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Been looking a bit into the topic of waveform representation in faircamp. I like the idea of integrating something that adds a varying graphical quality to all releases and tracks without forcing the artist to provide artwork, i.e. having the system generate something graphical from the audio itself, which also has functional value ... Delicate matter anyhow, not yet sure if there will be waveforms in the end. :)

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Skin cancer prevention now commodified as an app with subscription model, development and research naturally supported and co-financed by the state, hospitals, universities & patients' data - market you can take over for the profits now. Also tough luck if you're a little too un-white, sorry, no training data! Subscribe now and "be one step ahead in the race to beat skin cancer!" This is fine!

TIL: Unsplash is rotten to the core

In a bizarre blog post [1] from December 2019, the Unsplash executives/founders present their new ad strategy "Unsplash for Brands": Devoid of any sense of ethics, they neatly lay out how advertising on unsplash itself would be ineffective and annoying - after all these ads would be identifiable as such - so old school! Instead they present their "win-win-win" idea: Instead of providing unsplash users with a mostly unbiased photo selection from independent creators, they'll give them a biased selection (paid by megacorps) of photos from non-independent creators (made by megacorps) - all the same beautiful bland hipster photography unsplash is famous for, but now filled to the brim with BRAND PRODUCTS and BRAND VALUES.

Apparently without any sense of irony, without any self-awareness at all, they present a GIF that displays a full reversal of Apple's famous 1984 ad [2] to bluntly explain their vision: From here on out, all major news outlets on this planet will stop using diverse imagery to depict (e.g.) a laptop - for now they will, in complete uniformity, show that same brand image, portray those same brand values, and best of all, no one will be annoyed, no one will even realize, that the world has been eaten by ads.

[1] unsplash.com/blog/introducing-
[2] youtu.be/VtvjbmoDx-I

Update on the announced self-hostable alternative: Got tons of work done on the foundation over the last days (architecture, reading, transcoding, caching, syncing, configuration, cli arguments, ...). Today was the first time I did some design exporation (first glimpses attached - these are already in-browser screenshots of the functional interface, not mockups :)). I'm developing out in the open at codeberg.org/simonrepp/faircam °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

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On a quiet square just a few blocks from where I live there is a 24/7 museum - in a telephone booth. Even more curious is the subject on display: Bad weather! Behold, Vienna's "Schlechtwettermuseum", where it rains all day, all night. :) What a quaint and beautiful place.

Development Teaser: I'm working on a self-hostable alternative - implemented as a static site generator written in

As a small tech tradeoff and an experiment I'm integrating a soft paycurtain: Albums can display a price tag, (including a user interaction for setting a price for "name your price" albums), payment directions are given (Liberapay, SEPA, etc. as configured), but the payment itself is not technically enforced, i.e. the listener is asked to affirm by themselves - by clicking a button - that they have paid for what they want, and only then given the download link. I'm open to experiment further with this when I've released faircamp (current codename) to the public. I could also imagine an option for integrating a hard paywall based on entering a token that could e.g. be made exclusively available to your backers on an external platform (ghost, patreon, steady, paypal, ...).

Been fleshing out the first prototype all day today, and having a blast! ✌️

Research text investigating Bandcamp and Soundcloud as specifically "producer-oriented" audio platforms:

journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.11

Bandcamp keeps surprising me: Founded by two guys out of Silicon Valley who sold their previous company to Yahoo, huge turnover, not open source, took in Venture Capital in the past, yet everything looks pretty dandy as far as I can see: Small (and judging by their team photo pretty diverse) team, no nonsense tech and business model, no trendchasing, no hype, no scandals, no nothing. To aptly quote their blog: "Maybe the future isn’t a dumpster fire after all."

Second finished piano adaptation is a bit of an oddity: The "Invincibility" theme from Sonic 3D: Flickies' Island [a.k.a. Sonic 3D Blast in the US], which was the first game I played on Sega Saturn (the only console I ever owned, maybe due to the disappointment that it got totally overshadowed by the PlayStation then).

