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July 05 2012
Music
likeamaniac (solo)
andandand (solo)


July 01 2012
Music
kevin (jam/rehearsal)


June 28 2012
Music
word in prog (solo)


June 27 2012
Music
together we imbibe (solo)


June 18 2012
Music
enough already (solo)


Jun 17 2012
SE1



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Jun 17 2012
LES



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May 29 2012
Music
wankage failage etetc (solo)


May 23 2012
Music
remaincalmage (jam/rehearsal)


May 14 2012
Music
in the defense (solo)


May 09 2012
Music
ugly albert (solo)


May 06 2012
this morning



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May 01 2012
Music
the spring is not much better (solo)


April 15 2012
Music
out of the last thing (solo)


April 12 2012
Music
push and poke (solo)


Mar 30 2012
the george washington bridge

... on a windy day

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March 30 2012
Music
hmph number 588 (solo)


March 23 2012
Music
inthemeatofit (solo)


March 22 2012
Music
cleanfeet (solo)


March 21 2012
Music
return of bp (solo)


March 10 2012
Music
shallow (solo)


March 09 2012
Music
phonein (solo)


March 05 2012
Music
company picnic (jam/rehearsal)


March 02 2012
Music
christophe (jam/rehearsal)


March 01 2012
Music
ilnyapas (solo)
christophe (jam/rehearsal)


February 28, 2012
twitter

As a bit of an experiment, and after having set up a Twitter feed for Cockos, I'm probably going to start posting more random things (that I wouldn't bother updating this blog for) to twitter.com/lejustinfrankel... All that I have so far is a link to a mp3 I made today. Maybe I'll complain about [insert random API here] from time to time, too. The big meaty stuff will go here, still, though. For example, a discussion I've had with a friend:

Someone really needs to make an open system (think web, or email) for social (or anti-social) content publishing. Imagine a world where all of the content of each user on Facebook can be hosted and delivered by the provider of your choice (or yourself), and where the privacy controls and failures are not controlled by one monolithic company.. *cough* hurry up people *cough*.. The hard part, of course, would be getting such a thing to the size where it is useful, but there should be enough people out there interested. Speaking of which, this Onion video is absolutely brilliant:





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February 28 2012
Music
staring makes things disappear (solo)


February 22 2012
Music
bonus points (solo)


February 15 2012
Music
post brainache (solo)


February 13 2012
Music
up and shit (solo)


Feb 11 2012
jersey

from my last ride

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February 10 2012
Music
happy SAYS (solo)


February 08 2012
Music
dodeedo (solo)


February 07 2012
Music
this is it or yl (solo)


Feb 01 2012
this makes me think of escape from new york.

watch out for the mines!

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January 30 2012
Music
requires medicinal assistance (solo)


January 29 2012
Music
bler (solo)


January 25 2012
Music
113835 times i love you (solo)


January 24 2012
Music
wiener (jam/rehearsal)
sliding down (solo)


January 20 2012
Music
chris (jam/rehearsal)
actout wankery (solo)


January 19 2012
Music
yaytruthiness (solo)


Jan 18 2012
the rain is warm



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January 18 2012
Music
wrecked (solo)


January 17 2012
Music
chris wr (jam/rehearsal)


January 11 2012
music and claymation

I saw this excellent claymation music video:

...which hooked me. "Portugal. The Man" is great, I've listened to this album ("In The Mountain In The Cloud") more times than I can count:

...and the animator of the first video, Lee Hardcastle, has some fantastic videos. Check out Pingu's The Thing (which is quite popular on YouTube, so you might have already seen it):

Sorry for the flood of YouTube embeds, but I enjoyed them greatly, and having already spammed many people with links, felt compelled to continue.

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January 05 2012
Music
newthingy (solo)


January 03 2012
Music
coldout (solo)


December 31 2011
Music
eve of solitude (solo)


December 27 2011
Music
nuevoklavier1 (solo)


December 23 2011
Big Ideas

I have occasionally found myself in conversation, often in the presence of alcohol, about the ownership and value ideas. This post will attempt to document my current state of mind in these matters.

We routinely say "I have an idea", but I assert that nobody can own an idea. The closest one can come to owning an idea is to have private (possibly exclusive) possession of it. Sitting on an idea (or indeed implementing it and using it privately) could prevent others from implementing the idea, but it also would not prevent them. What is interesting about this, too, is that one would have no way of knowing if they had exclusive possession of the idea, since others could also possess it privately.

I've often heard things such as: "If I have an idea for something great, I should be able to benefit from it." I don't think it is that simple, nor do I think it should be. I like to imagine it from the perspective of conservation of energy. In my opinion, "having an idea" doesn't cost anything -- there's no work done, no trial and error, no refinement, no experimentation, it's purely the creation of an abstract concept. All of the work, all of the energy required to develop the idea into something real, that happens after having an idea. All of the work of implementing (or at least designing an implementation or possible implementation) is the where the value is created, and that is from what a person should be able to derive benefit.

If you suppose for a moment, that someone could have some sort of exclusive right over an idea, what would that actually mean? Could they prevent other people from doing anything that could be conceivably based on that idea? Could they demand a share of any derived revenue, or control? Could they demand credit? For how long? Ugh, chaos follows. The world would grind to a halt due to this complexity. The advantage you get for having an original (or at least somewhat original) idea is a slight head start.

An idea is something that one can benefit from, but that the rest of society also has the same opportunity for benefit. This actually makes me quite happy.

What does one do if they have an idea and want to make it into something real, but have no applicable skills? Hire people. No money? Make non-disclosure agreements or other contracts which will help protect what other people do with the information you given to them, and prevent them from doing other things that could possibly relate to the idea. This is a joke, though, few talented developers will agree to these sort of terms. Both sides need to have something of value to offer, and ideas are not value held by either side, because they are not able to be owned.

A friend brought the subject of Facebook up after seeing The Social Network.

  1. Facebook became huge because of how it was made and marketed.
  2. The idea for Facebook wasn't a new, nor original, idea.
  3. Even if it was some brand new idea, it doesn't matter, since nobody can own the idea.

TL;DR: Ideas are worth a lot to society, but not much to individuals. Execution is the opposite.

Finally, some advice for anybody who wants to make things and profit from them: figure out something you can contribute; ideas aren't enough. If you're content to just contribute to society: publish your ideas, let people use them, and hope for the best.

(also, a related post that I previously linked to and agreed with, but the notion that the worth of ideas differs for society as a whole vs the "owner" is new for me)

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December 17 2011
Music
another wanking (solo)


Dec 16 2011
I am liking this Phil Selway song



The rest of the album is pretty solid, too, but the feel of this one does it for me.

I will also go ahead and say that, for the record, the last two Radiohead albums are completely awesome. Just in case anybody wondered.

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December 09 2011
Music
recording at 12m (solo)


Nov 13 2011
coucher de soleil



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Oct 29 2011
yay snow

a little early, I admit...

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Sep 10 2011
Bread

mmmm

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September 04 2011
Music
woo and the red house faster (solo)
woo and the red house (solo)
just woo (solo)


September 01 2011
Music
woo and the red house (solo)


August 17 2011
Music
brennewt (jam/rehearsal)


Aug 12 2011
We are so very proud of this



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