Are You Ready for Love? And Other Social Media DOHs. Faryna Podcast EP5. #nicheamnesty

July 25, 2011

Are You Ready for Love? And Other Social Media DOHs (aka Stan Faryna feat Moby)
by Stan Faryna

Play the soundcloud player to hear the podcast. Or download it here. The podcast sounds awesome with earphones or played on hi-fi speakers. Try it and tell me what you think.

Mobile users: you should be able to hear the podcast here.

This blog post was inspired by @makeness, @mylifestylemax, @janetcallaway, @drjackking, and a few other people that don’t do Twitter.

I’m letting them go. Things. All the things that don’t make me happy. Right now.

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Book of Carrot: Chapter 1.10 by Stan Faryna

May 4, 2011

Chapter 1.10.1

This is a continuation of the posts titled, An Untitled Novel About The Long Road of Hope.

[ Chapter 1.1 is here. ]

On the road of despair, one freedom may be purchased for another freedom. But true freedom cannot be purchased without hope. Just like a purchased kiss is not a kiss.

Because a purchased kiss does not fill the heart.

Just like purchased kisses, stolen pleasures and comforts gather shame and jealousy like roads gather dust. Where hope grows fruit and thanksgiving, despair gathers shame and jealousy.

Despair grates the stoney ground of a broken heart with broken, screeching plow shares. It makes a God-awful commotion that tastes like the greasy, black smoke of burning plastic. The sound can be so horrible that you have to press your hands hard against your ears, eyes, mouth, nose and soul. All at the same time!

Without hope, there’s no other way to avoid it crawling into your skin and spreading across you like a creeping, malicious intelligence.

– Dio

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It’s NOT the economy, stupid!

July 23, 2009

This is the same Netbridge that IAB Europe and Alain Heureux were so enthusiastic to support despite much evidence that IAB should not. This is the same Netbridge whose online and software investments were mismanaged by Orlando Nicoara, Silviu Sirbu, Vlad Stan.
This is the same Netbridge that operated the misleading traffic reporting service, Traffic.ro. It’s the same people who sold unreliable and improperly supported online advertising management systems (Ad Server). It is the same holding group that is rumored to cost cut with pirated software and pitiful salaries. The list of scandals, cheats, and failures is long.
This is the same Netbridge that Romanian journalists could not expose because their publishing groups were so closely tied with Netbridge and all of Netbridge’s bed fellows in the Romanian online advertising industry: AdEvolution, Imedia, MediaPro, Oligvy, Webstyler, Zenith and many, many more.
Implicating one, implicates all.
As I have written previously, I predicted the fall of Netbridge’s online group. Bad business is not sustainable. catastrophe is inevitable.
The failure to provide value to industry and market is not sustainable as a way of doing business- not even online.
It is a pity and especially for the foreign investors whose capital was misused and mismanaged by doi lei smechers.
Online advertising in Romania is at a dead end. There’s no one to trust. Worse, there is littel to no value in online advertising in Romania for the advertiser- except Google. Unfortunately, you can count the Google professionals on one hand.
Let us not forget Alain Heureux, President of IAB Europe, and IAB Europe, the trade association responsible for promoting the growth of the interactive advertising markets in Europe. Heureux and IAB Europe legitimized the bad guys. And so also IAB USA’s then international liaison. Heureux and IAB are not just guilty by association.
I am very pleased to see this house of cards begin to fall. Only when it has fallen down completely can there be a chance for entrepreneurs and investors to build an online advertising industry that is better, trustworthy and sustainable.

Below, Johnny Cash, Five Feet High and Rising

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Romanian Online Advertising Industry is FUBAR

Recently, the Romanian courts decided to suspend the activities of certain online holdings under Netbridge Investments SRL and New Century. According to reports, the online media and advertising giant owes one million Euros to unpaid web property clients.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. And it has nothing to do with the global economic downturn- even if journalists would like you to believe such a convenient lie. Ultimately, it’s about bad business, the failure to provide value and service, and a whole lot of hustle.

This is the same Netbridge that IAB Europe and Alain Heureux were so enthusiastic to support despite much evidence that IAB should not. This is the same Netbridge whose online and software investments were mismanaged by Orlando Nicoara, Silviu Sirbu andVlad Stan.
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moby and me: Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina (part four)

March 30, 2008

If you missed part one of my Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina, go here. Part four follows herein.

Last Night

Last night, I tried to get through this recollection, but it didn’t happen. That reminds me…

Last week, you [moby] mentioned that you were going to a seminar where Petr Janata, a cognitive neuroscience professor from UC Davis, was going to be speaking.

moby wrote:

“i’m having a seminar/conversation with neuroscientist petr jenata at the rubin museum in nyc… come down and talk about the brain with us.”

You never mentioned how it went.

I found Petr Jenata’s website. It states there that he uses “music as a model system for studying the neural basis of auditory attention, imagery and memory.”

Some background music: moby, We’re all made of stars.

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Also, I checked out the sxsw spin interview video. Quick impression: another uninspired, interviewer along for the joy ride of kicking it with an unassuming, soft-spoken A list celebrity.

Will you ever find a hardcore interview where the interviewer can actually engage you at your intellectual level?

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moby and me: Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina (part two)

March 29, 2008

If you missed part one of my Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina, go here. Part two follows herein.

moby writes:

“oh, we’ve also put up the new album [Last Night] in its entirety on my myspace page (and it might be elsewhere on myspace, i’m not sure).”

