A Message on the Space Telephone Answering Machine

Dave Slusher’s clambake from April 6 2009 accompanied me on my between meeting drives today.

Yes, you read that correct – 2009.

A podcast he recorded more than a year ago.

It’s a great listen. He discusses how the people publishing to services like Twitter don’t own their own words. The company does. And the company – rather than the community – decides on the direction to take the service. Offline – there’s even a name for this type of arrangement.

“…Croppers were assigned a plot of land to work, and in exchange owed the owner a share of the crop at the end of the season, usually one-half. The owner provided the tools and farm animals…”

Following that thread, Dave works through the burn out of being on the receiving end of a firehose of continuous ephemera – for a year. Or longer. And how publishing tiny bits continuously hampers publishing bigger, more substantial bits.

Dave also includes a cover of Daniel Johnston’s ‘Walking the Cow’ by Kathy McCarty. It’s a song fIREHOSE introduced me to. Mike Watt‘s ambling bass line has an immediate calming effect on me – not unlike disconnecting from the real-time stream.

It’s one of my all time favorite clambakes. Thanks Dave.

the title of this post references an even earlier Evil Genius Chronicle