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Words that go nowhere: Meg White, Apple + NYTimes

*Two terms I’ve come to love this week:
-“Bricking” used as a verb to describe what Apple has threatened to do to hacked iPhones by updating their firmware. Example: “Upcoming firmware update will brick unlocked iPhones.”
-“Wank mining,” also a verb, used to describe hunting for pornographic materials. Apparently this was the endeavor a man by the name “itsmecraig” was engaged in when he discovered the fake Meg White tape. Example: “I was just engaged in some innocent wank mining when all of the sudden…”

*Product: Need a disposable Digg that’s focused on recommending items from the New York Times archive. Maybe for the next two months or so?

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Vintage video: a player piano playing

It’s almost like a ghost is playing it. One of the see-through kinds.

Video: playing music on the Thummer

The synthesizery thing I posted about earlier today – The Thummer – in action.

Video + local: Tay Zonday visits YouTube headquarters

…and vlogs the trip.

“Are you Tay Zonday from the internet?”

[inside online video]

Video: The last Soulja boy post – Crank That dance instructions

Instructions on how to Crank That, Soulja Boy.

This concludes our Soulja Boy coverage. Forever.

Video: Swiss firefighter rap -118 Projec’t

A video meant to publicize the fire department’s phone number. In French, and better than you’d imagine.

[watching tv online]

Links for 9.26.07: Halo 3, more Amazon + how your brain eats music

*Perhaps you have heard of this Halo 3 creation?

*More Daring Fireball analysis of Amazon MP3 Store here. At the end he asks how eMusic has lasted as long as it has without offering prospective customers the ability to browse its catalog. Answer: they were pretty much the only one’s selling MP3’s!

*Oliver Sacks in Wired on music and the brain.

*The New York Times on the hip-hop hearings.

*Are you ready for the Brokeback Mountain opera? [guardian]

*The BBC on optimizing music for play on iPods. [largehearted boy]

*What happens when you combine a music synthesizer and a videogame joystick? The Thummer. [red ferret]

*The BBC hires former Kazaa CTO Anthony Rose to help develop the next iteration of its iPlayer.

*Kelly from The Office reviews the Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem. [guardian]