Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address (via jdel) (via inauguration)

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Just found this video on Ben Kweller’s site.

Looking forward to seeing him play next month in Somerville.

The Rake’s Song – The Decemberists

Their upcoming album “The Hazards of Love” won’t be out until March. But they have released this song for free in advance.

Also, Colin Melroy is now on Twitter @colinmeloy

So damn cool.

My wish list for the future Blackberry App Store

Late last year, I switched back to a trustt blackberry. My iphone 3g is taking a back seat to the Blackberry Bold for now.

The Bold does so many things right. But its missing some apps. I can’t wait for the Blackberry App Store to open up. I’m so happy to hear they have started accepting applications.

Here are the apps I’m hoping show up at launch:

1 – Twitter. I want an app as good as Tweetie for the iphone. Clean UI and fast. Right now I’m using SMS and Dabr which is a mobile web site. The perfect app would include Twitter search with the ability to save search like the iphone app Summizer.

2. I never liked on the iphone. The app itself was great but the iphone doesn’t let apps run in the background. That doesn’t work for streaming audio. I hope builds a killer app for the blackberry. It would be perfect in the car and at the gym.

3. Hype Machine. I know Anthony at the Hype Machine carries a blackberry. I know this is far fetched but a blackberry hype machine app would be awesome.

4. Shazam. I miss this one. I used it several times a week on the iphone.

5. Tumblr. In my opinion the best Tumblr app on the iphone is Tumblrette. I’d love a version for the blackberry.  

6. Games. I need some great games for my kids. They haven’t forgiven me for making the switch back :)

Wonderful song. I was flat out today with so little time. I love the tunes on my tumblr dashboard.

via davehyndman:

Great song and I love the look of this upcoming compilation. Bon Iver, The National, The Decemberists, Iron & Wine, Arcade Fire, MMJ, New Porns, Conor Oberst w/ Gillian Welch … and on and on. What a lineup!


Feist and Ben Gibbard – Train Song (for the upcoming and basically flawless Dark Was The Night compilation).

But I want this to succeed, so go out there, get a slick hardware deal, and kick some ass. Good luck.

via Marco

Marco has a post today about Boxee and their challenges. I think he’s going to get what he’s asking for :)

Boxee in the New York Times

I’m happy to see Boxee as the feature story in the New York Times today and picked up on Techmeme as well.

The article is focused on the idea that consumers may use Boxee to bypass cable:

“Boxee has allowed me to replace cable with no remorse,” said Jef Holbrook, a 27-year-old actor in Columbus, Ga., who recently downloaded the Boxee software to the $600 Mac Mini he has connected to his television. “Most people my age would like to just pay for the channels they want, but cable refuses to give us that option. Services like Boxee, that allow users choice, are the future of television.”

That may be true in the future as even cable operators are investing in their own online video products bigtime. Just take a look at Fancast which is owned by Comcast to see which way the wind is blowing.

But the bypass cable story isn’t the entire story behind Boxee. I love Boxee because it’s open and social. As an open source media center you can port it to any hardware. Developers can go nuts with it. That is the key.

And Boxee’s social features like friends recommendations, friends activity/minifeed and twitter integration are just the start of something big as tv becomes social.

(disclosure: we are investors in Boxee)