Garota de Ipanema cover
Voice by Élio Isaac.

I grow up hearing my dear friend Élio singing hard rock, so this is strange to me.

I really miss those Guns N’Roses covers…but they weren’t very nice for his vocal cords if my memory serves me right. 

About terrorists…and this third beheading.

Some words about people who kill in the name of God.

The best way to be hunted down by the public opinion is to kill decent
persons.
My heart aches for the loss of his family specially his kids.
My prayers go to them.

I have a deep respect for all religions that follow the peace path.
I am catholic, my own religion also had so called holly wars and witch
hunts so no religion is free from stupidity and cruelty. I do believe we
learn from past mistakes and hope such atrocities don’t return to the
Catholic religion.

Beheading people is a cruel act for their families and kids that must live
with those images for the rest of their lives.
Sadly only words wont stop the atrocities of this so called new state, a
state made of horror, of child killing, of genocide.

I’m a parent and I love my kids, they are my life and if someone wanted
them harm I would gladly defend the war path to protect my family, I’m not
talking about patriotism or religion, I’m talking about the life of the
persons most important to me, I would actually agree with war if words
didn’t solve the problem. With this this third beheading we see words don’t
solve the problem.

I do believe in peace of all people of the world but I’m not blind about
evil people who go against their own religion by taking life in the name of
God.
Those who show no mercy and make cruel acts in the name of God must be
hunted down not by words but by the dogs of war.
The crusades should be over, Saladin should rest in peace but if this
cruelty continues I do hope a new one comes and stops this fundamentalist
jihad madness.

War brings only death but sometimes evil people must pay for their acts.

If by any chance I offend anyone reading my words, it was not my intention, but this is my opinion and I feel I must share it, because a man that stands silent when others die is also part of the problem.

The two steps authentication.

I had one of my gmail accounts hacked via a website that was compromised, so I had to change all passwords on accounts that used that gmail account. Yesterday I got a warning from Microsoft about unusual use of my old hotmail account that used my gmail for skype. 
Had to change passwords and implement the two step authentication. 
Now because I’m lazy I didn’t use that type of authentication on my gmail and tumblr accounts but that changed. Now if somebody hacks my account he/she must have phisical access to my cellphone. 
I’ll soon change my facebook and any other type of accounts that let me do this.

Its time to upgrade my defenses a little bit, not that I have much to steal even so I value some privacy.

journeymantoolbox

journeymantoolbox:

Because what’s life without some secrets…;-)
I’ll write about this later.

My side project for now, because I use my main account to write and don’t repost many things so in Gesellenverein you’ll have the inverse. Mostly repost and no writing from me.

Its an inspiration blog for things I find around tumblr.
I shall remove the password now.  

alandistro

alandistro:

readyforperfect:

alandistro:

I bought a bunch of those little plastic divider cards that libraries and record stores use for my own CD collection (picture #1).

Most of the CDs I have are first Japanese pressings and I can’t read Japanese so it makes it difficult to know where to look (picture #2) when shelving new discs or finding an old fav. So the new plastic dividers are quite handy!

As the collection continues to grow I’ll probably label a few dividers for individual artists too. There are some bands I have 10-20 titles for, so the section ends up being quite large.

The plastic dividers are only 37 cents a piece, and we already had a label maker (heh), so this was a fun inexpensive project.

#idk why your pressings are japanese #but it makes me so happy #because i do read japanese #and i’m sitting here reading ‘aerosmith’ and ‘adele’ in japanese #amazing

I buy most Japanese pressings for two reasons:

1. Most early Japanese CD pressings are unique. And most of those are considered the best versions released. And some of the earliest CDs were “flat transfers”, meaning there was no additional compression, EQ, or limiting applied to the master tape. To over-simplify, the master tape was played into a digital recorder with no futzing and then pressed to disc. Some of the early Japanese discs are so coveted they routinely sell for about $100 a piece, like Michael Jackson’s Thriller (catalog #35.8P-11) and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here (catalog #35DP-4) or Animals (catalog #32DP-360). These are some of the holy grail CDs for collectors (and audiophile listeners).

