Fond memories of Soul Food Farm – SFGate

Fond memories of Soul Food Farm – SFGate

Sad story of a couple of independent farmers who created “chicken heaven” and produced amazing chickens and eggs that sold to some of the best restaurants in San Francisco and the bay area.  Despite having the best product around they still couldn’t make the business work.

Highways That Glow in the Dark

Netherlands Highways Will Glow in the Dark Starting in mid 2013 | Ars Technica

The idea of bringing technology out of the screen and into the world really resonates with me, but projects like this sound so hard to actually do on a large scale. It wasn’t easy to build the interstate highway system in the US either, though. Big ideas can come to life.

Cooperation comes easily but thinking makes us selfish | Ars Technica

Cooperation comes easily but thinking makes us selfish | Ars Technica.

That article got me really thinking about what that means for humans as a people.  Over the past 100 years we’ve increasingly moved away from collaborative working towards competitive.  That’s also been a move away from fulfilling and satisfying work.  As people become more selfish and greedy they pull even farther away from what actually makes them happy… connections with other people!

What Bill Clinton Wrote vs. What Bill Clinton Said – Politics – The Atlantic Wire

What Bill Clinton Wrote vs. What Bill Clinton Said – Politics – The Atlantic Wire.

This is really quite a nice read and gives you a lot of insight into what goes into turning a speech from a written form of communication to something more conversational and relatable.

QuNeo vs Akai MPD32

QuNeo was the first Kickstarter project I ever funded and I just got mine in the mail a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve only had a few hours to spend with it, but that’s been enough to get a feel for what it’s capable of and what it will do for my setup.

I play live laptop/keyboards/synths/drum machine in a rock-tronic band called Thrillouette in San Francisco.  The setup is primarily Ableton Live on a laptop with some midi controllers plugged into it for live control.  The controllers include a Softstep from Keith McMillen, the people who make the QuNeo, as well as an Akai MPD32.  The QuNeo is expected to replace the MPD32 so I’m going to do a quick comparison of the two.

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