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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Music Players, Production, and Experimentation - Part 5

Updated and added a few more playlists to my YouTube account.
  • Alternative-Hip-Hop-23-Dec-14
  • Classic-Disco-24-Dec-14
  • Classical-19-Dec-14
  • Foreign-Hip-Hop-and-R&B-19-Dec-14
  • Lounge-24-Dec-14 overlaps Chillout-4-Dec-14 because style is very similar at times
  • Latin-and-Tango-4-Dec-14 has become Latin-Chillout-and-Tango-4-Dec-14 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVJG67iHHPbmBxuHVbyOlw/playlists
After the recent end of production of the Apple iPod Classic it's become clear that the total number of options available in the high capacity digital music department have dwindled drastically (everyone is basically going to Flash or SSD based storage). There are some options from Fiio, an extremely option from Sony, plus using smartphones with support for high capacity flash based storage. If you're willing to buy used products other options may be the Tonium Pacemaker or old iPod Classics (they're selling for multiples of what they were selling last at retail now on eBay and Gumtree).

Another option are high storage wireless based devices.

Been struggling with sound engineering of late. Have wondered whether or not it's simply easier to go for transiest shaper VST's across the board.
http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2012/01/05/bpb-freeware-studio-best-free-transient-shaper-vstau-plugins/

Someone questioned why it seemed easy for me to improvise. I was curious about this as well. I think for the most part it's been about listening to heaps of music since I was young.
http://www.perfectpitch.com/perfectrelative.htm
Been having major struggles of late how to relate percussion to melody. The best music I've come across seems to have tracks and sections which blend perfectly  into one another and where the relative complexity and tempo remains roughtly the same. A bigger toolkit (software or hardware) also helps. Look at work of 'Groove Armada', 'Artful Dodger', and 'Kaskade' and you'll understand what I mean.

A lot of software allows for automated scale selection (useful for me because I tend to select notes based on ear rather than selecting a key first). For those who don't who just prefer the old fashioned mechanism please consider the, 'circle of fifths'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_of_fifths

Think about use of Melodyne and Antares Auto-Tune for easier composition if you're lazy. Record whistling or singing as a 'WAV'. Import it into Melodyne and then convert the notes into MIDI for import into Ableton or other DAW software.

Some interesting stuff I've come across recently. Possibly worth reworking/remixing them (looking around for good stems for remixing but am willing to work with existing songs if necessary).
  • Nice track but could have really done something with some note changes here and there. Strange use of panning at times, bit muddy, could have been clarified a bit in multiple frequency ranges. Could have done with master bus (or simply another layer) over the top to add some common effects to the overall track that are common to Latin and Tango tracks (Vinyl distortion, bitcrushing, equalisation, compression, etc...). Some sections don't blend into one another as a stronger song should, could be interesting for samples. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edHXUHTCvBI 
  • Great overall. Some beautiful sections but a little bit disjointed. Bridges (personally, currently struggling with this) into breakdowns use heavy delay, reverb. Breakdowns similarly awkward at times (feel and emotion is just way off). More active strings/harmonica in parts, realy bring out the best in the musician/clip/instrument in question. Rain effect possibly replaced with heavy vinyl distortion effect? Just strange with that muddied sound. Bring up velocity or mixing volume of the piano in some parts? Better use of velocity/dynamics in some parts. Could have used some light scratching in some sections and some glitching if you going for an Alternative Hip Hop and Latin feel to it, made more use of panning and other effects to create better atmosphere. The best tracks that I've come across you can often close you're eyes and you're sitting right in front of the ochestra or band itself. You can't do that here. Ripe for sampling or remixing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOYb9CV2qoQ
  • Ripe for sampling/remix... Heavier percussion in sections. Overlay scratching in parts. Some glitching. Perhaps electrical guitar over top. Vinyl distortion, bitchrushing for greater character. Really bring out some instruments and dynamics of them... Aware that lazy feel is common to this particular style/genre of music though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2dFLlaEaIU
  • Overall nice, downtempo track. Slow down vibrato/tremolo rate on some synthesiser sections. Suffering from distortion in the mix in the lower end bass and percussion area. Could have done with some extra complexity/variation in the percussion/synthesiser pad area. Am using monitor style headphones (Audio Technica ATH-M50X) so believe it may be the mix rather than equipment. Deals with high frequency harshness nicely. Feels like, low pass (or multi-band) filter, EQ, compressed, etc... Extra reverb plus some delay across the board on the bus to emphasise atmosphere? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhskiBuoIiY
  • Lacks oomph, character. A bit lost at times but that is particular to this genre. Greater dynamics across the board. Extra complexity on percussion, staccato shorter, more sincupated rim. Violin string section slightly more active at times. Clarify sound, enhance detail or is that just this particular copy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c1ngk41fm0
Looking to try some remix competitions. Looking for stems...
Note that there may be a lot of restrictions depending on where you get the stems from. Also that many competitions force you to forfeit right to royalties. You may get prizes/recognition though.

Interesting stuff from these guys (from a song that I found elsewhere).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blogging, Music Production, and Experimentation - Part 4

A follow on from:

Have been struggling to come up with ideas for establishing myself within the music sector. Have been going through the possibilities and some of the following options look interesting.

When you are ready (have something worthy of selling to the public), submit your work to various music aggregators (and media outlets) for more advertising.
http://musicaggregator.blogspot.com.au/
http://musicaggregator.blogspot.com.au/p/add-your-music-blog.html
http://musicbloglist.com/
http://songtweak.com/

Hook up with relevant social groups to get you some interest.
https://www.facebook.com/AbletonUserGroupMelbourne?_fb_noscript=1
https://www.ableton.com/en/community/user-groups/
http://www.meetup.com/Ableton-Live-User-Group-Melbourne/

Other options include the usual web specific blogs.
https://soundcloud.com/
http://www.mixcloud.com/
https://bandcamp.com/ 

I've sometimes seen MIDI files being sold online. Who's to say that up and coming artists can't do the same for themselves. Even if you are just a composer or soemthing who's beginining to learn the business you still need to create stems and samples that may be worthy of selling (sample some of the discs from some music magazines) and you'll understand what I mean. Besides, a lot of the time you need composition pieces to be able to audition for music school (if you ever intend to do so). The easiest way that I can think of at the moment to gather interest is to basically, stick the sample on loop and then stick it on YouTube. You can sell it via an online market or else via something like, https://selz.com/
http://subaqueousmusic.com/free-dubstep-and-downtempo-midi-drums/
https://www.dubstepforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=193790
http://www.nonstop2k.com/midi-files/archive.php?cid=50
http://www.download-midi.com/files/genre/Dubstep
http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/midi/index.shtml
http://www.dancemidisamples.com/download-free-samples.html
http://mididrumfiles.com/
https://www.loopmasters.com/genres/49-Dubstep/products/1062-MIDI-Focus-Dubstep-Synths
http://www.dancemidisamples.com/by-genre-45/dubstep.html
https://primeloops.com/ultimate-dubstep-drummer.html
http://www.midichords.com/midichords
http://mididb.com/

You may need to think about copyright difficulties if you decide to 'cover/copy' from another artist though.
http://www.quora.com/Are-downloaded-MIDI-files-copyright-free

Sell sound samples if you have anything worth sampling.
http://www.midiworld.com/sounds.htm

Sell synthesiser patch sets. Problem is that you often may not be able to sell anything if you don't have any music to be able to advertise your 'wares'. Stick the sample on loop on a group of notes and then run it through a presets at regular intervals to provide a sample of what the customer is being offered on YouTube.
http://alonso-sound.com/dt_catalog/alonso-thomas-gold-spire-soundset/

