Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Media Center Creation Project Log #1

Spurred, in part, by a dying Tivo Series 2 and in part by the obsolescence* of a small 2-inch TV Jena had been using as part of her morning rituals, we at the Edwards’ household are in the midst of a Media Center creation, or rather coalescence project.
While I didn’t quite plan it this way, the first part of the media center is now in place, a 37-inch Samsung LCD. Samsung is a great choice for LCD’s as they have great reviews and are generally innovators in their TV production. I briefly flirted with the idea of the LED but the smallest was 40-inches and for this particular room and space we needed it to be no larger than 37-inch. As it turns out, I was able to talk myself out of the more expensive 37-inch model primarily because I really do not like the Auto Motion Plus 120Hz™ feature that is supposed to smooth transitions between frames but ends up making everything look like it is shot on a hand-held HD video camera. Also the higher-end model achieved at least part of its 100,000:1 contrast ratio by shining up the screen surface, which in our house, like in the store, resulted in significantly more glare being produced. In this case, going to the store to see the products in action** also saved me money as I got this TV for just under $800 rather than the $1200 I was ready to spend.
NEXT UP: HD Antenna Selection
* The little LCD TV served us well for over 10 years, but the idea of getting a digital signal converter for it made me throw up in my mouth a little. So I installed a 22-inch LCD upstairs for her and connected the set to a hidden HD antenna with Scott’s help.
** I also brought my MacBook Pro and and a Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter.


A-Ha Literally

Hey Sarah Palin

What was that song?

shazam - Best free iPhone app so far Shazam is a great app that promises what it says it does. It has been out for a while and I have used it on other phones but for the iPhone it hasn’t let me down. When I want to know what song is playing at the bar or in the Volkswagon commercial I simply fire up Shazam and in 12 seconds it lets me know.

New Sigur Ros video (NSFW*)

* Safe for work if you work at a cool place.

Published photographer :)

More of the encoreA couple photos of mine were used in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal (both online and in print). There were from a Cloud Cult concert here in Minneapolis and have been among my most requested photos (the band uses them on their site, too).

Remix Nude

Radiohead has released the pieces and parts (or stems) of their song Nude on iTunes iTunes Store URL you can remix the song however you wish and submit it to a contest at (more than 400 so far). If you buy all 5 stems by the 8th of April you will be given access to download special GarageBand project file to make it easier to get started.