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11/6/2019 - Link: "Astrologers Predict 1929 Will Be Year of Prosperity" (Astrology)
11/9/2019 - Link: "Qobuz streaming music service now $14.99 per month for 1st 100,000 subscribers, until Jan. 31, 2020" (Music)

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Link: "Astrologers Predict 1929 Will Be Year of Prosperity"
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
18:41:19 GMT

Astrology

Today, I found this article in the Oct. 29, 2019 email newsletter from Smithsonian.com:

Astrologers Predict 1929 Will Be Year of Prosperity
April 5, 2012 from SmithsonianMag.com

It points out "an article in the December 30, 1928 issue of the Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah" which made some quite erroneous predictions about 1929, like:

"The year draws to a close with an abundance of capital for all needs and public developments, and unlimited credit for the worker."

End of quote.


However, that's from just one astrology prediction article from 1928! What might someone find if they looked at all the available astrology prediction articles from 1928, without cherrypicking only the correct or incorrect predictions?

I don't know, but it seems like an interesting question to me, even though I'm currently not in the mood to drop everything and try to research it.


Lately, I've been reading the very amusing book Loserthink by Scott Adams, the creator of the hilarious comic Dilbert.

Here's a quote from that book, which I'm guessing is probably applicable to both astrology and actual science:

"If all you know is how many times someone hit a target, it is loserthink to judge how accurate they are. You also need to know how many times they missed."

End of quote.


Hopefully, this book will be available on your local library's OverDrive website, which has legally free ebooks you can borrow and read on your computer or phone:

Loserthink by Scott Adams

Sample


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Link: "Qobuz streaming music service now $14.99 per month for 1st 100,000 subscribers, until Jan. 31, 2020"
Saturday, November 9th, 2019
07:55:04 GMT

Music

On Non24.com, I recently posted this blog post:

Qobuz streaming music service now $14.99 per month for 1st 100,000 subscribers, until Jan. 31, 2020
Nov. 9, 2019 from Non24.com


I guess that doesn't have much to do with some of Eryss.Com's main topics - astrology and astronomy.

But quite possibly many readers of Eryss.Com like music enough to be able to see the value of being able to subscribe to Qobuz for $14.99 per month (which is $10 less than the normal price of $24.99 per month for the "Studio Premier" plan).

Also, there's a 1 month free trial.

They also sell music downloads without DRM.


Something that does relate to both astrology and music is the fact that lately, I've sometimes been wanting to return to working on the Astrosorting Music Organizing Database (AMODB), which I might have last worked on in 2008-2009.

I made that into a Git repo last August:

https://apollia.org/gitlist/AMODB---Astrosorting-Music-Organizing-Database.git

That's the software I used to make this Astrosorted Music List, which still contains plenty of unbroken hyperlinks, even all these years later with no updates.


Also as of last August, the still quite primitive PHP version of the Eryss astrology software (from 2013), and even my ancient, primitive AstroTally astrology software from 2004-2005, are now in Git repos.

Those don't have anything to do with music (at least not yet!), nor Qobuz, but I just thought I might as well mention them.

https://apollia.org/gitlist/Eryss-Astrology-Software---for-PHP.git

https://apollia.org/gitlist/AstroTally---JavaScript-Version.git


Remarkably, AstroTally is considerably easier to actually get started using, since it's written in JavaScript and runs in a web browser.

Eryss is still relatively tough to get set up, because of all its dependencies on either Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK, Astroblahhh PH-GTK, or APSK GLMP-GTK, which are software packages for various breeds of Puppy Linux.

I wrote about APSK GLMP-GTK and the rather lengthy process of building it in this Git repo.


APSK is short for Apollia's Puppy Linux Setup Kit. I don't know how long it will take me to get APSK done enough for me to feel like it finally makes sense to try to promote APSK a lot more.

But, if/when I do, the PHP version of the Eryss astrology software, among many other things, will (hopefully) be much easier than ever before to get started using.


If you're a DIY (do-it-yourself) technical sort of person, or curious, you might enjoy looking at or trying to tinker with many of the free (as in freedom), libre, open source Git repos I've released, which are generally works in progress and definitely not guaranteed to work, or work right.

https://apollia.org/gitlist


Some years ago, I learned that if I try too hard to perfect things before releasing them, I tend to seldom get around to releasing anything!

So, I now greatly favor the "bazaar" approach to software development, rather than the "cathedral" approach.

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