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The Sound of Silence

"Hello darkness, my old friend,
I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping,
Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence."


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"In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone,
’Neath the halo of a street lamp,
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence."


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"And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence."


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"Fools" said I, "You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you,
Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed
In the wells of silence."


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"And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said, the words of the prophets
are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.
And whisper'd in the sounds of silence."


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Simon & Garfunkel, "The Sound of Silence."

P.S. The reason for picking up this song is that I noticed with the very strange, SF like lyrics of this song. It sounds like "1984" by George Orwellーknowing that, the photos begins to look more like the gates to another world, rather than a typical sentimental images ( :
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Music Baton

I received a "music baton" from Miss Sheep.
There are five questions for this baton.

Q1.  The space of music files on your computer
Q2. The music you are listening right now
Q3. Five songs or pieces of music you like
Q4.  The most recent CD you bought
Q5. Those five people that you want to hand in this baton

Before answering those questions, some extra...
It is very popular to know the taste of some other people. iTunes now has Celebrity list that shows the taste of the famous people. iTunes also has the capability to share music in a network of a cllege campus, dormitory, offices, etc to open up your own playlist or the library of your music collection.

I read an article about this iTunes capability.
ITunes Undermines Social Security
http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,61177,00.html

It is an article saying that your taste of music is judged by the playlist and the library you are showing off in public. The taste of a music is very similar to the taste of a fashion--it strongly connected to the desire to present yourself as cool and tasteful. In the case of music, it can not be fixed just by the trend of the public as it is based on your true taste for liking or disliking, so it shows the personality more clearly.

Also, it is more limited to present such taste to the public in case of music. We might have the experience of compiling our favorite songs and piece of music, and give that casste tape or MD to our girl/boyfriends--it is not just to tell our heart through these songs, but also the desire to show off your fashionable musical taste, isn't it? The playlist sharing reveals such behind the scene story of us, and it represents who you are--so it makes you feel that you have to make it more sophisticated and cool one. That is very interesting for social and psychological study.
Walkman produced a culture to carry music anywhere and anytime, and there was a freedom to shut the outside world by sinking into your own world filled with your favorit music. And now by iTunes playlist, the music taste is becoming a new face to show your personality to a public like a fashion. Now the playlist sharing is almost at the same level of how it shows off yourself--it is similar to the meaning of the booming iPod accessory industry, especially the case designed by those major fashion brands.

Recently the news said that president Bush is also a fan of iPod, but the bigger news was that he listens to a country music on it--didn't we think like, "ah, yeah, that sounds true" with pooh-pooh smile on our face. (The reason this news became a news is because of that, isn't it? Sorry country music fans...)

Anyway, the celebrity playlist must have been really carefully selected, otherwise it might kill his/her status! But it is fun in a way to see such well crafted playlist, and it must be similar to the reason why celebrity goship is so popular. Or maybe the reason for writing a blog is also similar to publish a music playlist. (laugh)

Finally, my answers to those baton question. (smile)
But Q.3 is too difficult, so to my Japanese friends I mention my favorite music listening in New York. But anyway, iTunes is so convenient even for answering this kind of question.

Q1.  The space of music files on your computer
iTunes said, there are 5119 songs, 25.20GB of hard drive space, and it takes 18.4 days to finish listening. (as of 6/30/2005)

Q2. The music you are listening right now
Brian Eno,「music for airports」 ’Ambient1'

I selected this to write this entry. I can not concentrate writing when I listen to a music with a song. I choose instrumental piece most of the time of writing. It is from my 5star playlist.
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Q3. Five songs or pieces of music you like, New York edition

Portishead 「Roads」’Roseland NYC Live’

As I walk on the city street, I just choose those music that I don't pay too much attention but just play as a background. But to choose a music as I listen to by myself is some songs that put me into some state of being by myself or being alone. This song is the best in that sense, or the best to listen on the way home after all-nighter!


Arab Strap 「Girls of Summer」’Mad for Sadness’

Similar to Portishead, and the title tells all! The best chill out music, but at the same time it is not a chill out but an elevator music, too. Arab Strap takes you to the depth. East Village music.


