Little Things

There is a Mastodon instance (server), called Dolphin Town where members may only use the letter “e”. Things like that make me smile large.

Of course there has to be another instance where one can write anything as long as one does not use the letter “e”. Vice wrote an article about it. I get it, I get it, restraint can be a major inspiration in any artistic field.

Found on Mastodon: music is just really loud math

I also read a post about Key Changes in the Billboard Hot 100 Number One Hits, called The Death of the Key Change. Here is the entire post and here is the graph that shows that key changes have been flat lining since 2010.

Member Section

A subscription only Member Section for this website is still in the works. I am taking my time with it and am collecting ideas that are interesting or useful. I noticed that Pat Metheny has a Q&A section on his website – LINK. Mind you, it doesn’t appear as if he has answered any questions sine 2013…

Is something like that of interest? Perhaps a much simpler version – just a page with a form for a question. The question would then be answered by me in a new post.

I am also still groping for a name for the subscription service. Last time we tried this, in 2009 or so, we called it “Ottmar-Friends Journal”. Got any ideas? Please leave them as a comment to this post.

Movies

Do you know about Kanopy? If you are a member of a public library it is possible that you can access a lot of great movies on Kanopy – for free. The Santa Fe Public Library enables me to watch five movies per month and it’s indeed a very nice collection of films. If you are interested in international or indie movies you might find that Kanopy has more of them than the usual streaming services you have to pay for.

Just last week I watched My Old Lady (Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Kevin Kline) and Found Memories. I enjoyed both movies a lot. The former reminded me of a stage play – and when I checked it was indeed written and directed by a playwright – and the latter was a beautiful Brazilian movie about a secluded village of elderly people into which a young photographer enters. The film features some of the beautiful photos the photographer takes with some kind of portable camera obscura. Madalena, one of the villagers, teaches the photographer how to make the daily bread for the village by the light of an oil lamp. Photography and bread! It was like the movie was made for me. No guitar though…

Social Media + Photography

My two-week trial period of Glass ends tomorrow. I don’t think I will continue with it. I couldn’t tell you why, exactly. I just don’t love it. Glass seems nice to look at and safe to use, but I am not clicking with it. There is no search for subjects or a way to tag a photo. Most people display the EXIF code of their images. That data will be useful to some people, but it never interested me. I don’t care what kind of camera somebody uses or which lens and settings. So, I started thinking about WHAT would make a social media app great, especially one that’s enables media sharing – mainly photography but also text, video, gif, and audio.

There are only two ways to make such a site work: one can mine data and sell ads (the ad agencies are the customers) OR the user has to pay for a subscription (the users are the customer). Could there be a third option? Could the case be made that like the postal service there should be a national social media service? Funding could come from “simple ads” – meaning ads that don’t rely on mining personal information – like old fashioned TV ads that were the same for everyone. That might bring in enough money to fund the service since there would not be shareholders and CEOs who would expect billions in annual revenue.

Once the funding is figured out (one of the above three options or can you think of a fourth?) what do we want the service to look like? Feel free to say like Twitter, but… or like Instagram, but…

How should one allow people to freely express themselves WITHOUT at the same time enabling entities to create bots to influence minds? Should there be a way to make anonymous posts? How?

PS: I am not going back to Zuck’s Instagram. No way. I can share text and images on this website right here, especially after some renovations. :-)

False Ottmars

On Friday I heard about two impersonator accounts on Instagram, who sent direct messages to several followers of my own account, claiming to be stuck in Canada with declining credit cards. The follower let the impostor know that they actually knew me and then warned me via email. I reported the accounts and both of them were deleted for impersonation by Saturday morning. Since then another account surfaced, which I also reported.

I was curious and checked Twitter and also found an impersonator account that had the handle liebertottmar. It was Spanish only and they stopped tweeting in 2012. I reported them anyway.

Later I was sent screenshots of a conversation between Ottmar LIBERT (misspelled last name) and a fan, where the impersonator offered a meet and greet and suggested that the fan should write to his management at ottmarliebert@gmail.com… doubtlessly hoping to charge for the meet and greet in advance. Of course ottmarliebert@gmail.com is a fake account, too.

I do not search for impostors and file reports every day, so I will not know about most of the scams that are going on.

Here is what you need to know:
 

  1. Check the spelling… my name is Ottmar Liebert. Impostors will often misspell my name in order to obtain an account
  2. I do NOT have a Facebook account. None. I am guessing that there are several impostor accounts on FB.
  3. I have ONE Twitter account and the handle is @ottmarliebert
  4. I have ONE Instagram account and the handle is also @ottmarliebert
  5. I do NOT have a second “Private” Instagram account
  6. I have a Twitch account and there the handle is also @ottmarliebert
  7. If you have any doubt about the authenticity of an account, or suspect an impostor, please leave a comment on this blog or send me an email

Precedent

I recently learned that many of the first books that were printed following the invention of the Gutenberg press were books about witchcraft. Perhaps there is hope for the internet after all.