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Alan Bland
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Digital artist, computer scientist, technology geek
Digital artist, computer scientist, technology geek

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By now you've heard the news that Google+ is shutting down. You shouldn't be surprised by this. I am not. The only surprise is it took them this long.

For the past few years, long-time users fled the platform because Google kept taking useful features away. Since that "new" platform update several years ago, interaction on G+ has been way down. Except for bots. Spambots abound on G+ and Google has shown little interest in fixing the problem.

I ramped down my own use of G+ a couple of years ago. I stopped posting new content here, instead hosting it on my own blog and posting links. That proved to be a wise decision. I have a few collections here that I'll need to move elsewhere to preserve the content

Now, news that Google purposely hid a major data privacy breach for months is a shake-my-head moment. Can't wait to read about the upcoming government investigations on multiple continents. This may be the thing that makes me abandon my Android devices and reluctantly go back to iOS. I do not like Apple's platform, but at least Apple will be honest about data privacy. Google has been on the edge of credibility for a while, and in my mind this pushes them over the edge.

Anyway, for any of my non-bot followers who remain (all 3 of you) I'm still on G+ for the scavenger hunt, and I'll follow the hunt to whatever platform it ends up on. I'll probably immediately stop reposting links to my blog, so no more new content from me here outside the scavenger hunt communities. If you enjoyed my electronic music or other original posts here, you can either follow my blog directly, or follow my Twitter or Facebook feeds where I will continue to post. Maybe I'll become active on Ello again. Time will tell.

You can connect with me at these sites:

My blog: https://composed-bits.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alanblip
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alanblip
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alanblip/ (not very active)
Ello: https://ello.co/alanbland (not very active)

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Disquiet Junto is a weekly make-music project I've been participating in this year. The guy who runs it, Marc Weidenbaum, always picks a Creative Commons or public domain image to go with each week's assignment. This week, he chose an image from Flickr by +John Getchel. I saw the attribution tonight and thought, hey I know that guy!

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Beyond the Trees: music inspired by Japanese Haiku poetry

a ladder
put against an apple tree
goes through toward the sky

— Haiku by Hashimoto Takako
Beyond the Trees
Beyond the Trees
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Hypoid’s Remix of Counting Sheep: music for falling asleep

If you’ve been following my weekly Disquiet Junto musical adventures, I decided not to participate this week. With several other projects in progress plus a road trip for part of the weekend, I just didn’t have the time or inspiration. But my music ended up represented in the weekly project playlist anyway...

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Counting Sheep: Music to calm your mind and relieve insomnia

Everyone suffers from insomnia at one time or another. No matter what you do, it seems you can’t get back to sleep. One thing that might help is to play some soothing music to calm your mind and ease you back to sleep.
Counting Sheep
Counting Sheep
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10 years ago Google released the Chrome browser. I tried it and immediately made it my default browser, even with its limited feature set in the first version, leaving my previous browser Firefox in the dust.

This week, Google released Chrome with its revamped UI. Not a fan at all. In two days of use I've already left feedback several times about how difficult it is to read the low-contrast grey-on-grey UI. Maybe 25 year old engineers find it attractive and easy to use, but as an older person with normal eyesight degradation for my age, it's the last straw. Google is breaking the usability of all their products with their rollout of low-contrast Material Design.

So, after many years of nearly exclusive use of Chrome, I'm setting it aside and going back to Firefox. First impression: not perfect, but the Firefox UI is more readable than Chrome so it's a step in the right direction. I'll use Firefox a while longer to make sure it can handle the websites I use regularly.

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Enter the Abyss: a musical experiment in mise en abyme

Today’s art history lesson: In Western art history, the term “mise en abyme”  refers to instances when a work of art includes one or more copies of itself. Mise en abyme is derived from French, meaning literally “placed into abyss”.
Enter the Abyss
Enter the Abyss
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On the Run: music from a 3-way asynchronous collaboration

The Disquiet Junto assignment this week was to remix someone else’s track from last week, using drum sounds from someone else’s track from the week before. A three-way asynchronous collaboration. I’m an old MIDI hacker from the 80’s so I don’t have a lot…
On the Run
On the Run
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Round 23 of the scavenger hunt is coming to a close. My seven photos together tell a story. I also created a behind-the-scenes video you can see on my blog at https://composed-bits.org/2018/08/the-mask-a-story-in-seven-images/

The photos in order are Dream, List, Scavenger, Community, Photography, Hunt and Judge.

My photo for Scavenger received a dream team pick award.
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8/21/18
7 Photos - View album

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Glassical Zero: my Philip Glass-inspired music using mzero's drum sounds and a bunch of synthesizers

This track is an asynchronous collaboration for the Disquiet Junto. Last week’s Junto involved creating imaginary drum machines, with the start of each track isolating each drum sample in preparation for this week’s assignment. For this week’s Junto, the…
Glassical Zero
Glassical Zero
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