Absolutely epic. This was one of my favorite Rush songs of that era. This group has captured the essence of this song in such a beautiful rendition – without drums.
We’ve heard stories of people who “lost the will to live.” And that’s really sad of course, but that’s not what I’m referring to here. As we get older, it becomes apparent that we are in a battle with our bodies to stay healthy. Unchecked, most bodies will deteriorate over time (some faster than others) and die.
When we are young, it’s pretty easy for most people. Eat, sleep, drink whatever – and you just keep ticking. After age 45 though, it seems to all change. Digestion changes, memory changes, joints, etc.. At age 50, or thereabouts, we are in a daily battle with our bodies. It takes a real plan to combat the ultimate breakdown of our systems.
So what can we do to optimize our battles? Well, I think it starts when we are young and we have to be nice to our bodies. The harder we are on them ages 13-40, the harder it will be to do battle when we are 50. However, when the battle starts, it can be a very motivating routine. I find that scheduling time to take walks, do yoga and weight lift actually gets me motivated to work and play!
The reverse is also true. If you get lazy, it’s very easy to slip into zombie-land. This becomes very dangerous as you get older since this routine is deadly.
So, activity + motivation + willpower = true health.
MMA has been signed with a unanimous vote from House and Senate.
The bottom line for the MMA is a single source of truth with a single database (blockchain anyone?) for all mechanical licenses. This is a major change in copyright treatment and a giant step in the right direction for songwriters and collaborators. Digital streaming services can now use a single master license for all music.
Producers and Engineers are also able to get compensated directly by SoundExchange now as the AMP Act was part of the new law.
Forgive my skepticism. I’ve read this press release several times from the FCC. What’s the problem?
Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253
For Immediate Release
FCC ACTS TO RESTORE INTERNET FREEDOM
Reverses Title II Framework, Increases Transparency to Protect Consumers,
Spur Investment, Innovation, and Competition
WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017 The Federal Communications Commission today voted to restore the longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years. Following detailed legal and economic analysis, as well as extensive examination of comments
from consumers and stakeholders, the Commission reversed the FCCís 2015 heavy-handed utility-style regulation of broadband Internet access service, which imposed substantial costs on the entire Internet ecosystem. In place of that heavy-handed framework, the FCC is returning to the traditional light-touch framework that was in place until 2015. Moreover, the FCC today also adopted robust transparency requirements that will empower consumers as well as facilitate effective government oversight of broadband providersí conduct. In particular, the FCCís action today has restored the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission to act when broadband providers
engage in anticompetitive, unfair, or deceptive acts or practices.
The framework adopted by the Commission today will protect consumers at far less cost to investment than the prior rigid and wide-ranging utility rules. And restoring a favorable climate for network investment is key to closing the digital divide, spurring competition and innovation that benefits consumers. The Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order adopted by the Commission takes the following steps to achieve these goals:
– Restores the classification of broadband Internet access service as an ìinformation serviceî under Title I of the Communications Actóthe classification affirmed by the Supreme Court in the 2005 Brand X case.
– Reinstates the classification of mobile broadband Internet access service as a private mobile service.
– Finds that the regulatory uncertainty created by utility-style Title II regulation has reduced Internet service provider (ISP) investment in networks, as well as hampered innovation, particularly among small ISPs serving rural consumers.
– Finds that public policy, in addition to legal analysis, supports the information service classification, because it is more likely to encourage broadband investment and innovation, thereby furthering the goal of closing the digital divide and benefitting the entire Internet ecosystem.
– Restores broadband consumer protection authority to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), enabling it to apply its extensive expertise to provide uniform online protections against unfair, deceptive, and anticompetitive practices.
Report and Order
– Requires that ISPs disclose information about their practices to consumers, entrepreneurs, and the Commission, including any blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, or affiliated prioritization.
– Finds that transparency, combined with market forces as well as antitrust and consumer protection laws, achieve benefits comparable to those of the 2015 ìbright lineî rules at lower cost.
– Eliminates the vague and expansive Internet Conduct Standard, under which the FCC could micromanage innovative business models.
– Finds that the public interest is not served by adding to the already-voluminous record in this proceeding additional materials, including confidential materials submitted in other proceedings.
