I happened to be walking down Highland Ave this morning and came across a long, long line of people waiting for Obama tickets. According to the campaign staff people had been waiting since 9 am. They started to distribute tickets around noon. By 2:30 they had given away all of the tickets and there were over 400 people on the waiting list. Barack Obama will be in Pittsburgh on Friday for a town hall meeting at soldiers and sailors in Oakland.
One of my favorite parts of the Andy Warhole museum is the archives. Every so often Andy Warhol would take a bunch of stuff from his desk stick it in a box and send it to storage. These boxes are at the warhol museum and they will unpack one and put it in display cases in the archives. I am fascinated by what he saved, it kind of makes you think twice about what you do with all of the random slips of paper on your desk.
But sadly this is the sign on the door. You should still go to visit the warhol museum – there is tons of stuff to see – but make sure you visit again in 6 years.
We old folks remember things like typewriters, card catalogs and music stores – artifacts of a hard copy era, where people relied exclusively on the paper and plastic recordings of things.
The passage of that era is a gradual slough of analog into digital, and certainly not something that happens in an instant. One indicator of this fundamental evolution of media distribution is that Paul Mawhinney’s gigantic record collection is likely going to be the last of its kind.
When Rasputina‘s new album came out, I clicked a link and downloaded it to my computer. I’ve been doing it this for long enough that I haven’t bought a physical copy of music in at least four years. If you think I’m in the minority, think again – the iTunes Music Store, which exists only in the digital aether, is now the number 2 largest music seller.
Paul can retire, now that the collection has been sold to a “gentleman from Ireland.” It seems only fitting that the largest compendium of hard-copy music recordings found its next owner via a site that also has no physical component – it sold for $3,002,150 on eBay.