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you don’t need therapy because you had an unhappy childhood – you need therapy because you had a childhood

On March 17th covering , ,

People are always being apologetic about this. They don’t feel it’s right for them to be in my office unless they are prepared to condemn their parents or make accusations of abuse or neglect.

The longer I do this, the more I’m impressed by how complex the task of being a human being is. We all have to live with ourselves somehow. Yes, we’re interested in your childhood because that’s when you first developed your basic approach to inner and outer reality. And there’s a lot to deal with in childhood. I don’t think he put it this way exactly, but Freud realized that childhood is inherently traumatic. Read more »

Starting a business with a friend … what could possibly go wrong?

On March 11th covering , ,

More on the theme of “business startups and bands have a great deal to learn from one another”. Daniel Tenner has posted some lessons learned from starting a venture with a friend. He emphasizes the importance of making assumptions explicit, and adds a cartoon featuring a T-Rex as an xkcd hommage.

This should be read by musicians and entrepreneurs alike.

testing twitter feed again

On March 8th

Sorry I didn’t notice when it died — you can follow my blog posts at @workingthrough.

all culture is hacker culture, part 2

On March 8th covering ,

I’ve found it pleasant to play around with the concepts of hacking, bricolage and tinkering as different words for a crucially important mode of human operation. It helps me to think about creativity and what talent really is.

The comments from my prior post on the topic have been helpful, including some made privately. Thanks, Hacker News, for the traffic spike.

Dexter Nyamainashe of Zimbabwe: Hacker Supreme

Mr. Nyamainashe grabbed my attention today (via BoingBoing) as exemplifying hacker greatness.

Most of the comments disagreed with my idea: “Nonsense — the vast majority of human culture is the antithesis of hacker culture“. This made me consider the terminology. The commentator didn’t elaborate, but I imagine he takes “hacker culture” to mean a culture in which transgressive ingenuity is valorized — perhaps as seen in subsets of MIT or the early days of the Homebrew Computer Club — and that he might say the majority of culture in all places is in the thrall of convention and fear, the “antithesis” he decries. If this is his meaning, I concede the point. Read more »

The creative problem of longevity in popular music

On March 7th 1 Comment covering , , ,

Following up to a comment to this post, There is certainly the sentiment that it’s better to make a statement and quit than fade away. Long-lived bands are always subject to complaints from their fans that it’s not the same, etc. Metallica is a great example of a band whose fans seem to include an army of whiners. Do Metallica fans like anything Metallica has ever put out? (I think the real complaint is “you’re not young any more and neither are we and it’s your fault”).

I prefer to think of this as a creative problem, especially for groups who fill stadiums when they are young. What do they do with themselves as they grow up? There are a lot of ways to play it, and I don’t feel the need to prescribe how they should go. My big point is that when bands implode from their toxic social dynamics, this creative problem and creative choice is taken away from them, and that’s a shame. Maybe they’d do something interesting with it. Read more »