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, have all been hacked.

Anything that gets a software update can get hacked. That’s called a backdoor.

Then there’s the fact that most smart devices track how you use them, and many of them upload and sell that information to 3rd parties. There is money to be made in tracking the habits of their users, and companies exist to make money.


Think about it. Look around your life. Think about what you need to do, and if that needs to be trackable, hackable, and exploitable.

Things we used to do without smart technology:

  1. Drive somewhere
  2. Watch TV or Listen to music
  3. Read a book
  4. Play a game
  5. Talk to a friend
  6. Research something

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Nowadays, most people use connected devices to accomplish these tasks. The underbelly of the convenience they promise is the tracking and exploitation these devices offer their manufacturers.

Is the world better after knowing everything you’ve watched, listened to, read, googled, browsed, and seen?  I’d argue no.

The only thing improved is the bottom line of the company selling this data, and their ability to get the device to keep you using it longer than you would have naturally.

I always feel like somebody’s watching me!

The lack of security and privacy in their software is covered up with perpetual updates.

Overall, the whole situation doesn’t feel very smart to me.

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 the convenience of streaming.  #SaveTheAudio ?  #SaveTheVideo


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.

Trucker Hat + Business Suit > Pants Suit


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Don John Trump is a con of the highest order, raised by one of the dirtiest ‘business’ families this country has ever known.

Some people are called criminal masterminds, others are called successful businessmen, and the Trump family is both.

Research his father Freddy and their tactics to get huge contracts in the 60’s and 70’s:

  • Racist housing projects.
  • Hired actors to criss cross the country selling racial discord at city council planning sessions.
  • Exploiting veterans and minorities.
  • Illegal lobbying.
  • Hyperbolic Marketing.
  • Bold Lying.
  • Branding.
  • Multiple companies all run by same people, aka double dealing.
  • All for the holy dollar — sound familiar?

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His son Donny has been america’s richest slimeball for decades.

The Obama backlash is strong, as expected. The whitelash. They got their american Hitler-lover wrapped in gold and the flag, ready to sell you anything and everything.
Our first fascist dictator is a salesman, big surprise. That is if he ever makes it to power.
I have my suspicions this criminal enterprise is yet to be exposed.

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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 categories:

  1. smartphones (iPhone)
  2. tablets (iPad)
  3. wearables (watch/iPod/headphones)
  4. set-top boxes (AppleTV)
  5. macintosh laptops and desktops

All of those work together in the apple ecosystem. Assuming you have them hooked into your Apple account, they all work together, and can handoff all sorts of tasks between them. They continue to add iCloud features that make the lines blur more.

#2, 3, and 4 above will be the focus over the next 5 years. The smartphone will continue to become less important in the mix.  Several factors are leading to this.

  • There is almost nothing the iPhone does that is unique from the other devices. It did it first, it does it from your pocket/purse, but it’s not the only device to do those things anymore. You can call people, take pictures, stream, and do all of that from other devices now.
  • Over the last 8 years, competition has caught up to many of the physical iPhone specialties – thinness, glass quality, battery life, feature set.
  • Apple’s sweetheart deals with phone carriers which helped to launch the iPhone in it’s first 5 years are gone and not coming back. iPhone is an expensive rig no matter who you go through.
  • Automobiles and transit are beginning to roll out wifi services and built-in GPS
  • Everyone has a smartphone and you only need one max, if one at all.

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I see the mobile phone of the future going back to what it was originally used for in the 90’s – safety and vanity.

Safety is for the kids, the travelers, the person needing a lifeline no matter where they wander or work. The rest of us are on wifi 95% of our day and don’t need a cell radio at all.

Vanity is for the rich, the teens, the geeks, to impress us with an I don’t need wifi stance.

Perhaps security can be in here too, but it’s really hard to predict the future there. I can imagine a private cell network being more secure than a public wifi spot but there are many variables there.


We will all have tablets for the next 50 years, but the tiny pocket tablet is going away in importance soon. The wearable watch or badge or wallet will contain our cell radio (if needed at all) and all of the other devices already have wifi and location awareness.

Screen size is critical here. Walls will be screens wherever you can project onto them, so perhaps the iPhone has a future life as a pocket projector?


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The design model for the future iPhone. If this thing had a cell radio, wifi, iOS, and a projector that could turn anything in front of you into a display….. well there ya go. Goodbye iPhone, hello iPin.


I guess it comes down to the iPin. This baby will have all of the iPhone’s location and connectivity features without that tiny glass screen in your pocket. If it can’t project to or take over screens in your vicinity then it will operate with voice or hand gestures.

I better get to go on a star ship. Maybe that’s why Apple cancelled the car project…?

[Squagles starts at 3:24]

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 does each OS exist? Who are the companies behind them, and what are their goals?

With Apple, you have a traditional computer retailer. They are a public company but very private and generally keep quiet about where the platform is headed. One thing is clear though, you can spend a lot of money with Apple. They have most of their own ecosystem – you can get the iCloud, buy stuff from their real stores or their virtual ones, get additional storage, service plans, accessories, classes, etc..  You know how Apple makes their money because you have to give it to them to get involved.

With Google, the people behind Android (since 2005), you don’t ever seem to give them any money. How can google be everywhere, doing everything, and no one is giving them any money?  It’s all targeted advertising.

Really? Ad banners make that much money?  Well yes and no.  It’s alot more than ad banners. Every bit of your movement online and on the phone is being tracked, packaged, and sold to the highest bidder. Then it’s repackaged and sold again and again. Google make untold amounts of money doing this with none of it going back to the user.

Facebook uses a similar model, without the phone hardware that google has.

It’s been claimed that Android represents choice. I take issue with that phrase.


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Your choice is to have your profile and all your habits, purchases, locations, and interactions tracked by Google.

Your choice to have your profile sliced, diced, grouped, normalized, and sold to every Google revenue source (advertiser) possible for the rest of time with no revenue sharing going to you.

Your choice to have your history continually sliced, diced, labeled, invaded, and shared with every advertiser possible for the rest of time with no revenue going to you.

I prefer to make the advertisers work a little harder to find and profit from me. Google is ‘cool’ and hate on Apple if you want, but I trust Apple with my private digital life far more than millions of google advertisers.

Android was an awesome idea and I’d probably have one by now if Google never bought it. iPhone is an expensive rig and I barely use it anymore.

The charade here about freedom while using Android is ridiculous.

Bad guys will occasionally get into Android and iOS. Patch and business as usual. But the “good guys” are who you really have to worry about with the Android ecosystem.

Anyone can advertise with google, so nearly anyone can pay enough to access you whether you care or not.

Your future is being determined in private meetings between Google sales and 3rd parties from around the globe. None of this has anything to do with user space.

Android user space is the biggest private data collection scheme ever shipped. Which is why google paid g i i i i i i i i i llions for it when they saw it available.

Google is the biggest pay-no-attention-to-the-advertising-advertisering agency in the world, with Facebook being the 2nd. Call them search engines or social media if you want, but the scale and pace that those two data mine our personal business FOR PROFIT is alarming to me.

I either want a piece of that cut (make it non-profit so the tech is maintained but the users are paid) or give me old-fashioned private companies like apple and microsoft that I can own stock in without selling user’s souls to the wolves.


Google isn’t going to show you how/where/when they sell your data and they won’t share how much it’s worth to them.

Call it what you want…. profile, habits, demographics, searches…. it’s your online life, it’s who you are and what you do, and they have it for their own exploitation until the end of time.

“Targeted advertising” will become much more than what we think of it as now. They are just collecting all the data for free now, while they still can, and over the next couple of years will start to roll out the ‘customized content’ to sell us even more crap.

I’d rather have one point of concern/failure with my personal data, and do business with a company that derives revenue from everything else besides my private likes, dislikes and habits.

You can read google’s policies, apple, MS, whoever, and choose to opt in or opt out. You should also know that google doesn’t exist without targeted ad revenue. Apple exists just fine (fully profitable) as long as they keep you buying and subscribing to their stuff.

It’s simple to me — companies have a purpose which is to make money. They usually only have a couple of ways to make good money. Some promise free and find a way to profit beyond your control. Others just expect you to pay as you go, and with that they don’t have to hide the fact that they profit from your data, not your purchase.


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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 and purists sitting this one out. I hope you don’t regret it.


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Reality. Not reality TV.


We’ve never had a bold in your face liar showman like Don John go for president before, at least in the electronic media age. He did better than most of us thought. Or we are just that horrible of a society.


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The fact that his con, similar to Sarah Palin’s, worked on the Tea Party types is not a surprise. They would fall for a billionaire in a trucker hat. I wonder if he wears his trucker hat around his golden apartment?

I’m disappointed in the neocons and religious right for not handling this guy. Take his liberal (dirty) money and get him off the stage.

Romney and McCain were decent candidates, you were just facing a rockstar in Obama.  Trump is Biff Tannen. He needs to be punched in the face, like 50 years ago.


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Don with his dad Fred, the racist who made hundreds of millions off the taxpayers in questionable housing project contracts. Now Don makes dirty money from everything he touches – Casinos, modeling, immigration exploitation, TV, even the election. Donny is the first candidate to profit from running for President. Dad would be so proud!

 


I love you america …. do the right thing today and send this orange clown home like the loser he is.

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 of it on the way out. A parade of lawsuits and burnt bridges follow him wherever he goes.

It’s poker to him. 1 winner = Everyone else loses. Many titans of business aren’t sharks like that, they need the full ecosystem to supply them with stable income.

Trump is a shark, a pure predator, who uses real estate, branding, and the ability to lie convincingly to the face of anyone (banker, creditor, mobster, customer, voter, anyone) to get lines of credit extended to him like no other.


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Imagine going to pre-Trump times and finding a republican to believe that a

pro-choice,
openly sexist,
immature dirtbag,
sleazy lying,
9/11 was an inside job believing,
corrupt,
3rd trophy wife havin,
vain,
Liberal,
Clinton supporting,
New York limousine asshole ….

would be their candidate in 2016?  Crickets.

Don John Trump the worlds best con man, the perfect spoiled rich kid who won’t work unless it’s to show how great he is, to demean everyone else all the time.

