Last night we released a major revision to Muxtape’s underlying software. It’s the product of three weeks of intensive development and represents an almost complete rewrite of the user interface, playback functionality, and backend song organization. Hopefully this morning you didn’t notice the difference, but the changes are significant. The site had been running on older code that wasn’t intended to evolve (dating back to its days as a simple UI experiment), but now we’re in a position to start expanding the functionality of Muxtape in a way we couldn’t before.
So while this is largely a release to set the stage for coming features, there’s still some immediate changes you might be interested in:
* favorites have been doubled to 24 * upload limit raised to 24 MB * muxtapes now show who their creator has favorited * links to individual songs in RSS will autoplay * much better error recovery for broken streams * support for Linux, Solaris and any Unix that runs Flash * much increased reliability on all platforms * many bug fixes as most the frontend code is brand new * iPhone support temporarily halted (native app in the works ;)
Muxtape’s first full time developer starts tomorrow; July should be an exciting month!
2. Locked your keys in the car and the spare is at home or with a friend? Call that person on their cell phone with your cell phone, then hold your phone about a foot from your car door. Have your buddy press the unlock button holding it near the cell phone on their end. Your car will unlock, no matter how far away your buddy is. Beats waiting for AAA…
1421: The Year China Discovered the World is a book, written by retired submarine commander Gavin Menzies positing that the Chinese explored the world before Europeans, which, since its publication, has become subject of much controversy.
Sparklehorse - Wish You Were Here (feat. Thom Yorke)
Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous with vocals by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, “Wish You Were Here’ appeared on soundtrack of skateboarding movie ‘Lords of Dogtown,’ on Radiohead’s ‘Towering Above the Rest’ and on Sparklehorse’s ‘Chest Full of Dying Hawks.’
Zen Habits: “As a runner, there is almost nothing in this world that can take me to the places that running does. I find solitude in my running, I find my thoughts and my peace, I find energy and motivation, I come up with my best ideas and solve my toughest problems. Running transforms me”…
Here’s the brief explanation: It is worth $50 to you to see the Dylan concert. However, you would have to spend $40 for the ticket. The difference, $50-$40=$10. By choosing to see Clapton, you’d be giving up a value of $10. That’s your opportunity cost. Thus, if seeing Clapton is worth at least $10 to you, you should use the free ticket. (I’d see Clapton over Dylan any day.)
At the 2005 American Economic Association meeting, only 21.6 percent of professional economists got the right answer. When the question was posed to undergraduates, 7.4 percent of those who had taken a course in economics chose the right answer, whereas 17.2 of those who had never taken an economics course chose the right answer.
Again, I read this in The Economic Naturalist, which applies economic explanations to everyday enigmas like Why can’t you ever find a taxi on a rainy day? and Why do women’s clothes button from the left, and men’s clothes button from the right? and Why are the fuel tanks of cars on different sides? I’ll share these answers and more in a different post..
I feel like doing arts and crafts. So we make pimp cups.
The only question is, how do we get the cups? This website recommends grabbing a cup and spraypainting it gold, but I don’t have spraypaint, and for some reason, it seems rather toxic to me. What do we do!??!??!
Record: 67-15 Playoff record: 15-3 Result: Championship Bird was at his peak. The greatest team ever if you consider no other club has ever brought anything resembling a healthy Bill Walton off the bench. This squad was 50-1 at home, regular season and playoffs combined.
“It comes down to the products vs. the promise. It’s not necessarily about the new pots and pans but the idea of the cozy family meals that they will provide. People are finding that their homes are full of stuff, but their lives are littered with unfulfilled promises.”
TIME singing my tune, but maybe not to the tune of only 100 things (what would be that number?). I’m thinking of you, A, who is trying to do this as much as I am: more thoughtfully, less wastefully and more happily.
This is completely subjective, but my favorites are (in the order they have them, not mine): Lord of War, Jaws, Lost in Translation, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Taxi Driver, The Truman Show, The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Requiem for a Dream, The Exorcist, Fargo, and Star Wars: Episode 1.
Can we just spend a few minutes talking about how much it sucks to be a sports fan in Minnesota?
It makes us less tough than those fuckin’ sconis who wear their frozen Lambeau balls on their sleeves like a badge of pride. And don’t even get me started on indoor baseball. While this shouldn’t be an issue for much longer (two new stadiums near completion) - it was for 28 or my 33 years.
Second: Bad owners and coaches who do not know what to do with talented players. Don’t believe me - how well has Boston done with Randy Moss and Kevin Garnett. Anyone remember the North Stars? How about the Minnesota Lakers? Every time a new owner buys a team it isn’t long before we begin to hear the rumors of team relocation. Which brings me to my third point…
Third: Educated citizens don’t make for good sports fans. Don’t believe me? Look at the teams with the best fans and you’ll find a city with a large blue collar population. Now I understand that on it’s face this is the type of comment to piss people off but I’m not disparaging blue collar workers it’s the bleeding heart yuppies with whom I take umbrage (self-loathing). They know nothing of loyalty and sticking with your team through good times and bad. Never was this more clear than in the early part of this decade when the Vikings had a shot at making it to the Superbowl.
So here we are it’s 2008 and in their first seasons out of Minnesota Randy and KG made it to the finals in their respective sports. Randy’s team fell short and KG is one game away from winning the NBA Finals. And while it might be tough to be a Boston fan in NYC I think it’s pretty clear there isn’t anything worse than being a sports fan in Minnesota.