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Devo Hates McDonalds

Awesome.

In April the fast food chain released a series of American Idol Happy Meal toys in the US based on a range of music genres, including Disco Dave, Country Clay, Rockin' Riley and Soulful Selma.

Devo's complaint relates to New Wave Nigel, a toy kitted out in an orange jumpsuit, pink shades, and Devo's "energy dome" hat.

...

"We are in the midst of suing them," Casale told AAP.

"This New Wave Nigel doll that they've created is just a complete Devo rip-off and the red hat is exactly the red hat that I designed, and it's copyrighted and trademarked.

"They didn't ask us anything. Plus, we don't like McDonald's, and we don't like American Idol, so we're doubly offended."


By min | June 30, 2008, 1:59 PM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Shit From An Old Notebook by the Minutemen

let the products sell themselves
fuck advertising, commercial psychology psychological methods to sell should be destroyed because of their own blind involvement in their own conditioned minds
the unit bonded together morals, ideals, awareness, progress
let yourself be heard!



By fnord12 | June 26, 2008, 8:55 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



iPod Car Stereo Review

So a while back the tape deck in our Jetta expired. We were using a cassette adaptor to play our iPods in the car. As a quick fix, we got a radio transmitter, but the poor quality and radio interference was intolerable. Considered getting another tape deck or stereo with a 1/4" audio input, but found that they now finally have iPod ready car stereos available for regular people (The last time i inquired about these, about 5 years ago or so, they looked at me like i had two heads, and then a little later they became available as manufacturer-installed options on high end cars).

So, we got one. It was the lowest end Pioneer model at Lee's Electronics. Got a decent deal because Lee always gives you a deal and it was the store model. Lee said that the higher end models were basically no different except for having funky screensavers (which, looking back on it, i should have inquired about more closely as they may have resolved some of my issues).

Soooo...

The good:

  • The sound quality is awesome. Awesome. It's supposedly got some kind of compensator that restores the quality of compressed files. And despite the fact that we've got what i thought were crappy speakers, the sound is just amazing. Actually, i have the presets on the most conservative setting because anything beyond that and it gets too boomy for our speakers, but still, very nice.
  • It knows to stop drawing power when the car is turned off. The problem with our previous chargers was that you had to go through like a 3 step process to get your ipod going every time you got in the car: plug in the charger, plug in the audio connection, and hit play. With this, you just turn your car on and the music starts. Just like in the mixtape days! And it's got a long cord so you can hide the ipod from the raving hoard of ipod thieves that lurk in every parking lot.

So that's the good, and it's very good. Unfortunately, there's also...

The bad...

  • The display is very limited. You can display either Artist Name, Album Name, or Song Name, and that's it. Only one. You have to hit a button to change it.
  • The scrolling is just stupid. I understand and appreciate scrolling for long names so that you can read the whole thing. But there is no reason to scroll if the full name fits on the screen. Take a short band name like U2 and you are more likely to look down and see nothing than the band name.
  • You lose a lot of iPod functionality. The iPod screen is replaced with Pioneer's logo, so you can't see album art, rate songs, or use any of the iPod navigational controls to move forward and backwards, select playlists, etc. You are stuck using the stereo's controls.
  • And believe me, these controls are awkward. Most of the controls are accessible using a joystick-like dial that requires an inward (like ducking in Halo) push. These are maneuvers that are very difficult to perform while driving. Basic functions, like skip and fast foward, are not easy to do with this joystick, especially when driving.
  • Compounding the control bottom is the choice of buttons that are available on the front of the stereo. Obviously, having buttons for common functions would make things much easier, but to give an example: there is a button to choose your sub-woofer configuration, but in order to pause a song, you have to push in on the joystick until the screen says "Function", scroll through the functions until you see the word "Pause", click right on the joystick and change the "Off" status to "On" by pushing in on the joystick. There's a "shuffle all" button, which i have accidentally pressed several times already, taking me out of my playlists and into a full iPod shuffle.
  • The stereo does also come with a remote control, and the controls using the remote are somewhat better, but it's a flat remote that one would expect to see included with a television or home stereo, not the type that attaches to your steering wheel or anything. Maybe i can rig it to stay attached to the sun visor or something...

Overall, it's like there was a team responsible for the important stuff, like making sure it sounded good, and then an interface team, who was responsible for making me very frustrated. I was really mad at it when i first got it, but i've come to accept the good things about it and deal with the rest. It also has a 1/4" aux input so i could always go that route if i get totally frustrated, but so far i've dealt with the iPod connection so it can't be that bad. It just seems like they took a good product and deliberately sabotaged it with some obvious mistakes.


By fnord12 | June 25, 2008, 1:30 PM | Music & My stupid life | Comments (3)| Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Patterns by Simon & Garfunkel

The night sets softly
With the hush of falling leaves,
Casting shivering shadows
On the houses through the trees,
And the light from a street lamp
Paints a pattern on my wall,
Like the pieces of a puzzle
Or a child's uneven scrawl.

Up a narrow flight of stairs
In a narrow little room,
As I lie upon my bed
In the early evening gloom.
Impaled on my wall
My eyes can dimly see
The pattern of my life
And the puzzle that is me.

From the moment of my birth
To the instant of my death,
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath.
Like a rat in a maze
The path before me lies,
And the pattern never alters
Until the rat dies.

And the pattern still remains
On the wall where darkness fell,
And it's fitting that it should,
For in darkness I must dwell.
Like the color of my skin,
Or the day that I grow old,
My life is made of patterns
That can scarcely be controlled.


By fnord12 | June 19, 2008, 8:40 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link



Random Lyrics Thursday

Green Machine by Kyuss

I've got a war inside my head
It's got to set your soul free
I've got a wheel inside my head
A wheel of understanding
I'm a loadin', loadin' my war machine
I'm contributing to the system, the break down scheme
I'm a shuttin' down, I'm shuttin' down your greed for green
I am here to gun it down, I gotta do
I see pretty flowers at my feet
Cool breeze, clean air, hospitality
Pretty please, pretty please, pretty please
Get the hell away from me
I'm a loadin', loadin' my war machine
I'm contributing to the system, the break down scheme
I'm a shuttin' down, I'm shuttin' down your greed for green
I am here to gun it down, I gotta do
I've got a war inside my head
It's got to set your soul free
I've got a wheel inside my head
A wheel of understanding
I'm a loadin', loadin' my war machine
I'm contributing to the system, the break down scheme
I'm a shuttin' down, I'm shuttin' down your greed for green baby
I am here to gun it down, I gotta do



By fnord12 | June 5, 2008, 8:21 AM | Music | Comments (3)| Link



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