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Elon Musk (a real-life Tony Stark sort of guy) + his company + Apple engineer = Possibly something very awesome.
Tesla, a car company that is as much about the tech industry as it is about the auto industry, is hiring an engineer from Apple to lead development. Doug Field, who served as Apple's vice president of Mac hardware engineering, is Tesla's new vice president of vehicle programs.
"Until Tesla came along, I had never seriously considered leaving Apple," Field said in a statement released by Apple.
Read more here. Thanks to Fred for the link.
More than 20 years ago, the fledgling Sub Pop Records launched a subscription service. For a set fee--I forget what it was--you'd get a brand new 7-inch in the mail every month. The first-ever mailing in November 1988 featured some band from Abderdeen doing "Love Buzz," a song by an obscure Dutch band from the 70s called Shocking Blue.
Only 1,000 hand-numbered copies were made available. That single is now worth up to $2,500.
There's no guarantee that anything in a Secret Audio Club Wax Pack will be that earthshaking, but you never know. Each $28 pack features a 7-inch packaged like baseball cards. Some are on black vinyl but others come in special-edition colours.
Here's a sample of what you'll hear in Series 1. Collect all ten! (Thanks to Rupinder for the link.)
We all know what it's like to go to a concert today and what to expect in terms of audio quality. But what if this were 2,500 years ago and you were invited to a gig at one of the brand-new amphitheatres? What would the music sound like?
From the BBC:
Some of the surviving melodies are immediately attractive to a modern ear. One complete piece, inscribed on a marble column and dating from around 200 AD, is a haunting short song of four lines composed by Seikilos. The words of the song may be translated:
While you're alive, shine:
never let your mood decline.
We've a brief span of life to spend:
Time necessitates an end.
The notation is unequivocal. It marks a regular rhythmic beat, and indicates a very important principle of ancient composition.
In ancient Greek the voice went up in pitch on certain syllables and fell on others (the accents of ancient Greek indicate pitch, not stress). The contours of the melody follow those pitches here, and fairly consistently in all the documents.
The more I read the article, the more I was fascinated. Continue on.