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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

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goobster  ·  7 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sidney Powell's place in the extended MAGAt Comic Universe: A Primer

I think the National Enquirer is kinda of like the Sunday Paper and the advertising circulars that are dumped in our mail boxes every day... they are a force of nature that just need to be endured. Like mosquitos. Getting rid of them would definitely damage some other part of the ecosystem we actually place value on...! :-)

goobster  ·  8 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Getting Paid for Your Data Is a Bad Deal

The idea of your data having an expiration date is probably the most important thing in this article... not for the consumer whose data is being monetized, but for the buyer who assigns a value to that data in the first place.

My synthesizer arrived today. I should be able to mark that fact somewhere, so I stop receiving ads for the EXACT SAME THING I ALREADY PURCHASED.

If I am Reverb.com or MusiciansFriend or Sweetwater, I would REALLY want to know that, and hit the consumer hard with ads for 1/4" cables, and MIDI cables, and external controllers, and DAW plugins...

But no. My ads are full of Behringer Poly D ads.

I once owned the URL "AdChoice.com", and had conceived the idea of an opt-in advertising platform. The idea was way too early and never took off... and I let the URL go.

Please note that every single Google ad you are fed has a little name in the upper corner which is "AdChoice".

That could've been my first million dollars. Sheesh.

goobster  ·  8 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sidney Powell's place in the extended MAGAt Comic Universe: A Primer

Anyone who isn't paying Judd Legum for a subscription to his newsletter is not doing as much as they can for the world. His emails have caused multinational corporations to do an about-face on DOZENS of major issues.

He is a one man integrity wrecking ball.

Say one thing and do another? Judd will find out.

And all of the major media outlets pick up his stories within a day of him posting them.

He's DOING THE WORK. So throwing him a few bucks a month is a Good Deed and increasing the amount of good and integrity in the world.

goobster  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 409th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Helene Vogelsinger is my latest synth darling:

(My Behringer Poly D synth is supposed to arrive today (9 days from NYC to Seattle!!!!!), so I'm pretty synth-heavy right now.)

Spotify also introduced me to Stereolab, which I am digging much more than the Stereophonics, who I mistakenly searched for first, and realized are the embodiment of everything I hate about music today. So here's Stereolab's track that got me hooked on them, Metronomic Underground:

Oh man... I was BIG into rap when License To Ill came out, and I thought FOR SURE those boys were gonna be murdered by the "serious" rappers.

They seemed to be making a joke of the whole genre... and I did not think that was going to go over well with the gangstas.

Now, I think the Beasties are one of the most important acts in old school rap.

What an odd way to abdicate your agency in decision making and taste...?

Personally, my musical tastes are informed by decades of listening to and playing music. My tastes are incredibly wide, and ever-expanding as I find new things to love, and love to learn old things I never appreciated before.

The tool I use to push music out of my speakers has always been irrelevant, until Spotify came along and introduced me to new artists that I had not previously heard of.

In my home, we are either listening to KEXP, or The Current from Minneapolis. I don't know what station it is - my wife is from there and worked at The Current in the late 80's - but we stream it almost constantly.

With rare exceptions, KEXP is impossible to listen to. Way too little shoe-gazing music and not enough music with oomph. That's why The Current is so bomb... Minneapolis is a thriving hub of musical creativity, and always has been, from Husker Du to Prince to Lizzo. So The Current is just wonderful in its range and complexity.

The fact is, though, I have learned of exactly two bands from the radio, and Spotify introduces me to new artists CONSTANTLY. I literally find a new artist every week, then go to their site and buy something from them. I mentioned one of them in this week's music roundup post.

goobster  ·  13 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Guitar Center Files for Bankruptcy

This has been all the talk amongst my music friends for about 2 months now. The shelves at GC have been empty for a while. Everything is "on back-order" and "will be in soon".

In other news, my local music store - Georgetown Music - was priced out of Georgetown and has moved to my town (Burien), and is doing great business in a much smaller place, focusing mostly on instrument repair, etc. They have a small inventory of starter instruments on hand, strings, drum sticks, the little series of Korg synthesizers (like the Volca) and a few new and used amps.

goobster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Obviously the data is preliminary, since the first subjects were only infected 11 months ago, and the most vulnerable (aka the elderly and immunocompromised) make up a very large percentage of the critical data we have. That's because you don't get to go to the doctor when your symptoms are mild, and those people are often refused care, especially if they don't fall into a high-risk demographic.

As "critical" infections dwindle and the number of infected and tested increase, the current thinking is that there will be issues cropping up throughout the recovered-person's life, due to these other effects.

(Note that "long-haulers" - those with sustained, long-term COVID symptoms - are a different class.)