Sell music making templates. Problem is that like a lot of other things there is a huge market to that you need to deal with. It's a bit of a chicken and egg problem here. You need music to have people want to purchase the template?
http://subaqueousmusic.com/product-category/live-packs/

Another way is to simply make synthesiser software which is easily possible via Reaktor, create sample packs via Kontakt. A lot of the required documentation actually comes with the software to enable you to be able to create.
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/community/reaktor-user-library/other/10/all/all/all/latest/1/
http://www.reaktortips.com/search/label/Practical%20Reaktor

Have been having significant troubles with regards to running CPU load when running certain software synthesiser VSTs. 'Freezing' seems like the easiest option without having to upgrade hardware.
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/nov07/articles/livetech_1107.htm
https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/reduce-cpu-load/
http://sonicbloom.net/en/ableton-live-tutorial-how-to-freeze-tracks-to-reduce-processing-power/

If you can't figure anything else for the moment try to monetise you're musical journey in the meantime.
http://www.theguardian.com/money/2011/sep/02/how-to-build-and-monetise-a-blog
http://www.wpcopilot.com.au/blog/monetize-wordpress-blog/
http://www.wpcopilot.com.au/affiliate-program/
http://www.blogmarketingacademy.com/top-10-blog-monetization-strategies-ranked/
http://www.problogger.net/make-money-blogging/

Which reminds me there are some interesting options out there for those of you looking to simplify you're blogging environment (if you're running multiple blogs. Note that some of these options are no longer relevant and some services such as Tumblr and YouTube already have such facilities builtin).

Friday, December 19, 2014

Music Production and Experimentation - Part 3

A follow on from:
http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/music-production-and-experimentation.html

Have created 'Classical', 'Foreign Hip Hop and R&B', and 'Soundtrack' playlists on my YouTube profile. Not much there at the moment. I'll add more as time goes on.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVJG67iHHPbmBxuHVbyOlw/playlists

I've been looking at doing a music course of some sort for a while now (short course or even a degree). Fees can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
http://www.bhtafe.edu.au/courses/local/Pages/MUPF5.aspx
http://www.aim.edu.au/?gclid=CLfnmJeMyMICFVIDvAodhaUAsw
http://www.aim.edu.au/future-students/domestic-student-information/fees
http://www.aim.edu.au/courses/composition-music-production/entry-requirements
https://www.kangan.edu.au/courses/tafe-courses/browse-for-courses/course-detail?coursecode=2404
http://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/Course/Contemporary-Music-and-Performance.cfm
http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/sem/music-courses/?gclid=CO22hpeNyMICFUkGvAodmWUA0g
http://www.vu.edu.au/courses/advanced-diploma-of-music-cus60109
http://www.careerfaqs.com.au/online-courses/diploma-of-music-melbourne/
https://www.nida.edu.au/courses/vet/musical-theatre
http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study-areas/creative-industries/music/?gclid=CJOz4fDnx8ICFVcJvAod5BkAeg#
http://www.cae.edu.au/web/?category=58
http://www.cae.edu.au/web/?cinfo=courseguides

There may be some government help but you must fit specific criteria.
http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study-areas/creative-industries/music/?gclid=CJOz4fDnx8ICFVcJvAod5BkAeg
http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/shortcourses/song-writing-online
http://www.ctaonline.com.au/Government-Funding-Training-Courses.html
http://www.eaa.edu.au/index.php/prospective-students/government-funding
http://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/fees/fees-for-local-students/
http://www.vic.gov.au/grants.html


There are, of course, some online options which will also provide certification of skills if you aren't keen on spending too much time on campus and/or don't have the time/dedication to go the other way. In most cases, you'll have to pass an audition of some sort though which involves a demonstration of proficiency, a portfolio, as well as possibly an academic pedigree (high school or private tuition).
http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-websites-similar-to-Coursera
https://www.coursera.org/course/classicalcomp
https://www.coursera.org/signature/course/classicalcomp/973841
http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-websites-similar-to-Coursera
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/21m-303-writing-in-tonal-forms-i-spring-2009/
http://www.matchacollege.com/blog/2008/get-into-the-rhythm-50-open-courseware-collections-for-musicians/
http://www.musictheory.net/
http://musescore.org/
http://www.pianopractice.org/


There will be some websites which will often place there reference materials behind walls of some sort but with intelligent searching you can often find a way around these limitations without having to register/signup for further marketing material.
https://s3.amazonaws.com/bm-marketing-assets/handbooks/music-theory-handbook.pdf
http://bundles2.bittorrent.com/berklee-online/pdf/Berklee%20Online%20-%20Piano%20Handbook.pdf

http://bundles2.bittorrent.com/berklee-online/

Some material on programming synthesisers.
http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/26-essential-synth-tutorials-224845/
http://exellon.net/book/The_Complete_Synthesizer.pdf
http://www.infekted.org/virus/files/HowardScarr-VirusTutorial-ProgrammingAnalogueSynths.pdf

A place where you can purchase parts to experiment with .
http://littlebits.cc/
http://littlebits.cc/kits/synth-kit

There are a lot of tablet based music making applications now .
http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the-best-android-music-making-apps-in-the-world-today-276167
http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/the-best-android-music-making-apps-in-the-world-today-276167/4
http://www.musicradar.com/news/tech/free-music-software-the-best-audio-app-and-plug-in-downloads-on-the-net-255880

Sometimes you don't have a vocalist nearby. An option is to try computerised vocals.
http://www.bestservice.de/en/virtual_instruments/vocals.html
http://howtomakeelectronicmusic.com/how-to-create-computerized-vocals-in-fl-studio-without-vocalist
https://www.dubstepforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=263246

Sometimes, I have difficulties with getting the type of sound that I want and/or need. Here are some itneresting manuals.
http://lakeishak129.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/the-mixing-engineers-handbook-2nd.pdf
http://www.bengribaudo.com/audio-engineering/free-learning-resources
http://www.martin-audio.com/userguides/GUIDES/MANUALS/Engineer%20User%20Guide.pdf
http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/global/en/training_support/selftraining/

Having being having some frustrations with sound libraries being built with later versions of Kontakt/Reaktor. Has been frustrating me to the point where I thought is there a way to bypass the checks (easily possible with many simple system checks. I only investigated as I'm on a mobile prepaid connection at the moment which means that I am trying limit my downloads.).
http://www.native-instruments.com/forum/threads/ewql-libraries-with-more-recent-kontakt.148838/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/support/knowledge-base/show/904/installing-different-versions-of-the-same-native-instruments-application-on-one-computer/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/support/all-downloads/
http://co.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=freeupdates
http://www.native-instruments.com/?id=freeupdates
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/support/downloads/
https://co.native-instruments.com/?id=updates

Some interesting tips with regards to 'House Music'.
http://modeaudio.com/magazine/deep-house-5-production-essentials
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct99/articles/20tips.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_progressive_house_artists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaskade
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_house
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_progressive_house_artists
https://topdeejays.com/genres//


Setup a new Tumblr account. Basically, a mirror of my Twitter account.
http://dtbnguyen.tumblr.com/

Friday, December 5, 2014

Music Production and Experimentation - Part 2


I've recently been working on music as an alternative hobby/career as has been indicated by the contents of this blog.

For an idea of some of the stuff that I'm interested in, please checkout my YouTube profile. There may be some remixes and some original stuff coming out in the near future via this avenue (some of the lower quality productions/samples are likely to go out via YouTube while the higher quality stuff is likely to go out via other outlets).


