Apple Irate Over iPod Compatibility

Apparently Real Networks is making their downloads compatible with the ipod. You would think Apple would be happy, apparently they are not. That’s the thing I don’t really understand about iPods, why aren’t they compatible with more file formats? Creating proprietary hardware is basically what sunk Apple’s ship in the first place. You would think Jobs would have learned his lesson after losing 90% of the market to a product with an open architecture. Oh well, I guess it just leaves the door open for Gates & Co. , again.

New Franz Ferdinand Dates

September 2004
09/09 – New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom
09/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
09/15 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
09/24 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
09/26 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom
09/29 – Minneapolis, MN – Quest Club

October 2004
10/01 – Toronto, Ontario – Docks

Check your local Ticketbastard for tickets.

New Books: The Corporation, Moneyball, Reading Lolita in Tehran and more

Just finished reading The Human Stain by Philip Roth, I’d say he is a great writer, and I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn’t say it is a classic. Before The Human Stain,  I read Eats, Shoots and Leaves  by Lynn Truss, which was very entertaining, (especially considering it’s a book about grammar). Cindy is reading Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, I picked it up and then had to put it down after 5 pages. Right now I’ve got a ton of books on my shelf that I need to read, but I’ve started The Extra Man by Jonathan Ames. Next up could be: The Corporation by Joel Bakan, Gutted  by Lawrence Larose, Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, Life of Pi by Yann Martel or A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. (Sorry Guralnick, Prey is way down the list). Jonathan Ames is giving a reading at the Chelsea Barnes and Noble on July 29, I’m probably gonna go to that. The new book, Wake Up, Sir! got a tepid review from TONY this week.

New Music: Wilco and Joseph Calleja

Went to Academy Records today, got A Ghost Is Born by Wilco. I heard it before, I didn’t love it the first, but I’m willing to give it another shot. Also got a Joseph Calleja CD for my Dad who like Classical music. Apparently this guy is the new Juan Diego Flores. He actually looks a character from Reservoir Dogs on the cover.

Last week I picked up Split the Difference by Gomez and Life Through One Speaker by Young and Sexy, a Vancouver band. So far Split the Difference has been as disappointing as In Our Gun, and Young and Sexy seems good so far.

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