Monthly Archive for December, 2005

Courtney Love does the math

I don’t know how I missed this, but Court­ney Love gave an incred­i­ble speech at a May 2000 con­fer­ence, on the music busi­ness, copy­right law, and the real music pirates – the Majors. Salon has the unedit­ed tran­script, but I rec­om­mend read­ing it on Dave Ray’s site.

My favorite excerpt:

Some­where along the way, record com­pa­nies fig­ured out that it’s a lot more prof­itable to con­trol the dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem than it is to nur­ture artists. And since the com­pa­nies didn’t have any real com­pe­ti­tion, artists had no oth­er place to go. Record com­pa­nies con­trolled the pro­mo­tion and mar­ket­ing; only they had the abil­i­ty to get lots of radio play, and get records into all the big chain store. That pow­er put them above both the artists and the audi­ence. They own the plan­ta­tion.

Being the gate­keep­er was the most prof­itable place to be, but now we’re in a world half with­out gates. The Inter­net allows artists to com­mu­ni­cate direct­ly with their audi­ences; we don’t have to depend sole­ly on an inef­fi­cient sys­tem where the record com­pa­ny pro­motes our records to radio, press or retail and then sits back and hopes fans find out about our music.

Record com­pa­nies don’t under­stand the inti­ma­cy between artists and their fans. They put records on the radio and buy some adver­tis­ing and hope for the best. Dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion gives every­one world­wide, instant access to music.

And fil­ters are replac­ing gate­keep­ers. In a world where we can get any­thing we want, when­ev­er we want it, how does a com­pa­ny cre­ate val­ue? By fil­ter­ing. In a world with­out fric­tion, the only fric­tion peo­ple val­ue is edit­ing. A fil­ter is valu­able when it under­stands the needs of both artists and the pub­lic. New com­pa­nies should be con­duits between musi­cians and their fans.

Court­ney Love was, (dare I say), a vision­ary… too bad nobody at the Major labels was lis­ten­ing.

On Turning 28

On this day, in 1977, I was born. At 5 lbs. 6 oz., I was six weeks ear­ly, and spent my first Christ­mas in hos­pi­tal.

I used to think that 28 sound­ed so old – time for mar­ry­ing, house-buy­ing, and think­ing about kid­dos. Now that this day has come, those things seem as far away as they did when I was 20. I’m always amazed that peo­ple I know are doing these things now… my younger cous­ing Mag­gie has 3 kids, and she’s 2 years younger than me. My first real girl­friend from High School is mar­ried. And, it seems like every weblog­ger that I read is either get­ting engaged, mar­ried, or hav­ing a child.

So, I’m 28. I may have been in a hur­ry to come into this world, but hope­ful­ly I’ve learned to slow down a bit. I’ve got a great girl, good friends, and a lot to be thank­ful for… those oth­er “grown-up” things will fall into place, in time.

Happy Holidays

click here to see the full greeting I’ve almost got every­thing bought, but noth­ing is wrapped… For those that I don’t see this hol­i­day sea­son, I hope you have a nice, stress-free hol­i­day with loved-ones.

We’ll be in Buf­fa­lo this week­end, so Macy & Jere­my, you bet­ter be ready to pound some eggnog!

links for 2005-12-21

Google Kwanzaa

google kwanzaaHap­py Hol­i­days, from Google. If you search for cer­tain end-of-the year hol­i­days, you get fes­tive bor­ders on the Google results page, (look between the results and text ads)

Are there more?

Howard’s Last Day

Howard Stern on FlickrI woke up at 6am this morn­ing, to lis­ten to the final Howard Stern show on ter­res­tri­al radio…

Appar­ent­ly, they’re expect­ing thou­sands of peo­ple on 56th street, and Yahoo! is cov­er­ing the entire thing, includ­ing live video at 9am.

In fact, Howard has got­ten all Yahoo!ed up — Flickr pho­to­streams, 360° pro­files, pod­casts, and wid­gets.

links for 2005-12-15

Eat and Destroy

Kung FungPay atten­tion, you Boston-area food­ies! Todd is start­ing up Eat and Destroy, a Boston area food/restaurant blog.

I can’t wait to try a Mon­go­lian Fire Pot.

 

24 Ways

24 Ways”:http://24ways.org/ is a kind of _advent calendar_ for markup geeks. I’m now in the process of redesign­ing (as oposed to “realigning”:http://www.alistapart.com/articles/redesignrealign) my port­fo­lio site, and it’s been fun tun­ing in to these lit­tle tuto­ri­als.

My favorites include:

* “An Expla­na­tion of Ems”:http://24ways.org/advent/an-explanation-of-ems – I love using _ems_

* “Intro­duc­tion to Scrip­tac­u­lous Effects”:http://24ways.org/advent/introduction-to-scriptaculous-effects – for a lit­tle javascript splash

* “Putting the World into “World Wide Web””:http://24ways.org/advent/putting-the-world-into-world-wide-web – I _work_ in local­iza­tion, so I enjoy this kind of thing.

links for 2005-12-06

links for 2005-12-02

Free Delivery

Oslo Finance Hav­ing read Greg Storey’s post about IconBuffet’s Free Deliv­ery, I signed up and received my first deliv­ery: Oslo Finance.

Any­body want to trade? Taipei Night Mar­ket looks pret­ty cool.

UPDATE: I now have Oslo Atmos­phere, Taipei Night Mar­ket, and Taipei Bud­dies 2… and, will glad­ly trade!

IP in China

Don’t tell the Gov­er­na­tor, but you can down­load pirat­ed music via Yahoo! Chi­na.

links for 2005-12-01