Compression as opposed limiting to reduce impact of increasing volume and limiting effect.
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/dynamic-processors-compressorslimiters.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamic_range_compression
http://www.audio-production-tips.com/limiter.html
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun99/articles/mixcomp.htm

Some interesting information on creating Vinyl effects in Ableton.
http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/blog/how-to-create-a-vinyl-effect-in-ableton/
https://forum.ableton.com/viewtopic.php?t=2463
http://www.afrodjmac.com/blog/2013/09/21/free-ableton-live-pack-91-vinyl-scratcher-effect-plus-delay-modes-tutorial
http://www.afrodjmac.com/blog/2012/05/09/ableton-live-pack-56-vinyl-crackler
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2012/05/11/ableton-live-vinyl-crackler-rack/

If you've ever heard electronic music you'll have heard strange electronic, vocal sounds before.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocoder/
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electronic-music-instruments-electronic-music-production/567980-what-best-sounding-software-vocoder-if-such-thing-exists.html
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_vocal_removal_and_isolation.html
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Vocal_Removal_Plug-ins
http://audionamix.com/

Listen closely to a lot of modern music and you'll realise that a lot of it contains multiple drum machine synthesisers with often clever overlapping and layering.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_machine
http://www.attackmagazine.com/features/top-ten-classic-drum-machines/
http://www.sweetwater.com/c643--Drum_Machines_Modules
http://electronicmusic.wikia.com/wiki/Drum_synthesizer

Despite what I had previously thought about building modern electronic music it's not that easy.
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-House-Track
http://news.beatport.com/how-to-write-a-hit-house-track-10-top-tips/
http://www.musicradar.com/tuition/tech/26-house-production-tips-486841/
http://www.edmproducer.com/writing-melodies/
https://www.samplemagic.com/details/72/the-secrets-of-house-music-production
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_structure_%28popular_music%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-two-bar_form
http://www.wikihow.com/Produce-and-Write-Dance-Music
http://emusictips.com/2008/08/top-10-signs-your-electronic-music-is-amateur/
http://www.howmusicworks.org/910/Writing-Songs/Song-Structure
http://www.sommercamp.at/workshop2010/Songwriter/Writing_files/craftofSongwriting.pdf
http://dougashdown.com/An%20Introduction%20To%20Songwriting.pdf
http://www.songwritingfever.com/books/getstarted.pdf
https://garyewer.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/8-tips-for-writing-a-song-bridge/
http://homerecording.com/bbs/general-discussions/singing-vocals/how-do-you-write-bridge-song-structure-general-152631/
http://www.learneverythingabout.com/lyrics/song-structure-bridges.html
http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Bridge-for-a-Song
http://www.satoshitomiie.com/?p=766
http://www.learneverythingabout.com/lyrics/song-structure-bridges.html
http://www.soundstosample.com/blog/pro-tips/progressive-house-production-tips

Building software synthesisers for profit using Reaktor and other software.
http://basicsynth.com/
https://www.dubstepforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=63293
https://www.udemy.com/build-a-synth-in-reaktor/
http://software-tips.wonderhowto.com/how-to/build-basic-modular-synth-reaktor-5-1-295767/
http://www.sonicacademy.com/Training+Videos/Course+Overview/Learn-How-To-Make-a-Synth-using-Native-Intruments-Reaktor.cid2095
http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2009/02/26/very-basic-modular-synth-made-in-reaktor/
http://www.nireaktor.com/reaktor-tutorials/building-a-basic-reaktor-synth/
http://www.synthedit.com/

Some notes that should keep your stuff from sounding amateurish.
http://www.nonalignmentpact.com/2008/09/telltale-signs-that-youre-amateur.html
http://www.hometracked.com/2008/02/05/auto-tune-abuse-in-pop-music-10-examples/

Sound effects feature heavily in modern music. Keep up with your reading.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasing_%28music%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaser_%28effect%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcrusher
http://electronicmusic.wikia.com/wiki/Bit_crushing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dither
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorus_effect
http://www.sae.edu/reference_material/audio/pages/fullindex.htm

Some interesting software synthesisers/VST's out there.
http://boscomac.free.fr/
http://www.phuturetone.com/
http://www.vintagesynth.com/
http://freesoftsynth.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_synthesizer
http://www.musictech.net/2013/09/software-synths/

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Memorable Quotes - Part 8


- George Clooney, likewise, has a right to be heard, and his work monitoring the human rights situation in Sudan is entirely laudable. But the rarefied atmosphere that fosters stars' idealism often makes them terrible politicians. They think that because they've played a part on the big screen, it can be replicated in real life. Clooney plays an art hunter in The Monuments Men, so he suddenly thinks he's qualified to talk about the Elgin Marbles. But because his life is actually detached from the realities of the world, it is probably just as well that he never runs for anything. If he won, the results could be disastrous.

Consider the example of Arnold Schwarzenegger. When he ran for Governor of California in 2003, Arnie ran as a superhero - the Governator. He took the press aboard the Total Recall bus to the Orange County fairgrounds to illustrate his opposition to the state's car tax. In front of a giant steel wrecking ball, he said, "In the movies, if I played a character and I didn't like something, you know what I did? I destroyed it." Then the wrecking ball fell on to a car. "Hasta la vista, car tax!" he cried.

Arnie won the election and he repealed the car tax. It cost $5 billion in revenues and nearly bankrupted California. Life, it seems, is not like the movies.
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/why-dont-you-just-shut-up-and-act-george-clooney-20140213-32jue.html?google_editors_picks=true
- "No one looks at the waterfront of Brisbane ... and feels deeply moved by the grace and sweetness of the scene," de Botton writes in the post.

"While most people find the centre of Paris wonderful and others will delight in the winding streets of Siena, no one on the planet responds deeply to the brutal cross-city expressway and chunky, stained office blocks."
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/travel/australia/philosopher-and-author-alain-de-botton-backtracks-on-bagging-brisbane-as-ugly-city/story-fnjjv0rb-1226868172391
- "Efficiency is lack of wasted movement," says Cox, "and if you're on the customer end, what that looks like is precision."
http://robbreport.com/xojet/articles/alternative-approach
- Yet suits are nothing more than symbols: empty expressions of wealth and authority. They were first worn by middle-class British dandies trying to pass themselves off as aristocrats, and I'd argue that nothing's changed in the 200 years since. Every time we don a suit, we clad ourselves in a veneer of "respectability" (it's not as though we do it for comfort). And, in doing so, we tell ourselves, and everyone around us, that what we wear is what matters, not what we think, say or do.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/blogs/public-sector-informant/every-time-you-dress-to-impress-at-the-office-you-demean-yourself-20140505-37rn7.html
- Once China is capable of launching three warheads simultaneously, the magazine said that a single DF-41 missile would be capable of wiping out three American cities in one go. With other strategic offensive weapons such as the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile and the DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missile, China will be able to gain more of an advantage in arms limitation talks with the United States.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140626000172
- An ultra-conservative Egyptian cleric has said that watching football matches is unacceptable in Islam because it is a distraction and "destroys nations".

Yasser Borhami, a founding member of the main Salafi movement in Egypt, the Salafi Call, sparked an outcry when he said spending time watching the World Cup games in Brazil was "a disaster that makes me very irate".

