Non-stop mellow – @GDRadio

The soundtrack for my current work and writing is the very wonderful Grateful Dead Radio (GDRadio.net).  Non-stop streaming of concerts by the Grateful Dead and off-shoots; what more do you need? On my first, and so far only, trip to San Francisco, I drove in from San Diego with Grateful Dead Radio on the hire […]

Cornerstones, connections and musical memory

My music collection is built on the cornerstone of three albums that I bought during the last holiday I took with my parents.  They were on vinyl, of course; CDs were still a few years away.  I was at university when breakfast time TV (also a relative novelty) demonstrated their resilience by spreading small, shiny […]

Greatest live albums?

Kurt at Cultural Offering offers a list of the greatest ever live albums: 1.   Sinatra at the Sands, Frank Sinatra, 1966 2.   One for the Road, The Kinks, 1980 3.   Live at the Regal, B.B. King, 1967 4.   At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash, 1968 5.   Live at the Apollo, James Brown, 1963 6.   At Mister […]

Privacy vs. Transparency – dot.Maggie Blog

Here is an interesting interview with John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the BBC’s Maggie Shiels.  Perry Barlow draws a distinction between the need for privacy and that for transparency.  He also discusses how firms like Google alter the way in which we perceive and consequently make decisions based on the […]

Privacy vs. Transparency – dot.Maggie Blog

Here is an interesting interview with John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the BBC’s Maggie Shiels.  Perry Barlow draws a distinction between the need for privacy and that for transparency.  He also discusses how firms like Google alter the way in which we perceive and consequently make decisions based on the […]

The Best at What You Do?

I love the sentiment in Hugh MacLeod’s cartoon… … which gets to the heart of what everyone needs to address, not only those pursuing an independent path as a sovereign individual or in a portfolio career.  We all need to build and play to our unique strengths.  And we all need to find work which […]

John Kao on Innovation

An illuminating take on innovation from John Kao, below. I am fascinated by those who have enjoyed (i.e. created) success in wildly different fields.  Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is a text-book example.  In the early seventies he played guitar on Steely Dan’s seminal albums Can’t Buy A Thrill and Pretzel Logic before moving on to the […]

Strange Confluences

I’m tempted to buy this but it feels wrong.  Despite all evidence to the contrary, in my mind heart, the cold, hard logic of business should be a separate world from the anarchic, creative passion which is rock and roll. Interesting though.  As Dennis McNally described wonderfully in “A Long Strange Trip”, the Dead’s business […]

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