Black when it comes to fashion. It always works. It’s easy, chic and simple. I always loved Yohji Yamamoto’s quote on why he wears black: “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. But above all black says this: ’I don’t bother you – don’t bother me.’”
My recent visit to Faroe Islands turned out to be life changing in more ways than I had thought. The first break through came on the second night of the trip and it has allowed me to focus on what matters, and why some tools work for some people and some don’t. It has had a remarkable impact on how I make photos. Here is how it happened.
It came to life before Twitter. It was around before Facebook. It has been written off for dead and/or obsolescence by many. And yet WordPress continues to grow, slowly and steadily. It accounts for about 26 percent of the web, and it is open source. And it was 13 years ago today, the software that powers my digital homestead took its first baby steps. I was one of the (if not the) earliest adopters of the software. It has changed a lot from those humble beginnings but as a blogger it still makes it possible for me to write, connect and publish without being beholden to an entity like Facebook. Thank you WordPress community for everything you do, everyday, and good luck for the future!
PS: Today happens to be the 79th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is as magnificent today as it was at the time of its birth!
Earlier this month, in my latest piece for The New Yorker, I wrote about Apple’s growing challenges with services were centered on its inability to grok the reality that today, data and algorithms are key part of the user experience. As an example, I cited the growing popularity and effectiveness of Spotify’s Discover Weekly feature.
Today, Spotify shared some numbers that showcase how tiny bits of data and evolving alogrithms can lead to rapid adoption, deep engagement and a satisfying user experience. Discover Weekly, is forbearer of what’s to come. Data will help define the experience in a deeper, more personal way, especially as we start to experience technology through non-obvious user interfaces – from new generation of chatbots to voice-based interactions.
Spotify on its blog notes:
- Discover Weekly has 40 million listeners and nearly five billion tracks have been streamed since it was launched in July 2015.
- More than half of all Discover Weekly listeners come back the following week.
- More than half of all Discover Weekly listeners stream at least 10 tracks from it each week.
- The peak streaming on Mondays occurs at 8:00-9:00 am local time in the U.S. and the U.K.As I contend,
Further Reading: Why Apple Music is so bad when the iPhone is so good (The New Yorker)
It was a magical week away from the daily hubbub of technology, social media and the Internet. I am rejuvenated (though immensely tired) after my trip to the Faroe Islands. Yesterday was one of those days, spent exclusively in bed (except for a walk to my favorite cafe, for a much needed espresso), recovering from a jet lag.
I have about a 1000+ photos to sort through, and about 40-50 that need to be post processed in the LightRoom. I will share my photos and learnings from this trip later, but for now, just wanted to let you know, I am back from my break. So come back every day for new updates, new links and hopefully very soon, a brand new design!
May 23, 2016, San Francisco