He claimed that it was a distraction from religious and worldly duties, ultimately leading to "the destruction of nations and peoples".
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/15/egyptian-cleric-yasser-borhami-says-watching-football-destroys-nations
- "...he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. ... We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Coming
- To put it in prospective for you fellow Ozbargainers, Half the Earth's population earns less than US $500 a Month, and out of those about half again ( 2 Billion ) earn under US $200 per month, over a Billion do not even earn US $100 a month, and most have to work for 45 to 60 hrs.+ a week in bad conditions. Most headphones are made in countries with low wages. A few dollars worth of plastic, steel, copper etc. some R & D, packaging and paper. The rest is marketing, wholesale, duties/tax and big retail mark-up. If you got this far, that was my late night rant. Holland just beat Mexico in World Cup, happy now :-)
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/150868
- Courts have rules of evidence, for very good reason. These rules have been developed over many years and are designed to ensure that judges and juries make the fairest decision possible. The problem is neither we, nor the media, follow any such rules. That means that bits and pieces of information about each of us - parts of the story when there might be many versions, often completely untested - are passed on every day. In normal daily life we call it gossip.

Sadly, some investigative journalists get away with being paid to publish this sort of stuff, irrespective of whether innocent people are damaged along the way. They would say they are only doing their job, working to shine a light on bad things that do happen. When they do in fact shine that light and wrongdoers get their due, we should all cheer. The trouble is that often, in digging to find the dirt and shine the light, they chuck a fair bit of mud.

Shorten has had a rough time of it. He can be grateful for the decency shown all around. Perhaps he will insist the same courtesies are extended by his team on future occasions. But don't hold your breath.
http://www.smh.com.au/comment/imagine-if-tony-abbott-had-been-accused-of-rape--20140829-109zcr.html?google_editors_picks=true
- "In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists."
 - Eric Hooffer
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=17031103&authType=name&authToken=pgeZ&trk=prof-sb-browse_map-name
-  Feces - its exact composition varies widely depending upon the diet and health of the defecator, but broadly speaking fecal matter consists of water, inorganic salts, food residues, amino acids and digestive enzymes, cellulose and fiber; mucus, blood, bacteria, and parasites are also commonly present. We have seen no reports of any scientific study undertaken to determine the health effects of customary shit-eating, but from the standpoint of contagion it is probably not a great deal more (though certainly it is not any less) dangerous than the consumption of semen, menstrual blood, etc., all of which, as noted above, may be risky.
http://www.baymoon.com/~btoak/faustus/fluids.html
- Nixon's fake craziness -- what he privately called his "madman theory" -- may have had a lasting effect in Moscow. A decade later when Ronald Reagan first took up residence in the White House, the Soviets were so sure the new president was dangerously irrational that they put their own forces on high alert expecting an imminent nuclear attack.

It's doubtful anyone worries about Obama doing anything crazy. Contrary to what Nixon believed, sanity should be a good thing, right? Maybe, but is Obama's caution also why the Russians and, perhaps, the Chinese, have no compunction about defying him?

It's a tough, crazy world out there and, though we wish humanity would grow up a little, it still seems as if we are stuck playing the foolish games of high school on a global scale.
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-barack-obama-too-sane-20141112-story.html
- I'm also guessing you don't literally believe, as the Bible states, we should put people to death for being magicians, saying God doesn't exist, adultery, homosexuality, working on the Sabbath and worshipping graven images.

Why? Because I think, deep in your heart, you know the Bible is not the literal word of God but a series of texts compiled over many centuries by a huge, disparate group of clever men.

And I'd suggest you also recognise even the Bible has to move with the times and, what may have been laudable 2000 years ago - like selling your daughter into sexual slavery (Exodus 21:7-11) - is not so cool in Australia in 2013.

So let's be clear: this has nothing to do with the word of God and the Bible - it's merely how you're interpreting it, and your interpretation on this issue, I suspect, is based on one thing alone.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/executive-style/culture/all-men-are-liars/that-doesnt-sound-very-christian-to-me-20131115-2xjfm.html
- "We write to you because we believe that the ABC has a particularly important role in presenting religion both in its own right and as an integral part of modern Australian society, thanks to the high-quality specialist religion programming provided by both television and radio."

They write: "We believe the faith and values we hold will always occupy a central part in the formation of our Australian national identity. Further, an understanding of religion plays a crucial part in grasping today's ever more complex social and political developments both in Australia and internationally ...

"It has never been more important for Australians to have access to content that builds a deeper understanding of the role of faith in the lives of individuals or society, as demonstrated in last month's G20 interfaith summit.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/religious-leaders-unite-to-plead-to-abc-board-20141202-11yh2j.html
- Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, French for "Freedom, equality, brotherhood",[1] is the national motto of France and the Republic of Haiti, and is an example of a tripartite motto. Although it finds its origins in the French Revolution, it was then only one motto among others and was not institutionalized until the Third Republic at the end of the 19th century.[2] Debates concerning the compatibility and order of the three terms began at the same time as the Revolution.
- This may seem counterintuitive given this is home turf for the nation's greatest political minds. State Circle syndrome hits those who forget Capital Hill exists for all who are not on it, rather than the other way around.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/only-labor-cant-see-abbott-was-on-money-with-electoral-funding-u-turn/story-fn8qlm5e-1226654786822
- "If we want to survive in this competitive context worldwide, then we must strengthen Europe and that also means that even the biggest countries in the EU will not be able to stand alone. So, strengthening the idea and the substance of the European integration is key. We need more Europe, not less", he concluded.
http://www.incyprus.com.cy/en-gb/Top-Stories-News/4342/35276/rebuilding-trust-in-cyprus-banks
- "She's going to get me out. I am acting as an individual - I am taking responsibility for improving my lot." And that - though not by murder - is what Damian did. He got a degree - almost unheard of in Newarthill - and went south to Brighton.

