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Vinyl Me, Please: One record club to rule them all | 18 month review

It’s easy to think of Vinyl Me, Please as the modern equivalent of the BMG or Columbia record services you scam when you were a kid. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. You think you “Get 12 free CDs for a penny,” but end up having to buy seven more CDs for $20 that you know you can’t afford. Except you never paid them back and just hoped that your credit rating at 15 would be expunged when you turned of legal age.  Vinyl Me, Please is nothing like that. Rather than ship you a random...

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RSD Black Friday 2016: 10 records worth picking up

I have to be honest, I’m one of those cranky pants vinyl geeks that bitch about how every day should be Record Store Day, and how RSD has sold out by placating to major labels and making it next to impossible for indie bands to get their records pressed. That said, I still believe in supporting my local record store, and if that means trudging out on a made up holiday to drop $100+ on overpriced, limited edition vinyl, so be it. The Black Friday edition of RSD is typically a much more low-key event than the April version. The...

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Facebook Live versus Periscope: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A major reason why I started Mai Tai T.V. was to take advantage and test out the latest social livestreaming technology. With the increasing popularity of Snapchat, Meerkat, Periscope and now Facebook Live, content broadcasters have a powerful set of free broadcasting tools at their fingertips, and the ability to produce quality television without a ton of overhead. This is something I’ve wanted to do for ages, but felt hindered by technology and cost. Periscope: Livestreaming done right We started Mai Tai T.V. on Periscope (follow me @cultofgeorge) because Snapchat is primarily for short-form recordings with an even shorter shelf...

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8 Reasons Why 2015 Wasn’t All That Bad

I meant to post this on New Year’s Day, but I’ve been drowning in Mucinex and NyQuil since New Year’s Eve. It’s very easy to fall into a trap where you let one terrible, life-changing experience define your year or life, but you can’t let tragedy guide your existence. 2015 was tough, tragic and sad, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. A lot of great things came out of this year, including (in no particular order): We learned how important friendship really is. To those that supported us in any little way, we will be your friends for...

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Consumers: The Ultimate Victims of the War Against Uber

As most people that are friends with me on Facebook know, I’ve been a huge supporter of Uber since I first learned about the ingenious on-demand car service a year and a half ago. As an advocate of competition and a major hater of the current taxi/limo service business model, I was stoked to see an alternative that touched on my geeky side (app support, driver ratings, GPS tracking) and my human side (nice drivers, transparent pricing, drivers that will go to Brooklyn from NYC without bitching). All that said, as a consumer, I’m getting a little tired of...

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