The Republicans were his perfect target. Palin opened the door to Ignorant And Proud and Trump took it to new heights.


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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 misrepresentations.

So far he has 0 endorsements from city dailies. Newspapers have had built-in fact checkers from day one, unlike the web and reality TV, so Don’s con doesn’t seem to work on them.


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First it was serious conservative daily papers in Texas, Arizona, and Michigan all announcing their inability to support this republican nominee. Most took several paragraphs noting they don’t easily support Hillary Clinton (if at all) but all of them agreed that Don John is unfit to be president due to his continual lying, incessant bragging, questionable ethics, and general cluelessness about politics and the president’s duties.

Where were you during the primaries when he could have been stopped?

Now the USA Today has chimed in, and they spent most of their time ripping him to shreds with some ammo left over for Hillary. They said not everyone likes Clinton, but compared to the disaster that is Don Trump they have no choice but to urge all americans to avoid voting for him.  Amazing.

Are we Idiocracyis being determined in real time. Fascinating.


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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 roughshod over our country. So-called refugees are just closet muslim terrorists.

–or–

usaswimB – America is great — flawed, complicated, but great and facing our future challenges. Our strength is our diversity, our freedom as guaranteed in the constitution and the bill of rights, and our democracy. Americans excel in every area they compete in, and we are able to band together and team up better than other countries of similar size.


 

Which narrative do the Olympics fit?

Final medal count, Rio 2016:

United States – 121 total, 46 gold
Britain – 67 total, 27 gold
China – 70 total, 26 gold
Russia – 56 total, 19 gold
Germany – 42 total, 17 gold


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No surprise, B represents the olympic ideal. A is Trumpism.

So what does Trump think about the Olympics? Not much. No comment. Nothing to say. No congratulations, no commentary at all from the motormouth.

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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 = Republican? Welcome to 2MERICA.


He also can comp you 4 days/3 nights in one of his resorts to make you like him, I guess, or at least wish for such a trip from your daddy.

The Don = The Pimp. Most republicans and other sheeples are now his bitches.

So this is the year I think you and I need to get off our keister and actually help the democrats.


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We each could drive hundreds of voters to the polls to help Stop Trump.


I usually ignore them all, eventually let myself get upset at the republicans, talk to my friends, fight with the extended family, internet battle, post a blog, and then vote.

This time around I want to do more. I simply cannot let this

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become president without a fight.


Oddly enough the most encouraging and interesting site during Trump Takeover™ has been Redstate.  Their leader Erickson is gone but the remaining community saw through Trump immediately. For a minute they were aligned with Cruz but since then t’s been homebase for the never trump movement, and fascinating reading from the right.

It appears not all conservatives are racists and/or uneducated psychos, and some of them are searching for the exit, or their own party, at this point.


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Ew! No one should touch their daughter like that! If I saw my father in law do that to my wife I might have to punch him, or worse, start an investigation into WTF!


OK I guess this is a theme, but here’s one more creepy photo of The Don with his Ivanka:

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He’s perched on a Lambo door-sil, she’s perched on a psychopath with a bad crush on his daughter.

 

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.

If there were any such thing as a blue-collar billionaire, Don John Drumpf is not it.

He’s dripping with condescension for the common man. Anyone who throws money around like that is.


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Oh yeah — he’s also a con artist. His targets are the fools that want to be stupid boasting show-off rich like him.

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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 a great article sowing the same seeds but covering the movie industry. By inundating us with CGI the overall effect of images being shown to us has declined.

Pixels Are Driving Out Reality

Well written stuff there, and much of it translates to audio/music consumption as well.

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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 group and instead use it to attack and hate, that’s what you are.

 

Tamir Rice, 12, was murdered by Cleveland Police while playing with a plastic gun. The neighbor who called 9-1-1 even reported it was "a kid with a toy". Police shot first - a fatal shot in the chest at point blank range - then determined it was indeed a kid with a plastic gun.

Tamir Rice, 12, was murdered by Cleveland Police while playing with a plastic gun. The neighbor who called 9-1-1 even reported it as “a kid playing with a toy, maybe scaring some people”. But Police arrived and shot first – a fatal shot in the chest at point blank range – then determined it was indeed a kid with a plastic gun. Neither cop has been charged to this point.

This is the kind of case that gave force to the BLM movement.

The nut that started shooting at a crowd of cops in Dallas is a murderer, but not a surprise. I don’t think people are going to take much more of the lawlessness from the cops before they fire back.  If a cop hurt a member of my family you might end up calling me a killer too.

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 could bring. A new age of enlightenment. I studied and dreamed.

20 years ago I was in the middle of it, working at a dotcom advertising agency, building the groundwork for it.

About 10 years ago I decided I didn’t want to keep playing this game with my personal profile. I’ve been online all day and most nights for 20+ years now, so I figured if my actual name was posting things about all of my interests both work and privately, well, my privacy had no way of surviving. Anyone in the future could search and learn every single thing about me without ever meeting me. This was unsettling, so even though I continued to use services I had to, I try to use aliases and anonymous services when possible, and still have never had a Facebook account.

For the last 10 years I’ve been watching Facebook, Instagram, Google, Xbox, even Apple gobble up every single datapoint they can about their users. They get plenty from me even after efforts to minimize it.

So where’s it all going?

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Analytics. Refined data at our fingertips. All to be an informed consumer, right? How much will you pay for that information?

This is big data + the cloud + commercial interests + human vanity and fear. This is our future.

Who just posted a comment? Who just read my post? Who are they? What do they like? What do they own? — We’re here already, especially if you are in advertising or know how to dig.

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Next step – I want to buy something. Show me the stores nearby. Now filter to the stores locally owned. Or only certain types of neighborhoods. Or with ownership of a certain ethnicity.

Next step — [after filter to local owned] – none found. OK show corporate stores nearby that donate to a certain political cause or party.

Next step — I need a contractor. Search by political affiliation and ethnicity.


This is why people don’t put their Facebook name on Craigslist.


The logical end of this tech, once the weak privacy and fairness laws are obliterated, is total knowledge of all affiliations, history, likes and dislikes of every single person and corporate entity you encounter in your day.

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Unless we are all batshit crazy before then and never make 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 to Let’s Go Crazy are now loaded with intrigue.

Addiction did not appear to be a long term problem for Prince as he showed none of the outward signs over the last 30 years of his career. But rumors are flying that the last year has been a rough one for the 57-year old entertainer. Painful hip problems led to Percocet and other powerful pills with never-ending prescriptions, and in no time the mighty had fallen. I’ll wait for the tox report before commenting more, but it’s not an uncommon story.

LIFE MOVES FORWARD. The sun comes up tomorrow with or without us. Ask the Atlanta Hawks.

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Prince loved basketball so if there’s an afterlife he’s enjoying this one.

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I’ve been saying all year that the regular season success of the Golden State Warriors is perfect for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It benefits the Cavs more than anyone else.

Regular season means nothing. Playoffs and Championships mean everything. It’s why Jordan is Jordan, Kobe is Kobe, Russell is Russell, Duncan is Duncan, Bird is Bird, Magic is Magic… and then there’s all those other players. Many winners and legends in the mix but there’s only a few that walk around with their hand(s) full of rings.

 

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Lebron James is on the cusp of the circle of greats. He has an impressive resume going to the last 5 finals and winning 2 of them. Most playoff records are owned or being hounded by James and his various teams. But he needs to get to 500 and get one with his hometown Cavaliers to cement his legacy.

Cue the perfect scenario – make James the underdog.


 

Last year was his first year back with his old family after running off to Miami with a supermodel, and it was awkward at times. The big 3 were actually Lebron and two confused all-stars lacking big game experience, a motley mix of role players, and a head coach who had never even assistant-coached an NBA game before.

But Lebron being Lebron, the addition of Iman Shumpert and JR Smith from the Knicks and Timo Mozgov from Denver seemed to fit together for the moment. JR was the sharpshooter, Shump the defensive stopper, and Timo the new Big Z that Lebron could play pick and roll with.

Delly also emerged as a decent backup PG and all around defensive irritant, and the team clicked going into the playoffs. But by the time they reached the Finals they had lost 2 all-stars and were logging huge minutes on the guys left.

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They still got 2, nearly 3 games from the healthy and clicking Warriors, but ran out of juice after running out of options. They were outmatched, out-coached, and still getting to know each other as a team. Delly collapsed and was rushed to the hospital for fluids. Cleveland licked it’s wounds yet again. There’s always next year.

 


This next year has been stable so the soap opera NBA media basically ignored the Cavaliers all year. Blatt wasn’t fired mid-season so much as forced to step aside for his star assistant, a move that all of us saw coming sooner or later. The Cavs didn’t miss a beat since very little changed.

Other than that all everyone talked about was the amazing unbeatable Warriors, and if the Spurs would have enough left in the tank to derail them. These amazing Warriors with their newly crowned King of the NBA Steph Curry! Could they ever be beaten? Have we ever seen something so dominating?

 

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Buzz. No one really cares. It’s the regular season. I’d be terrified if the Cavs won 73 games this year. The last team to win so many games is only talked about because they swept their way through the playoffs (actually 12-3) and got their FIFTH ring in 7 years. See the gentleman with all the rings above.

The Cavs are being treated like an underdog this year but the stats tell something different, and so does the eye test.

 


 

So the setup is perfect. The Warriors are unbeatable. Until their fragile superstar goes down that is, then they are beatable. The Spurs look damn good as usual, the perfect slayer of dreams. The Cavs are rolling, the East (which was stronger than the West overall this regular season) is folding with playoff jitters, and here we sit.

The thing about my predictions is I don’t always see the end of the story. Rarely, actually. I usually see the setup and build.

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I can imagine this is our year. But I was born in #TheLand 9 years after it’s last major title so I don’t get my hopes up too far. My storytelling mind does enjoy this narrative though.

Curry will be back, and the Cavs will face a strong team out of the west. I hope it’s the Warriors because we all want the rematch from last year. The Spurs have always dealt with Lebron better than anyone else.

 

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, his trucker hat, and his bullying ways.

But as he pivots and unveils more of his policy ideas it will be interesting to watch the maniac low-information types deal with him.

Yesterday he was asked about the North Carolina bathroom law controversy. He said a transgender such as Caitlyn Jenner can use whatever bathroom they prefer in his buildings. Oops – wrong answer Drumpf! Your supporters are afraid of transgenders in their bathroom! Ew gross!


 

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Bill Burr expresses surprise. Tracy Morgan flirts. You can react how you want to a transgender person but North Carolina wants to prosecute them for where they pee.

 


The way it has always worked in america is if you were transgender and needing a public restroom you went into whatever side you felt most comfortable with in that situation. You minded your business in the bathroom and there was no problem.

The wise republicans of North Carolina felt it was time to make a change. They want bathroom use determined by the actual genitals in your pants and want serious legal punishment if you go into the other room. You can dress, walk, talk, and smell like a woman, but if there’s still any form of a penis in those pants and you go into the woman’s room in NC their law punishes you like a pervert preying on those women. If there’s minors using that restroom at the same time you can even be put on the sex offender list. Your life can be ruined because of which room you chose to pee in.

The law is pointless and tries to correct a problem that doesn’t exist. No one knows which bathroom a transgender goes into because no one inspects the genitals of strangers in bathrooms.

Paypal Inc. cancelled their plans for a new office in North Carolina, saying they will not invest in a state that discriminates against transgenders. Various entertainers like Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams have spoken out against the law and cancelled shows in the state.

Unless you post a bathroom monitor who inspects the genitals of every person walking in, this law will be struck down. Mind your business in the public restroom and there’s no problems.  I have to agree with Don here. I even capped his name.

I thought Republicans were against pointless government control and new laws? Now they want the government in bathroom stalls and in the pants of people that just need to pee.


 

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The golden public bathrooms in Trump Tower, where you are free to use the one you most identify with.

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.  Code words, chants, intimidation, and lots of lies.

We get angry old man blaming Brown vs Board of Education. We get camo-covered potato heads. We get yellow-toothed angry mommas. We get it all – the worst of america at a Trump rally.

10 separate, well timed interruptions by – and ejections of – protesters kept Donny looking tough, strutting around the stage, while his nonsensical rants fired up the crowd.

They are so happy they have somewhere to go to be openly racist.


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I’ve been watching WWII In Color and have been mesmerized by the faces of the citizens supporting Hitler before the war. Trump crowds seem scarier and more unhinged than even nazi crowds. No hindsight.


With all this data tracking going on, any day now the data will mark us politically and I believe our economy will suffer greatly. Most of us will shop and do business politically when armed with this data.

I know I wouldn’t spend a penny with a single business any of those Trump people own or work at. Although I have a feeling most are unemployed or already taking their gov’t disability/retirement check.

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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 popping out kids asap, then complain of chest pains to keep those deferments coming. No Vietnam for me!”


I love guns. I hate commies. I want to go home.

I love guns. I hate commies. I want to go home.


Rush Limbaugh: “I can’t go to army, daddy! I’ll complain about a sore butthole and keep those deferments coming. Maybe some infections, some minor surgeries, that should do the trick. No Vietnam for me!”


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Rush home with a sore ass.


George W Bush: “I can’t go to army, daddy! Since I can’t find anything physically wrong to trump up I’ll just hide in plain site. Join the Texas national guard and train on a previous-era jet that is being retired soon. Lay low, not sign up for a thing… maybe they’ll forget about me? Oh my, it worked!  No Vietnam for me!”


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Looking good, soldier. Bet you could really help the war effort. Nope, hiding in plain site.


Donald Trump (nee Drumpf): “I can’t go to army, daddy! Too rich. I have a sore foot. I’m not sure which one, or where it hurts, but it does, and with your money… that should do the trick…. hey it worked, like magic. Being a Trump is great!  No Vietnam for me!”


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Drumpf in military school, so proud of his bowling trophy. You’re officer material, son. No? OK go home then.


Then there’s guys like my father and his crew – just coming out of high school, facing a life of toil in the factories, and the draft starts.

Them: “I can’t go to army! I’m a pacifist / free-thinker / entrepreneur / family man…  my family needs my income and my assistance, my community needs my production! I can’t go to Vietnam!”

Too bad, get your ass on the bus or face prison.


Over 3 million americans served in the Vietnam war. 2.2 million were drafted.

58,000 of our soldiers were killed, over 150,000 injured.

Republican politicians are sleazy bastards. When it really matters, with lives on the line, they are ghosts. Sore asses and bad feet and migraines.

Some things never change.

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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 the beast. We all have the monkey on our back:

And that voting for Trump is a way of saying “fuck it. Fuck them all”. I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy.  — Louie “CK” Szekely

 

Here’s the full text:

P.S. Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.

And I’m not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance. And not because I particularly enjoy the conservative agenda. I just think the government should reflect the people. And we are about 40 percent conservative and 40 percent liberal. When I was growing up and when I was a younger man, liberals and conservatives were friends with differences. They weren’t enemies. And it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time.

Trump is not that. He’s an insane bigot. He is dangerous.

He already said he would expand libel laws to sue anyone who “writes a negative hit piece” about him. He says “I would open up the libel laws so we can sue them and win lots of money. Not like now. These guys are totally protected.” He said that. He has promised to decimate the first amendment. (If you think he’s going to keep the second amendment intact you’re delusional.) And he said that Paul Ryan, speaker of the house will “pay” for criticizing him. So I’m saying this now because if he gets in there we won’t be able to criticize him anymore.

Please pick someone else. Like John Kasich. I mean that guy seems okay. I don’t like any of them myself but if you’re that kind of voter please go for a guy like that. It feels like between him and either democrat we’d have a decent choice. It feels like a healthier choice. We shouldn’t have to vote for someone because they’re not a shocking cunt billionaire liar.

We should choose based on what direction the country should go.

I get that all these people sound like bullshit soft criminal opportunists. The whole game feels rigged and it’s not going anywhere but down anymore. I feel that way sometimes.

 And that voting for Trump is a way of saying “fuck it. Fuck them all”. I really get it. It’s a version of national Suicide. Or it’s like a big hit off of a crack pipe. Somehow we can’t help it. Or we know that if we vote for Trump our phones will be a reliable source of dopamine for the next four years. I mean I can’t wait to read about Trump every day. It’s a rush. But you have to know this is not healthy.

If you are a true conservative. Don’t vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him. Everything you have heard him say that you liked, if you look hard enough you will see that he one day said the exact opposite. He is playing you.

In fact, if you do vote for Trump, at least look at him very carefully first. You owe that to the rest of us. Know and understand who he is. Spend one hour on google and just read it all. I don’t mean listen to me or listen to liberals who put him down. Listen to your own people. Listen to John Mccain. Go look at what he just said about Trump. “At a time when our world has never been more complex or more in danger… I want Republican voters to pay close attention to what our party’s most respected and knowledgeable leaders and national security experts are saying about Mr. Trump, and to think long and hard about who they want to be our next Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.”

When Trump was told what he said, Trump said “Oh, he did? Well, that’s not nice,” he told CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett. “He has to be very careful.”
When pressed on why, Trump tacked on: “He’ll find out.”

(I cut and pasted that from CBS news)

Do you really want a guy to be president who threatens John McCain? Because John McCain cautiously and intelligently asked for people to be thoughtful before voting for him? He didn’t even insult Trump. He just asked you to take a good look. And Trump told him to look out.

Remember that Trump entered this race by saying that McCain is not a war hero. A guy who was shot down, body broken and kept in a POW camp for years. Trump said “I prefer the guys who don’t get caught.” Why did he say that? Not because he meant it or because it was important to say. He said it because he’s a bully and every bully knows that when you enter a new school yard, you go to the toughest most respected guy on the yard and you punch him in the nose. If you are still standing after, you’re the new boss. If Trump is president, he’s not going to change. He’s not going to do anything for you. He’s going to do everything for himself and leave you in the dust.

So please listen to fellow conservatives. But more importantly, listen to Trump. Listen to all of it. Everything he says. If you liked when he said that “torture works” then go look at where he took it back the next day. He’s a fucking liar.

A vote for Trump is so clearly a gut-vote, and again I get it. But add a little brain to it and look the guy up. Because if you vote for him because of how you feel right now, the minute he’s president, you’re going to regret it. You’re going to regret it even more when he gives the job to his son. Because American democracy is broken enough that a guy like that could really fuck things up. That’s how Hitler got there. He was voted into power by a fatigued nation and when he got inside, he did all his Hitler things and no one could stop him.

Again, I’m not saying vote democrat or vote for anyone else. If Hilary ends up president it should be because she faced the best person you have and you and I both chose her or him or whoever. Trump is not your best. He’s the worst of all of us. He’s a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don’t vote for your own cancer. You’re better than that.

That’s just my view. At least right now. I know I’m not qualified or particularly educated and I’m not right instead of you. I’m an idiot and I’m sure a bunch of you are very annoyed by this. Fucking celebrity with an opinion. I swear this isn’t really a political opinion. You don’t want to know my political opinions. (And I know that I’m only bringing myself trouble with this shit.) Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself.

And really I don’t mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much. And really I’m not saying he’s evil or a monster. In fact I don’t think Hitler was. The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don’t see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is.

Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he’ll never stop trying. He’s sick. Which makes him really really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He’s not a monster. He’s a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him. And please watch Horace and Pete.

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. I might if I travelled more, but in the last couple of years my job has not required much travel and when I do it’s with family or around town in my own car. So I have been watching the debate as an interested observer, not a regular user.

I have many friends who love Uber. One comment perceived as negative will evoke their full-throated defense of the service and every driver they’ve ever had.

“Works good”
“quick and affordable”
“cool, modern”
“you never know who you’ll meet!”
“way better than taxi’s”

These are some of the things I’ve been told. I don’t dispute any of that. But it’s not the whole picture. Laws are in place for when things go wrong.


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How does Uber get there so fast and charge so little? By ignoring the rules/laws that other companies have to play by.

