In his newsletter, CJ Chilvers reminded me that he was going to be writing every day for the month of November on the topic of anxiety. While it is not — in classic NaNoWriMo fashion — going to result in a novel, it should lead to some good reading. I thought it was a good idea, and I am going to undertake the same exercise and write every day for the next 30 days. It likely will not be specific to one topic. Rather, it will cover what is keeping me interested these days. And most of that is going to be from the lens of change. Thanks for the inspiration, CJ.
The Deadspin debacle highlights the growing problem of what Slate accurately calls “zombie” publications. We are going to see more of these publications as media owners struggle to balance their desperate, short-term greed with long-term value. From Slate: “Trustworthy brand-name publications are being hollowed out and refilled with unpaid “community” contributors or low-paid, less experienced … Continue reading How to murder a website: Deadspin Edition
Apple seems to be going all out on the launch of its new AirPods Pros. In cities around the world, they are sharing larger-than-life photos of dancers with the new in-ear headphones in an effort to showcase their ability to stay in place, even when dancing up a storm. These dancers appeared on buildings in … Continue reading Dancers & their AirPods Pros
The internet as we know it has become a butt of many jokes. We all depend on it, but everyone has no problems hating on it. It is viewed as the root of our problems — hate, traffic snarls, lack of social skills and even cold food. I know, I know. As a true believer in the network and its power, I think of it as a beautiful thing. And it all started today, 50 years ago, when two UCLA scientists sent a message to a Stanford University professor over the predecessor, ARPANET. The Conversation has listed five major milestones that helped create and shape the Internet, 50 years after the first network message. It is worth a read.
Apple announced the often rumored and much expected AirPods Pro, and it didn’t take very long for Twitter and the media outrage machine to question why these earphones should cost more than their predecessors. Some pontificated that perhaps it is because it has “pro” attached to the name. Never mind that the $249 price point … Continue reading Are Pro AirPods worth the cost?
At eye level, a city is so crowded. Packed with ambition, nervous with hustle, and electric with naked desire. But go up to a roof, look out, and all you see is not people, but their ability to reshape the landscape. And then the quiet comes. Peace is just around the corner. That is why … Continue reading Serenity of a Skyline
California is so stupidAndy Kessler, the Wall Street Journal. (or on FB)
….Golden State legislators outdid themselves by passing Assembly Bill 5, signed last month by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Effective Jan. 1, the law reclassifies most independent contractors as full-time employees. This codifies the state Supreme Court’s 2018 Dynamex decision about “misclassified” freelancers. …The new law was pitched as a simple measure to provide contract workers with benefits like sick leave and health care. Yet as the dust clears, many ugly details are emerging. But here’s something weird: Freelance journalists are limited to 35 submissions a year per “putative” employer. Wait, what? The law was aimed at Uber and Lyft drivers. Yet now scriptwriters, actors, housekeepers, gardeners and many other types of contract workers will have their livelihoods threatened by Sacramento saps.
Andy is not one to pull punches. When reading this latest column of his, I was reminded that our headline-oriented, attention seeking media culture rarely scratches the surface and doesn’t really dig into the dirty details of the news.
A very happy Diwali to one and all. May you be blessed by light, enlightenment and joy. Don’t forget to love your fellow humans and everyone else on the planet. It is only way to banish the darkness. Continue reading Happy Diwali
“Publishers are essentially ghostwriters for the Facebook News destination. Becoming dependent upon the aggregator means forfeiting control of your destiny. But with everything subject to Facebook’s shifting attitudes, it will be like publishers trying to play bocce during an earthquake,” writes Josh Constine in Techcrunch on how Facebook has abused the media industry time and again. Really good article and worth a read.
In many ways, today perfectly encapsulated what is right and wrong with the technology ecosystem. On a day when we should be celebrating (even if it was fueled by advertising dollars) a big breakthrough in quantum computing by a Google team of scientists and engineers, we are forced to focus our precious attention on the … Continue reading The Quantum Computing Breakthrough + Other Nonsense