Friday in Santa Fe

02010-05-15 | Uncategorized | 10 comments

In the Morning I get up during the hour of the rabbit. I am a dog (((and a mutt))) and our performances always start during the hour of the dog… See this post on neobohemia.
The CDs have arrived. We had them printed on the uncoated side and it looks great. The cardboard stock for DigiPak CD packaging has two sides, one is coated and the other one is not. The coated side shows less wear and tear, but doesn’t look quite as nice and, most importantly, makes it impossible to sign the cover – even with a Sharpie. So, when we re-ordered The Scent of Light a few months ago we asked for printing on the uncoated side and that’s what we used for the new album as well. With signing in mind I made the three panels on the inside plain magenta (((Pantone 226C))) – lots of room to write.
Tickets for the Costa Mesa performance on July 10th will go on-sale Friday, May 14th at 10:00, through this web site:

Carol commented on May 14th, 2010:
What’s the name of that book about Edo?

It’s a series by Laura Joh Rowland. I began with The Concubine’s Tattoo, as that was the first one in the series that is available in ebook formats. At first I used Kindle, but later chose Apple’s iBook for other books in the series. For some strange reason Kindle still does not have a built in dictionary, but iBook, Kobo and Barnes & Noble apps do.

The series is historically quite accurate, I am told. The writing is a little soap-opera-ish at times, but I felt compelled to read the books as I find that era fascinating.

Does anyone know how to set up to email a person when certain authors release a book? I mean it’s easy to get iTunes to send out an email when xyz releases an album – Apple calls it Artist Alert – but I haven’t found a way to do this on It seems so obvious, but where is it or, gasp, don’t they have that function available? I also looked for this function in iBook and Kobo, but, although it seems like a very obvious and useful thing to me, it is not available.

Any books you would recommend to me? I have to stock up for the upcoming tour. I’ll need about 8-12 books to sustain me through the six and half weeks… Thanks!
Q & A with Sir Mick.

BBC News – Sir Mick Jagger goes back to Exile
Things have obviously changed a great deal since those sessions. What’s your feeling on technology and music?

Technology and music have been together since the beginning of recording.

I’m talking about the internet.

But that’s just one facet of the technology of music. Music has been aligned with technology for a long time. The model of records and record selling is a very complex subject and quite boring, to be honest.

But your view is valid because you have a huge catalogue, which is worth a lot of money, and you’ve been in the business a long time, so you have perspective.

Well, it’s all changed in the last couple of years. We’ve gone through a period where everyone downloaded everything for nothing and we’ve gone into a grey period it’s much easier to pay for things – assuming you’ve got any money.

Are you quite relaxed about it?

I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don’t make as much money out of records. But I have a take on that – people only made money out of records for a very, very small time. When The Rolling Stones started out, we didn’t make any money out of records because record companies wouldn’t pay you! They didn’t pay anyone! Then, there was a small period from 1970 to 1997, where people did get paid, and they got paid very handsomely and everyone made money. But now that period has gone. So if you look at the history of recorded music from 1900 to now, there was a 25 year period where artists did very well, but the rest of the time they didn’t.
(Via Daring Fireball)

Yeah, with his networth it’s easy to be quite relaxed about it. Though there really is no other position that is sustainable. Things have changed and they might change again.

Music Notation with HTML5 Canvas
Music Notation
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Retrovelo – Frame Bag
FRAME BAG – for your lunch box or laptop
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An Interview with Matthew Yglesias – The Future of the City – The Atlantic
Q. Asked to allocate a billion dollars in funds on anything that falls under the rubric of urban affairs, what would you prioritize?

Better buses! It’s rare that you have a policy issue that can be solved by throwing more money at the problem, but the technology to make bus service more frequent and equip buses with GPS systems that provide real-time schedule updates to bus stops exists and operates in many parts of the world. We should be installing it in our major cities.
(Via Marginal Revolution)

Busses with GPS, so one can track their approach in real time. Brilliant.

Legal experts: LimeWire likely doomed | Media Maverick – CNET News
On Wednesday, CNET broke the news that U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood granted summary judgment in favor of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which filed a copyright lawsuit against LimeWire in 2006. In her decision, Wood ruled Lime Group, parent of LimeWire software maker Lime Wire, and founder Mark Gorton committed copyright infringement, induced copyright infringement, and engaged in unfair competition.