Today he is a well-known and talented writer, and what he calls a salonniere (presumably the feminine is intended). He holds social gatherings in Shoreditch House, London, in which the quality of wit, words and wisdom is sharpened by conversation. He is an entrepreneur of the world of letters. And there he was, standing before us in the great hall of Dartington - poised, funny but modest, a credit to the opportunity society which Thatcher encouraged. Do read his book.
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/1861595/report-the-boy-from-motherwell-inspired-by-margaret-thatcher
- "Innovation at the technology frontier is quite different in nature from catching up technologically. It is not something that can be achieved through government planning," it said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/10186546/China-defies-IMF-on-mounting-credit-risk-and-need-for-urgent-reform.html
- "I've been blessed to be able to do something that I love for over 40 years and have always enjoyed the challenge of change,"
Gary England
http://www.newson6.com/story/22914095/gary-england-named-vice-president-at-griffin-communications
- "We need to make more things, design more things, have more technology and sell more things overseas. We are beginning to see that happen. We need now to go further and faster."
David Cameron
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10197738/David-Cameron-Immigration-is-constant-drain-on-public-services.html
- The president spoke of the importance of striking a balance between "secrecy and the right to know" but said he would make no apologies for trying to protect classified information that could put citizens at risk. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/us-politics/obama-acts-on-tax-benghazi-scandals/story-fngeyb4x-1226645107296
- Just over 98,000 Britons live in Germany, around a third of them British soldiers and their families. Berlin has a particularly strong pull for artists - Turner Prize winners Douglas Gordon and Susan Phillipz live here, as does Tacita Dean. The German capital's appeal combines history, generous cultural subsidy, and - until rents started to rise recently - cheap spaces to live and work. The city's attraction to laid-back, creative types is further enhanced by the fact that you rarely see a suit here; the bankers are all in Frankfurt.
...
In Swabia, Germany's prosperous south-western corner, the saying goes: "Schaffe, schaffe, H?usle baue" - literally, "work, work - and build a little house."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10206103/What-we-can-learn-from-the-Germans.html
- US leadership on the world stage is not about empty platitudes, amply displayed recently by Barack Obama in Berlin, or meaningless, feel-good initiatives of the kind rolled out by the White House during the president's tour of Africa. American leadership should never be a cynical PR exercise aimed at boosting a president's popularity abroad or accommodating the whims of foreign governments. It must always be based on a clear-cut understanding of what is in America's vital national interest. And therein lies the heart of the failure of the Obama doctrine. A president who believes in apologising for his country, appeasing his nation's enemies, undercutting US national sovereignty, and sidelining America's traditional allies, cannot hope to operate an effective foreign policy, one that commands respect both at home and abroad.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100227825/the-obama-doctrine-is-a-huge-failure-because-it-isnt-based-on-us-interests/
- "There's no magic bullet that's going to rapidly devalue the dollar and make things easier for struggling businesses in the immediate future."
Dr Henry cautioned against attempts to counteract currency market forces and push the Australian dollar lower, saying a flexible floating exchange rate had been key to the nation weathering international financial turmoil.
Instead, he urged Australian companies to look at how they could better integrate themselves with the rest of the region.
"Australian businesses need to learn from others, and that means that many businesses who once defined themselves as Australian must now begin, if they haven't already, looking at themselves as regional businesses, either through becoming part of regional supply chains, partnering with similar or complementary firms overseas, or even moving some components of their business to Asia," he said.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-20/henry-warns-of-grim-fiscal-reality/4210786
- "Remarkably, it appears that the very genetic adaptations that allow the diamondback moth to cope with these natural compounds also allow it to detoxify the insecticides used against it,"' Professor Gurr said.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/animals/scientists-crack-super-moths-survival-secret-20130114-2cptn.html
- "The reality is at the end of the day there is no different approach. It's all the same: it is what is the tool that allows customers to do what they do best."
http://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverchiang/2011/02/28/facebook-investor-peter-thiel-palantir-is-the-next-facebook-or-google/print/
- To use a Churchillian phrase, the man was a riddle and a mystery inside an enigma, and by extension so too the secretive state he presided over.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19341954
- Snowden's cache has unveiled the existence of a veritable alphabet soup of programs - with code names including Prism, Tempora, xKeystroke, Muscular, Pinwale, EgotisticalGiraffe, Stormbrew, Fairview, Oakstar, Mainway, and Nucleon - all aimed at harvesting, storing and analysing as much of the world's electronic communications as can be scooped up.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/who-is-monitoring-the-covert-operations-of-the-worlds-spy-agencies-20131206-2ywpt.html
- Only about 1 in 1,000 Web readers clicks on the average display ad. On Facebook, that number is closer to 1 in 2,000, according to Webtrends. Even ads sent by unsolicited postal mail generate a response rate that is many times higher, according to published industry numbers.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-facebook-display-ads-20120525,0,4871607.story

Memorable Quotes - Part 7


- "There was a poll recently on the favorability of everything in American life," he told a gathering in the Russell Senate Office Building, upstairs from his office. "The favorability numbers of Congress ranked just below a colonoscopy. So we are trying to raise it at least above that."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-john-mccain-the-maverick-is-back/2013/07/22/eacdecc2-f30b-11e2-ae43-b31dc363c3bf_story.html?tid=pm_pop
- "My strength and weakness is I enjoy being in the arena," he said, quoting his hero, Teddy Roosevelt. "I like the fight."

That's good news. The important thing is not where McCain has been but that he's back. He's needed more than ever.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-john-mccain-the-maverick-is-back/2013/07/22/eacdecc2-f30b-11e2-ae43-b31dc363c3bf_story.html?tid=pm_pop
- "Some of the guys who come from pure science and maths backgrounds are used to solving a problem and it works," Patrick Boyle says. "They think they can find a formula that will perfectly describe how the market moves. That is the philosopher's stone - it is utterly impossible." The danger is that in only seeing numbers and patterns the human dimension is forgotten.

After 16 years in the City, Simon Jones is now planning to go travelling. "A quant can earn up to seven figures," he tells me, "but sometimes I do wonder whether I contributed positively to society."

And what does he conclude? He pauses. "I was working with the best of the best," he says. "My bank employed the brightest engineers, chemists and scientists - and we were all working together to get richer. The chemical and physics and health industries are worse off because of what we do because I tell you this: if there was a pay bonus structure similar to what we had in the City for curing cancer, we'd have found a cure for cancer."

I find that sad and a little bit frightening. So, I ask, quants: good or bad? Jones looks at me and says, "Humans just found a new way of being greedy."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/10188335/Quants-the-maths-geniuses-running-Wall-Street.html
- According to a phenomenon known as Zipf's law, the second largest city should be half the size of the largest, the third largest a third of the size, and so on. But this doesn't hold true in Britain, where there are a surprisingly large number of very small cities. Birmingham is Britain's second largest city, but it's less than a seventh the size of London. If the regions want to be more successful, they must learn to grow their cities.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10188204/Why-Britain-needs-its-little-cities-to-grow-up.html
- The greatest challenge faced by America is not foreign technology from countries that are not democratic, but from our own idealistic and naive opposition to these programs. And these programs cannot be quickly reassembled when the error of not maintaining them is discovered too late.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/?hpid=z1
- It is clear that the European Parliament elections next year will be make-or-break the future of the EU. We must realize that the time of the sovereign national state is over. We have to dare to admit that Sweden is dependent on the rest of Europe and that we have everything to gain from more in depth cooperation, also when it comes to security and defence.

I am convinced that a more in depth cooperation with our Nordic and European friends will guarantee both security and an effective defence.
http://www.thelocal.se/49150/20130723/
- "To stem the evangelical growth is not his goal. Francis is more of a pastor, more humble, more of a prophet who rediscovers the church of testimony, coherent with the fundamental values of the Gospel," said Teixeira.

This is in sharp contrast to a church which in the past decades had been characterized by "splendor, doctrinal hot air and seen as a repository of the single truth," he added.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hFWBd6ELIpEq1NGsZykUNzOVyo5g?docId=CNG.2b599a31130f2e66dc5fa6961075201e.4e1
- While the movie Contact, based on Carl Sagan's book of the same name, popularised the idea of aliens dozens of light-years away picking up an old telecast of the 1936 Berlin Olympics that was unintentionally transmitted into space, our civilisation has become quieter to any outside observers in recent decades. As our civilisation makes the jump from analog to digital, communication is increasingly carried by fibre-optic cables and relatively weak mobile phone repeaters rather than powerful broadcast transmitters. Rather than spilling out messy radio transmissions, Marcy posits that alien civilisations would use something much more precise and efficient than radio waves to stay connected, and lasers fit the bill. At the Keck Observatory, he hopes to spy an errant beam flashing from a distant star system, an observation that would be strikingly obvious on a spectrum.

This shift to new ways for finding E.T. is in part due to the failure of traditional SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) to pick up radio signals from deep space. Federal funding for SETI projects ended in 1995, but private benefactors have stepped up to support the search for alien radio transmissions, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who has sunk more than $US30 million into a giant radio telescope array now under construction northeast of San Francisco.

Nevertheless, the silence underscores the question once posed by Nobel prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi: If intelligent life is common in the galaxy, "where is everybody?"

