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June 12th, 2009

A quickie sketch with possibilities [Jun. 12th, 2009|06:25 am]
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Sometimes it seems like your best ideas come from nowhere when you’re not trying, per se. This track came out of fooling around with some ebow guitar samples. Somehow having 4 different-length loops does something wonky to my brain. This track is literally 4 loops, but it held my interest and I’ve been listening to it for 2 hours now…

This is a rough mix — there’s some distortion that isn’t the good kind towards the end and I think I could add some bits here and there …

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The name is a pun on the EBow guitar samples, but it came to mind because it’s the Flickr name of my friend Lester Kenyatta Spence, who grew up in Detroit back in the Music Institute days.

Lester, Unbowed

Lester, Unbowed

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Daily Iowan Fail Day 2 [Jun. 12th, 2009|04:16 pm]
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This is going to come off as petty and self-serving, but what’s a blog anyway if not petty and self serving?

Anyhow, the University of Iowa’s paper of record The Daily Iowan, had a front page story about second hand clothing stores doing well in the recessionary economy.   This is the article every newspaper prints when there’s an economic downturn, so maybe not ‘news’ so much as ‘oft-visited story idea.’

What annoys me is that my wife owns The Second Act, a consignment used clothing store in Iowa City, that has been around for twenty-five years.  Not only been around, but arguably the first store of its kind in Iowa City that wasn’t a dump.  The article lists all the used clothing stores in town except The Second Act.  This notwithstanding the fact that the Second Act has been in several Daily Iowan articles over the years, and is even an advertiser from time to time.

I don’t mean to bag on Chris Clark (who wrote the article) for forgetting The Second Act.  The Second Act is out south of Highway 6 in Iowa City, which for a lot of University Students might as well be somewhere past the rings of Saturn.  I blame the editors, whose job it is to ask questions like “If you’re giving a list of businesses, have you checked to make sure you’re not missing someone?”  That’s a pretty basic rule for small-town newspapers, one that apparently slipped the DI’s mind.

Second Act A41.15.qxd (Page 1)

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The Internets: #squarespace & amiestreet.com [Jun. 12th, 2009|05:47 pm]
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OK, now I get it, though since I don’t give a toss about Squarespace or iPhones, I was just annoyed and baffled by all the #squarespace tweets.

While we’re on the subject, Squarespace seems to be appealing to some people. But it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me — $8/month for hosting, and I think if you want to point your own domain at your site, you pay more. My current plan at Midphase is $6.95/month if you prepay for 3 years, and you get unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth. Sure, Squarespace does more handholding, and I guess that’s worth something, but the economics of it don’t add up.

On another note Amie Street is an interesting MP3 sale site. They don’t have everything — and I can’t figure out what determines what they get and what they don’t — but they have a crazy pricing structure, that starts out at free and tops out at $.98/song. Basically the more popular something is, the more it costs. That’s great for me because I’m not that interested in what’s popuar most of the time.

The other cool thing about Amie Street is that you can pre-pay and get a discount — e.g. I pre-paid $40 and had $50 to spend. Like I said, they aren’t Amazon, and crowdsourcing their editorial content is hit or miss, but they are cheap, and I found some stuff cheap that I really liked.

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