Hear Last Night here (warning: product may contain peanuts, based on Schrödinger’s paradoxical thought experiments using quantum superposition).

Thanks, moby. Have a great weekend in Miami!

BTW, I think removing the forums was a great idea. Don’t cave to the mob of angry trolls. Comments to your journal should be sufficient to keep your website personalized and almost Web 2.0ish.

Below, a little background music: moby, Whispering Wind:

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St. Mary’s Church in Cacica

In a small Romanian village, I stood in an old church in the freezing cold. I stood shoulder to shoulder with the villagers. They were strangers to me. These people spoke another language, they worried about things which I did not worry about, and given the opportunity on any other occasion – most of them would be trying to sell me a square meter in their village for a preposterous amount – like nothing less than a million dollars.

Maybe, I exaggerate. But not by much. Been there. Done that.

And, yet, here we were in the same place and time, contemporaries, doing the same thing and not trying to get the better of each other. We were expressing by our very presence in that church, a desire (more or less) to be involved in something bigger than ourselves, bigger than our worries and everyday concerns, and bigger than our differences and our personal self-interest.

Standing there, I felt a strange community with these strangers as I reflected on the resurrection of Christ and anticipated a hot bowl of sour soup.
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moby and me: Easter Pilgrimage To Bucovina (part one)

March 28, 2008

Below, a little background music: moby, One of These Mornings:

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Easter Vigil in Bucovina

After an eight hour drive, I arrived at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Cacica (Kaczyka in Polish) just as the Easter Vigil service was getting started. Having fasted, I was looking forward to the late night supper waiting for me at Casa Antonio’s hostel-pension in Solca: ciorba radeautian– a traditional Northern Romanian soup. And since it was so cold (3 degrees Celsius), I hoped to find a warm bed too.

Yes, there is a website for the church in Romanian, Italian and Polish. Go here– if you can read any of these languages.

altar in st. mary's catholic church

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moby and me: good friday and happy easter

March 22, 2008

Good Friday and Happy Easter

Below, my humble, fleeting gift to you: a listen to Enya, We are free now

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Good Friday

moby writes:

“This weekend in acapulco, i’ll be dj’ing, not playing live. just want to make that clear. same thing is true in miami. at some point in the next few months i might play live again, but for now i’m happy to just be a bald beer drinking dj.”

For some, today is Good, Holy or Great Friday- the day to remember Christ dying on the cross. Today is the day that the Roman Catholic Church has designated the anniversary of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The date of Good Friday changes every year. But I don’t know how they pick the date. Anyway, I stopped at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bucharest. There were long lines to the confessionals.
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moby and me: last night, austin, democrats and degenerates

March 16, 2008

moby is writing a lot more these days. His new album, Last Night, is about to be released for sale. Several singles from Last Night are out there on the internet. Here’s some links…

Check out the moby singles samples here, here, here or here.

Ok, I feel bad that I haven’t written to moby in two weeks. I’m sorry, dude. Iarta-ma.

I’ve been a little busy.

I’m trying to work out something interesting for the Yahoo! advertising guy in Romania. His name is Mihai Fanache. Despite Mr. Fanache’s ADHD, he rocks for a 20-something entrepreneur. With the support of the mysterious Orlando Nicoara, he came a long way from being just another talented, hardcore young guy out of Targoviste.

Below: Lou Reed, A Walk On The Wild Side

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Last Night

Dude, do you feel irreversibly contaminated by your celebrity life?

I continue to ponder your interview statement… that celebrity is a “corrosive” institution?

What’s it like… not to be anchored to ordinary reality with a 9-5 job?

What’s it like… not have to put up with people you don’t like, eight hours Monday through Friday?

Do you lose basic social skills and sociable perspective?

For example, does your contempt for nuissiants (nuisances and insouciants) get so out of hand (for lack of having to interact with them)… so much so that you just fade them into the background noise?

Did you get crunk with the new dawgs at the disco, last night?

Perhaps, this is asking too much.
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moby and me: coincidence and melancholy

March 2, 2008

Five cent tour for Patsaks:

Find out what a self-proclaimed blog star (me) has to say to an actual rock star (moby) in this surreal, ongoing fictitious relationship. And just because moby is an actual myspace friend, this is not cause for me or you (the reader) to think these conversations are anything more than fictitious.

“I’ve made tons of bad decisions and done tons of things I regret. But it’s an interesting process.”

– moby

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Mistakes were made… A loaded gun won’t set you free…

Dave Simpson interviews moby

Congratulations on your recent interview. I found your answers to Dave Simpson’s questions… honest. Maybe, they were. Maybe, they weren’t. Dude, I’m just telling you how your answers struck me.

Simpson’s questions, I’m guessing, were some kind of scuffy clown shoes. Neither clever nor intrusive enough to reveal something profound and touching. I got the impression that the interview was really just a friendly chat, you shooting the frell while he took too many notes – maybe you were tired, slightly bored – but not bored enough to drop your usual fistful of expletives to stir things up.

Or k-mo the conversation.

What the frell is up with Simpson and the word, wistful? He uses it four times. Wistful isn’t very manly, masculine or forceful. It does not embody anything that relates to a will to action, decision and determination OR self-esteem for that matter. But these manly things are the things that are the spirit in a strong beat or great music.

Perhaps, reflective would have been a better word choice. Because each time that I saw wistful in the text, it struck me as odd- maybe even emasculating.

Were you so pensive?
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