Archive for September, 2008

Emerging music groups

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

New York group Vampire Weekend with storming rythms and clever lyrics, African sounding style.

Seattle group Fleet Foxes with baroque harmonic pop jams.


Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

In 1988 two important records were released – are they now classics and milestones?

- N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton, released august 1988, the first gangsta-rap record with commercial appeal

- De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising, released in Europe in august 1988, a bit later in the USA, the start of  alternative hiphop. Also courtcase related to sampling: sued by the Turtles – lost – sampling requires payment.

WWW organizations

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008


The organization ICANN –  Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – administers the internet backbone including root servers and domain system. Independent – noncommercial – income from users of servers and domains.


World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. 

W3C operations are supported by a combination of member dues, research grants and other sources of private and public funding, and the Supporters Program.

W3C operations are jointly administered by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan.