Why I started up at WordPress.com (again)

Fatih Arslan says it all

This here stands as a reminder as to what motivated me to make the move.

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Reporting on Politics in times of Trump: The Scaramucci-Distraction?

The Huffington Post is putting together some dots on the timeline. As we’ve all been wondering about Anthony Scaramucci’s behavior, the outlet points to a Senate Hearing that covered putin-russian wealth generating tactics.

Bill Browder’s Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Could Explain Anthony Scaramucci’s Bizarre Behaviour | HuffPost UK

I guess the interesting point of this isn’t as much as drawing direct political lines from here to there, saying this is tactics and this is what the Trump Administration does. That leads you into conspiracy-theory territory pretty quickly. But, as I said, that’s not the point. The point is, that possibilities for such actions are there. If there is a president who constantly keeps switching between areas of politics, private and being a “celebrity” his words and actions become liquid. You can’t expect to predict what’ll come next. Contingency is lost. Thus, if putting in a new communications officer comes up, there isn’t really a way to tell why it happened. You can only draw lines afterwards, the way HuffPost is trying to do. But then coverage and events are likely to already be over.

If SoundCloud Shuts Down, What Happens to the Music?

Select All with great commentary on creativity online and monetizing arts in a digital world.

But the lesson to take away from the SoundCloud crisis isn’t just that creative businesses are difficult to sustain online, or that the company wasn’t quick enough to find a lasting revenue stream. It’s that as we move creative scenes from cities and neighborhoods and onto the web, we outsource the publishing, storage, and archiving of their products to young, for-profit businesses — and therefore run the very serious risk of losing huge and important libraries of culture to the vagaries of a new and quickly moving economy.

via If SoundCloud Shuts Down, What Happens to the Music?

The Exquisitely English (and Amazingly Lucrative) World of London Clerks

I generally like Bloomberg News. I also generally like their features. One great example of their work is surely Simon Akam’s piece on the British judicial system. Its such a good example of how to dive into a topic by in a colorful way describing a small fraction of it. And its also such a good example of how journalism can take everyday phenomena that are in plain sight, but transform those into stories untold. I had no idea of clerks in Britain. And then, when I was still a high school student in Germany, I once had a summer job pushing a cart with letters and law-documents in a huge German law firm in Munich. Maybe that was the closest I got to being a clark ever in my life.

The Exquisitely English (and Amazingly Lucrative) World of London Clerks

12 tones

Vi Hart is great.
And that could be all I write in this blog post because it seems to cover everything I’l like to say. But then again, thinking about what a critical mind Vi Hart seems to be, it wouldn’t be fair to just let that “great” hang there and have wisdom simply be proclaimed. So here’s a little more on why Vi Hart is great.

I stumbled upon her work when I was looking up something on how logarithms work. I searched youtube and there was her insaniously great video on logs. So, from there I kinda dug through her content but her videos are so packed with information that I can’t even process many of them at a time. I can watch Casey Neistat videos for hours because my brain can simply go to sleep mode while watching. With Vi Hart’s videos its more like my brain needs to go to turbo-boost to follow all of the thoughts shared.

I am sharing here Vi Hart’s take on 12 tones. This video will teach you more about thinking, creativity, music, freedom of speech and information than any of those Medium “how to be a more creative person”-posts, ever! Vi Hart manages to not drop random facts on 12 tones and composers in there but explains a way of thinking of how to perceive a matter. You in a sense learn a way to look at things. After watching this piece I didn’t learn when Schoenberg lived or died, I now don’t know when famous pieces of the art form were first published but I do know how a very strong set of rules can promote creativity, how setting rules can mean breaking free of what has been. And I did learn how all of this is interconnected with Post-Structuralist philosophy. Vi Hart. Mathmamusician.

Actually, there is Nerdwriter’s nice explanation of what a video essay is. If you like those essays of his or other film-related essays, and you like what he – or actually the Southpark-founders – calls the “but, therefore” or “meanwhile at the ranch” approach of telling stories, Vi Hart does all of that. Listening to Vi Hart speak is like loosing yourself in the same currents of thought, being guided along those trains of thought, maybe changing tracks, hopping on again and finally: Smiling because you just caught yourself repeating thirty seconds of an half hour video for five times just because you wanted to understand its whole meaning. Thanks by the way for that take on possibilities and creativity, Vi Hart!

EVER REST

I’ve been listening to UNKLE intensely for the past four months. That alone may be an insight into how I feel, am or do at the time. It gives me a lot of strength and insights, though. So I won’t stop.

I’ve just now come across the Burn My Shadow Video above while I was trying to focus on de Goede’s Repoliticizing Financial Risk. It’s a really good read, but the lack of coffee and water this morning just make it nearly impossible to concentrate. Anyway, yesterday evening I finally put the Where Did the Night Fall Album onto my computer and as I was checking something in my file structure thought, listening to Ever Rest would help me concentrate. Now, I’ve listened to that song so many times, I can probably sing along. So, I just somewhat randomly checked for UNKLE’s videos on Youtube. And came across the Burn My Shadow video.

Watch it! With headphones on! Fullscreen! Then read on if you must.

I love the way he smiles shortly while not being able to find the ringing phone. I very much liked the cinematographic feel of the piece but was somewhat distracted by its too many slow-mo parts. But anyway, what really caught me was this: As the timer runs low, I was like: “Ah, interesting play on post-9/11 semantics. If you today see a timer running, you know its a ticking bomb.” And then boom. Goes both toaster and the video. And I had to kind of laugh aloud in the library where I’m sitting for foreseeing the video, then thinking oh no, I’m smarter than that, they’re just f***ing with you and then being wrong.

Thanks UNKLE for enriching my day. I’m off getting some coffee.