Ping is this new feature added to iTunes and introduces social networking to the world’s most popular music player. Now, I abhor social networking for the most part. Yes, I am a hypocrite since I’m on Stalkbook Facebook (Don’t look for me, I won’t accept your friend request… creeper) FB is a necessary evil. Facebook has become our generation’s yellow pages. Sad but very true. Imagine when you had to actually find people before cell phones, all that geo-tagging bullshit (foursquare and gowalla, I’m lookin’ at you) and Facebook? It was a much more interesting and adventurous time when it really meant something when someone tried to get in touch with you. Now it’s incredibly easy and we still rarely do it. But back to Ping…
Ping has potential, I promise you. I can’t say how many times I’ve asked myself, “What are the favorite bands of MY favorite bands?” and here lies the beauty of Ping. I can follow some of my friends (who’s musical taste I respect), bands, artists and see what they listen to, rocks their respective boats and when they’re playing in my area. I can not stress how many times I’ve missed some of my favorite bands simply because I do not check their website on the regular. I’d like to think Ping will help prevent this as well as keep my ‘Most Recent’ playlist filled with the up and coming. My friends are one of my most constant sources of new music and allowing me to find out what they’re listening to now without having to actually interact with them is fantastic, who wants to talk with friends anymore? That’s what FB is for, I’ll just send messages/tweet/text at them. Kidding aside, I do think Ping has potential to be one of my few accepted methods of social networking. As of right now, it is definitely lacking in some areas. I think having, say, a top five or ten of songs I’m into right now (full length) would be a great addition so my friends can listen and see if they agree. I can honestly say 30 seconds of a song (the allotted sample time on iTunes) isn’t enough for me to decide. I think they’ll get it even better with time, at least one can hope.
*To give some disclosure, I am a big fan of Apple. I’ve been using a mac, have a iPhone and iPod, all that good stuff, so you can consider me bias if you want.*
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.