Amsterdam and Stockholm were fabulous. Thanks to Jens, Nils & Peder for their offers of hospitality and assistance around Stockholm. I could visit Stockholm at one end of my IBC trip; let me know if you’d like to meet. I know this place that serves awesome reindeer…
My prediction of new SDKs containing XCode and .NET 2005 samples was overly-optimistic; the Jell-O is still setting. I’ll let everyone know when they’re up.
I quite enjoyed this year’s NAB (my 9th); very pleasant this year. Adobe’s booth looked wonderful, standing room only. The Plug-in Pavilion had traffic and the Adobe-adjacent position seemed ideal. Over the next month or so, I plan to meet with multiple Adobe VPs to discuss improvements to how we work with developers.
Your input is appreciated.
And now, the content that made me flag this with the “irrelevant” topic:
Me, looking thoughtful (and furry):
On my office wall is a poster from a bygone era, and a bygone company. I don’t pretend to agree with everything here, but I like the tone of it. Also, any company whose motto was “No French Horns” deserves to live forever.
The text of the poster follows. I’m off to Europe for a couple weeks, though I’ll be checking e-mail regularly.
Tools != Talent
Does equipment establish the elite? How much ‘having’ do you have to
have? Does it ever bother you that industries have grown up by
preying on your dreams? Remember, if you just have one more pretty
processor, one more piece of software, one more gearhead gizmo, you’d
finally finish the CD, write the hit, get somewhere. Silicon Valley
beckons with the promise of technology you can eat, but in fact when
you buy that technology, they are the ones who are eating. And you
buy more and more.
OCS stands for breaking the cycle of consumption. We are a small
group of music industry refugees, tired of business infighting,
corporate greed, and pursuit of the ‘next big thing’. For a while we
forgot that creation reuires hard drive, not hard drives. But in 1988
we remembered. OSC makes cheap macintosh digital audio software that
you can use to finish real things (CDs, albums, videos, films). We
also publish ‘non-emulative’ CD-ROM sound collections. We weathered
the front lines of the digital audio revolution, but the revolution
is over and now is time for everyone to have their turn. Not just
those with $50,000 of disposable income. Large corporations have
controlled our entertainment industry for many decades. By
controlling the means of production and distribution, these companies
have retained absolute control over content. This era must now come
to an end. The means of production are now within the reach of the
common person, so defy those who would tell you how and what to
create. Take your ideas, and make them real. OSC is committed to
making it possible for all persons to control their creative destiny,
and to produce works of competitive quality. We ay “buy the minimum
and let the idea fuel the fire.” And we back this up by providing
super-affordable tools for making this possible. We are not venture
capitalized, we do not plan to ‘go public’,’ in fact we do this
because it means something to us. We make things only when we want
those things. We use things only when we need those things.
Tools are NOT talent
Money != Success
Integrity cannot be bought
Consume the minimum, produce the maximum
Talk is a poor substitute for action
Create yourself before someone else does
Don’t do what people tell you to do
Trust your heart
Confront and document
Finish things and give them to people
The CRT is now flat-screen, but otherwise this is where I spend entirely too much time.
Foreground: (our friend) Jonah, 18 months.
Background: (our son) Noel, 7 years.
Beneath: Your Humble Servant.
On whiteboard but obscured by basketball-sized shaved head: “Papa Rocks!”