My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

August 5, 2014 9:56 pm
Media Overload: The Problem With Infinite Choice

I can attest to this.  As I find I have less time to watch netflix, I feel more anxious to watch it in order to justify my subscription. This is supposed to be entertainment, not an obligation.  Anyone else have similar experiences?

August 3, 2014 12:20 am


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Just watched this documentary on Netflix and really enjoyed it. It’s not a very exploratory documentary or one that necessarily takes a call to action, but for those of us that were too young to fully understand the news that was coming out at the time or simply didn’t pay enough attention it is a great review of what is probably the advent that kicked off most of the trends on the internet today.  In a sense Napster being the first major platform that focused on “sharing” drives us in the social direction of web 2.0. It is really interesting to hear from the team behind it and realize just how naive they were (or at least how naive they want us to think they were) to what they were allowing people to do.  Ultimately it’s pretty safe to say that there are multiple ways the music industry could have worked with them instead that may have led to a more desirable outcome for everyone, but that’s after much hindsight.  The story of the internet has evolved in a way that it is very much a mythology and I find it funny that Sean Parker seems to be taking on the Satan role or at least one that repeatedly shows up in key moments. I would definitely recommend this documentary for anyone that wants to learn how technology got to the point it’s at today or if you simply want the nostalgia of that late 90s/early 2000s era.  Plus it was directed by BIll from Bill and Ted, so that’s pretty cool right?

July 18, 2014 8:09 pm

Why Music Is The Next Big Battle For The Tech Titans | Forbes


Reposted from on July 17, 2014 at 05:54AM

What is the big attraction in music to the global tech-titans? It might be that we are on the cusp of redrawing e-commerce.

It seems that it’s agreed-upon that human curation is the focus of music platforms for now.  It’s not clear how that will solve what at least I see as the main issue which is that artists need to be fairly compensated, but it could be a start.  I hope that we find a different way besides advertising to make money on internet content in general soon though.

July 7, 2014 11:26 pm
Taylor Swift: Forming a bond with fans in the future will mean constantly providing them with the element of surprise.

I’m not going to lie, I was actually expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I’m not a fan of her music, but seeing her published in the WSJ I thought maybe this was a well-researched, thought out piece by an industry insider who has exposure to the most successful sectors of it at the moment. Instead, Taylor Swift comes off as naive and pompous, completely disregarding that at least a portion of her success comes from the amount of money and resources being poured into placing her music in every outlet through which people discover music.  She almost gets there when she mentions her Myspace following a decade ago, and I certainly don’t disagree with her belief on how artists need to connect with the fans in the digital age, but Taylor Swift becomes Taylor Swift through her label promotions, not simply because her music is “truer” than everything else out there.  She shows no attempt to really explain the economics of the modern music industry or what will really keep it going in the future.  Surprising your audience has been around since The Grateful Dead were spending 90% of their show on a jam session, The Who were smashing their instruments, Elvis was shaking his hips and much much more. If creative surprises were the single solution to the music industry The Mars Volta would have been the biggest band in the world 4 years ago.

June 17, 2014 7:37 am
How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry | Music Think Tank (primary) RSS


Reposted from on June 17, 2014 at 07:00AM

We’re in the midst of the greatest music industry disruption of the past 100 years. A fundamental shift has occurred — a shift that Millennials are driving.

For the first time, record sales aren’t enough to make an artist’s…

May 24, 2014 1:24 pm

#SaturdaySadStat: any time we see increased revenues paralleling increased net losses, we start wondering about the viability of the business model…


#SaturdaySadStat: any time we see increased revenues paralleling increased net losses, we start wondering about the viability of the business model…

March 24, 2014 11:47 pm
Spotify Winds Down App Directory To Focus On External Ecosystem | TechCrunch
March 18, 2014 11:27 pm
The Price of Music
10:20 pm
Penn State SOMA Arts Crawl 2014


Arts Crawl is a day long event designed to showcase local talent of all kinds: Music, painting, dancers, fashion, film, and more!

We could really appreciate if you could donate, it would help us make sure Arts Crawl rules and everything runs super smoothly.  

We appreciate any and all support.  

Not really related to what I talk about, but this is a super cool club I used to be in in school. They put on one of the coolest events there every year and apparently the funding rules there still screw over the smaller clubs.  Help them out if you can!

December 5, 2013 11:34 pm
WASHINGTON: Who knew? The arts bring big bucks to the economy | Celebrities | The Sun Herald

I’m a big believer in a balanced approach, this just goes to show you how you never know where positive impacts could come from.