19 Aug 2001 tunesmith   » (Apprentice)

HighGeek - thanks for the welcome to pho. I'm still adjusting to the subscriber base. I was sort of stunned when my recent email about collaborative filtering elicited response from both the founder of MediaUnbound (who I was thinking of when I wrote in) and the guy from MusicMatch. Seems like everyone who matters in the field is on that list. It's too bad the S/N ratio has dropped - there's still a ton to talk about in terms of the next step. I think everyone is probably still trying to catch their breath after the big metaphorical punch in the gut of the last year.

Someone wrote to pho that any "nag" element to online tipping efforts contaminate the music experience and I wrote a very well-thought-out reply of how I strongly disagreed with that. I think part of the problem with online music distribution is the lack of connection between Joe Downloader and Jane Artist, and if efforts were made to increase the emotional connection between the two, inspire more loyalty, put it on a human level, it would reduce the "lazy piracy" problem and enrich the "music experience" as well. Anyway, I wrote it on Mozilla 0.9.3 - while trying to send it, my outgoing mail server was trying to validate my From address, which was on a domain whose DNS server was down, so it was taking forever, destined to fail. While checking I clicked "Save" and tried to close the window so I'd have a draft. When all was said and done, it was just gone. Not sent, no backup, words lost. That's the tough part of the last mile of a project... the remaining bugs are just freaky weird.

I got certified at Journeyer faster than I thought. Even though I haven't yet released a major open source project, I think my name must be familiar to some from my Music Tech writings. Very flattering and I'm attempting to return the favor. I really gotta get on the ball and release that perl project for MusicBrainz I've been making noise about. We're close to the 1.0 release. Maybe I'll work on that this afternoon - it was dependent on my upgrading my Big Box and I just got mandrake8.0 on it yesterday so I think I'm ready.

Work... still feeling not very confident. Been there 2.5 months and I don't know if there is a standard I have to meet at the 90-day mark. We're doing WebObjects, Apple's Java RAD tool. Supposedly it's supposed to rock once you master it, but there's so much hidden functionality "to make things easier" that I'm continually staring at the next statement thinking, Okay - how did we get HERE from THERE? I guess that's RAD - rather than spend a day to write 50 lines of code, you spend a day to write 2 lines of code. Grumble. Looking forward to feeling more comfortable so I can come home at the end of the day still in a good mood.

Home... gf is still in the UK and is thinking of extending her backpacking trip until APRIL. ack!!!! This was her post-graduation decompress-from-school trip - she's done this before, too - long trips to see the world, big central part of her nature and I've learned to just sort of stay out of the way. :) But my mom said, "You know, maybe she's trying to elicit a reaction." And I said, "No, that's not her, we communicate really well." But it put a bug in my ear so I thought I'd check. Yesterday on the phone - "So, all your choices regarding how you're spending your time, length of stay, etc - even if I came out, swooped you to Paris, proposed on Eiffel tower or whatever, you'd still be doing this the same way, right?" (pause, beat) "Oh, I wouldn't say THAT!"


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