If you need a ride from point A to B and you are not at an airport or train station where cab’s congregate, a Taxi company has to schedule a trained, licensed cab driver in a cab (livery vehicle) to get to point A. The cab usually takes 10-30 minutes to get to you. Your trip is usually metered by time, the price somewhere in the $1-$3 per minute range.

If a Taxi company has 50 cabs working the city at any moment, Uber might have 200 private drivers reporting from their app. That’s the secret to their timeliness.

The taxi vehicle is used all day and night to transport riders and their bags. The taxi driver has been trained in operation of the vehicle and customer service, particularly how to deal with unruly customers.

There are safety mechanisms in place for both the driver and the passenger. The driver probably clocked in, has a dispatcher, and received a full-life background check including fingerprints in order to get hired. The driver has applied and received a special license from the state. The driver is in constant contact with a human at dispatch and usually has relationships with co-workers.

The taxi vehicle is insured and serviced as a livery vehicle. The company is insured as a livery service. Liability is with the company should anything go wrong on that ride.

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Something went very wrong with an Uber ride in Kalamazoo, Michigan this weekend. For no obvious reason, the white guy driver went on a killing spree while driving his car for Uber.

I won’t say he worked for Uber because he really didn’t. Just like all of them, he was a private contractor that applied online, passed a very flimsy background check, took on the liability, and started picking up strangers in his personal car, under his personal auto insurance.  That’s how Uber works.

So many things happened in Kalamazoo that would not have happened if he were a crazed Taxi driver. For one, he continued to pick up Uber riders during his killing spree.

His first passenger of the night, a single guy, jumped out of the car halfway to his destination, ran, and dialed 9-1-1 after the driver ran stop signs, drove over medians, sideswiped a car and received personal phones calls that irritated him. The passenger ran to his girlfriend’s house and tried contacting Uber through the app. All he could do was fill out a form and report “erratic driving”. His girlfriend posted a warning to Facebook.

The 911 operator filed the report as ‘erratic driving, Uber’ and since the caller was safe – ended the call. The cops had nothing to go on.

The police called him back 2 hours later, after several more murders had occurred, perhaps because there was no dispatcher to contact, no taxi number to track, and no Uber representative assisting law enforcement like a Taxi company would. Uber took no action, claiming “there’s millions of riders a day, we can’t immediately respond to every bad driver complaint.”

The witness provided information to the cops but it didn’t help much because the driver stopped home, switched cars, and kept his Uber app going for more riders.

Another fare was a family of 4 that had already heard rumors of shootings that night, so instead of walking home they took an Uber the 1-mile distance in order to feel safer. The father, sitting in the front seat, asked the driver directly if he had heard about the shootings and if he was the shooter (!?!). Flustered, the driver said no, mumbled small talk, and dropped them safely. He then continued getting Uber riders through his app and killed others.


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Random crazies aren’t Uber’s fault. But they also aren’t Uber’s responsibility according to their fine print.

Now that murders are occurring while on-duty, we shall see if the drivers personal car insurance, or Uber’s corporate ownership, pays the victim’s families accordingly. I suspect not. Insurance companies could put an end to ride sharing services.

Get your own damn ride, don’t you have 100’s of Facebook friends?

Uber’s driver background check (if they do it at all) uses SS#, Name and License# and only goes back 7 years. If you did something horrible before 2009 you can still drive for Uber. If you can borrow (or forge), scan, and email some basic documents you can drive for Uber. There is no fingerprint, there is no full history check, there is no in-person meeting, there are no co-workers.

Doing full background checks and offering proper livery insurance would drive up Uber rates and reduce their driver count drastically. This would make Uber similar to taxi companies without the safety or piece of mind.

Their business plan has lots of holes in it.

Progress is great, but cheating in the hopes of nothing ever going wrong is not progress.

Streaming’s Shortcomings

Unknown-1images UnknownIf everyone got their music from streaming?  That is 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 ignores the purchasing power of the listener.
  5. has a limited and unstable (ever changing) catalog.
  6. pays a lower royalty per listener than other performance licenses.

  7. is the worst sound quality of all distribution platforms.
  8. has no production credits or copyright information.
  9. has no writer, composer, or publishing credits.

  10. has no human interaction for discovery of new music.
  11. assumes genre and style over all else when mixing music.
  12. assumes what you liked yesterday morning is what you will like Friday night.

  13. avoids selecting album/deep cuts and non-hits nearly as bad as top 40.
  14. requires multiple subscriptions (network and provider) to be active and paid up.
  15. cannot be rewound and reviewed for additional enjoyment.

  16. cannot easily be recorded or mixed into playlists and sets.
  17. contains only a low-resolution cover image, not complete artwork.
  18. contains no lyrics or artist notes.

  19. just got The Beatles this year.
  20. requires almost no paid humans to get it to your ears.

 

I’ve been around streaming for literally 20 years now, and have programmed it and listened to it since the beginning. If it truly is taking over the music industry we have to be honest about it’s shortcomings. That’s the only way we can start to address them.

Another internet casualty

Another internet casualty

 

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.

Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 10.33.21 AMReagan famously described the GOP as a three-legged stool with legs of financial conservatism, national defense, and social conservatism. All three must be balanced for it to stand.

Trump was smart enough to realize that it had expired. Bush/Cheney/Palin/Fox News killed it. All of the Bush-era bailouts scared off the financial conservatives, all of the pointless Bush-era warmongering scared off strong defense types, and the latest supreme court decision to uphold gay marriage rights crushed the social conservative angle.

None of Reagan’s 3 stool legs are now required to get the GOP nomination. All that is left is personality and promotion and donald has been mainlining that his entire life.

His company does little more than buy property, put gold and TRUMP signs all over them, and resell for more money. It’s primarily branding used to make millions in real estate.

Don builds his brand and this is his primary motivation. All of his profit is derived from this ego-driven branding.


 

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The Mortal Coil

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The Bump Assembly: The late Ken “Big Bamn” Smith, Chris “Freekbass” Sherman, Jason Burgard


 

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 and more beautiful people perish.

The latest is a great musician and friend Big Bamn, born Ken Smith, an amazing man and top-notch percussionist. He died yesterday tragically in a car accident a day before his 31st birthday. He is survived by his wife and 5 beautiful kids. Damn, another great goes early.

I have lost several friends in the last 12 months and it’s not getting any easier. Jesus, David, Eli and now Bamn. If I made a list of the most amazing guys I know that’s it.

Knew. Legends now, all of them.

Joined by the famous legends David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister, and now there’s word that Bernie Worrell is sick with cancer.

Life’s a bitch and then you die. Better make love and music while you are here.

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 album and all of that?  The BBC is saying it’s been an 18-month battle.

A great man has fallen. A great artist that forever changed the world entered it as David Jones in Brixton and succumbed 2 days after his 69th birthday, and 2 days after releasing his final album.

Buy that new album Blackstar and buy 5 more Bowie albums why you are at it. You won’t regret it.

Review my previous Bowie moments here.


 

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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. There are other reasons to watch, ya know.


 

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I know I can still enjoy Ike Turner’s work, but images of a beaten Tina do pop up eventually and bother the happiness of the moment. I guess I don’t linger on Ike’s work, I’m usually there listening to Tina so it’s not exactly the same. I can’t think of other artists that have had their personal life get in the way.

OK maybe 1 – I don’t and wouldn’t listen to Charlie Manson’s music, and I thought it was distasteful that Guns ‘N Roses covered one of his songs.

Artists are complicated people and when you find out they are in some way criminal it doesn’t immediately invalidate their work. But it can, in the end, spoil their magic because you can’t un-know something .

 

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 him.

Trump could end up being good for this country as he exposes hypocrisy after hypocrisy.


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He won the Tea Partiers over even though he buys politicians and used the federal government to take people’s land. Exposed as frauds.

He won the Christians over even though he has no qualities of a religious man and in fact seems much closer to the devil as explained in Christianity. Exposed as frauds.

He won the racists over by being more radical than the KKK’s politician. Exposed as racists, again.

He won the nationalists over by insulting Mexico and all latin peoples even with his immigrant wife and his worldwide business dealings. Exposed as fools that can’t google something.


 

But his base is rotten so I maintain hope.

The business people won’t vote for kicking out all their cheap labor. The libertarians won’t vote for shredding the Bill of Rights. The christians won’t vote his supermodel wife as first lady, and the old-fashioned GOP won’t give in to his strongman move.

The race is still for after-Trump, and my original 2 picks were Christie and Rubio. Carson has faded – no surprise – and Cruz has risen. Cruz is so obviously waiting for Trumps carcass and the outward racist maniacs following him.

The race continues…


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Keep an eye out for this writer David Mascriota, good stuff.

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 sees this and dials 9-1-1. He tells the operator that a kid is playing with a toy gun and he’s worried that someone will think it’s real.

The operator alerts the police. The guy goes home. The kid stays there playing in the snow.

The police show up driving into the park, think it’s real, and shoot the 12 year old dead in under 2 seconds.

They literally pulled up and shot him dead before he could even show his hands, or the gun, or his face, or anything. Turns out the operator didn’t tell the cops it was a kid, and they didn’t assume it could be.


 

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Because you know, it’s Cleveland, it’s a black guy, and he’s clearly got a gun. Shoot first is what a lot of the white cops do these days.

Who was the cop? The shooter was a rookie white guy who failed out of the suburban police squad then was hired in one of Cleveland’s violent areas, reportedly looking for more action. He got it. And guess what else he just got?

Even more true: a jury in Cleveland just decided against even charging the cop.

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 crazy, due to our location in relation to bodies of water and wind direction.

But for many in the US it’s been brutally strange. Northern Texas had 20+ tornadoes yesterday and some of them were monsters. Their local forecasts saw almost nothing coming. Flooding and ice storms are on their way for those poor folks.

Other parts of our fine nation went from 70 degree temps to blizzards in days. I had no snow on christmas and now torrential rain predicted for the next week.

Of course the climate change denialists stay quiet during these times. They think local weather = climate, so on colder and calmer days they harp about “no global warming!”. When it’s warmer than normal or more volatile or unusual, they are silent. Praise God!

