Our Faith in Humanity

By on Feb 19, 2014 in Media, Music, Politics | 1 comment

We talk about losing faith in humanity, because we see and do terrible things. But think of what that means. What are we comparing humanity to, in order to be disappointed? Are we comparing it to the rest of the animal kingdom? For those of us that do, humanity will almost always be morally wanting, although creatively fascinating. But what else are we referring to? We are not referring to another race, not from this planet or another one, we are not referring to benevolent all-powerful aliens that we know to be better creatures, and if so, why would we be using the word ‘humanity’? The words get conflated, the meaning behind the disappointment obscured, we use ‘human’ to mean ‘humane’ and we use humanity not to represent the sum total of the homo sapiens gene pool, which is, really, all we are – but to represent what we think we should be,...

El Maglis (We All Love SCAF)

By on May 26, 2011 in Music | 0 comments

Mamnou3 El Intizar

By on Jan 7, 2010 in Music | 0 comments

Work continues on Mamnou3 El Intizar. I want to thank everybody for their comments and downloads, and I can assure you that the album is almost finished, and I’ll start working out release options pretty soon. So far, the track listing includes tracks such as ‘Shafshaq’, ‘Ghali’, and ‘Be3eed’ – which you may have heard through this site or through my facebook page – and many unreleased tracks such as ‘Tadrib’, ‘Tamam’, ‘El Zaman’, ‘Hinak’, and several others. All in all – I expect the final album to contain around 12-14 tracks. Working on Mamnou3 has been a rewarding and educational experience, I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

Chinese Democracy Starts Now!

By on Nov 22, 2008 in Music | 0 comments

You’ve had too many Yesterdays, and it’s been 14 Years since you’ve heard anything good – meanwhile, Anything Goes. You’ve taken the Nighttrain straight from a Breakdown into a Coma, and you’ve been feeling Estranged from Paradise City, and all you feel like during this very un-Civil War is that you just want to scream ‘Don’t Damn Me‘ – but the time IS come, the moment is NOW, and Dr. Pepper owes all of America a free drink. Chinese Democracy is here. It’s been a long time coming for Guns N’ Roses fans – over 16 years ago – the band left us with the Use Your Illusion albums and since then it’s been a rough ride. If you’ve been following the people involved, itching to hear something, anything – that FEELS like Guns N’ Roses then you’ve probably been sorely disappointed....

Foundations of A Broadcast-Based Financial Compensation Model for Digital Media

By on Jun 9, 2008 in Featured, Media, Music, Politics | 3 comments

As a listener – as audience – I am driven towards media that I like. I am infotropic, so to speak. Some data, some information, some inherent artistic or intellectual order manifests to me through songs, books, movies, and various other forms of media. Wanting this information is as basic to my spiritual/intellectual/cultural self as water is to my biological. In that sense, it feels like more than a want, it feels like a morally justifiable right. I want to pay for the stuff I like, in fact – proud to pay for it when it’s easy to, and when the compensation requested is within my budget. However, it seems that withholding the data, on condition of compensation is somehow contrary to the essence of information itself, to a moral imperative inherent in information – to the very fact that information seems to want to spread. It is self-reproducing. As a...

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