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Thursday, January 18, 2007

  The Daffodil principle

I've been a bit down lately. My mom sent along a copy of The Daffodil Principle. It cheered me up enormously, but...

The incredibly cool project I've been volunteering work on, the Ardour digital audio workstation is only 18% of its way towards full funding of a subscription based support model for this month.

Financial support by a few thousand enlightened musicians (or just the couple rich ones), or by companies selling music hardware, would make Ardour and Linux RT a viable force in the music industry. It would bring quality recording to all. Ardour's the most awesome Linux app I've encountered in a decade - the most awesome since Linux itself, actually. Ardour proves out everything about the memory requirements and growth of the 64 bit desktop ESR has been saying... and I guess, that maybe, Ardour is just too ahead of its time.

So I read, and think about a better world, for myself, for musicians, for everyone.

Pieces like The Importance Of Zero In Destroying The Scarcity Myth Of Economics, and A Lack Of Scarcity Feeds The Long Tail By Increasing The Pie have helped. Who's afraid of the public domain helped. So does Doc's unbounded optimism for the future of what he calls the "building materials" of the internet.

Still, I don't know how all that high falutin' theory - and me working on grafting together the atoms that make up all these building materials - is going to pay my mortgage this month, and it's that level of cognitive dissonance I'm coping with.

Seeing ardour succeed would help - not pay my mortgage, I have nothing to do financially with ardour - but it would let me believe, a little more confidently, that the long tail isn't a load of hooey.

My particular group of atoms, the ardour tranzport driver, is coming along nicely. It's usable for creating songs already. I'm having a ball with it, and am awaiting a free Alphatrack to hack on any day now. I visualize that field of daffodils, and it helps, too.
    Stop waiting;
    Until your car or home is paid off;
    Until you get a new car or home;
    Until your kids leave the house;
    Until you go back to school;
    Until you finish school;
    Until you clean the house;
    Until you organize the garage;
    Until you clean off your desk;
    Until you lose 10 lbs.;
    Until you gain 10 lbs.;
    Until you get married;
    Until you get a divorce;
    Until you have kids;
    Until the kids go to school;
    Until you retire;
    Until summer;
    Until spring;
    Until winter;
    Until fall;
    Until you die...

    There is no better time than right now to be happy.

    Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
    So work like you don't need money.
    Love like you've never been hurt, and,
    Dance like no one's watching.
 
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