Older music

Though the song isn’t quite as old (approaching 40), the title “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)” got me thinking.

That was 50 years ago.

Listening to the song, and other songs from CD’s I’ve long since packed into storage, I kept thinking about how much more complex and multi-layered the older music was.  I’m sure the modern equipment can far outstrip the old in terms of “# of tracks at once”, along with “fixing” everything, but then why doesn’t the music sound better?

Why does so much of it sound so much worse?

It’s similar to how, if you never walk and only drive everywhere, you limit where you can go. At first it is by choice, but then eventually you need the car.

The car is auto-tune in particular, but technology in general. Listening to older albums, you’ll notice differences in each chorus, because it was performed multiple times just like in a live song. I don’t hear that anymore when I do find myself exposed to mainstream music. Fortunately this is rare.

I’m quite optimistic about the indie music scene as I am about the indie gaming scene. The Internet is our infrastructure, and “we” don’t need the big companies anymore, at least not in the traditional sense.

Despite all the craziness currently going on in the world, I have the classics to listen to, and the future ones that are being written right now.

WordPress 3.8

Nice UI update. Quickpress is now Quick Draft apparently. I’ve been trying some new foods, some of which are substitutes for food I used to eat, but want to avoid because of GMO/MSG/ and other bad acronyms.

Limited Reproduction Run Of Unreleased Nintendo NES Flight Simulator ‘Chuck Yeager’s Fighter Combat’ | RetroCollect

Limited Reproduction Run Of Unreleased Nintendo NES Flight Simulator ‘Chuck Yeager’s Fighter Combat’ | RetroCollect.


I LOVED this game for the IBM PC. First starting out on my Dad’s Tandy 1000XL (AFAIR), before he upgraded to a 486 25mhz 4MB RAM and Super VGA graphics and Sound Blaster sound card. Lots of fun, though a joystick was required, otherwise it wasn’t worth playing.

I can’t wait until they release the ROM.

The end of Winamp

I remember Winamp fondly from the heady days of the late 90’s dot-com bubble. I had finally acquired enough currency to buy a computer of my own, which was a godsend after 20 years of using other people’s machines (family computer, Dad’s computer).

That would explain why I was up roughly 3 days straight (fueled only by coffee and enthusiasm, for the record) using it. Winamp was among those programs I installed when I finally had a chance to investigate this whole “mp3” thing I’d been hearing about.

This was during the prior year (mid ’97 to mid ’98), while I was surfing the web via the San Jose Public Library system’s Linux computers, running the Lynx browser. While logging into Hotmail (pre-MS) to keep in contact with friends and family.

Ever since I was about 13 or so (when my fingers started growing out), my typing speed had begun to increase. Part of it was BBS’ing, and the other was email (as that became more and more accessible). That is the only way you can make noise in a library on the computer and not get kicked out. In fact, I think it was more impressive to see someone type at 80+ wpm accurately and consistently.

Back to Winamp, I installed it on my PII 233mhz and heard the opening Winamp lama-ass whipping theme. I still use it to this day, and so the passing of Winamp is one of those little times I pause and think about how fast time flies and all the memories of days gone by flood my mind.

It’s the little things in life that make me smile.

OK – This is going to work well

Since I can only write in bursts, QuickPress is perfect.

Well images work, how about youtube embeds?

So for, so good

Kill it with fire!

Another SPAM blocker

I’ve installed a new SPAM blocking plugin. Hopefully this helps put a stop to the torrent of stuff I have to flag as SPAM.

When will the “crash” happen?

Depends on which crash you’re talking about. There are a lot.

I, like a lot of other people out there, am leaning towards a flashback of the first “dot-com bubble” bursting, with similar timing.

Speaking of which. Gold and Silver are a steal right now.

This thing is like a personal Twitter

Except that I can use a lot more characters. I really hate to abbreviate beyond a certain level, and Twitter made me feel like I had the language skills of a serial huffer.