Listened 004: Tech Talk Thursdays from Reclaim Today

Your weekly Q&A session where we debunk the hosting myths, show you how the donuts get made, and answer all your burning questions about web hosting or anything else you have on your mind.

Tim Owens breaks down all the different facets of email. He discusses spam, servers, iMap vs Pop and various setup considerations.
Listened Episode 136: Jon Hopkins from Song Exploder

Jon Hopkins is an electronic music producer whose been nominated twice for the UKโ€™s Mercury Prize. Along with his frequent collaborator, Brian Eno, he co-produced Coldplayโ€˜s Grammy-award winning album, Viva la Vida. In May 2018, Jon Hopkins released his fifth album, Singularity. It was named Best New Music by Pitchfork. In this episode, Jon Hopkins takes apart the song โ€œLuminous Beings,โ€ which was inspired in part by the meditative and therapeutic effects of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms. Jon talks about his own experience with drug, and how it shaped this song. He also details the less magical moments where he hated the music was he making, and had to destroy it as part of the creative process.

Listened Augmented eternity and the potential of prediction from Radio National
With big data and algorithms you could extend your 'virtual self' beyond the grave. And could meeting your future self help change your current behaviour?
This episode of Future Tense raised so many questions. Just because we could, it doesn’t always mean we should. For me, this is the point of the Black Mirror series.

I am also reminded of Kin Lane’s point about storytelling:

90% of what you are being told about AI, Blockchain, and automation right now isnโ€™t truthful. It is only meant allocate space in your imagination, so that at the right time you can be sold something, and distracted while your data, privacy, and security can be exploited, or straight up swindled out from under you.

This flows on from Audrey Watters’ argument:

The best way to invent the future is to issue a press release. The best way to resist this future is to recognize that, once you poke at the methodology and the ideology that underpins it, a press release is all that it is.

Listened 001: Hello World! from Reclaim Today

In this inaugural episode of Reclaim Today we go full meta and discuss why we're starting this and what we hope to get out of it.

Enjoyed listening to the first episode, even if there is shame associated with podcasts. Even worse, I came upon it via Tim Owens’ post and used Huffduffer to capture it.
Listened Will mind-controlled films change cinema? Chips with Everything podcast by an author from the Guardian

The movie industry has seen tech advances since its inception. But do audiences really want to have a say in a filmโ€™s plot?

Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the chief curator of the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, David Schwartz, and Dr Polina Zioga, director the Interactive Filmmaking Lab, at Staffordshire University. This look back at the beginnings of film, as well as the future of a personalised experience.
Listened IRL Podcast IRL Podcast: Press Play from irlpodcast.org

One of the most successful recruitment tools the U.S. Army ever made wasโ€ฆ a video game? Find out how gaming elements in tech have infiltrated our online and offline lives.

Veronica Belmont and co-pilot Ashley Carman take a look at gamification in everyday life. One example of this is notifications on smartphones, likes and retweets on Twitter or the endorsements on Linkedin.
Listened Hi Viz (album) - Wikipedia from en.wikipedia.org
Hi Viz (typeset as HI VIZ) is the fourth studio album by Australian electronic duo The Presets. The album was released in Australia by Modular Recordings on 1 June 2018.
This album starts off where past offerings have finished. Driving beats, grinding synths and Julian Hamilton’s voice. However, there is the additional of guest vocals from Alison Wonderland and the DMAs. It is interesting how this provides a different flavour.

I would place this on the shelf between Jacques Lu Cont and the Chemical Brothers.

Listened An Indieweb Podcast: Episode 8 โ€“ Interflux by David ShanskeDavid Shanske from David Shanske
In this episode, Chris and I recap our takeaways and stories from the Indieweb Summit 2018 last month in Portland, Oregon, discuss Microsub, Vouch, and other ideas.
Interesting listening as always. It will be interesting to see the development of the IndieWeb reader(s). I too enjoyed both a Parecki’s posts and it is helping make more sense of the various parts.