How Tech Companies Ruin Urban Societies

How Tech Companies Ruin (Urban) Societies

In general, it’s good for a country to have large, powerful companies that employ a lot of people and pay them very well (more taxes). However, the resulting income inequality causes some serious trouble in communities hosting or close to high-pay hotspots.

One of the saddest examples is San Francisco, where property prices have skyrocketed during the past decade, mostly due to an influx of well-payed employees from corporations such as Google, Apple and Facebook as well as a host of tech startups and highly profitable medium-sized companies.

Madrugada - Industrial Silence

Madrugada – Quite Emotional

Dim the lights, light a candle, embrace, sway. True to its namesake, this atmospheric, moody and melancholy-inducing song features one of the warmest male vocal performances I’ve ever heard. Soothing guitars and gentle keyboards provide the ideal background while the sparingly-used percussion anchors the song to perfection.

There’s a saying that goes like this: while listening to this song for the first time, if you think of good memories, it will always bring you back to those beautiful moments when you listen to it again.

NASA Experiments

Interesting NASA Experiments

There’s some pretty interesting human activity going on in outer space during this period. For example, NASA recently launched InSight, yet another probe heading for Mars (yes, I do believe we’ve spending a bit too much on Mars). Along with that, they also launched two cubesats, the world’s first interplanetary such (cheaper) satellites. “MarCO-A and MarCO-B are demonstrating a number of cubesat technologies during their nearly 7-month cruise to Mars, including a folding high-gain antenna and a cold-gas propulsion system.”

Night & Day by Underdog

CubeSounD – Silent Moon (feat. Lori)

Mysterious and epic, this tune is a transporter to other worlds. Transporter Songs aren’t easy to build. First of all, it takes a special kind of wind to move our soul’s sails. Mystic incantations can save us from the storm, but it’s Lori’s voice that fills the soul’s ethereal sails. Now, we’re prepared for the oceanic union underneath the guiding celestial bodies.

“Will my feet touch solid ground again?”

There’s no journey without waves, no life without vibration. The melody’s pulse is always with us – the patterned avatar of ocean waves. But just like getting lost at sea, a storm is in the making…

The Dance of the Planets

The Dance of the Planets

Draw a line between the position of two planets every several days and behold the apparition of beautiful shapes.

The article lists some other funky coincidences about the planetary bodies in our solar system. It’s written in a slightly “new age metaphysical” tone, but facts are facts and these are undoubtedly interesting facts. Personally, what I draw from all the above is a feeling of complete agreement with what a wiser person has said before me: “Mathematics is the language of nature” (and I perceive even physics and chemistry as flavors of mathematics).

Garbage - Version 2.0

Garbage – Special

I loved this lovely love killer even before I could understand what she’s singing about. It’s interesting how a song can change in one’s mind over the course of 20 years. I was 15 when I heard this song the first time. 20 years later, I love it just as much, but not the same.

Even since back in 1998, Garbage showed that they’re not afraid to mix all sorts of spicy sounds into their rock orchestration. Paired with Shirley Manson, one of the most memorable female vocalist I can think of, it’s a recipe for success.

Best of 2017

Best 99 Things That Happened in 2017

There’s a lot of negative news out here, and for good reason I’d say. The world has indeed improved since a century ago, but we as a species know we can do better. I’m happy to see that people strive in that direction by wanting to improve and shouting about those things that are obviously wrong with our civilization.

But here’s a list of good news from around the world. And all of these happened in one, single year!

Sorrow - Arisen

Sorrow – Arisen

Dark but mellow, this old school drum’n’bass creation is a master class in the clever use and mixing of vocal samples, something I’ve noticed that this artist is particularly good at.

This song also introduced me to one of my all-time favorite album covers. I’ve tried to contact Sorrow to find out who’s behind the masterpiece but no luck. Hopefully one day I’ll find out who’s behind this magnificent drawing.