Dumb vs Smart


It seems in many ways dumb devices are better than smart devices:

Why? Security, privacy, and quality.

Anything with a network connection can be hacked: smart TV’s, cars, streaming boxes, appliances, routers and every other smart device, or IoT device, …

President Trump’s First Victims

Our moron in chief can now issue orders to the military. And he did. And it was a disaster.

Mainstream media will ignore this, being totally pistol whipped by Trump’s white house.

This is disgusting and real. America has a …

Movie Lovers Coalesce The Vapors Around Streaming

It’s not just music lovers realizing that streaming has a long way to go to match physical media.

Film lovers see the same issues:  degraded quality, no extras, no ownership, unknown/ temporary access.

We give up a lot for …

Election Post Partum

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Hillary is a good person but usually a stupid politician. She didn’t run a great campaign. but she was status quo and status quo ain’t great.

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That iPhone is Outmoded

Shout to Squagles!  Square Bagles!

The iPhone won’t make it to the future.  Sure it’s Apple’s cash cow right now but I see it going away in importance over the next couple of years.

Think about Apple current main product …

Android vs iPhone – behind the scenes

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From the front, the user space, this argument is tired. Both smartphones do whatever you can imagine at this point. Both are amazingly thin and packed full of sensors and features.

Behind the scenes though…. things are very different. Why …

The Day The Con Ends

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It’s finally here. Everyone take a breath, take a few walks today, pet the dog plenty… remain calm.

Go vote if you haven’t already – long lines reported everywhere. Broken machines, confusion… Voter suppression at it’s finest.

Damn those millennials …

Don John The Con

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Donald John Trump is the world’s finest con man.

The tax returns would rip the cover off of his whole scam. He’s all leverage, branding, and pure risk. He makes some money on the way into a deal, but most …

The Deluge From Don

As the Trump circus rolls on he’s having major trouble picking up newspaper endorsements, even from reliably conservative editorial boards. I guess when you work in the newspaper business you are less able to stomach that man’s constant lies and …

The Narrative

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A – America is failing, big time. We used to be great but not anymore. We don’t win anymore. We are being passed up by every other country (not that I follow them) and we just let illegal immigrants run …

Head for the Hills

To borrow one the many the democratic chants – I’m heading for the hills. It will be the first true vacation I’ve taken in several years, so there won’t be any new posts here for a week or so.

I …

This Election is 2MERICA – Donny and Ivanka Edition

?  Crazy times, friends.

Trump actually is a perfect movie bad guy. He’s got the TV history, he’s got the endless stories of narcissism and pure phoniness just dripping off him.

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A billionaire liberal asshole in a trucker hat =

Blue Collar Billionaires

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There’s no such thing.

This showboat dickhead lives in golden towers, in a gold-encrusted apartment, and sits on furniture with golden threading. Every bit of his life has been cheating, loopholing, and leveraging the silver spoon he was born with.…

Humanity Becoming Pixelated

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Oh the humanity of a hand puppet, fake blood, and animal entrails.


The tech takeover is something we’ve been watching for decades now, and with regards to audio production and socializing I get preachy about how much we’ve lost.

Here’s …

All Lives Matter, and White Cops Abusing Black Men Usually Get Away With It

Have fun with your phrases  — Black Lives Matter was started to address police brutality against black americans.

If you make it about more than that you are a racist.

If you won’t talk about the core issue of the …

The Logical End of Social Media

Tribalism based on opinion and politics. It’s inevitable.

It could abolish the economy. It could crush the democracy. It could trample on the constitution and bill of rights.

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30 years ago I was fascinated by the internet and what it …

All To Plan

Prince’s passing has left me a bit shaken. I’m avoiding the mysterious theories and thinking this generally healthy and sober man had pill demons that caught him and he walked into his personal elevator and never came out. The lyrics

The Bathrooms At Drumpf Tower

Uh oh, donny is pivoting to the general election and his most hard-headed ignorant followers are not going to be happy. He’s a New York liberal billionaire who is currently winning the republican nomination due to his brand, his ego, …

Undercover At A Trump Rally

This brave guy donned a trucker hat and a dumb t-shirt and attended a Trump rally.

It’s no surprise what he found – a mass of fat, uneducated flesh salivating at any pro-wrestling style fake punch that Trump threw.  …

Draft Dodging Bastards

The most republican thing about Donny Drumpf is his draft avoidance.  Seems the guys that talk the toughest are the biggest weasels, as usual.

Dick Cheney: “I can’t go to army, daddy! I’ll go to college, get married, and start …

Louis CK On Trump

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Louie just went on a long rant about donny and what’s going on out there in his fan email list. As usual he nails it 100%, down to the last excruciatingly personal detail about how we are all feeding …

About Uber

I like progress. I like convenience. I like affordable services. I like apps. I like technology when it is used to take some of the toil out of life.

