Here is a log of @soundcloudsaid finding its most recent comment. As I read the three comments it had to choose from I thought, “There is an obvious choice here,” and I am *so* pleased that the bot chose the way it did.

sexism in tech 

I‘m reading Dave Tompkins’ history of the vocoder, ‘How to Wreck a Nice Beach,’ and it provides a perfect example of the ‘sexist algorithm.’ Vocoders were designed around the voices of men, so they frequently had problems processing women’s voices.

‘Glide Control’ from the TEMPEST 2000 video game soundtrack, 1994. youtube.com/watch?v=uRfpXNuqhV

I never played this game and don’t remember how I got this CD, but I listened to it constantly and think it’s a big part of why I got so into electronic music.

And I still have the CD:

Remember this mid-00’s trend (on Flickr maybe?) where you’d set your computer background to a photo of what was behind your computer so that it looked like your desktop was translucent? Well I just remembered it and I did it!

I was just checking out the list of provisional emoji and the keywords for potted plant include ‘boring’ and ‘useless.’ 😟

unicode.org/emoji/future/emoji

I love that Chain Reaction, a Berlin label that focused on dub techno/minimal techno from ‘95 to ‘03, packaged its CDs in hinged metal boxes. Unopened CDs often ended up being scratched or warped from heat.

(image from hardformat.org/15/chain-reacti)

I really like this photo I took in 2017 of an empty snail shell and a piece of moss resting on a leaf.

‪This is a screen recording of the Google Translate app’s live-translation camera trying to handle my car’s now-playing screen. (I’m listening to ‘QUE NO SALGA LA LUNA’ by Rosalía from her album ‘EL MAL QUERER,’ which is amazing.)‬

Upon seeing the album cover for James Taylor’s 1976 ‘Greatest Hits,’ I involuntarily thought: “Did they spell his name wrong?”

In 2012, German electronic musician Jan Jelinek released ‘Music for Fragments / Music & Birds.’ In addition to more traditional formats, the album was available on a USB drive embedded in a 155lb concrete cube. janjelinek.bandcamp.com/album/

For everything they get wrong, I’m impressed that the downloadable archives you get from Twitter and Facebook are complete websites you can actually browse. (Twitter’s archive doesn’t come with any of your media, though…)

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Which, of course, contain only raw data. If I wanted to browse my Flickr collection by album, or see comments on a photo, etc., I’d need to manually pick through thousands of files and match photo IDs. (Or, like, write an app that rebuilds the Flickr UI to browse these JPGs and JSON files?) Unfortunately, it’s not much more useful than the folders of these JPGs that are already on my hard drive.

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I have years and years of photos and albums on Flickr, so I wanted to grab all of my account data before they downgrade my account tomorrow with the new pricing.

Now I just need to download… 105 zip files. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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