Dr Simon Hurt
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I’ve been to the Rijksmuseum many times – I used to live in Amsterdam within walking distance
I feel ya. I spent some of my happiest years working in the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History in Pittsburgh while I was in college. I was usually either in the Art part of the museum, or the dinosaurs part, lol. It was like a dream come true for ten year old Me.
…and some reductionist, micron-level, view on a computer screen does not even begin to compare with seeing this or any other great art in person.
Gotcha. I’m a filmmaker, and I feel similar about the "the theater vs the smartphone" for watching films discussion. Now, there’s a big difference between seeing a classic work in person, and seeing a film in the theater. BUT: the theater experience matters so much to me. I would LOVE for everyone’s first viewing of Vertigo, Apocalypse Now, No Country for Old Men, (or, hell, even A Nightmare on Elm Street!) to take place in a dark, crowded theater, with great picture and sound. Just a pure, communal experience.
But I know that’s not going to happen. Not like it used to, at least. Excluding our current pandemic situation, you can still go to a movie theater pretty easily — there’s likely one that’s a twenty to thirty minute drive or less from everyone’s address — but most of them aren’t playing films from the 60s or 70s. Those types of theaters exist, they just take a little more work to find.
Museums, though, are much harder to come by. Anecdotal, but: growing up in the sticks, the nearest good museum was almost two hours away. And if you had a family like I did, good luck convincing them to go to a museum on a Saturday/Sunday.
Besides having zero respect for Art — to the point of mocking the idea of a trip to the museum — those two days were for drinking Genesee by the case, watching college football on Saturday and NFL on Sunday, telling the children to either "go outside" or "go upstairs" if they made a peep, and by nighttime, drunkenly arguing/fighting with their spouses, their in-laws, their neighbors or, really, anybody else who appeared to "have a problem" or who might be "runnin’ their mouth."
And traveling to Amsterdam to visit a museum? Please. That’s like asking them to go to the moon. Again, anecdotal, but: every family I knew that flew somewhere to visit, it was ALWAYS Disney World. Lol. That’s it. And the only reason for leaving the country was because of a war.
So, if some eight year old kid discovers broken up scenes from a Godard film on YouTube on his iPhone, then he finds one of his films on Netflix, and it creates a spark — great! Same goes for a kid discovering Pollack or Dali on Instagram. They’re not "viewing" the film like I’d prefer them to, nor are they "seeing" the painting like you’d prefer them to. But they’re still viewing and seeing, despite their limitations. Hopefully, they’re also developing an interest.
Because, you know what? Those kids, fifty or so years from now — they’re going to be the scholars on this stuff. The ones with PhDs in Classical Art, or Film. They’ll be the experts!
I find this equally intriguing and terrifying. How about you?
(Please excuse any typos/grammar issues — my vision isn’t so hot right now.)
How much would you sue them for?
Not mocking you at all, just curious.
Hey, yeah! I’ve seen agreements made before! Who knows, it might have just happened again!
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No. Apple doesn’t need Airplay 2 Sonos as much as Air Sonos needs Sonos play 2, and Airplay doesn’t need Appleplay 2 as much as Air No Sonos needs No 2 PlayAppleAir.
Geez, it’s not that complicated.
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This might be slightly off topic — not by too much, though — but it’s a fun little yarn I like to tell whenever I see a discussion about T-Mobile and their 5G speeds.
Last summer, I accompanied a less tech savvy friend (who also didn’t speak English very well) to a T-Mobile store so he could upgrade his iPhone. They kept trying to sell him their home internet service, despite him saying multiple times that he was happy with his home internet. It was bordering on disrespectful, so I shut that down. (He had asked me to make sure they didn’t rip him off or talk him into stuff he didn’t need).
After a bit, I started getting bored. So, I asked one of the sales people how fast T-Mobiles 5G speeds were compared to the Verizon 5G I had on my iPhone 12 Pro, or other carriers.
A rep whipped out their iPhone 12 Pro Max and opened up a speedtest app. He hit go, and it immediately shot up to 750mbps for download speeds, and something similarly outrageous for uploads.
"Wow, that’s really fast," I said.
"It’s actually a little slower than normal today," the rep said.
"That seems unrealistic," I replied.
"No, our service is just that fast," he said, defensively.
After a little bit, my friends 12 Pro Max was set up and running, so we left. Right when we got outside the store, I had my buddy download the same speedtest app the rep used, and we both ran a speed test. My results, on Verizon, were 23mbps down, 7 mbps up.
His results? 17mbps down, 11mbps up.
Again, this was right outside the door of the T-Mobile store, where I just saw a rep using the same exact device pull down 750mbps download speeds — on cellular — less than a half hour ago.
I was stumped. How did they do that? So I asked one of my super tech savvy friends, who used to be a manager at a Verizon store, if he had any insight. He told me that they were definitely using devices inside (maybe something similar to the one in the article) to boost the speeds to make their 5G look faster.
So, they were just outright lying. Every time I think about it, I wonder if what they did that day is legal. And why did they have to exaggerate the speeds so much? If the speeds would have been 100 up/100 down, I wouldn’t have second guessed it.
Hell, I might have considered switching. Not now, though, lol.
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This article is another reminder of just how much I lucked out by living in one of the parts of Austin that offers Google Fiber.
Additionally, this article is another reminder of what I have to look forward to when Google rebrands Google Fiber into "Google Web+" and then two years later splits that into two services, "Google Web for Business" and "Google Connect" for consumers, and then one year later both are killed off, via a press release, and are buried in a nice plots right next to each other in the Google Graveyard.
God, the inevitable future can go fuck itself.