· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · January
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5✭♫: Any Time · Leon Red­bone is alive and per­form­ing, but he’s not ac­tu­al­ly a con­tem­po­rary artist; he per­forms sen­ti­men­tal and jazz songs from the first half of the 20th cen­tu­ry, with acous­tic ac­com­pa­ni­ment and pe­ri­od ar­range­ments. Which doesn’t sound very com­pelling; ex­cept for, Red­bone picks ter­rif­ic tunes and sings them beau­ti­ful­ly. The song in ques­tion is the ti­tle track from his 2001 al­bum Any Time, and it might just be the sin­gle best vo­cal per­for­mance of our young cen­tu­ry. (“5✭♫” se­ries in­tro­duc­tion here; with an ex­pla­na­tion of why the ti­tle may look bro­ken.) [Up­date: Sam­ples at the iTunes UK store.] ...
Atomic MSDN · Hey, MSDN blogs have start­ed gen­er­at­ing Atom 1.0; here’s the IEBlog feed. Good stuff! There are a cou­ple of lit­tle glitch­es: they use rel="self" in­stead of rel="alternate", and they pro­vide pub­lished but not up­dat­ed times­tamp­s. Both to­tal­ly for­giv­able in a 1.0 re­lease, and pre­sum­ably easy to fix. Take-away: we need to have bet­ter tu­to­ri­al ma­te­ri­al (others have made the same self/al­ter­nate mis­take), and to do bet­ter at telling the world about the Feed Val­ida­tor.
Music Sharing · The morn­ings when I take the kid to school I see them stand­ing in the school­yard, shar­ing two be­tween four or three be­tween five. It’s a pri­ma­ry school, which around here means K-7, and I’m talk­ing about the Grade 7 girls and their iPod­s. Two can share a lis­ten, an ear­bud for each and two ears left open for talk, but most­ly they don’t, they just lis­ten, maybe bop­ping a lit­tle but most­ly not. I won­der what they’re lis­ten­ing to? I’m see­ing more of them now in the new year than I did back at the start of school, I won­der if the iPod-per-girl den­si­ty reached a tip­ping point at Christ­mas. [Up­date: What they’re lis­ten­ing to.] ...
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