So my cousin started a Korean boy band. No joke. With gimmicky dance moves and everything. The only difference is that their debut song is actually… quite good.
It was a little odd seeing him on stage and at the same time remembering this was the same guy that I carpooled with when I was taking a class over the summer at a college in Valencia, CA. He took Guitar class for fun, and I think I was taking some class to meet my undergrad GE requirements. His stage name is Chance, but I just know him by Michael – or the Koreanized version – “mah ee kul”. He studied at Berklee, so I’m sure he’s well connected in the music industry – but I can’t tell whether or not the comments on the articles that featured them are out of support or genuine interest in the band. Someone has already posted their music video with English sub-titles, Romanization and Korean. Did they just go viral? Insane.
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A ridiculous song to begin with. Now made absurd.
I’m not alone in thinking that the rivalry to dictate the next few years of consumer tech is going to be between Apple and Google. Apple has a definite dominance over consumer cool, between the consumer Mac line and the iPhone/iPod. However, Google powers much of the Internet which makes Apple products worth using. Google is (as of now, anyway) the default search engine for Safari, both on the iPhone/iPod Touch and for Macs and PCs, and they have a nasty habit of providing awesome free apps that Apple tries to charge for. I’m sure some people love paying $99/year for MobileMe, with a Mac.com email address and everything, but I’m a big fan of Gmail, and I think most of the Internet probably agrees with me on that one.
While it’s a little strange to see how the two are going to compete when their only existing site of conflict is in smartphones (Nexus One/Android smartphones vs. the iPhone), the two of them are basically championing different ways of solving the fundamental problem of the Windows PC model that Microsoft left us with.