The time signature of the Terminator score is a mystery for the ages.: Fiedel was at heart an improviser. To create the Terminator theme, he first set up a rhythm loop on one of the primitive, early-'80s devices he was using. (In those days, Fiedel was firing up a Prophet-10 and an Oberheim.) He recorded samples of himself whacking a frying pan to create the clanking sounds. Then he played melodic riffs on a synthesizer over the looped beat. Amid the throes of creation, what he hadn't quite noticed—or hadn't bothered to notice—was that his finger had been a split-second off when it pressed the button to establish that rhythm loop. Seriously, just take a moment to imagine the scene as our hero raids his kitchen to create just the right clanging noise to introduce a dystopian future.
What cyberpunk was and what it will be – Versions: Questions of plagiarism matter less when we consider how much of a collage the original Blade Runner was. Following the maxim of its baptist William Gibson that “the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed,” cyberpunk has always been a scrapyard, with pieces of what is to come scattered through the past and present. Indeed, its saving grace is that it recognizes, as other futurology often fails to, that the future will be a collage and it will be considerably older than the present.
The rise of American authoritarianism - Vox: Authoritarians prioritize social order and hierarchies, which bring a sense of control to a chaotic world. Challenges to that order — diversity, influx of outsiders, breakdown of the old order — are experienced as personally threatening because they risk upending the status quo order they equate with basic security.
My Morning Routine Rules Even Though It's a Mess | Greatist: To pass the time, I like to think through a list of things I'm grateful for. It's not a total antidote, but it does help. My partner, my comfortable bed, my breakfast, my family, Fugazi's debut album, whatever book I'm reading. It's not an easy list to make when hateful me has control, but it's a positive move nonetheless.
The boomer supremacy: The dominance of baby boomers is becoming total | The Monthly: For many of the young and those approaching middle age, it constitutes a final straw. The physical lockout is the final manifestation of a cultural lockout they have suffered for a long time. They have been locked out of the housing market, locked out of affordable education, locked out of the welfare system and secure employment. They have seen their political power and their real wealth shrivel. And now the one area where their expectations had not been curtailed – recreation – is being destroyed as well.
"Base load” power: a myth used to defend the fossil fuel industry : Renew Economy: Despite prodding by leading oil industry commentator Daniel Yergin, the chairman of State Grid Liu Zhenya reportedly said the “fundamental solution was to accelerate clean energy, with the aim of replacing coal and oil.” Gasp number one. And then to more stunned silence, he and State Grid’s R&D chief Huang Han dismissed coal’s claim to be an indispensable source of “base load” generation.
So this year Grooveshark and This Is My Jam both bit the dust, so I'm going to try a YouTube playlist. Hopefully that will last a bit longer ;)
Ministry - Thieves. Saw Ministry live :)
Leftfield - Universal Everything. First great album of the year.
Mr Scruff - Music Takes Me Up. One of those bouncy little riffs that sticks with you.
Thievery Corporation - The Forgotten People. And another bouncy little riff.
The Delta Bombers - Tin Can Boogie. Feel like I should be sitting in a basement bar drinking whisky. This is a good thing, btw.
Phosgore - Here Comes The Pain. Jokingly said we should play this during personal training.
Regurgitator - Fuck You Sweetness. Hadn't looked into the Gurge's back catalogue for a while after we missed their sydney gig due to illness. This one's a cracker!
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years & Caught Somewhere In Time. \m/
The Bravery - Above and Below. For a while it was hard to get The Bravery's stuff due to various record label fuckery; but I finally heard something other than their self-titled album... and there's some great stuff!
Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian: “There will be people who own the AI, and therefore own everything else,” he says. “Which means homo sapiens will be split into a handful of ‘gods’, and then the rest of us. “I think our best hope going forward is figuring out how to live in an economy of radical abundance, where machines do all the work, and we basically play.” It doesn't have to be dystopian (see: The Culture). Our biggest barrier is not the machines, it's ourselves. Capitalism is based on selfishness and greed, not equality. It leaves people unprepared and incapable of dealing with the potential of the future. Why do we assume factory workers can't be the next generation of philosophers or technicians? Do we forget that inequality of education wastes brilliant minds? Do we forget that being poor robs people of the time and energy required to re-skill or upskill? What if every utterly bored worker (of any class or kind) could ditch their hated job and pursue their passion? Sure many would happily pursue passions that don't advance humanity, but what if we freed up just a handful of wasted geniuses who cure disease and reverse ageing?
Can You Teach a Coal Miner to Code? — Backchannel — Medium: As America switches from an industrial economy to a digital one, its bluest collar workers are facing the toughest challenge of their lives. Can miners really learn how to code? ...obviously yes, but it's a great read hearing how one group is doing it.
Humans of New York | Lost IDI lost my ID twenty years ago, and haven’t been able to get a new one, so technically I don’t exist. But for the record— I do exist, my name is Paul Ambrose, I was born on July 4th, 1948, I grew up in Tennessee, and on the day Martin Luther King was killed, I said ‘fuck this shit’ and bought a bus ticket to New York because it was $20 cheaper than a ticket to California.
Founders: It’s not 1990. Stop treating your employees like it is. — Medium: Ask most any founder — “What’s your biggest problem?” Nearly always: Hiring. “The person I want won’t leave Google to join my startup that hasn’t shipped anything. It’s only a 40% paycut and the options are worth a lot, I swear.” With logic like that, it’s astonishing that many startups are able to hire at all.