Apple computer is revolutionizing the music industry courtesy of Napster. The Apple Ipod is the most exciting audio device to have appeared on the scene since the Victrola. Infinitely portable, it holds up to 40 GB of information, whether those be songs, files, or other data, and they communicate with computers, the internet, and your home and car stereos. The cheaper knockoffs that have proliferated in the market during the past six months--I think I saw my first Ipod commercial with the dancers in silhouette this past summer, maybe this past spring--bear testiment to a market that has not been saturated, and supports, like the portable PC industry, a broad range of specifications that appeal to different kinds of users for a multitude of reasons. If cost is your sole concern, get something other than an Ipod. If having the most solid-state, dependable, functional, and versatile device is your cuppa, then you can't do better than the Ipod. This device will destroy the CD industry. We're not talking now of the music industry, but the manufacturers of music CDs. Optical disks have become as cluttering as tapes and videotapes. And they're far more fragile than first believed. A unit that keeps an entire library of music CDs in the space taken up by a deck of cards is a boon to all Feng Shui masters and consumers who are tired of scratched disks and broken jewel cases. Kudos to Apple for creating the most user friendly and exciting portable device on the planet (this year at least). I'm getting one for myself for Christmas and I can't wait.
Welcome to Blank Space. In art, blank space is negative space. In writing, blank space exists between the lines of printed text (the black space). It is the unique perspective that a reader brings to the work; what the reader experiences in a work of fiction that may not be set down explicitly on the page. A work containing blank space has no overlong exposition, backstory or explanation. It is simple, direct and active.
Michael Hacker writes fiction, is a former stage actor and director, is interested in all forms of storytelling both character and plot-driven, loves to discuss philosophy, ethics and psychology, and criminal psychopathology. He is interested in crime and the legal system. He loves computers, but as an end-user. Mike's overall philosphy is stoic acceptance that mixes Christianity with the philosophy of Epictetus.