Monthly Archives: December 2011

“poke it with a stick” “doubleshock”- the benefits of provoking repair by system shock

While I do feel tremendously sorry for the individual in the yellow shirt he has the honour of providing a superb example of a two OSS shock principles: ‘poke it with a stick’ and ‘doubleshock’. “Poke it with a stick” … Continue reading

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System shock, with failed repair

Thought I’d lighten the mood a little. Note that although assets are present which could assist repair they do not choose to do so. Raising important questions about how to predict effective repair.  

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The OSS practitioner as whisky priest

I was recently reminded of a speech which was originally related to me by a good friend. The so-called “whisky” speech of US politician Noah S. Sweat. “My friends, “I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this … Continue reading

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Turns out we don’t dance…

According to this article on the BBC, researcher Tijl de Bie (pronunced ‘Tell’, if you’re interested) and his team have shown that musical hits can be predicted if you include both loudness and danceability. This is an interesting one. Our … Continue reading

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Modern music – reprised

I enjoyed Ed’s recent post about modern music, and thought I’d have a bash myself. As I see it we have two competing views. The first, shown immediately below, represents a direct conflict between loud and soft music, expressed at … Continue reading

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A meme by any other name…

“A meme is “an idea, behaviour or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.” During the … Continue reading

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Legendary

“Legends are not created by diaries, but they can be destroyed by them.” – Michael Palin I agree with this analysis, and wonder what this tells us about legends. Further, what does it tell us about creation and destruction?

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Modern Music

After looking at a recent article on why modern music is technically rubbish – ie, they prize loudness over quality of sound, and definition of the elements within the music..  We’ve been throwing around a few models in an attempt … Continue reading

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