The soundtrack of the game is by Richard Jacques and features a colorful mix of carribean beats, 90s techno, casino jazz, christmas tunes, orchestral disaster movie music ... I don't remember why I adapted this particular track, but I guess I was just lazy, it's a really short thing, and turned out more as an etude, as it's neither fun to play nor super appealing sonically speaking haha. On to the next piece! :D

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Decided to finish some of the ~20 based transcriptions I sketched out (but never completed) over the last 2-3 years:

First one done is Hirokazu Tanaka's Ending Theme for Super Mario Land (Nintendo Gameboy). In primary school I used to play through the game during the 1-hour lunch break - only so I could listen to the ending theme, which I absolutely *loved*, over and over again ... until lunch break was over and I had to shut off the Gameboy (and lose finished game state along with the tune). :D

Also: Massively grateful to the lilypond and frescobaldi developers. Writing sourcecode to create beautifully looking, statically generated sheet music (PDF/SVG/PNG): Personal heaven. <3

"The corollary is that, unless you think that our society has attained social perfection — that your grandchildren in 50 years will ask you to tell them the story of how, in 2020, every injustice had been righted and no further change had to be made — then you should expect that right now, at this minute, there are people you love, whose happiness is key to your own, who have a secret in their hearts that stops them from ever being their authentic selves with you. These people are sorrowing and will go to their graves with that secret sorrow in their hearts, and the source of that sorrow will be the falsity of their relationship to you."

From Cory Doctorow's "How to destroy Surveillance Capitalism" onezero.medium.com/how-to-dest

Email provider recommendations anyone? I'm thinking about getting a dedicated (and paid) email-only provider (primarily because I find it creepy that my provider does not support 2FA to protect against getting locked out of my own email account). Currently contemplating posteo.net, but super happy about other ideas or general thoughts on the topic!

Been working on Eno a bit lately, writing long-overdue RFCs, adding an RSS feed to the blog ... Eno is already _that_ close to a final language specification, yet with all the documentation, plugins and parsers out there it's a mountain of unthankful chores to get there eventually ( ◡‿◡ *) ... (but I will! ;))

eno-lang.org/blog/

A non-technical person I know and care about wants to replace their perfectly good 1080p and HDMI capable TV (9 years old) with a "Smart TV". My heart is bleeding on multiple levels. Any of you have advice on what device/setup I can suggest to them that would allow them to get shiny internet content on their old TV? I just tested a raspi 4 here (with raspi OS), and it's soo close to a great alternative ... but it also randomly tears and stutters on 1080p video ... as such I have a hard time suggesting this, given I wouldn't want to watch like that myself. Would be super thankful for any ideas! <3

Managed to get my website out of the top third and into the bottom third of the resource-intensity index on websitecarbon.com through more thoughtful media compression/resolution choices and with very little noticeable loss in fidelity. Also checked with my provider whether they host climate-neutral (they do), as they are not listed on thegreenwebfoundation.org/.

media.ccc.de/v/36c3-10506-the_ (german, english dub available) is a great primer on the topic, branch.climateaction.tech/ also has some really great articles on this, e.g. branch.climateaction.tech/2020.

Most of what I present on my website is by nature (and probably will continue to be) audiovisual, so I will always have to make compromises (and there's still so much more to explore in how to creatively approach this), but regardless, a two-thirds reduction of data transferred even under these constraints shows that we all can make drastic changes if we put it on the agenda. For me this was quite an encouraging undertaking and result.

What's more, chances are that with a certain amount of complexity and fuzzyness involved in the creation, the steps you take to recreate something someone else has done will be different, thus although the result is at first the same, you've actually created it differently, and created a potential for different results, which immediately unfolds as soon as you exercise it again with different aim and intent. (☆▽☆)

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"When you're creating something that someone else has already created you're maybe not creative from a global perspective, but you're creating something that you could not previously have created and in so doing create the foundation to create something else that maybe no-one else has ever created." (somewhat heavily paraphrased from Robert M. Bilder)

It sounds so obvious and yet it's so deep, especially considering the casual hostility often expressed against copying - which in the spirit of the quote is much more akin to creating something entirely new in a universe where it does not yet exist, and therefore very much an immensely meaningful undertaking.

Also I solemnly promise the next VPaint study will be original artwork, and more importantly without the sizable backpack of nasty *isms the old mouse company material contains. (however fondly my naive child-self holds it in memory argh)

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Did yet another panel recreation in VPaint. Super time intensive because a) I lack tablet drawing practice and b) VPaint is still a barebones research demo in the end. So hyped for the VGC Illustration alpha to become usable!

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Finished my VPaint/VGC intro project, a Duck Tales Comic Panel recreation (reference attached). Am now 100% convinced that VGC Illustration (and probably Animation too - see vgc.io) has big time potential to become the next go-to libre vector design application. I.e.: Go and throw your money at the developer if you like and/or use that sort of stuff and feel like supporting them! :)

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