Now Headlining: The Emergent Chaos Jazz Combo

As I experiment with bringing in guest bloggers, the old subtitle of the blog, ‘Musings from Adam Shostack on security, privacy, and economics’ is now inaccurate. Now I could simply declare this “Adam Shostack and friends,” but that is both boring and, with no offense to my invitees, inaccurate. (I’ve never met the fellow who will likely be the first guest.)

Names and headlines have power. They shape perception, and interact with the reality of what people write.

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As I thought about what I’d like to do here, the image that sprang to mind was a jazz combo. There’s a selection of songs, even standards, that we might play here. How we play them is controlled by the song, the participants and the interplay between them, and the soloist at a given time. There’s tension, straining against the beat, there’s improvisation within a set of rules. (If you have to ask what they are, you ain’t never gonna know.)

I hope that as we play, we’re going to change what we play. We’ll get bored playing the same tunes, and play them differently.

I look forward to seeing what emerges on the Emergent Chaos Jazz Combo, and I hope you enjoy participating.

Oh, and the picture is “Jazz at Loeb (Combo #4),” by Bernard Krigstein.

4 Replies to “Now Headlining: The Emergent Chaos Jazz Combo”

  1. Software Jazz Riffs

    Adam is up to something interesting, he has rebranded his site as the Emergent Chaos Jazz Combo: As I thought about what I’d like to do here, the image that sprang to mind was a jazz combo. There’s a selection of songs, even standards, that we might pl…

  2. Out with the Musings and in with the Music. Nice kickoff with “Jazz at Loeb (Combo #4)” to set the mood. Given the diversity and difficulties of the topics under discussion here, this step seems natural. Let’s hope the theme continues and your guests provide a good mix of ragtime, bebop, fusion, acid . . .
    Regards,
    —O

  3. Adam,
    I’m confused. When I changed the name of my weblog from “Saar Drimer – The Weblog” to “Side Channels” you said:
    “I think its a mistake. As the number of weblogs grow, its harder and harder to remember who writes each one. For example, who writes “me, 2.0?? I’m migrating the name of mine from Emergent Chaos to Adam Shostack’s Emergent Chaos to move away from the problem. So call it Saar’s Side Channels or somesuch.”
    Now your name is completely removed from the sub/title… what happened here?

  4. Thanks, Optionscalper!
    Saar, I stand by what I said for an individual’s blog, but what do I do when the blog becomes a group blog, with (I hope) a set of regulars, and a rotating cast of guests?

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