Song of the week, 17 July 2017: Super Mario RPG Pirate Ship Theme

Close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting in a dark, dank pirate ship. Think about how cool the air is, what the water outside sounds like as it hits the walls of the ship, and how the light hits the wooden walls.

I used to do this exercise with this song because I found it stirred my imagination. It too will stir yours πŸ˜€

Are cassette tapes the new (err…old) records?

Nobody viewing this knows what this is…
Or this.

According to this article, yes.

I don’t think this is as much a bout of nostalgic wishful thinking as it may seem. I’d heard rumors of this as far back as 2013. It’s already pretty well known that records, once long forgotten media that nobody cared about in the 2000’s are now cool to own again. It’s now cooler to have a collection of them than it was in 1975. That seems to be the general cycle of analog media. It goes through a phase where it’s new and cutting edge, then it gets old and uncool, then it gets older, hence classic, therefore cool again. It’s confusing, to be sure, but it favors people who are willing to collect with the long term in mind. How many people do you think are now regretting having gotten rid of their stacks of cassettes or CD’s?

Dinosaurs like cassette tapes.

Now here’s a little quote from the article that has a bit of truth and bullcrap at the same time:

β€œI have always loved tapes, and still made mixtape for friends, but I wanted new music released on tape too,” Shepherd tells me. β€œI just love the analogue sound and the connection you get to the music from the physicality of the format. I really don’t think that will stop people buying analog because as long as humans have ears and hands, we will want to touch the things we listen to.”

The first part is the bullcrap. Nobody who claims to have “always loved tapes” are actually telling the truth. This is your very common hipster phenomenon of claiming to like something mainstream before it was mainstream, thereby making them non-mainstream, and somehow more cultured. Again, confusing. The second part is very true however, in that people with artistic flair will always have this unquenchable desire for their sources of music to be something that can be stepped on or warped in the sun. That doesn’t happen to mp3 files.

Another thing you might want to consider is that accessing content on a network just plain sucks a lot of the time. Your connection goes a little astray and you’ve got “buffering…65%” plastered about…with no music playing. Put on a record or a tape and the content comes in quick nearly 100% of the time. It’s only when tapes or records get warped that your music is interrupted.

If you find all this interesting, you’re probably the type of person that still likes to go to music and book stores (also said to be making comebacks) even though it’s not necessary to get content anymore. You’ve then no doubt noticed that many albums, even new ones, have been released in vinyl versions. So the question then is, will we see more of that in tape form now too?

Better hang on to any CD’s you have. They’re next.

My first Gofundme Campaign – Help Trip Buy a laptop

https://www.gofundme.com/2a7jsb8

Please, my great readers, I ask for some support. My GoFundMe should sooon yield the kind of money Β I need,, or money YOU need. You see better technology means I will be uploading better content, and better cameras involved.

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Shoutout: 6 May 2016 – MakeItUltra

I decided to give today’s shoutout to him, in part because his photo was the only black and white picture among the pics I saw, but especially because he happens to be a PhD candidate in Psychology. That definitely commands some respect. Now, I have not read much of his material on his blog yet, I will admit, but to the author, if you’re reading this, I intend to read your material extensively in the next few days!

http://www.makeitultrapsychology.com/


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Shout out to The Itinerary blog: for his post on Manitoba, Canada

I really enjoyed this post, it’s brief, but informative and has a good amount of photos. And the bison burger was an interesting touch. You get my daily shout out, great work!

Frozen lake and a bison buger

^Please visit his article.


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