There are two good studies I recently found, from the Mayo Clinic and Harvard, which look specifically at the long term damage to heart, lungs, and brain function, and what that might mean for young people who get it and recover.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351#:~:text=COVID%2D19%20symptoms%20can,within%20a%20few%20weeks.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-hidden-long-term-cognitive-effects-of-covid-2020100821133

Again, these are Ns of under 10 for now, because it hasn't been a long time, and infected young people are grossly underrepresented in the data we have today.

There's a lot to think about in this article... it's stuck with me and been present in my mind since yesterday.

One could argue that the algorithm in Spotify is doing the exact opposite of the radio, where you can only hear 1-2 songs from any band, and they will always be the same songs. Spotify is crate-digging for you... but also, at the same time, kinda misrepresenting that artist in a way...

I've made records where we just threw a track on there to fill it up... a simple little thing that we had no attachment to, but needed a space-filler. And what would I think if THAT was the most played track by my band on Spotify?

My metal band in high school got quite a bit of popularity, in our area. There was a dumbass ditty we made up at rehearsal one day to make fun of the type of "technical metal" (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, etc.) that we were playing, and required a lot of skill to play.

PEOPLE STARTED REQUESTING THAT COMEDY SONG.

So... I like the algorithm isn't skimming artists, but doing some actually deep and interesting algorithmic analysis of songs and their relation to each other... but at the same time, doesn't the popularity of a song OUTSIDE the algorithm need to be considered as well...?

Or is radio just so corrupt and non-representative of what people want to listen to any more that completely ignoring plays outside of Spotify is the right thing to do? Or does your algorithm become to incestuous?

No right or wrong answers there... but definitely things that need to be considered by people who ARE NOT writing the algorithm...

goobster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Arecibo telescope will close forever

Well.... shit.

goobster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Yep. Mortality from COVID.

But they will have an entire (short) lifetime of ongoing health problems. There is no "recovery" from COVID. The flu-like symptoms will subside (in most people), but the long term brain, lung, and blood issues turn the individual into a fragile health risk and make them more susceptible to other maladies in the future. (At least that's what it seems at this point, with the long term studies that are coming out now that we have about a year of cases under out belts to examine...)

And the reason that concerns me, is that our health system is due for a very large socialized overhaul... just as the Boomers are getting VERY expensive to keep alive, and the generation behind me doesn't respect the potential long-term effects of COVID.

There's already a historically low number of people in my generation propping this whole Ponzi Scheme up with our taxes and profligate spending... and I don't see us being able to support half of America's healthcare, while also keeping everything else running and in proper condition (roads, bridges, military, etc)...

There's a macro economic problem coming, and half the population of America is expecting ME to be their blood bag...

goobster  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

Two of the places I go to regularly for take out (coffee shop and restaurant) are both closed because staff got infected.

There are only two other places I go outside of my house... another coffee shop/bakery, and the butcher shop...

Phooey.

goobster  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Because they will reduce their already low compliance with best practices for avoidance of contact with the virus. They will feel "safer" since everyone else CAN'T get the virus, that there's less chance for them to contract it. So they will relax their precautions. (As will the 50% of people who are asymptomatic spreaders.)

And even if they recover from their bout with COVID, there's the permanent lung and brain damage, as well as the tendency for major organs to suddenly have blood clots. And, the younger they are, the longer they have to live for one of these knock-on effects of COVID to kill them before they "should have" died.

It'll be a cleansing of biblical proportions. It only takes one person in a crowd to spread it to hundreds of people and kill dozens. And if you are already an anti-science anti-vaxxer, you aren't even adhering to the most rudimentary protection measures... and are probably having other anti-vaxxers over for coffee and conspiracy-watching sessions on YouTube with other people with poor hygiene... and that's just a matter of time before everyone in that "club" get it, and has lifelong health issues from it.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

    Be fuckin' hilarious of GR tried to pawn some plutonium tho...

Almost be worth trying to set up something like that... and informing the right people of the time and location so they could... observe...

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

THAT'S AMAZING. Congratulations!

Have you found a home already, or did you get the loan and then will shop in that range?

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

Fortunately, they'll pretty much die off once the rest of us are vaccinated.

Vaccination causes old people.

Notice none of the anti-vaxxers are over 30. (ish)

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

Fortunately, my sister is a well-respected expert in elder care and dealing with various types of dementia, and she lives with my parents (74 and 84). So their household is VERY strong and diligent about COVID mitigation.

I just wish they didn't have to be.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Synth experimentation

I'm preparing for the "battle station photo" after the Poly D arrives... Kinda excited about that, actually.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

Welp. Washington State is on full lockdown again for at least 4 weeks. Time to leave social media entirely! :)

Projects:

- The deck building company fired their designer, and sent out another designer to work with me yesterday. Should have full elevation plan and pricing by the end of the week.

- I've restarted the project to remove all the old forced-air heating ducts in the house, now that my tennis elbow is less painful and I can wield a pry bar again. (for a bit)

- Removing the ducting has shown where all the downstairs heat is going... out through several uninsulated walls.