2. For anything released after the 80s, the mastering is almost always identical to the US and UK masters, BUT Japan usually gets bonus tracks. So I continue to buy Japanese pressings of modern releases for the additional tracks, which are usually exclusive to the Japanese market. For example, Adele’s 19 in that photo has 3 additional tracks missing from the US and UK CDs, and her album 21 has 4 additional tracks on the Japanese CD, again all missing from the US and UK CDs.

Sometimes those tracks are throw-away live versions or demos, but other times they are amazing tracks left off the album that better most of the album tracks (in the old days of 7” and CD singles, these would have been the b-sides). And those are the finds that make the extra money spent on the Japanese CDs worth it, to me.

Music sharing in 2014.

A little disclaimer, to me file sharing is more than media piracy and I’ll write about that in the next lines. 
This is a massive wall of text so if you want to skip most of it, just go to the end and read “Piracy isn’t always bad!”.

File sharing is a dear topic to me, in the past I had huge discussions about the subject with friends, forum users and even one time with people who were representing SPA (Portuguese authors society) in an Portuguese AudioShow. 

Sharing…
Media sharing isn’t always piracy, for example many indie artists and torrent distros are shared online for free, the same goes for many other things.
Sadly “file” sharing will be always connected with piracy, some people make money from piracy and others make it from fighting piracy, so in this ongoing war everybody wants something.

Pirates these days are everyday users wanting free access to something, they wont pay for piracy like in the old days when people bought CDs & DVDs from friends and “white van” sellers.
People want free stuff and sadly the internet is the best way to get it these days, but remember that in the past people also shared stuff but had to access real media to do it, for example record a tape or minidisc from a CD. 

They want profit or the fight the system song!
Now this goes against any company idea of profit, people sharing stuff for free is less profit to the company. Resulting in lawsuits and other legal strikes to the people who share stuff via internet.
In the past companies didn’t know who shared what, because it was all done locally but these days every single thing you do will be in a log file somewhere or it can be tracked.
The problem with this kind of attitude, is that it brings really bad PR to the companies who defend their legal rights, resulting in more piracy from upset users! 

Companies and artists are now fighting fire with fire, “U2” last album can be downloaded for free on itunes! Smart move, this way people will flock to itunes and its amazing PR for Apple and “U2”!
This also means the record company can have better stats of the sucess of the Album.

Sadly some people still think piracy is a way of fighting the system, I do understand this kind of idea but not all record companies make tons of money with their artists. Some artists suffer a lot because of this line of thinking.

To pay or not to pay… 
You work (I hope) or your parents do it for you. Everybody likes to get paid for their work, its that simple.
The problem is that people can’t know how much work an artist did on a project, so most people don’t want to pay much. 
The best way to solve this problem is using the Loudr style of payments.
Pay as little as possible or pay as much as you want, the artist always wins and Loudr makes some money from all of it. Its a win win situation. 
Streaming services are also an amazing way of paying little to have a lot, even if I don’t enjoy that kind of service. 
Lossless music is an amazing way of making people who really enjoy music pay a little bit more without complaining, the same goes for HD-Audio, the market who buys this kind of files knows the value of music.

If artists and record companies don’t sell their work online, piracy will take their place for free.

Piracy isn’t always bad! 
Some people just don’t have enough money to buy music at the end of the month, I’m talking about people who really fight to save some money because of their low income. 
For example in Portugal there are many library’s but not many have options for music. This means people with less income don’t have direct access to culture besides free live concerts and stuff their friends with internet access give to them. 

I think access to culture should be given to the ones who can’t afford it.
Falling to do this means families will have less culture to fight their income problem.
Being poor is a awful thing for kids growing up on a consumer oriented lifestyle, but if you give these kids access to the culture other kids have, things can change to their families on the long run.
I know kids from poor origins that went to universities and gave the push their families needed to go out from poverty.

This brings me to “piracy isn’t always bad” opinion, people should share music with the ones that don’t have access to it.
Because they can one day become great musicians, mastering engineers, luthiers and even record company CEOs.  
Music and culture empowers people to change their life, I’m not talking about the American dream because these days thats very hard, I’m talking about at least give people a goal to enjoy life more without so many worries and if they can’t have a great income they can at least have great music in their life. 

