Why I still collect LP’s & CD’s

There are many advantages people cite when asked why they still buy physical media like LP’s or CD’s. Some are nostalgic, others involve the magic of handling a physical medium like an LP or having a booklet/album art in your hands.

My reason is much simpler: 

I have a bad memory. 

Because of this bad memory, a physical collection helps me rediscover artists and albums that may have slipped my mind in word-territory. However I re-experience the feeling connected to music upon seeing the cover art, picking up the LP or CD, taking it out of its cover, etc.

When using a digital service, for instance Spotify or iTunes, I have to either make explicit playlists, or browse by searching for specific artists/albums. Yes, iTunes has a visual way to browse by album art. But no, this is not the same experience as shelves filled with CD’s & LP’s provide. 

Just the simple fact that I can stand in front of my collection and let my eyes wander and rediscover all the artists and music I have at one time or another found precious enough to invest money in, is such a great experience that I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. Often an artist just leaps out at me from my unconscious, triggered by the spine or location on the shelf.

On top of that, you get the added experience attached to the moment of purchase, the first time you played an album or artist you love to a person you love, and other connected experiences. All of which seem to be less vivid when I consider digital media.

So the bottom line is, I will keep on investing in physical media. Although the digital services are great and I mostly listen to music from my laptop or phone, I have enough reasons to buy my music on LP and CD. Don’t you?


Don’t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people’s failures.

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"Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace" ~ Mandela 1918 - 2013

Artwork for Vrij Nederland by Noma Bar, tipped by Micha Wertheim

See more collected artwork form the world media on the Le Monde Blog


Be confident. Be compassionate. Be intelligent. Be humble. Be generous. The universe returns to you what you put out.

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Roman Krznaric explores a few very powerful ideas within his book ‘How To Find Fulfilling Work’.

Both the “Confusion is perfectly normal” and “Act first, reflect later” ideas are really things I am already doing without thinking too much about it. 

There’s a bunch of great take aways in under 15 minutes. I’m very interested to know which thoughts rang most true to your heart, so please share your feelings about this talk!


Hard time finding good candidates? Try an Artist.

Excellent @fastcompany article by @StevenTepper, explaining exactly the reasons why I am so happy to have received an ‘artsy’ education (even though I am a M.Sc.).  

Organizations far and wide—perhaps even yours—will compete intensely for workers who are adaptable, resourceful, and can quickly learn and apply new skills to a variety of challenges. Where can you find such workers?

One answer runs counter to much conventional wisdom: Ask an artist.

During my MIT-Medialabs-inspired two-year Master ‘Media Technology’ at Leiden University, I got experience using and developing just the skills that are described here: 

The artist is a builder, an engineer, a research analyst, a human relations expert, a project manager, a communications specialist, and a salesman. The artist is all of those and more—combined with the imagination of an inventor and the courage of an explorer.

Read the complete article: FastCompany - Is an MFA the new MBA? 


Steve Jobs introducing WiFi 14 years ago: Wireless Connectivity we now all take for granted. Love the tongue in cheek nod to magic tricks. 



(1999) Steve Jobs Introduces The World to WiFi

Just look at that response over something we take completely for granted now just 14 years later. 

Love the camera man over-the-shoulder as the way to show it on the big screen.

And the hula hoop — look ma, no wires! — is just a brilliant, Steve Jobs touch.

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