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1. Cigarettes And Me

Cigarettes And Me

Simple power pop, crappy drums...

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4. deteriorating ft barren (prod. GREAF)

  • Published: 2017-01-06T01:27:31Z
  • By gizmo
deteriorating ft barren (prod. GREAF)


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5. Let the Dead Sleep

Let the Dead Sleep

Lyrics below. Art by Takato Yamamoto. This is a sad song. Please dont call me man I am not a man (she/her, xe/xyr pronouns.) The song was honestly better without ol boy anyway. You’re welcome. ❤️ (Inaudible) (Electra) Pen and paper was my best friend When I was just a little kid I added marijuana cigarettes and some house slippers with a nice fit I been stuck and can't write shit Told myself I had to practice Shooting out with my feelings cuz anxiety caught me lackin I been slapped across my face Treated like I'm in the way A burden only meant for expression of stress and feelings of repression of trauma and depression Healings and blessings, no they don't come my way I was in that cold townhouse Alcohol had him hellbound Not too long 'fore I found out In chorus, then I dropped out So many tears fell down And there's so many more to fall I feel them all (Electra) When I was just a little kid I was the one that y'all went against Used for entertainment But known as annoying You wonder why I don't say shit Cuz all y'all on some fake shit You done shapeshifted like a ghost hiding in your spaceship like an alien Remember DMT, *****? You and me? I didn't have no one to listen so that shit meant everything Even though I was selfish like PNB I earned a best friend who would just see me for me I was in that hot room wild Watching shows with ****** Back when I didn't know much and my singing was fucked up AshTre and Ronee Acid and sunsets N.E.R.D tracks, I was feeling glad I was filled with happiness

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6. Mellow Mood - She's So Nice

Mellow Mood - She's So Nice

SHE'S SO NICE è il primo singolo estratto da WELL WELL WELL, album dei MELLOW MOOD pubblicato dalla Tempesta International il 18 maggio del 2012. She's so nice and she a gwaan get me out of control / yeh she wanna know how long can me stand before me fall / she mek me mind get mad and me heart nah go badda / she's so nice, unno cyaan say no, / we spend a likkle time and I would never let her go / hey look inna her heart and she open all the doors / 'cause it a go so it a go so I'm not insecure / but she cry for a while caw she miss me so / and she nah waan nobody else but me a likkle more / me go pon top a di hills and she name me a go shout / 'cause "beautiful, beautiful" dat's my thought so / life with nobody is not life unno expect / some man de pon de street alone a smoke cigarettes / but first yuh affi give yourself a big respect / di one weh nah care about di first weh a go flat / uh she call me, uh she waan me, uh she waan me at all / I never tek her for granted 'cause one day she could head for the door / all di girls dem smell like a rose but she doesn't need no pose / she bloom as di flowers and tek me for hours deh into her world / she smell like a rose and she sing like the birds / me know how things a gwaan when she gonna say those words / every breath seh come out a her mouth a go mash me down / mek me jump and twist till me really touch the ground / she's the top / no contest, no race and no competition / all de woman try fi do like her but she style is so pure / when she walk de pon di street every man say "wow" / she swim like the fishes and she fly like a hawk / dis girl she drive me crazy like no woman before / well me think seh if a real love it a go long / ain't no distance ain't no jealousy seh we cyaan stand / dry girl me say dry those tears / if me deya by your side we mos affi dry those tears / inna no eyes, inna no room, inna no backyard those tears / laugh and dem a pass deh from your face deh to your feet / dem go throughout the rivers and galang deh to the sea / let me see yuh smiling yes indeed / inna no trend, inna no style, inna no standard, inna no file / inna no fashion weh di generation fallow lang time / not even a million sign can describe weh me find when she de pon me mind / she mek it harder, me know seh dis girl she mek it harder / 'cause she a murderer, yuh know seh dis girl well she's a murderer.

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7. coffee (demo)

coffee (demo)

i like coffee in the morning after we have sex and my cigarettes still burning dont get stuck inside your head when my exes try to text me youre the one thats in my bed its you and me now just you and me now if you love me let me know that you wont just get up and go that you wont leave me all alone no no no i've been hurt and i got walls up i got a million problems tell me are we gonna solve them i like coffee in the morning after we have sex and my cigarettes still burning dont get stuck inside your head when my exes try to text me youre the one thats in my bed its you and me now just you and me now

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8. Trouble and Heartaches

Trouble and Heartaches

This is 50mins of missing, wishing, crying and moaning soul music. Carefully selected and orderd. Most of the stuff i found in Record Stores in San Francisco. Shout outs to Dick and Rooky Ricardo’s Record Store at this point, amazing place to look for Soul 45s. Tracklist: Gladys Knight And The Pips - The Way We Were (Intro Cut) The Mad Lads - I Forgot To Be Your Lover The Sweet Inspiration - All It Takes Is You And Me Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band - How Long (Instrumental) Eddie Simpson - Big Black Funky Slave Cresa Watson - Dead O.V. Wright - Motherless Child Ruth Brown - I Don’t Know Billy Larkin - Way Cross Town Wanda Robinson - My Father Is Dying The Webs - It’s So Hard To Break A Habit Michael Jackson - Ain’t No Sunshine (Cut) Rubba - Way Star Timmy Thomas - Why Can’t We Live Together Douglas Wood - Moon Nightclub Wanda Robinson - The Final Hour Caution: You may get moody or cry while listening. I recommend to have cigarettes and booze prepared. Free Download. Cheers, Jascha

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9. Right

  • Published: 2016-10-21T13:30:10Z
  • By Conch

Download for free at Artwork by Andru Wetmore LYRICS: I got a knack for rapping better than you can groovy get em loopier better than tucan Sam nope the man I am Green eggs nope but going ham I am God damn Did that make sense I don't care long as it makes dollars to pay rent Buy booze and weed to stay bent My dudes and me don't need to place bets Cause life's already a gamble Most folks round here too steady to handle My off kilter not filtered pop killer attitude If yours girls hot I might stop drop smash her too To what Maybe to some frank ocean I been at the bank straight swollen cause I'm dank rolling Smoking cigarettes on the top floor top floor Look at this view dude this is what I talk for Right all the time If the shit ain't a hit ain't a song of mine Take a hit then I pass it along the line Right all the time Right all the time If the shit ain't a hit ain't a song of mine Take a hit then I pass it along the line Right all the time Seen your girl with the body all short Titties and a booty what a hottie on shore Toss her in the water got her soggy my shorts Coming off going nuts on the volleyball court Beach to be exact Wouldn't let me hit it said she need to be intact For the evening had a meeting with here dad and if he seen her out with me then he'd be screaming being mad I'm a bad dude This that hot tamale jalapeño chill spice saliva flow Popped a Molly glass of Pinot really like to find a smoke Much of a sativa breather but I like unwinding so I inhale exhale every single night like Right all the time If the shit ain't a hit ain't a song of mine Take a hit then I pass it along the line Right all the time Right all the time If the shit ain't a hit ain't a song of mine Take a hit then I pass it along the line Right all the time

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10. Devin Wild ft. David Spekter - Forever (Teaser)

  • Published: 2018-07-26T09:43:05Z
  • By Scantraxx
Devin Wild ft. David Spekter - Forever (Teaser)

► For more music, subscribe at: ► Follow our Hardstyle Playlist on Spotify: They say that true friendship lasts forever and is not just something you learn in school. Once you grasp the meaning of true friendship, you can live a life filled with happiness… A true friend will inspire you, stimulate your best qualities and bring utmost joy to your life. They say we all need a friend, to celebrate the good times with and to fight through the bad with. They say a true bond never fades, despite factors such as distance and 'adult lives' coming between the simplicity of it all… Sonic architect Devin Wild combines this deep and heart-warming storyline with the power of soul-shaking kicks in his latest release "Forever." Premiering the track at WiSH in Mexico, the tune's profound storyline instantly touched fans and has revived a refreshing and emotive edge to Hardstyle song writing. Lyrics: Do you remember smoking cigarettes, in the back of our dad's car. We were 17, had everything, now it all just seems so far We made a promise to each other, that we were never gonna change. It's been a couple years, and a couple tears, but we always stay the same. It doesn't matter where I'm gonna go, how far from home, I know I got you forever. You and me forever. Even when I'm feeling so alone, and no one knows I know I got you forever You and me forever. Even when I'm feeling so alone, and no one knows I know I got you forever You and me forever. Guess we haven't seen each other, since we moved away to school. Now I share my drinks,and all my things, with someone that isn't you. I can't remember the last time that you and I Spoke on the phone But I know when we do,It'll all be cool, like we never let it go. Even when I'm feeling so alone, And no one knows, I know I got you forever, You and me forever. Connect:

