lacienegasmiled

lacienegasmiled:

Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

fred-wilson
The real story here that has been rattling around my brain the most is the story of innovation at the fringes beyond normalcy. Chris Dixon said when he made the investment in Coinbase that Bitcoin, “is one of the 5 best computer science ideas from the last forty years.” I agree. And, the idea that this brilliance came largely from one guy, acting in isolation, motivated largely by paranoia and distaste for existing financial infrastructure, is just wild. In this light the profile of Satoshi is the profile of an artist, or better yet, a maker. And like all makers, he is quirky, weird, one of the crazy ones.
We just got 4 of Chromebox For Meetings for the office. I’m really excited to get to use these.  Early thoughts Below.
+ Hardware Setup is very easy and getting the device logged in is a breeze as well.
+ Admin is clunky, can’t get calendar resources to be assigned to each device. (speaking of which, google apps calendar discovery for your own company calendar is atrocious and super hidden. Settings-> Browse Interesting Calendars -> Resources, 4 buried links to find your own company calendars and it isn’t even linkable )
+ Doesn’t always respond to creating a meeting, could very well be our network but there are a lot of instances where I click the middle button and don’t get a response or even a failure message. 
+ Uberconfrence was oversold, getting this setup is a bit clunky, I hope they fix this and integrate it deeper. I really needed this to replace our Avaya triangle voice conference boxes.
+ No hangouts app support so far.
+ The table pad they sent with instructions was clearly very last minute (probably printed out by some interns). Appreciated anyway.
Feature Requests
+ Would be nice if there was a bluetooth / wireless mic option
+ Needs an admin mode on the device, accessible via some trick on the remote.
+ I would love to be able to setup the background photos to look at our google+ account, we have all of our Songwriters photos on our AppleTV via Flickr.
Haven’t tried the beam to screen option, looking forward to that. It should be noted we got the pre-major release version that is slightly older hardware (i5’s vs i7) and probably doesn’t have all the best marketing /support materials inside of the box.

We just got 4 of Chromebox For Meetings for the office. I’m really excited to get to use these.  Early thoughts Below.

+ Hardware Setup is very easy and getting the device logged in is a breeze as well.

+ Admin is clunky, can’t get calendar resources to be assigned to each device. (speaking of which, google apps calendar discovery for your own company calendar is atrocious and super hidden. Settings-> Browse Interesting Calendars -> Resources, 4 buried links to find your own company calendars and it isn’t even linkable )

+ Doesn’t always respond to creating a meeting, could very well be our network but there are a lot of instances where I click the middle button and don’t get a response or even a failure message. 

+ Uberconfrence was oversold, getting this setup is a bit clunky, I hope they fix this and integrate it deeper. I really needed this to replace our Avaya triangle voice conference boxes.

+ No hangouts app support so far.

+ The table pad they sent with instructions was clearly very last minute (probably printed out by some interns). Appreciated anyway.

Feature Requests

+ Would be nice if there was a bluetooth / wireless mic option

+ Needs an admin mode on the device, accessible via some trick on the remote.

+ I would love to be able to setup the background photos to look at our google+ account, we have all of our Songwriters photos on our AppleTV via Flickr.

Haven’t tried the beam to screen option, looking forward to that. It should be noted we got the pre-major release version that is slightly older hardware (i5’s vs i7) and probably doesn’t have all the best marketing /support materials inside of the box.

parislemon

parislemon:

Tom Gara spoke with MasterCard’s Carolyn Balfany about the new chip-based payment system known as EMV:

Part of the October 2015 deadline in our roadmap is what’s known as the ‘liability shift.’ Whenever card fraud happens, we need to determine who is liable for the costs. When the liability shift happens, what will change is that if there is an incidence of card fraud, whichever party has the lesser technology will bear the liability.

So if a merchant is still using the old system, they can still run a transaction with a swipe and a signature. But they will be liable for any fraudulent transactions if the customer has a chip card. And the same goes the other way – if the merchant has a new terminal, but the bank hasn’t issued a chip and PIN card to the customer, the bank would be liable.

The key point of a liability shift is not actually to shift liability around the market. It’s to create co-ordination in the market, so you have issuers and merchants investing in the migration at the same time. This way, we’re not shifting fraud around within the system; we’re driving fraud out of the system.

That’s an interesting way to make everyone is very much incentivized to update their systems. It sure seems like it will work. We’ll see. It’s ridiculous that the United States isn’t using the chips already.

