Blog: Mental Radio

Mental Radio
Mental Radio
Date: 2019-Aug-13 02:43:58 EST

I sometimes wonder why it is, given that for many songs I've heard before, I can remember them in my head and step through them sequentially as if I were listening to them, I find it so much more pleasurable to play them. So far the answer I've come up with is that remembering them that way takes a fair bit of effort and I may be missing some of the more subtle voices that add things to the song. With the first probably(?) being more important. Although there are songs that I feel are improved with some small tweaks, and it's not hard to make that when remembering them this way.

On request of my petsitter (whom I've made arrangements for WRT the coming DragonCon), I've also arranged for my apartment to get cleaners again. And this feels pretty good to have that in the works (this coming saturday). Partly because it's mostly been not getting around to it and the small size of my place leading me not to get it done despite my perpetual mild annoyance. Also partly because in prep for the cleaning I'm forcing myself to throw out things that I've been meaning to throw out that I haven't gotten around to yet.

Got started with Kafka today at work. I'm a little weirded out that it's written in Java - often I'm weirded out when performance-sensitive software is given JVM overhead. Although maybe I'm being old-fashioned in that perhaps JIT improvements have largely eliminated the concerns that lead me to these worries. I'm hoping I won't need to do JVM tuning like I did some jobs back.

A few thoughts on things:

  • This is a great article on the issue with creativity in gaming and the economics around it. I suspect eventually game engines and assets will fade into the background with easy licensing of almost everything on that front and storytellers and people who produce what little custom content will still be needed will take center stage. Maybe 20 years from now we'll get there. And I think we'll be a lot better off - there will still be a few companies that focus on engines, but I think that's all they'll need to focus on and after a good showcase game they produce everyone will license from them. Maybe we're already mostly there.
  • I love articles about the origins of our cellular machinery
  • It's also good to see Saudi Arabia improve gender-equality - they have a long way to go, but it looks like they're at least moving at a reasonable clip.
  • The Yiddish edition of Fiddler on the Roof finally has its soundtrack out. I wasn't expecting to like it more than the Williams/Stern English edition, but the whole play, including the songs, sound much better in Yiddish.
  • Yet another promising exoplanet
  • I'm not generally a fan of Chomsky, but I'm glad we're on the same page that the violence we see from Antifa groups is counterproductive. I felt that way when I was occasionally at social events with one of their predecessors - anarchosocialist groups back in Pittsburgh.
  • Recently have also had Bowie's "Man who Sold the World" stuck in my head