Thursday, July 12, 2007

Around The Blogosphere & On The Net: 12 July 07

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Origin of the MashUp: Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, has been producing beat-heavy electronic music for more than a decade. From his early solo trip-hop efforts to his more recent collaborations with jazz giants, Spook has always approached music from multiple angles at once. He has the chops of a musician, the genre-blending ear of a disc jockey and the conceptual vision of a performance artist. My kinda dude!

Now, here's something interesting: Less Than Two Percent of Americans Involved In Study Illegally Burn DVDs even though it's fairly easy to do! The New York Times reports on a study by the NPD group that surveyed 12,000 U.S. citizens about their software usage. Guess the peddlers along Canal Street are more interested in embracing the technology than the average Jane or Joe (though I suspect my blogging friends are savvy enough...) which brings us back to tracks on waxx...

Actionable Offenses: Indecent Phonograph Recordings from the 1890s - Comedy - New York Times "The zeal with which phonograph pioneers took to indecent material is a reminder that, from the Victrola to the Internet, smut peddlers have always been among the earliest and savviest adapters of new technologies."

House waves the White Flag: April Fool’s pullout date... hmmm...British troops in Iraq are accused of releasing "man-eating badgers" in Basra, according to a BBC news report. The creatures, apparently some 39 inches (100 cm) in length, are the size of dogs and have monkey-like heads.

The Pew research group just released a study (PDF) outlining the growth of internet users in China today. The study estimates there are 137 million internet users, second only to the US’ online population estimated at 165 million to 210 million.

China in bad need of sex ed (state blaming Shanghai teen pregnancies on the internet) (Reuters)

Top 5 Hottest Product Launches of 2007

William Kamkwamba is a 19-year-old Malawian with a natural technological aptitude and proclivity for mechanical innovation. When he was a young teenager and his parents couldn't pay for school, he built a windmill that could power a light in his house.

Wired's Chris Anderson Discusses Next Book -- "Free"

Invazor C!!! [ES] writes about his first hands-on experience with the XO of the One Laptop per Child project and states that the children were able to easily and happily interact with the new machines.

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