I've been on the fediverse since a _long_ time, previously mostly on social.umeahackerspace.se, seen a lot of things move, seen a lot of things cool down.
I am, in no particular order, a musician of various kinds, a programmer, an academic, a white cis guy, a hacker, a burned-out activist (#telecomix among other things), a teacher, a student, appreciative and occasionally a contributor of art, of thought, and of justice.
Currently in CH, previously in SE.
hi folks! I'm proud to release today this game OST, a small game jam project I've joined last year, inspired by classic #vgm and in a proper release format. enjoy!
(also, don't forget today is last #bandcamp monthly day with 0% revenue shares, support your local artists/scene and share )
bad news for android users
Jumping out on the #Bandcamp ticker today are the new releases by Richard Thompson (Bloody Noses EP) and Phoebe Bridgers (Punisher). I own both records (obviously haven't heard the Thompson one yet but I've been a fan of his for a long time) and I feel pretty good about seeing them scroll by over and over again.
Alchemy looks a lot like science: an alchemist observes a phenomenon, hypothesises a causal relationship, and designs and performs an experiment to test the hypothesis.
The difference is in what happens next.
The scientist publishes their findings so that others can critique it. The alchemist does not. Scientists aren't smarter than alchemists, so scientists are every bit as capable of making themselves believe that drinking mercury is good for their health.
As far as I know, this is the ONLY way to buy ebooks published by commercial publishers without signing away your rights. It's not a "license," it's a sale. You bought it, you own it. It's a book. Books are older than copyright, than publishing, than paper, than commerce.
I totally reject the idea that the ancient compacts that bind us when we trade in literature can be unilaterally rewritten by a monopolist simply by making you click "I agree."
My audiobooks - like my ebooks - come with no terms and conditions. The deal you make with me is the same deal you make with bookstores when you buy physical books: "Every right Congress ever gave you is intact. Don't violate copyright. We're cool. Thank you and come again."
Audible controls 90%+ of the audiobook market, and audiobooks presently account for about the same number of sales as hardcovers. That's an entire universe of literature that is under total control of a monopolist.
There are rivals to Audible that have virtually identical inventories and exactly the same prices: libro.fm, downpour.com, and - for my audiobooks, at least - craphound.com/shop.
Every book on Audible has DRM that locks it forever - even after the copyright has expired - to Amazon's platform. They and they alone can decide which devices can play those books.
This is the company that one day decided (for example) that it wouldn't stream its video to rivals' TV dongles, like Google's Chromecast. They changed their mind...eventually. Do you think it's the last time they'll change it?
I once got invited to give a paid speech at Amazon and I said, "Sure, I'll even waive my fee. Just answer my questions about whether you will delete the Kindle books people buy in the future." I never got an answer, and I never gave the speech.
My store's also got my audiobooks. You can't even buy those on Amazon, or its audiobook monopolist Audible - that's because Audible refuses to carry my audiobooks because they're DRM-free.
Amazon even reserves the right to reach into your device and delete your books if they change their minds about selling them to you.
They've done that before...with George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. No, I'm not making that up.
I have asked dozens of Amazon press spokespeople whether they would do this again, and...crickets.
But it's also a better deal for you: while all my books, in all bookstores, are sold without DRM (including these ones), these ebooks are also sold with NO TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Kindle books require that you "agree" to a sprawling garbage novella of impenetrable legalese.
Clicking "Buy" is also clicking "Agree" and what you agree to is a near-total waiver of your privacy and consumer rights.
Many people have written lately asking for the best way to get electronic editions of my books and audiobooks, so now's a good time to remind you that I run my own ebook store, where I sell my publishers' electronic editions of my books:
So I'm getting the 30% that Amazon would take if you bought the books from them, then I send the 70% to my publishers, and then THEY send me 25% of that back as my royalty - basically doubling my income.
Manna for our Malices is currently on sale on both #steamsummersale and #itchsummersale: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1013580/Manna_for_our_Malices/ https://enkiv2.itch.io/manna-for-our-malices
Well I was hoping to be able to share my music today, because there's another #Bandcamp waiver in 2 and a half hours (and then for the preceding 24 hours)
And this is my backup account because my instance is down
#Bandcamp is waving their share of revenue to help artist affected by the covid-19 pandemic this friday.
To support artists and labels impacted by the pandemic, #bandcamp are waiving again their revenue share on all sales for a third time on July 3rd.
For the occasion, you will be able to name your own price for each of our 72 releases!
hey frens!! bandcamp are waiving their revenue share again. if you're considering buying our EP today is the day to do it!!
only if you have spare cash obvs. otherwise listen on spotify or download from bandcamp for free ✨
So I made the days Bandcamp purchase.. It turned into a little more than I thought, but it's all good stuff.
Currently #listening to Yazz Ahmed's La Saboteuse: https://yazzahmed.bandcamp.com/album/la-saboteuse-2
Also, I bought the full discography of South African label Subterranean Wavelengths, with the current favourite being probably Polarity Prism by KAJAMA https://subterraneanwavelength.bandcamp.com/album/polarity-prism
PhD in theoretical CS, I do music, and hacking and stuff too.
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