Live @ Los Angeles Rave 1996 by Christopher Lawrence

Live from 1996. This set was recorded at a rave in Los Angeles in 1996. This is the true sound of the underground when Progressive House, Trance and Techno all blurred into one sound. DJs spun vinyl on Technics 1200 turntables. It was a completely different experience to using laptops and CDs. We set the record in motion with a flick of the wrist and lightly touched the record to to keep it on beat with the record spinning on the other deck. No easy task when the turntables were sitting on card labels right on the dance floor. But that is what made it special. No big stages, no LED screens, no digital downloads, no iTunes, no Youtube, no internet! These parties were word of mouth and paper flyers only. And after partying all night long at a warehouse rave we would head to Venice Beach to carry on in the sun at a proper popup out door party. Hopefully as you listen to this mix you will be taken back to a different time when dance music was just beginning and anything was possible!

Das Set funktioniert auch nach über 20 Jahren noch halbwegs gut. (und enthält, wie es sich für die Mitte der 90er gehört, natürlich auch Spuren von „The First Rebirth“ …)

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Chart of Electromagnetic Radiations – Wissenschaft anschaulich gemacht

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL):

If you’re into scientific antiques, you have to examine the details in this 1944 poster from the W.M Welch Scientific Company: „Chart of Electromagnetic Radiations.“ It was found tucked away in the back of an unused office years ago, but now hangs framed in a high-traffic hallway populated by Lawrence Livermore engineers.

Beim Anschauen des Posters kann man sich schon mal die eine oder andere Minute in den unzähligen Details verlieren 👌

My wonderful world of macOS 💻

I use a lot of applications on my mac. Here is a list of the ones that I love and use the most in my day to day life, sorted by their importance

Eine umfangreiche Liste mit vielen Tools, die einem die tägliche Arbeit mit macOS erleichtern oder erst möglich machen. Vieles davon setze ich auch ein, einige Sachen sind mir allerdings neu und werden auch erst mal näher angeschaut.

YAGNI, Cargo Cult and Overengineering

It’s 2012. We’re redesigning my employer’s flagship product. The first version was a monolith that used the boring MySQL. Spending too much time reading blogs and Hacker News comments section, we convinced ourselves that we need to go big and modern:

  • Break monolith into service-oriented architecture, aka, the SOA.
  • Replace MySQL with Cassandra (MySQL to Redis to Cassandra)

And we built it.

There was nothing wrong with the new system… except one major flaw. It was too complex for a small startup team to maintain. We had built a Formula One race car, that makes frequent pit-stops and requires very specialized maintenance, when we needed a Toyota Corolla that goes on for years and years on just the oil change.

YAGNI, Cargo Cult and Overengineering – the Planes Won’t Land Just Because You Built a Runway in Your Backyard