Category Archives: Rants and Raves

Rants. Raves. Often entertaining. We hope.

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One of my personal goals for the new year was to try writing a daily blog to see how I’d like it. So, in 40 days, from December 20th to January 30th, I wrote 40 blog posts. (Okay technically, those dates are 42 days apart. I did take 2 days off one weekend just to […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, February 2014 | Comments closed

Learning from Social Media Failures

(Or: How To Take Control of Your Online Life Without Burning Your Hand on The Stove) For the amount that Social Media has come to dominate many of our everyday lives, we know precious little about what it’s doing to us. Though at times it’s unnervingly easy to forget what life was like before social […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, January 2014 | Comments closed

The Science of Effective Social Media Use

(A by-the-numbers look at controlling your media feed instead of having it control you.) In “Learning from Social Media Failures” we explored so many of the ways social media can go wrong and erode your quality of life. But how about a little focus on the ways to use it right? Whether you’re a content […]

Also posted in 2014, All Stories, Featured Stories, January 2014 | Comments closed

Build Your Own Rat Park (A Better Approach to the Internet)

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In July of 2013 Alexis Madrigal wrote an article for The Atlantic titled “The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can’t Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook”. Calling on research from MIT anthropologist Natasha Schüll, Madrigal makes overt what some of us […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, January 2014 | Comments closed

“Scientist” Editor Launches New Daily Blog. (And it’s good.)

Hey all, Thanks for tuning in for another issue of Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, your favorite facetiously-titled, once-monthly, web-only magazine about the art, science and economics of music and sound. (Word to the wise: It’s easy to be the best when you get to narrow things down pick what you have to be the […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, January 2014 | Comments closed

How to Tell If You’re an Amateur Musician

We all like to think that we’re beyond categorization. And to some degree, we are. To be human is to be flexible and multifaceted. But that’s not going to change the fact that throughout your entire life, others will categorize you, just as you do to them. It also won’t alter the reality that there […]

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An Inconvenient Fee: The Legacy of Pearl Jam Vs. Ticketmaster

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden Two weeks ago, Pearl Jam released Lightning Bolt, their tenth studio album in a career that has spanned more than 20 years. A predictable wave of retrospectives from rock critics followed. Always mentioned – but only in passing – is what many of them dismiss as […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Industry Trends, November 2013 | Comments closed

Fact-Checking David Byrne: Daft Punk Actually Stands to Make a LOT of Money on Spotify

Let me start off by saying that I love David Byrne. Not only do I like so much of his music, but over the past few years, I think Mr. Byrne has offered some of the best commentary on music, culture and the importance of copyright. For starters, I’m constantly — and I mean constantly — […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, October 2013 | Comments closed

How to Become the Best at What You Do (In Music, Sound, Writing, or Anything Else)

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We now live in a global economy. This means that no matter what path you take in life, if you want anything that resembles a sustainable and fulfilling career, chances are that you’re going to have to become among the best in the world at what you do. This wasn’t always the case. There was […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, September 2013, Techniques | Comments closed

What to Practice (For Musicians, Writers, Audio Engineers, Entrepreneurs)

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This month, we’ve looked at the “why” and “how” of deliberate practice. It’s the only kind of activity that’s been shown, over decades of research, to make you dramatically better at the things you care most about doing. Deliberate practice is different than on-the-job experience, and in many ways, it can be even more effective. […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, September 2013, Techniques | Comments closed
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