Article of the Day: Forbes Tony Visconti Talks The State Of The Music Industry

Music are identify with individuals with people who are well known for their contributions to styles or trends of music.  George Michael, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen….

A section of interview with Forbes: 

Hugh McIntyre: You have been producing music for decades now. How have things changed in your line of work from when you began to when you go into a studio now?
Tony Visconti: I started out in the days of 4-tracks, multitracks. 4-tracks weren’t a lot, but if you listen to, say, Sgt. Pepper’s or Revolver, you can hear that you can do amazing things with 4-track, or two 4-track machines. It’s a very inconvenient way of working, and as soon as the higher numbers of tracks were invented, things got easier, but essentially nothing has changed except the technology.

But, something strange has happened. The better the technology, the lower the quality of the musical content . That might be related to how convenient it is to work nowadays, and how many more people have their hands on recording equipment who shouldn’t even be let near a piece of recording equipment. I think there is much more mediocre music in the world today. There are very few iconic people making music.

Historical context of Europe and Mid-East

It’s quite impossible to understand violence without the background of how middle east was at the end of 19-early 20 centuries.  There is a few items that we can look at.  Religion being one issue.  Another would be the political powers that had been an issue for decades.  For more about history of Middle East look here
May peace be with all of us.
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Nous sommes avec vous

Two cents for Adblocker

Re: TWN’s article

I will be a contrarian: on ads are necessary baddie that websites make a living out of.  A good antivirus and suite may help.  Sophos does a good job on detecting websites that are to be avoided.  Blocking ads doesn’t do anyone a service.  The viewing experience would not be the best.  Also websites would base click ads to provide revenue stream. Unless people want to pay for information service, ads are there to stay.  Are there other ways to generate revenue stream that’s sustainable and not annoying then? We want something for free or minimal.  Btw crowd sourcing fails more often than not.  Example: Archie  comics got so much backlash that they have to pull out from a crowd sourcing site.  It is not a way for people to make a living. Effort through hard work does.

Note:  GI, I believe will not be the end all poverty.  It’s one of some possible solutions of saving government’s money. Will we have more folks quitting their jobs?  It depends on how each government put forth policies for GI.  We need consultation from the citizens what GI should be like.  Humans I know are not lazy, but rather fearful of change. Folks would get bored to tears if they don’t have things to do. We do have people that don’t care or value income.

Should GI be strings attached? 
Should GI be supplemented with other forms of government programs for medical and psychological issues?
Should GI have a cutoff amount? 
Should GI be given to kids? 
Should government place any rules on GI? 

Below are links to read.

Life of a female

Being a female now become even more difficult. If you are not with the feminist movement, you are not with their movement?! What is feminist? Below are the two terms that will be used.  They are long definitions, but enough to get some understanding for those who don’t know what the earth I am talking about!

Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical or philosophical discourse. It aims to understand the nature of gender inequality. It examines women’s social roles, experience, interests, and feminist politics in a variety of fields, such as anthropology and sociology, communication, psychoanalysis,[1] economics, literature, education, and philosophy.[2]

Feminist theory focuses on analyzing gender inequality. Themes explored in feminism include discrimination, objectification (especially sexual objectification), oppression, patriarchy,[3][4] stereotyping, art history[5] and contemporary art,[6][7] and aesthetics.[8][9]

According to the Oxford Companion to Philosophy — Humanism is An appeal to reason in contrast to revelation or religious authority as a means of finding out about the natural world and destiny of man, and also giving a grounding for morality. Humanist ethics is also distinguished by placing the end of moral action in the welfare of humanity rather than in fulfilling the will of God.

Humanism is thus a naturalistic, scientific, secular philosophy of life that precludes any belief or reliance upon supposedly supernatural powers.

Humanists embrace core human values of respect, responsibility, and compassion for all. 

Humanism is an ethics-based way of life founded on human experience and imbued with compassion for other human beings, that calls for a commitment to the betterment of humanity through the methods of science, democracy, and reason, without any limitations by political, ecclesiastical, or other dictates.

I do not subscribe bias when it comes to personal stories.  It’s private.  It’s anonymous, names are changed to protect one’s anonymity.  It’s to tell the story without backlash.  Unfortunately, nowadays, anonymity are rare for most, women can’t tell their stories without being a so call names.  They are the bad ones.  They aren’t protected from online attacks.  We do not know at what circumstances why women do not report domestic issues/emotional abuse to police.  All we know are that we shall listen and side by the women when they tell the story without hearing the other side? If we don’t form an opinion, are we no longer a feminist? Can we still remain a feminist?

In our human society, we as human beings, we have not learn about respect other folks opinions without stepping onto others toes.  Some of us are not ready to open our mind and ears to both sides of the fences.  We would immediately take one side or the other. We would allow our emotions dictate our judgments.  We as human beings need logic to assist ones that are in need of emotional and any kind of help.  That is where I see humanistic approach can come in handy.
Women can voiced their opinions whichever they pleases, they do not need to fit into any kind of feminist nor even anti-feminist nor be in any stance at all. 

Note: this author does not approve any emotional/violences of any kind towards human beings.