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Music

Listened to No Cities Left

Listened No Cities Left from Tumblr

Initial Release Date: April 12, 2003

I was super into this album in 2004/5ish. I haven’t especially liked anything they put out in the past ten years, and haven’t listened to this album in its entirety since 2007, per last.fm. But, their email list is so infrequent I’m apparently still on it 😂 Got an email about the lead singer’s new solo project, didn’t like it, but got the inkling to give this a listen and I’m digging it tonight.

 

Liking Warm and Sunny Days but it doesn’t have a music video 😉

 

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Music

2000s Freezepop

Listened tenisu no boifurendo by Freezepop from YouTube()

anata wa taitei zuibun ogenki desu ne tenisu no boifurendo totemo ii desu yo

Wow that’s some DIY production quality 😂 I’ve been on an old Freezepop kick this week which of course is not on Tidal 🙄 so I pulled up YouTube to listen on my phone. Maybe I’ll shell out for more storage on my next phone so I can load songs I own 🤷‍♀️

And from 2004:

 

Haha I don’t think I ever had an Orange Julius but it sure came to symbolize a particular era of the mall. I did make myself an orange vanilla shake yesterday 😂

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Business Marketing

Podcast: how important is advertising?

Listened Can A Brand Grow Without Paid Media? from SoundCloud

Is paid advertising the mark of unremarkable brands? Or is it an essential step to grow into a big brand?

In short, paid media necessary for scaling nationally / globally — but may not be totally necessary at smaller scale

Not a super interesting podcast but I guess what can you cover in 20 minutes 🤷‍♀️

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Uncategorized

The benefits of ambivalence

Listened The Benefits of Mixed Emotions | Hidden Brain Media by Hidden Brain Staff from hiddenbrain.org

We’ve all been in situations where we experience mixed emotions. Maybe you’ve felt both joy and sadness during a big life decision, such as whether to purchase a home or accept a job offer. Or maybe you’ve experienced mixed feelings about the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped your life. Psychologist Naomi Rothman says that while these feelings of ambivalence are uncomfortable, they can also serve us in important ways.

Drawbacks:

  • People don’t like or trust those who express mixed feelings

Benefits:

  • Mixed feelings make us spend more time making a decision or learning more than jumping to a quick answer or decision (when feeling low “closure imperative”)
  • Mixed emotions connected with meaning making
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Relationships The Internet

Listened to Dead Platform Summer: Myspace

Listened Dead Platform Summer #2 – Myspace by Ryan Broderick from The Content Mines

Listen now | We’re back with another vacation minisode. We’re talking about the dead platform to end all dead platforms. The one, the only Myspace. It’s responsible for more bad haircuts than another other website possibly. It also profoundly altered the way we think about the internet and in many ways set the stage for the TikTok takeover of the 20202s. Stay tuned to see which weird old dead website we’ll resurrect next! (Cover art courtesy of the Midjourney AI.)

  • In comparison to Myspace, Facebook felt like a more adult platform because of its simpler, cleaner design (versus everyone’s page looking differently terrible on Myspace)
  • Classist element because only college students could get Facebook the first year
  • Transition from the profile being important to only the network being important
  • Myspace lacked DMs

Also this written interview about Friendster:

I’ve had this pet theory for the last year: If you look around the internet, it just feels very creaky. It feels very old. Facebook is effectively over. It’s like its parent company doesn’t care about it anymore.

When all the users leave, they take with them all of these things that they’re doing on one app and try to do them on the other app, and havoc breaks loose.

This entire idea of, “I am me online,” it starts with Friendster and now it’s completely going out of fashion. It’s very common for a Gen Z internet user to just throw away a profile and make a new one… They don’t save anything about themselves. I was interviewing someone the other day who had nine different Twitter accounts with different personas for each. They just don’t care!

See also: My Fractured Online Identity

My willingness to write under my real name has been steadily declining over the past few years. Sure, I have a blog and Twitter but I’ve been avoiding going deep on questions and ideas which mean a lot to me – topics such as religion, mental health, sexuality, therapy, and my own childhood.

When I do write about them, it’s typically under a pseudonym.

… sometimes I do regret putting my website and my Twitter and my Microblog under my real name. Without the ability for friends-only posts, there is definitely a damper on writing about some topics and what things I’m willing to put “on the record” that wasn’t on my radar twenty years ago. The current political atmosphere doesn’t help, and I’m not eager to give the fascists the rope to hang me if they manage to take over, which I haven’t ruled out as a possible future.

Multiple accounts isn’t a new thing (‘finsta’), but disregarding an online identity altogether feels different.

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Entrepreneurship

Planning a self-pub book launch

Listened Book Launch Plans: The Mega Episode (Reair) by an author from wishidknownforwriters.com

Episode 130 / It’s back to the archives this week for one of our most popular episodes. Jami and Sara share how they launch a book, covering tactics for low-, medium-, and high-budget launches as well as sharing beau·coup tips about what’s working for book launches right now.

Promo graphics really important for romance

Cover reveals are a big thing in romance

Can ask people to follow you on bookbub

Can ask other authors to do a newsletter swap, post a giveaway on their Facebook page, send them an ARC

Goodreads giveaway, librarything giveaway

Do paid promos in newsletters

Build your list even before you release a book

Fine to do a preorder even if you’re a new author — two weeks even, to give you the promo link to post early

Email your list with the first few chapters as a teaser and a preorder link

Can segment your list and send release reminders on different days

When first starting out, pick just 2-3 tactics to focus on

Advertising romance on Amazon successfully is $$$

Use your back matter effectively and be sure to update with each new release

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Getting Shit Done Mental Health

Rethinking time to build happiness

Listened A New Way to Think About Your Time | Ashley Whillans by Ten Percent Happier from Ten Percent Happier

What if one of the keys to happiness is how intentional you are with your time?