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11. better dead // faster

better dead // faster

Nightcore lyrics - tryna make the days go faster than they can hoping my dad will show up when i'm dead tryna rewind just to change what i said i'm hopeless at best, better off fucking dead fucked up long ago i'll explain what i meant if it helps, i'll go visit the places we went you'll stay stuck in my head i know i've been wrong i can't help what i've been been broken before i'm not easy to bend i don't want what i spent i just want the memories that you and me have maybe make some tomorrow just make up a plan we can make up and then; we can fix what i did can't do that when i'm dead i just want all those nights i layed down in your bed i just want a new life so i can get ahead reincarnated through someone i left, i just wish that i hadn't; blocked your facebook cause i can't see the status's i'm writing my wrongs just like im sitting in english class and if it's alright maybe we'll make amends but we can make them days go as fast as they can yah... its not every day that i fell that hard... we smoked cigarettes in the cold garage... made lots of eye contact yah no reason i should hold back yah wow i wish that id have known that she’s asking wheres the malibu at my whole life where you been at yeah I’m falling hard in the living room the liquor i threw just seemed to prove that i was into you them hips the way you move when you talk the way you do i'm stuck in love ; and girl you knew this i'm done playing games quit acting stupid we can keep pointing fingers or we can really do this keep pointing fingers keep pointing out my past we can move on, we can hate it, or we can get back we can scream fight, or sleep in, if you wanna do that damn but first you'd have to fucking call me back woah i'm falling hard in the living room woah i'm sick of living why is time so slow yeah try a make the days go faster than they can tryna just rewind just to change what i said i'm hopeless at best better off fucking dead... better off dead x4

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12. Bad Dream (Music Video Below)

Bad Dream (Music Video Below)

VIDEO: Mary Lee and me might be the perfect match Newport cigarettes, hope my lungs don't turn black Traveled all this way with me, please don't turn back I need you to rescue me, I feel so trapped Trapped in my own thoughts I need you to save me You can save me (2x) I've been busy lurking on your instagram You use to be that pretty girl in high school Remember that one time you tried to talk to me I couldn't say a word, I was a shy dude You should leave a TBH in my DM Promise that I won't screenshot a thing you send Please do not compare me to my generation I won't lead you on for sex and I won't pretend Trapped in my own thoughts You can save me (2x) I've been numb so long, I've been numb so long Days away from home, days away from home

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13. Under your dress

Under your dress

Walter Benjamin is a London-based producer and songwriter born in Lisbon. The Imaginary Life of Rosemary and Me is his new and most personal record, released via Pataca Discos. He had previously released an album (The National Crisis) as well as a few EPs via the now defunct label Merzbau. Mostly home recorded, his discography is anarchic and incoherent, whilst exploring many different musical territories. The new record was written and recorded between the hot and sunny city of Lisbon and the crazy, busy life of London. The sessions started at Pataca Discos' own beautiful 15A studios and finished in a small, first floor London bedroom, carrying on Walter's own tradition of home recording. Written like a book, the listener travels through its eight honest but ambiguous, short and direct songs. The timeless quality of the arrangements, blending classic instrumentation with fresh elements ensure room for surprises. References come from different places and eras, assimilated in Benjamin's own universe, in his very unique personal style. We could name people like Dylan, Cohen, Beatles, Beach Boys, Phoenix, LCD Soundsystem, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Red House Painters, Wilco, Yo La Tengo or Beck. But that wouldn't do justice to the countless other influences encountered by the songwriter. Walter Benjamin's crooner-style, whispered and deep vocals fit perfectly the erotic mood of 'Under Your Dress' while the slow horn lines are dragging like an old Motown record. On 'High Speed Love', the mood is set by an uptempo, unashamedly pop and slightly psychedelic arrangement. 'Airports and Broken Hearts' is an electro-tropical bossa nova love song. 'Mary' is the classic Folk ballad. Between cigarettes, whisky and beer, a handful of talented musicians add their own fingerprints to Walter's simple, fluid, straightforward, accompaniments on piano keyboards and acoustic guitars. Some of the most talented Portuguese, English and Austrian musicians came together to make the album. His amazing rhythm section: drummer João Correia and bassist; Nuno Lucas (Julie & the Carjackers). Márcia, Francisca Cortesão, and AnaMary Bilbao on backing vocals; Nick Mills and Duncan Brown on horns; João Paulo Feliciano on Hammond organ; Bruno Pernadas on electric guitar; and B Fachada & Jakob Bazora helping with their valuable opinions, comments and technical skills. Mastering The Imaginary Life of Rosemary and Me was done by the experimental music wizard Rafael Toral who collaborated with Tina and the Top Ten, Pop dell'Arte and Sonic Youth.

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14. Claw Marks

Claw Marks

Meet Gregory. Gregory is a Junior, on varsity, and is waving to his cutie who's running track. And this is his song, Claw Marks. LYRICS: Is this gonna happen yet? Can feel you like a hurricane that hits the shore And my heart was in somebody's hands But it has no home anymore I thought I'd fallen and wanted and moved on from you but here we are Your man isn't dancing, guess I should've brought my car But then we're walking and talking and asking if you still feel anything at all Oh my god I'm so torn up that you can see the claw marks Should've known we wouldn't last a year Should've known it'd be you and me dancing in the dark Is this gonna go somewhere The morning's coming, flooding through your window pane There's cigarettes and polaroids So i might as well be a cliche and a mistake Your secrets have secrets you haven't even heard about So i assumed you withdrew 'cause you kept hearing them shout But then you whisper i missed you and i feel the world cave in on itself Oh my god I'm so torn up that you can see the claw marks Should've known that I can't last a year Should've known it'd be you and me dancing in the dark Oh my god I didn't know that it would be this hard to stop you write magic in the atmosphere why'd we go and burn down seven years, put them in the sparks if you stay and i stay again if you say what i hope you're thinking if we don't wait 'cause i loved you then and i love you now and you're coming around then i break like i'm made of scars i should be thrilled to be okay but you know there's a living darkness in me you trace a couple stars along my wrists and arms like you're still who you are to me *dramatic buildup intensifies* Oh my god I'm so torn up that you can see the claw marks Should've known that I can't last a year Should've known it'd be you and me dancing in the dark Oh my god I didn't know that it would be this hard to stop you write magic in the atmosphere why'd we go and burn down seven years, put them in the sparks

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15. - Cosmic Girl

  • Published: 2013-01-03T21:08:58Z
  • By - Cosmic Girl

Music Video: never what it was...never what it could have been...between me and you... casual as the rain...tender as the evening breeze a silent moment...chattering passerbys time is frozen with innocent melodies cigarettes with a kiss...what's your disguise as i gaze into your eyes? scent of your flowers up in heaven sentiment for you and me...short-lived in your heart as we caress though we are distant...we're in harmony [chorus] long for the love in your eyes draped by mystic lullabies visions of you fade to pieces lost within our suicide empty silence without you by my side cosmic distance with bittersweet memories cigarettes with a kiss...i wanna know all your deepest feelings girl, you and me...can never be... [repeat chorus x 2]

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16. V.S.Q ♫ Homecoming(greenday)

V.S.Q ♫ Homecoming(greenday)

