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zeruch

@zeruch@mastodon.social

Silicon Valley native, tech, artist, wonk, raconteur. I'll veer from topic to topic, and change stylistically on a whim. Curious about stuff and things.

UCD alum (PoliSci/IR & Tech Policy). Strong interests in the arts, actual political science, cliodynamics, systems theory, and seeking a bit of adventure at even the smallest scale.

I own more albums than you have had changes of underpants since birth.

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zeruch, to art
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April 2024. Math rock guitarist wunderkind of Covet, drawn in ink.

kevbob, to random
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How is it after several years, Taylor Swift’s email marketing list is still 100% image content in the body of the message, no text beyond footer boilerplate? You think people not adding alt text here are bad, the TS marketing list is awful and they should know better.

zeruch,
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@kevbob well, TS is awful so that tracks.

zeruch, to usenet
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", or NetNews, is a text-only social discussions forum, or rather a set of a great many forums, called "newsgroups," carried by multiple servers around the world. Although the original developers closed down their instance in 2010, that was just one server out of hundreds, and many are still running just fine. It never went away – it's still alive, you can get on it for free, and there is a choice of client apps for most OSes to help you navigate."

https://www.theregister.com/2023/08/30/usenet_revival/

mxtthxw, to random
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Always like this one in the morning.

https://vid.puffyan.us/watch?v=KSPfAraj-ic

zeruch,
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@mxtthxw I have that album and I think it's follow-up although I'm not sure how many albums they ultimately made, but they were a great bit of Northern soul. The occasional cut would show up on multiple acid jazz comps, but those guys and Corduroy I feel never quite got their due.

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#TrevorHorn has an autobiography of sorts. It's actually a pretty decent read so far, and it confirms two things I've long thought about horn. One, he's a musically talented producer with a seemingly endless ability to make a hit song who understands how to make something sound good. And two, he's a narcissistic self-absorbed bell end and not always artist friendly. It's a reputation he seems happy to have earned.

zeruch, to art
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#workinprogress #abstractart which started from the working title project of "thermonuclear cassette" has been something I've been obsessing over off and on for the last two plus weeks and I've rebuilt and re-obliterated it several times. I actually released a version of this as part of the #disquiet series (number 46) last week, but I'm still not happy with it. #art #mixedmedia

zeruch, to random
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"I admit I had no idea who was when I first heard it. I was 10 or 11, and it played a few times on college radio, which I was only just starting to tune into, but for which so much of the messaging in the music was alien."

This track by was probably the first solo track of his I ever heard, and it still is as listenable as it was in the mid 80s:

https://zeruch.wordpress.com/2024/04/05/sounds-that-have-been-made-ep-112-keith-leblanc-malcolm-x-no-sell-out/

zeruch,
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@mxtthxw I literally have had an idea for a "Taxcider" illo for years (think Geof Darrow on funky LSD) and I've been fascinated by Keiths whole process for as long as I can remember. I really love his solo LPs.

When I finally saw Tackhead live (circa 2011), I just about fell over sideways. Watching him was just perplexing, because he was clearly playing these wild-ass parts effortlessly.

He was such a singular, un-reproducible sound machine.

zeruch,
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@mxtthxw I just kind of realized (or maybe I'm just delu-gin-al) but Keith is the J Dilla of the classic/electro era of hip hop, just far less known among the public.

zeruch, to random
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RIP Keith LeBlanc, one of the greatest drummers , beat mechanics and production gods the world has barely known by name, but absolutely known by sound.

zeruch, to random
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"#HP CEO Says They Brick #Printers That Use Third-Party Ink Because of … Hackers
The company says it wants to protect you from “viruses.” Experts are skeptical."

Experts aren't the only ones. HP is trash. #PlannedObsolescence is trash. #SurveillanceCapitalism is trash.

https://www.wired.com/story/hp-ceo-ink-cartridge-hackers-dynamic-security/

zeruch,
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@airwhale pretty much. HP has got through the most staggering decline in reputation I have ever seen in this industry. There are plenty of companies that have maintained some level of respectability even though they are generally garbage (MSFT, Google, and most of Wall St. comes to mind) by periodically trying to not be imbeciles. HP of the other hand, came from laudable bona fides, that has done everything in its power, to projectile defecate furiously all over them.

mxtthxw, to random
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  • zeruch,
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    @mxtthxw @Unabart your uncle writes for the FT? Outstanding. The continues to be the only newspaper I read with any regularity, in print.

    kevbob, to random
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    Oh man. I don’t wanna go back to the rain.

    zeruch,
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    @kevbob You live in Oregon dude, that's part of the cost of the ride.

    zeruch, to random
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    A love letter to : "They are a poster child for how to become a Kafka-grade punchline of incompetence, venality, and naked mendacity.