The primary tell of accelerated climate change is the breaking of cycles and a movement to more extreme and more random weather events. This is that.

And the glaciers. Polar bears. Balance.


 

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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 of early Nazi Germany and early Fascist Italy. Those that are aware are actually proud. The racists showing their faces.

Hitler helped burn the German Parliament to the ground, seized power, and led his country to a doom it will take 100 years to correct. What will Trump do to America? Or what will America do to herself using the reality-TV parade of foolishness led by this billionaire in a trucker hat?

donald says Hillary got schlonged in the 2008 election. Either say fucked (screwed) or don’t, schlonged isn’t even a word. Can a guy get schlonged, Donald?

donald refers to Hillary using the bathroom as disgusting. Why? Does donald’s shit not stink?

donald says Megan Kelly from Fox was upset that night because she had blood coming out of her wherever. OK, donald’s mom must be dead.

donald says of Carly Fiorina – look at that face! – and then backpedals because she’s a republican, nearly as averse to the truth as the donald.


 

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“I’m fabulous, I really am. I’m well loved by everyone. Everywhere I go they love me.”


 

This man is so Biff Tannen I’m beside myself. He’s a dickless wonder, another rich boy silver spoon douchebag, and I swear someone needs to just shoot him, take him out.  OK I shouldn’t incite violence, I know. I don’t actually want that, it would probably make things worse. Don’t shoot donald. Just slap that silly fucker, slap the red right off his face.

He’s such a bully that other bullies respond to him, wimps respond to him, people unable to think for themselves really respond to him. He knows how to play the media and the public opinion to get these violent types even more fired up. He continues building his Brand. TRUMP™

donald is a leader — A leader of d-bags, racists, and clueless wanderers who enjoy entertainment and anarchy™ more than stability and reality.


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This might bother his Brand™ a wee bit – TRUMP RACIST – Trump is racist – Trump Resorts are racist – Ban Trump – Trump Anti-american – Boycott Trump – anti-mexican – DUMP TRUMP – ban donald – Nazi TRUMP BRAND HORRIBLE – Islamophobia – TRUMP SUCKS – Trump Nazi – Trump Supremacist – anti-Semitic – TRUMP RACIST – Trump is racist – Trump Resorts are racist – Ban Trump – anti-mexican – Boycott Trump – the donald duck – DUMP TRUMP – TRUMP BRAND HORRIBLE – TRUMP SUCKS – Trump Resorts anti-Semitic Trump Nazi – Trump Supremacist – TRUMP RACIST – Trump is racist – Islamophobia – Trump Resorts are racist – Ban Trump – Boycott Trump – DUMP TRUMP – TRUMP BRAND HORRIBLE – TRUMP SUCKS – Trump Nazi – Trump Supremacist…

If I only had a small loan to help get my message out.

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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 done without the ‘compassion’ BS. Macho billionaire Palinv2.

Demagogue. Real life drama inside the GOP making for great TV and a nervous populace. Their first strong-man takeover of my lifetime. Will Mussolini rise to power or will his adopted party stop him?

Donald’s not even republican, that’s what’s so funny. His family has been buying democratic favors for decades. He’s been supporting democrats and their positions for most of his life. But he sees his opportunity to build his brand and he’s addicted to it.

Then the mexican thing. The muslim thing. The black lives matter thing. Donald really is running for fuhrer isn’t he?

Yeah what he said.

Now it’s all about racists loving Donald. They are showing themselves without hoods in this post-Obama, post terror-attack world.  White supremacists near and far are getting a major traffic boost. Young and old. He’s their savior, their cover, the barely need codewords anymore!

Where does Donald get the playbook? Is his genius in his ability to rise to power?

Too bad it’s in plain site. Trump’s latest book cover has him posed just like Hitler on Mein Kampf. Trump’s ex-wife also admits Donald owned, sometimes travelled with, and often read the advice of Herr Hitler.

So there’s that. Have fun guys.

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.]


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Ask the nerds of Slashdot.

Deport millions of illegals? Determine visitation based on religion? Build a 500 mile wall across the desert for free? Call China and ask for our money back? All are recent proposals of the yuuuge-brained Donald.


 

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Which way to Mexico?


 

But close the internet?

This one has silly and serious details and made a great poll at Slashdot:

  1. Snip undersea fiber optic cables
  2. C4 or thermite on every BGP router
  3. Bulldoze, bulldoze, bulldoze!
  4. Steer all communication satellites into the Pacific
  5. Re-open the office of censorship
  6. Make unauthorized encryption a felony
  7. Ban figurative speech and nicknames
  8. Require Facebook login for everything

As of this writing, #8 was at 47%!

Let’s dissect this a bit.

  • 1 is equivalent to cutting the plug and would be considered an act of war and corporate sabotage.
  • 2 is a direct attack on the primary routers of the internet backbone and could probably be enacted by an agreement of world governments.
  • 3 is funny. Thinking the internet is a building.
  • 4 would be an awesome movie. But too much hardware up there to crash it all when they just put them all into reboot mode at the same time.
  • 5 is right around the corner if/when we elect the next religious conservative. This could also be known as the Apple Store depending on your angle.
  • 6 could be done through the legal system and seems a likely route if things continue on their current path.
  • 7 could also be done through the legal system but I don’t see how they could enforce it since every system manages it’s own user list and people could continue to use aliases.
  • 8 is the practical version of #7 which is why it is winning. BUT based on how much racism and other types of hatred are posted to Facebook every day, I don’t see the public shaming aspect of Facebook enough to control the entire population.

As usual, The Donald is clueless. He said he’d “talk to Bill Gates about this” like that would help!


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Hey there sailor, nice DOS.


 

Just like talk of banning Muslims hurts more than helps, The Donald’s believe that most illegals walk here through the Mexican desert. They don’t fly, drive, float, dig or legally enter their way here, they walk. So that big dumb wall would indeed get in their way. Trump!

Only North Korea can shut down the internet in their country. US Presidents have nowhere near the power of the North Korean dictator. Is that a problem, The Donald Sir Great and All Powerful Ruler Trump?   You fucking idiot. Bring it. Tell me I’m nobody. You’re a yuuuuge assss.

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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 where Islam is the primary religion. He sells his services to people of all religions. He advertises his services in Arabic, Hindi, and other languages that would scare his supporters in America.

I bet he has a business reason for devaluing his brand overseas. Or at least he’s done the calculation that the money lost around the world is less than the money he is making from this presidential run.

Trump is a brand. Nothing more. Nothing less. He doesn’t even do operations because he cares nothing about fixing, only about profiting. He’s con-artist as flip-artist.


 

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Secondly, there is no way for a customs agent to determine someone’s religion. They can ask and be told a lie. How to know the truth? Will they have to determine someone’s religion based on looks? Based on clothing? Based on diet? Will there be a religion test to get into America? Are we going to tattoo all the Muslims like Hitler did the Jews?

23% of the world’s population are Muslim (1.6 billion people). 31% are Christian.  Islam is predicted to have more followers than Christianity by 2070.


Thirdly, I live near a hospital that makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year treating rich people from other countries, specifically princes and kings often times from Muslim countries. I wonder how they feel about potentially losing all this business?


Fourthly, US citizens from inside America – and Christians from around the world – are perfectly capable of radicalizing and blowing away innocents. Attempting to ban Muslims from a country doesn’t make us safer, it makes the world hate us.

I travelled internationally during the W. Bush years – it was brutal. You never knew when a concerned citizen of another country was going to attack you for the destruction that ‘your president’ was causing, so filled with resentment against our policies that they were willing to argue with the first strange american they met.


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Trump is a new kind of special, someone who is so rich and full of himself that he literally can’t be told no. He’s like a spoiled pop star running for president and it’s hilarious. Stupid republicans. Line up for another loss or set this country back 100 years.

There’s only one choice – Ban Trump. At least until we can “figure this out”.

Also, let’s shut off the internet like North Korea, another Donald idea.

 

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.

A pizza parlor. A woman’s clinic. A church social room. Walmart. A movie theater. A kids camp.

It’s always a right-winger full of the current rhetoric of hate, yet they are called a “lone wolf”. Where do these wolf’s learn to howl? See here for that line of bs.

Imagine if lefties went nuts and shot random people like that. Where would the mass murders be?

SUV dealerships?

The dump?

Tea Party rallies?

Monster truck shows?

Nascar races?


 

It would be a very different world, indeed.

Imagine if being a christian in america meant you might be gunned down at any time by an extremist. Sadly it’s usually christians doing the shooting from what I can see, so being a secularist, or a woman needing medical advice, proves to be risky and potentially fatal in modern america.

I’m not for taking away the right to own a gun for home protection or hunting. I’m for removing guns from irresponsible people’s hands. Look for assault rifles outside of the military, find irresponsible people.

Do the people murdering innocents at Planned Parenthood understand that they are worse than the worst of the terrorists? They exist in a democracy with free access to information and the freedom of religion, and they still choose to murder in the name of their God.

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 passé.

There has been an entire generation that expects music product for free.


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It’s no coincidence that most of their time is spent listening to fake instruments, fake voices and fake sounds made by a laptop operated by a guy fake playing – aka pretending to be working much harder than he really is. You can sit at your desk as I am now and computer DJ.

I’m a DJ, I know. There’s no reason a computer DJ should ever sell more tickets than a proper traveling band. But that’s the norm these days.

The computer DJ’s have won and it’s sad. I was a computer DJ 20 years ago and I didn’t want to win I just wanted an outlet, a slot, a chance to get my creations heard. Now it’s everywhere yet rock and soul played by actual musicians emoting right in front of us is harder and harder to locate.


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I used to computer DJ to 20 people 20 years ago. These guys are hotter than rock bands now, so I suppose I won and lost. Where are the great new bands? Killed by the computer DJ.


 

 

Anyway, find $10 for a CD or a digital download (preferably hi-res) of a classic album, or something from a new artist that does it for you, and just purchase the damn thing. Restart your collection. It’s better than giving to charity.

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, unites us as one species, something that our brains require to comprehend and solve our daily problems.