Homecoming - Green Day (eve dönüş) The death of St. Jimmy Bölüm 1: Aziz Jimmynin Ölümü My heart is beating from me Kalbim delice atıyor I am standing all alone Tek başıma dikiliyorum Please call me only if you are coming home Sadece eve dönüyorsan beni ara lütfen Waste another year flies by Harcadım bir yılı daha öylesine Waste a night or two Harcadım bir ya da iki gece You taught me how to live Nasıl yaşanacağını öğrettin bana In the streets of shame Utanç caddelerinde Where youve lost your dreams in the rain Yağmurda rüyalarını kaybettiğin yerde Theres no signs of hope Hiç umut yok The stems and seeds of the last of the dope Uyuşturucunun son olarak sapları ve tohumları Theres a glow of light Bir ışık parıltısı var The St. Jimmy is the spark in the night Aziz Jimmy gecenin kıvılcımı Bearing gifts and trust Hediyeler taşır ve güven The fixture in the city of lust Arzu şehrindeki demirbaş What the hells your name? Senin lanet olası ismin ne? Whats your pleasure and whats your pain? Zevk aldığın şey ne, acı çektiğin şey ne Do you dream to much? Çok rüya görür müsün? Do you think what you need is a crutch? Sence ihtiyacın olan bir koltuk değneği mi In the crowd of pain. St. Jimmy comes without any shame Acılı kalabalıkta. Aziz Jimmy hiç utanmadan gelir He says were fucked up Mahvolduk, der But were not the same Ama aynı değiliz And mom and dad are the ones you can blame Ve tek suçlayabileceğin anne ve babandır Jimmy died today Jimmy bugün öldü He blew his brains out into the bay Körfeze doğru beynini patlattı In the state of mind its my own private suicide Aklın şehrinde bu benim kendi intiharım East 12th St. Bölüm 2: Doğu 12. Cadde Well nobody cares Pekala kimse umursamıyor Well nobody cares Kimsenin umrunda değil Does anyone care if nobody cares? Kimsenin umurunda değilse herhangi biri umursar mı? Jesus filling out paperwork now İsa formları dolduruyor şimdi At the facility on east 12th st. 12. caddedeki merkezde Hes not listening to a word now Bir kelime bile dinlemiyor şimdi Hes in his own world Kendi dünyasında And hes daydreaming Gündüz gözü düş kuruyor Hed rather be doing something else now, Başka bir şey yapmayı tercih ederdi şimdi Like cigarettes and coffee with the underbelly, Belden aşağı ve sigara ile kahve His lifes on the line with anxiety now, Yaşamı şimdi endişeyle dolu And she had enough, Ve kız yeter And he had plenty Onlarcasına sahipti Somebody get me out of here Biri beni buradan çıkarsın Anybody get me out of here Kim olursa beni buradan çıkarsın Somebody get me out of here Biri beni buradan çıkarsın Get me the fuck right out of here Beni hemen şimdi buradan çıkarın So far away Çok uzak I dont want to stay Kalmak istemiyorum Get me out of here right now Beni şimdi buradan çıkarın I just wanna be free Özgür olmak istiyorum Is there a possibility? Mümkünatı var mı? Get me out of here right now Beni hemen buradan çıkarın This life like dream aint for me Bu hayat benim olmayan bir hayal gibi Nobody likes you! Bölüm 3: Kimse Seni Sevmiyor I fell asleep while watching spike TV TV izlerken uyuyakaldım After 10 cups of coffee 10 fincan kahveden sonra And youre still not here Ve sen hala yoksun Dreaming of a song Bir şarkı hayal ediyordum But something went wrong Ama bir şey yanlış gitti But I cant tell anyone Fakat kimseye söyleyemem Cause no ones here Çünkü burada kimse yok Left me here alone Beni yalnız bıraktın And I should have stayed home Ve ben evde kalmalıydım After 10 cups of coffee Im thinking 10 fincan kahveden sonra düşünüyorum (whered you go?) (nereye gittin?) Nobody likes you, everyone left you Kimse seni sevmiyor, herkes terk etti seni (whered you go?) (nereye gittin?) Theyre all out without you havin fun Dışarıda sensiz eğleniyorlar onlar (whered you go?) (nereye gittin?) Everyone left you, nobody likes you Herkes seni terk etti, kimse sevmiyor seni (whered you go?) (nereye gittin?) Theyre all out without you havin fun Dışarıda sensiz eğleniyorlar onlar (whered you go?) (nereye gittin?) Geeze...Ha.. Rock and roll girlfriend Bölüm 4: Rock and roll kızı (Tre Cool tarafından yazılıp yorumlandı) I got a rock and roll band Bir rock and roll grubum var I got a rock and roll life Bir rock and roll yaşamım var I got a rock and roll girlfriend Bir rock and roll kız arkadaşım var And another ex-wife Ve diğer bir eski karım I got a rock and roll house Bir rock and roll evim var I got a rock and roll car Bir rock and roll arabam var I play the shit out the drums Lanet davullar çalıyorum And I can play the guitar Ve gitar da çalabiliyorum I got a kid in New York New Yorkta bir çocuğum var I got a kid in the bay Körfezde bir çocuğum var I havent drank or smoked nothinHiçbir şey içmedim ya da çekmedim In over 22 days 22 günden fazladır So get off my case O yüzden yakamdan düş Off of my case Düş yakamdan Were coming home again Bölüm 5: Yine eve dönüyoruz Here they come marching down the street İşte caddeden törenle geçiyorlar Like a desperation murmur of a heart beat Bir kalp atışının ümitsiz hırıltısı gibi Coming back from the edge of town Kasabanın kenarından geri dönüyorlar Underneath their feet Ayaklarının altında The time has come and it going nowhere Zaman geldi ve hiçbir yere gitmiyor Nobody ever said that life was fair now Kimse hayat adildir demedi Go-carts and guns are treasures they will bear Gokartlar ve tabancalar şimdi onların taşıyacakları hazineler In the summer heat Bu yaz sıcağında The world is spinning Dünya dönüyor Around and around Etrafında dönüp duruyor Out of control again Kontrol dışında yeniden From the 7-11 to the fear of breaking down 7-11den yıkılan korkuya kadar To send my love a letterbomb Aşkıma bir bombalı mektup gönderip And visit me in hell Cehennemde beni ziyaret ettirmek Were the ones going Oraya gidecek olan bizleriz Home Ev Were coming home again Yeniden eve dönüyoruz Home Ev Were coming home again Yeniden eve dönüyoruz I started fuckin running Kahrolası koşmaya başladım As soon as my feet touched the ground Ayaklarım yere değer değmez Were back in the Barrio Barrioya geri döndük But to you and me, thats jingle town Ama sen ve ben için o şiir gibi bir kasaba Home Ev Were coming home again Yeniden eve dönüyoruz Nobody likes you Kimse seni sevmiyor Everyone left you Herkes terk etti seni Theyre all out without you havin fun Dışarıda sensiz eğleniyorlar onlar

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17. F Yourself

F Yourself

LYRICS / LETRA: I already know I'm very white I already know my hair is black and I do bite my fingernails yes I know it looks bad don't remind me don't remind me 'cause I don't remind you… I'd like to know if you could mind your own business oh yeah that's right I don't need no tan I don't need pretty nails all I need from you is to go F yourself 'Cause you’re fat and you’re ugly and you stink every time you talk too close to my nose oh you do I’d like to go and smash your face into the wall oh yeah that’s right so you'd better watch out and zip that mouth M-A-R-S that’s Mars on the mic go F yourself you make me wanna puke every time I sense your nasty cigarettes smoke all over my face the smell of that damn cheap perfume you wear you think you're so hot so dumb dumb dumb get outta my face go find your own way we are not friends go F yourself just so you know I gotta keep on rolling honey I know I'm prettier and obviously better than all those suckers that come and go I know they hate me it's probably envy oh yeah I'm the luckiest girl you'll ever know I got it all and I'll keep moving on and for now I'll just say that ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ALBOOM! Credits: Music & Lyrics: Ninah Mars. Additional Music: Pilucho Stickface & Santos Palazzi. Lead Vocals: Ninah Mars. Background Vocals: Ninah Mars, Judy Buendía, Emmanuel 'Evan' Fajardo, Fab, Jose 'Joey' Gonzalez, Pilucho, Toby Harmans, Carlos Eduardo Nahy, Santos Palazzi. Background Children Vocals on "You and Me": Camila Fuentealba, Lorena Vivas, Daniela Palazzi, Rodrigo Garcés, Alberto Palazzi, Luis Palazzi, Salvatore Livrieri, Sebastián Livrieri, Angel Nahy. Guitars: Ninah Mars & Pilucho Stickface. Additional Guitars: Santos Palazzi. Bass: Jose 'Joey' Gonzalez. Drums: Toby Harmmas. Keys & Programming: Santos Palazzi Additional Programming: Carlos "Tato" García. Directed, Arranged & Produced By Santos Palazzi. Additional Arrangements: Pilucho Stickface. Recording, Edition & Mixing: Carlos "Tato" García. Assistant Recording: Carlos Eduardo Nahy. Recorded at BuenaVista Studios in Caracas, Venezuela. Mixed at El Bunker, in Caracas, Venezuela. Mastered by Michael Fuller at FullerSound in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. USA. Booking & Management: Massimo Pastorelli. Executive Producer: Ninah Mars.