Marcy admits that this so-called "Fermi paradox" poses a powerful counterargument to the prospect of success for any search for extraterrestrial intelligence. But what if, even if the chances are vanishingly remote, he is successful? More disturbingly, what if (as some respected physicists fear) he finds a Death Star?

"The first thing we do is transmit a message to them that says, 'We taste bad.' "
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/hunt-for-alien-spacecraft-begins-as-planetspotting-scientist-geoff-marcy-gets-funding-20130724-2qibc.html
- Apple is not seen as the really cool company any more. Steve Jobs is dead, and to paraphrase Lloyd Benson's famous comment to Dan Quayle: "I knew Steve Jobs, Tim, and you're no Steve Jobs."

The parallels with Microsoft, which announced equally disappointing financial results last week, are many. Both companies redefined the industry - Microsoft in the 1980s with MS-DOS and in the 1990s with Office and Windows, and Apple in the 2000s with the iPod and iPhone and in the 2010s with the iPad..

Both companies had at their peak a market capitalisation exceeding God's (Apple at one stage nearing a trillion dollars). Both companies had charismatic and visionary founders who were replaced by functionaries.

In both cases, the companies became arrogant through their own success. The ancient Greeks called it hubris - such a blind faith in one's past glories that you cannot believe it will ever end.

Well it has.
http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/listed-tech/60834-steve-jobs-where-are-you?-apple-loses-its-shine
- "To brush aside America's responsibility as a leader - and more profoundly - our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who are."
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/us/politics/us-urged-to-adopt-policy-justifying-intervention.html?_r=0
- "Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness." ~ Napoleon Hill
You don't need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea. - Larry Page
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants." John Quincy Adams
"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it." - Marian Anderson
"With this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington's taken its eye off the ball," Mr. Obama told an audience at Knox College, in Galesburg, Ill., the site of his first major economic speech as a young senator eight years ago. "And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop. This moment does not require short-term thinking. It does not require having the same old stale debates. Our focus has to be on the basic economic issues that matter most to you -- the people we represent."
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/politics/obama-to-restate-economic-vision-at-knox-college.html?_r=0
- "This growing inequality, it's not just morally wrong, it's bad economics," he said. "Because when middle-class families have less to spend, guess what? Businesses have fewer consumers. When wealth concentrates at the very top, it can inflate unstable bubbles that threaten the economy. When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther and farther apart, it undermines the very essence of America, that idea that if you work hard, you can make it here."

He called on Republicans to pick up his economic proposals and to pass legislation overhauling the immigration system. He also scolded Republicans for trying to undercut his health care program and argued that it would expand coverage and trim costs.

But he also challenged members of his own party to stop defending outdated government programs and resisting change.

"I will be saying to Democrats, we've got to question some of our old assumptions," he said. "We've got to be willing to redesign or get rid of programs that don't work as well as they should."
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/politics/obama-to-restate-economic-vision-at-knox-college.html?_r=0
- "Unfortunately, opportunities for upward mobility in America have gotten harder to find over the past 30 years. That's a betrayal of the American idea. And that's why we have to do a lot more to give every American the chance to work their way into the middle class," he said.

He concluded: "That's why we don't call it John's dream or Susie's dream or Barack's dream - we call it the American Dream. That's what makes this country special - the idea that no matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from or who you love - you can make it if you try."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10200850/Barack-Obama-warns-American-dream-is-in-danger-of-becoming-a-myth.html
- "The Vietnamese have learned from their own history that we all have no permanent enemies, only friends yet to be made," he said.
...
"There will never be a matriculation from dictatorship to democracy if we stand with the dictatorship," said Congressman Chris Smith from New Jersey. " So I say 'meet with presidents like Sang who was not elected by the people as we all know ... meet with him, argue with him, but don't enable him, don't walk around smiling, having so many photo ops that the plight of the dissidents gets lost."
http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnamese-president-in-washington-seeking-new-relationship/1709661.html
- She believes the pull towards terrorist activities is a mental health issue.

"There is a lethal four part cocktail that draws people toward terrorism that involves a group, an ideology, social support (either on the internet, or through a teacher or authority figure) and individual vulnerability - often these people are suffering post traumtaic stress.

"It's all about community health; in conflict zones you see groups taking advantage of vulnerable grief stricken people."
http://www.smh.com.au/world/terrorist-whisperer-helping-nsw-police-20130725-2qmvi.html
- Let's be clear. People smugglers are brokers of slim chance. For their market to exist they need two things: human misery born of violence and persecution, and they need a product to sell. Australia is that product - a land of ''hope, reward and opportunity'', as the current Liberal Party slogan so neatly says.

Rudd's shamelessly rightward policy shift has infuriated his opponents and has been done under the moral cover of stopping deaths at sea. As covers go, it's a solid one.

But the political opportunism of Labor's capitulation should not be used to obscure its potential to solve one of the country's most intractable problems.
http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/dont-let-political-opportunism-hide-an-idea-that-may-work-20130722-2qewr.html
- He called his friend "brilliant", and said Jack's latest research on medical devices could help save the lives of many people. "In this world full of people fearfully complying and worrying, very few people are crazy enough to challenge the rules, to approach life in an unconventional paradigm and to speak up to contribute to change this world," Suiche said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jul/26/hacker-barnaby-jack-san-francisco-dies
- One of my favourite sayings comes from the late American futurist Roy Amara: "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run."
http://www.itwire.com/2012-06-01-13-40-03/browse/c-level/56422-exponential-growth-versus-linear-thinking
- There are people who tell me I've helped him. Mental health experts who say that the simple act of being someone's friend can change his brain chemistry, improve his functioning in the world. I can't speak for Mr. Ayers in that regard. Maybe our friendship has helped him. But maybe not. I can, however, speak for myself. I can tell you that by witnessing Mr. Ayers's courage, his humility, his faith in the power of his art, I've learned the dignity of being loyal to something you believe in. Of holding onto it, above all else. Of believing, without question, that it will carry you home.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0821642/quotes
- Either we shape the future or we allow ourselves to be shaped by it.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/pm-extends-nbn-for-remote-areas-including-280m-satellite-dish-contract/story-e6frgaif-1226424552945
- We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_happiness
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Liberty
- Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin
- In the US, taking a risk and failing is not the end: there is honour in getting back up. Bankruptcy offers a new chance, and the culturally favoured response is to keep fighting. American economic dynamism owes much to this forgiving attitude to risk-taking.

Europeans regard insolvency with a much darker moral taint. To go bankrupt has traditionally been to be branded untrustworthy - a shame to hide by leaving business for ever, even (once upon a time) by taking leave of one's life. This still shows up in such archaic rules as Ireland's 12-year bankruptcy period (which is finally being reformed).

