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It's so interesting how certain generations define themselves by specific products. Who else here feels like part of the Winamp generation?
 
We are the Winamp Generation.  Between the Walkman Generation and the iPod Generation was MY generation.  

Winamp was a huge part of our day-to-day lives.  Even though I've owned a Walkman, a Discman, an iPod, a Cowon and a smartphone, I don't believe I've used anything as much as I've used Winamp.

I listened to my Walkman on my ride home from school for 30 minutes.  I went on my computer, turned it on and started playing some songs on Winamp... until 4 AM.

The Discman, the iPod, the Cowon - they were for the ride, Winamp was for the destination.  Home, at friends, working out, the party... hell, I even used to leave it on to play music while I sleep.

And I know I wasn't the only one.

Today we have many operating systems and it's not strange to see homes with 4 or more, and Winamp isn't on all of them.  Everything plays music now - smartphones, game consoles, tablets, and Winamp isn't there.  We are also moving away from playing local music as we move towards streaming music platforms.

But that doesn't change anything.  We are still the Winamp generation.  Between the Walkman generation and the iPod generation was not the "Nothing Generation."  We were not waiting around, having nothing to do, waiting for the iPod.  We had Winamp.   All these wars and battles against music piracy did not occur because people were downloading songs and transferring them to tape for their Walkmans.  It was not about transferring songs to CDs to listen on a Discman.  It was to listen to on Winamp.   Everyone knows and remembers Napster, but we weren't the Napster generation.  We had Winamp before Napster and after it.

I don't have an emotional attachment to Winamp or any financial relationship with Nullsoft, AOL or Radionomy.  I just find it strange that this chapter of history was brushed under the carpet, as if we went from CDs to the iTunes store with nothing in the middle except for some lawsuits.

Winamp doesn't seem to fit the narrative.  We, as a society, seem to have become obsessed with gadgets.  The narrative has music players like a gramophone, an eight track, a walkman, a discman, an iPod and a smartphone, one after the other like in a museum.  If it's not a gadget, it has no place here.  There is no place for a $10 shareware music player that ran on Windows.  We will remember the bands of the era, the songs of the era, the album covers, the music videos, the record stores, Napster, Limewire, Kazaa, the lawsuits... but is there no place for Winamp in our collective memories?

If it did not have a huge press unveiling and it didn't get sued, does that mean it does not deserve to be remembered?  Do we value the historical significance of things by how big a role they played in our lives or by how much they featured in the media?

Is a commodity software that people use for 17 years, probably longer than any other bar professional tools like Word or Photoshop, less significant than phones that have a shelf-life of two years?

Is history accurate if it follows the narratives of media and advertising rather than developing its own narrative based on society?  Have we reached a point where people would almost say "if it's not a gadget I can buy or not an app on the app store, it probably didn't happen"?

I won't say that.  Not my generation.  We are the Winamp generation.  

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It kicks the llama's ass. ;-)
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Happy Monday, folks.  Try not to get burnt out like the guy in this woodcut stop motion short!

h/t to +Laughing Squid 
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Apparently the IRS is going to treat bitcoins as property and tax them accordingly.

Salon: Sorry, libertarians: The IRS is going to levy taxes on your bitcoins. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw5ZTIpwk
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They will tax everything.  Not news at all.
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This is good, right? I like numbers games that don't actually involve math.

I just scored 12656 on 2048! Check this out http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digiplex.game
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+Richard Verret yeah, this was my second attempt. The highest I've gotten since is about 15,500. Still seeking that elusive 2048! 
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Who would have thought dropping paint into water could be so beautiful? Some of these are absolutely stunning.
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Underwater photography's quite an art in itself, that's wildly awesome!
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Okay, someone tell me if I'm missing something here. How on earth do you get in and out of this tub...?
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Hmm?
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These are like a wonderful cross between building car models and creating architectural vignettes and origami.  If I ever have kids they're going to receive gifts like this.

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With 3D printers also becoming more mainstream people can make some really neat small scenes I'd imagine...
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Here's a comment I spotted on an article posted on +TheBlaze just now. Do you think this person is trolling or genuinely thinks that understanding why something works the way it does is harmful to children's mental state? And what is your opinion?

"These school prison camps should be teaching kids how to get math answers, not why the answer is what it is. No wonder kids get rebellious when kids are told to question everything. “Do it this way because I say so” should be enough for children. No wonder this country is falling apart."
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IMO, both how and why are are important but not equally. At an age when the kids don't even understand what they're doing, how is more important. e.g. Basic Math.
When the kids are old enough, they need to know the why. Of course, this isn't applicable for every subject. For subjects that involve creativity, children should be left to think freely and they'll certainly amaze us.
Imagine how would it be to teach an 8 year kid that Earth revolves around the Sun and Sun is at the Centre of Solar System, which is a part of universe. Instead, we simply start with a lie. Sun rises in the East and sets in the West. When the time is right, we start by telling the truth in phases. That's the reason we've grades for. Each grade is to impart more information and thinking into the young mind.
This may not be fair to some kids who are more talented or dull, but that's an entirely different problem to handle with a class of 30 to 60 strength. 
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Good morning, folks. Remember to appreciate the small things in life, and keep your eyes open for beauty in unexpected places.
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so nice
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Sure, Wireless Road is convenient, but Wired Road is faster.

#geekhumor
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Regardless wired and wireless road are going to have their speeds seriously throttled down when those new service fees get instituted.
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Soon-to-be architect, Google/Android nerd, car chick, harpist, experimental gourmet, world traveler, extroverted introvert.  Half of the Android dev team Sudo Make Me An App.  You may not be prepared for whatever I'm about to do, but you'll have a good time and find it interesting, I promise.  :)
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This place is incredible. I've only been here twice so far, but the staff has been friendly and courteous and wonderfully knowledgeable. Their meat is top notch, and if you're lucky enough to get in on a flash sale (or even just a weekly sale) the prices are lower than you'll find just about anywhere else. I'd give them six stars if I could.
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I love this place! I started coming here because I work down the block, but now I come here on my days off, too. Mike, Peter and the rest of the guys will do whatever they can to make you happy, and the food is outstanding. Do yourself a favor and try it. If you can't figure out what to get, ask for "The Babe".
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I got in a fender bender and started getting quotes and time estimates from local body shops. Most places quoted me well over $2500 and a week to fix it, but Steve agreed to charge a flat rate of $1600. He went out of his way to work with my class schedule, telling me I could take the car whenever I needed to drive to school and bring it back as many times as necessary to get everything done, still at the same price. I dropped the car off on a Monday afternoon expecting to have to drive it primered and unpainted for a while when I came to get it on Thursday. To my great surprise, I got a call on Wednesday telling me it was all done! He did the whole job in two workdays flat, charged a better price than just about everybody, and did a FANTASTIC job. The shop itself is owned and run by Steve, his father and son, and about five other guys. They deal with a lot of expensive cars and are very careful about their work. The shop is very neat and clean, and Steve is a wonderful person to deal with, allowing the customer to see every stage of the repair process and doing his best to accommodate any special requests. Even after he finished the job and I paid him, he was happy to do some little adjustments for me and said I could come back any time if I found a problem. Steve really treated me as if I were family, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience with what could have turned out to be a horrible ordeal somewhere else. I would and do recommend him to anybody in the area, and even if you aren't, it's probably worth the drive!
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