With that said, I should like the Uber ride sharing service. …

Streaming’s Shortcomings

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If everyone got their music from streaming?  That’s a big problem.

Streaming…

  1. has no cross promotion with local events or the local economy.
  2. has no cross promotion with local unsigned bands.
  3. has no direct connection back to the artist.

  4. completely

The Stool Is Dust

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A nice explanation of the donald phenomena here – basically he’s smarter than he acts and he’s in no way a conservative. He’s his usual opportunist self, sensing that the GOP was so weak that it was ripe for conquest.…

Crushing Donald

Oh Stephen, why do this editing to us? Perfection.

Stephen on Donald: An impressive list of no information.…

The Mortal Coil

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We wake every day, or we don’t. I’d like to keep it that simple but man is it hard to contain the sadness as more …

Damn, Bowie Is Gone

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Is it a hoax? While releasing his latest album, and already receiving amazing reviews, David Bowie, 69, passed last night from unreported cancer.

So many unanswered questions here, like who knew, how they were planning the promotion of the new …

Re-Watch Cosby?

Fascinating article and comments by someone who recently re-watched the iconic 80’s sitcom and came away very conflicted.

I have yet to see a Cosby show post-allegations. I may try the experiment and see if I can still enjoy it. …

Trump And The Narcissistic Christians

Outstanding piece explaining why a man like Donald Trump is actually polling well with so-called evangelical christians, even though he has no outward connection to them and should, at first glance, truly offend them.

He doesn’t. They seem drawn to …

Travesty Of Justice

True story: 12 year old kid gets a toy gun from the dollar store.


 

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He runs up his street to a small park and pretends he’s shooting various things. Plays with his toy.

A man on a bench …

Pollution Logic

We all pollute to survive. How much you are comfortable with is a personal decision, and then a societal decision for the community you belong to.


 

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The weather has been crazy. Granted where I’m from it’s almost always

Trump Has No Schlong

This donald would be entertaining if he didn’t have millions of maniacs believing his every nonsensical utterance. Now they are shouting Nazi slogans, they are shouting down protesters and neutrals, roughing people up, getting scary.  Walking right down the path …

Racists For Trump

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Why the sour look? Afraid your country is being taken over by outsiders?

Initially it was just the hype lovers. The bombast believers. The louder the better. The simple message. The common sense that doesn’t add up. Anti-intellectual of W …

How To Best Close Up The Internet?

If a President Trump decides we need to “close up the internet in some way” like Candidate Trump wishes, is it even possible?

[Someone not to ask is Sarah Palin. She’s gotta be steaming mad that Trump stole her act.]…

Ban Trump

Boy what a disaster. Trump’s implosion into full hater mode is entertaining for TV but disastrous for America’s beaten-down reputation.


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First off, Trump does business all over the world. He owns properties all over, including in many countries …

Imagining A World Full of Left Wing Crazies

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In America, seemingly every week some crazy person filled to the brim with AM Radio talking points, Fox News theories, and right wing internet fueled nonsense pulls out one or more of their many guns and starts shooting innocents.…

Only Stream If You Also Buy Music

If you stream and don’t buy anything ever, you are hurting us all.

We all do it, or know those that do. Since about 1999 (the early Napster era) the idea of actually paying for your music collection has been …

Language Splits; Music Unifies

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Interesting article here about how humans use music psychologically, and how we have evolved with the help of music.

Language divides us into groups and parses all types of information into specific, tribal code.

Music on the other hand, …

The Difficult Life of Phuc Dat Bich

Some poor chap is actually named Phuc Dat Bich. Granted, when pronounced in his native language it does not sound like that.  But Facebook can’t sort it all out and has deleted his account several times.

No Facebook account is …

Free Upgrades For Life

Funny how reality got in the way of the Pono bashing and Neil Young hating that was all over the internet in 2013-2014.

The emperor has clothes. He usually wears yellow.


 

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Oh internet, you can be so stupid sometimes.  

The Wall

Most of the people in the united states illegally did not walk across the mexican desert to get here.

This simple fact is continually ignored by Republicans. They don’t like facts.


 


 

Any kind of serious immigration reform isn’t …

Water Works

Witness the awesome power of music. Tissue please.

A Tale Of Two Setups

I was in my new all-analog studio last night with a simple task – dump from the 4-track tape machine to something digital so I could share the tracks just recorded with the artists.


 

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First I needed to do …

Quality Hiding In Plain Site

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Derp.


 

Why the hatred of quality music and sound right now?  Is it really the machines taking over?


