It has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.
Takeaways from Bangalore’s recent Thinkathon, on habits of present-day, technology influenced living: goo.gl/hUQQn
”These so-called habits have direct implications on how young people learn and engage with conditions of knowledge production. That which we think of as a natural response within the networked worlds is often a habit that disguises the complex mechanics of control, containment, societal pressures and expectations, and systems of reward and punishment which all get flattened as we rethink what it means to be human in the digital worlds. Looking at the infrastructure, the interface, the processes of training, the threshold of critical competence and the incessant personal investment that is actually labour but is disguised as a habit within the networks of learning, makes us more conscious of the fact that the young users are not ‘born digital’ and nor are they going to become experts left to their own devices. It brings back to the surface the question of the role of technology in education, and the form and function of new knowledge actors in our systems of learning.”
aYou know that feeling of pressure when trying to find the exact words you’d like to meaningfully share in the mix of a real-time world event streaming? My real-time feeling of Felix Baumgartner’s jump, ~22 miles from Earth’s surface, breaking the speed of sound and landing of his feet: When another’s liveliness gives you butterflies
What could be next after checking this off your bucket list? Wondering what his metaphor is of the feeling.
Really neat, simply clever. Le Chal’s directive GPS and footwear vibrations combo:
"An ingenious solution that ticks all the boxes – scalable, effective and cost-effective. The genius is in the simplicity of the idea – to get ‘Haptic’ feedback (relating to the sense of touch) from a user’s shoes. The user spells out their destination on a GPS-based phone that used a specially-designed app (any Android-based phone is fine); a combination of three ubiquitous technologies – Bluetooth, Google Maps and GPS do the rest. Once the GPS establishes the user’s location, Google Maps comes into play and finds directions for the destination. Bluetooth is used to establish ‘communication’ between the phone and shoes, and the user is on his way – vibrators.”
To start off with, quoting CNN’s post-debate commentary, “No one can doubt Biden’s authenticity”. Fact!
The thing with Biden’s laughter throughout the debate is that when he wasn’t reacting (negatively), his less expression-filled moments almost naturally reflected less opposition or feelings about topic of discussion, whether he meant to or not. The bittersweet of showcasing lots of ‘emotion’. I was quite entertained (lots of hahahas) by Biden but at times his reactions were just as distracting as Ryan’s gibberish. Biden’s VP wisdom showed in his facts and clarifying counters, not so much in ‘debate etiquette’. But is there such thing? hahaha. And to end with more of CNN’s post-debate commentary, “71% of the debate’s in-house audience thought Biden did better than they’d thought he would do”, "Biden came with facts and specifics", "I thought I watching ninety minutes of campaign ads".
Learning more about India, through India. Really great conversation with Manoj Chandran Monday morning. Topic that came up when discussing India’s current potential and potential future setback:
"India now has around 600 million people who are younger than 25, and nearly 70 percent of its 1.2 billion population is under 40. It is an unprecedented demographic condition in the history of modern India, and in absolute numbers it is unprecedented anywhere in the world. It also comes at a time when much of the developed world and China have aging populations.
The country’s median age of 25 is in sharp contrast to the average age of its cabinet ministers, 65, which is a far bigger gap than in any other country – Brazil and China are next with age gaps just under 30 years. In the United States the gap is 23 years, and in Germany it is less than 10.”
Simply, I really wish I could fly. Once I thought it’d be nice to have the control of turning off my memory in times my wandering mind makes concentrating tough.
Recently, I’ve been thinking how phenomenal being able to speak, understand, read and write all the existing ‘Earth’ languages would be. Memory-defying, yeah? If this was a natural human ability, the world would be pretty different.
"Economic factors are undeniably fueling some of this multi-careerism, as are shifting work-life priorities and a relaxed definition of what is considered a “career.” Yet the unifying result is that Millennials do not pin their identities to one company or career.
“Today’s young professionals, however, aren’t as easily categorized. I still can’t figure out what to prioritize on my LinkedIn profile. I am a journalist, marketing consultant, and co-partner for an Internet company. All are equally important to my identity.”
“What you do is a lot more important than where you do it. Life isn’t all about work to them. They aren’t working just to get a paycheck, but to make a difference…””
I’ve been going through a refreshing musical shift with the switching and revamping of electronics in my life. For one, an ongoing challenge had been the sync’ing of music on my work desktop, work laptop and home desktop. I’m no longer with my former company, since the turn of the year, so this self-fulfilling task is also no longer. A temporary void did come with the parting of some awesome playlists I had going! Of course I’ve got all of my tunes backed up. Many of. With change comes the recombining and exploring of life’s many (*turntable scratching*) soundtracks.
