Echoes through time: the stages of life

There are three things which the gentleman guards against. In youth, when the physical powers are not yet settled, he guards against lust. When he is strong and the physical powers are full of vigour, he guards against quarrelsomeness. When he is old, and the animal powers are decayed, he guards against covetousness.

Confucius (551-479 BC), The Analects, Book XVI, para. 19 

Greatest [music] managers: Danny Goldberg

Here’s a fascinating read. It’s an interview with Danny Goldberg, onetime manager of Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, Belinda Carlisle, Steve Earle and others.

He talks about reputation and the differences in small business and big business experience. Also, of course, he talks about the complexity of the artist-manager relationship.

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Alarm bells Ring, from @shanti_das, @thesundaytimes

Further to my post on Saturday, the Sunday Times has an article on Ring building a similar relationship with UK police forces: Police and Amazon build ‘surveillance state’ with free all‑seeing doorbells.

Detective Superintendent Andy Smith of Suffolk police, which has provided 1,000 free Ring doorbells, said: “This is massively powerful for us. We have had at least four prolific criminals captured as a consequence of Ring doorbells and, having spoken to a number of victims, [we can say] these devices have provided real reassurance.”

but…

Hannah Couchman, policy expert at the human rights organisation Liberty, described the partnerships as “patently inappropriate” and said: “The blurring of the line between law enforcement and private companies is a real concern.

“Amazon is building a privately run surveillance network. They are turning our front doors into CCTV cameras but without the discussion and public debate you would expect.”

The Sunday Times article is here.

My post, from Saturday, is here.

Photo by Dayne Topkin on Unsplash

Echoes through time: a brief sojourning in an alien land

In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours; life, a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (2.17)