“Music is the greatest mystery” – Charles Darwin

Very interesting read. Especially how Darwin tried to explain music creation by natural selection and was puzzled. He resorted and retired with the generic “music is the greatest mystery”.

 

 

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 better than having one, but still, can’t they stop their computers from deleting the guy?

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No word on how his two sisters Slap Dat & Kil Dat survive on social media.


 

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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.  No snake oil. No streaming service. No emperor. When you scroll down to the next 10 reviews you find raves.

 


 

  • They claimed Young was trying to make us all rebuy our music in a new proprietary format. Yet Pono chose DRM-free open sourced FLAC as their file format.
  • They claimed Young was a shyster and would never even ship the thing. Yet they sold out of PonoPlayers faster than they could make them.
  • They claimed it was nothing more than marketing and it would sound no better than an iPhone. Yet everyone (except a few notable tech-bloggers at the top of google) is impressed with it’s sound. Read reviews from stereo hi-fi and music production types and you’ll see nothing but raves and it’s already won some industry awards in it’s first year.  Hear it yourself and you’ll know.
  • They claimed that hi-res titles were overpriced and no one would accept those prices for music. Yet most 24bit albums are <$20, most 16bit albums are <$15 and people are buying again, some getting an album for the 4th time in what could be a final digital format.
  • They claimed that the ‘whole hi-res thing’ was a scam of upsampled files being marketed to fools. Yet Pono puts out the Pono Promise and works hard to discover the provenance of each album, buyers are educated, and the company is standing by it’s provenance by guaranteeing you free upgrades if the label raises the bar.

 

Reality bites. I’m sure there were more attacks I haven’t debunked here. I just wanted the record to show that no matter what happens to Pono Inc. in the long run, they delivered on their promise and more, slapping all the haters and skeptics right in the jaw. Bravo for Neil, Bravo for Pono Inc. and bravo for music.


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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 going to involve a 600 mile wall across barren desert or a new Wetback brigade.

Look around – there aren’t any 600 miles border walls in existence because it’s not a cost effective way to curb illegal immigration.

The wall around Palestine is proposed to be 430 miles if/when complete, and besides running through populated areas and being declared by the Red Cross as violating the Geneva Convention, it’s purpose is to not stop immigration, it’s to stop violence between two groups who have been fighting for that territory for thousands of years. This is not the situation between US and Mexico.

The wall that was between East and West Berlin was 70 miles and an embarrassment to humanity.

The great wall of china crisscrossed for thousands of miles but was never used as an effective border and was built over hundreds of years by several emperors so don’t even bother.


Immigration reform is actually about visa reform, national record keeping, workers rights, hiring practices, security at airports/seaports/trainstations/highways and proper enforcement of laws already on the books.

It’s also about dealing with the sad truth that american’s don’t want (and can’t afford) to pay for food that was farmed and harvested by americans making a proper wage.

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Comedian Ron White summarizing this nicely

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 a little bit of a mix on the tracks. I loaded up tape #1, went to my cue point, rolled tape, and worked on patching in some reverb and some parametric EQ. I twiddled with that for a few minutes in the speakers until I was happy. I switched between 2 sets of speakers and then realized my headphone amp wasn’t getting signal. I patched that in and tested my mix using 2 sets of headphones: good & earbud. OK all set, let’s get digital!


 

During the work above I was using devices made over nearly a 50 year range. They all plugged into each other using standard connectors and levels. These connectors are available everywhere cheaply, made by thousands of manufacturers. Almost every device had clear buttons, lights, and panels to understand and manipulate the audio. No drivers or software was needed.


 

Time to fire up my Focusrite interface, a nice piece of digital kit that’s about 4 years old now. It’s primary job is to convert analog to digital and vice-versa, back out to analog again. I attach the firewire cable to the back of the focusrite, plug it in to the wall, and then grab my mac.

Oh damn, where’s the firewire port on this thing? I got a new mac a couple months back and hadn’t used this one for recording anything yet. No firewire port. Not even Firewire 800. Not 400. None. I guess I need an adapter to get to the lightning port. Not available to me at that moment, not standard, not used for anything else. Great, I can’t connect the interface to this mac, not tonight.


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OK never mind the interface, I’m coming out of the mixer in 2 track so I can just go into the line-in headphone jack and let the mac do the conversion. Bedroom producers have been doing this trick for 20 years now.

I find a RCA-to-mini plug in the drawer and run tape out from the mixing board into the mac. Launch Garageband.  Back on track.


Garageband says “thanks for purchasing garageband from the app store!” I don’t remember purchasing this. Why the excitement?

“Garageband needs to download samples and loops in order to launch.” I don’t want samples or loops, I just need to record from the line in!

But I have no choice. Garageband goes about 15 minutes downloading and installing things I don’t want or need.

Meanwhile I turn to the tape machine and roll to the next track. I decide I want compression instead of the EQ on this track so I patch in a few different compressors until I find the one I like. Write down my settings on my log paper.


 

Garageband is done installing itself again. I get a wizard offering me everything under the sun except basic recording. I select ‘Hip-Hop’ thinking this might be closest to basic. Haha, stupid! No way I need MPC’s and a thousand loops. Delete this session.


 

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OK, I find basic recording and I try to arm track 1 coming in from line in. That’s when the bad news hits:  this mac has no line in. It has a port that looks like a line in, exactly like the previous model’s, but it’s not a line in.

The only sound the mac will accept is from it’s own microphone or a microphone on an iPhone headset plugged into the mac through this mystery port. I find the documentation to back it up – I need a USB or lightning port interface to get audio in.

Damn. Apple, what were you thinking? Yes lots of people have interfaces, but lots of people fall back on their line in during emergencies or for simple 2-track needs. Big Fail.


 

So the analog world managed to cooperate and work with over 4 decades of gear. My digital world failed in under 1.

To think that you continually need a new interface every 3 years just to get audio in makes the mac far less of a production machine, and bodes bad for the digitally-dominated future.

How quickly will things go obsolete, how much will our culture suffer from a lack of backward compatibility?

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 was a small segment of the listening population. Simple nerds.

In the 90’s it was distracted by the creation of the internet. They built the infrastructure while the arts flourished (money helps), and the digital babies sprung up everywhere.

[note – I’m one of the early ones. By 1991 I was pretty convinced computers were going to run just about everything by Y2K so I learned them, made a career of them, and continue to this day to be a technology worker, user, and lover.]

Then the iPod hit. “Good enough” took over for a nice ride that I figured would have run it’s course by now. Of course they would get better at playing music!  (ok once). Of course digital would figure out how to sound better than a 2001 mp3 on a 2002 iPod (it has).


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Even Steve Frickin’ Jobs didn’t think people would stand for the quality of mp3’s.

 

 

I don’t know, did 9/11 knock everyone into everything is a matter of life and death, and if my iPod gets better sounding, well that is shallow thinking?


 

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Sound quality is not life and death, it’s about life only.


 

It’s been 15 years of this downward turn in quality. Even the best artists working now release things that are so loud, so pumped, so faked (in some cases) that no one really even trusts them anymore.

The gods of music are long gone and there are no new ones that aren’t vintage re-do’s. OK very few. I blame the digital machines and our willingness to accept their flaws in quality.


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I’m a 1980 TV. I should be good enough quality forever, right? Oh no, I’m not a stereo, haha!


 

Meanwhile, TV has been upgraded at least 4 times in the USA since the CD shipped.


 

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I sound way better than a phone you downgraded suckers!


Now Jay Z, pushing his Tidal service, is forced to talk sound quality. That’s the only thing Tidal has over competitors – BITRATE. They stream the same stuff, they just stream it at 5x the data rate. CD quality.


 


 

If he cracks the code and gets mainstream person to understand that 1400k > 256k EVEN IN AUDIO, and you guessed it, 5800k > 1400k too.  See how easy?

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 to identify racism, sexism, and other hatred using comment posts. Half of the commenting systems aren’t even anonymous (Facebook, google+, etc.) so it’s just a simple database back to their social security number. The fake-name systems really aren’t anonymous unless the user uses extra tactics to make them so.

We could build some community policing system so that when Dave Smith from Lubbock, TX posts raw hatred that really crosses a line for you, you could downvote or flag the guy and offer a reason.  [Sorry to other Dave Smith browsers or robots that were brought here by a search engine, it’s a made up name]


 

I’m already arguing with myself here though —  I don’t want to give you all the power to give me trouble for my opinions. In My America, if you don’t like what I’m saying you basically have three options: you move on, and/or you form your debate in words, and/or you spend your money elsewhere.

So would it be worth it? If we could flag and rate people based on how much Hateraid they spit at the world, would it be accurate enough to improve our overall performance?

The end result would be some rating, like a credit rating on how much hatred you post.


 

This is the result of me thinking about Peeple, that horrible idea of a social network also made by optimists. They just want everyone to post nice things so you can better determine who to do business with, or dammit, even be friends with.  An online reputation manager that looks like Facebook. Multiple-vector attacks are forcing them to modify their system.


 

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Also – I doubt a machine can detect snark.  Can it sort through irony, examples, and mockery? This would need to be people-based, and then, who are these people? Why would I trust them? I get banned from sites that I should be honored at which proves it’s not easy to read a virtual room.

 

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 compression like FLAC. To permanently reduce media size, MP3 and AAC use perceptual coding to determine importance of data and permanently reduce it.


 

Why does perceptual compression exist? Native media files tend to be large. In the 90’s it was difficult to move these files around because they were too large for the network speed and storage prices of the time. Extreme data compression was needed.

A CD might hold 10 songs at 40mb each for a total of 400mb. How to get that 40mb song file small enough to fit through a dial-up modem and play on the other side in real-time?

The answer was perceptual coding, the trick behind lossy compression. It has been used for decades in voice transmission compression. You have to go inside the audio data and start throwing sound away.

 


 

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But what sounds can be thrown away? How do you go inside of a mixed piece of music and delete things? And how far can you go before people notice a quality drop?

Perceptual coding can’t do things like delete the 2nd guitar solo or reduce the backing vocals, that can only be done in the mix of the song.

Perceptual coding also can’t make the song acoustic or shorter in length, those can only be done in the mixing stage.

