Links: “Rasputin”, DIY Spotify payola, Thriller, Tommy Keene.


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  • Apologies for the lack of Rocknerd, I’ve been flat-out here with the blockchain blog making a small and increasing amount of money and turning into effectively a second job. Also I get to go on Russian television as a talking-head expert. My daughter came along to watch how a TV news spot is actually made and called me boring. Hmph.

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