February 2007

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Oft-mentioned productivity guru Merlin Mann of 43Folders has added a new feature to his blog called The Merlin Show.

Basically it’s a video blog (I have so much trouble calling them “vlogs”). It launched this week, and it looks great. So far he’s straddling a very compelling line of interviewing interesting people in the tech world and in the music world. There’s quite an overlap.

A recent guest on the show is John Vanderslice, who sort of epitomizes this music/tech nexus.

In the interview, Mr. Vanderslice speaks compellingly about the difficult (though inexorable) transition today’s artists make in adapting from the old/label paradigm, to the new/content-creator-direct-to-customer paradigm. Not surprisingly, Mr. Vanderslice bemoans the lack of advances in this system.

Cash flow/liquidity is definitely one of the short-term hurdles that artists today face. Here’s hoping that efficiencies obviate this, because I promise you those advances are the most expensive loans most artists will ever take.

Anyway, check out Merlin’s interview of Vanderslice here.

quicksilver logo

Readers of this blog know of my love for Quicsilver. To me it is the finest example of a productivity application, and I can’t begin to calculate the amount of time I save every day because of it. This is time that I am able to use for other things; such as, creative endeavors. I implore artists and musicians who spend any time at all on a Mac to learn how to use Quicksilver.

Piling efficiency atop efficiency, I found this list of keyword shortcuts for Quicksilver that are really helpful:

quicksilver shortcuts

These shortcuts, and more can be found using the very cool xCuts Widget.

[via Lifehacker]

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