I don’t need no fancy car
I don’t need to be a star
I don’t want what you bought
I don’t want any THOTS
(All I need Is You)
I need you in my life
I’m prepared to pay the price
You make me feel so nice
(All I need Is You)
I see how much care
Can’t help but stop and stare
Drop down and say a prayer
I don’t need a stereo
I don’t need no video
I don’t care what’s on TV
I just need you here with me
I don’t need no labeled suits
I don’t need no labeled glasses
I don’t need no great big house
I just need you for my spouse
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Back in the day, not too long ago, there were many companies competing in a specific marketplace for customers, not consumers. The customer was always right. Companies valued customers. Competition made services and products attractive to customers, and they flocked to the companies that not only provided the best products, but also the best customer service.
Today, customer service is a distant memory in many cases. A customer is no longer treated as valuable, but instead has transitioned into a consumer. Consumers have been deemed a company right. In multiple ways, innovation has taken a back seat. There is a pervasive herd mentality. Instead of different thinking and innovation, too many companies follow the crowd and conform. If companies don’t conform for whatever reason, litigation becomes a significant obstacle for nonconformists.
Companies become more powerful through acquisition by creating industry specific oligopolies, or a monopoly as opposed to the good old days of competition (Circa the advent of the Internet). Increasingly, today’s competition is wrapped up in patent trolls, and licensing litigation. Competition seems to exist only in sports and politics (if we believe what we see is true). The business world has seceded from the world of competition.
This article is not intended to point a finger at any one company, but to highlight a development in the business world that crosses industries, and detracts from innovation and unadulterated competition.
We need to consider how best our global future can be served by restricting new ideas and experimentation from those of us who have much to contribute. Should monopolistic behavior and litigation serve as the backbone of the business world in the 21st century, I think not.
Have you ever had a really shitty day at work (or maybe the shittiness started before you even got there—a late wake-up, trouble at home, a traffic ticket, spilled coffee, that feeling of being behind, before your day has really even started)? Or maybe the coffee only spilled into your adrenal system and did its work a little too well, so you feel antsy, vaguely agitated, unfocused, wondering when the winter of your discontent will end? Furious is good music for that.
If you’re like me, you may apply songs like first aid sometimes, trying to stop emotional bleeding or keep a mood from getting infected. I once listened to Kind of Blue on repeat in hopes that Miles might treat a mild depression. At first, it made things worse, but then, on the sixth time through, I finally got what Cannonball Adderley was telling me: lighten up, man
Repeated plays of Furious may or may not work in the same way. The basic motif is simple, a doubled synth figure seesawing back and forth over drums that one might very well describe as “furious.” As in much of the music Ty Showers creates, the drums really drive the vehicle of the song. The road that vehicle is on goes back to the Mahavishnu Orchestra and other early fusion bands that prog-rock fans used to listen to in the 1970s. Genre didn’t matter so much back then. If I put on Return to Forever for a Yes or ELO or Kansas fan, they always dug it.
Wringing a guitar wail out of his keyboard, Ty (who got his start as a guitar and bass player) goes a little Carlos Santana on us here. It works, with layers of percussion beefing up the drums. The fadeout features a little organ one-two that may remind you of the last time you honked your horn at some idiot driver doing his best to ruin your day. If this were a movie, we’d pull up and out in an aerial shot, to reveal a line of cars backed up to the horizon.
Keep this tune playing, and your day will be impervious to rush hour and other forms of ruin. Furious is the second track on the December 2010 release, Just One Last…, and it’s rockin’ good badness.
There are many conspiracy theories circulating about Google’s Dropcam buy. Here’s one that may have some weight but further reduces our disappearing privacy. Google buying Dropcam may open the door to exposing the interior of your home as part of their mapping strategy. This deduction is one logical reason for Google’s interest in Dropcam other than collecting additional data, data they don’t currently have―inside of your home. The whole idea of Google exposing videos of you coming up the stairs via your Dropcam that you forgot to turn off, or your wife sleeping on the sofa to the public may be unnerving and disconcerting.
The propaganda from news outlets is that Google’s purchase of Nest and Dropcam is to augment their connected home strategy. Google’s business model is all about collecting data and selling it to advertisers. All data from email to surfing habits are mined, and the more data Google can collect on consumers the more they can decipher to provide to advertisers. Knowing how cool or hot you keep your house or when you usually come home (via Dropcam) are merely two examples.
Moreover, what if all the video Dropcam has collected is now public? Ever see those embarrassing street view shots Google inadvertently offers of naked people? Well, imagine if they offered similarly inadvertent images of inside your home when you might walk naked in front of a Dropcam not knowing it’s on, and forget to delete the video from Dropcam’s cloud. That’s an embarrassing scenario.
I’m sure you can imagine even more unscrupulous incidents happening with Google’s control of your Dropcam. Oh yeah, Google will give you the tap dance about your privacy. However, the company is becoming so big that the only privacy they have a concern over is their own. Users of Google products are simply faceless commodities of information that allow Google to add more revenue to impress shareholders.