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Monday, February 4, 2002

Jonathan Delacour says I should write more about music as a collective creative endeavor. Will do.

There's a whole huge set of stuff that I didn't touch on at all: writing music as a group. It's an important process, which has a relationship with improvisation, as well as with having a well-developed knowledge of music, and the technical skill necessary to realize your creativity. It's also essential to have a group which works well together.

That'll be my next essay, later this week, or perhaps over the weekend. Or maybe it's two or three essays. I'm not sure yet.
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Dave Ely: "Some children should not be allowed to play with glue."
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Garth Brooks: "Gaaah. Yet another night I've sat down to code, and instead just clicked through the oncoming flood of news..."

A bit of advice: Do the code first -- read news later.
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Michael Jardeen: In 1984 when CDs were young, we were all told that the reason you were charging $4-$8 more for CDs than LPs was because they were so new, and that prices would come down when CDs became more common. Well, it never happened, because you got attached to the teat. [Usernum 1014]

It's even worse than that. The standard record contracts used when signing almost all new talent, and also most veterans, still contains clauses which give the artists a lower royalty on CD, mini-disc, and other "new media formats," even though CDs are by no means new. Even stranger, the standard royalty applies only to cassette tapes and vinyl records, which most record companies won't even manufacture anymore. Feh!
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Dan Shafer wrote: "I'll try this again. I shortened the name of the category to 'Python Scripting' because Dave Winer told me at one point that Radio does seem to have sensitivity to overly long names." It doesn't anymore. That bug was fixed last week.
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Wes Felter links to an article in The Observer, which asks, "Is human evolution finally over?".

Wes writes, "I think evolution is over, because natural selection is over. Virtually everyone stays alive. I'm not complaining."

John Robb apparently agrees. I must say that I don't. Surely, something has changed, but it's not natural selection, it's just that the selection criteria aren't what they used to be.

In ancient times, natural selection was based on how successfully you could find food, evade predators, and defend against disease. What's changed is that we now have no predators except each other, we have enough food for everyone but don't seem to be able to distribute it, and we can defend against many diseases while our population density makes us more susceptible to epidemics. What's more, the poor are still starving and suffering from common diseases all over the world, the wealthy defend their wealth (and therefore their security) tooth-and-nail, often with little regard for life (human or otherwise), and the tools that we Internet developers (as an example) use for our livelihood are available only to the privileged and lucky few. If that's not "selection", then what is? One might argue that it's not "natural" but I'd say that it's all natural:

Whether the evolutionary pressures come from human society and culture, from falling asteroids or volcanic eruptions, or from saber-toothed tigers, makes little difference. As an example, is the increase in asthma in Central America, that's caused by dust that's traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, after being churned up by African farmers "natural"?

The point I'm making is that we modernized, first-world Westerners, seem to often make the mistake of believing that we're somehow outside of Nature -- that we're beyond its sphere of influence. Maybe it's because most of us have roofs over our heads, and space-heaters, and digital watches. (Thanks, Douglas Adams.)

Here's a thought experiment: How much protection will my watch, or my PowerBook or my refrigerator afford me if an 8.0 earthquake hit San Francisco? One other thing: While Wes claims that virtually everyone survives, I have to point out that, with 99.999999...% certainty, everyone dies -- rich, poor, lucky or not. We all gotta do it...
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BBC: US renews attack on 'evil axis'. "Senior officials echo President Bush's threats against Iran, Iraq and North Korea, as Donald Rumsfeld says Iran let al-Qaeda troops escape."
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categories: Politics

Gartk Kidd: "I used to be phytoplankton. Now I'm either big phytoplankton, or krill. Either way, I'm whale-food. :)"

Garth: Brent has written up a bunch of tips for Frontier developers, most of which apply to Radio as well. This one in particular may be of use to you.
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categories: Jake's Radio Tips

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