Songs and Sounds

I’m not sure what the best way is to share music these days…

You can find my band from a previous life raintribe and our record Ancient Spacemen on iTunes.  CD Baby also has our little known 2nd record chantmoansingwhisperscream. I put new song ideas up on Soundcloud sometimes, such as my new one Another Day Without YouWhen I record  songs I am sometimes thinking about who  I wish would record it. I wrote Goodbye thinking of Taylor Swift, for some reason. Another Day Without You I was thinking about Ingrid Michaelson, whom I adore, musically speaking.

I produced, recorded and mixed 3 records with Tea and Sympathy and I still play guitar with them occasionally in Minneapolis. All of their records are fantastic, in my opinion, and Alicia Corbett is a Minneapolis treasure. You can find the latest release, Things Like This on iTunes.



Songs and Sounds

Google Keeps Innovating


Google released some major computational capabilities today:

Google takes Cloud Machine Learning service mainstream

This is truly cutting-edge technology that brings the power of “the cloud” to our fingertips in ways it was hard to even imagine a score ago. Have you seen, for example, the Google Translate app? You can put it in camera mode and it will instantly translate any text in range of the camera, in real-time. All of the processing power is “in the cloud” meaning it is layered, scalable and distributed physically and geographically. Until we get a few orders of magnitude better with handheld technology, you can’t expect your smartphone to crunch these kinds of numbers. This is one example of one application of the huge investment Google has made in the Google Cloud Platform. I’m a big fan of Wolfram Alpha. I think it is one of the greatest computer accomplishments ever. But this stuff is close. Google keeps delivering.

It’s hard not to see Google’s business model looming behind things these days but that is ultimately a Good Thing™. Some of their work is released as open source and most of it is available for developers to tinker with for free. They should be getting paid for their innovation when it is leverage by for-profit developers. I hope they keep access available for tinkerers and social data warriors.

What do you think?

Google Keeps Innovating

Recent Writing

I wrote a piece over at Badger Hill Brewing called “Approximately 10 No-Bullshit Things You Can Do To Be Happier in 2016 (and beyond!)“. Do them. Every day.

I also wrote something for Minnesota Business Magazine, thanks to my friend and business partner Nancy Lyons. I wanted to say life partner but that would confuse you! It’s called “Women, Men and the Workplace“.

I like writing stuff about stuff. Let me know if some stuff of yours needs writing on it.

Recent Writing