Paradoxically, this cultural allergy to failure leads not just to less risk-taking, but to policies that bail out those that do take big risks and lose. Europe finds the idea of default so intolerable that, in the current crisis, it has preferred to cover the debts of the bankrupt. It suffers as a result.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2493b90c-f51c-11e2-94e9-00144feabdc0.html
- "By using a coding contest to find the best talent, we'll be able to quickly spot the engineers with the X factor -- the 5X programmers who are 5 times more productive than the average engineer," Said Soren Harner, VP Engineering at BigCommerce. "They are the polyglot master craftspeople who want to create something brilliant. More specifically, we're looking to find great talent in a range of languages including Clojure, Ruby, CoffeeScript, and PHP."
http://www.itwire.com/it-people-news/recruitment/60255-just-like-survivor-competing-for-a-job
- Ignorance helps to breed fear. Practically every so-called security measure taken since then has only ratcheted up the fear index and just provided what well-known security guru Bruce Schneier calls "security theatre".
http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/open-sauce/60279-the-land-of-the-free-and-the-brave-and-24-hour-snooping
- There's nothing inherently wrong with noticing achievements - when they result from moxie and grit. A person who, through effort and will (not luck or talent or some other accident of birth), transcends the norm to do something amazing is worthy of celebration. The average passer-by who runs into a burning building to save someone is a hero; a firefighter who draws a pay cheque, received training and consciously chose the job is not.
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/lets-excise-this-celebrity-cancer-20130727-2qqvs.html
North Korea has too many horrors to describe -- gulags, starvation, forced reverence of a demented leader -- but Internet access would speed the end of the regime. The utter lack of knowledge about the outside world there keeps a lid on dissent and domestic strife. North Koreans for the most part live in a total information dead zone, told they are lucky even as they endure food shortages and freezing winters without heating. The fact that it could all be undone with the flip of a switch is both maddening and heartbreaking.
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/05/eric-schmidt-kim-jong-un-could-turn-on-north-koreas-internet-if-he-wanted/276008/
- "Politics are not about magic but rather a combination of strategy, coherence and passion"
http://theworldoutline.com/2013/07/hollandes-handbook-on-how-to-land-in-safer-waters-solutions-for-economic-recovery/
- Russian aerospace companies have demonstrated an ability to outpace US aerospace manufacturers in terms of delivery of an operational capability and also the diversity of the capabilities of their weapons systems. The cumbersome US acquisition system, and marketing rather than technology driven aerospace industry, put the US at a distinct competitive disadvantage in rapidly adapting to an evolving threat environment.
http://www.ausairpower.net/APA-NOTAM-300309-1.html
- "Most of the fighters we have available today with vectored thrust, the Su-30MKI and MKM, can perform these maneuvers," Bogdan tells Aviation Week. "Where this aircraft is different is that it has more thrust, so when it performs the 'bell' maneuver, it can stand still, with afterburning on, and can sustain flight at 120-140 kph."
The emphasis in "supermaneuverability" runs counter to much Western air combat doctrine, which stresses high speed, the avoidance of the slower "merge" and tactics that do not lose the aircraft's energy. Bogdan, however, says supermaneuverability can be essential.
"The classical air combat starts at high speed, but if you miss on the first shot--and the probability is there because there are maneuvers to avoid missiles--the combat will be more prolonged," he says. "After maneuvering, the aircraft will be at a lower speed, but both aircraft may be in a position where they cannot shoot. But supermaneuverability allows an aircraft to turn within three seconds and take another shot."
However, Bogdan adds, "you have to be careful using that weapon. It's like a sniper--you can't shoot many times from the same spot because you disclose your position."
As for the doctrine that energy should be conserved, Bogdan notes: "The theory of air combat has always evolved. In the 1940s and 1950s, the first priority was height, then speed, then maneuver and then firepower. Then with the third and fourth generation, it was speed, then height and then maneuver. Supermaneuverability adds to this. It's the knife in the soldier's pocket."
http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/AW_06_24_2013_p33-589854.xml
- This is a well-researched and fascinating book, despite the blinkers. And it ends with a note of caution for those of us liberal historians who might otherwise naturally place ourselves on the "open government" rather than the "secret state" side of this argument. The more "open" government becomes - in the sense of its written records being available to everyone - the less likely our governors are to write things down. That will seriously cripple future historians and anyone wanting to find out how government works. For this reason, as Moran puts it, if WikiLeaks is permitted to reveal all, "society will have paid a very high price indeed for Assange's crusade". Whether that price outweighs the benefits of rulers having to act responsibly, because the people are watching them, is the central issue here.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/10/classified-secrecy-state-christopher-moran-review
- Cooper writes: "Crime doesn't stop at the Channel. Criminals don't stay within national borders. There are an estimated 3,600 organised crime groups active across Europe, involved in drugs, human trafficking, online child exploitation and theft.
"Cross-border crime is likely to keep increasing whether we are in the European Union or outside it. That means the police need a clear framework for legal and effective co-operation across borders - and for ministers to ditch it is crazy."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jun/11/tory-eurosceptics-david-cameron-eu
- "Walk softly and carry a big stick." Teddy Roosevelt

"The more that is disclosed about what's known about espionage activity in Australia or operational aspects in counter-intelligence, the more that our opponents, people who are engaging in espionage, will know about our capability and know about the methods that we have for detecting espionage or cyber threats."
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-28/government-urged-to-come-clean-on-foreign-cyber-threat/4716978
- "We cannot allow an imbalance of the system of strategic deterrence, reduction of the effectiveness of our nuclear forces. Therefore, the establishment of military-space defense will remain one of the key areas of military construction," Putin said at a recent meeting on the state defense order in St. Petersburg.

The President is convinced that Russia should take into account the development plans of the armed forces for the first, so-called preemptive strike. To reflect such strikes, we need high precision, non-nuclear weapons.
http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/10-07-2013/125077-high_precision_weapons_russia-0/
- Russia's new Yars, Topol-M and Bulava ICBMs are unvulnerable to the US missile defense system. The commander of the Russian SFM said that it was best for the enemy to destroy the missile during the initial part of its flight, when it gathers speed. The missile separates later, which makes it harder for interceptors to detect the missile in a whole cloud of fake targets.

Russia's state-of-the-art ballistic missiles have the shortest boost phase of the flight - this phase is much shorter than it was with older missiles. "At this short part of the flight the missiles perform active maneuvers, which makes it impossible for interceptors to plan the attack.

"We conducted the tests to evaluate and confirm the nuclear safety of Topol warheads. The results of the tests showed that even in case of most complicated breakdowns, fires or explosions, the nuclear explosion of the warhead is excluded," Karakaev said.
http://english.pravda.ru/russia/politics/19-12-2011/120016-russia_monster_ballistic_missile-0/
- Therefore, European CEOs and entrepreneurs called on the European Commission to open the Internet, "so that everyone is able to send and receive the content, run the applications and use the services of their choice, on the device of their choice."

They also consider that network management should be keep to a minimum, as well as discrimination in the treatment of Internet traffic. "Network access providers must be prohibited from blocking, degrading, hindering," they explained.

The group concluded their letter saying that transparency and facilitating switching "are important but insufficient to protect the open Internet."
http://www.neurope.eu/article/european-entrepreneurs-ask-net-neutrality
- "Of course there's an element of information-gathering in international naval drills, but this works both ways," he told The Cable. "I'm sure it's not beyond the wit of the US Navy to choreograph exercises where China's role does not involve access to sensitive information about US or allied capabilities."

"Chinese participation in RIMPAC will presumably focus on seamanship and non-warlike activities, rather than high-end combat drills or live-fire exercises," he continued. "The United States and allies have long called on China to make use of standard modes of operational communication to prevent incidents leading to conflict. It would be absurd to lock China out of exercises aimed at advancing precisely that goal." 

But Chabot sees the invitation as a strategic and diplomatic misstep. "We don't need to be provocative with China, but I think we keep rewarding really bad behavior," he said. "China's blatant stealing of U.S. technologies, their hundreds of cyber attacks on U.S. industries and government agencies. It's all pretty much ignored." 
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/04/congressman_obama_is_letting_china_steal_us_military_secrets
- In a statement published by WikiLeaks late on Monday, Mr Snowden accused the US president, Barack Obama, of "using citizenship as a weapon".

