“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”—
Throughout the ‘20s, records progressively became louder to take advantage of the proliferation of gramophones that had no volume knob. The phrase “put a sock in it” actually references cramming a sock into the horn of a gramophone to stifle the sound on louder recordings. Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound could be considered a volume fad of his time, wherein analog recording techniques and miniature orchestras were used to get a larger sound than otherwise possible on AM radio. Many classic punk albums–particularly The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks–actively embraced loudness without dynamic range, maybe out of some nihilistic approach to recording sound or to cover up Sid Vicious’s inability to play bass.
While The Sex Pistols may not have cared much about dynamic range, the current phase of the volume fad happens to mimic their nihilistic sensibilities, albeit doing so intentionally at the mastering stage of recording. Many of the new artists that suffer the most from compression also imitate The Sex Pistol’s shrill punk-rock approach to recording quality and style: pop-punk bands like Fall Out Boy, Green Day, and My Chemical Romance; pop with punk choruses like Pink, Avril Lavigne, and Kelly Clarkson; metal, punk, and hard-rock bands like Rise Against, Kid Rock, Rob Zombie, Andrew W.K., Slipknot, and Megadeth. The trend has even bled over into a number of hip-hop albums like Kanye West’s Yeezus.
Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial “GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys,” we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad.
We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.
As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads.
When we tried to simply ask how and why our song “Girls” had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US. [+]
GoldieBlox looks like good product, but it sounds like a terrible company.
“Let Dems take the first step, and we will then bear no blame when we entirely blow up the Senate’s rules after we take all the reins of power. That other Republicans like Corker, McCain, Alexander, Murkowski and so on, went along, shows how much the radicals and anti-institutionalists now dominate the Republican Party. Which is sad indeed.”—Norm Ornstein, of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, on what Mitch McConnell (R-KY) really thinks about the “nuclear option”.
“It’s a toy for people who make the toys, and their closest coffee buddies. It’s a signifier, a thing to whip out at dinner among diners who’ll be impressed that your debit card was sprouted by Y Combinator, as opposed to the bank.”—
“Iceland’s – strangely unreported – decision to write down mortgage debt for its citizens, undermines that notion. A rejection of traditional systems of credit and money as a response to austerity, such as in the barter markets of Volos in Greece and Turin in Italy undermines that notion. The Rolling Jubilee project undermines that notion in a significant way, by asking the sizzling question: “If a corporation is prepared to accept five cents on the dollar in exchange for our debts, if that is our debt’s open market value, how much do we really owe?”—
“Of the long-aged bourbons, [Pappy Van Winkle] seems to be aged very gently year-to-year, and this recommends it enormously. But if you, like most people, can’t find Pappy, try W. L. Weller. There’s a 12 year old variety that retails for $23 around the corner. Pappy 15-year sells for $699-$1000 even though it’s the exact same liquid as the Pappy (same mash bill, same spirit, same barrels); the only difference is it’s aged 3 years less.”—The Bourbon Family Tree
Perhaps most important, our business does not depend on collecting personal data. We have no interest in amassing personal information about our customers. We protect personal conversations by providing end-to-end encryption over iMessage and FaceTime. We do not store location data, Maps searches, or Siri requests in any identifiable form.”—
Sir, this may be a good time to talk about your sense of humor.
I've got an intelligence briefing, a security briefing, and a 90-minute budget meeting all scheduled for the same 45 minutes. You sure this is a good time to talk about my sense of humor?
It's just that it's not the first time that it's happened.
We're talking about Texas, sir.
USA Today asks you why you don't spend more time campaigning in Texas and you say it's because you don't look good in funny hats.
It was big hats.
What difference does it make?
It makes a difference.
The point is we got whomped in Texas.
We got whomped in Texas twice.
We got whomped in the primary and we got whomped in November.
I think I was there.
And it was avoidable. Sir.
CJ, on your tombstone it's gonna read 'Post hoc ergo propter hoc.'
Okay, but none of my visitors are going to be able to understand my tombstone.
Twenty-seven lawyers in the room, anybody know 'post hoc, ergo propter hoc'? Josh?
Ah, post, after hoc, ergo, therefore... After hoc, therefore something else hoc.
Thank you. Next? Leo.
'After it, therefore because of it'.
'After it, therefore because of it'. It means one thing follows the other, therefore it was caused by the other. But it's not always true. In fact it's hardly ever true. We did not lose Texas because of the hat joke. Do you know when we lost Texas?
Huggers eventually hired a team of 300 workers, built the box and created branding for the service, which was supposed to be called “OnCue.” Thousands of Intel employees have been testing the service in their homes this year. But Intel was never able to secure the programming deals from TV networks it would need for a commercial launch.
This just in: trying to work with Hollywood to secure content is a bitch. It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup or a multi-billion dollar corporation.