Sometimes I tell myself "your CD collection is dumb and your reliability argument is facile, technology has legitimately moved on" and then I open Spotify and whatever track I double click on, it plays the one ten tracks further down the playlist

Here's to the Ministry of Sound 2007 Annual. That was a good year.


There's an argument about complexity that's been made by various ecologists/historians—I first read it from John Michael Greer, though I can't remember which blog post—that the main feature of modern technological "progress" is that something consumes more resources than before. New solutions are rarely simpler. They usually pile on additional complexity or dependencies (e.g. internet access). Capitalism doesn't allow us to say "okay this problem is solved now". Each year demands a new layer.

@tk Depends on how you define "main feature", I guess.

I don't think you can directly use that as the selling point.

(Though some try - see "Juicero")

@tk Something tells me this is why we have GUIs for *everything* instead of better command line interfaces.

@tk ""Capitalism doesn't allow us to say "okay this problem is solved now". Each year demands a new layer.""
Is a restatement of something I saw the other day. Wish I'd copied it down. Very true.
Just because something is 'good enough' or even perfect is not sufficient reason to leave well enough alone.
The interface will be tweaked or recoloured, the package changed, the recipe/algo altered -- anything to excuse calling it 'new' even if it makes it worse.

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