Friday, August 21, 2015

How to discover great (?) music - What I am reading 8/21/2015

Ars TechnicaThe Ars summer playlist shows how we discover music today

These days, most of my music discovery tends to come from Spotify's much improved recommendations—which, once you've built up a good stack of listening history to work from, is rather good—as well as indulging my obsession with vinyl by picking up records from second-hand shops and flea markets "like a hipster," as my esteemed colleague Sam Machkovech put it. Playing guitar skews what I tend to buy too, because I'm often after inspiration for licks, whether that's from modern metal or old jazz records filled with sweet trumpet legato passages.

I guess that works - if you are a mindless drone willing to have your taste dictated to you by a soulless machine.  Being a musical connoisseur (see my blogger and google plus playlists) I find my music from tv commercials, movie trailers, and occasionally on this magic box in my car, where people much smarter than myself can tell me what I should be listening to.  Example;  

Discovered via the good people who make Diet Coke commercials.  Nuff Said. - Stop calling it the “Sharing Economy.” That isn’t what it is. -

Because Apple was “disruptive,” anything deemed disruptive now somehow borrows from Apple’s cachet. “Disruption” has become another meaningless buzzword appropriated by overzealous cheerleaders of the entrepreneurial clique they aspire to someday belong to. And look… every once in a while, someone does come up with a really cool and radical game-changing idea: Vaccines, the motorcar, radio, television, HBO, the internet, laptops, smart phones, Netflix, carbon fiber bicycles, drought-resistant corn, overpriced laptops that don’t burn your thighs in crowded coffee shops… Most of the time though, “disruption” isn’t that. It’s a mirage. It’s a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes, episode twenty-seven thousand, and the same army of early first-adopter fanboys that also claimed that Google Plus and Quora and Jelly were going to revolutionize everything have now jumped on the next desperate bandwagon. What will it be next week? Your guess is as good as mine.
Could taxi companies stand to get better at using tech (like they do in Bogotá, Colombia)? Sure. But you aren’t talking about helping them do that, are you. You aren’t lauding a company that set out to bring cab companies into the 21st century. What you’re doing is lionizing the ticket-scalpers of the hired car industry just because they use a popular app. When you do that, you aren’t praying to the altar of progress or even tech Darwinism. You’re praying to the altar of “disruption.” It doesn’t matter how chaotic or damaging it may be as long as it’s disruptive. You’ve just jumped on the latest tech bandwagon without bothering to look at the big picture. Again. Which is to say that you’ve fallen for the latest hype bubble, the latest bit of messaging, the latest round of investment-driving marketing. You’re just parroting PR copy without questioning its validity in the real world.
I have tried to express these same thoughs a number of times but Olivier Blanchard, whoever they are does it much much better, albiet in a very very long post.  

Defense One - Why Germany’s Cybersecurity Law Isn’t Working -

Essentially, as I read it, the law is a bunch of compromises no one is happy with that was enacted solely to show that the government was "doing something".  Those types of regulation never work out and always become overburdensome.

Linked In - The Case Against Full-Time Employees -

I don't have time to dissect this article completely just read it.

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