a CD in years, and the past two it’s been the same story for blu ray and DVD formats — why would you when you can just get what you want digitally?

What does this mean for car stereos? Will the MMC slot replace the CD player, and how soon? Will built-in GPS units come solid state and update via SD? Will car stereos come with memory and wi-fi — will you be able to share your full ITUNES or other player library with them? What about DVD players? Will the blue ray player be replaced by a slot in the TV pretty quickly, if not why not?

Meanwhile it’s still expensive for storage on spinning disks once you get to terabyte or better hard drives, and there is a shortage due to flooding in Thailand a while back so the prices will remain high for the short-term, but once SSD’s start dropping in price & raising in capacity the switch is going to happen fast.

So your Blu ray player and that 2 terabyte hard disk drive will become quaintly humorous examples of old tech like an 8 track tape player is now. The changes to storage, shipping, sales, players, and the refresh of technology and network in nodes to support streaming and some form of solid state media will drive industry for years. These are the types of changes that keep the economy growing and the world spinning, so help push back against the recidivist and entrenched industries fighting against change — I mean isn’t it past time that you should be able to stream your entire music library into your car’s stereo player? Isn’t it past time that you should be able to safely archive your photos and media for at least the length of your remaining life span?

Priest Admits Guilt in Sex Abuse Cover Up, Then Asks Court to throw out charges

In the Philadelphia Archdiocese case Monsignor William Lynn says he’s not guilty because a superior ordered him to destroy the lists of pedophile priests, but that’s merely admitting his guilt and a demonstration that the average priest still thinks that the church’s instructions outweigh civil law.

The fact that the church ignored civil laws and aided and abetted child abusing criminals for decades is the problem, and the reason for this case. It really doesn’t matter that his superior in the church ordered him to cover it up, he still should have reported the crimes and the list of perpetrators to the authorities. He cared more for the church and his position in it than the abused children.

The recent unexpected and shocking discovery of a March, 1994 memorandum composed by Monsignor James Molloy, Monsignor Lynn’s then-supervisor, on the topic of this review, clearly reveals that justice demands that all charges against Monsignor Lynn be dropped,” Lynn’s attorneys said in a filing. As revealed in court papers filed on Friday, Molloy’s handwritten memo dated March 22, 1994, informed Bevilacqua that the secret list of 35 priests had been shredded per his instructions. On 3-22-94 at 10:45 AM I shredded, in the presence of Reverend Joseph R. Cistone, four copies of these lists from the secret archives, Molloy’s memo stated. The action was taken on the basis of a directive I received from Cardinal Bevilacqua at the Issues meeting of 3-15-94 ….”

via Attorneys: Cardinal ordered memo on priests destroyed – CNN.com.

The church thinks it is above the law, and another example of that is the bishop’s screeching over having to let their female employees choose when they bear children by refusing to provide for birth control in their insurance plans.

Something From Nothing – a conversation w/ Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science http://richarddawkins.net/Taped live on Feb 4, 2012 by http://www.youtube.com/user/ShirleyFilmsIn conjunction with the Origins Project at ASU http://origins.asu.edu/- Show quoted text -there are still some edits and color correction to be done but we wanted to have the YouTube version out as soon as possibleJoin critically-acclaimed author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and world-renowned theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss as they discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics. The authors will also discuss their new books. Dawkins recently published The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, an exploration of the magic of discovery embodied in the practice of science. Written for all age groups, the book moves forward from historical examples of supernatural explanations of natural phenomena to focus on the actual science behind how the world works.Krauss’s latest book, A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing, explains the scientific advances that provide insight into how the universe formed. Krauss tackles the age-old assumption that something cannot arise from nothing by arguing that not only can something arise from nothing, but something will always arise from nothing.Founded in 2008, the ASU Origins Project is a university-wide transdisciplinary initiative aimed at facilitating cutting edge research and inquiry about origins questions, enhancing public science literacy, and improving science education. Since its inception, the Origins Project has brought the world’s leading scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to Tempe to explore origins questions. The Origins Project has hosted workshops and public events that have focused on questions as fundamental as the origin of the universe, how life began, the origins of human uniqueness, and the origins of morality.

via Something From Nothing – a conversation w/ Richard Dawkins & Lawrence Krauss – ASU Feb 4, 2012 – YouTube.