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The ultimate cheese sandwich

Home cut granary whole meal slices

Olive spread

Cornish yarg cheese

Chutney either rhubarb or a pickle

Cut diagonally

Eat

Enjoy!

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Vinyl

I once again for the first time in ten years can use my vinyl such a good sound!

Yours,

Distance Left

Researchers Claim That Releasing YouTube Music Videos Reduces Album Sales | Hypebot

Who’d have thunk it, that when people get things for free they’re less likely to pay for them, how odd.

The Trichordist

In 2009, Warner blocked videos on YouTube by not only their artists but by anybody using bits of their music. This period gave researchers a chunk of data to compare and after doing their statistical magic on all other causes, found that the “blackout had both statistically and economically significant positive effects on album sales, specifically the best-selling albums in a week.”

The paper is available for free:

“Online Music, Sales Displacement, and Internet Search: Evidence from YouTube”

The key point seems to be that for top-selling albums by artists with which listeners are already familiar, YouTube’s free listening acts as direct competition to sales of such albums. In fact, they seem to claim that not having videos on YouTube increased sales by “on average 10,000 units per week for top albums.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT HYPEBOT:
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/04/report-claims-that-releasing-youtube-music-videos-reduces-album-sales.html

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My ultimate recipe for porridge

I adore porridge it’s cheap easy and healthy like morning sex…

Take one measure of Scottish porridge oats the closer to the genuine import the better.

Pour in one measure of milk (personally I prefer full fat, blue top in the UK).

Add another measure of water.

One pinch of rock sea salt.

Leave this to stand for ten minutes.

Cook till it is your preferred consistency.

Serve with fruit, blueberries are my personal favourite.

Add a little milk.

Enjoy!

Yours,

Distance Left…

Michael Gove is concerned about teachers promoting science in schools. Yes, really

Vox Political

The Daily Mailreports today that education secretary Michael Gove has expressed “concern” about a study which accuses “activist” teaching staff of trying to turn pupils into “foot soldiers of the green movement”.

According to the study carried out by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a climate change denying think-tank set up by former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson, “eco-activists” in the education system are urging children to use “pester power” to force parents to adopt green lifestyle choices.

“We find instances of eco-activism being given a free rein within schools and at the events schools encourage their pupils to attend,” the report claims.

Gove “read the report with concern”, according to a spokesperson for the education secretary.

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Earth Energy Economics – A Basic Outline

This is a rough framework of my Economic ideas as mentioned in the last post.

I do have music things ongoing too, but anyone who knows me, will be aware I’m a political animal (to a point, career politics has defeated much that was good about politics, and emphasised much that was bad).

 

TL;DR (AKA illiterate lazy moron/time pressed persons version)/ Or Abstract, if your’re of an academic bent.

Convert all money to Earth Energy Credits, backed by Resource Availability and their worth through scarcity. (EC/∑Cs as a unit). Reign in the worst aspects of Neoliberalism, i.e environmental destruction, paupering people, etc. Manage the planet sustainably and scientifically to help the largest possible number of people, live as long and as reasonably, and as sustainably as possible. Thus Ensuring the survival, maintenance, and future existence of Humans on Earth with a Space Worthy Civilsation.

If I were to call this a political movement it would be Earth-Onomics/The Sustainable Civilisation Party, it would not be ‘tree hugging hippy cr*p’ to quote Eric Cartman, as it would have to work in the real world with science, and not in the land of the hair shirts and drum circles.

I seriously regret not becoming a Mining Engineer, at this point, I could have actually been working on this, legitimately, and have a job from it, more fool me, for turning down the best known college for this on Earth, Camborne School of Mines (I had an unconditional place, I am an idiot, I could go back for Post-Grad stuff, if they’d have me). I’d have a great job, and still have time for music, as it is I have weird jobs, and do occasionally make some music). Future, tough thing to predict and all.

 

The Earth Credit – Energy Economy System – or We’re Literally Costing the Earth, let’s make it obvious.

Simon Mark Bellord-Bull ©2014

 

Pre-Amble –

In the famous words of the fictional Zaphod Beeblebrox, “I’m just this guy, you know?”, that’s it I’m just this guy, I’m not a genius and I’m not a fool, I have a background in Science and my passion is Music, I dabble in politics and consider myself broadly left-wing. I’m neither utterly for or against ‘the system’ I don’t call for Revolution, violent or otherwise, I know the historical record too well to advocate it.

I favour democracy, the more direct the better, even to Anarchist levels of it (i.e Minarchy), take the power back, literally, I don’t subscribe to any particular ideologies, beyond, Humanism, Secularism, Liberalism, Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

I’m also pro-nuclear power, and anti-nuclear war, (how about a nice game of chess?) for I hope, obvious reasons.

