Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  2 comments
If we were late, we didn't care. An elevator showed us out onto a floor where people gathered round a table blanketed in champagne and wine. We made our way, and caught attention.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  6 comments
Here's an article from USA Today about vendors selling fully loaded iPods on eBay. Is this a legitimate fair use issue? My gut reaction is no—if vendors were selling loaded iPods for market value or used value, it might not trip my BS detector. But when you are charging several hundred bucks extra for the 11,000 songs you've loaded on the iPod, it seems to me that you've crossed that fair use line in the sand—we've established what you are and now we're just negotiating price.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  1 comments
Great, readable essay by William Gibson on the season that changed his life. He has some fascinating thoughts on H.G. Wells that have made me want to dip back into that writer's work.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  0 comments
Set your irony scanner to high and read about the kerfluffle involving the MPAA making copies of a film submitted for a rating. Even better, if the film maker sues, the MPAA's defense will probably hinge on whether or not it intended to sell it. Does that mean if they argue successfully that intent to profit is the definition of piracy that we can make copies too if we promise not to sell them?
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  4 comments
When I was hired to sell hi-fi almost 20 years ago, I figured I knew my stuff and I knew audiophiles. How hard could selling good gear be? I wondered. Phenomenally hard, it turned out. I began to learn how to sell and the crux of it wasn't trickery or fast-talk, but actually listening to what people wanted (and, granted, sometimes hearing stuff they weren't actually saying).
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  1 comments
Get Internet Explorer! ROTFLMAO
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 25, 2006  |  1 comments
Artnatomy is a really cool tool—for learning to draw faces, of course. I can't even draw a stick figure for Hangman, but stuff like this makes me dream about unleashing my (extremely) inner artist.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 24, 2006  |  5 comments
I spent perhaps a total of ten hours in my apartment this weekend, and for about eight of those, I was asleep. So, unfortunately, I didn't have the time to make any real comparisons. I faced no problems, however, in disconnecting the Arcam Solo and bringing the A3.5 units into my little system. It was an easy-breezy piece of Key Lime pie. I didn't even feel bad about it; the Musical Fidelity pieces are so attractive, I couldn't wait to get them going. Though the setup required merely sticking the AC cords into the appropriate sockets, making the simple connection between the integrated and CD player, and hooking up the speakers — black to black, red to red — I felt some small amount of pride for getting it all done without a hitch. Anyone could do it, really.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 24, 2006  |  2 comments
I'd try this myself, but I expect that Huckleberry's revenge would be severe.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 24, 2006  |  5 comments
'Fess up—you've always wondered about that butter side down thing.