In Memoriam Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb passed away at age 62.   Apparently all the younger generation knows about the Bee Gees is their disco period.   How said.  Long before the disco era the Bee Gees were legends, at times rivalling the Beatles.  Here’s a little playlist I’ve thrown together, based on their Golden Oldies I could find on Youtube.



Startup Lifecycle a’la ABBA (Are We in a Bubble?)

Wow, who would have thought 1970′s supergroup ABBA were such good predictors of the Startup Economy:-)

No kidding… it all started with a tweet by Box Lead Magician Aaaron Levie:

We must be in a tech bubble given how much ABBA I’m listening to.
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My first though was:

@levie As long as it’s not only Money Money Money :-)
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Then I had this crazy thought of trying to remember more ABBA titles… it took me about 3 minutes to see ABBA’s wisdom … LOL.. I mean to come up with a full startup lifecycle, purely based on ABBA titles:

  • I Have a Dream
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
  • Take a Chance on Me
  • Money, Money, Money
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Mamma Mia
  • S.O.S.
  • The Winner Takes It All
  • The Name of the Game
  • So Long

Feel free to add more :-)

(Cross-posted @ CloudAve » Zoli Erdos)


Mashup of a Different Kind: Pink Floyd & The Bee Gees. Stayin’ Alive In The Wall.




A Whiter Shade of Pale by Apple (Leaky iPhone and More)

This is the Week of Leaks: first and foremost Wikileaks, and now the iPhone Leak.  No, I’m not talking about the disappearing signal (aren’t we bored of the iPhone antenna stories yet?), this is leaking white light as reported by

Apparently, the back light from the iPhone display screen is leaking out around the edges of the glass and seeping through the back of the white phone, according to a person familiar with the manufacturing process.

So it appears Apple can’t make a white iPhone – for now.  I actually think the black one is more elegant, but of course it’s a matter of choice.  HTC can claim to be first, since their white EVO is now available – but is it really white?

Not really…this is a black phone with a white back – a rather tasteless combination, if you ask me.  If you want white, go for the true white, which is what the iPhone design is – if they can ever manufacture it.

All this white-mania makes my head spin, to the point I can’t pick to most fitting tune.  Is it:

Both recorded before many of our readers were born. Enjoy Smile

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(Cross-posted @ CloudAve)


Bohemian Bankruptcy

P.S. Ah, that FTC disclosure.. I did some business with the Queen .. way back. smile_wink


And Now, Here They Are: The Beatles

I grew up with them. Well, sort of.  They were already considered “Oldies” by the time I was an early teenager. But I guess I always liked oldies.  Just like so many others.. so The Beatles remained classics, for half a century.

And now, here they are again – at least in the form of an interactive game, due out next month.


The preview does not do justice to it, after all you can only passively watch it, while the real The Beatles: Rock Band will allow players to sing and play interactively with the Fab Four.  The game was developed by Apple Corp, which is not to be confused with that other entity in the business of making of iPods and iPhones and all sorts of Mac-things.

Read more @ Nick Carr’s  Rough Type, Crave and The New York Times.

And now, here’s your  Ticket To Ride.


House of Lords on A Whiter Shade of Pale

Procol Harum’s  A Whiter Shade of Pale has been a classic favorite of generations … no, I’m not that old, it was considered a golden oldie even as I grew up.  That said this song brings many fond memories…

Too bad they had to go to court.. apparently Matthew Fisher who created the song’s organ solo had been excluded from receiving royalties – while I am no legal expert, I can attest A Whiter Shade of Pale would be a lot .. hm.. more Pale without the distinctive organ music, so I am glad the House of Lords sided with him now.

And now, Procol Harum, 41 years later:



Late Christmas Gift from Norway: Download All the Beatles Songs Free and Legally

See update at bottom!

From Norwegian site NRKBeta:

Some weeks ago, NRK – Norwegian Braodcasting – signed a deal with music rights holder organisation TONO in Norway. The new deal gives NRK right to publish podcasts of all previously broadcasted radio- and tv-programs that contains less then 70% music.

Podcast containing music may be up for four weeks, while our podcast without music stay up on our server forever.

One result of this deal, is that we now can publish “Vår daglige Beatles” – “Our Daily Beatles” in English – as a podcast.

In this series from 2001, journalists Finn Tokvam og Bård Ose tells the story of every single Beatles tracks ever made, chronologically. Each episode contains a 3 minute story about each track (sadly for our international visitors – in Norwegian) and the actual Beatles tune.

This is – as far as we know – the first time you can download the Beatles’ music legally. Neither iTunes nor Amazon have The Beatles in their music stores.

So now Norway’s contribution to Beatles music is a lot more than just Norwegian Wood.  This is an incredible deal: grab the 128kbps mp3 format podcasts here.

(hat tip: Espen Antonsen)

Update: Well, this was too good to last.  NRK pulled the podcast due to legal issues.

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New Yorker Wins Megasztar, Hungary’s “American Idol”

Hungary’s version of American Idol, Megasztar ended this weekend, and the winner is Viktor Kiraly, who was born an raised till age 16 in New York.  Music runs in the family; both parents were musicians, sister Linda published CD’s in the US and the UK, and Viktor started his band with identical twin brother, Ben.

Here’s You Are So Beautiful by the new “Megastar”

From an earlier round, Where Do I Begin (Love Story):

And it wouldn’t be Christmas-time without Santa Claus is Coming to Town: