Also at Shift:

A kind of old, but new-to-me piece on Automatic Media's last days. A quote from Joey: "'And that's the complete exhaustion of a project like Plastic, especially at a precarious time in its business cycle. It's knowing that even if worst comes to worst, I'm the captain of this leaky death ship and I have to make sure that a bunch of retarded children get on the lifeboats just so that history doesn't judge me too harshly.... That could very well be what I end up spending the next thirty days doing.'" I found it particularly interesting since I met all those guys and visited Automatic's office back before they launched Plastic. We had a deal in the works. It was kinda good it never happened, I guess. Probably wouldn't have helped either of us a lot.