What perceptual coding does do is analyze the sounds in the song and prioritize them. The programmers determined which sounds are more important on the scale.

First it locates the lead sounds – the main instruments/voices in the material.

There might be 5 primary sound makers in your song, let’s say drums, bass, guitar, keys, and voice. Perceptual coding manages to quarantine those and only removes small amounts of their identifying data.

This allows a listener to quickly ID the melody, the lyric, the artist, and the song since these primary elements are only slightly degraded.

 


 

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But you can’t achieve 90% overall data reduction by only slightly degrading the material. Perceptual coding achieves the brunt of it’s loss from outside of the primary sounds.

This includes everything not inside the primary sound including the echoes and delays of the primary sounds. In fact all reverbs, delays and room sounds are attacked and removed. Other things outside the primary sound are timbre characteristics, breaths, string and instrument noise, room shape and activity, and soundstage timing cues. All of this is shorthanded to “the tone” and “the soundstage”.

By masking and/or deleting all kinds of sounds that they believe are unable to be reliably perceived* by listeners they achieve massive size decreases.

*What the smart DSP programmers behind perceptual coding understood is that while people can easily hear this loss in the music, most can’t identify it reliably and consistently using the same terminology, and good luck having any of this come out in the whacked-world of ABX listening tests.

If most can’t identify what is gone, but can identify the song and sing along, the codec is considered a success. And MP3 was and still is a huge success by those metrics.

But listen to Ghost in the MP3 to hear an idea of what perceptual coding takes away from your music.

 


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The destruction of all of the natural movement, transients, and timing cues has a long lasting effect on our music, which has a long lasting effect on our psyche.

The things that perceptual coding deems unnecessary and inaudible are in fact the critical emotional elements of the music.

This amounts to a perceptual loss in all modern music and is the reason behind two trends: 1- robotic voices with fake instruments, and 2- hyper-fast switching of sounds from disparate sources with heavily active pan and audio limiter settings.

When your end result is forced to be artificial and limited in size and range, hip producers know to co-opt the weaknesses and make them strengths. The more artificial and huge you can sound the better.

No point in producing realism when there is none at the distribution.


 

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An approximation of lost data from this image after lossy compression.

The Pono Promise Is Real

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 12: Young walks into the press conference. Famed singer, Neil Young held a news conference on Jan. 12 to tout his benefit concert that same day raising money and awareness for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund. The event was held at Massey Hall. January 12, 2014. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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 by conservatives.

The goal of the company is not modest — just to save an art form. The art of recorded music is under attack and good old Neil Young has swooped in to try’n save it!

 

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Dave, I just care so damn much. Look at this cute little thing.

 

Bullshit right? Nope. They just posted the policy that anything you buy from their store will be upgraded for free if a better native version becomes available in the future.

 

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The new best store ever.

That’s ballsy. They are basically promising their customers are getting the finest goods from them and there isn’t a better version hidden away somewhere waiting to be sold to you again. And again.

 

I know I’m buying everything from Ponomusic.com from now on so I have that upgrade available if the labels release better versions than what I was sold.

Their text:

Free Album Resolution Upgrades

The PonoPromise

Because we love and appreciate our Pono community of music lovers so much, all music purchased at PonoMusic.com will now be upgraded for FREE when a label offers a higher resolution upgrade of the same recording.

That is the PonoPromise.

People have had to deal with changing and eroding quality formats over the years, starting with vinyl, then eight tracks, cassettes, CDs, MP3s and now streaming services. Music lovers have been forced to buy or “rent” their music over and over and over again. We here at Pono, think that sucks…. But with Pono, those days are over.

Now, when you buy your favorite music at PonoMusic.com, the PonoPromise means you will never have to purchase it again, ever! If and when a higher resolution album you have already purchased becomes available, it is yours for FREE!

 

That’s righteous.

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Buy buy buy and save save save the audio

 

I didn’t get too deep into the fine-print regarding other formats and remixes but I love the concept. It’s so hippy dippy it just might work!

 

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MP3’s are for hosers!

 

 

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 found out the president of your foundation (to fight childhood obesity) was banging a 14 year old girl. That is not listed as an exercise to fight childhood obesity.

Instead of firing him, punching him, and calling the police you watched hidden-camera sex videos he had of the girl. High five! This was 2011.

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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 the product is clouded with confusion.

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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 it’s the elephant in the room.

Vinyl sounds better than streaming. 24bit digital sounds better than streaming. CD sounds better than streaming. Even radio sounds better than streaming.

Vinyl delivers artwork, lyrics, and a physical connection to your beloved music like streaming cannot.

Plus you own vinyl forever. Not a single penny needed in the future to hear it again and again.

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, father, husband, and hell raiser. Perhaps the finest hell raiser we’ve seen in some time. He left behind a beautiful family of 5 and the struggle is just getting started for them.

I went back through my writings and found a few pieces that were influenced by him, the late great bassist and composer for 2MERICA, Jesus Irizarry. Rest in peace, friend.

 

The Big Holy Thing

The big holy thing

that I learned at 5:23

peeled the shield

from my mortality

a garbage bag full

of maggots and all

define the mighty

and still we fall

can’t tell, won’t tell, don’t tell

just stall . . .

you booked three rooms

and the devil is in them all

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Chainsaw Men

Cold days at the park

peaceful silence once again

Interrupted by ducks

and geese carrying on

Crumbling leaves blowing under my tires

A quick transformation

into something less

A crumbled fucking mess

staying together by chance

If it’s me I am there listing

Just a haunted piece of a glorious past

But I’m the tree

I understand

My buds, my rings, my bark

my roots, my being here

Tied to this earth

as strong as I’ll ever be

I know I’m the tree

and I have been all along

I sit watching for bugs

and chainsaw men

to take me down

 

 

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 ponoplayer and it’s amazing analog circuitry, that helps a lot too.

Those two, combined, are what you need to achieve musical playback bliss.

  1. 1000k and up bitrate files (1000k is roughly CD quality up to 6000k studio masters)
  2. capable playback device (not a phone tablet or computer)

Apple’s iconic iPod ads had the uncontrollable movement part right, just the wrong device playing the wrong files.

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Totally Wired

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 products.


 

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Their ignorance of audio basics is shielded by an arrogance about all things consumer tech. They wrongfully assume expertise and botch their reviews.

The message boards & comments after the review are usually worse, with outright false claims masquerading as fact and characters of all stripes blaring opinions disguised as common-sense fact. I sometimes take up the challenge of straightening these arguments out and of course it usually gets me nowhere – unless the rabbit hole of internet flame battles is really a destination!

My latest attempt at education got me banned from Ars Technica, a site about technology that asked me to leave their community for claiming that MP3 is less than perfect for music. Oh the horror!  I’ve had similar luck and been told to scram from other tech sites, too.


Banning is the nerd response to having their worldview challenged. I’m trying to help these dolts. They are like the flat-earthers of the audio world. I was online when most of these chaps were in diapers!

Such a strange time warp: these ultra-modern people holding onto ancient mp3 files while their games, TVs, monitors, cameras, watches, GPS, cars, and every other digital device in their lives continues to increase in resolution, and thus  r e a l i s m.

Yet they wrongly think they can’t hear – and no one else can hear either – any increase in quality, ever!  Snake oil!  Monster cables! Rich rock stars!

Even if you are a master musician like Tom Petty, a legendary producer like Bruce Botnick, a professional recording engineer, a classical musician, or some other heavyweight in the field of professional audio, you are called a scam artist and/or deaf by these gadget loving fools!


 

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The world of good enough rules certain people. They profess fashion over substance and know that now must be the best. A classic case of experts being drowned out by idiots.

They equate recognizing music with loving, knowing, feeling, and creating music.

If you bring up the inner ear on these tech sites, they ban you. Actual bitrate, they ban you. Known psychological issues with ABX testing of music, they ban you. I have an entire list of topics that immediately get me downvoted or banned on consumer tech sites when discussing audio products.

 


 

Oh well, tell you what Ars Technica – fuck off. I’m tired of fighting. I’ve participated and read your site for over 15 years now and you ban me for stating something so obvious about a 20 year old tech compromise? Sad. I suppose much of it was time wasted since your message board is overrun by assholes that share that belief.

Ars claims to cover every advancement in the tech-gadget world yet you shit on audio products and audio professionals. Why is that?  Perhaps jealousy. Gadgets come and go but music lasts forever.

I was told by some greybeards in music production decades ago to never trust the technology world “because they have no idea when it comes to audio”. I suppose this aligns with that. Techies don’t want a debate or to be educated, they want to ban those that expose their ignorance, and they love using terms they don’t even understand in practical use. Lots of keyboard jockeys.


 

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Modern ignorance is thinking this thing can’t play music that sounds as good or better than an iPhone.


 

Hopefully this trend changes soon, since these people are so influential over mainstream music purchases. They argue their day away about whether 320k sounds better than 256k, and then ban people who say 1400k, or 5700k, sounds better. Their math doesn’t line up.

They can quote statistics showing you something is less or the same as something else. They can reference ridiculous studies attempting to capture sound quality differences with no understanding of – or concern for – musical enjoyment. So many of these people link back to xiph dot org – they are like an army of quality denialists.

But ask them to prove that something sounds better than something else. They cannot do that because their science isn’t science at all.

It amounts to a pile of garbage. Trust your own ears. Seek higher quality and you shall find it.


 

It makes sense that it would be the gadget fans first in line to explain their perceived limitations with the human body.

These are people that often look to technology to do things that they could in fact do better themselves with just a little bit of training and effort.

 

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 for mobile use/multiple playback locations
  3. needs to account for the musical style preference of the test subject
  4. needs to stress half-song units as it’s shortest measurement, rejecting fast-switching between samples
  5. needs to be blind without altering the listeners normal and natural listening state
  6. needs to avoid comparisons between a memory and a real sample
  7. needs a moniker as easy to remember as ABX or Blind

 

Why is this needed?

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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 she’s only made it to server-level whore?  btw My breastaurant will feature celery sticking out of the cleveage. Flair!


For $100 extra your “waitress” will apply the “bar-B-que” sauce with her “uniform” and sing you a little “song” about what a hot piece of man you are. Lunchtime!

