The Archive

You should definitely check out the short film The Archive at Vimeo:

Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world’s largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced to sell his collection.

This is the story of a man and his records. I hope you enjoy it.

As MetaFilter points out, “He’s ready to sell the whole thing for 6 cents on the dollar of their worth. 3 million records for $1 each. And nobody is buying.”

I can’t believe that no one has expressed any interest in such an amazing collection! You’d think Paul Allen (founder of the Experience Music Project, a museum of music history in Seattle), the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, or even the Library Of Congress would jump at this opportunity. What a tragedy; I hope that someone worthy gives the collection a home…

Muppets Comeback?

Entertainment Weekly speculates that some new YouTube videos that have recently surfaced could be the beginning of a Muppets comeback. Whether or not that’s true, the four YouTube channels they unearthed contain some great videos. My favorite is The Swedish Chef’s Channel, which currently contains a hilarious duet of the Habanera aria from Carmen with Beaker, seen above. The other channels are from Sam The Eagle, Beaker, and The Great Gonzo.

R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008?

PC Magazine and Slashdot report on the recent crackdown by some ISPs on Usenet:

…major providers are dropping the full alt. hierarchy, and even Usenet entirely, as part of a New York State government crusade against child pornographers who’ve been using the alt.binaries groups to distribute their wares.

I support their aim, but as one article put it, “Dropping all of Usenet to lose alt.binaries.videos.of.criminal.acts is definitely throwing the baby out with the bathwater.” I personally subscribe to Giganews directly for Usenet access rather than relying on access through Comcast, but others may unfortunately not be so lucky. I don’t know if this really is the end of Usenet, but it certainly seems like a sad development…