My Daughter’s Birth Day


My daughter’s birth day.
32 years ago at 6:00 p.m.
She was born,
a bit precipitously
and without our midwife.
In her rush to join the mad show,
she appeared whole and ‘in the veil’, our caulbearer.
I pricked the amniotic sac near her nostril
just before she left my wife.
A gush of water,
a slippery silver dolphin swimming into my hands.
My son nearby saying, “Is it alive?”
Oh, yes.
I held on tight.
I can still see the light of wild expectation in my wife’s eyes.

SoundCloud: How to Extract Your Preciouses

First, go to this webpage that has three suggested ways to extract your sound files from SoundCloud.

Backup Your Soundcloud Tracks With These Helpful Websites

Solution #1: The downloader from ruudninja is probably the simplest to use, but it doesn’t have any batch function. You give it permission to access your Soundcloud account, it creates a list of links that correspond to your files and then you click on them to download manually. I have been wondering how I might take these files and archive them in YouTube. I found Tunes2Tube for that. I will update to let you know how that test went.  Google has a bulk/batch upload so you might combine Tunes2Tube with it to get all your sound files into YouTube.

Solution #2: The software, JDownloader, is free, but I kicked in a couple of bucks through Paypal because it proved to be so handy.  All you do is get your Soundcloud profile page link and add it to JDownloader.  It will extract all the links.  You can fine tune what it vacuums up in the program, but I just snarfed them all up and saved them in my Google Drive.  It doesn’t care whether it is an ogg file or mp3 or wma. Nope, not a whit.  If you have issues and want an explanatory screencast, let me know. Happy to oblige.

Solution #3: DownloadThemAll is a Firefox extension.  Go to your Soundcloud profile and do much the same as Solution #2 above.  Not quite as full-featured as JDownloader.

None of these tools is too onerous to use.  Right now it appears that the bottleneck is getting those files into a useful cloud form.  YouTube seems to be the place at the moment, but I am sure someone will find a better, more open platform.  Perhaps the solution is to have a certain amount of redundancy: offline storage, online storage in a re-usable form (YT), and an open source online storage solution.

Maybe this will all be a tempest in a teapot and somebody will snap up Soundcloud in the coming fire sale and carry it on without a hitch.  [Muffled laughter.]



The Path to Quality is an Open Conversation or None at All

Yeah, this is a big question and I love how she wanders through it, a personal feldgang that keeps approaching the issue from lots of angles, mostly asymptotically–my favorite oblique stance.


“I’m undergoing a fundamental change in thinking about a lot of things right now, and one of those is how I manage my personal knowledge. I am a very good researcher and acquirer of information, but over the past two years I’ve stressed over finding a good way to curate all the content I amass.”
Much good follows.
I would love to be able to just publicly annotate her post, but so much has been made of late by a few very loud megaphones about how this is a violation of …privacy?  This chilling is the result of assuming ill will and bad motive on the net instead of addressing it as it happens.  Speech is chilled because of this overarching, bend-over-backwards need to armor the few from the truly few trolls roaming the net.
So I privately annotate and don’t share OR I ask permission. Just another bit of friction this asking permission. I annotate as a way of close reading.  Too many sites. It ruins the spontaneity of initial read.
I think that if you want to be part of the commons, you subject yourself to the dangers, known and unknown,  of the commons.  I don’t see how it can work as a commons otherwise.  Of course, you must protect the commons from those who seek to enclose it, the trolls who seek to close off discussion and difference with hate and misfeasance, but that is the duty of those who use the commons.  You need the community to help you fight these battles.
If you call on the community and they do not rise to the call, then I think folks may indeed withdraw from that community.  Not really a community then is it?  If you decide to fight the fight by yourself, then so be it, but don’t expect to withdraw your goodwill from the rest of us and not get a response.  My response was to no longer read those who want to be public but accept no public duty.  I really did believe that I had a right to annotate and to do so in a public way and to share it.  But now? Not as much.  The shine is way off that bloom.