Memos from March 2007


ScrapBlog — A New Way to Blog

ScrapBlog

Just in case you haven’t heard via the web, Scrap­Blog has just launch their preview-mode per se. Nick Gon­za­lez has writ­ten an announce­ment regard­ing the launch over at TechCrunch yes­ter­day. He men­tioned that you may go to the pre­view mode via http://www.scrapblog.com/preview.

I haven’t taken a detailed look at it, but from what I’ve seen, it may be suc­cess­ful like a catchy tune in the sum­mer time. So yeah, take it for a spin. You can even watch Robin Good’s YouTube screen­casts of Scrap­Blog before hand.

All From the Same Tree

Just want to share this quote w/ every­one. I found it just brows­ing a minute ago…

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the moun­tain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Should we all con­fess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.
Should we all reveal our virtues we would also laugh for the same cause.

— Khalil Gibran 

Virb.com — The MySpace Killer?

Well, what else can I say about this new site—Virb.com. Bril­liant!

I was going to do a writeup about the new site that is going to be com­pet­ing with the giant in online com­mu­nity, MySpace.com but I just found this review arti­cle by Kevin Sylvia, Virb — Advanced Social Net­work­ing.

Here’s my pro­file, virb.com/sherwin. Time to switch =p

The “Amen Break”

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Can I Get An Amen?. Pro­duced by Nate Har­ri­son. 2004.

Can I Get An Amen? is an audio instal­la­tion that unfolds a crit­i­cal per­spec­tive of per­haps the most sam­pled drum beat in the his­tory of recorded music, the Amen Break. It begins with the pop track Amen Brother by 60’s soul band The Win­stons, and traces the trans­for­ma­tion of their drum solo from its orig­i­nal con­text as part of a ‘B’ side vinyl sin­gle into its use as a key aural ingre­di­ent in con­tem­po­rary cul­tural expres­sion. The work attempts to bring into scrutiny the techno-utopian notion that ‘infor­ma­tion wants to be free’- it ques­tions its effec­tive­ness as a democ­ra­tiz­ing agent. This as well as other issues are fore­grounded through a his­tory of the Amen Break and its pecu­liar rela­tion­ship to cur­rent copy­right law.