Comments for The Passive Voice https://www.thepassivevoice.com A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Pub and Traditional Publishing Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:42:46 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on 7 Great Mysteries About Rare Books and Bibliophiles by Darren Sapp https://www.thepassivevoice.com/7-great-mysteries-about-rare-books-and-bibliophiles/#comment-448044 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:42:46 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102148#comment-448044 I’m one that immediately gravitates toward the rare books section. My collection is not much because I don’t have the funds for it, but a couple in my collection are an 1875 history of the Catholic Church and a first printing of In Cold Blood. I love history and theology and imagine the first readers that bought them and used them.

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Comment on A Writer’s Bare Necessities by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt https://www.thepassivevoice.com/a-writers-bare-necessities/#comment-448040 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 04:22:50 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102142#comment-448040 I don’t have a lock on the door, but I snagged the second bedroom/guest room in our new apartment at the retirement community – had that not been the arrangement, I never would have moved.

The roofing of the whole complex should be over before 2020.

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Comment on Little, Brown To Release J.D. Salinger E-books by Darryl https://www.thepassivevoice.com/little-brown-to-release-j-d-salinger-e-books/#comment-448038 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:33:44 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102136#comment-448038 Excellent comments. The article is of course from a vastly different time but there is much that is still of relevance. I agree that scan and ocr is all but dead these days, though I suspect still in use for some books not available as e-books. The point is, of course, that scan and ocr remains available and I suspect will see a resurgence if DRM cannot be circumvented for a time and e-books remain at prices comparable to print books. The technology is better than ever. Products like the Czur scanner, for instance, have the potential to bring easy scanning and ocr to the masses.

As I’ve said in the past, if some of the really alarmist propaganda about piracy was true, how do we continue to have a thriving retail market for books? Some level of piracy is a fact of life in the publishing industry, but fortunately most readers do not engage in it. Even some of those who do anecdotally are still some of publishers best customers, as was the pirate interviewed in the article. It seems piracy will remain at a level which still permits the industry to thrive, except for really stupid decisions, of which not making an official e-book available at all is one of the worst. One-click type convenience, universal availability and reasonable prices will go a long way to keeping a sustainable and profitable industry.

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Comment on Generating Music With Artificial Intelligence by Felix J. Torres https://www.thepassivevoice.com/generating-music-with-artificial-intelligence/#comment-448037 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 02:05:09 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102152#comment-448037 My browsers must be on the blink. 😉

I agree; music is a very different creature from fiction.
As Silverberg pointed out, a music converter black box is more of an instrument than a creator. At least until it no longer requires an input.

Conceptually the OP isn’t very different from a Moog.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moog_synthesizer
Just software instead of hardware.
(In both cases humans set the parameters of the sound stream.)

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Comment on Generating Music With Artificial Intelligence by PG https://www.thepassivevoice.com/generating-music-with-artificial-intelligence/#comment-448036 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 01:18:55 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102152#comment-448036 No, although my discovery of the OP arose from the AI fiction discussion.

I don’t necessarily believe that, if AI music is possible, that automatically means AI fiction is possible.

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Comment on Generating Music With Artificial Intelligence by Felix J. Torres https://www.thepassivevoice.com/generating-music-with-artificial-intelligence/#comment-448035 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:38:30 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102152#comment-448035 Sarcasm, PG? 😉
(re: AI fiction)

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Comment on Generating Music With Artificial Intelligence by Scott https://www.thepassivevoice.com/generating-music-with-artificial-intelligence/#comment-448034 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:43:27 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102152#comment-448034 This guy needs to read “The MacAuley Circuit” by Robert Silverberg, published in 1958. It’s about a virtuoso who thinks he’s been made obsolete by an AI music generator, but realizes it’s just a new type of instrument that can take music to a whole new level with his expert input.

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Comment on Generating Music With Artificial Intelligence by Tom Simon https://www.thepassivevoice.com/generating-music-with-artificial-intelligence/#comment-448033 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 20:38:54 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102152#comment-448033 Not bad, but I wonder how well it would manage without Scarlatti’s input. The whole piece reminds me of what a snide contemporary said about Vivaldi: he didn’t write 600 concertos, but wrote the same concerto 600 times.

I imagine a neural net could grind out another 600 Vivaldi concertos a lot faster than Vivaldi could, but the results probably would not be any more worth hearing than Vivaldi’s worst and most hackneyed pieces.

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Comment on 7 Great Mysteries About Rare Books and Bibliophiles by allynh https://www.thepassivevoice.com/7-great-mysteries-about-rare-books-and-bibliophiles/#comment-448032 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:17:44 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102148#comment-448032 This was just on my local PBS station the other day.

Secrets of the Dead: Galileo’s Moon
https://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/galileos-moon-7vidcl/4438/

Harvest the transcript for more information.

– The main thing to pay attention too, is the forger did the forgery as a game. Yes, there was money involved, but you don’t do something that extensive unless there is passion involved.

The same thing happened with art forgery. This is a classic from 60 Minutes:

From the archives: “The gentle art of forgery”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1nOweWPjFU

Enter this search string in YouTube and you will find many fun videos about forgery.

“60 minutes” art forgery

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Comment on It is sadder to find the past again by allynh https://www.thepassivevoice.com/it-is-sadder-to-find-the-past-again/#comment-448031 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:42:42 +0000 https://www.thepassivevoice.com/?p=102133#comment-448031 – The past ain’t what it used to be.

That’s a running theme in much of my stuff.

Jorge Luis Borges captured it best:

The Garden of Forking Paths is an incomplete, but not false, image of the universe as Ts’ui Pên conceived it. In contrast to Newton and Schopenhauer, your ancestor did not believe in a uniform, absolute time. He believed in an infinite series of times, in a growing, dizzying net of divergent, convergent and parallel times. This network of times which approached one another, forked, broke off, or were unaware of one another for centuries, embraces all possibilities of time. We do not exist in the majority of these times; in some you exist, and not I; in others I, and not you; in others, both of us.

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Jorge_Luis_Borges

I will be mining Borges for decades. HA!

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