What’s the best way to work your way through the back catalog of an artist you love?
I see at least two options for such time-traveling:
Chronological or reverse-chronological. Starting at the beginning and moving forward, or starting with the artist’s most recent work and moving backwards.
Zigging and zagging. Starting with your favorite “hot spot” and working outwards, leaping and jumping or skipping to what seems interesting.
I’ll post the main details below, which are instructions for making Chromebooks run faster by allocating compressed cache. Note that on my Google Pixelbook (2017) I used ‘4000’ instead of the ‘2000’ recommended and it’s really made a difference
Suits is an American legal drama television series created and written by Aaron Korsh. It premiered on USA Network on June 23, 2011, produced by Universal Cable Productions. It concluded on September 25, 2019.
Set at a fictional New York City law firm, it follows Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who uses his eidetic memory to talk his way into a job as an associate working for successful closer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), despite being a college dropout who never attended law school.  It focuses on Harvey and Mike winning lawsuits and closing cases, while hiding Mike’s secret. It also features Rick Hoffman as neurotic financial lawyer Louis Litt, Meghan Markle as ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane, Sarah Rafferty as Harvey’s legal secretary and confidante Donna Paulsen, and Gina Torres as the firm’s managing partner, Jessica Pearson.
On January 30, 2018, the series was renewed for an eighth season although Torres, Adams and Markle all left the show, with Katherine Heigl joining the cast as Samantha Wheeler. Recurring characters Alex Williams (Dulé Hill) and Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull) were promoted to series regulars. The show was renewed for a 10-episode ninth and final season on January 23, 2019, which premiered on July 17, 2019.
GoFundMe CEO Tim Cadogan has made clear that they won’t necessarily de-platform any campaigns associated with the far-right or alt-right, but will intervene when certain lines are crossed — such as the promotion of white supremacist views. Of course, the problem is that such worldviews are not easily disentangled. They may even be inseparable. Moreover, in unfolding protests one permissible form of expression can quickly evolve into something that is in gross violation of GoFundMe’s policies.
Words often get in the way of creativity so it’s no surprise that the word “idea” often gets in the way of ideas.
1. We use the word “idea” to describe thoughts and suggestions. “I know this is heteronormative of me but I have an idea: let’s eat kimchi soondubu at Food Gallery 32 in Koreatown for lunch.”
2. We use the word “idea” to describe new concepts. “I have an idea — it’s a business where we turn memes into bath products – Dank Tank.”
3. We use the word “idea” when someone says something stupid. “You have no idea.” That’s a mean use of the word. Don’t be mean. The world doesn’t need it.
If we focus on the first two examples, the word “idea” telegraphs that something new is coming. And if you can pause on your Internet memes about whether anything is ever new (I’ll raise you post-modernism and ask if anything is ever real), what we now want to do is distinguish between the way we use “idea” as industry jargon and the way we use “idea” where we’re in casual mode.
Ideas are thoughts but not all thoughts are “ideas.” Here’s an example of the use of the word “idea” in an agency setting: “I have an idea — let’s do something with augmented reality or Blockchain or make a special lens.” This isn’t wrong; it’s sloppy.
,What’s an idea? What sorts of ideas are there? And how to explain them once you have them?
What I learned about trying to run my own cloud from a few weeks of trying to run the whole dang thing myself. (Hint: I found myself trying multiple solutions.)
So, armed with the knowledge that Syncthing is awesome but didn’t cover every one of my bases, I went with a hybrid approach. Rather than attempting to embrace one solution for everything, I decided a mix of solutions was the way to go, each optimized for specific needs.
- NextCloud for standard document editing and office-style applications, which can be useful in cases when I’m not near my machine or I want to make a quick edit to a file on mobile. This sync runs on just one machine, my Xeon—the same Xeon that hosts the server on Docker—and only stores essentials like text files and images at this juncture. (Essentially, I took away NextCloud’s need to sync most of my files.)
- Syncthing for file sync across a variety of machines. This runs on every machine I rely on, including iOS and Android.
- Backblaze B2 for long-term cloud file storage, which I manually handle once a week through the command-line tool Rclone. (Info here; I could easily automate this.)
This is an interesting piece in regards to discussions of quitting platforms such asand .
AFLW premiership player Kirsten McLeod faces 12 months on the sideline due to the ongoing effects of concussion. Emerging evidence suggests that women’s experience of concussion differs from men’s, with the reason lying at the intersection of the biological and political.
