Life

A letter from Kiva

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Today, I received this letter from Kiva, where I – like many others – make small micro loans to entrepreneurs in the “Third World”.

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Dear Ronnie,

Watching and reading headlines of disease, displacement and conflict can leave us feeling so powerless. But the truth is we can act. And what we do does matter.

Consider lending to an entrepreneur in these regions in the news. Your support can go even further in crisis, conflict and recovery zones because other sources of funding may be harder to access.

Ebola Traumatizing West Africa
The climbing death toll from Ebola is creating panic and disrupting life in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. There’s no business as usual during this crisis, which is why entrepreneurs in West Africa need all the support they can get.

Poverty Fueling U.S. Border Crisis
Tens of thousand of children are fleeing poverty and brutal violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in search of peace and job opportunities. Small businesses can help provide opportunity and hope across Central America.

Fresh Violence in the Middle East
Bloodshed and instability in Iraq, Syria and Gaza have put tremendous pressure on humanitarian efforts in the region. You can support the vision of Kiva’s partners for a stable, economically healthy future in the region by making a loan.

Recovery Continues in Philippines
The Philippines continue to recover from Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, which struck in late 2013. Kiva loans can provide building materials, farm products and school supplies to help residents when they need it most.

A small loan, in any of these regions, will help borrowers and their families. Take pride in every kind act you do. Hope is our lifeline and together we make our world better, more capable of healing and more capable of coexistence.

Thanks for lending,
The Kiva Team

Disclaimer: Due to the destabilizing effects of disease and conflict on local economies and communities, there may be a greater risk of delinquency or default to borrowers in these regions.

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Please consider lending money on Kiva and forward this letter if you think other people could be interested, too.

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Digital

The Microsoft Sound composed by Brian Eno

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In 1994 Microsoft corporation designers Mark Malamud and Erik Gavriluk approached Brian Eno to compose music for the Windows 95 project. The result was the six-second start-up music-sound of the Windows 95 operating system, The Microsoft Sound (.wav). In the San Francisco Chronicle he said:

“The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I’d been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, “Here’s a specific problem — solve it.”

The thing from the agency said, “We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional,” this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said “and it must be 31/4 seconds long.”

I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It’s like making a tiny little jewel.

In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I’d finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.

As a guest on the The Museum of Curiosity radio show, Eno stated that the list of adjectives, which included “sexy”, comprised “about one-hundred and fifty adjectives” and that the music was to be no more than “3.8 seconds” long.

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Digital

WordPress.com changed their admin interface – here is the workaround to the old dashboard

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Where you could just go to your Admin bar on the left, select New, and then Post to get to your original Dashboard post Editor… Now it takes you to the new Post Editor, which has so many glitches on it.

But there is a workaround if you don’t want to use the New Interface:

Go to Admin Bar, and click on NEW, it will take you immediately to the Old Post Editor which everyone loves.

The support forums of WordPress.com are abuzz with WordPress.Com users who are hating this new interface and wish they could still access the old editor from their Admin Bar.

And if trying to post wasn’t enough to contend with…. Try editing a post. You you click Edit on a Post and it takes you to the New Interface.

Again, there is a workaround to get to the Old Editor.

Go to your Admin Bar, Click on Dashboard and then All Posts and it will bring up all your posts. Then underneath the post you want to click select EDIT.

It is obvious from the various threads being started that users of WordPress.com Blogs are not happy with these changes.

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Music

Goodbye musical instruments and recording studio

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I used to play in a band. We played two concerts. One with Psychic TV in Berlin and one with Laibach in Copenhagen. We disbanded soon after.

It was in the eighties. I put my instruments and home recording studio in storage. It has been there ever since.

Today, it will be picked up by a dear old friend of mine, who has his own professional recording studio in Copenhagen. What the studio can’t use will be put up for sale.

Here are some of the vintage equipment as Instagrams:

Contact me if you want a copy of the full equipment list.

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