"Although I am convicted of nothing, (the United States) has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person," he added. "Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

"Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10155407/Edward--Snowden-says-he-risks-the-death-penalty-as-escape-routes-narrow.html
- Raytheon's slimmed-down spy blimp is a spin-off however, from a much larger and highly-secretive Pentagon project. Among other high-tech, privacy-killing tools currently under development is the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Integrated Sensor Is Structure (ISIS) program. As conceived by the agency, ISIS will be a high-altitude autonomous airship built for the U.S. Air Force that can operate at seventy thousand feet and stay aloft for a decade.
Washington Technology reported that Lockheed Martin won a 400 million dollar deal to design the system. "Under the contract" the publication revealed, "Lockheed Martin will provide systems integration services, and Raytheon Co. will furnish a high-energy, low-power density radar, Lockheed Martin officials said."[38] Operating six miles above the earth's surface, well out of range of surface-to-air missiles, the airship will be some 450 feet long, powered by hydrogen fuel cells and packed with electronic surveillance gear and radar currently being field-tested by Raytheon.
While serious civil liberties' issues inherent to such programs have been swept under the proverbial carpet, huge funding outlays by Congress for Pentagon's "black" budget operations demonstrate the hollowness of President Obama's "change" mantra. Like much else in Washington, administration rhetoric is (if you'll pardon the pun) so much hot-air meant to placate the rubes.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-economic-crisis-and-the-pentagon-s-black-budget/23422
- In the month following Edward Snowden's leaks about U.S. government programs collecting information from phone and Internet companies, some U.S. citizens seemed unsurprised and resigned to being monitored. According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center last month, 56% of Americans think the collection of telephone metadata is acceptable.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/04/tech/web/restore-nsa-protests/?hpt=te_t1
- "The internet is a glorious organism, a vast piece of connective tissue that binds us all together. It's surprisingly intimate. Yet, it's also a place where people imagine that they don't have to be held to account in the same way that we are when we talk face to face. And for governments, it's become a spying machine."
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/information-and-deception-20130704-2pf8b.html?google_editors_picks=true
- Native to South America, the red fire ant organises itself into two types of social structure - one with a single queen in a colony, the other with hundreds. Though they are the same type of ant, the workers of either group will kill the queens of the other, the researchers wrote.
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/supergene-link-to-ant-social-system-20130117-2cw49.html
- "Overexposure of security and intelligence activities can damage, and damage badly, state security and that is why in every debate we must not underestimate the security interest," Mr Netanyahu said in remarks communicated by his office.
"And in the reality in which Israel lives, it must be a central interest," he said in a thinly-veiled criticism of the media frenzy provoked by Zygier's case.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/mark-dreyfus-rules-out-inquiry-into-asio-over-ben-zygiers-jailing-death/story-fn59niix-1226580223823
- "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life,_liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_happiness
- It would be silly to take any one of these incidents too seriously. But it would be equally silly to ignore them. We spent the 1990s enjoying the fruits of post-Cold War prosperity, the early 2000s fighting the war on terrorism. We are intellectually, economically and militarily unprepared to contemplate Great Power conflict, let alone engage in the hard work of renewing alliances and sharpening strategy. But History is back, whether we want it to be or not. Happy New Year.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/anne-applebaum-china-and-russia-bring-back-cold-war-tactics/2013/12/25/f65939d6-6bef-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html
- "I was being judged by people who had less knowledge than me, so what was it truly worth? I gave Michelin inspectors too much respect, and I belittled myself. I had three options: I could be a prisoner of my world and continue to work six days a week, I could live a lie and charge high prices and not be behind the stove or I could give my stars back, spend time with my children and re-invent myself."[7]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Pierre_White
"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.."
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1031493-paradise-lost
"If you don't engage the scientific community constructively, and try to look for newer horizons, you will never able to develop science and technology," says Ajey Lele, research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in Delhi. Referring to India's Mangalyaan orbiter, he says: "It is not only the 'Mars moment' will give you results; the entire process of learning will give you a certain amount of development."
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/asian-powers-open-new-chapter-in-space-race-20140104-30at2.html
- Creativity alone does not foster innovation, nor do abstract scientific or mathematical concepts. Innovators also need to know how to render those creative ideas into working products that can be put into use.
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/stem-needs-a-new-letter/282973/
- " 'I can't feel bad about being who I am, just like the girl next to me can't feel bad about being who she is,' she says. 'Because a rose can never be a sunflower, and a sunflower can never be a rose'."
http://www.perthnow.com.au/entertainment/kerr-pow-whack-for-air-apparent-as-miranda-gets-slated/story-e6frg30l-1226217169279
- All Barinas are Suzuki Swifts. Barina is Italian for Cardboard Faecal Container.
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/133234
- "I'm called 'the poorest president', but I don't feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more," he says.

"This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20243493
- If we look at His divine side, it's hard to imagine God not smiling at some of the absurdities of the world.
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/deeper-walk/features/28558-jesus-was-funnier-than-we-think
- And anyway, can you get any more retarded than licking your own pussy?
http://forums.govteen.com/general-curiousity/272776-can-girl-lick-herself-2.html
- On April 8, 1998, Kelly was arrested on three misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, including one charge on violating noise ordinance for playing his own music extremely loud from his car while singing along.[111] Prosecutors from the district attorney's office dropped the first two charges on May 7 and the noise charge on July 22 that year.[112][113]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Kelly#Personal_life
- Your panties tell you if someone's hot. Your heart tells you if someone's cute. Your mom tells you if someone's handsome.
http://www.reddit.com/r/AskWomen/comments/1hfc9z/what_makes_a_guy_hotsexy_rather_than_cute/ 
- http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/bushquotes/a/dumbbushquotes.htm
- Just FYI....I notice during a regular doggy-style position, if I lift one leg up and plant my foot flat on the bed, I last longer. Pretty much the proposal(marriage) kneeling position.
http://www.pegym.com/forums/premature-ejaculation-forum/32926-my-ejaculation-has-trigger.html
- In Germany, a country that can't produce the talent or children it needs, the unemployed are in very high demand.
http://www.psmag.com/navigation/business-economics/germany-unemployment-better-employment-74434/
- "The government always knew best and the people were kind of stupid. I think still a bit of that is lingering on," said Michael Breen, author of The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies.
...
''New media and social networking services like Twitter have emerged as new political tools for anti-government and left-wing people,'' said activist Chang Yeo-kyung. ''The government wants to create a chilling effect to prevent the spread of critical views.''
http://www.smh.com.au/world/wired-koreans-on-web-watch-20120813-244tn.html
- Big Mobile managing director Rob Hall said while we punch above our weight in other categories at Cannes, in mobile Australia is far behind. "The penetration is here, consumer usage is here, brands are just so far behind where the consumers are," he said. "Innovation is almost dead in the mobile industry here."
http://www.adnews.com.au/adnews/the-cowardly-client-australia-too-scared-to-innovate/google_editors_picks/true
- .... capitalism had the singular virtue of rewarding people who had chosen the correct parents, or had been lucky in business ...
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?570150-Where-I-read-Tom-Clancy-novels-at-random-starting-with-Rainbow-Six/page4
- "Just as ant colonies do things that are far beyond the abilities of isolated insects, cities achieve much more than isolated humans," he writes. "Cities enable collaboration, especially the joint production of knowledge that is mankind's most important creation. Ideas flow readily from person to person in the dense corridors of Bangalore or London, and people are willing to put up with high urban prices just to be around talented people, some of whose knowledge will rub off."
http://www.theage.com.au/comment/abbotts-biggest-broken-promise--to-build-our-cities-well-20140421-zqx73.html

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