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This is priceless. I hope Donald Trump stays in the Republican race as long as possible!

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This is a pretty despicable man, famous for his wealth, his bombast, his ridiculous hair, and his inability to stop self-promoting.

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He is the classic high-school rich kid bully, screaming LOSER at anyone that challenges him, then letting them know he has more money so therefore is obviously a better person. He does this to everyone, fully bullying even the national media in a way unlike anyone since Ann Coulter.

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He has started picking up the Palin idiots. These fools believe he is an “outsider” even though he’s been playing with (and buying) politicians for decades now. Even Democrats!  Hillary Clinton went to his daughter’s wedding. According to him, she had to because he wrote her a huge check.  What a tea partier!

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He has started picking up the Hannity and Glen Beck idiots too, because of his ability to say anything to anyone, no matter how tasteless, useless or contradictory to past statements it is.   He is the red meat king, even if none of his past actions line up with their politics.

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He was pro-choice before pro-life, pro-nationalized health care before he was against it, regarding the Iraq War, he said Bush picked the wrong enemy and that we should have invaded Mexico. Really.

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To go along with the theme – most of the merchendise with his name plastered all over it in caps is made in China and Mexico. Who is gonna save America again?

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Then there’s just the basic concept of who this man is.  Avoiding what comes out of his mouth, which is really hard to take seriously if you are not impressed by wealth, still leaves you



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Don’t forget about Ivanka with her shoes and purses:m_530431d64845e61b631f28ad

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with all of the evidence of his ego.

 

Remember the criticisms of Obama during the campaign because of his Hope poster and the round presidential-looking seal on his podium? That was considered too much branding by these same people.

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This should be fun.

 

Taylor Swift verses Streaming

Recently Taylor Swift made news by pulling her latest album from Spotify and other streaming music services. Her statement calls these new services “a grand experiment” and said she doesn’t feel comfortable putting her music into that system as it’s currently set up.


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I agree with her. Taylor is smart to negotiate with her record being a hot commodity right now. I believe this comes down to royalty rates, not a full retreat from streaming pop music.

Before streaming/mp3 – Old Way– you heard a new song/artist either from a friend, browsing, or on the radio. If you decided you must hear it on-demand, you bought a copy for yourself. You’d pay $10-20 for a hard copy complete with artwork and case and take it home.

How did this system sustain for 50+ years?  Old Way

1 – Radio payed royalties for every track they played, based on their total listenership. The radio earned their money from advertisers based on listenership/ratings.
2 – The $10-20 you paid for the album/cd/cassette was split up amongst the various parties that got that music to you: about $5 to the store, $5 to the record label, $3 to the distributor/warehouse,  and maybe $1 made it back to the artist. This changed based on the deal the artist had, but no artist earned below $.25 per album sale.
3 – This gave us a functioning network of music stores, music distributors, music labels, and popular recording artists that could earn a decent living from their succesful recorded work.

The streaming system works very differently: New Way

1 – Radio is still around and paying royalties, but listenership has declined steadily for 20+ years, reducing ad rates and royalty payments.
2 – If you add Taylor Swift to your streaming favorites and can hear her songs whenever you want, Spotify pays royalties at the level of $.0005 per song streamed. Let’s use this to project some earnings. Taylor Swift now needs 100,000 streamed plays to earn the same as selling 1 single CD. New Way

Out of 10k fans, if half buy the new album that earns her $5000 Old Way. To earn that from streaming she would need 10 million plays from those 10k fans, or 1ooo plays per person (20 per week) all year.  5k fans that would have bought the CD would need to stream her song 40 times a week for a year to equal the same earnings from the CD years. New Way

3 – It’s not just Miss Swift’s bank account – think of how many other jobs are removed in this model — the music store (most are long gone), the music distributor (also going extinct), the music label (down to 2 majors left), the professional music studios (paid for by the labels), all the artwork and packaging, truck drivers, etc. and on top of that artists can no longer earn the same streaming hits to people. That’s a lot of jobs wiped out by online distribution of music.

I agree that streaming won’t go away any time soon, so the major artists will continue to negotiate over rates. I don’t buy any of the crying from the streaming companies about how expensive it is to license songs. You are launching an entire business on the art/content of others and you should have to pay a rate that allows your content creators to not just survive, but thrive.

I have legally streamed my music to at least hundreds of thousands of people and I have earned < $1 in all that time. It is not a sustainable model, convenient or not.

Tech Titans

Market speak for computer companies during my geek-life:

My first glance:

IBM = titans, Microsoft = nerds, Apple = hippies, Atari = artists

My High school years:

IBM = clumsy old titans, Microsoft = business nerds, Apple = misguided hippies & artists, Atari = dead

My College years:

IBM = business nerds, Microsoft = titans, Apple = hippies on life support, NeXT = futurists


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My 20’s:

IBM = researchers, Microsoft = clumsy old titans, Apple = colored plastic iMachines, NeXT = artists, Be = futurists

My 30’s:

IBM = futurists, Microsoft = business school, Apple = titans & artists, NeXT & Be = long gone


My point? I’ve seen most of these companies grow, shrink, dominate, follow, and some even disappear.

It’s been a wild ride to watch, and as Apple sits seemingly at the top of the mountain again (arguably the first time since 1978) I felt the need to show this cyclic nature.

You younger geeks out there can perhaps get a little context.