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18. Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 24 - Automation for the Entitled and the Impending Data Revolution

Mindful Cyborgs - Episode 24 - Automation for the Entitled and the Impending Data Revolution

HOSTS: Chris Dancy Klint Finley Alex William GUEST: none *****TOP STORIES & SHOW NOTES***** Transcendence Google stole Microsoft’s smart contact lens Issac Asimov’s Robbie The Last Question e-cigarettes -equivalent of the twitter endless scroll -Douglas Rushkoff -time Ray Bradbury The Veldt Automation for Entitlement Equanimity with you and your tech; with you and your evolving behavior Technology made us more aware, harder to focus? Mindfulness became necessity for Chris because of being overwhelmed by information Alex to CIO of Safeway: would love to have all your prices in your store constantly CIO of Safeway: nah Human API Moves -Usurped the app store -All these connected apps using Moves data “2014 is the year people are going to become aware, wake up, and demand a relationship to their information” -Chris Tomorrow’s Future Today -People should get paid -Community picks speakers Alex’s story on Docker CIO of Intel Kim Stevenson -Team of people making her social happen Quality and Attentionalism Weird Twitter - phrase of the week Dandruff in the 70s Dentist on her wall has posters for botox *****WORD OF THE WEEK***** Weird Twitter: Maybe best summed up by an example @fart: i saw an ad on craigslist once that said “free firewood, u collect it” so i wrote the guy and said “bud you just wrote an ad for the woods” @dry_hugs: *whips empty tallboy at fence* fuck man, i dunno. i just wish... (*long drag of cigarette*) ...i just wish i could interact with more brands *****TWEET OF THE WEEK***** Rob Horning @marginalutility: core logic of consumerism is that all praise must simultaneously invoke insecurity *****EVENTS***** SXSW - March 7-16, 2014 Austin, TX Theorizing the Web - April 25-26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY Buddhist Geeks - Contemplative Tech Conference, April 11-13, 2014 San Francisco Cyborg Camp - MIT Media Lab - August 2014 - Boston, MA *****THANK YOU / FIND US***** AARON JASINSKI: Artist work for the mindful cyborgs ROSS NELSON: Brown Hound Media for mixing FACEBOOK: GOOGLE PLUS:…97482352220770025 TWITTER: SOUNDCLOUD: ITUNES: STICHER RADIO: *****TRANSCRIPTION***** Mindful Cyborgs, contemplative living in the age of quantification, augmentation and acceleration, with your hosts Chris Dancy and Klint Finley. CD: Welcome to Mindful Cyborgs, episode number 24. Hello, Klint. Hello, Alex. KF: Hey, guys. AW: So good to hear you guys’ voice again. CD: I know. It seems like it’s been at least a week. Hey, we talked a little bit about the movie Her last week and in that same vein, another movie that’s kind of getting some buzz with the transhumanist crowds, which – I think transhumanists are basically Buddhist Geeks or Mindful Cyborgs. Have you guys seen the trailer for the Johnny Depp movie Transcendence? AW: I haven’t, no. KF: No, no. CD: So basically, somebody thought it was a good idea to make a movie like Ray Kurzweil. Basically, Johnny Depp plays this – I don’t want to say mad scientist; that’s unfair to scientists and actual mad people. Who basically finds out he’s dying and then they upload him, then of course like any other kind of crazy sci-fi movie, he becomes too powerful and that sort of thing. But there just seems to be a lot of movies this year about some sort of freakish AI killing off humanity or making love to it. I just was wondering if you had any thoughts on what is this shift in movies that are really hardcore future of tech – not really future of human relations. AW: Well, it’s perfect for Hollywood. I mean, love and death, that’s what – love and death and a struggle, some heroes thrown in; that’s Transcendence, right? That’s what the world is coming to. But I guess it comes down to – I guess we’ll have to see what the next film’s like, where they’re looking at the multiple identities of love and the multiple ways that transcendence can be changed over – you know, online. CD: Alex, since our last recording, have you had a chance to check out Her yet? AW: No, I haven’t. CD: Okay. AW: It just seems like these weeks just fly by so I’ll have to go check it out. CD: We are in present shock. Klint, you sent me a great article about Google and the Microsoft Lens. I think your friend Cade wrote that? KF: Yeah. CD: I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me about this, going, “Y’all look! They’re going to take over our eyeballs and they bought our nest thermostats!” I don’t know. What did you think about this whole Google contact lens from a couple weeks ago? KF: I think a nest is a little bit more worrying because it’s more people are going to be – well, not necessarily worrying but more people are going to be using that so Google’s going to get a lot more data from something like that than they are from the diabetes monitoring contact lenses. But to go actually back to what you were talking about, about the fear that AI’s – this ties into it as well; just getting technology so much closer to the body, going to the surface of our eyes. We’re just becoming more and more intimate with our machines all the time and I think that’s where that fear of AI’s and that – that’s where those plots are coming from. On the other hand, a lot of this stuff has been – a lot of these ideas have been around for a long time. I’ve just been reading some of Isaac Asimov’s old stories. I just read his first robot story, Robbie, and it’s all about a parent being afraid that her daughter is spending too much time with a robot companion, which you could totally transfer that to modern days; worried that my kid is spending too much time with her cell phone. CD: Or on her Xbox, yeah. Insert Gadget X. KF: Yeah. He also wrote a story – so Robbie was his first robot story. I think it was 1939. He also wrote a story in, I think, 1956 called The Last Question that was essentially a story about the singularity; about the hive mind, artificial intelligence thing that just lives in the – an alternative dimension of the galaxy after humans have become extinct, after humans have become immortal and then left their bodies and essentially just become some sort of thing. This is long before the word ‘singularity’ was on anyone’s lips. These fears and ideas and dreams have been with us for a long time. CD: Well, I mean, you could go back even further. There are Buddhist principles about connected enlightenments. I mean, you can go back before Asimov. Technology’s technology. I think last week, we talked about distributed anonymous corporations so maybe this is distributed anonymous humanity next or whatever would be appropriate for that. Something I wanted to talk to you guys about; you both have read or are familiar with present shock? I think, Klint, we basically started this show basically on the idea of the collapse of narrative. I experimented recently with an e-cigarette because I’m an ex-smoker and I just thought, “What is this? Is it healthy?” I didn’t want to read anything, I just wanted to buy it. It kind of blew my mind because as a smoker, I used cigarettes as units of time, right? That’s a break; one cigarette’s a break or enough time to get away from a few people and come back. But with an e-cigarette, there’s no time in it. You take it out of a box, you inhale the vapor and put it back in the box or set it down because it doesn’t burn anything. So I actually called their help desk and said to them, “How do I know how much to smoke?” because it doesn’t finish or there’s no end to the e-cigarette. I just kept thinking about Rushkoff’s book the whole time; that all of these things – in the end of his book, he talks about firewood is just hundreds of years’ worth of sunlight stored up in a piece of wood that you then light and it goes very quickly, and how compressing time happens. Have you guys spent much time thinking about all these systems that are compressing time or making time just vanish in some way? AW: Well, yeah, time is vanishing. KF: It sounds like the e-cigarette then is like the equivalent of the Twitter infinite scroll. You don’t just read a screen or two of it, it just keeps going forever until the battery on your laptop runs out or something, or the battery on the e-cigarette runs out. CD: Yeah, that’s the other thing. I don’t know about you guys but sometimes the battery indicator is almost like – I look at my battery indicator as how much more information can I get? Not even the amount of information but how much more time do I have? Batteries and that sort of information are kind of weird. AW: I was thinking about what Klint was saying, thinking about Isaac Asimov, and it reminded actually me of a story by Ray Bradbury called The Veldt. I was just thinking about it in terms of what you’re saying, Chris; there’s this issue of – have we thought about time and time vanishing. In this – in The Veldt, this family lives in this automated house and it’s filled with all these machines that do everything for them; it cooks their meals, it clothes them, it rocks them to sleep. But the children are getting a little bit affected by this and they’re starting to play quite a bit in their virtual reality room. Now, this is back in 1950 when he wrote this. What it’s able to do is connect with the children telepathically so they can play in this imaginary world but the imaginary world actually comes to life. It starts affecting the people – it’s affecting the parents in the house. But also, a big premise of this book is how the automation creates this change in behavior where actually anxiety is increasing, there’s less – people are not feeling that well. It’s because they are living in this automated house and it’s kind of driving them nuts. Because they now – because all that time they used to spend doing all those other things is now