    In this case I actually took the printer related to this, and dropped it from a decent height into a dumpster. The noise of shattering poor-build quality and poorer CX felt almost post-coital."

    https://zeruch.wordpress.com/2024/03/21/a-love-letter-to-hp/

    heidilifeldman, to random
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    Trump uses language like a paintbrush, to create a tone and a mood - a very dangerous tone and mood. Parsing the grammar of his remarks to see whether he’s speaking about one industry or more generally is a mug’s game. This is the same old dog whistling he always engages in - his base knows he’s threatening violence, we in the resistance know he’s threatening violence. Meanwhile the MSM plays his game.

    zeruch,
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    @heidilifeldman s it's closer to Trump using language like a toilet wipe, and the MSM seem to have an acute scatological paraphilia.

    zeruch, to SteelyDan
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    "This is a 90s live gig with (Living Colour, Zig Zag Trio), (#P-Funk, Santana, ), and JP Bourelly (, Cassandra Wilson) and is an hour of both accessible and experimental jams of original material, as well as some very eccentric covers of The Meters‘ “Cissy Strut” and Sonny Sharrock’s “Dick Dogs”.

    RIP TM Stevens.

    https://zeruch.wordpress.com/2024/03/17/sounds-that-have-been-made-ep-107-vernon-reid-t-m-stevens-dennis-chambers-jp-bourelly-live-1995/

    zeruch, to random
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    "I first noticed Welshman Karl Wallinger as part of the mid-80s lineup of Mike Scott’s The Waterboys...Soon after, he left to form his own band, World Party...I always come back to the title track from their debut LP as a perennial favorite. The album, cut, and video, also was the first appearance of one Sinead O’Connor.

    passed away this week, at the age of 66"

    https://zeruch.wordpress.com/2024/03/15/sounds-that-have-been-made-ep-106-world-party-private-revolution/

    zeruch,
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    @kevbob Wallinger was one of those guys who I didn't listen to that often, but when I was in that mood would be exactly the trick.

    While I liked things from all his output, that first WP album (and the Peter Gabriel all-star jam album 'Big Blue Ball') always always always sounded good.

    zeruch,
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    @kevbob look what I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJIzml99HR0 (at the Warfield no less)

    zeruch, to random
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    I never get tired of promoting the music of : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9pgYCw2YvU

    zeruch, to random
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    "Annie Lennox, Wendy and Lisa Working Together on Trio Project."

    I find this a genuinely exciting prospect, given the Art Pop tendencies of all participants, and their eclectic tastes, the worst thing this could be is just 'pretty good', but definitely could be something far more ambitious and resonant given the talent pool.

    https://variety.com/2024/music/news/wendy-lisa-annie-lennox-band-project-1235936375/

    #prince #eurythmics

    zeruch,
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    @airwhale I am sincerely curious as to what these folks might do, given that essentially between the three of them they can do everything from right, perform, record and produce.

    glynmoody, to random
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    New report reveals UK economy is almost £140billion smaller because of #Brexit - https://www.london.gov.uk/new-report-reveals-uk-economy-almost-ps140billion-smaller-because-brexit "Mayor of London identifies Brexit as ‘key contributor’ to the current cost-of-living crisis – highlighting evidence that it is fuelling food price increases"

    zeruch,
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    @glynmoody I'm surprised it's not double that.

    dangillmor, to random
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    Reddit's CEO is now comparing the people who've done the most to make the site popular to "landed gentry" -- demonstrating that he's both over-the-top arrogant and ignorant.

    He's also threatening to change the rules of the site to make it easier to remove moderators. Yes, that'll definitely encourage more people to build communities there.

    If anyone should be removed, it's him.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/reddit-ceo-slams-protest-leaders-says-hell-change-rules-that-could-end-rebellion/ar-AA1cBP7f

    zeruch,
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    @dangillmor Spez went from a fairly even-handed sensible choice when he came back in 2015 to spending the last couple of years making himself out to be a milquetoast version of Andreessen/Musk/Rabois, themselves already quite tasteless and tone-deaf. These people are making themselves rich while breaking the spine of the industry itself.

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