Charles "Centipede Farmer" Hoffman has posted all of the live sets from the March 20 2016 Freemont show on Soundcloud.
I have also posted a bunch of excerpts from my recent practices. Enjoy.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016
I'm playing a noise/experimental event at The Freemont in Des Moines tonight. I've spent a lot of time practising this week and tweaked my setup and how I am approaching the set.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
- Base metal
- Watch cases > 42mm
- The violence inherent in the system
- The Electoral College
- The permanent, cumulative and irreversible nature of noise-induced hearing loss
- Half of my fellow Americans
- Gender-specific marketing
- Law enforcement demanding to make everyone more vulnerable in the name of safety and security
- Direct democracy
- Bass metal
- Watch cases between 30mm and 40mm
- Stainless steel
- Tire width > 3 inches
- Half of my fellow Americans
- Local businesses
- Watches that look awesome on men and women
- Evil corporations occasionally doing the right thing
Apple Inc. is a despicable company that is absolutely in the right in its current battle with the FBI. The short version of the story is that the FBI wants Apple to bypass and weaken encryption on its iOS devices to make it easier for law enforcement to access data stored on them. Apple is refusing. Apple is right.
I'm going to keep this brief because the reasons Apple is right are very simple and the details of the current FBI case don't matter. Encryption is good for everyone. Privacy is good for everyone. The only things better than encryption and privacy are better encryption and privacy. When it becomes easier for the FBI to get past Apple's encryption it becomes easier for everyone to get past everyone's encryption. That makes all of us more vulnerable, not just to embarrassing revelations about our personal lives but to crime.
Although I certainly believe someone within the FBI would eventually abuse the ability to crack an iPhone that speculative argument it not needed for Apple to be right and the FBI to be wrong. We are not, in the long run, safer if law enforcement and governments gain the ability to more easily access our personal information. Doing it in the name of solving a recent, horrible crime does not change that.
 This is not to say the crime in question was trivial. It was not. People died.
 I also believe the FBI can, eventually, get what they want without Apple's help. There is no such thing as unbreakable encryption. Circumstances often make it extremely difficult or impractical to break, but that is exactly what we want. Let the FBI do it themselves, if they must. Apple will be complicit in all the damage that follows if they cooperate.
 For any authority a coercive or legitimate power not worth abusing is not worth having.
 It is worth noting that while Apple does not have a perfect record on privacy they have gotten a lot better. Observe the difference in their 2013 and 2015 Who Has Your Back scores from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
How Spoiled Are Your Animal Companions?
Lower answers score higher. Be Honest! Your cat is reading over your shoulder.
- Do you have nice furniture?
- Yes, quite nice, in fact.
- I have some nice furniture.
- I used to have nice furniture.
- Mitzie has nice furniture. She sometimes lets me sit on it.
- Do you ever buy "people food" specifically for non-humans?
- Duh! That's why they sell "cat food?"
- Only on Felix's birthday.
- As treats or for health reasons.
- It's all "food," isn't it?
- I saw the looks on their faces the first time I gave them raw Kobe beef and I knew I was doing the right thing.
- Have you ever denied yourself to provide for a companion animal?
- No. I'm the human.
- Yes, I run a pit bull rescue.
- Yes, to pay for lifesaving medical treatment.
- Yes, for special treats.
- I no longer have an independent existence identifiable as "self." In fact, I'm not really comfortable saying "I."
- Do your friends think you are nuts for any animal-related reasons?
- They chuckle occasionally.
- Only when I start telling stories about Buster and his squirrels, or they see the leather ottoman I bought for Squishypie.
- Yes, all of them, all the time.
- Human friends? Who cares?
- When an animal I live with destroys or damages something I…
- Dispassionately investigate and implement a reasonable and humane way to modify the animal's behavior or otherwise prevent such things from happening in the future.
- Grit my teeth, make plans as described in (a) but follow through poorly.
- Sigh, say to myself "Well, I did choose a predator as a pet," move my more valuable books to higher shelves.
- Chuckle and make half-hearted plans as described in (a).
- Say "awwww….." with a dumb smile on my face. Do nothing else.
- Reward them.
- I feed my animals...
- Reasonably priced dry or canned foods available at grocery and pet stores.
- The "best" dry or canned foods available at grocery and pet stores.
- Individualized diets based on their age, health, breed and consultation with a reputable veterinarian who sees them regularly.
- A diet developed by 5th century breeders of fighting dogs in Poloma, even though I have only chinchillas and guinea pigs.
- Whatever they demand in that horrible recurring dream, set in a courtroom.
- Are your personal food choices influenced by sharing food with your companion animals?
- Rarely, as a treat.
- Yes, in that I sometimes make more of what I was going to have anyway, provided it's healthy for them.
- Often. They beg if I don't.
- Ya. I know. I'm a pushover.
- We all eat a diet developed by 5th century breeders of fighting dogs in Poloma.