Bout time

alphaonelabs
alphaonelabs:

The Alpha One Building
Planned to be in New York City, The Alpha One Building will be an epicenter for innovation and education to advance green technology and sustainability. By providing facilities and access to materials for makers and artists, hosting tele classes and hands-on workshops, generating local aquaponic produce and providing radically inclusive community space, The Alpha One Building will benefit the entire local and global community.
Headed by Sean Auriti, co-founder of Alpha One Labs, a makerspace in Brooklyn, The Alpha One Building will meet the demands for high tech resources to drive innovation forward. Makerspaces are physical spaces where everybody can come together and work on projects, brainstorm ideas, participate in training and activities and gain feedback.
Makers today are not just guys on laptops pouring over code; they are the tinkerers and inventors who can break it then fix then add another feature to it and make it do something else. Hardware innovation differs from software  innovation in that if you need a part, it can hold up your project, whereas with software innovation you can just download another library. This is what The Alpha One Building solves. We will have a retail marketplace where makers can pick up supplies such as circuit boards, hardware, chemicals, fasteners and all those little pieces that cost double the retail price to ship that you need for your projects. And of course, if what you need doesn’t exist in a store, you can print it out on one of our 3D printers, or cut it out with one of our CNC mills.
Using recycled shipping container architecture and LED lighting, we provide a modular, eco-friendly place to make.  Make a donation via paypal to alphaonelabs@gmail.com to help make this project a success. 


Great project idea.

alphaonelabs:

The Alpha One Building

Planned to be in New York City, The Alpha One Building will be an epicenter for innovation and education to advance green technology and sustainability. By providing facilities and access to materials for makers and artists, hosting tele classes and hands-on workshops, generating local aquaponic produce and providing radically inclusive community space, The Alpha One Building will benefit the entire local and global community.

Headed by Sean Auriti, co-founder of Alpha One Labs, a makerspace in Brooklyn, The Alpha One Building will meet the demands for high tech resources to drive innovation forward. Makerspaces are physical spaces where everybody can come together and work on projects, brainstorm ideas, participate in training and activities and gain feedback.

Makers today are not just guys on laptops pouring over code; they are the tinkerers and inventors who can break it then fix then add another feature to it and make it do something else. Hardware innovation differs from software  innovation in that if you need a part, it can hold up your project, whereas with software innovation you can just download another library. This is what The Alpha One Building solves. We will have a retail marketplace where makers can pick up supplies such as circuit boards, hardware, chemicals, fasteners and all those little pieces that cost double the retail price to ship that you need for your projects. And of course, if what you need doesn’t exist in a store, you can print it out on one of our 3D printers, or cut it out with one of our CNC mills.

Using recycled shipping container architecture and LED lighting, we provide a modular, eco-friendly place to make.  Make a donation via paypal to alphaonelabs@gmail.com to help make this project a success. 

Great project idea.

explore-blog
  • Questioning, which allows innovators to challenge the status quo and consider new possibilities.
  • Observing, which helps innovators detect small behavioral details — in the activities of customers, suppliers, and other companies – that suggest new ways of doing things.
  • Networking, which permits innovators to gain radically different perspectives from individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Experimenting, which prompts innovators to relentlessly try out new experiences, take things apart, and test new ideas.
  • Associational Thinking, drawing connections between questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields, which is triggered by questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting and is the catalyst for creativity.

The 5 traits of successful innovators, according to research from the Harvard Business School.

For the second point, learn how to master the art of observation.

For the last, don’t forget the hallmark of creativity:

It is the ability to spot the potential in the product of connecting things that don’t ordinarily go together that marks out the person who is truly creative.

(via explore-blog)

khuyi

Instead, what I find is absent from streaming music is everything that complements the act of listening to music. It’s the very thing that digital music, more even than records and CDs, should excel at: metadata.

Who produced that debut album from Lorde? Who were the musicians who played with her on it? Where was it recorded, and when? Does Lorde thank God, her parents, and/or her cat for making the record possible? I don’t know the answer to any of these questions, because I’ve only ever experienced Lorde’s music via Spotify, where such information is absent entirely.

What Streaming Music Can Be — Medium (via khuyi)

Sadly this hasn’t jumped into the digital era. Getting meta data out of artists can be a major pain, especially for those in the business(it’s particularly bad as a publisher…) There is a lot of on the ground politics between artists, producers and other people on each album that we don’t always get to see. They have to go to great care to make sure that the right people get thanked and aren’t overlooked, while making sure each of their individual brands are protected in case of future scandal or success. Many would rather do nothing than risk faux pas. 

parislemon

parislemon:

Klein, in his own words, earlier this year when he resigned from Microsoft:

I have decided that now is a good time for me to step away from Microsoft and take some time to spend with my family in a way that I haven’t had the opportunity to do in the 30 years I have been working.

Looking ahead, I have no specific plans.  In the short term I will work to ensure a smooth transition.  After that I intend to spend time with my extended family which is dispersed throughout the country and hopefully get to some long deferred travel.  For the last 11 years Microsoft has been my family and now I am going to focus on my other family.

Apparently, a few months was more than enough time with the family to make up for those 11 years with Microsoft and 30 years working.

That, or he was just getting out ahead of the ensuing shitstorm. (You’ll notice that the other person who made a statement on Klein’s behalf at the time had his own resignation a few months later.)

WME is doing some amazing things right now.

marksbirch
But the secure email system — which uses software called Public Key Infrastructure technology — is expensive, and some government agencies have not yet upgraded to it. As a result, some agencies still scan documents on to a computer and save them on floppy disks. The disks are then sent by courier to the register.

Slowly They Modernize: A Federal Agency That Still Uses Floppy Disks" via The New York Times

The real reason we still use the floppy disk as a Save icon, the government would be lost without it…

(via marksbirch)