Top Fifteen Best Most 90’s Albums

Since retro nostalgia goes in about a 20 year time cycle (the time it takes a generation to move from tender impressionistic teenage years to being the dominant workers and consumers in a culture) right now the 90s are big and will probably stay big within our backwards directed (non)culture for awhile.  So to add fuel to the 90s retro pyre, I will now make a list of my favorite nineties albums, because that’s what was truly important back then – sitting around and listening to whole albums.  Sadly I can’t remember the last time I just sat down and just listened to a whole ‘Long Player’ the whole way through while not doing anything else, but back when I did these were the albums that mattered to a midwest kid living in a sonic cocoon made out of college radio (KJHK!) brit pop hype(NME!) and music reviews in magazines(EW!) Continue reading

How Apple TV could transform the living room and why it will fail to do so.

Apple_TV_2nd_GenerationThe Apple TV is a good product.  Airplay and screen mirroring are fantastic features.
But it could be a great product, it could take over the living rooms of many houses, but it probably won’t.  There have been rumors that an enhanced apple TV or an actual Apple branded television will be released in 2014.  The biggest potential for either of these products will be a third app store to go along with the iOS app store and the Mac app store.

The Apple TV app store could be a gamer paradise, an easy way for developers to publish amazing and innovative games without the gatekeepers of Nintendo,  Microsoft, Sony, or even Steam.  This open playing ground could revolutionize living room gaming the same way the iOS  revolutionized portable gaming.  But there are three things Apple will need to take the gaming market by storm:

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The price is wrong.

Gather round grandchildren I want to tell you about the gloried days of consumerism.

We used to buy things in places called stores or shoppes.    Stores like Borders which closed down in 2011.  We would go into them and look at actual objects like $18.99 compact discs, $5.99 magazines, $24.99 Deluxe Edition DVDs and $26.00 hard-backed books.  I know you have no idea what a disc, magazine, dvd, or paper book is, but just try to imagine with me.

Most of the time in these stores we wouldn’t really buy anything, we would just look at all the stuff and the other people looking at stuff   Well unless it was Christmas time, and then we would buy 16 month calendars or gift cards for our aunts and stepparents.

But things changed and now we get most everything instantly digitally fantastically.

Now I miss all those stores sometimes, as I could go in and the college-educated store clerk could ask me if I need anything and I would mumble “just browsing” and move away quickly.  Sometimes I miss that human contact, handing that actual person a credit card to swipe and the delightful back and forth about whether I want a bag or not.

But overall I like the digital e-delivery of today.  Instant gratification works like a peach.

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