Category Archive: Writings

Primates of Park Avenue: A Spoon Full of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down…

Posted on | August 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Primates of Park Avenue: A Spoon Full of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down…

  You Can Tune A Piano, When The Heat Is On, But Can You Roll With the Changes, After the Boys of Summer Have Gone? Back in June, in the run-up to my birthday, I found myself contemplating how much things have changed since I was a kid in the 1970s. Apparently, that sort of […]

Hondo II: Random Memories of Dick Lurie’s Guitar Studio–Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Posted on | May 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Hondo II: Random Memories of Dick Lurie’s Guitar Studio–Cleveland Heights, Ohio

My brother recently posted the picture below on Facebook. He said it immediately took him back to the Dick Lurie Guitar Studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I knew just what he meant, and so did a bunch of other old musician friends from Cleveland’s east side. For Dick’s store is where we each began our […]

Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

Posted on | February 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

I was on Facebook earlier today and came across the comment below from Tim Quirk. It’s apparently about Apple’s new streaming music service, which is slated to launch later this year. Tim’s a musician and has also spent time working at Rhapsody and Google Music, amongst other places. WHO’s telling you to listen is far, […]

Now I get it: Self-Driving Cars are the Spotify of Auto Travel

Posted on | February 24, 2015 | Comments Off on Now I get it: Self-Driving Cars are the Spotify of Auto Travel

I just read a pretty useful article on the Vox site about self-driving cars. It could turn out to be wrong in many ways, but a few things clicked for me after reading it, like a better understanding of why Apple or Google might want to get involved in the automobile space, and why their expertise might […]

Five Reasons The Music Industry Hates Pandora The Most

Posted on | December 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Note 1: I’ve been chipping away at this post for about eight twelve months off and on. I finally managed to bring it in for a landing yesterday night. File it under #slowblogging and #longreads. Sam Lefebvre’s recent cover story on Pandora in the East Bay Express overlaps some of what I discuss here, and […]

The Importance of Getting Your Vitaman D Levels Tested

Posted on | June 14, 2014 | Comments Off on The Importance of Getting Your Vitaman D Levels Tested

The NYT reported today that low vitamin D levels have been tied to premature death. This finding underscores an important point: Especially if you live in a place like Seattle (actually, anywhere north of Arizona), it’s important to get your vitamin D levels checked regularly. There is a good chance that sunlight alone isn’t giving […]

Recap: the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox–A Drama in Four Acts

Posted on | June 11, 2014 | Comments Off on Recap: the Beastie Boys Vs. GoldieBlox–A Drama in Four Acts

Back in March, the Verge reported that the Beastie Boys had settled their lawsuit against educational toy company GoldieBlox. That suit alleged copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false advertising, false endorsement, and unfair competition, stemming from GoldieBlox’s unauthorized use of the band’s song “Girls” in the company’s popular Internet promotional video. According to the Verge, “[a]s […]

A few thoughts on Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Proposal

Posted on | May 5, 2014 | Comments Off on A few thoughts on Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Proposal

Lots of discussion and some confusion about the mayor’s recently announced minimum wage proposal (actually it’s the work of a committee of business, labor leaders, and politicians that he convened). To me, the most useful quick and dirty metric for thinking about the proposal is to look at the proposed minimum wage increase in 2014 […]

The Universe Had A Plan: “Go Hawks!”

Posted on | January 19, 2014 | Comments Off on The Universe Had A Plan: “Go Hawks!”

  Back in 1977, I was starting 9th grade in Champaign, Illinois. One day, a kid in my class told me that if you wrote a letter to a pro sports team and told them you were a fan, they would send you free stuff. The Seattle Seahawks were a brand new NFL franchise back […]

Carl Wilson in Slate: What you can learn about music—and humanity—from the YouTube comments on Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.”

Posted on | November 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Carl Wilson in Slate: What you can learn about music—and humanity—from the YouTube comments on Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.”

A nice post from Carl Wilson in Slate the other day. You’ll want to check out the whole thing for sure, but here’s a little appetizer: This is the insight that both Slutsky and Barber have flashed on intuitively, I think, in choosing the comments on songs (out of all the YouTube offerings): that music, […]

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