June 6, 2006

A Short Rant...

by Chris Randall

Is Java so much better than C++ that people are willing to require users to get a fucking 118mb download of the Sun Java Runtime to run their precious aleatoric simulation? And then make those same users put up with that miserable fucking relentless "Update me" thing?

That was a rhetorical question, of course. The answer is "no." I'm now adding compiled Java programs to my Big List Of Shit That Will Never Go On My Computer, along with anything made by PACE and Synthedit-based VST plugins. Fuck that whack-ass shit. Get over it and learn to code like a fucking adult.

And while we're on the subject, I saw Damian Marley on the Henry Rollins show on Saturday. I thought the track he did was pretty good. So I hopped on the IFC website, and listened to the second track (bands that play on the Rollins show always have two tracks; one on the TV show, and one on the web) and I liked that one all right too. So I popped on to iTunes and whacked the "Buy This Album" button. A bit of downloading later and Damian Marley's "Welcome To Jamrock" is on my hard-drive. Which brings me to my next rant.

To wit: I just paid $10 for an hour-long square wave. Seriously, this fucking album is so squished, every kick and snare is distorted. It is past nasty and in to comedy. It's not a bad album at all, but I get all tired out listening to it. After three songs, I feel like I just ran around the block a couple times. Come on guys. They're only called "dynamics" when you actually have them. Really fucking loud doesn't equal really fucking good.



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Jun.06.2006 @ 9:40 PM
Without soft, there is no loud.

The album I can't stand to listen to is Foo Fighters 'One on One.' Someone in that studio decided that if one instance of L3 was good, five instances = hit record.


Jun.07.2006 @ 9:09 AM
Jamrock sounds pretty much the same as the last 200 dancehall/hophip tracks I've heard.

Jun.07.2006 @ 9:59 AM
Chris Randall
See, I have a strange take on that sort of thing because of the following:

(1) I _never_ listen to the radio.

(2) I _never_ watch MTV.

(3) I _never_ go to nightclubs.

So, while it may be the same as the last 200 dancehall albums you've heard, I haven't heard them, so it's new to me. I don't pay any attention to pop music. The joys of niche marketing.



Jun.07.2006 @ 9:47 PM
I'm really a roots&dub head, but the reggae scene here is small enough that I cant avoid exposure to dancehall as much as I might wish otherwise.

Jun.15.2006 @ 12:09 PM
You need to pull your head out of your ass. Just because the Java VM is inconvenient doesn't make it the wrong choice. I love it, frankly, because I only have to write code once and it runs on every machine someone could hand me. Lord, how did you ever get started using the internet? "But it's so inconvenient, I have to get a disk with WinSock Trumpet on it and then I have to configure it! Nobody should ever use it!"

On top of that, you seem to be ignorant of the fact that hypercompressed, clipped-to-hell music sells, and sells well. A lot of people make a lot of money on those albums. Is it for everyone and everything? Of course not. Nobody's putting a gun to your head and forcing you to buy them. Caveat emptor.


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