Women are more likely to report concussions than men. But in a sporting environment where you have a short season — so NRLW is six weeks and AFLW isn’t significantly longer — women may not wish to report their symptoms.
Beyond the differences, this situation poses many questions that it does not feel have clear answers, especially in regards to the long term ramifications of head knocks.
We’ve got the facts, but everybody’s guessing
We’re being schooled, I think this pandemic is trying to teach us all a lesson
Who knows, it could be a mixed blessing
Ladies and gents, stop your engines
Before I start in on an album, I will usually read its wikipedia entry as well as the review in AllMusic. I am curious about different performers, producers, engineers on different records and a little why the band might be trying something different this time around. I’m not musically smart enough to know what chromatic scales are or which studio results in this or that sound. But I like to have a sense of who had a hand in the choices that went into a record and who showed up on the day it became real. The answers are always more interesting than believing it all happened by magic.
I will usually listen to one album every two or three days in the afternoons during the scutt-and-boring-tasks portion of the workday. I’ll jot initial notes after the first listen then 2-3 days later revisit those notes and be rigorously honest if I was being unfair, impatient, etc. If I was doing any of those things, I listen again. If not, I scrawl a quick review to a group of friends with two goals in mind: 1. To have it be fun to read even if whomever is reading it doesn’t like the band/hasn’t heard of them. 2. To be clear in such a way that whomever is reading can hear the music even if they haven’t heard it before. My opinion is a distant third priority.
This method (which I used most recently to navigate the nearly half-century-long catalogue of David Bowie) requires both an obsessive streak and a certain degree of patience: the studio albums of Dylan alone, which number thirty-nine as of this writing, took up most of a year.
This also touches on Ed Droste’s argument that it takes five listens to form a judgement.
Rob Walker builds upon this by building a playlist of missed/hidden gems that are often lost in time.
Mike Harley recently wrote about making collecting an MP3 library popular again. It seems to be a hot topic in the circles I sometimes find myself in, and I’ve read a couple of interesting thoughts following Mike’s post on Mastodon.
As for myself, I slowly but surely came to the same conclusion …
I have read about people setting up their own personal music servers. I imagine I could probably do this with Reclaim Cloud. The other alternative is to go complete old school and scrap streaming altogether and just load purchases to my devices as I used to do. To be honest, it just isn’t a priority for me right now. I guess I have become far too wedded to the cloud, even with all the hidden costs.
The film epilogue details his career as follows: “Over 2,900 songs recorded; over 300 albums recorded; 51 film and television scores; over 1,000 original compositions; 79 Grammy nominations; 27 Grammy awards; 1 of 18 EGOT winners (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony); ‘Thriller’ the best selling album of all time; ‘We Are the World’ the best selling single of all time; $63 million raised for famine relief in Africa; and 7 children.”
One interesting observation was that Michael Jackson’s thriller started by selecting from 600 songs. I wonder if any of those tracks were picked up by other artists?
I also liked Jones’ reflection:
To know where you came from makes it easier to know where you are going.
The Life and Teachings of Nadia Boulanger – the great music teacher who influenced composers including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Philip Glass, Quincy Jones, and many more!
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0:00 – Introduction
2:10 – Her Life and Music
11:35 – Her School and Teachings
Adams – Short Ride in a Fast Machine
N. Boulanger – Trois Piece pour Violoncelle
Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
N. Boulanger – Extase
Faure – Pie Jesu, from Requiem
N. Boulanger – Ecoutez la Chanson Bien Douce
Saint-Saens – The Swan
N. Boulanger – Heures Ternes
N. Boulanger – Lux Aeterna
N. Boulanger – J’ai Frappé
Gershwin – An American in Paris
Bach – Prelude in E minor, from WTC I
Bach – Wachet Auf – Movement I
Monteverdi – Lauda Jerusalem, from Vespers
Stravinsky – Dumbarton Oaks
Faure – Agnus Dei, from Requiem
Her approaches towards analyzing and performing music were the same her main goal in either case was to project the structure of the piece
Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, ‘The Vietnam War’ tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film.
If you can’t count what is important, then you focus on what you can count.
I liked Vincent Okamoto’s point:
The real heroes are the ones that died.
It was also interesting to consider the comment about propping up the South Vietnamese Army in light of the collapse of Afghanistan.
Mistake was making an army in its own image.
On a side note, the choice of music throughout was great in setting the tone.