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Rian van der Merwe
Product manager for (made by ) • Author of ‘Making It Right’ () • Links about technology, product, internet culture.
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Rian van der Merwe 2h
Replying to @RianVDM
My new favorite Monk quote: “I’m famous. Ain’t that a bitch?”
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Rian van der Merwe 2h
“‘Two more sides by the pianist who did NOT invent bop, and generally plays bad, though interesting, piano,’ dismissed a 1949 DownBeat review of Monk’s ‘Misterioso’ and ‘Humph.’” Thelonious Monk became a legend despite his critics...
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 17
Some sobering points here. “It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech”
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 16
Replying to @CathrynR
That sentence starts the same over here but ends very differently ☹️
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 15
Great profile of Scott LaFaro and how he changed the roll of the bass in jazz trios. The two Bill Evans Trio albums that came out of their “Village Vanguard” sessions remain my favorite of all time.
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 15
Great overview of Mailchimp's employee onboarding process. “From Offer to Exit, Mailchimp Employees Listen Hard, Change Fast, and Learn Constantly”
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 15
“How long to sing this song?”
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 15
Replying to @darb
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 14
Replying to @RianVDM
Speaking of which…
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 14
Replying to @ThijsSchippers
You mean do it from their own sites? Yep sure they can, but Bandcamp provides a great marketplace and tools for that (including FLAC delivery), and pays them a fair amount of the proceeds.
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 14
Replying to @Bandcamp
This is why I always check if an artist is on first, before I check anywhere else. Music ownership is not a thing of the past…
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 14
“The majority of music consumption will eventually take place within the subscription rental services of 2 or 3 enormous corporations, who can afford to lose money on music because it attracts customers to the parts of their businesses that are profitable”
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 13
Exhaustive (and exhausting) look at how Facebook finally came to realize that it’s more than just a platform.
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 13
Replying to @RianVDM
In between all the jokes, I will say that we’ve been taking GDPR *very* seriously (it’s “privacy law with teeth” as TechCrunch put it). We’re now fully ready for it. You can even sign a DPA directly from our site.
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 13
Replying to @peterbowyer @cnagele
Hah, I _just_ updated that! You’re too quick! :)
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 13
Replying to @RianVDM
I was hoping to corner the market on GDPR jokes, but it appears I have some strong competition.
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 12
This article about paper jam engineers is the detailed investigative journalism you didn't even know you desperately needed.
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 12
“The easiest and cheapest strategy for dealing with complexity is not to invent something to manage it, but to avoid the complexity altogether with a more clever plan.” This essay on web dev complexity is very much worth your time.
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 11
Today’s album recommendation (originally via ). “Soothing, fiery, emotional, the album takes place overnight between dusk and dawn and pays homage to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.”
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Rian van der Merwe Feb 11
Replying to @jonlumb @allmusic
Blood by Rhye…
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