Seemingly not a vitamin or a brain-cell amongst them. Bad music, leather, fake tits, pollution, total american ignorance in it’s full glory. Management was warned that there was going to be a biker war at their Bike Night event and they wouldn’t cancel/reschedule/work to avoid the situation. Money was there to be made.

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You might need to shoot this guy 9 times to even get through to a functioning organ.

 

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Derp. “All these bikers started fighting like they always say they are gonna. I was so scared! I knew they wouldn’t save me over the skinny girls so I hid in the cooler. OK, they always make me hide in the cooler.”

Take a look at pictures: nothing but fat people, convicts, bimbos, morons, harleys, cops, and weapons everywhere. Sometimes in America it feels like that’s all we are surrounded by.

I just need some, tobacco, jerky and a 84oz soda, can I get to the Flying J?

“I just got some chew, jerky and another 84oz soda, why can’t I leave the Flying J, soldier looking policeman?”

No surprise Texas coined the term “breastaurant” and that these fine establishments proliferate in Texas and Florida. Also no surprise these shitheads would congregate in such a horrible place to do their deeds.

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The worst is some of the interviews with bystanders and other bikers — no emotion, no concern, just blank stares.  Meth is a hell of a drug.

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I wish I could include the video of this guy’s description of the massacre. Just another day in what must be a terrible life. Allow me to paraphrase: “I was gonna go to that restaurant but someone told me people were dead everywhere. Gotta go to another restaurant now.”

I have known some bikers over the years, more the weekend variety than the convict type, and I have family and friends that identify with that community going back decades. I believe that 99% of them are good people that just want to be left alone to enjoy life, just like young black males and other persecuted groups in this country.

But these criminals at the Tittywing Sit-down proudly wore the “1%” patch announcing they were outlaws, and the one gang proudly wore what equalled a declaration of war on their jackets, so I think the ATF and Texas State Police should swoop in and arrest a couple hundred more of them. Sell those bikes & build some playgrounds for the kids.

Maybe try out some of that waterboarding on these guys, find out who’s bringing all the heroin and meth to the teenagers. You’d probably find out why we aren’t trying to stop that either.

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Here’s how cops approach a white suspect at the scene of multiple murder scene. Notice the finger on the trigger. Notice the gun pointed down, not shooting first and then claiming to see a gun in his hoody, like other types when approached by the average cop. It’s cropped out, but this T-shirt guy had a handgun holstered too.

It’s very interesting the different response to 9 murders in broad daylight, in front of cops, when it is performed by white americans as opposed to non-whites. The media is also playing this completely differently, no big surprise.

There have been no national guard, no curfews, no talk of bad parenting or bad musical taste. I bet Hannity spent 2 minutes on it and blamed a single crazed individual for starting all the trouble. Or Obama.

Here’s a view of some of our criminals. Don’t stare too close or they might get you. I do wonder if you become evil when given a face like that, or if they start cute and over the years the evil, meth, and corn syrup warp their faces into that horror show.

Hey handsome!

Hey handsome! Hitler himself would have been embarrassed about all the SS tattoos on these degenerates.

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 build a community of music lovers around the expansive, beautiful exploration of anything funky, by any means necessary.

Many trends have come and gone since WFNK.com launched 18 years ago, but the goal remains the same (even if diluted through the current anti-facebook format): WFNK.com brings the funk to the masses and represent the funky music and lifestyle that is key for survival on planet earth.

Plus we do it daily and free of charge, and have for almost 2 decades now.

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To that end, a new project has started that should really hit that target: I’ve begun plans to digitize and videoize some of my record collection in HD. It’s a time consuming process and they could always pull it down so it will be 1 song at a time, but it should be fun to hear and see the true vinyl and discuss the funk within.

Maybe we get some contributors to the cause, or link to some existing stuff where people post funk vinyl playbacks?

I know of some new places on the web that will be cross-posting this stuff, and if y’all tweet or share it that would be all we need.

 

 

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 clothing. If you workout with loose clothes (or don’t work out at all) you can usually find a pocket or ledge for it. It’s far better than a slab phone shape at most things: sitting up, sitting down, displaying, passing around, holding in your hand, using from inside pocket, not ruining your headphone jacks, coexisting with keys. The soft-touch plastic also feels better as it wears, and the buttons are easy to understand and operate in any environment. Nearly perfect design for an audio player.
  • Sound quality is still amazing and every day several things in my collection surprise me. I have about 400 CD’s ripped to it now and it’s astonishing how much of a sonic downgrade we accepted in the name of convenience when MP3 was introduced.
  • I have a hard time even listening to an MP3 now, I want a decent version immediately, and if I’m online I see if a 24bit version is available. I’ve re-bought 2 albums so far, knowing that I gave Apple $10 for the MP3 version a few years ago but it was a mistake. I find myself turning down MP3’s on the pono because it can’t work magic. One of my favorite moments lately is when I replace MP3’s with FLAC’s and delete the MP3’s forever. It’s like waking up from a musical nightmare.
  • Most people don’t notice it when I have headphones on, there’s so many devices out right now. As far as the folks that are curious, it’s about 50/50 whether they seem to understand it immediately. I’ve had a few people go “oh wow that’s a Pono!?!”. One guy said he didn’t want to hear it because he doesn’t want to have to buy one! I kinda get that, but he’ll own one eventually.
  • It’s magical when you bring it out amongst friends who are phone-listeners. Find any song they know and play it on speakers and they nod and smile, then immediately focus in and ask you to turn it up. They get big eyes, and start to bop, move, grin. They usually look at me like we are making a discovery together. Often times we both lock into and zone out for most of the song, something almost never done when playing MP3’s. I now have friends who want to share a song apologize to the group for playing music from their phone 😉
  • Most people understand “it sounds better” but they don’t all care to understand the details. The curious ones usually know about either lossy compression or deficient playback hardware, but usually don’t see both in their current rig until they’ve experienced the pono smile.
  • I like how owning a DAP has freed my phone from doing something it was not really cut out to do. I have not had a song interrupted by an alert, a phone call, or another app in 5 months. I play my music while waiting on hold. I have not forgot to play the next song or gotten a headache from too much music. I don’t have to keep turning it down from loudness wars and digital ear fatigue. I’ve cleared 10gb and counting from my phone by deleting those horrible mp3s
  • It’s not all good: The main round button is suspect. Mine is currently working correctly but it’s not the smoothest, and I am not confident it will operate properly for decades. This button does play, stop, next, last, sleep and wake so it gets a lot of use.

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The OS needs a few minor UI features, and I think they can add them without ruining the focus of the device. My suggestions to Pono Inc:

  1. A “Go To Album” link when shuffling songs, since shuffle on the Pono almost always triggers me to want to hear more from that record.
  2. Sleep/Lock could use more refinement. Being aware of charge-state would be great – I want separate prefs for battery or wall power.
  3. The song/artist banner across the top covers album artwork in landscape mode. It should autohide after a few seconds and reappear upon button touch. You know your own stuff and should see 100% artwork when the music plays.
  4. After adding a lot of music it has to rescan the music library and can take over a minute to do so. I have been adding batches of 15-20 CD’s and the artwork also glitches on first scroll through album covers, by shifting artwork amongst the items. It clears up after the first pass though. [*Update* Haven’t seen this issue since the last firmware upgrade]

 

I definitely recommend getting a PonoPlayer – it’s the best thing to ever happen to my ears and my CD collection, and the handful of 24bit albums I’ve bought so far all sound better than their 16bit counterparts.

There’s just more there, and you can hear it quite literally sound like more. Not louder, more. With a high quality playback device you can better enjoy high resolutions, and it’s very portable.

Hopefully soon I’ll pick up a $100 Fiio and do some Pepsi challenges against the Pono, and so my wife isn’t killing her ears and mood anymore with MP3s.

If you took part in the MP3 revolution like most of us you might still be there (streaming or local), so you have to hear lossless files on a PonoPlayer. You won’t want to go back.


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Loudness Wars Research

I’ve really been exploring my music collection lately* and along with the playback quality of the PonoPlayer, I’ve learned some things about the hated concept of “loudness wars”:

 

  1. I can really hear it start up in the early 90’s with hard rock records from G’NR, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, those types. There is a noticeable louder average volume but there are still dynamics. Instruments still sound natural, just amplified and then compressed analog, and the final mastering mix is pumped up. I suspect they tracked with tons of headroom and let the mastering engineer pull most of it out and boost away since the CD format could handle it. You can still hear natural distortion and plenty of natural room interplay.
  2. By the late 90’s, dance music (especially from the islands) was pumped and exploring automated multichannel compression provided by digital recording systems. Most American rock was dying at the hands of rap-rock and drum replacement software.
  3. By 2003, software that could do extreme compression and trickery was prevalent, so it ends up as artist and producer choice, and most went all-in with digital and robotic, looped music makes headway. MP3’s and iDevices took over the listener market in these years.
  4. By 2010 releases appear about 50% louder than their early 90’s counterparts, and laptops are on stage as well as in the studio, and most people have accepted the sonic downgrade masked as the modern sound. These years appear louder and bigger at first, but immediately tire your ears and upon further listening the mp3 “scratchy paper bag” sound is heard. Trickery is the main game in town in all popular genre’s.
  5. In 2015 the general public seems to be open to an improvement, even though most new releases are very much guilty of being too loud. No one is impressed by music (mp3) anymore. It’s everywhere, plays from anything, and usually sounds horrible. My generation is burdened with the “oh yeah” whimsical look when someone mentions sound quality.

 

Luckily, I’m not the only one noticing this. Check out this amazing ditty about the last 30 years in music creation:

 

 

*After spending the last couple of years exploring online collections, I’ve discovered that I have a pretty amazing collection of over 3000 pieces of music built over the last 35 years and that it’s primary problem has been it’s total lack of organization. Only 5% made it into iTunes as lossy files. So I’ve begun to put all of my digital music into a single lossless collection and am also finally building a computerized index of my vinyl.  When complete, I’ll have a single database of all the music I own, and that’s very exciting to me!