Spotify - No Longer Free and Unlimited

Spotify made its big U.S. debut on July 14, 2011.
In one week, we'll be marking the streaming music service's six-month anniversary.

And in one week, all those users who signed up for the free all you can eat desktop music that day will find out that they're going to be limited to just 10 hours per month now. You're also only allowed to play individual tracks more than five times per month.

I have the pay version, using it on my iPhone. I've used it more for music discovery than as my main listening library. I'm debating whether to cancel it or not.

A Train in Oahu?

The two-track line —a 30-foot-wide span, with 21 elevated stations — is designed to accommodate an increasing crush of commuters and tourists while encouraging new growth and development, particularly on this undeveloped part of the island. The Honolulu rail project, scheduled for completion in 2018, seems certain to change sharply the nature of much of the south side of the island, as well as downtown Honolulu.

It would certainly bring a different feel to Oahu. Even though it would help in moving people, I don't know if it is - overall - a good thing.

Prometheus - Trailer

Check out the trailer for the new Ridley Scott film. There's a question of how or if this movie fits in with the Alien movies. Nonetheless, the title in the trailer suggests some sort of link, harking back to the Alien trailer. I vividly remember my sister taking me to see Alien at the Old Mill Six Theater. I didn't know it was going to be a scary movie until that thing popped out of John Hurt's chest. From then on it was a tense two hours.

Snakes on a Plane? Don't Worry About It

I don't think I'll ever visit the Philippine rainforest.

Mostly, the Agta fend off the serpents with machetes or shotguns. Only six people have actually been killed in the span of 39 years, including a man who was found inside a snake, and two children who were eaten by the same python on one fateful night. Without their iron weapons, the Agta would surely have lost more individuals to python coils. - A Site to See

The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person? compares the living conditions in your country to another of your choice.  It's interesting to see how different - and not necessarily better - your living conditions are to others, as a country. Everyone's got problems.

List of Links for Today

List of Links for Today (LOLT)

A few links to read:

  • Star Wars will be available on blu ray this year! I'm placing my pre-order on this one even though I don't particularly like the newer movies.
  • More Star Wars - cool posters.
  • You can't walk straight blindfolded. There's science behind this, of course.
  • I bet you aren't as into Twilight as this lady who has it tattooed on her back.
  • Bjork does karaoke, BUT for a cause.
  • If you have a Mac, you may want to see if there is an software update available.  Last week, Apple launched the Mac App Store.  I haven't bought anything from it yet, but it does look interesting.

When It - A Site to See


In a previous life I was a record store manager. (Yes, I can hear Mia now, "What's a record?") Back then, I would enjoy new release Tuesdays, when new music and movie rentals would show up. It was easy to keep track of what was coming out back then. Ever since I've been out of retail, it has been a bit more difficult to determine when "this title" is available for rent or "that artist" is coming out with something new.

It looks as if When It Drops tries to help to provide this information. It's a simple clean site showing what came out last week, what is coming out this week, and what is being released in the next few weeks. The site covers theater movies, music, DVDs, games, and books. Check it out.

Waistline Or So You Think

If this is what men go through, I can't imagine what women experience.

 Waistlies of the Day: Esquire’s Style Blog investigates the discrepancy between what major labels pass off as size 36 dress pants versus their actual size.
I’ve never been slim — I played offensive line in high school — but I’m no cow either. (I’m happily a “Russell Crowe” body type.) So I immediately went across the street, bought a tailor’s measuring tape, and trudged from shop to shop, trying on various brands’ casual dress pants. It took just two hours to tear my self-esteem to smithereens and raise some serious questions about what I later learned is called “vanity sizing.”

See Also: How everything should fit.

[via thedailywhat who found it via equire.]

Apple's New iPods and Apple TV

Thinking of getting one of the newly announced shiny Apple toys? You may want to pop over to Ars Technica and get their initial hands-on impression of each new device.

I was briefly toying with the idea of changing my iPhone 3GS to a regular phone and getting the new iPod Touch. But then I would be, once again, carrying two devices to stay as connected as I want to be. Do I really want to do that?

My Instapaper Links for the Week

What's this? It's a list of links I've read this week, which I hope you'd find interesting as well. I usually get interesting links sent to me by friends, posted on Facebook, or run across them in my casual browsing of the Internet. Often, I don't have the time or patience to read the link when I see it. What I do then is place the link in the great Instapaper.

Instapaper saves the content of the link, or at the least the link, so I can read it later. Instapaper has an iPhone and iPad app which allows me to catch up when I have downtime, usually at day's end. They also have their website to view the articles you saved.

So for you, a reader of this blog, I'm sharing a few links I found interesting this week. I hope to share links weekly if possible.

  • When Bad is Good Top 10 vices that are actually good for you. I know Farrah and I would like to take more advantage of #1 - Getting your zzz's. But sometimes that's not possible. (via Tage and CNN)
  • There's an Apple event on September 1! If the rumor of a new iPod touch pans out, I might consider carrying that instead of an iPhone. (I said I might).
  • "I Thought It Would Be Funny", so says the British woman who put a cat in a trash can. Did you see that story? I'm surprised she didn't think she'd get caught, considering the abundance of monitoring in the UK.
  • How to Bully-Proof Young Girls. Bottom line: cliques start early. Oh, and in the long run, girls are meaner than boys.
  • The rise and fall of American Apparel. All I've ever known of American Apparel is their risque ads (NSFW). But then again I'm not über hip. Dov Charney, the mastermind behind American Apparel, is an interesting sleazeball, at least from reading this article.
  • Batman, Inc. "It's really weird. Batman can take anything. You can do comedy Batman, you can do gay all works. It something intrinsic to the character. It's so strange and amazing." -- Grant Morrison.