I also consider it most ideologies unnecessary, what humans need to do is to utilise their ability to adapt, to evolve, we’re arguably the most behaviourally adaptable species on this planet, and we owe it everything, our existence infact.

Children who loose their parents, or kill them do not survive, and we are children of the universe and more locally of Earth, we won’t survive this century if we wreck our own habitat, we have a duty to maintain our home, and I believe the abilities, the ITER project [1], the Moon Landings all demonstrate the immense capabilities of humankind, however our wars, greed and indifference to those we consider ‘other’ do us great dis-service but cannot be disregarded as parts of our nature.

I take the following things to be complete writ facts; physics works, science and technology are our greatest tools, our social ability one of our greatest assets to survival.

We (by which I mean the human species/race/civilisation) face a crisis, of our own making, that of climate change, if we do not take steps to mitigate or adapt to this we face a slow and lingering extinction, and worst of all without personal jetpacks.

Whilst I consider this idea basically mine (as in my formulation of an existing and frankly obvious set of ideas), I claim the nomenclature and general structure I am creating it as a basis for those with more specialist knowledge in mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry, physics & engineering to adapt and improve upon.

This idea is rooted in Keynsian/Smithian Economics and most other Economics 101 principles, this is to make it easy enough to do in your head or on the back of an envelope to test. (I am aware Economics is at best a post-hoc complex modelling system).

I have taken on the critiques of capitalism of Marx & Engels, as well as Emma Goldman and the thoughts of Weber, we cannot have a system that caters only to humans material needs that leaves us socially, culturally or (and I use the term in a broad way) spiritually malnourished.

I will now proceed to outline ‘my’ ideas….

 

Earth Energy Economics

Being a person of a reasonably high level of education (Biology Graduate B.Sc), and a lover of words I consider the naming and the reasoning behind naming to be important. It is partly based on my study many years ago of Earth Systems Science, which shows the synergy of Earth’s functions and how humans impact them. [1].

 

I will briefly explain

  1. What I call my idea

  2. Why I chose to call it this and what significance the initialism has

  3. General Princples

  4. It’s broad scope

 

The basic principles of Earth Energy Economics

1.) The naming of the idea; Earth Energy Economics E.E.E or ∑.∑.∑ = ∆E/t –

2.) This should be obvious, we live on Earth, we need Energy to run our civilisation and Economics (whilst not a hard science by any means) is a pre-existing adaptable structure that enables the exchange of abstract units of currency between individuals, nations, super- states, companies, and so forth, it is thus, work done for all its myriad foibles.

3.) The basic idea and general principle, is to move away from a fiat form of currency, (the US Dollar $ currently backs the world economic system) to a backed currency, using Energy Costs and/or Resource costs (these are often directly equatable) to back the ‘Earth Energy Credit or Earth Credit’ ∑∑C/∑C or EEC or EC. I.e somethings cost in ECs/∑Cs is a direct measure of its cost to the Earth in terms of Resources, Energy and Human Time expressed in an abstract Unit, backed by the actual existence of The Resource, The Energy to work with it and the Human time to do this.

3.a) I propose this as a complete replacement of all current currencies, this solves for one trade balance deficits, and dangerous fluctuations in currency markets, as well as an end to foreign exchange nonsense, this would not need to be immediate as I am aware currencies are part of people’s cultuarl heritage, so in transition any currency could be exchanged for ∑C/EC.

3.b) The reason I have used sigma ∑ or ‘sum’ as it is known, is that the Earth Credit would directly represent the Energy Cost of a given Product or Service, this also means not having to throw the baby out with the bathwater but ‘merely’ adapt our current system to this new mode of operation.

Seeing as prediction is very hard, especially about the future, as Niels Bohr noted, I would say the following this transition would take at least a decade, but most likely meet far more political obstacles that practical or theoretical ones.

  1. The idea of personal wealth would not be thrown out, it is an important motivating factor for humans and can’t be removed (command economies bear this out in the blood of millions, mad men with moustaches not withstanding).

    1. The idea of ‘profit’ and expendability of the environment and of exploitation would have to be discarded however, we live on a finite resource (the Earth) and can support as some estimates suggest only 9-11 Billion people, with industrial technologies to support them.