Mogwai 「Mogwai Fear Satan」 ’Young Team'

The popularity of iTunes Music Store tells that CD is not worth buying in a sense that just a few songs out of one album might be good. Now I buy CDs at a used shop or iTunes Music Store. But this album is different, all the songs are the best--it has been a while to meet such album.

This song is the favorite among them, and it makes me feel as if I am listening to the music under the deep blue sky, lying on a wide open green grass field looking up the sky. It starts out slow with major chord, and gradually it builds up like Progressive. It brings the listener to nostalgia. You become empty under the sky. In a fine day at Central Park Sheep meadow or Great lawn, I want to listen to this song lying on the grass....


Lou Reed 「Perfect Day」 ’Transformers'

This is also a song that I want to listen in Central Park with sanglia glass in my hand. --well the song said so. It tells the quiet happiness of daily life, and an absolute loneliness behind it--that's my reaction. Is that too much to say?


Astor Piazzora 「Milonga for Three」 ’Happy Together'

The theme piece of a movie by Won Ka-wai, Happy Together. The first half is a quiet nocturne with a bandonion melody line. It might be describing the narrow backstreet and the atmosphere of those people in the shadow and darkness. The other half changes its mood, to sing a loneliness cut into your skin at night. It is a best bitter-sweet music--it is not very New York, but this piece describes such feeling of sinking in a loneliness and its nostalgy.

It looks like those 5 songs are kind of on the dark side....it tells how I feel in New York....?


Q4.  The last CD I bought

Thievery Corporation 'The Cosmic Game'


Q5. I may ask you someday....

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Apple, Macintosh and Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs, well known beyond the technology industry, gave a speech at the graduation ceremony of Stanford University.

Link to the original speech--
http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505

You can watch the video clip of the speech.
http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/videos/51.html

Well...
Starting from my personal history--my family came to the US as my father was assigned to the branch office near Washington D.C. (northern part of Virtinia) It was 1993 when I began to take those general study courses in George Mason University. Most of the computers in those computer labs were Macintosh, so I wrote papers with those Macs, and I started using the internet, which had just become usable even for the computer novices. (Do you know Mosaic, the original web browser before Netscape) By the way, America Online was established in the neighbor city called Vienna, VA (where my university was) and we participated in the monitor program. My family decided to buy a computer also, and because the computers used at school were Macs, we decided to buy a Mac.

I remember that NEC and Canon showrooms were located in my father's company building in Tokyo, and I saw the showrooms as I visited my father once. That was the first encounter with a computer. At that time in Japan, Macintosh was imported by Canon to be sold in Japan--even the Japan-made NEC machines were very expensive, and of course the imported Apple products were astronomically expensive that the most expensive Mac was the same price with a car. Macintosh Classic, for example, had a completely different unique character and atmosphere from the other Japanese personal computers. I remembered Apple and Mac for its uniqueness and its price, even as a kid.

Anyway, the first computer came to my house was a Macintosh. It was called Centris 650, with 8MB of RAM, and 80MB (yes, MB, not GB) of hard disk, with no CD-ROM--very weak in today's standard, but it could do pretty many things that amazed and excited me--Mac was a magic box.

Since then, a computer means a Mac. I had to use windows machine sometime with Windows3.1 which became the trauma to use Windows. Once I bought another Mac for living in a dormitory, which was a machine called Centris 610. However, what I received was Quadra 610 with better configuration because the new one just came out as I ordered. I wasn't asked any additional charge. I think this incident made me believe in Apple as a good company.....

Later on I moved to New York and began studying at Parsons School of Design.
Most of the computers at the school were also Macintosh. It alloed me to stick with Mac once again. As I was in Parsons, the new, epoch-making iMac was introduced. Steve Jobs, who established Apple but got fired by his own company, just returned with the new wind. The computer labs at school were soon filled with those iMacs. (later with those colorful ones) It was when Apple began to change.

Around that time, Apple itself was at the bottom as a company. The computer market share had fallen along with the stock price. Which company will buy Apple, and when?--it was the popular rumor at that time. Windows 95 seemed to have catched up or surpassed Mac OS. How did Steve Jobs look at those dark age of Apple? Although iMac was revolutional and super popular, the image of Apple as a company did not improve. I remember those Apple bashing by media--it continued until iPod came and became a mega hit--the success of two revolutional products--iMac and iPod finally brew away those negative images, and they represented the recovered, successful image of Apple to a general public.

