Fascinating Music Producer

September 25, 2007

I find Rick Rubin’s profile in the Times Magazine captivating. He started Def Jams, then moved on to other things. He’s worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, The Dixie Chicks, Justin Timberlake, etc. What I take away from the article is that he has a approach to producing music like no one else. If you are interested in some of the behinds the scenes of music, you should read the story. via a somewhat interesting discussion at Freakonomics.

And we’re back, again

September 25, 2007

It’s been a busy summer. Do I go into what I’ve been up to? I’d rather tell you those stories in person. Here, it’s better to ramble on about less important things. The first one comes from Paul Graham. He talks about philosophy, including a brief history of it. I find almost everything he writes interesting.

I started one or two classes in college that involved philosophy, but never got into it. I greatly preferred math and computer science. Such people are sort of paid compliments in the piece, so of course I had to pass it along.

P.S. WordPress now has categories and tags. What’s the difference?

Lessons from Lotus?

September 19, 2007

I’ve heard dramatic titles are the key to getting pageviews. Joel on Software has a historical analysis of sorts that I found interesting. I thought the funniest parts were about Y Combinator. I want to discuss it, but I don’t want to give you a summary, because I want you to read it. Oh well, I hope I don’t spoil it for you.

The question at hand is whether google will maintain its dominance in all things. It’s hard for me to imagine them losing search. They pay for the best, and know to keep them happy. If you’re a great search person, why wouldn’t you want to go work at google?

Joel on Software addresses gmail, however. He identifies a route to downfall. I find the scenario possible, but would refuse to bet for or against it. Google has a lot of smart people, and they can see the trends happening. (More or fewer smart people than those working on Lotus, I don’t know) From the outside, I could imagine them rewriting gmail or being the ones that produced the SDK. I don’t think their success is guaranteed, though, there have been lots of powerful tech companies in the past (IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, Altavista) that are past their peak. Somewhere between the fanboys and the detractors has got to be the truth right? Ah, the beauty of markets.

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