    2. The mechanism I propose to replace the profit motive is simply efficiency, e.g All people will have an allowance of EC that will meet their basic needs, shelter, water, food, education, family & friends and other social needs, this will be regarded and already is considered a basic human right (along with others not relevant here) however if a person was to make a new system or process, or refine an existing one, that made the amount of energy consumed in that process less, that person would get back that Net Energy difference as an increase in their ‘basic rate of pay’, a pay rise/allowance increase. I base the ideas here on guaranteed incomes, on that of Martin Luther King and the ideas currently being testing in Sweden/Switzerland giving citizens a basic income, as a right.

    3. In the very likely event someone creates a novel cultural work (a book, play, piece of music, visual piece &c) this would also earn them a similar increase, as they have added to society and the human experience.

     

    e) The basic breakdowns of cost would fall into the following categories:

    Resource (scarcity would impact its cost, I.e the rarer the material the more EC it costs)

    Energy to use/make/move Resources into a new product etc >E(J) > EC cost

    Human Cost In Time (defined as a hourly rate as now, more demanding jobs making this more expensive and those making them compensated accordingly).

     

    Thus cost of item X in EC = (Amount (Kg/g/Ton)+Rarity of material(Proportion Remaining of estimate global total)+Total Energy Cost (J)+Human Cost EC/hr = EC

     

    Or more simply and formally: Value of X in EC/∑C = Am+(R/T)+E+H (EC)

     

    I will go on to work through a simple example (I am guesstimating figures for the same of demonstration) however I will do this example in full, as a test case, to theoretically test this model.

     

    As I’m English I will pick ‘A Cup or Mug of Tea (Or Coffee if you’re sur la continent’);

     

    Anyone who spots a basic mathematics error here, or a missing variable, co-efficient, something ill derived etc, please point it out, I did this in a rush, in my spare time, pretty much for fun, so if people are able to apply more rigour to it, that would be fantastic.

    I will post my ‘Cup of EX-Ample’ Example, later once I have the numbers behaving and the maths as rigorous as my spare time allows it to become, it’s a lot of work finding all the figures needed to get this simple portion working.

    Yes, this is idea is copyrighted, it’s mine, at least in princple, it is not Creative Commons, as that’s simply copyright 2.0, for a world where copyright isn’t knackered, there’s just silly tech companies, and loonies on both sides saying either

     

    a) everything needs to be free, literally, metaphorically, code wise, content-wise or

    b) Patent maths,

    I favour position

    c) a the ‘third position’; both sides have points, but you can’t starve artists, nor can you stop people sharing things they like, or adapting ideas, copyright works ok here, many patents are absurd and dangerous, google et al profiting on ad-money, (this is their revenue) from illegal actions is crap, so too however is the NSA, so too would be having no national security at all. e.g I think Snowden did something important, he shouldn’t be killed for it, or overly praised, he brought to light what anyone with some semblance of how technology works guessed/assumed/could see as possible anyway.

    Anyone who wishes to build on this, work with me on it, get in touch and credit your sources, as I have done. Simple As. There is also a host of professional peer-reviewed academic work in this, it is not a new idea, and thankfully, it is being seriously considered by many people with far greater expertise than myself.

    I’m posting this to show awareness, of the level of complexity involved, and well as a guide to thinking round this topic, I will leave things to the professionals but any serious expert input of a paper someone finds that I’m not aware of, or can’t access as I’m not a student would be much appreciated.

     

    References/Further Reading

    [1] https://www.iter.org/ Accessed 5/4/2014.

    [2] Marshak, Stephen. (2005). Portrait of a Planet. 3rd Ed. W.W. Norton.

    [3] http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-swiss-pay-idUSBRE9930O620131004 Accessed 5/4/2014.

    [4]- http://smurfz.hubpages.com/question/98255/how-much-energy-does-it-take-to-make-a- cup-of-tea-or-coffee Accessed 5/4/2014.

    [5] http://www.journals.elsevier.com/resource-and-energy-economics/ Accessed 5/4/2014.

    [6] Physical Science Study Committee. (1965). Physics. 2nd Ed.

    [7] David Nelson. (2008). Dictionary of Mathematics. 4th Ed. Penguin.

    [8] http://www.plosone.org/ (Search Terms; Energy, Resources, Economics, or any combination thereof) Accessed 5/4/2014.

     

    Footnotes

    [1] Note to Marxists, North Americans and Young People, yes value will be added by labour, this does mean the potential for exploitation of workers, as utterly abolishing private ownership has gone very wrong in the past, and doesn’t work even as a concept, citizens of earth should have unions in the German/World Union sense and would hopefully be given guaranteed incomes anyway, thus reducing or removing the need for welfare states, there would of course be NHS style health care, Socialised medicine and Utilities in the European sense e.g State Owned, not Socialism in the Stalinist or Nazi sense fascism means war as everyone has learnt to the detriment of (hu)mankind.