Two, a month before traveling abroad, the upgrading of my iPhone to iOS5 “blessed” me with some mishaps like losing ~1.5 years building of my favorite duck-duck-goose circle tracks. You know those timeless set of tracks that cater to any mood you may be in? Yup, those. Checked off “Back up and clear ~5,000 photos from phone” on the to-do list while at it (personal attachment that kept me from upgrading to iOS5 because of memory). And three, a last minute laptop purchase came with trip prep. Otherwise, it would have been a dragging, risky and odd journey for my ~4 year old, 27 inch iMac that houses mp3s from my Napster/LimeWire days. So I’m sitting here, a month later, with my new laptop, refreshed iPhone, a handful of design/photo files transferred over from my handicapped desktop many miles away and a small hard drive of my digital life in reach if needed.
Not to mention, after settling in foreign lands, Spotify gave me notice of having to upgrade to premium in order to access my account (Pandora was a no-go from day one). No denying Spotify withdrawal was tough at first. Maybe I’ll go premium later. Content with my circumstances for the time being.
All in all, I feel so much lighter and contained.
This has helped with my new year’s resolution of exploring more instrumental-heavy tunes. I’ve kept from transferring majority of my mp3s onto the new laptop. The month of February, the month of Nujabes and J Dilla's birth/death anniversaries (RIP) was a perfect transition (especially after playing out a whole lot of Whitney, RIP). I've got Nujabes tunes for dayyys! A friend of mine, Furgersen7 (F7) has been dropping a lot of awesome instrumentals filled with fresh sound, nostalgic samples and Dilla inspired beats that I’ve been on for a while. And I’ve come across more instrumental candy while getting lost in the world of SoundCloud. Put Tabla Beat Science on the list, who I discovered in 2007 when visiting India. Zakir Hussain too, who I’ve been exposed to since childhood. My love for tabla grew after seeing him live, twice, for the Masters of Percussion tours! He is genius. I’ve recently been introduced to Cinematic Orchestra and Philip Glass, by Londoner Duane, while out here too. Add Dntel, Ian Friday, SBTRKT, Gorillaz, Elevation Theory, Fela Kuti, Telepopmusik and there you have sound bites of my past few months. Less instrumental but in rotation: Nneka (her latest Unplugged session in Nairobi is mesmerizing), this Mariah house mix, Janelle Monae, Gary Clark Jr., M.I.A., Little Dragon, Miguel, Beres Hammond, Sid Sriram, MJ, Amy Winehouse, Theophilus London and different artists of 2012’s SXSW.
-Beautiful- tribute to heritage of the Jansport brand!
“When Eric Rothenhaus landed a gig as director of design at JanSport five years ago, he wanted to make an impression. He would do it by re-creating, down to the seat-belt straps, the very first JanSport backpack (and the first-ever backpack with a zipper) introduced in 1969. Problem: There were no sketches, patterns or even any actual bags available on which to model his re-creation—only a few black and white photographs. But that was all he needed to breathe new life into one of the most iconic geekcessories of all time.
Rothenhaus studied the photographed relics with a magnifying glass to determine the correct proportions. He hunted for large metal zippers identical to those used back then. He found the right type of weathered nylon. He used (now considered extremely inefficient) 30-year-old pattern construction methods. He even recreated the original red and white label.”
USAID.gov just released this burst-of-energy infographic, on the impact of investing in women (larger IMG of info). Very much deserving of all this typeface’s density!: "A woman multiplies the impact of an investment".
Take a look below. Compare the info in blue, on the left to the info on the right, in red. I’m appreciative of the comparison that clearly shows the presence of women in politics, health, education, etc. then takes the extra step to show the positive results of the percentage that overcomes the odds. The depth in content breakdown brings about hope, in data that usually would trigger less optimistic reaction (“just another number”).
One thought that did come to mind is how the 50th anniversary aspect of USAID’s marketing could have been pushed for this data collection. I personally like seeing a timeline when data is being shared. A start and an end date of info to put data gathered into context. For example, “Between the 50 years of 1961-2011…”, to capitalize on how bigger and smaller picture happenings interrelate during the span of change. Maybe this is so? If so, the consideration could be much more evident.
I see the content in this infographic reaching the demographics that make up the data through a larger scale campaign, for an inner spark of motivation.