 

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Consumer audio suffers this weird delusion. It seems to be a digital blindness.

It started in the 80’s but …

Trapping Ignorance

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I’m generally against tracking and monitoring of innocent people, and I support the 1st amendment (and the rest of the amendments, and the constitution) so I’ll probably argue with myself about this one, but….

It would be so easy

The Power of Rhythm

Stroke made it so that you can’t walk? Turn to music.

Not just music, but rhythm.

Rhythm helps the brain re-learn how to walk.  It is proving to be much more successful than previous methods of physical therapy.


 

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Social Media?

= listening to music with other humans.

= watching movies with other humans.

= watching television with other humans.

= discussing the news with other humans.

These are social exercises.  Sorry internet, you really aren’t social. You are anti-social in …

We Will See What The Digital Age Has In Store For Us

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Records, record stores, record sales … it’s all gone.

It’s up to the young musicians to try an’ figure it out.

There’s no money in it. There’s no record companies.

It’s free! You can download it. Nobody gets paid, so …

The Danger of Perceptual Coding

Perceptual coding is responsible for data loss that is greatly misunderstood and perhaps even dangerous to society.

What is perceptual coding ? It’s a data compression concept used in audio, video, and streaming technologies.

 


 

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ZIP is a lossless

You Are Not Alone

Quality of sound is not a joke. It leads to quality of life and quality of mental state.…

The Pono Promise Is Real

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More crazy ideas!

 

This crazy old rock star started another company. He named it the Hawaiian word for righteousness. He has long hair, wears jeans and a leather coat, it’s a for-profit small business, and he is hated …

How Not To Be A Corporate Pitchman

Ouch, Jared, we loved you so much! If we could eat our meatball subs and stay get skinny anything was possible!

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I’m in Sharknado 3 and I pay 14 year old girls for sex!

You dirty bastard. Prosecutors claim you …

The Sad State of Consumer Audio

There is a lot of technology available today, some at very affordable prices. Choice appears abundant but it’s a false narrative.

Why is choice a false narrative? Because most of the choices are already compromised and the actual quality of …

Weekend Beach Time

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 I shall be enjoying this big free resource this weekend.

Here’s some more great great lakes shots:


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The Power Of The Song

Witness Funkadelic doing their thing to your earholes:

Audio Quality & Music Love

…is now a channel on Disqus!  If that’s one of your hangouts online have at it.

https://disqus.com/home/channel/audioqualitymusiclove/

 …

Vinyl Sales Continue To Grow

More vinyl albums were sold last year than any year since 1991. This is because of quality not irony.

The mainstream music world has moved to streaming, locking in low-quality expectations. Streamers don’t even talk about sound quality anymore because …

Fix Your Playback

Best Musical Enjoyment = Proper Playback.

Here’s how to fix your music making machines:

  1. Rate the quality and identify the weakest link in your signal chain
  2. Research the prices and ability to upgrade the weak links
  3. Purchase the most sensible

The Late Great Jesus

My best buddy Jesus passed away this week. He was the strongest fighter I knew and his loss has left those in his world confused and bobbling.

My friend Jesus was a great man, a flawed man, an amazing musician, …

1000k and Beyond

Control the terminology, control the message.

I am listening to Sam Cooke right now. It’s stunning. Through $24 computer speakers. You think I’m kidding?  Try it yourself.

It’s a 3000k bitrate file. That’s sure helps.

It’s being played on the …

Why Are Tech Sites Anti-Audio?

One side story to my debates about audio quality is how the mainstream tech press – the people who cover gadgets, phones, TV’s, laptops, etc. – always seem to have their head up their asses when it comes to audio …

New Listening Test – A Proposal

It’s time for a better listening test. It’s time to use our understanding properly.

A proper listening test…

  1. needs to use all available sensory data from a modern smartwatch/ wearable CPU device
  2. needs to be portable and self-contained to allow

Great Names

Cool article about people with changed names/show-business names/stage names.

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Nice Look, Texas – The Tale of The Tittywing Massacre

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Love hooters? We’ll give you a peak!

Thousands of bikers. Hundreds of bimbos making money serving wings and other deep-fried chunks of food-like substance and alcohol to fat people. What could go wrong?

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World’s worst daughter: Cans like that and

Remember WFNK Funk Supersite!

There were several branding attempts on WFNK.com over the years, including the “funk e-griot”, “funk supersite”, “no fake afros”, and the not-so-modest “center of the online funk universe”, whatever that means.

The point was to use this new technology to …

Life With PonoPlayer

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I’ve been playing this thing daily for 5 months now. Here’s more thoughts on living with it (and some new pictures):

  • The form/shape is still nearly perfect. The only thing it doesn’t like is working out with tight