Presenting at Innovation in Music 2015

On Monday this week I am presenting the outcome of my collaboration with Adam Jansch exploring the possible future of the music album, The Locative Album System- The Early Experiments.

The presentation is part of Innovation in Music 2015 conference at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

As for Cambridge a place I have never visited before I have found it to be very nice and full of bikes. The YHA is ideally suited and very well setup, staffed with friendly people and with stable WIFI which is great.

Cost of Living Crisis A Productivity Problem?

Prior to working within the HE education sector I had a number of jobs and roles one of which involved working on IT tenders for government departments.

Often these tenders had to be in by the end of play Friday or first thing Monday morning and at the time I was working Monday-Thursday but when needed I came in Friday or Saturday to complete the tender.

At that time the cost of such an unscheduled activity (transport, lunch) could easily be saddled by myself as the employee even when it often resulted in no immediate monetary gain or more often than not no personal momentary gain at all. I think most people do this kind of thing, turn up early to work or work a Saturday so as to develop a project. Being able to do so though was entirely dependent on the immediate availability of money, for my own personal speculative use (speculative as to say no gain may be necessarily derived from its expenditure). The lack of availability of these sort of funds to the individual is a likely first causality of the ongoing cost of living crisis and is exasperated by the associated focus of rising costs on non elective expenditure, housing, transport to work, food and water.

Consequently I wonder if the UK productivity problem, is an extension of the cost living crisis in that it denies the individual the ability to offer personal speculation as a facilitating measure to the economic system.

While travelling yesterday a poster at one of the train stations I was travelling through caught my eye. At the time I was working on a lecture about user interface and am currently very interested in the misinterpretation of instructions.

It's not OK to take a free ride

The intended purpose of the poster is obviously to encourage and remind people to purchase appropriate train tickets. A message which under the current social contract is entirely appropriate. However the choice of illustration strikes me as being poor. Car sharing, car pooling, journey sharing or historically hitch-hiking are surely equally valid forms of transport which also come with cost and environmental advantages to both the individual and society at large.

Now I understand that the intention of the poster is not to deter car sharing approaches but I fear that it also presents a less apparent revenue maximisation message. It is disappointing that they did not feel able to present this as a positive message, one that enables investments and helps to reduce ticket fairs.

Here is the complete video advert as well which for dramatic effects features a driver who apparently does not use his mirrors at all!

Manmade Words Would Never Do

for my God knew that manmade words would never do

Isaac Wimberley

In the UK General election tomorrow I intended to vote Green for two reasons,

  • I don’t believe GDP figures should be the focus of humanities existence
  • Infinite growth, fuelled by pointless jobs, based on the consumption of resources our descendants can not afford for us to use is no basis for policy.