Text 23 Apr Springhouse

A little acoustic-ish four on the floor, composed and recorded in Paris. Just a sweet, bluesy background to start you moving, dusting your apartment, pondering on life, stuff like that. I have three mostly done tracks coming out before I remove my home studio and become a full on laptopsician for the next months. Love,



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Text 23 Apr Designing for us

I remember reading on Steve Jobs, adopted child who having seen his father neatly fix things around became who he was, a psychopath of solving problems forever, in a way that they don’t come back, almost.

It totally made sense to me because adoption means that something crucial is broken –family- from the start so you grow up wishing it wasn’t broken and seeing your dad fixing and building things helps getting that need out. Also, I’m in the same situation. Adopted with dads fixing and building things, lefty. I look at the world and I’m like, “folks, this needs some tweaking”.

Like I would always be more interested in a country challenges than its culture or food. In a very Steve Jobs style I’d say I don’t care about that, I care about finding elegant and efficient solutions. I feel this drive for a better world. I feel this need to build (and by extension, destroy; you learn to minimize) for good 24/7.

It makes me sick when we could but we don’t, you know? It’s the worst feeling to me. It’s going to make me search for a solution until I reach for one that makes sense for as many people as possible, would it be for personal issues or public housing problems. I just love designing for us. I don’t get the “design for yourself, first”. That’s so short-sighted and obvious.

To me it’s better if everyone around is happy too, maybe that makes too much sense I don’t know but I don’t feel like it’s a shared value around and it’s freaking me out a bit sometimes.

I’ll find teams, hopefully. I’ll find people so that maybe I can scale up my projects and build more, following my design from the sound level to the business model.

Sometimes I wish I was a tall, white asshole.



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Artist Nathan Pyle's gif guide to NYC street etiquette is handy for any city. Take it to the streets!

I WANT TO IMPLANT THIS IN THE BRAINS OF EVERY FUCKING NYC TOURIST AND NEWCOMER. 

Guys, you would kill people in Paris.

Link 21 Apr 27 notes How U.S. is lagging on quality of life»

2087:

Sure, there are invincible pockets of wealth that exist outside of time and reality - you know who and where they are - that enjoy a high standard of living. But beyond those untouchable, impenetrable bubbles and echo chambers we’ve got major problems now and even bigger things coming up.

How can we fathom building a better country when young people are so politically apathetic? We hit the snooze button as soon as Obama won. Oh, he’s a Democrat he’s in charge he’ll take care of everything no more problems. The ultimate in ignorant and privileged white western automation: let somebody else do the dirty work, the nasty grime of democracy.

Well guess what. The system is fuckin’ broken man. It was broken when we were born, it was broken when we were growing up and now it is still broken as we are adults. When the baby boomer generation reluctantly hands over their power to gen-x and millennials, I want us to have a plan to clean this mess up. It can be done before it’s too late.

I have part of a plan. It’s not great, but it’s something. It’s here. I try to be a person of character and substance and I am also pretty fearless. I have been through enormous tests in my life and have tried to come out stronger and better.

We are in for the fight of our lifetime. We need serious people interested in serious problems beyond the usual hipster dreck. Count me in. I have no problem rolling up my sleeves and getting my hands dirty to fix the problem at the source.

For a better Quality of Life

First step:

LIQUID DEMOCRACY. This is what we need if we want control back. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_democracy I want to vote directly, and I want to delegate my vote to people I trust on issues. There is no other way to have a working democracy and change what doesn’t work.

Second step:

Once laws are changed and controlled by citizens like never before, let’s tackle the affordable housing problem, much more important than fucking war, Mars, or your fucking electric luxury car.

Solution: Wooden frame, hemp insulated houses. Why wood and hemp? Infinite and local supply, motherfucker. Strong as fuck, some Japanese hemp houses are 300 years old and survived everything. For the rest we just use all the techniques we can to reach that almost $0/year maintenance cost. It’s easily done, people. It’s way easier to do than to build a smartphone. And way more useful.

Once people can live comfortably, let’s stop the sugar madness that sent so many people to an early death. Only fast food joints would have the right but anything in stores? No sugar, none. None.

Once people can eat normally, let’s make them move. Public transit, light rail, Uber, cabs, bikes. Perfect density: around 3,000/km². Walk that damn ass around and stop sitting in a car, alone. That’s no quality of life.

God put me in charge people, I don’t have all day.

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Text 19 Apr That housing madness

Housing, like health care, is a basic need that is too important to be left completely at the whims of the free market. But an enormous new government housing bureaucracy does not seem like a desirable solution.

Yep. First, “free market” lol. There is no such thing with real estate and housing. But I agree, housing is a basic need. It’s a basic need that we can easily solve. We have all the technology to do a great job and provide sustainable, maintenance-free, zero net housing and buildings.


I was searching for modern small prefab houses and Minecraft was like, “there you go”

We can prefab and raise houses in a couple of days. The biggest obstacle on better and cheaper housing are policies that a lot of people are living out of. Otherwise, we have everything to provide affordable housing, right now. It’s crazy.

You know, when they said that almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population it made me realize that we could afford free housing easily. States, countries could provide, mandate that. It is a basic need –I’d say more than health care- and seeing how much people bleed to afford a place that they mostly will use to sleep after hard work, it’s so inefficient, dumb and ridiculous that it makes my skin crawl. I’m looking deep into rent/rentals issues these days and oh boy, it’s depressing as hell.

Imagine growing up knowing that you always will have a roof because your income isn’t indexed to it. You’ll have a roof.
Imagine how different it would have made you and how less anxious you would be.



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Text 18 Apr Good design has to create conflict

Ever since Windows Phone was first introduced, I’ve enjoyed being able to glance at Live Tiles and quickly get the information I need. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a full solution to what was actually a much greater problem: How do you look at notifications without having to exit an app or unlock the screen? It’s hard to believe it took Microsoft almost four years to figure it out, but Windows Phone 8.1 finally addresses that oversight with a notification menu, dubbed the Action Center.

Notification centers should die. It’s better not to be harassed and overwhelmed by notifications. the little number in a circle? Way more stressful than a tile turning to show up an update. The design principle is that if you see an important notification you will take action, unlock your phone, reply, whatever. Therefore you don’t need to read all notifications automatically on your lock screen. I don’t want my phone to distract me. it’s opt in design instead of opt out (clearing notifications, forever) and it’s smarter, more elegant. Respectful. Exactly like not giving % for battery life, it’s better for your stress level my friend. It’s by design, you dumb gadget bloggers. Microsoft first aimed at 99% of people who don’t care about that kind of super nerdy detail and now address your whining.

New design, new paradigm invites conflict with what the current trend/opinion is. Look at FLW houses, the famous architect didn’t include attics and basements in his plans because he thought it was useless to keep old stuff. 100 years later, he’s still right. His design principle is still absolutely valid, when you see the amount of shit people have and don’t know where to put, lamenting that they have too much junk/not enough space.

His design principle is saying “whatever room I’ll make, you’ll never have enough” and this is exactly the case. It’s saying “I went to the future for you and I’m telling you right now, just use the things you use everyday and throw away old stuff”. That’s good design and you either trust it or you think that you are smarter. Let it go. Embrace fully first, and then compare.

Good design doesn’t try to exploit your weaknesses. Good design respects you. Good design thinks you are smart because you are. You might have bad habits, though.



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