June 2015

Before and After (or Then and Now)

Seven Perth-Before

I started there in 1986 and worked there full time for 18 years and freelance for another 10. It never always looked like it did in the photo above. It had been added onto and changed around and I don't recall how many times I've said, "I'd like to see it razed to the ground". But I never believed I would see the day when it was really gone. And now it is. Whilst I really don't miss the old building, it was where my career started and for that I have to be grateful.

Seven Perth-After

Wow, I wish I'd written that

Vintage recording studio 3195802427_182bb50f2c_b
Yes, I wish I'd written this article that rings so true. I totally agree with the writer in all aspects. Everyone take note.

Why going to an audio engineering school is generally a waste of your time and money by Byron J. Scullin

or in case the original link disappears I have PDF'd it here. But please go to the website in preference to this file as he really makes an extreme amount of sense


Let me start by saying that some things are easy and some things are hard.

Conversely some things can be made to be easy and some made to be hard.

So the question that arises is why make something hard when it can be easy - and conversely why make something easy when it can be hard.

I see a lot of configurations and arrangements that are extremely intricate and hard to understand. Occasionally though, I see where a very complex setup has been made simple to use and understand. These are the people that I want to talk to. They are the one's I want to pry information out of; I want to get how they thought through to the point where simplicity overcomes the Byzantine. It must be a very, very hard thing to do as so many fail.

Sometimes what makes sense to you, is not what other people need to grasp a concept. It takes a certain mind and mindset to create a thing that appeals to our sense of reason and can be well grasped.

A lot of people create things that are hard to understand so that they can be irreplaceable, required and continually called upon. People like this, that create a mess so no one else has a clue as to what is going on are not people you want on your side or on your team. They are lazy and impenetrable. They are verbose, loud and flamboyant.

Remove the confusion.

I'm from the school of less is more, not if you have it you need to use it.

Now the question becomes have I made a complicated subject matter harder or easier to understand?

Governments nose where it's not wanted

I know governments think they have the right to do whatever they want whenever they want. But really - capturing my metadata and other Mr Nosey things sucks big time. Quite frankly I don't do anything wrong so why are you looking at me? Your time would be better spent doing real police work, instead of collecting idiotic tweets and other junk. Besides, I'm no social media butterfly, you won't find me there. My email is hosted by myself so you don't get that. I use Threema or Apple iMessage for messages so you can't get those. I use a VPN when I browse the net. So what are you really capturing about me? Surely that money is better spent on teachers, police and other useful things that we really do need, not to mention the fact that criminals will just get around it - thats right - they will do or use something else. It just won't work. Dumb criminals will always get caught but you don't need data retention to do that.

I also noticed that according to Article 12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights that I should not arbitrarily have my privacy interfered with. Is Australia a signatory to this document? Yes. So WTF are we doing Mr Government?