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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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Yay #Cosmos!
 
As seen on #Cosmos: Supernova

A supernova is the explosion of a star. It is the largest explosion that takes place in space.

Supernovas are often seen in other galaxies. But supernovas are difficult to see in our own Milky Way galaxy because dust blocks our view. In 1604, Johannes Kepler discovered the last observed supernova in the Milky Way. NASA’s Chandra telescope discovered the remains of a more recent supernova. It exploded in the Milky Way more than a hundred years ago.

A supernova happens where there is a change in the core, or center, of a star. A change can occur in two different ways, with both resulting in a supernova.

The first type of supernova happens in binary star systems. Binary stars are two stars that orbit the same point. One of the stars, a carbon-oxygen white dwarf, steals matter from its companion star. Eventually, the white dwarf accumulates too much matter. Having too much matter causes the star to explode, resulting in a supernova.

The second type of supernova occurs at the end of a single star’s lifetime. As the star runs out of nuclear fuel, some of its mass flows into its core. Eventually, the core is so heavy that it cannot withstand its own gravitational force. The core collapses, which results in the giant explosion of a supernova. The sun is a single star, but it does not have enough mass to become a supernova.

Seen here is Cassiopeia A, among the best-studied supernova remnants. This image blends data from NASA's Spitzer (red), Hubble (yellow), and Chandra (green and blue) observatories.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI/CXC/SAO
#supernova #universe #stars #nasa #space

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Mark your calendars!
 
Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson 
Apr13: On this date in 2029 stadium-sized asteroid Apophis buzz-cuts Earth at 45,000 km/hr below our communication satellites
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/455435293815226368

Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99942_Apophis

Note The white bar is the error in estimated position, closest approach could be anywhere long that line.
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Today’s launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9’s first stage. A fix will be implemented by the next launch opportunity on Friday April 18, though weather on that date isn’t ideal. Check www.spacex.com/webcast for updates.
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"There isn’t a rational argument for why a new company should have to use dealers. It’s just dealers trying to protect their profits."

The New Yorker weighs in on the New Jersey ban.
Last month, New Jersey decreed that Tesla would have to shut down its showrooms. The problem: Tesla sold cars directly to the public, without going through independent dealers. Auto dealers around the country have been lobbying state governments to force the company to change its ways.
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So cool!
 
During tomorrow’s CRS-3 launch to station, SpaceX will attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage. This test is not a primary mission objective and has a low probability of success (30-40%), but we hope to gather as much data as possible to support future testing.

After stage separation, when Dragon is well on its way to the ISS, the first stage will attempt to execute a reentry burn and then a landing burn over the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9 is carrying four landing legs, which will deploy partway into the landing burn. Eventually, SpaceX hopes to land the first stage on land.

Though success is unlikely with this test, it represents an exciting effort toward someday developing a reusable rocket.
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