According to his speech, he received a new chance to start out from zero by getting fired from his own Apple even if he was devastated. He sprang back with a new computer company NeXT to produce his ideal combination of a computer and an operating software. He also bought an animation production company Pixar with its software to produce a content through his own computer platform.
As he was asked to come back to Apple, his condition of return was to buy NeXT and its operating software, to be further developed and to replace the existing Mac OS, which later becomes Mac OS X. The confusing condition of Apple was fixed by simplifying and producing attractive and appealing hardware and software combination. OS X became the succesful modern OS that works behind all the beautifully designed Apple hardware. Apple could sail off to the second stage--after all, Apple is Steve Jobs himself--Jobs is Apple itself.

He picked up several episodes in his speech.
American private colleges havae much higher tuition than those Japanese ones. Jobs was unhappy and frustrated that most of the savings of his parents had been taken for his college tuition. (He was adopted at his birth) He could not find something worth for that vast tuition. (well, he could say that because the speech was for graduation--not at the welcome celemony! ) It was contradicting to ask such money for himself as he was not sure what to do and study--of course those classes were not interesting at all.

He finally made a decision to leave the college although he was fearful for the uncertain future of himself. But quiting school made him learn to save money--he mentioned several episode, that he saved nickels by returning a juice bottle, or he walked to a temple 6 miles away during weekend to have an decent meal only for the week. He said those were not the painful experiences but the wonderful opportunities to learn, which planted those valuable seeds for his future life.

The first thing that captured his interest after quiting college was a calligraphy. He had seen those beautiful letters used in those posters and bulletin boards on campus, so he took the calligraphy classes, which later became his insistence on using beautiful fonts in Mac OS, or to display nicely and cleanly wih balance of letters (this produced the idea of desktop publishing later on) This episode tells that when he does something, he doesn't want to do it as a boring desk work, but in a smart, elegant, enjoyable ways--the ethos of today's Apple products.

Even though he got fired from Apple, it did not make him abandon his faith to his those ideas, so that he could start out again for his idal. It is not possible to recive true gratification without persueing your own truth. If you haven't found that truth and idal, you should keep seeking for it and never compromise--that is his own method of life by facing various stumbling blocks and learning from those experiences.

He continues. Last year he was once told from a doctor that he would have only three months as he got a pancreatic cancer. He prepared for death by saying farewell to his family and close friends. Luckily, his cancer was a rare case that was curable with the operation. (Pancreatic cancer is normally a cancer hard to remove by an operation) After the operation and several months' rest, he came back to his office. He described this experience in the following insightful words.

”death was a useful but purely intellectual concept...death is very likely the single best invention of life."

He continued to mention that death is the indication of that the time is passing, it is the final point to reach, and it enables to provide the new place for giving birth to new by erasing the old. In front of death, any external ideas untrue to yourself, any pride, any fear of making mistake, would loose its meaning. For the trap to stop moving ahead for the fear of loosing something, the idea of death is a useful to overcome such fear. Because there is nothing to loose, you have to find yourself, and something that you believe in. And doing so by yourself--you can believe in yourself.
His positive boldness and attractiveness may come from such willingness knowing the point to reach.

For me, his words are real as I also got cancer at 28 and its treatment, operation did not hold the reccurence of the second tumor--the fear for another reccurence can not be erased. Seeing the shadow of death behind the life, and it is an ievitable truth of life. OK, I learned it through this experience. Then after that, what should I do, and what is the important thing to myself--I need to think about that. I believe it is a good opportunity for myself, to position it as a positive space in my mind.

As an Apple follower, I was always helped and inspired by its products, as more than just tools but the source of inspiration. I think it will not change soon. Apple products are the only computer and software that are "personal."

Recently Jobs made a huge decision to shift its CPU from IBM's to Intel's, but the presentation was very much the same, Jobs like one.

"We will be very excited to keep pushing the frontiers, and tell you about Leopard, (the next OS) the next time we meet next year.

Because more than even the processors, more than even the hardware innovation that we bring to the market, the soul of Mac is its operating system. And we are not standing still...."

The attitude not to sit on the today's success, but to produce newer and better things--it is not just the ideal image of a CEO of a computer company, but the image of a person living in this world.



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