Paywall

Veel gedoe over de nieuwe plannen van de New York Times om geld te vragen voor delen van de site. Zo zouden er zijn teveel verschillende abonnementen zijn, en de mogelijkheid om eerst 20 artikelen per maand gratis te kunnen lezen zou gevoelig voor fraude zijn.

Readers who come to Times articles through links from search, blogs and social media like Facebook and Twitter will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit.

Toch ben ik benieuwd hoe dit uitpakt. NYT is immers een grote partij, en het vraagstuk of men bereid is voor nieuws te betalen blijft natuurlijk nog wel even relevant. We gaan het zien.

Zie bijvoorbeeld What the NYT Pay Wall Really Costs en New York Times paywall: wishful thinking or just crazy?

Update

En zo is de Sint weer ingeruild voor de Kerstman, zie sinds maandag overal kerstbomen geplaatst worden. Als het nu eerst eens koud werd. Heb wel goed nieuws, Katatonia heeft namelijk eindelijk de data voor de aankomende tour bekend gemaakt. Ik heb zojuist tickets gekocht voor de show in Amstelveen begin maart. Nu al zin in!

Guest

Just found out the secret Special Guest for the Porcupine Tree show later this year will be Robert Fripp, of King Crimson fame. Which I’m sure is quite alright. Unfortunately the news is somewhat eclipsed by the the fact that the role will be performed by Katatonia in several other countries. I’d love to see them live again, so that would have been my choice of openers. Shame. Well, maybe they’ll make it here on their own around the same time. Fingers crossed.

Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree will play 2 shows at 013, Tilburg, the Netherlands, on 15th and 16th October. The short run of European shows during October is in order to shoot a DVD based on the Fear of a Blank Planet album cycle, and the main body of the filming will take place at Tilburg, where the band will play as much different material as possible during the course of the 2 nights.

After a brief period of doubt (it’ll be my 6th show of theirs in only 3 years), I will attend the show on October 16th.

Shows

Just found out the Fields of Rock festival has been cancelled this year (due to the lack of headliners leading to disappointing ticket sales). Which is a shame, because I was contemplating attending. However, it looks like all will turn out well, since I was mostly looking forward to checking out Monster Magnet. And they just happen to be playing The Effenaar in Eindhoven on the original festival date (june 22nd). I just ordered tickets! 🙂

Clarke

Writer Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90. From the Obituary on Wired News:

“Sometimes I am asked how I would like to be remembered,” Clarke said recently. “I have had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer and space promoter. Of all these, I would like to be remembered as a writer.”

From 1950, he began a prolific output of both fiction and nonfiction, sometimes publishing three books in a year. [..] Some of his best-known books are “Childhood’s End,” 1953; “The City and The Stars,” 1956; “The Nine Billion Names of God,” 1967; “Rendezvous with Rama,” 1973; “Imperial Earth,” 1975; and “The Songs of Distant Earth,” 1986.

New Opeth announced

Just read an item on Blabbermouth, on the new Opeth album. It’s to be released early June and will be entitled “Watershed”.

“Watershed” combines elements of modern metal, prog rock, free jazz and hints of European folk music, all of which come together for a seamless, unique collection of songs that will leave an indelible mark upon all who listen.

Can’t wait!