You know what they say: "Big hands mean a big..."
Anything that MOVES!
The buttons have been move crucial millimetres. They now SUCK.
Warrantless Wiretapping was about getting blackmail materials on every sitting member of the House and the Senate, as well as their staff and acquaintances.
Your government fell to a silent coup a handful of years ago, and we're now seeing the direction to which the "winners" want to take your country and our world.
"American Senators tell us that Brazil should not worry, because this is not "surveillance," it's "data collection." They say it is done to keep you safe. They're wrong. There is a huge difference between legal programs, legitimate spying, legitimate law enforcement -- where individuals are targeted based on a reasonable, individualized suspicion -- and these programs of dragnet mass surveillance that put entire populations under an all-seeing eye and save copies forever. These program
I could imagine a disturbing time when all popular music is electronic and kids grow up without learning that they can actually create music in the moment (wait.. are we there already?), but then one day someone "discovers" this weird feeling they get when they start tapping on a log or a desk or a glass or something, and then they have the "innovative" idea of doing that with other people. They'll never want to stop.
If you notice, in the original article that was linked, the primary complaint is NOBODY is DANCING.
I don't care if you have only 1sq foot of space per person. That wouldn't be a problem if you had Kool and the Gang bumping your house down. The bans is tapped INTO THE EARTH'S RHYTHM. The people are tapped into THAT SAME rhythm. Every one is getting DOWN.
By the way, have you ever heard me rant AGAINST GODDAMN EARBUDS!!!????
Music is intended to create a space of shared experience, not isolate people into private sonic boundaries.
Buy a BOOM BOX. Turn it UP!
Cook and Ives.
They will be found in the 9th circle of hell, with heads up each other's arses - where like in Dante's inferno they will be whipped for all eternity by the disembodied heads of Brin and Page, attached to a single robot body.
Try hitting "forward" or "reverse" to the next/previous track, without looking. With out accidentally changing volume, or switching "shuffle".
Try doing WHILE looking! Still the deuce to do!
This was perfectly positioned, and responded to the right touch, prior to 7 - even with the 6.x face lift.
TOTAL DISASTER. I now use a 3rd party player, after 3 months of bitch-fight with Ives' abortion.
It's awful. Things that function as multi-state buttons now look like hyperlinks. Low-contrast shading "highlights" state changes. Other buttons, formerly intuitive and multi-state, now summon fly-up menus from the bottom of the screen (like the loop one/all button in Music app).
"WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO RUIN MY COMPANY?"
-- Steve Jobs, c. 2003
iOS7 would have gotten Jony FIRED if Jobs were still alive. Give the man a gong, and "Sir" Ives fucks everything to hell.
The man was a great PHYSICAL designer of cases and objects. Not allowed near software UXD in Steve's lifetime. Now you know why.
Nothing works well, any longer - shadows and reflections or not. The laundry list of how screwed the music app deserved a post of its own.
Red chevrons? REALLY? Lotus Notes, Borland SideKick and ccMail.
In a sense, you're right. Songs probably don't even try to compete with more articulate music. I think they're fine in their simplicity. What's sad is that the vast majority don't even know what a more refined music is and why they should listen to it.
Did you know that most traditional, complex music systems - such as Indian modal and Raga - are taught for YEARS first only as vocal expression? By SINGING, one practices the musical elements by internalizing it - in the body. One is often not permitted to touch an instrument for one or more years...
Singing is a primary, forceful creative expression. It wasn't concocted to mask bad productions. There is lyric. There is music. There is music and lyric together. Each are distinct. Sometimes, there is a powerful an collaborative effect. Some music is never written, unless the writer is moved so, by the line that is written or sung - then comes an inspiration!
There are some powerful musics that first erupt as song, and their makers could not tell you where one started and the other ends.
I would suggest going to a good black church on a couple of weekends. You might see simplicity and "refinement" differently, than listening to what passes for "song" in the commercial marketplace.
Music is a language - among other things. Music can be an expression of otherwise inchoate feelings and non-verbal awareness or sensations.
Not having REAL music - which means the playing, presence of human expression - is a loss of part of the spectrum of being human. Machines can mimic timing, tone and timbre - but machines cannot groove. They cannot translate yearning or joy into trembling fingertips... into welling breath.
Music can be as simple as banging your hand on a log... But everybody can make music. Everybody SHOULD make music. Teach music, learn music, love music.
Now, where IS my Earth Wind and Fire track?
It's their torrent of piss.
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