- One of those walls is in my bedroom. So I am in the process of ripping off the wallboard, insulating, and installing EVP vinyl flooring on the wall (for that woody-cabin-look).

- Also reorganized the entire storage room with my wife, to bring her elliptical trainer in from outside, since the weather has gotten very shitty.

- And replaced all the overhead lighting and bad wiring in the storage room, so now we actually have quality lighting so we can actually see things in storage, rather than having to use a headlamp.

- Awaiting the arrival of our new microwave/air fryer/induction countertop oven thingie. Hoping it does at least one of those things well...

- Awaiting the arrival of my first synthesizer, the Behringer Poly D

- Got my home recording set up organized well enough that I can just sit down and record something when I want to. (Posted about that yesterday.)

- Work projects are ramping up, but my company had an all-hands meeting the other day where they say they are going to continue working from home through April... which will probably mean June, because that makes more sense for people with kids, etc. And once the offices do re-open, the only people in the office will be the few who MUST be in the office for business/job reasons.

- Called off all the holidays with my family, due to the COVID spike and lockdown. My wife, housemate, and I will have our first holiday season together... despite the fact she has lived with him for 12 years, and I've lived here for 5 now. We are probably going to order out rather than cook, since we all normally cook.

Finished watching Ewan MacGregor's latest motorcycle trip, Long Way Up and now I want a Rivian. (Apparently Amazon has decided to move away from the ubiquitous Sprinter van, and standardize on a custom-designed, Amazon-branded, Rivian-built truck, and has placed an order for 100,000 of them. That experience should be VERY helpful in ensuring the Rivian is a fantastic road-worthy vehicle... and the price is right, too.)

Can't wait for January 20th.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 18, 2020

Cayenne is an interesting component in cooking because it changes when you cook it.

Sprinkle it on something that is already done - like deviled eggs, or whatever - and it is a mild and interesting flavor.

Add it as a spice when you are cooking - say, sauté onions in a skillet and use them as a base for your baked dish - and it will be MUCH hotter.

Same with paprika, and I expect other pepper-based spices, too.

So the timing of when you add the cayenne/paprika/cumin to a dish will make a big difference on the heat they impart and the final flavor.

goobster  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Synth experimentation

Oh... by the way, these are all first-takes. No writing or composition. Just set up a groovy drone, pick up the bass or pick a keyboard in GarageBand and make something up, find a drum beat and maybe a sample to go with it, and see if anything interesting comes out.

I set up this SoundCloud account specifically for this experimentation.

In the second track - Europa Calling - I set up that drone and the little F/E/C bass riff, then just hit record and tried to come up with some melody line over it. You can hear it start to come together at about the 1:00 mark, where that little minor triad appears. Then about 1:35 I figured out how to build that melody a bit further.

The weird clicks are my too-long fingernails... which I have since clipped.

I want to revisit this one and do a couple of takes of the bass melody line again, to get the timing right and apply more structure around the melody.

The last track Midnite Cruising was my first experience with Reason Compact, a Reason app for the iPhone. This is about 15 minutes of work, building from a basic Reason Compact source riff.

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fundamental app for iPad (flac made me do it)

So? SO!??!

What do you think?

goobster  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Moderna has a vaccine that will be easier to distribute than Pfizer

    "...I think everyone will make the right choice when presented with more of the same vs. return to society..."

I don't think so. And this is a point I keep making... once it is available, how do I know you had the vaccine?

If I own a coffee shop, bar, or restaurant, how do I know YOU are one of the ones who can safely be seated at one of my tables?

If I go into an office for a meeting and there are 6 people around the table, how do I know they have all been vaccinated?

If I go to a football game, how do I know the people around me have been vaccinated?

I have yet to see anyone posit any way for people to identify themselves as having the vaccine. The only thing I can come up with is a new endorsement on your driver's license or ID, right below organ donor, that identifies the bearer as vaccinated.

And the logistical aspect of getting proof of vaccination, presenting that proof to the DMV, them independently confirming it, and then issuing you a new license... and doing that for 360m Americans... the mind boggles at how long that would take.

But any other method - self-identification, a paper slip from your doctor, an ID Card you can flash - are all easily falsified/forged and will only allow the anti-vaxxers to remain plague spreaders, and keep the virus alive in the general population.

I just don't see "returning to normal" as happening. Ever. It would take literally suspending the Bill of Rights and Constitution to impose a government-mandated vaccination on everyone... and we all know how well THAT's gonna go.

goobster  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 408th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

There was a time in my life when I was into an old style of comedy/cabaret music. Last night, I was singing one of these songs ("In The Bath"), and my wife and I went off on a YouTube bender of all these weird old songs and things I used to know:

Tom Lehrer - the Harvard Fight Song

Flanders & Swann - In the Bath

Flanders & Swann - The Gnu Song

Stanley Holloway - The Lion and Albert (a radio story, not a song. But same ilk.)