Category Archives: Music

Recommendation Algorithms Rule Your Life

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Cultural critics used to be essential curators of music, movies, books, and art. When there were only a couple of newspapers or radio stations or TV stations, the select few professional critics had enormous power in telling the public which art they should pay attention to. Then came the internet and everything changed. With blogs, message boards, and podcasts, anybody could become a critic. Both the creation and critique of art became more democratic. Traditional critics became less important. People preferred to take recommendations from like-minded people in their specific cultural niche. This gave real cultural power to bloggers and amateur critics on the internet who developed a following. Continue reading

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On Collecting: Books, Ebooks, Movies, and Music

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A lot of people pick sides in the ebook vs. paper book debate, but I’m square in the middle. I use and enjoy both, finding positives and negatives for each. Continue reading

Best Music of 2018

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As I said last year, I like to listen to music while writing. It helps me stay focused and tune out any background noise. But if I’m writing (or reading) words, I find other words distracting, so I usually listen to instrumental music (mainly electronic/ambient). I listened to a lot of older albums, and I’m always discovering new artists (and old artists new to me), but these were my favorite albums (released in 2018) to write to: Continue reading

Best of 2017: Music

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I’ve always loved listening to music but was never very good at playing instruments. I tried drums then guitar, but I always struggled with hand-eye coordination. I’d mess up, miss a note, or my timing would be off. It wasn’t until a year or two ago when I started messing around with the GarageBand app on my iPad that everything clicked into place. Continue reading