"You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with a famous unconscious violinist.The Society of Music Lovers kidnapped you, and got the violinist's circulatory system plugged into yours, so he can survive. The director of the hospital now tells you, Look, we're sorry the Society of Music Lovers did this to you--we would never have permitted it if we had known. But to unplug you would be to kill him. But never mind, it's only for nine months. By then he will have recovered from his ailment, and can safely be unplugged from you. Is it morally incumbent on you to accede to this situation?"
"A trolley is running out of control down a track. In its path are 5 people who have been tied to the track. Fortunately, you can flip a switch, which will lead the trolley down a different track to safety. Unfortunately, there is a single person tied to that track. Should you flip the switch?"The example becomes more interesting in light of this variant
"As before, a trolley is hurtling down a track towards five people. You are on a bridge under which it will pass, and you can stop it by dropping a heavy weight in front of it. As it happens, there is a very fat man next to you - your only way to stop the trolley is to push him over the bridge and onto the track, killing him to save five. Should you proceed?"Generally, people approve of flipping the switch in the first case, while they do not find it acceptable to drop the fat guy of the second scenario, even if both cases involve deciding to sacrifice one person to save the remaining five. The philosophical question is: why?
Bush's days are over, but they left us revealing images behind. Errol Morris has compiled some of them accompanied by their respective author's opinions. My favorite is the one shown above; the shadows couldn't be more Democrat... This time, the dark side is not the black side.
BTW. If you didn't know Morris' blog at the NYT, go and have a look. But most importantly, if you haven't seen his documentary films, watch them. Especially, The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line and the bizarre Gates of Heaven.
A 7min (the remaining 1.10min are credits), nicely illustrated Short History of the Internet. And a good example of a documentary short-film without photographic images.
9.40 am Gatwick. I’m back in London – 11.20 the lift doesn’t work – 5 floors carrying my 20kilos suitcase – open the door (how small) – everything is clean – where are they? - I’m happy to be here – Am I really? – Yes, I guess. But I miss them – Off to Warhol exhibition.
Ok. Play it.
this post was delayed 2 days
Back in my tender pre-adolescence, as soon as my older brothers moved to college taking with them what up to then I thought was our music, I realized I needed some musical independence. I then began buying my own CDs and, as a consequence of this, I went through some very pathetic experiences.
In the quest of trying to recover those songs I loved but-never-knew-whose-songs-they-were (many of them were in my brothers' MIX cassettes), I used to go to the record store and eagerly hummed the melody to the guy in charge. Very frequently, the pretentious twenty-something-super-old guy ended up thinking I was a ridiculous mocosa and I (an even more pretentious preperson) thought he was an ignorant of European new musical trends*. But more importantly, the experience was almost always unsuccessful: in many cases, I had to wait for chance to give me an opportunity to hear the song again and if I was too lucky, someone around could tell me what song it was, so I could go and buy it. Those were clearly not lastfm/spotify years.
Fortunately, new generations will not have to go through this (or this) anymore. Now we have programs like Shazam and Midomi that recognize music tracks just by having someone (or something--a music player) humming or singing them. Moreover, once they identify the track, they display the pertinent info (author, album, etc.) and other links to videos and iTunes.
I've heard about these programs and their virtues before. But I've never tried them until yesterday thanks to Pepe and his iPhone, and I must say it's the closest thing to magic I've seen lately.
"The concept behind Shazam is simple: whenever you hear a song playing and can't identify it--on the car radio, at a friend's house, at a bar--you activate the Shazam application on your mobile phone [or iPhone]. It "listens" to the song for about 30 seconds, then sends a text message to your phone [or shows the info directly if it's an iPhone] identifying the artist and title. Shazam's database contains audio fingerprints for nearly 5 million songs, so there's a pretty good chance of a positive ID.
Midomi, in turn,
"[i]s a classic Web 2.0 service with user generated and social networking for singers and music fans. Their searchable database of music (which their music recognition search engine uses for matching voice search queries) is 100% user-generated - it's been built up entirely by their registered members recording and submitting the music of their choice."
And one important thing: both Shazam and Midomi are FREE.
*I was living in Caracas back then.
Sometimes life prevents us from e-living. This is what I've been up to.