Down the rabbit hole

Went down the rabbit hole this evening, starting from a post on CDM

My friend Martin turned me onto this David Sylvian album when we were young, and listening to some of the raw stuff triggered bits of memory. I didn’t know he came out of the band Japan, and the Bryan Ferry/Eno/”My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”… connections. When I did music, I used to listen to Jon Hassell and Holger Czukay, both in this video (I didn’t remember that they were part of this album!) so off I go to find them. Czukay died, I find, in 2017, and there’s pointers to things like this

which I’d never heard, nor that he was a student of Stockhausen (I think everyone ended up being related to Stockhausen, eventually). Memories of Can, and Sylvian, and Roedelius and all. Nice way to spend a couple of hours.

Delta airlines dysfunctional support, redeemed by a good agent

Just went to Delta airlines to change some details on the tickets I booked for Julie and Terry. I’m told by the automated phone system that the wait time is on the order of “one hour and fifty minutes”, and I should use the website. The website has no mechanism for the changes I wish to make.

update: their “message us” option reports “Sorry, the app is having technical difficulties”. So they can’t handle text messages, either.

update: their messaging came up! and 15m later, I got someone on the other end named An-May who without fuss changed the details. So this bit worked well.

VR becomes a fluid medium, a music video you can play, more, in PatchXR Patchathon – CDM Create Digital Music

Imagine VR not as passive experience, but as the ability to “play” all those immersive elements – from 3D forms and architectures to spatial sound – live like an instrument. That sums up what has made the Patchathon artist intensives with PatchXR so engaging. Here’s the newest work from late this year, made in just days by invited artists, live in VR.
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How to do representative democracy

Mass representative democracy

Have lots of representatives (one per thousand people or so). Have a hierarchical system for small ad-hoc committees to consider issues as they come up, which percolate up through the hierarchy competing with other proposals so the one with biggest enthusiasm wins. Use the internet.

Interesting mention of “rational ignorance”, the idea that the average citizen has limited information about any given issue but is capable of making rational decision-making.

It’s not race, money, education: it’s the concept of the public good

It’s class, the lower groups having been increasingly left over the past few decades to fend for themselves. And specifically the idea that government increasingly shifts health care onto individual choice. So as a result you don’t get vaccinated for the common good, you get it so you don’t get sick. And this doesn’t work.