While Wood’s decision won’t come close to killing online piracy–there’s still BitTorrent and plenty of other ways to share files–she likely has scuttled a peer-to-peer service used by nearly 60 percent of the people who download songs. She also may have ushered out the era of large, well-funded file-sharing services, at least the kind that help distribute mostly copyright-infringing content. By making Gorton personally liable for damages, Wood served notice that operating these kinds of businesses is now a very risky financial endeavor. If the RIAA gets its way, Gorton, Lime Wire, and Lime Group will collectively be responsible for paying damages of $450 million.

this is quaint:

The other side of the LimeWire ruling is that it could thwart the development of technologies that one day might provide legitimate benefits to media companies, said Jack Lerner, a USC law professor.

“The problem is that some of these services may be the most efficient distribution technologies ever created,” said Lerner, a former attorney with the tech-focused law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. “It may take years and years before these technologies can fully be developed because they’re being shut down. When these technologies are in their infancy you see a lot more infringement, but as they mature they may be able to be put to good use.”


Poll: Despite spill, support for oil drilling high –
Even after the recent — and highly publicized — oil spill in the Gulf Coast, that’s the overwhelming sentiment from the public, with six in 10 Americans supporting more offshore drilling, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

In addition, a majority believes that the potential economic benefits of offshore drilling outweigh its potential harm to the environment.

It’s not that people today are less intelligent, forward thinking or compassionate than earlier generations, it’s that the tools at hand have become much, much more devastating. Nowadays, if persons or entities are without scruples, or simply careless, the destruction their endeavors can bring about is terrifying. Our tools have grown exponentially more powerful, and it seems that our collective intelligence (((or education?))) simply has not kept up with that pace.

The world is utterly heartbreaking.
found on Twitter

And there is always this:

Do not despair. Your work will bear fruit in 700 years or so.
– The Dalai Lama


  1. dave

    Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams. Not just for martial artists. I’ve reread this many times over the years. Amazon has a Kindle version.

  2. Carol

    Thank you, Ottmar, I will have fun reading Laura Joh Rowland’s books I know.
    I just got a kindle. I wasn’t going to, because I have two friends who wouldn’t touch one that I exchange books with, but I couldn’t resist when another friend knocked on the door and handed me hers to try out. I was doomed. I love it. It does have a dictionary of sorts. Though it refuses to tell the definition of a few words, it still is quite helpful. I love the way it feels, and I like the whole idea since my house is jam-packed with books.
    And I’ll check out Zen in the Martial Arts since it’s not aimed only at the martial arts. Thanks, Dave.

  3. LindaW

    This series by Laura Joh Roland sounds perfect, I have been fascinated by this era since I started reading.

    My download is Kindle because I can read it on iPhone, Mac or PC (at work).

  4. Günter

    I want to recommend Joachim Fest “Im Gegenlicht”. A book you can read again and again and again. Unfortunatelly there seems to be no ebook version available.

  5. marijose

    Someone else recommended Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernières, in a comment a while back. I’m halfway through it now and really enjoying it. It’s the story of a small town in South West Anatolia in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Other books I’ve enjoyed in the past couple of years:

    – All books by Silas House, a very gifted young writer from Kentucky.
    – Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder.
    – Complications, by Atul Gawande.
    – Life is So Good, by George Dawson.
    – The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. Gorgeous picture book about the immigrant experience. I bet it looks beautiful on the iPad!

  6. marijose

    I’m not very familiar with Amazon alerts (if they even exist), but you can set up a Google News alert for new books from certain authors. Just go to Google News and type, for example, Laura-Joh-Rowland new-book. If she has released a new book, news articles will show up in the results. You can set up a customized section of Google News for such book alerts or have Google e-mail you related news items.

  7. Brenda

    Go to YOUR ACCOUNT – Upper Left Hand Corner – click – go to third box on right – SETTINGS – Go to EMAIL PREFERENCES and NOTIFICATIONS…. Call EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS –

  8. Brenda

    I enjoyed Neobohemia post – I a horse – Nine – Good Number for me. :)

  9. Brenda

    Might not be as specific as you would like – New products New products similar to those you’ve purchased in the past (New books by favorite authors, new music by favorite artists, new movies with favorite actors, and so on)

  10. ottmar

    Thanks Brenda, and you are right, it’s too generic for me since I have bought too many books of authors that I don’t need/want to track. I would like to request updates on specific authors or titles.


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