Tuesday Morning Pre-Work Blips

April 3rd, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  2 Comments

» On Salon: “I hate to admit it, but on a fashionable street I dropped my boyfriend’s hand.”

Your boyfriend hates to admit it, but he was glad you did it first, fucker.

» On UO: “I am John Doe, and the youtubes are crawling with scary jee-hadees.”

» Deferred from yesterday: A Death Blow to DRM.

Don’t know about “death blow,” but it’s kind of big, right? Where does this put the “Steve Jobs is a LIOR!!1!” haters?

This morning, EMI Music announced that it would allow customers to buy music off Apple’s iTunes Store–and later, other music stores–without any “DRM” encumbrances, and in a higher-quality format than before. What EMI Group chief executive Eric Nicoli called “premium digital downloads” will be offered as an alternative to its existing, copy-controlled fare. “They will be free from digital rights management… secondly, they will have vastly improved sound quality,” Nicoli said.


So here’s how it will all work on the iTunes Store: Starting in May, you’ll be able to pay 99 cents for the same 128-kbps AAC, DRMed file as before, or you can pay $1.29 for an AAC file with twice the quality, at a 256-kbps bit rate, and none of the restrictions. Better yet, albums and music videos will cost the same with or without DRM. EMI must want this to succeed very, very badly.

You’ll also be able to upgrade old EMI purchases for 30 cents each. Apple says it will provide a “one-click option” to identify EMI purchases in your iTunes library and swap them out for new, DRM-free, double-the-quality versions. (That should get around the problem of finding EMI purchases in the first place–iTunes doesn’t provide a way to search or browse for music from a particular record label.)

Who do you have in your collection that’s on EMI? Wikipedia knows. (For a value of ‘knows’ that’s subject to the usual qualifications where a mob-run wiki with editors who lie about being religion professors is involved.)

Here’s my list:

  • Beastie Boys

  • Blur

  • Chemical Brothers

  • Coldplay

  • David Bowie

  • Elvis Presley

  • Foo Fighters

  • Gorillaz

  • Iron Maiden

  • Jane’s Addiction

  • Leif Ove Andsnes

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

  • Queensryeche

  • Radiohead

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Rolling Stones

  • Sex Pistols

  • Sigur Ros

Some of those I simply can’t explain, and I blame them on drunken Napster trolling some time in the last century. And Al.

» This is sort of delicious:

Tibetan Chai

  • 4 cups cold water

  • 4 cardamom pods

  • 1 inch fresh ginger, crushed

  • 2 black tea bags

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Crush the cardamom pods and ginger and add them to the cold water. Slowly bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes.

Remove the tea bags and add the milk and sugar. Reheat and serve.

RecipeMod: Adding a bit of ground clove is nice, and substituting honey for sugar is pretty good, too.


  1. gl. says:

    April 3rd, 2007 at 11:43 am (#)

    cardamom pods? can you get those at new seasons?

  2. mph says:

    April 3rd, 2007 at 11:48 am (#)

    cardamom pods? can you get those at new seasons?

    I got mine in the spice section at Safeway. I’m sure they’re not optimally fresh, but they did their job in this case.

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