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A long time ago I wrote a thing called the Temple of Ego. It was inspired by a few other websites but basically the goal was to aggregate all the data you put out on other services, creating an overall stream of all your activity on the web.

FriendFeed just opened to the public and it does just that. It’s slick and does what it’s supposed to do. I’m at http://www.friendfeed.com/bradsucks/

It’s extremely simple but there’s a lot of potential here. Searching, filtering, shuttling data from one service to another, openID, trust networks. With a nice simple API a lot of services could be built on top of it. It’d be the new meta-Twitter.

Posted on - February 27, 2008 [at] 4:13 pm by Brad
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I guess my song Making Me Nervous is being used in this Stop the Spying video put together by People For the American Way and the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

That’s super cool. Good luck, Americans! (Thanks, Justin!)

Posted on - February 23, 2008 [at] 1:13 am by Brad
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Scott Andrew’s new record Save You From Yourself is out. Check it out, he’s OG-Internet. Congrats, Scott.

Posted on - February 21, 2008 [at] 1:21 am by Brad
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In hanging around Cambridge and Harvard this week I spoke to a lot of people. Here are some of the links I remember referring to:

  • Kevin Kelly’s Better Than Free article. A great, great article breaking down what artists can still charge for when the art itself is given away for free.
  • Scott Adams’ How To Become A Cartoonist. I read this years and years ago and the idea of the “copy test” was hugely influential — though I applied it to music.
  • thesixtyone – community voted music site.
  • Magnatune – “We’re not evil”, creative-commons based record label. Doing variable pricing long before Radiohead’s In Rainbows.
  • RCRDLBL – Advertising supported record label.
  • Eminem sues Apple for using song – when talking about what would happen if Apple used one of my songs in their ads without permission. (I believe I said it would be “hilarious” and great for me.)
  • The Superficial. When talking about the escalating trend of dismantling celebrities who “artificially” elevate themselves.
  • Daft Punk’s Live Show – I described their (awesome) masked, pyramided largely pre-recorded performances as blurring the lines of what people expect or want from live shows and what people will pay for.
  • ccMixter.org – Creative commons based remix site.

Self-links:

I’ll add more if I can remember any.

Posted on - February 14, 2008 [at] 5:50 pm by Brad
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Sound was pretty rotten at the Harvard thing which was sad. Pretty much no PA which was like whoah. Gonna have to burn out the brain cells with those memories in them. The talk was fun though, a really engaged and smart crowd. Tomorrow I’m doing an in-class thing which should be super fascinating and then the show at the Middle East which hopefully will be much, much louder.

Boston is pretty nice from what I’ve seen which isn’t much. I’ve seen a lot of car accidents though and now I’m going to go see a bar about some drinks for my belly.

Posted on - February 12, 2008 [at] 12:46 am by Brad
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There’s a lot of enthusiasm about Guitar Rising — a “real guitar” version of Guitar Hero. Just to be a stick in the mud I’m calling shenanigans: machine parsing guitar playing has been the holy grail of guitar nerds for quite some time. So unless the authors of this game have figured out something that all those folks working on guitar to MIDI translators for the past twenty years have failed to do, it will probably suck ass. And if they have figured that out, why not sell a multi-hundred dollar plugin to guitarists instead?

Posted on - February 7, 2008 [at] 9:53 pm by Brad
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The Berkman Center at Harvard has posted the deets about my Web of Ideas deal there:

Web of Ideas with David Weinberger and Special Guest Musician Brad Sucks
Monday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Griswold Hall Room 110
Harvard Law School

RSVP is required if you’re going as I think there’s limited space.

Web of Ideas is an evening night discussion series at the Berkman Center, lead by Berkman Fellow David Weinberger, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Everything is Miscellaneous. Each session will begin with a 20 minute discussion-opener, followed by open conversation. Food will be provided.

Be sure to say hi if you attend. I’m really looking forward to it, it should be pretty interesting and I like everyone I know down there already. Also one of my main passions is talking about myself so it seems like a perfect fit.

Posted on - February 3, 2008 [at] 6:38 pm by Brad
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