Wes Phillips  |  Feb 09, 2006  |  0 comments
Before you try to get that fantasy novel published, take this simple test.
Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 08, 2006  |  13 comments
A contributor to our forum has made a fine argument for the case that "the future of high-end audio, if it has one at all, is inexorably linked to video." And he cites my recent discussion of the Burwen Bobcat as proof.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 08, 2006  |  5 comments
Although to paraphrase Mason Williams on winning an Emmy Award, "It's like being kissed by a girl with bad breath—you appreciate the honor, but . . . ."
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 08, 2006  |  6 comments
A Dartmouth study suggests the brain doesn't stop developing at 18. Of course, women have been saying that about guys for years. Now there's proof.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 08, 2006  |  1 comments
Phil Plait, over at Bad Astronomy is outraged over the meddling of George Deutsch in NASA's press releases about science matters. Deutsch, a 24-year-old political appointee and college dropout, is entitled to his opinions on scientific matters, of course, but it does seem—shall we say presumptuous?—to insist on editing real scientists on matters of scientific "accuracy."
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 08, 2006  |  0 comments
Okay, last week we gave a shout out to great first lines; now let's give the last line some.
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 08, 2006  |  1 comments
Do conspiracy theories displace critical engagement with public life in favor of a fascination with the private lives and personal interest of a mistrusted class (specifically politicians)?
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 08, 2006  |  0 comments
I did some work for Muzak once and made the mistake of calling it "music" within the hearing of my boss. He corrected me, "It is a work enhancement technology." Muzak, he explained, was designed to operate subliminally and different programs were designed to have different effects. Office music was designed to keep you focused and working briskly, whereas shopping music was designed to chill you out and make you linger, perhaps to buy more.
Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 07, 2006  |  0 comments
You know, because, at first, all I had was the Arcam Solo, and the Arcam Solo does everything. It's a good-looking, easy-to-use, single-box multi-purpose solution; a CD playing, AM/FM receiving, integrated amplifying dreamboat of a component. It does everything I want it to do, does it all very well, and takes up almost no space and draws very little attention to itself while doing it. I love it. If you're interested in a fun and easy, one-stop ride into the high-end, then I think you should definitely get to know the Solo. But, like Reading Rainbow, you don't have to take my word for it. I can't go assuming authority around here. I may not know audio all that well yet, but I know cool. And the Arcam Solo is cool. Art Dudley, who is way smarter than me about this, and most other stuff, also liked it. He said:
Wes Phillips  |  Feb 07, 2006  |  1 comments
Beethoven conducts Fidelio, Louis Spohr remembers in the February 7, 1865 edition of The Guardian.