teh s3quence 012 – the rapture edition (…or not)

Sometime before the world was supposed to end in earthquakes and fire I decided to make a playlist to commemorate the event.  No, actually I was just inspired by the #myraptureplaylist meme that @neilhimself started on Twitter and HuffPo’s Rapture playlist (most of which doesn’t appear on mine).  The majority of this mixtape was compiled post-rapture, so this is really more a the-rapture-didn’t-happen-and-we’re-all-still-stuck-here mix. 

with all the stuff that’s supposed to happen post-rapture, you’d think it would have already come…

 

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1 Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Rapture
2 Radiohead – Exit Music (For a Film)
3 Laurie Anderson – The End of the World
4 Bauhaus – Kingdom’s Coming
5 Marilyn Manson – The Last Day on Earth
6 Sonic Youth – Do You Believe in Rapture
7 The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
8 Dead Can Dance – Anywhere Out of the World
9 Skinny Puppy – Nature’s Revenge
10 Nine Inch Nails – The Day the World Went Away
11 Tool – Ænema
12 Gang Gang Dance – Thru and Thru
13 DEVO – Beautiful World
14 The Cure – The End of the World
15 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Death is not The End
16 Pizzicato Five – Happy Ending

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…and if you’re still waiting for the rapture…

adobe fights fire with…teddy bears

Adobe launched a new ad campaign today along with a response to Steve Jobs’ declaration that Flash will never be supported on iPhones, iPads, and iPods last week.  (In fact, they’ve added a whole new Freedom of Choice section on Adobe.com.)  There are a few amusing (and somewhat contradictory) statements in Adobe’s open letter (like this one: “If the web fragments into closed systems…their success will come at the expense of the very creativity and innovation that has made the Internet a revolutionary force.” Um, seriously Adobe?  You just said that?  After swallowing your smaller rival Macromedia to become a monopoly in web development and design software and — as a bonus — acquire the very technology we’re having this open/closed argument about, you’re talking about closed systems (hint: Flash is a closed system) coming at the expense of creativity and innovation?  Really?), but you can read it for yourself on Adobe’s site.

What I find most interesting about this new love campaign isn’t even positioning Apple as the bad guy and Adobe as the ones really interested in freedom and openness (while authoring — and trying to save — a patently closed and proprietary system).  (Also note: “open markets“, as described in their letter, is entirely different from “open standards” or “open source“.)  I’m interested in the fact that all of this love is aimed not at consumers — who don’t give a crap what powers the stuff they do on the internet and who will, regardless of what comes of the Adobe vs. Apple feud, still buy iPads, iPods and iPhones — it’s aimed at developers.  It’s aimed at designers.  It’s a desperate we-just-made-massive-improvements-to-authoring-Flash-apps-with-CS5-and-we-don’t-want-to-lose-money plea to not abandon Adobe to open standards and HTML5 and everything else Steve was preaching about in his letter.  Apple is not going to change their stance.  Ever.  This letter was designed to get the people who make Flash apps to not reconsider making those apps with Flash and using something else instead.

What’s also interesting is that, weren’t we just talking about a possible lawsuit against Apple?  Now, “We love Apple”?  Really?  What was that thing that one guy who preached all about love said right before he was carted away…something like “Judas, must you betray me with a kiss?”

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teh TOTALLY 80s s3quence

music was a cornerstone of my childhood. i grew up with mtv and what i consider to be the height of radio — back when dj’s played good music that wasn’t dictated by record labels. some people think that 80s music sounds kitchy, dated, or lo-fi, but i say it’s all of these things that make 80s music great. music was going through a revolution at the time. the 80s saw the rise of punk, goth, industrial, dance and idm — though not all of them were called those things at the time. and 80s music was and will always be the music of my childhood and fills me both with nostalgia and an uncontrollable urge to dance. so, i had to make this 80s mix. it wasn’t a choice, it was a need.

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01 – a flock of seagulls, i ran (so far away)
02 – the fixx, saved by zero
03 – soft cell, sex dwarf
04 – gary numan, metal
05 – tones on tail, go!
06 – siouxsie and the banshees, cities in dust
07 – talk talk, talk talk
08 – duran duran, the chauffeur
09 – devo, smart patrol/mr. dna
10 – kraftwerk, das modell
11 – nena, 99 luftballons
12 – toni basil, mickey
13 – the b-52s, there’s a moon in the sky (called the moon)
14 – inxs, what you need
15 – the police, synchronicity ii
16 – a-ha, the sun always shines on tv

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