being done by the automated house. CD: I was at a conference in Palm Springs with The Clinton Foundation. I had a question from the audience about all the automation I use in my life and the question, to your point, was slightly even darker. The guy said, “Don’t you feel slightly entitled?” I said, “What do you mean?” He goes, “You have all these things just helping you and informing you and making your life easier. Don’t you feel entitled?” Like, wow, never really thought about it that way. Automation for entitlement; a whole other Mindful Cyborg mindbender. KF: One of the critiques of Silicon Valley culture is all these people solving problems that 20-year old geeks have. Somebody described San Francisco as becoming an assisted living system for the young. AW: Yeah but it’s interesting if you think about – I mean, I actually may remind you of this incident last night and how these devices can change time in an instant and change it for a lot of people. We were driving back to our house and we were coming down Alberta. I was driving pretty slowly because it’s a busy night and people just end up walking into the street without looking, right? So my wife’s like, “You’re going too slow.” I’m like, “I’m sure someone’s going to walk out in the street.” So we get to this intersection of Alberta and MLK and sure enough, this guy walks into the crosswalk without looking. He’s looking at his phone. A car slams on its brakes and behind it, another car hits it in the rear. The guy on his phone just doesn’t even realize what’s happened and he keeps walking away. The two cars pull up and inspect the damage that was done and the guy walking away, I don’t think he even realized what had happened. These two other people now were totally impacted by this guy’s immersion into this device where he’s living in this almost kind of time, this other medium. So I think it gets to the fact that yeah, okay, there’s a sense of privilege about automation and there’s a sense of privilege about using these devices but that doesn’t mean that only a few people are affected who have those devices. It can have an impact on time in multiple, multiple ways. CD: I’d like to take a mindfulness slant on this concept of device immersion for a moment. As you guys may or may not know, the February 3rd issue of Time magazine has a cover, “The Mindfulness Revolution”. KF: Oh, wow. CD: It’s interesting, yeah. They just showed the cover; lovely lady on the front meditating or something. But I figure if Time’s putting mindfulness on the cover then obviously, when we started Mindful Cyborgs, we were – we all could feel something somewhere but for me, and I have to personalize this, when I am immersed in my devices, there’s a gentle awareness, “Oh, yes, I’m there and that’s what I’m doing” but then there’s a kindness to – “I don’t really need to overthink this” and to so many points that we’ve talked about on the show over the past year, oftentimes if I’m not on my phone or I’m not staring at a screen of some sort, I am thinking about those systems, kind of like the movie Her. When I realized, “Oh, look, I’m thinking about that,” I have to be really, really patient with myself because immediately, I think there’s something wrong with me, I can’t function in the real world like everyone else. I think part of the show’s premise, the present shock and the other things that Klint and I talked about originally, was this ideology that – is there a way to have some equanimity with you and information and technology, but more importantly you and your evolving awareness of your behavior? Because I do believe that in many ways, this immersion in technology is making people aware of their behavior whereas many they were more on autopilot before and it’s not as unaware as it seems. Do you have any thoughts on that? AW: Well, I think it comes back to what are – okay, so analyze this; what are we aware and what are we unaware of? I think it comes back to this concept of being ephemeral and trying to understand why, for instance, we need to record everything that ever happens, for instance inside of a company, and store it in some way. Yammer, for instance, is entirely archived and other technologies like it do that as well but the fact is, we actually have conversations, we only remember certain aspects of them and so – we remember the high points of the conversation or just something that strikes us individually as something of note. So I don’t know if it’s just the fact that we’re aware or unaware; it’s just that we’re – that things are – that there’s triggers that lead us to being more mindful of certain things in our life and it’s not just that – it’s not just everything that we have to be cognizant of. KF: I guess to go back to the original question, mindfulness has been a hard problem for hundreds, thousands of years. Buddhism emerged, what, 2,000-some years ago. It was a hard problem then, apparently, and they didn’t even have digital clocks or television or cars or anything. So it’s definitely hard, no matter – whether you have the Internet or anything else. I can’t say, though, that – I don’t want to pathologize other people, as Nathan Jurgenson says; I can only talk about myself. CD: Correct, correct. KF: I think I’ve always had a little bit of an attention problem myself. My mind wanders a lot, daydream a lot, but I can’t say that technology has made me more aware, more – anyway, I just don’t think that it’s made it harder for me to focus. AW: But your mind wandering is a form of awareness. KF: Yeah, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing but I mean, that’s been – my mind wandering isn’t – I’m not necessarily aware of what’s going on in my immediate surroundings when my mind is wandering, is what I’m getting at. AW: But you remember certain things. But you remember – there’s some things like you’ll go – if you think back through your day, you’ll remember – there are certain things you’ll remember and other things you just won’t recollect at all. CD: So why do you guys think that Time feels this is cover worthy? Why do you think in 2014 we’re having a mindfulness revolution? AW: It’s so funny because I was sitting in – I was in this think tank this week at – that Dell does. They call it a think tank and it was all about apps and application culture. There was a CIO from Stanford there and it was his last statement that he made. He’s like, “We all just have to remember to be mindful of who we are.” That’s something that he felt was summarizing the discussion. I keep hearing it come up over and over again. Just seems to have kind of risen as an issue in our consciousness. My wife was saying maybe it’ll – she was saying to me about being more mindful and about certain things. I don’t – why do things surface like that, I guess is the question. What is it about topics like that that suddenly become much more relevant to people, to the point where it reaches Time magazine’s cover? CD: I mean, for me, I tell Klint this when we originally interviewed together. To me, it became a necessity because I felt overwhelmed by information and I just needed to understand awareness. I just needed to understand, “Okay, that’s just information. I don’t have to really look at it or do anything with it. I can just sit here.” But I think it says a lot. I’ve talked to a lot of people about what happened at Christmas this year in the United States. We had Christmas and New Year’s fell on a Wednesday and that’s happened – obviously it happened seven years ago. It’s happened throughout the past but I’ve never seen America shut down for two full weeks. AW: It was nice. CD: I’ve never seen everyone stop. KF: It was really frustrating for those of us who didn’t stop because it was impossible to get anyone on the phone those two weeks. AW: Yeah, I was working myself. It was slower, though. It was slower. KF: Yeah. It was like squeezing water from a stone for me because I really didn’t want to be working. There was no news, there was no way to get comments from companies so it was just having to come up with stories and work and get them out and published with no motivation on my part and no external support, I guess, in terms of news or comment. It was brutal. AW: It’ll be easier next year, maybe. CD: I think officially, America’s entered the two-week holiday – I don’t think it’d ever go back. I think America’s forever – from this year on, off for two weeks. AW: I hope so. I mean, time off is nice. CD: I mean, do you guys remember this last year? It was sort of but not like this year. AW: It’s the only time of year that I notice, especially over the past five years of my life, how much everything does just kind of really slow down. CD: Yeah but this year, people just stopped, even people who didn’t take the two weeks off for Christmas. People who were supposed to be working weren’t around. I don’t know. I think there’s something there. I’d love to see some hard data from one of these social companies on activity this year versus the last five years over that same two-week period. Something was different this year. AW: So there’s something I want to bring up. Actually, Chris, I was thinking about our conversations when I was talking to this person who is the CIO at Safeway. He was at this think tank and I said to him, “You know, I wanted to ask you a question. I wanted to ask you a question.” I said, “What I would really be able to love – to have is just all the prices of all the products in your store on an ongoing basis so I can constantly see what your – how things are being priced.” He said, “Are you crazy?!” He’s like, “We’re not going to give you that information!” It was just such an interesting reaction because he was saying “This is our information. We’re not going to share it with you. We’re keeping this to ourselves.” CD: Well, it was Safeway that got me on that kick. I went to them and said, “Give me my year’s worth of purchases” and I finally – the only thing I could get out of them was