Tag: iPod

A polite request for Steve Jobs bashers to STFU

A polite request for Steve Jobs bashers to STFU

Mental Debris
I can't pretend to be personally moved by Steve Jobs' death. I can acknowledge the impact he had on modern technology and our society, and still not be all that upset that he's no longer with us. But here's the thing -- last night, while the internet poured out its sympathy and grief over Steve Jobs, I decided that instead of being a phony I just wouldn't say anything at all. I really wish some of you Steve Jobs/Apple bashers would do the same. I read a lot of negative commentary yesterday regarding Jobs, and it seems to break down into a few major gripes. Allow me to address them here. You say: Why should I care about Steve Jobs? I don't even own an iPod. I say: Good job on demonstrating your short-sightedness. The fact that you don't own an iPod or any other Apple products, beli...
Retrotisements: RIP Sony Walkman (1979 – 2010)

Retrotisements: RIP Sony Walkman (1979 – 2010)

Advertising, Retrotisements
You ever read an obituary on some famous, really old celebrity and think, "I thought that person was dead already"?  I reacted in much the same way when I read recently that one of Sony's most famous products, the Walkman, was discontinued from production in Japan. Who even listens to cassettes anymore, except hipsters wanting to look all ironic?  And more importantly, who would listen to one in public? Well at one time the Sony Walkman was the product to have, and I was a proud owner.  I can't say I'll miss them, even though I have fond memories of playing my cassette copy of Alive! on an endless loop as a youth.  But it's an important piece of music history, so the least I can do is throw some classic Walkman advertisements your way.  Check back in 30 years so we can wax nostalgic
GFS on Facebook

GFS on Facebook

Blogstuff, Internet
I believe the technical term for someone like me is "late adopter."  I was slow to warm up to the iPod, but I now view it as one of the greatest things since the miniskirt.  And I was never real big on the whole social networking internet thing.  All that has changed, as I've spent the last several months hip-deep in LiveJournal and now Facebook. And now I've reached the logical conclusion of all this, and that's mingling the two worlds - so today I started the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Facebook fan page.  It's an extension of this site and a good place to find other Facebook friends with similarly great taste in websites.  So if you're on Facebook stop by and declare your fanhood! Hopefully the page will thrive on Facebook, and seeing as it contains no nipples yet it should....
Spin the black circle

Spin the black circle

Music
The Associated Press reported recently (confirming what I had known for a time) that the reports of vinyl's demise may be exaggerated. But while music purists may be rejoicing, it's important to keep a few things in perspective. True, shipments of LPs in the U.S. increased just over 36% from 2006 to 2007; but vinyl still accounted for less than a blip on the radar in terms of overall market percentage (CDs shipped more than 500 million units in '07 compared to 1.9 million for LPs and vinyl singles combined). And the overall trend is still down - LPs haven't shipped more than 2 million units since 2001, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon. Not that you'd guess from the tone of the article, which seems to infer that vinyl is poised for a major comeback. That being said, it plea...
The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

Music
Creating and maintaining an iPod playlist with my favorite songs has been an interesting experience for me. I call the playlist "The Best" not because I really think these are the best songs ever, but because they are the ones that resonate the most with me. As the playlist has grown (it's now at 46 songs) some items of note have emerged. The first is that two of my all-time favorite bands, Kiss and Rush, are not represented once on the list. The second is that although I'm a pretty upbeat guy most of the time, I seem to respond the most to songs that are more subdued or melancholy. The third is that if a song has strong vocal harmonies it automatically wins points with me.So with that, here is the current list of The Best, with some commentary. As a side note, at least a few of these c...
Hit the road Jack

Hit the road Jack

Mental Debris
I can't believe I missed this while I was away, but apparently last week it was announced that WCBS-FM, the long-running New York oldies station, will be returning to the airwaves this week. This is great news not only for oldies fans (of which I am one), but also for listeners who felt shafted by WCBS's unceremonious departure in June 2005. The details of the switch from oldies to Jack FM are chronicled here, but here's the short version - After 33 years as an oldies station (and with still healthy ratings), WCBS was yanked off the air with no notice and replaced by the Jack FM format. Local institutions like Cousin Brucie Morrow were dumped after decades of service, and loyal listeners were left in the lurch. The change was a slap in the face to fans of the station, and epitomized ...
As if I needed another excuse to be anal about music

As if I needed another excuse to be anal about music

Music
One of the great things about the iPod and iTunes is that, apart from the ability to listen to any song I want with just a few clicks, it feeds the habit of a statistics junkie like me. I am addicted to tracking the play counts of my songs, and have even gone so far as to scold Mrs. Suit for skipping a song on the iPod before it finished, because doing so meant it wouldn't count as having been played. Yeah, it's that bad. So now I've discovered last.fm, and my world of borderline-obsessive music tracking is even bigger. You see, it's no longer good enough for me to know how much I listen to certain songs or bands - now EVERYONE can know, and I'm loving it! Yes, the word scrobbling is now a major part of vocabulary, and I'm loving it. Now I've got charts and pretty pictures to show me ju...