     

    Pricing & Merchandise

    As I’m on a partial hiatus I’ve been able to work out a couple of things;

    1) A new socio-economic model based on energy and resources, [I’m a nerd and it involves stats and research, humour me lol]. I will post up my framework for people to explore and adapt when I’m happy with it.

    2) The pricing of my music and my policy on merchandise.

     

    Pricing of my Music/Merch:

     

    Physical CDs £10

    Digital Downloads, with documents and artwork £7-8 Via Bandcamp/itunes et al.

    Merchandise, the only merch I’m happy with is t-shirts, in purple or black, with Logos and Name, however I don’t want there to be millions of them, for environmental reasons there is enough mindless consumerism as it is and I’d rather people had music.

    There’s also the added issue of boycotting, which will starve people in places like Bangladesh, I can’t condone that, even if sweatshops are a nightmare, t-shirts would be fair trade, it seems to be the best of both worlds, I have shirts from now defunct fair trade outlets, that achieved their goals of improving societies.

    That said, if people want t-shirts, I have an account with a local printers, and they would be available initially to friends and family and on request from fans.

     

    Yours,

    Distance Left…

    Copyrights/Sharing/Data/Websites/Social Media et al

    Dear All,

    I have had lots of spare paper work and protocol time, this is more one of those ‘nuts & bolts’ type posts, than a fun, creative, or personal thing, if you don’t like legal jargon, or technical language please view a more fun travel or music related post.

    As someone who at least for some part of my income makes things, that is unique musical compositions, pieces, sound effects, recordings, radio programs, and so on, I have to read, sort, sign and deal with contracts, personal agreements, work with friends on legal things, whereby we don’t end up arguing over money.

    This also means, I get and most musical/creative people are approached all the time, by some new start up, or net company, who offer a service, usually one artists can perform themselves (like a website, or promotion).

    Most of this are rip-off middlemen who take your copyrights, like Facebook or Google do, do a little digging into their terms of service and you’ll see why I don’t use them.
    This is one of the many reasons I support http://www.irepsectmusic.org, it’s tough making a living as a musician, without multi-billion companies making a system worse than the major label system, yes, worse, and pop’s got worse unless you hunt out indy music too, you may have heard how it all really sounds the same these days lol.

    I also take photographs, by no means professionally, but they’re mine and I don’t want them advertising whatever it is that Facebook, google or whoever might want them for, and not give me anything for.

    My Stance

    I support Copyright, it’s complex and little Archaic at times, but it works, I can control how, and who can use what I make, they contact me, and I agree or disagree, permissions; the very basis of civil society, simple.

    If people contact me, I have no issue at all, that’s the point, there are enough sharks, pirates, and such what in the seas anyway, I don’t want more stuff to worry about.

    Patents, are a whole other thing altogether, and don’t apply to what I do, as are Trademarks, and these don’t yet apply to me.

    What websites and online services I use and why…

    Google – As little as I can, DuckDuckGo is safer.

    Gmail – I recently deleted my gmail due how they behave as a company towards Musicians and other creative people.

    iCloud – It doesn’t have to keep your data, and owns it’s rights, so I don’t use it.

    Facebook – It’s basically an NSA/GCHQ side-project and I also hate it’s slow interface, not something I use, no rights over anything you put there.

    Instagram – Owned by Facebook, so no rights, so I don’t use it.

    YouTube – I browse it, but have no Channel, they treat their content makers badly.

    Vimeo – I don’t mind and have begun making a channel that I will eventually share.

    Vevo – Just bugs me utterly personal, no idea about their rights policy.

    MySpace – Used it back in the day, never wanted to since, also Rights over content issues.

    Soundcloud – I love soundcloud, I control my rights, and am accountable and supported, good all round.

    Bandcamp – I have one on the wings for when my EP is complete, rights, sales it’s all under artist control, nicely done.

    Flickr – Don’t steal my rights, so if I didn’t have a website of my own to post to, I’d use them, simple as.

    WordPress – Much the same, what’s here is mine, and that’s fine.

    Twitter – is the only rights stealing site I use regularly, I like the format, it’s handy, instant and worldwide, and fun.

    Spotify/Pandora/LastFm et al – Pay Artists nothing and I can choose to stream via Soundcloud, a big no-no there.

    Patreon – Seems like a decent bet and if I started to ask people for money I wouldn’t crowd-source anyway, in the future I will opt for this I think.

    Anyone who wants to learn more about this, should look up http://www.thetrichordist.com, stallman,org, or just search privacy rights and get reading.

    There will be more music and fun, but there is a serious side to what I do too.

    Yours,

    Distance Left…