printed receipts they sent me in the mail. I was like, “Send me a spreadsheet or something.” No. If you want to solve America’s obesity problem, let people see what they’re buying at the grocery store, when. AW: Are there new services emerging, I want to ask both of you - Klint, you probably might know about this - that are saying – because the whole question of storage came up; how it’s just a mind bending problem for a lot of companies because they just have no idea how they’re going to keep managing it. Are there services out there that are saying, “Okay, just give us all your – give us all that garbage data that you have and we’ll dispose of it for you” or “We’ll take that data off your hands so you don’t need it – so you don’t have to waste lots of systems for it”? Are you guys seeing any services like that; that are providing that kind of service? They’re kind of like garbage haulers for data. CD: I mean, I know personal services like that; Human API and Moves are the two that come to mind. It reminds me of something Klint talked about last week with these people writing systems on top of systems. Both of those systems will take all your garbage – I don’t think it’s garbage but all your personal information and they don’t do anything with it for you but they give it over to developers who then can develop applications on it. To me, the most astounding thing is that no one’s talking about what Moves is doing. Moves has usurped the App Store in a really strange way. You go into the Moves app; there’s all your activity for the day, how fast you walked and biked or ran and where you went to. Then you click on the Other and then you go in there and it says ‘Connect Apps’ and then there’s all these connected apps. I’m like – obviously it then takes you out of the App Store but they’ve got all of them in their system. All those apps are people using Moves data to create other applications. Human API does the same thing with all of your health applications, including 23 And Me. You don’t get anything but then developers write stuff on it, you can buy their software. So I kind of coined this crazy time ‘humanity as a platform’. Corporate-wise, Alex, I don’t know if someone’s doing anything. AW: It just seems like there’s – I mean, I’m not thinking market need or anything; I’m just curious because it seems like there’s – obviously there’s just a lot of data that companies will never, ever actually use because they’ve already – it’s almost like the leftovers. It’s like you cook all your food in your kitchen and they might come in packaging but you don’t need that packaging anymore. You’re not going to store that packaging so you put it in the garbage or you put those vegetable peels in the compost. It seems like data’s becoming the equivalent of all these things in our lives. Seems like there’s going to have to be ways we can think of it differently instead of just throwing it away all the time. CD: To me, I’ve been saying for a year now, 2014’s going to be the year that people are going to become aware and wake up and demand a relationship with their information. I don’t know what it’s going to take, I don’t know what the trigger’s going to be but people are going to be like, “That’s mine.” KF: Yeah, it’s going to have to happen at some point when people – I mean, one of the things I keep coming back to if aside from the privacy concern, is just if somebody’s making money off your data, you should be getting a cut of it beyond just use of a service. Facebook is using your data to do stuff. Why are we not all shareholders in Facebook? The usual answer is, “Well, you get to use Facebook to upload your photos and tag things and annoy your friends,” but why are we not actually literally getting paid to us Facebook if they’re deriving value from us? CD: It’s funny, this whole idea of capitalism and information. One of the things - I’m not really doing a plug although it’s going to sound like one - a year or so almost was I started a conference called [unclear 24:38] Today. One of the things that was important to me was (a) we didn’t pick speakers; people’s networks picked speakers, but the other thing was people should get paid. I wanted to make sure every single person got paid and I just – because of the same thing. You go to conferences and a lot of speakers are unpaid but it goes back to this idea of this really strange hinterland we’re in right now between knowledge work information and data, and who’s getting paid and who’s not. I can’t – is it that’s kind of the Twitter clone? It makes you wonder if paid you some small transaction fee to use their service if people wouldn’t just flock to it. KF: It’s the model of the distributed autonomous corporation, in a way. Essentially, by using it, you’re getting – you’re being paid in some way. Unfortunately, if you’re just running it on your phone or on your laptop, you’re probably – Bitcoin, for example. You’re probably never actually going to earn any Bitcoin just running the app on your laptop. You have to have a super computer to mine Bitcoin. Essentially, anybody – all the users, though, are in some sense co-owners of it because – and once you do have some Bitcoin then you are a shareholder in Bitcoin. CD: But it makes me wonder, Klint, going back to our Upstart from last week, why couldn’t I go into Upstart and say, “Hey, I want $30,000 to buy servers or processing space through Amazon and I’m going to use distributed autonomous computing and y’all will get a bit of that.” It just becomes this kind of side industry. KF: It could happen. CD: Freakish, yeah. Any other news stories you guys found in the last week? Any Tweets you saw? We usually do Tweets of the Week. Any interesting Tweets? AW: Well, I was just going to say I worked on a story this week and it just continues to be of interest to me. It’s this whole story about Docker. To me, for the larger context, we talked about Docker provides this container, essentially, that developers can use to push data into, for instance, a Cloud service and it automatically syncs. So instead of – as opposed to something like VM where the virtual machine is below the OS, Docker sits on top of it and so then it can be – it’s very lightweight, distributes very, very fast. I think that’s going to be one of the big things of 2014 for developers. But what’s striking to me is how much it illustrates how fast things are moving now and how much of a demand there is for things to be – to move even faster and faster and faster and to be so much more immediate than ever before. It reminds me of a lot of the conversations that we have about the Mindful Cyborg. How fast is it getting? How fast is fast anymore? How quickly are we trying to update things and to the point – is there any instance where we’ve reached that limit? I don’t know. I think Docker for me raises a lot of questions about those kinds of things. I’m curious on you guys’ perspective. CD: For me, I don’t know. The whole idea of speed and can things get faster; I mean, I’ve given up on trying to figure out how fast they’re going to end up going because at the current rate of evolution and technological change, I see people coming slightly unglued. I’m sure they will go faster. I’m working on – sometimes I feel like a fireman, running into a digital burning building and telling people, “Come on, come on, come on, come on! Get out!” Docker and all those services like that are just going to be able to enable more of that. I’m just going to hasten back to that – sorry to keep going back to this awareness thing but back to a deeper relationship with what’s important to you and how kind can you be to yourself. Because things will get faster but you have a choice on whether you allow you to take that and make that something that you hold onto and that you feel like you need to keep up with or it’s something that you just have a relationship with; this Buddhist thing where you put a cup of water and put a bunch of salt in it, ask the student to drink it. When they drink, they say, “This tastes terrible!” You go to a lake, pour that glass into the lake and then take another glass. It’s just how much. You really just have to be mindful of that kind of concept. Sorry to go on a side rant there. Klint, speeding systems, speeding up? KF: I ended up with two completely different angles on it. One is a big part of that is just things getting easier. Docker doesn’t just speed up this – bringing these things online, it makes it easier to do. Something like Ruby on Rails has done the same sort of thing; it makes it much quicker to create an application, a Web application, and thus far, that hasn’t – I mean, to come back to our things about automation and displacement of people, that hasn’t put anybody out of work yet because it just has more applications to build constantly. There’s this demand for more and more stuff so there’s no – it’s been very easy for them – the demand for development has just been increasing so much that the tools that make it easier haven’t started to put developers out of work yet. But I do still wonder – I mean, a lot of people think that that’s one of the things that is going to be a safe job in the future, is software development, but I do wonder at what point does it become so easy to build apps and at what point is so much of our – of the app infrastructure already built? CD: May 2017. I’ll just call it. AW: Well, actually, I was speaking to Jolie O’Dell who writes for VentureBeat about this and she believes, and I’m thinking there’s something to think about; that the collapse of this app culture that’s driving all this venture funding in the Valley will come as we reach – as we get closer to this point where there is such a – where the numbers of people who can actually develop skills is such a point that the number of people who actually can develop, actually with skill and expertise, is still very – there’s still very few. CD: There’s still very few and Alexander Barr would say, Alex – I know you weren’t with us on that show. He would say that once you commoditize coding skills to that point, really the people are going to stand out. We really start to see attentionalism rear its ugly head, right? So then you’re dealing with people who are artistically design gifted, people who are meta-message and communicationally gifted and just the people who get by on day-to-day stuff. I mean, look at how many – sometimes I struggle with topics on this show but I had one of the – the CIO of Intel, or one of them, her name’s Kim Stevenson, on one of my shows a couple years ago. She has an entire team of people trying to get her out there and get her recognized as all the innovative stuff that Intel’s doing around their own internal infrastructure. My take away from that was, “You’re the CIO of Intel. I don’t think you really need this massive social profile.” But that’s not true. Now, I’m not saying that just – a team of people that are making that happen. So you have to wonder, should coders – they’ve got Get Hub and things like that but at what point do people just need to say, “Part of my full-time job is making sure I have a full-time job and people know that I have a full-time job”? But the whole thing seems slightly scarily skewed. The people who come to me and ask about – and they don’t call it attentionalism but just about presence and does presence play a role in success? I don’t have any safe answers for anyone anymore. AW: I think the point here too is that – I think as well as that, there is a point where actually quality does go down. The innovation – we’ve seen such innovation over the past several years but if everyone can code then is there a tendency then to hire people who are beginning coders and don’t code very well? Then the quality goes down and then they make less money and then this venture funded world starts to implode a little bit. KF: Yeah. Well, I was going to say about quality and attentionalism is that part of – I mean, part of it is if you’re doing good work, people are going to pay attention, unless you’re just really actively hiding from people. In a lot of ways, what – I mean, I think the best thing to do is to not necessarily be out there just trying to beat your own drum all the time; it’s just to put – do good work and put it out there where people can see it. If it’s – so there’s a certain amount of skill of just knowing where the right place to do that is. CD: And right time. KF: Yeah. I mean, if you’re a programmer right now, that means Get Hub. If you’re a tech journalist, it means probably trying to get your stories on Hacker News or something, where people are going to see them. It ends up just – just thinking about my wife, the crafter. A few years ago, everyone was on eBay and now everyone’s on Etsy. It’s just knowing where the market is and then – but it still comes down to having a quality product people want or being a good writer, being a good programmer. CD: Being good. KF: Yeah. There’s just only so far branding is ever going to – advertising is ever going to take you. CD: Yeah, and I think all the people I know that have done really well with attentionalism – and I’ve got a very skewed view of this because I don’t have that many, because I’ve only got so much attention. But they’ve all done really good work. I mean, just really, really quality stuff. Klint, I go back to what you were saying. Look at some of the stuff people produce. They fall in two categories; people who are not producing anything, who are just reshowing what we all know, going back to our Google conversation and stuff, and then there’s the people who – I think there was a reason – what did they call that – Strange Twitter? What was it called last year? KF: Weird Twitter, yeah. CD: Weird Twitter. I think there was a reason Weird Twitter became such a zeitgeist for a while. I think we’re going to see a real return to ‘Weird Something’ this year. I just don’t know what form it’s going to take. AW: I’m looking forward to Weird Something. CD: That’s probably the word for the week. Last week was ‘distributed autonomous computing’; maybe this – the phrase of the week is ‘Weird Twitter’. We’ll close out on a Tweet that I mentioned – and you guys know I’m cheating on you with Michael Kotay, right? AW: Yes, we noticed that. KF: I heard, yeah. AW: I was hanging out with Kotay this week. KF: Kotay is cheating on us with you! CD: That’s a good point. That’s a good point. KF: Polyamorous podcasting. CD: Yeah, I’m the Her of polyamorous podcasts! KF: How many other people are you talking to right now, Chris? AW: Who else are you podcasting with? CD: I’m actually recording 1,100 podcasts at this very moment with other people! AW: And you’re talking to us in every one of them. CD: So something I brought up that I just think was great this week from Rob Horning. He Tweeted out, “Core logic of consumerism is that all praise must be simultaneously invoke security.” Let me say that again with – smoother. “Core logic of consumerism is that all praise must be simultaneously invoke insecurity.” I just really thought that was kind of – I loved it because I just played with for a while, because the idea that consumerism must simultaneously invoke insecurity; I just thought that was really good. So much consumerism for myself was stemmed originally from insecurity but now it just stems from need to understand and explore all these different little things we get involved with. But consumerism I think in some ways has become as dark as connected capitalism. Do you guys have any thoughts on that Tweet or consumerism or insecurity in general? KF: I mean, it sounds right on. It’s the way advertising has worked for a long time; just make you feel inadequate. You need a particular product. It reminds me – a friend of mine who’s a little bit older than me – and this is something that wasn’t even on my radar; I kind of remember seeing some of these commercials when I was a kid, but anti-dandruff shampoo. Dandruff was apparently in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s or something the scourge of humanity. If you had dandruff, no one would want to talk to you. AW: It was Head N Shoulder ads! CD: Actually, it was Selsun Blue. Selsun Blue was the one that made you a sick monster if you were flaky. AW: Yeah, my son – I’m still affected by it. My son said he has dandruff, I was like [gasp]. KF: Yeah. What’s funny to me is I hardly even think about that. Who cares if somebody has dandruff? That’s a thing that happens. It’s like everybody farts, everybody has dandruff. I don’t know. CD: The only time you need to worry about dandruff is if it moves, it’s not dandruff. KF: Yeah, yeah. AW: It’s a censor. KF: It was just a way to make somebody want a product that no one wanted before. It just preyed on – it created insecurity that didn’t exist. CD: We’re all over the map on this show but speaking of things – I’m not sure if you guys have seen or experienced this. When I was at my dentist the other day, my dentist on her wall now – this is on the insecurity tip here. My dentist on her wall has posters for Botox. She now has been licensed by the United States facial whatever it is. She can actually do Botox on you and I thought to myself, “My dentist shouldn’t be doing Botox or at least advertising it.” It made me kind of uncomfortable in some kind of strange way that was – are you trying to make people feel insecure? What’s really going on? Whatever. It’s like I Tweeted a couple weeks ago. I was with an über driver who dropped me off and pulled his Moustache out of his car and started moonlighting on lift. It’s like how many ways can we crush – can we collapse as many services to get funding into our lives as we can? KF: Reminds me of something Tim Malley wrote about the sharing economy of just – AirBNB’s kind of being held up as this great example of how well this sharing economy idea works but he points out that if the economy wasn’t so bad, fewer people would probably be willing to rent out a room, go to that level of inconvenience to rent out a room, just for a little extra money. That’s like with your dentist; it’s almost certainly that doing Botox is a low overhead, high margin – not necessarily low overhead but a high margin thing that she can add to her dentistry business as a way to bring in more revenue. So it’s exactly the same thing as AirBNB or being one of those Moustache drivers; everyone’s under so much economic stress right now that we’re willing to do stuff that we’d never originally – we never would have considered doing before. AW: It might be something going on in the dentist community about how to market to people’s need for making themselves beautiful because our dentist now has a booming business in providing – in braces, right? People come in, all these adults come in and they get braces. CD: That was the thing, Alex. Last year, she started offering InvisiLine after just being a general dentist and now she’s doing Botox. I know next year I’m going to walk in and she’s going to offer to wax me. I just don’t know at what point it stops. AW: It’ll be up to you. It’ll be up to you to decide when to stop, Chris! CD: Okay. That’s a good point. By the way, I’m also seeing 1,100 dentists simultaneously. AW: Right now! Right now! CD: Right now, at this moment, I’m with 1,100 – AW: That reminds me of the movie [Dento Ass 42:17], right? CD: [Dento Ass]! AW: Have you seen it? Have you seen it? We’ll talk about it next week. CD: Okay, next week, which is in about three minutes. Alright, thank you so much, Klint and Alex. It’s been great. We’ll see everyone for Episode 25 of Mindful Cyborgs. You can check us out all over the Web, all our other good stuff. We’ll be at the Buddhist Geeks Cyborg Camp, South by Southwest, a bunch of other fun stuff. Thank you, Aaron Jasinski for the great artwork and Ross Nelson at Brown House Media for mixing the show. We’ll talk to everyone soon. Thanks, guys. KF: Thanks. Bye. AW: Thank you.

