...that's an A-T field!
Quality music is no longer expensive to produce; the labels are pocketing the savings rather than passing it to the customer. In lots of 2000 a CD cost about a buck, including professional stamping and packaging. That makes it a couple grand to professionally produce a CD. That's far less than musical instruments cost
You're just accounting for pressing and packaging the disk.
Really good mikes cost a lot of money. Five digits USD is not uncommon. Renting a studio is expensive, and so's building one. THen there's mixing, editing and all that. Talented, skilled engineers cost money, and lots of it.
I'm not rooting for the labels, but props where props are due: "The Labels" know / knew what they were doing. Archiv / Deutsche Gramophone, Atlantic, Telarc, RCA, Columbia, Decca all went out of their way to get better sound. They invented, innovated, adapted new technologies / methods. And that aspect of their business has my support.
Example: Deutsche Gramophone worked with Yamaha to make a recording system capable of getting a 144db dynamic range. That's beyond ridiculous. I have a set of Beethoven Symphonies recorded with this. I had to get a much better amp. The old one couldn't handle it cleanly. When was the last time some indie producer pushed the limits like that?
But of course, if one listens only on crap earbuds or a crap car stereo, then who cares, right? I bet you 9 out of 10 people just flat out don't care about how it sounds, and by extension how your body perceives it. It's more than just your ear holes, you know.
I still think streaming is for suckers. You pay for something that can be arbitrarily taken away by the "content owner" at their whim.
Imagine in the Olympics, 100m dash, the runners are ready to run, the gun goes off.... and the runners start throwing dirt at each other's faces instead of actually racing. Sure, the runner who throws most dirt and kills the other runners will be able to get to the finish line first... but there will be no winners! EVERYONE loses!
That would be awesome.
People who text and drive are dangerous (doubly so if you're naive enough to think you're capable of doing it safely, Dunning-Kruger in effect) and not just to themselves but to others. Repeated tests have shown that texting whilst driving has a very negative affect of driving abilities. Unfortunately sometimes the only way to get though to people is to take their phones and cars away, so unless suspensions are issued, people will keep writing this off under the old revenue conspiracy theory and as you pointed out, refuse to change habits.
It's not even the texting that makes them dangerous. What makes them dangerous is that they think it's okay to have their attention focused elsewhere while they continue maneuvering several thousand pounds of machinery. The text messaging is just the latest example, but there have always been examples of people reading, putting on makeup, eating, playing with the radio, talking on the phone, etc. People just don't understand, or care, that driving IS the activity you're doing. In a logical world, these people would be the biggest supporters of public transportation, so they can do those things without risk.
How many American Indian artifacts are collecting dust? And those don't require any conspiracy theories to determine that they have a stash.
They apparently have many in the facility in Suitland, MD, which occasionally does do tours, usually in conjunction with "____ history month" - for example they just did one for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
This sounds a lot like the advice Groupon got.
It's just the photino birds.
"There's an inverse relationship between income and charity. The more you make, the less you give, proportionally speaking."
Compounding this problem is the fact that we tolerate it.
A recent example of this is with the recent Philippines tsunami. The NBA players association decided to give 250,000 in relief aid, as mentioned in a PR statement that was apparently issued with some pride. In case it's not clear, we're talking about a group of crazy-rich athletes with an average salary of $5,000,000 donating about $600 each. To see just how terrible this, consider this. If you earn $50,000 a year, and you decided to forego a $25 pizza for the family for one week and donated that money to the disaster victims, mathematically you're FOUR TIMES as generous as an NBA player.
They recently decided to double it to $500,000. What a bunch of heroes.
And yeah, before you ask, I gave. I earn less than $30,000 a year, and I sent over $100. I'm not knocking anybody in my pay range for not sending as much. I'm talking about the superrich expecting accolades for doing jack shit, and the idiotic masses obliging them.
I'm not much interested in Hollywood versions of classic books, ever since Peter Jackson took a book that is much shorter than any of the books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and stretched it out to what promises to be a trilogy in it's own right.
I'm not saying it's right for The Hobbit, particularly, but there's nothing inherently wrong with taking a short book and making a long movie, or series of movies, out of it... books are dense, most are given little chance to have all their themes, sub-plots, and characters portrayed on the big screen. It's not always wise to do so, but such a common objection to adaptations is "Aw, they cut my favorite part from the book!" that I think most fans would prefer stretching their favorites out if it meant fitting in more of the source.
Again, not exactly what Jackson is up to, but nothing at all wrong with taking a short book loaded with story and making a movie long enough to do it justice.
The question will actually be more like "would you keep driving manually if it meant 80% higher insurance rates?"
Erm, if you haven't been there in 7 years, how do you know they installed new pumps in 2008.
eh, so 5 years instead of 7.. I fail at maths, I don't hate it -- it hates me. The problem is magnified by caffeine deficiency.
A Shell station I used to go to at another job had brand new pumps installed in 2008. These "new" and "improved" pumps would start playing ads the second you took the nozzle off the cradle and started pumping.
Result? I haven't been to that station in 7 years. To hell with intrusive adverts to a captive audience.
Boycott the store, people. Don't buy there. There is no greater "fuck you" to a merchant than an empty till and a competitor's store full of what used to be your own customers.
The Swiss don't exclusively own the high end. The Japanese have wicked watches, there's Seiko and their partner Orient. Seiko has a higher-end name called Credor, and they've made some outrageous stuff.. how about grand complication with sonnerie, based around the SpringDrive movement?
Feel too lazy to type links so just look up Credor, Grand Seiko, Spring Drive. Also Credor Torque and Credor Sonnerie. I'm not gonna type the links for you. Use the google!
What makes Seiko so special? They make everything. They don't buy movements from someone else -- like the swiss do -- and then finish them themselves. Seiko makes everything -- the steel the case is made of, the crystal, the dial, the markers, the glue that glues the markers to the dial, the jewels, the spring that holds the jewel, the lube that goes between the jewels, they make the mainspring, the crown, the stem, every single piece of the movement, the hairspring, etc.
The only other watchmakers than can boast complete construction of every piece of their watches is Patek Phllipe, Jaeger and maybe even Panerai. Everyone else buys from ETA or Jaeger. Cartier? Jaeger. That obnoxious 52mm penile extender? ETA. Bell & ROss? ETA. Omega? ETA. ETA ETA ETA. Jaeger and ETA makes most watches' movements for Europe.
And lastly, if you think Rolex and IWC are the high end, well... I'm sure Patek Phillipe, Seiko and Jaeger would dispute that claim.
Go ahead, do your googlin' and youtubin'. Spring Drive will make your head explode. ETA tried and failed miserably to copy that. It took Seiko almost 30 years to perfect it.
What's on my wrist? A 1968 King Seiko, handwind, no auto. Keeps to plus or minus 2 seconds every 24 hours. Hand-made. Fanatical attention to detail. Don't bother, you won't find a 44KS unless it's from ebay, never sold outside japan.