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  • You Know Las Ramblas But What Is A Rambla?

    By Mike on September 8, 2015
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    If you know anything about Barcelona or if you've ever been here, you know Las Ramblas. But what is a rambla? I'll tell you.
  • Take a walk with me. What is Barcelona like in September?

    By Mike on September 6, 2015
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    September is one of the best months of the year to be in Barcelona. Take a short walk with me and see what I mean.
  • Here’s A 2 Minute Primer On The Catalan Independence Issue

    By Mike on September 3, 2015
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    From NBC and published last fall, this video gives a very simplified, yet decent overview of what’s going on and why Catalonia is trying to get its independence from Spain.
  • I’m launching Newscat.cat so the English-speaking world can easily follow the Catalan Independence process

    By Mike on September 2, 2015
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    TL;DR just check it out. The Catalan independence process is heating up and the elections that could set the country off on it’s own course take place later this month. It’s a very exciting and uncertain time and at the time of this writing, the elections have about an even chance of going either way. Today, I am launching News […]
  • MUSIC XRAY’S NEW FEATURE ANNOUNCEMENT: Hookblast

    By Mike on July 24, 2015
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    blog.musicxray.com – We’re very excited to announce the launch of our latest feature, hookblast. Hookblast enables artists to bracket the hook (up to 45 seconds) in their songs to make really easy for industry professionals to get right to it. This will mean more industry engagement and a more satisfying listening experience for them. It will also increase the number […]
  • A defector says North Korea’s hacker army can destroy entire cities

    By Mike on May 29, 2015
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    businessinsider.com –  A North Korean defector who worked as a university professor in the country has said in an interview with the BBC that North Korea now has over 6,000 hackers. Professor Kim Heung-Kwang taught science at a university in North Korea for 20 years. But he defected in 2004 and fled the country. Speaking to the BBC, Kim estimated […]
  • Excerpt from Maximizing Music Xray

    By Mike on March 18, 2015
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    blog.musicxray.comMaximizing Music Xray is based on an analysis of over 2000 song pitches and 300 Target opportunities. You will learn:

    • What Music Xray is, how it works, what it gives you as a writer/performer.
    • The Pitch. What works and what doesn’t.
    • What do buyers really want? Don’t waste money aiming at the wrong targets.
    • Selling the song? Or yourself as the performer? Two different goals, two different pitches.
    • Special songwriting tips for international users, and instrumental / soundtrack writers.
    • .MP3 sound slip-ups you must avoid. Be Careful.
    • Formatting your lyrics for maximum impact.
    • Where and how to get help with Music Xray.
    • How NOT to shoot yourself in the foot.
    • An INSIDE, behind the scenes, look at how the Buyer hears and evaluates your songs.

    This book gives your songs a head start getting into the marketplace of the music industry. 

     

    Maximizing Music Xray pays for itself when it gets you in one right door, or keeps you from blowing a once in a lifetime opportunity.

     

  • Researchers have found the dollar amount you need to spend to make an Uber cheaper than a taxi

    By Mike on March 17, 2015
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    businessinsider.com – See Also This is how little kids react these days when you show them a VCR Uber’s CFO steps down Shockingly, Lyft isn’t getting demolished by Uber Last summer, Uber cut its prices in New York City and said it was cheaper to take an UberX than a yellow cab. Now, a group of scientists say they’ve figured […]
  • The Apple Watch is going to cost way more than you think

    By Mike on March 3, 2015
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    businessinsider.com – Apple Watch Edition in rose gold. The average sales price of the Apple Watch could be much more than people believe, according to analysts at Piper Jaffray. Right now it’s widely believed that the entry-level timepiece, the “Apple Watch Sport,” will cost about £225 ($349). But Piper Jaffray believes average selling prices (ASPs) will be higher when factoring […]
  • Sorry, but who the hell are you?

    By Mike on March 3, 2015
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    I went out to get coffee this morning here in Barcelona and as I left the coffee shop a gal I vaguely recognized on the sidewalk saw me and called my attention to say hello. I looked her up and down really quickly and just couldn’t place her in that moment. So I said, “Hey! How’s it going?” and just […]