Further Trends in Packaging

Many, many years ago I noted that people selling vinyl were starting to use vinyl as the packing material.

At that point, they were using stuff that, well, was junk. But today I got a package from the US that made me go “hmmmm”. Or “yay”?

I was exploring discogs.com looking for new stuff from Circlesquare. (I thought his Fight Sounds EP was amazing, and I was wondering whether it was possible to follow up with an album that was as good, and then he made Songs About Dancing and Drugs which was mind-bogglingly good.)

But then nothing more.

So I’m constantly trolling discogs.com for new stuff, and the other week I noticed that he’d been “feat.” on a single by somebody called Mugwump, so I bought that.

I got it today. And the packaging was two other 12″ EPs. I understand why sellers do this: They stiffen up the packages so that it’s less likely that the thing you’re shipping gets destroyed.

But the bewildering thing this time is that the two packaging EPs were rather good. I mean, they’re better than the Mugwump EP.

The first one is by DJ Deeon, a pre-footwork Chicago house producer. The EP looks very well-worn what with all the handwriting across it and all the cosy firework crackle going on.

The other is a nice copy of Energy by Jamez, and it’s also pretty good, since I’m in an 90s techno state of mind lately.

So what’s up? So few people want vinyl these days that people use even nice stuff as packaging material? Or perhaps it’s just somebody just being generous? I mean, I guess the problem with most vinyl nerds is the unwillingness to throw anything away, so just … outsourcing the problem by sending it off to other people makes sense?

I mean, it does.

But isn’t there a vinyl revival going on?

Face Your Problems

I maintain a web site (and a gaggle of apps) that scrape event lists of all the clubs and concert venues in Oslo.  The other day, I was told that it missed a bob hund concert and I was all whaaa?

It turned out that the reason was that Facebook is now blocking all non-logged-in access to their event lists.

Because nobody who has a venue wants anybody but people on Facebook to show up when they have a concert.  I guess that’s what you get when you’re gardening in a walled garden.

This made about a dozen sites disappear off of CSID, so I had to get real and figure out how to deal with the Facebook “Graph” API.  And it turned out to be really easy to work with.  After I read “howto” web sites for half an hour, implementing it was just a matter of connecting app secrets with app IDs with client tokens with access tokens with long-lived access tokens.

It all makes sense.

It’s all on github as usual, but it’s trivial, really.  And I guess it’ll work until Facebook feels like they should cut off more access to the data, whenever they feel like that’ll make more sense for their quarterly outlook.