The item takes effect upon approval by the Office of Management and Budget of the new transparency rule that requires the collection of additional information from industry.
Action by the Commission December 14, 2017 by Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and
Order (FCC 17-166). Chairman Pai, Commissioners OíRielly and Carr approving.
Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissenting. Chairman Pai, Commissioners Clyburn,
OíRielly, Carr and Rosenworcel issuing separate statements.
WC Docket No. 17-108
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Blockchain could be the most important innovation since the Internet. We are reeling from the Equifax leak. There is a huge trust problem on the Internet. Blockchain solves these problems, however it will take time for each industry vertical to gain the full benefit.
These two videos provide a great crash course in understanding Blockchain and some real world use cases.
The paradox for finding the right solution (for any problem) these days is that our instinct is to seek outside resources. With all the innovation, tools, apps, shortcuts, etc. available to us we look for a quick fix externally, rather than an internal remedy.
The quintessential example is the story about writing in zero gravity. Supposedly, the U.S. spent millions on a pen that would write in space. The Russians used a pencil.
Another example I like to use is The Beatles. They recorded some of the most timeless music in history with very little technology. In fact, they trained themselves to “problem solve” using internal methods – getting more creative with existing tools, rather than looking for external shortcuts.
The result of forcing yourself to problem solve “internally” is that you improve common sense, sharpen your creativity (and save lots of money).
The time will come when you’ve exhausted internal resources and common sense and you will need to go externally to get the next level. By maintaining this practice, you will easily spot the problems that really do need external solutions.
I woke up thinking about how all water in the ocean is being held down by gravity and how it’s a true miracle we just don’t go shooting off the planet into space.
Life is good. I appreciate everything and everyone around me. The more positive I become, the more positive situations occur. The more gratitude and generosity I show, the more goodness comes back to me.
We all know this to be true, but yet act selfishly way too often.
The human condition is quite ironic at times.
Very excited to announce a guide I’ve been planning/writing for some time is available today on Amazon!
There’s an insurgence of indie musicians taking to living rooms, backyards, decks, farms and winning new fans. House concerts are not a new concept but they are taking center stage as artists are using new tools such as crowdfunding to plan these unique gigs.
I’ve talked to many people about hosting these shows and some feel reluctant not knowing how much effort is involved. House concerts can be public or private and I layout a full plan of attack in the ebook.
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As I’ve been working with multiple clients/projects/startups, I’m constantly battling focus challenges. A common misconception about productivity is the ability to multi-task. There’s good and bad multi-tasking.
I believe good multi-tasking comes in the form of activities that are complimentary to a big goal. I’m listening to Spotify while writing this post and not checking email. Many people watch the news on the treadmill. All good.
Bad multi-tasking is switching between tasks that are going after different goals. For example, writing a proposal and answering email about your kids’ sports team.
All afternoon, I’ve been working on Gigable and then tried to read a brief about another startup for which I’m advising. It didn’t work. Better to stay in the Gigable headspace as long as possible, then take a good break and reset.
I sometimes call this “spinning plates” and I think human nature forces us to pay attention to something new as it happens. Can someone drop mail on your desk and you don’t open until end of day? Email is the same distraction. Do you have your email open all day and anytime the drug-like “Inbox(2)” shows up, you are a pavlovian dog. I am.
However, as I bucket activities and goals into daily sprints, this is all changing. My newest routine is to plan and focus activities based on big goals. So, I’ll only work on Gigable activities on Wednesday until I’ve exhausted the to-do list.
This mindset became apparent to me while songwriting. Songwriting is the type of activity that needs 100% focus. Any type of creative activity requires a “flow” state which takes a while to achieve (it does for me anyway). Once you are in flow, you move through it until you reach a point. This point can be 1 hour later or 4 hours later.
Blocking off full days for focused activity pertaining to a major goal seems like the optimal strategy. However, I think it’s possible to break the day into 2 parts. 3 parts if you are really energized.
Conversely, switching between every possible goal/project daily is sure death. That breeds burnout, stress and adult ADD. This may work for a while, but it will catch up to you.
What works for you (or doesn’t)?