Ashley Whillans is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School and author of the book Time Smart. Her groundbreaking research has led her to radically reevaluate how she spends her own time. Her goal is to help you move from time poverty to time affluence.

In this conversation, we talk about:

how to do a time audit

funding time, finding time, and reframing time

the surprising extent to which prioritizing time over money predicts happiness–and what to do if you usually do the opposite

how to handle time confetti

the value of canceling meetings

Decision conflict (?) when you feel like you should be doing something else

Time confetti — social media and tech notifications break up our time into little pieces instead of a longer chunk

Be careful not to let yourself fall into a rabbit hole of meaningless activities like cleaning out your inbox — set a time limit

Find or fund time (pay someone else to do activities that aren’t meaningful to you), or reframe activities to find meaning

Do a time audit to figure out what activities are sucking up your time

Time affluence — feeling in control of how you spend your time

Optimal target = using but not straining skills

Look for ways to give back to make your time feel more meaningful

Block time for meaningful activities, plus a quick planning session early in the week to figure out how you’re going to spend your time

Build breaks into your day to make up for the breaks that have disappeared in the world of virtual meetings where you switch context rapidly with no transition time

Set an intention of what you want to do that day in the morning

Place physical reminders of meaningful activities you could do / to act with intention in places around your house

People who value time over money tend to be happier

Pay attention to when your default activity is work

Also important to incorporate your values outside of work, even when it’s meaningful (like spending time with family and other leisure activities)

“Time Smart” by Ashley Whillans

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History Music

The oldest written music

Listened “Hurrian Hymn No. 6” (c.1400 B.C.E.) Ancient Mesopotamian Music Fragment from YouTube()

The Oldest Known Melody, which is known as “Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” that dates all the way back to 1400 B.C.E., performed by the very talented Michael Levy on s…

Written in cuneiform 3500 years ago in Syria by the Hittites. It’s not necessarily to my taste but it’s music not that foreign to my ear, I wouldn’t be shocked to hear it in a new agey hippie shop. If this is one of the origins of modern music, it makes sense that ours, growing even over so much time from theirs, feels in the same family.

Via.

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Society The Internet

Listened to Cory Doctorow interview

Listened Cory Doctorow on The Wondrous World of the Early Internet & How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism from currentaffairs.simplecast.com

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Pioneering blogger and science fiction writer Cory Doctorow has been an activist for online freedom since the early days of the history of the internet. He has long been one of the major voices opposing restrictive copyright and corporate domination, and a visionary defending a pluralistic online world where eccentricity and individuality are allowed to flourish. In books like Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future (which, like all of his books, is available in full for free), Doctorow has shown what an internet created by the people, unconstrained by intellectual property law, Digital Rights Management, and monopolistic corporate gatekeeping, could be like.

In this conversation, Doctorow joins to discuss the importance of a democratic internet, and his recent book How To Destroy Surveillance Capitalism, which argues that many people misidentify the main problem with what is called “surveillance capitalism,” assuming that the problem is that corporations are amassing to manipulate us the power through intrusive collection of Big Data. In fact, Doctorow argues, the problem is less about a particular thing these corporations can do to us and more about the fact that monopolistic tech companies are in control in the first place. This has important implications, because it means that we cannot just regulate what companies do with our data, we have to fundamentally redistribute power over the internet. In this conversation, we talk about how Wikipedia provides an alternative vision for a participatory internet where the rules are set by users and there is oversight over governance. We do not need better and more benevolent Zuckerbergs. We need what Doctorow calls the pluralistic internet.

“Hegemonic internet” today versus pluralistic internet

Internet start aligned with cessation of antitrust enforcement – 1982 AT&T

(Cough, current news: Penguin – Simon & Schuster merger court case)

Today we keep talking about how to make “the lord of the manor” better rather than how to get rid of them

What is the failure mode? <– way to evaluate platforms and systems

Cultural flattening? (versus quirkiness of early internet)

Formalism of internet e.g. TikTok duet format = imposed by platform

Expansive opportunity of ebook format — can be 3 or 1000 pages — Wikipedia has built-in

Formal adventurism / playfulness e.g. “slow TV”

Used to have consentual formalism — community defined rather than platform/ corporate

–> more editorial freedom, less creative freedom

Can you give meaningful consent if you can’t leave a platform (because there’s nowhere else to be with other people)?

Control of platforms is more important issue than collecting our data because they can control our discourse, the information we receive (e.g. Google Answers) and what we can use (e.g. iOS app store)

Band together against monopoly across industries — tech not the only area, though a place to start

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Writing

Listened to TED Interview with Jennifer Egan

Listened
  • Gets to humor by committing, doubling down, like in improv — if it’s not funny she knows she didn’t go far enough
  • Delight and curiosity are what interest her in writing
  • She has a wishlist of storytelling formats she wants to use and looks for a story that can only be told that way — like PowerPoint
  • Gives a lot of thought to what experience she wants the reader to have and how she can achieve that with unique viewpoints
  • Sees fiction as the only narrative format that can let us live in someone else’s head