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19. Parolees struggle to stay out of overcrowded California prisons #SanFranciscoCrosscurrents

  • Published: 2012-03-19T23:35:46Z
  • By KALW
Parolees struggle to stay out of overcrowded California prisons #SanFranciscoCrosscurrents

Currently, there are almost 170,000 people incarcerated in California prisons. That's about 70,000 more than California prisons were built to hold. One reason for that overcrowding is the revolving door that sends ex-convicts on parole right back to jail. When inmates are released from California prisons, more than 70% return either for committing new crimes or for violating the conditions of their parole. That’s the nation’s highest recidivism rate. 
Both Oakland and San Francisco have created reentry programs designed to help ex-cons find jobs and repair their lives, but the success of any program comes down to each individual. KALW’s Nancy Mullane traced the stories of just-released parolees leaving San Quentin State Prison. She wanted to find out what challenges and opportunities they face and try to understand why California’s recidivism rate is so high. * * * NANCY MULLANE: When San Quentin releases prisoners, as it does just about every morning at the San Rafael bus depot, it only takes a few minutes for a prisoner to go from lock-down to freedom.
 At about 8 o’clock, a white van bearing a big gold star with the California Department of Corrections logo on a royal blue background pulls up into a parking space.
 An armed guard jumps out of the drivers seat and quickly makes his way over to the van’s sliding door. He pulls it open.
 One-by-one, a half dozen men wearing identical pale grey sweatsuits step out of the van and up to the guard who by now is holding a stack of legal white envelopes. The men call out their name and destination. The guard flips through the stack of envelopes. He hands each of them an envelope with their name on the front and points them in the direction of the idling mass transit buses. The men run to catch them. Vallejo. Richmond. Alameda.
 Standing on the steps of one of the buses, clutching their white envelopes, some of the parolees say they’re glad to be out. PRISONER 1: I’ve been coming in and out so much it’s the same. It feels the same so I’m gonna get on the bus and just take it easy. 
PRISONER 2: Feels good. Sixteen months is a pretty long time. 
PRISONER 3: Oh it’s great. Blessed to be free. You know I have faith in God that he will provide a way for me so … hopefully I get out there, find a job, get employed and get back into my education and family. 
MULLANE: Looking forward to it? 
PRISONER 3: Looking forward to it. Absolutely… 
Then, just as quickly as it all began, it’s over. The inmates take their seats. The buses pull away from the depot. The guards light up cigarettes.
 GUARD: Once they get on a bus or a taxi cab, they’re no longer our responsibility. They are the responsibility of the parole department.
 The guards put out their cigarettes, get back in their vans and drive away. The release took less than five minutes. The prisoners now join the 127,000 parolees in the state. They’re free to get off the bus anywhere they wish. The one thing they must do by the next business day is contact their parole agent.
 For parolees assigned to Alameda County, the CDCR offices are in a big white building in a business park out by the Oakland Airport. In California, most parole agents carry an average of caseload of 70 to 80 parolees each. Parole Agent Trudy Ward says when a prisoner is paroled, she gets a stack of papers from CDCR telling her all about her new charge.
 PAROLE AGENT TRUDY WARD: When they come out of custody, we’ve already got an idea who it is that we’re dealing with because normally we get a pre-parole plan, so we've already got an idea who it is that we're dealing with, we just haven’t met that person.
 That can include curfews, who they can and cannot see and where they can go. But Ward says the agents try to make a personal connection.
 WARD: Usually what we’ll do is we’ll go to their house. We’ll meet their families and we’ll find out what kind of issues the person may have. He may have residential issues. He may have drug problems. Whatever the issues are, we’re prepared to deal with it. Now also, all parolees coming out of custody must attend a PACT meeting.
 PACT stands for Parole Orientation Program Services. The CDCR holds PACT meetings throughout the state. For years, Agent Ward has been administering Alameda County’s meeting every Wednesday morning.
 Seventy-two newly released parolees file into the meeting room. After signing in and taking a seat, another parole agent tells the rules to the mostly African American male population in a "don’t mess with me" manner. No hats, no sunglasses, no pagers, no cell phones, no eating and no sleeping.
 Lining the room are representatives from the City of Oakland and community based organizations who have come to talk to the parolees about services they offer such as housing, food, education and job training. Over the last seven years, the number of representatives has risen from just a few to dozens.
 The first person to speak to the group is Kevin Grant. He’s a former convict and is now coordinator of the City of Oakland’s violence prevention network. He talks straight to the newly freed parolees about staying out and staying clean.
 KEVIN GRANT: Now here go the thing. Can we swing a mop? Can you buff a floor? Can you work a kitchen? A.M. kitchen group. Now tell the truth, how many days of work did you miss? How many times was you late? We in the penitentiary working hard for six cent an hour won’t miss a day of work flipping every pancake in Susanville and won’t come take a job at IHOP on East 14th … ain’t something wrong with that? Real wrong with that.
 When the talk ends, the parolees rush up to the representatives sitting at tables in the front of the room. They’re excited and hungry for the job training they’ve been promised. Then the reps leave and the parolees are left to find their way home. Many start walking through the empty office park looking for a bus. A few men stand around in the parking lot looking like they have no where to go. John Davis is standing by himself under a tree. He says it’s his seventh time out on parole.
 JOHN DAVIS: First time San Quentin, Folsom, Soledad, Tracy and this last time I just came home, June 26th, that was San Quentin.
 Davis looks out flatly over the parking lot. He says this time it’s going to be different. He’s going stay out. But to do so, he says he needs one thing.
 DAVIS: I need a job. I’m trying to find a job. That’s how I’m gonna stay out. Stay off the streets and just get a job. I’m a grandfather now and I just want to see my kids. Be around my kids, see them grow up, and everything like that. So I’m just tired of going back and forth. Time to change my life. Ain’t gonna get no better til I do something different.
 By now, Grant with the City of Oakland has made his way out to the parking lot too. He says many parolees want to get into programs – they want something to eat, a safe place to sleep and some training so they can get a job and stay out of trouble. But he says, he’s had to turn many parolees away because the programs are all full. 
GRANT: CDCR is on the football field and the enforcement with all the helmets, gear, shoulder pads and then they ask recovery and treatment to come on the field and we don’t even have cleats. We’re in t-shirts. We get very little funding.
 But rehabilitation just got some new funding. In May, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed thePublic Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act into law. The legislation devotes $50 million toward programs for rehabilitating prisoners statewide. But that’s not the real thrust of the legislation. The state will spend more than $7 billion constructing more beds in jails and prisons. The law also permits the involuntary transfer of thousands of prisoners to out-of state private prisons. 
Grant says if more of the $7 billion were spent on rehab programs, many of the new beds in prisons wouldn’t be needed.
 GRANT: Give us what you have to compete and me and a few other people here will turn this thing around. It’s not difficult. People say it’s not working. I think well maybe it is working for who it’s supposed to be working for cause it sure ain’t working for this population.
 Still, the system is slowly changing direction. With state prisons overcrowded and recidivism high, parole agents are sending more parolees with technical violations such as failing a drug test or missing a meeting with their agent, into rehab programs instead of back to prison.
 For those who have been incarcerated staying an ex-convict is the challenge. With limits on jobs and housing, and the stigma attached to having done time, making it outside the walls is a struggle for the parolees and the communities they return to.
 For KALW News, in Oakland, I’m Nancy Mullane.

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20. Cigarettes SUCK [Got 2 Luv U]

  • Published: 2015-06-08T05:01:07Z
  • By Ezoterra
Cigarettes SUCK [Got 2 Luv U]

lyrics: Rat poison, tar, carbon monoxide, preserving dead bodies with formaldehyde/ DDT, insecticides, what happens when you pt this shit on your insides? / Sold by 9 year olds in 3rd world countries, add on the tax from vanilla flavored gum trees/ 4000 chemicals, why don't you decide if you wana stay inside the club or take it outside ~ So once upon a time in 2009 I was chillin in London lookin after felines / My girl and me were at the home of Dobrowolski sitting on the terrace like a Big Lebowski / She opened up a can of cat food and a beer, I was stirring in the sunshine until it appeared / A pack of cigarettes or stogies if you will, so we lit one up and decided to chill / The smoke I inhaled it was like something good like two homies relaxing on a Friday in the hood /But then I realized that I wanted another, I totally forgot what I told my little brother/ "I'll break your arm, Kier, if you smoke a cigarette" so go green, my friends, sand chew on a Nicorette / *Cuando fumes to boca parece pez de colores cuando se come su mierda. Ten quidado hijos, porque cigarillos no pagan la renta* /Stinkin up the sheets, your skin is like jelly when you roll over my way it's something so smelly / Thanks for calling me I don't need your number, please excuse your breath puts me in a slumber /I can't believe the shit that they put in a stick, I'd rather keep my left lung and hit on your ex chick/ Arsenic, butane, you reek of methane, insane in the rain let alone in your brain/ Chemical weapons, gas for your stove, how come I smell Enron all up in your clothes? / Paint like thinner, might make you slimmer, will get you the gold yellow teeth like a winner / Tell me, what did you just eat for dinner? Your tongue looks like poop with a little bit of shimmer / It's real rough on the surface, like you're a super taster, but the holes in your mouth don't come off with erasers / *Westerners smoke the leaves a Peruvian shaman gives to his dog...So before you make fun of certain republics, in some ways we are still stuck in the fifties* / Takes your face off, like Nicholas Cage, I don't want to see a jawless man get into a rage / Cooks your libido like a Peking duck; No me gusta cigarillos, cuz cigarettes SUCK / Sittin on the corner like they got somethin cool, Fifteen year olds stood up their after school / "I can quit any day" this girl said to me but still ten years later she was addicted, brain disease / Now I'm almost 29 and these dudes are lookin real fine but every cigarette takes ten minutes of their lifetime / Analyze the mind subconscious isn't satisfied, Feeding the dark side like it's got a big appetite / Hematite calcite apophyllite and stilbite; you can heal yourself with crystals but your teeth are still calcified / It's not right when you get the teeth bleached white cuz the self-cleaning mechanism's on the inside / [hook]

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