I’ve been wanting to tinker with using my computer to make / modify music for a few years, but finally got myself a dedicated MIDI keyboard, and spent good chucks of the last two weekends learning how synths, and DAWs, and audio interfaces all work. Yeesh! Kind of a lot it turns out. Anyway, I now have it working well enough and just enough understanding to actually jam out a bit.
Looking into better mics. Need to learn to balance sound better – though youTube’s processing did make it quite a bit worse than it was in the original recording. Oh well. Just for fun anyway.
The flimsiness of the excuse – that they are paying all the taxes they legally owe – isn’t obvious to a lot of people: weak tax rules for the super-rich, isn’t merely because the IRS forgot to close loopholes or Congress didn’t pass a law. The uber-rich co-opt regulators and lawmakers to concoct legal schemes that operate to their distinct advantage. There are a plethora of laws that punish the poor, and a alarming lack of laws that constrain the rich. This is no accident! It’s corruption, of course, but except in some esoteric points probably not technically illegal. Tale as old as time?
Well, good thing they do get along so well I guess. Been a tough year, and they have really only had the chance to play with each other. They are each other’s only available option for friends, so I’m glad they have made it work. Maybe I get to claim some credit for that as their parent?
A bunch of “violence on both sides” rhetoric emerging trying to equivocate the BLM protests with the insurrection of last week.
Two big reasons this does not work. 1) Who acted as the primary instigators of the violence. 2) The motivation or purpose of the protest/riot
Some BLM protests got violent when a (probably intentionally) overwhelming and over equipped police presence escalated things. They were motivated by a desire for justice based around a percieved right to be treated humanely and to be assumed to be innocent until proven guilty and specifically to bring greater awareness to how these things are systematically not happening for black people in particular – hence their slogan. Their position is supported by many verifiable facts and stems from an underlying philosophy that every person should be treated with dignity – a good thing most decent people can probably agree on.
The Stop the Steal insurrection faced a (probably intentionally) understaffed and underequiped police force who made borderline ridiculous efforts to not escalate to violence, but were ultimately overwhelmed by a mob who were hunting members of Congress and the VP with an intent to kill or take hostages. They were motivated by their imagined right to rule which was they claim was stolen from them – hence their slogan. Their position is supported only by verifiable falsehoods and stems from an underlying philosophy that is some mix of landownership aristocracy and white supremacy – bad things most people can agree about.
Curious if whether you agree with my assessment boils down to your stance on facts vs “alternative facts”.
Decided a while back to give fountain pens a try. Today I thought one of them was dried up because I hadn’t used it for a week, but it turns out the ink was just out. This is my first time ever having a change the ink in a pen that I remember.
When I bought the pens the supply of ink that came with them, to be honest, felt like an infinite supply. It’s still a lot but it feels a little less infinite now.
Time is money? No, Gold is REAL money?! But what about legal tender something or other… Don’t get me started on bitcoin?
Show me the money! Ha, Lets get real, honey In fact, the points don’t matter… A made up thing we mint into reality
Isn’t it funny How “taxpayer money” Is needed to pay for all the things… That citizens actually want, but not bank bailouts or the military
I have lots of thoughts involving the nature of money, the power of the public purse, etcetera these days. I want to sort those out more later, but in the meantime this poem kind of came to me while I was attempting to mind map out some stuff.