Posts tagged ‘media’

That’s nitpicking, isn’t it?

I keep Monty Python and the Holy Grail and This is Spın̈al Tap1 on my iPhone at all times. They’re among my favorite movies and bear up under repeated (and repeated and repeated) viewings, not just because they’re funny, but because there’s a depth to them. The Pythons knew a lot about Arthur and medieval…


Helmets and health care

Did you see this story in yesterday’s New York Times? It’s about bike-sharing programs in cities around the world—existing ones in Amsterdam, Dublin, Melbourne, Minneapolis, and Paris, and the upcoming one in New York—and the effect that helmet rules have on their success. The basic thrust of the article is that forcing riders to wear…


A regular Joe

If you’re having trouble following the logic of Joe Nocera’s column about the imminent decline of Apple, I can summarize it for you in a few bullet points: Steve Jobs wouldn’t have allowed a disaster like the iOS 6 Maps app to happen because he was a perfectionist. The hockey puck mouse, the cracking plastic…


Some kind of Druid dudes lifting the veil

My favorite podcast, In Our Time from the BBC, is back from hiatus, and there was much rejoicing. This week’s episode, “The Druids,” is so emblematic of the show that it’s almost a parody. It has history, it has religion, it has Pliny the Elder, and, mostly, it has Celts. What’s refreshing about In Our…


Once more unto the breach

Sometimes I wonder about my followers on Twitter. This morning I tweeted this, On the Sex Pistols’ 1976 Anarchy tour: “The volley of gob was like Agincount.” bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00…  — Dr. Drang (@drdrang) Wed Jun 13 2012 which is, I think, the funniest thing I’ve ever tweeted. Not a single person starred or retweeted it. Maybe you…


Arrested for breaking the law of large numbers

So there’s this article in the New York Times today, by James B. Stewart, called “Apple Confronts the Law of Large Numbers,”1 and it’s been linked to a lot in the Apple-centric corner of the internet, including a Linked List mention at Daring Fireball. Let’s cut to the chase: The New York Times doesn’t know…


Grammys

A few comments on last night’s Grammy awards ceremony: Much to my surprise, I liked Paul McCartney’s Valentine song and I thought he did a decent job singing it. One reviewer of his new album (I didn’t save a link) said Paul’s voice isn’t up to challenge of the songs. I don’t have the album,…


Crumpled

I found a link to this article in New Scientist the other day, and it’s been driving me crazy. The article is entitled “Scrunch time: The peculiar physics of crumpled paper” and it’s crap from start to finish. The article—unsigned, and for good reason—focuses on the work of two physicists at the University of Massachussetts…


That palace in the sun

I love BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, and this week’s show is one of its best. It’s called “The Siege of Tenochtitlan.” In 1521 the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes led an army of Spanish and native forces against the city of Tenochtitlan, the spectacular island capital of the Aztec civilisation. At first Cortes had…


Radio 2 recording scripts updated

The most recent update to iTunes broke some of my BBC Radio 2 scripts, the AppleScript and Python scripts I use with AudioHijack Pro to automate the recording and iTunesifying of shows I like. The failures occurred in the parts of the scripts that add artwork to the saved shows. I could have just deleted…