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Putting Music in its Place

Just now, over my morning coffee, I’ve been listening to an album from the 70s, deep in the Era of LPs. Fortyish minutes long, twenty-odd minutes to a side.

Robert has been considering the language used between LP and CD, and it immediately made me think of a conversation within this household as of late.

My wife and I have been talking about our plans for music; we’re both in agreement that we need to get CDs back into the home, and she even surprised me by suggesting the addition of vinyl. My memories of the latter are much weaker, though we do have a five-year age gap and she grew up in more of an affluent environment.

My feeling of resistance against streaming and all of its internet-dependent and closed infrastructure has only grown. Given how digital music removes the enforced structure of physical storage (there are no sides in bits, of course) and yet there are still people who apply arbitrary limits on the web, I feel even less inclined to include streaming at all; it just feels dishonest, you know?

At this point I have Apple Music but have set it as no-download, stream online only; it is entirely an option only available whenever I happened to have access to a decent internet connection, and I think that works well since it is now in a distinct and appropriate context.

I’m confident that, at least for now, we’re ready to stay clear of what is bound to be an absolute mess of phrasing within the ever-muddled world of streaming and online music.

A drink for @vincent who is currently handling a lot of feedback for the new Micro.blog profile card. πŸ₯ƒ

I miss @smokey a lot. With that in mind, I’m going to return to posting @monday recommendations and begin publishing another of his regular posts: “Unpublished Drafts”.

Unpaid, but productive.

β€” Anna Havron, absolutely fucking nailing it.

For those people who are gainfully employed; remember the power you have, for which some of us can only wish.

I love the choral moments from The Lord of the Rings soundtracks…

β€” Holly Honeychurch, Planets I on Bandcamp

Same. Those moments have been a welcome accompaniment along various paths, especially in my younger years.

I use iA Writer for writing @TIL. It is the core of text creation for the entire project.

So… uh, that iA Writer 6 is out(!) and now includes wikilinks? Well that makes my current publishing break that much more timely 🀯

(also: autocompletion for hashtags πŸ‘)

One of things I’m working on for @TIL 2.0 is making the site easier to use. Better access via breadcrumbs, linked pages, etc.

I’m starting to see just how many websites don’t do this sort of thing at all. Most navigation seems to be built around “We want to funnel you to X.”

The new issue of ICYMI is ready to go. Will be released in approximately 6 minutes.

Fixed a handful of bugs this morning, little things that no one notices and bigger things like push notifications and Webmentions broken for the last few days. Think I need to dedicate June to just working on stability.

β€” Manton Reece

That work has been apparent to me. πŸ™Œ

I don’t like this thing and will now quit it, and then later fail to stop myself from going back to it, before again complaining and quitting.

β€” The Internet, every year.

I remember @jack once said “Don’t tell me what you’re quitting, show me what you’re doing next.” πŸ’―

This week’s issue of ICYMI is ready to go and will be sent in approximately 91 minutes. πŸ“¨