Maybe I’m a dreamer but I believe music has the power to change humanity and file sharing can help with that. 
…but that’s me…

Memory Cards life and death.

When a Memory card fails, it can give a little warning or just die on you, either way it will make you lose some stuff.
I had a brand new 16Gb Kingston mini-SD card that died on me after two weeks of use, I was and still am very upset with myself because I didn’t kept the purchase proof. 10€ down the drain, but at least the adapter card works! 

This brings me to the lifetime of memory cards, from proprietary ones to the more omnipresent SD cards.
They die, doesn’t matter how much time it will take, they will die because they have a underlying wear down problem even with leveling mechanisms that try to prolong the lifetime of the memory “blocks”.
This means that Solid State Drives are also under the same wear spell, so be careful if you use SSD’s to save important data.

From the death of my SD card I learned some things.

  • Doesn’t matter the memory card brand, death will come sooner or later.
  • Some brands are more reliable than others, very known consumer brands will try to maintain a good image of their cards, this means they will fail less than the so called “white brands” even so they will fail!
  • Always keep the proof of purchase and original box/adapter supplied.
  • After a little talk with an expert on the subject I learned that Intel SSD’s are the most reliable of them all but even so they fail.
  • When you buy a memory card try to buy a big one with less speed if it’s only to see HD movies on a tablet, the price tag will be smaller. 
  • Proprietary cards are always more expensive, the Sony memory stick is a fine example of that, it’s so expensive that buying second hand is a good alternative even if the card fails later. 

I keep important data stored in SD cards because I’m a bit crazy and also because I store that same data on the cloud and in other HDDs.
yes, I do have the backup of the backup and a backup of those far way from my house. Better paranoid than sorry!

Life lessons about friends.

When I was 10 years old I had a best friend like most of us had or have,
now my friend had a really nice toy and like most toys the thing one day
didn’t work.
Me as the little brat that knows it all just had to open the thing up, to
make a long story short, I broke the thing even more, got some words from
his father who I learned later was a electronics engineer in the navy or
something like that (talk about luck). Don’t get me wrong his father was
and still his a great man but his words were a bit hard on a 10 year old
boy.

Still he thought me a lesson or two during the time I visit his home. Now
forward…
Years later another thing happened, The father of my friend had an
electronics shop, by a strange way of fate one day I forgot my backpack at
his shop and returned to pick it up.
Laying against his balcony there was a huge mirror that a friend of his
ordered. To my bad luck my backpack got stuck on the corner of the thing
and to the ground it went braking in pieces and putting me in a bit of a
shock. After some words from his family or someone that I actually don’t
recall, I returned home and told everything to my mother…she did get mad
but it was my mistake even if it was bad luck.
On that night the mother of my friend called my mother and said that the
owner of the mirror didn’t want her to pay it, she also said that if it was
her mirror my parents would have to pay it for sure.
Another lesson the parents of my friend thought me.
Don’t get me wrong they are really good persons but these events shaped my
point of view about them making me more and more distant from them and my
friend. Sadly some friendships turn cold.
I did learned some lessons that I’ll now share with you all.

Never try to fix something that you do not own just to make someone happy
or to polish your own ego. This doesn’t apply for close family, but always
ask first.

If you need to enter someones house, even if you have full access, always
try to reach that person before entering the said place.

Some persons have a good heart and also different perspective about
mistakes, the owner of the mirror admitted that he shouldn’t have put the
thing against the balcony because other persons might have entered the
shop. Not making my family pay for the mirror made me have a true and deep
admiration for the man, I always greet him every time I find him on my home
town. A very honorable man.

When you have friends remember that their parents aren’t always friendly.

The last lesson is about friendships, there are many types of friends but
the ones that stay are usually the ones you have later in your life,
because they wont change much after a certain age.
People grow up and change a lot until they find their own place in the
world, so do try to cherish your old friends because they shaped your
personality, making you a better person a long the way.