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  • “Music affects deep emotional centers in the brain, “ says Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University who studies the brain on music. “A single sound tone is not really pleasurable in itself; but if these sounds are organized over time in some sort of arrangement, it’s amazingly powerful.”


  • During peak emotional moments in the songs identified by the listeners, dopamine was released in the nucleus accumbens, a structure deep within the older part of our human brain.
  • the caudate nucleus, which is involved in the anticipation of pleasure.

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  • Rewind or repeat is not permitted. Until May 2009, six skips per station were allowed per hour, further limited to 72 skips every 24 hours; giving a "thumbs down" response, or a "don't play for a month" response, count as "skips".

  • For example, one Class A share may be accompanied by five voting rights, while one Class B share may be accompanied by only one right to vote, or vice versa. A detailed description of a company's different classes of stock is included in the company's bylaws and charter.


  • As Jobs’s idiosyncrasies show, the three men had different approaches. Each one excelled at particular things that were crucial in his field. Mr Gates’s strength was in software and strategy, both needed in abundance to establish an operating system. Mr Grove focused on discipline and execution, which explains Intel’s unmatched capacity to churn out chips. And Jobs was obsessed with detail and design. That turned out to be secondary in personal computers (PCs), but proved vital in smartphones.


  • Starting from Millenials on, ownership is not seen as something important, compared to “older” generations like you and I.
  • The alternative is to pass the entire SOPA/PIPA legistlative agenda, gut the DMCA safe harbor provision… and in general make the internet lamer and much more easily controlled.
  • Why aren’t you mad at ASCAP?? Didn’t they do the initial deal with Spotify?

  • No streaming service has a chance at gaining any real traction without a free tier to fuel streaming adoption. Users with music collections aren’t going to just jump into the deep end. Even a free trial doesn’t appear to be enough. Only a no-commitment free tier (presumably with a mobile component, even if hamstrung, included) has the power to pull people away from their owned collections. Or youtube, for that matter.
  • No free tier = death of service.


  • If I had to reduce those changes to a single phrase, it would be “geography and technology”. Thirty years ago China’s GDP was about $300 billion; today it’s more than $10 trillion. Thirty years ago Tim Berners-Lee had yet to invent the web; today Google is arguably the most valuable brand in the world.

  • In the lives of most Californians, music is a seldom examined, little understood but omnipresent force shaping our thoughts, moods, aspirations, and even our purchasing behavior. Whether speeding or creeping on the I-5 freeway at rush hour, attending a social or religious function, or watching a movie or television show, Californians use music to intensify or communicate feelings, to enhance their sense of community. For many Californians, music lifts their mood as they perform uninviting tasks or face difficulties. Evidence is also steadily increasing that musical experience and training in childhood has general cognitive benefits and that music therapy can help those struggling with senility, recovering from brain injury, or attempting to walk normally while living with Parkinsons. Yet much basic research is needed to understand what aspects of musical experience convey these benefits remains to be accomplished.


  • 两个男孩似乎就有点像仙人掌花。我们居住在中国东部的污染带中,这个假期可以好好清理一下我们的肺部。在度过一个灰色的雾霾笼罩的冬季之后,他们在明媚的阳光和沙漠中清澈的空气里快乐绽放。那天早上的某个时候,我5岁的儿子抬头看着仍然悬挂在远山上方的弯月,问道:“爷爷,这里的天空总是那么蓝吗?”


  • 一位见多识广、受过良好教育的中国朋友坚持说,笼罩这个城市的灰色空气只是雾气——“就像旧金山那样”。很多人使用中国官方媒体爱用的词语“雾霾”,暗指“雾气”,而不是“污染”,后者在字面上直接表露了“肮脏”的意思,暗示人类负有责任,前者的含义则比较被动。
  • 在亚利桑那州的时候,想象力不需要借助其他工具。仙人掌花在某个夜间拢起,一年之后再开放。但太阳沉到远山之下,我们就能看到月亮、行星和漫天的星斗。我很想打开天文学应用,但并没有从口袋中掏出手机。这些星星本身就很美了。


  • 萧逸认为,兔斯基狂热反映了某种更深层次的文化变迁。他说:“兔斯基告诉我们,中国千禧一代与其海外同龄人的共通之处比我们想象得要多。不同国家的年轻人分享着特定的价值观,文化上的疆界正变得越来越模糊。”


  • Like it or not, AI tech is “entering the era of the narrative,” explains Kris Hammond, chief scientist at Narrative Science, one of several “natural language generation” startups emerging as vendors in this nascent field. “These are narratives generated by systems that understand data, that give us information to support the decisions we need to make about tomorrow.”


  • Thing is, we've already ceded this kind of power to Google with video via YouTube. I heard a report on NPR on Sunday that was very depressing, an interview with a musician saying that YouTube had given her an agreement, take it or leave it, that said either you sign everything over to us, or you can't be part of YouTube. I didn't get the full story, just the gist. She said she thought the Internet was going to free us from the music industry. But it didn't do that. The music industry has rebooted, on the Internet. The money just flows to different bank accounts now.#


  • "Our future success depends in significant part on the continued service of our Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Woodman," the company said in its S-1 filing. "Mr. Woodman is an at-will employee and there are no vesting restrictions on any of the Class B common stock that he owns. The loss of Mr. Woodman could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results."


  • In March, US business entrepreneurship magazine Inc. named Shenzhen as one of the top five world cities for the next wave of start-ups, dubbing it "ground zero for technological serendipity". Hong Kong didn’t make the list.


  • The player debuted at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March. A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign followed that reached the targeted amount in 26 hours and which has so far raised $171,000. Contributors to the funding can buy the Aivvy Q device by pledging US$249. It will retail at US$300, including one year of the music service, and is set to ship at the end of October.


  • Mao said that by downloading the music, the device offers better sound quality than streaming services such as Spotify.


  • The notion of profiting off of recorded music is over. Gold is worth money because it’s rare. Everyone and their brother has a DAW capable of making CD quality recordings.

  • "There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling and to make a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable streaming rate," he continued. "And they didn’t do it. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably."

  • 他们过去至少还假装有一个“民主化议程”:就多给某将军几年时间吧,你真的会开始看到改革,诸如此类。但在过去10年,西方实际上已经连民主论调都放弃了。这是伊拉克战争、中国成为暴君们的新朋友以及全球经济危机造成的后果。经济危机使我们极度渴望任何交易,无论这些交易多么肮脏。中国不对朋友的人权状况指手画脚——所以,我们也不。2013年,英国宣布安哥拉为其“高度繁荣伙伴”(High Level Prosperity Partner)。

  • 自由行及一簽多行確實讓大量內地旅客來港消費,去年不過夜的內地旅客,消費總額更達329億,但與此同時,這些措施又為香港居民帶來甚麼影響?港鐵5條路綫於去年宣告飽和,而過去10年,化妝品店、藥房及時裝店愈來愈多,其中化妝品及個人護理店數量更大增15倍,相反家庭用品及文具店數目則下跌近30%,不少小店及老字號亦難逃結業厄運。

  • If smartphones are accurate enough, only those consumers who are serious about tracking their workouts and quantifying their fitness with more advanced metrics will need to buy another device. For them,
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