Tuesday, May 15, 2007


There are some excellent articles in the New York Times this week. Starting off, here are links to two of them.

The first is a terrific article about the Large Hadron Collider being built at Cern, which you can read here.

The second is an article about singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton--or, more accurately, about how musicians are using the Internet to find their audience. I've written about this before, but no longer do musicians (or writers, or artists, or anyone else who creates content) depend on coventional business models focused on limited publishing resources.

The Internet has also entirely redefined the evaluation process. No one's career is dependent on the opinion of a handful of people who act as "experts" and decide what the audience wants to hear. Instead, the audience decides directly.

If you're good enough, people will find you.

Here's the link.

By the way, since my 360 has puked and will be going in for repairs, here's a link to a guide by DQ reader Kato about the repair process. It's tremendously thorough and very helpful, and you can read it here.

Tim Jones sent in links related to the 30th anniversary of the launch of Voyagers I and II. Here's a link to the story, and to see images of everything contained in the Golden Record ("phonograph record full of images, music and recordings of life on Earth"), go here. The Golden Record images are very compelling.

Oh, and it's not a link, but Marc Stratton wrote in last week in regards to the hearse post:
I was behind a hearse a few weeks ago with vanity plates that read "DIGEMUP."

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