It is true that Teachout is not an experienced politician. The experienced politicians in New York State are hacks and criminals. That is the situation that the New York Times editorial board would like you to believe it cares about.
Yet the Times will not back the nomination of someone who comes from outside of the state’s culture of political corruption—not some reckless crank, a goldbug or anti-vaccinationist or animal-rights activist, but a degree-holding product of Yale and Duke, a former law clerk, a person who works full-time at understanding the process of political reform.
What other credentials would the Times ask a political reformer to have? What makes Teachout a quixotic candidate, while Cuomo—who would not be the governor of New York if his father had not been the governor of New York—gets taken seriously?
“There’s nothing wrong with advertising, and there’s nothing wrong with creating content to gain and capture attention but that’s a game for companies with a billion users, everyone else is in the arbitrage game. But what happens when the pageview traffic doesn’t work for journalism - in cases like Ferguson, Missouri, what happens when the news trucks leave but the story (the truth) needs to be told? I’d like to find out. So would others.”—A Brief History of the Web Publishing Dream by Adrian Sanders — Beacon
Welcome to the third blog post from Tales of Timehop. These will be product & engineering focused posts to share some of the challenges we’ve faced and the lessons we’ve learned here at Timehop. This post was written by Rob Zajdel & Sarah Wood.
The crashes of Flight 370 and Flight 17 are not Malaysia Airlines’ first unusual insurance claims, however. The airline had an unusual claim in 2000 for the total loss of an Airbus A330 traveling in the opposite direction on the same route as Flight 370.
In that case, a canister of a mysterious Chinese shipment destined for Iran broke open near the end of a trip from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur and began leaking, producing a smell that prompted the captain to conduct an emergency evacuation upon landing of all 266 people aboard. A subsequent investigation found that the hold was contaminated beyond cleaning with mercury and other chemicals that may have been precursors for the manufacture of nerve gas.
The Malaysian government ended up digging a large hole in the ground near the airport tarmac and burying the entire plane. Insurers paid a full settlement of $90 million.
“This weekend also brought allegations that Warner Bros. had hired Kevin Smith to write a fake screenplay for the 2016 tentpole Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the express intent of leaking it online as a decoy to draw spoiler-hunters away from any legitimate news. If that’s true, it’s a genius move: at the very least, an official-looking red-herring screenplay would cause enough confusion to prevent any genuine leaks from spreading too far.”—
“My father read me the first chapter of ‘Lolita’ when I turned 12,” Cave told me. “Something happened to him when he read it aloud. He became a different man. He became elevated. I felt like I was being initiated into this secret world: the world of sex and adulthood and art. At the same time, though, I was only a kid, and I couldn’t always meet his expectations. He’d catch me reading some nasty little thriller, and he’d rip it out of my hands and tell me: ‘You want a bleeding body count? Read “Titus Andronicus”!’”—I Am the Real Nick Cave - NYTimes.com
…the proper course is not to bend and twist the Act’s terms in an effort to produce a just outcome, but to apply the law as it stands and leave to Congress the task of deciding whether the Copyright Act needs an upgrade. I conclude, as the Court concluded in Sony: “It may well be that Congress will take a fresh look at this new technology, just as it so often has examined other innovations in the past. But it is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written. Applying the copyright statute, as it now reads, to the facts as they have been developed in this case, the judgment of the Court of Ap- peals must be [affirmed].”
“One can sing a song to his family, whether he sings the same song one-on-one or in front of all together. Similarly, one’s colleagues may watch a performance of a particular play—say, this season’s modern-dress version of “Measure for Measure”—whether they do so at separate or at the same showings.”—This is where the Aereo finding gets a little weak. It seems a pretty dodgy leap of logic to say that someone who said “I sung a song to my family” could ever be assumed to mean “I sang a song to each member of my family individually.”
I’m excited to say today that I’ve taken a role on the leadership team at Percolate, as VP of People operations. I’ve been friends with Noah and James forever. Noah was a Barbarian back in the day, and established the planning department there. When he left to form Percolate with James in late 2010, I was one of their first investors. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of helping and watching Percolate grow from one little email product to the amazing company it is today - over 120 employees, an amazing roster of Fortune 500 clients, and a fresh round of $24 million sitting in the bank from Sequoia, WPP and others. Back when I first started investing, I always envisioned that eventually some portfolio company would take off at breakneck speed and I could jump in and help for a while, and today that is coming to fruition.
Percolate, by the way, is awesome. What is it? It’s a marketing software company. It builds products to help you manage your marketing. “Like Hootsuite?” you might ask? Well, it handles social monitoring, yes, but that is just part of it. It also handles content calendaring. Asset management. Approvals and workflows. Managing fan generated content. Content creation, from writing briefs to commissioning content. It makes working with your agency easier from planning to paid media. It makes it easier to create tons of content at the breakneck pace that brands must operate these days. It will even help you figure out what to write about.
The Percolate gang has written extensively about their workplace culture. I’m proud to say that some of that was inspired by what we created at The Barbarian Group, but they have taken it further, and I’m psyched to help them build a great culture, grow it, and sustain it. It’s going to be a good time.
I’ve got a lot going on - the book is finished and I’ll be announcing its release soon and I am still working with the Quotidian gang - but that is news for another day. In the meantime I’ll be here at Percolate every day, working on people and culture.
Also, they are totally hiring. Lots. And not just in New York - also SF, Chicago and London. You should totally drop a line about that.
Jack White’s new album “Lazaretto” sold 138,000 copies this week to hit #1 on the Nielson Billboard charts. Impressively, a special vinyl edition which includes a hologram image when spun accounted for nearly 30% of total sales with 40,000 copies. “It breaks the previous record for one-week vinyl sales held by Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy since 1994,” writes James Donio, President of Music Biz. “In fact, if you strip out CD, digital and all other sales, White’s vinyl numbers alone would have been good enough for fourth place.”
“The company has built a custom HTML5 Canvas-based advertising framework from scratch that is able to replicate any and all animations that can be done in Flash, as well as tapping into the native device functionalities of smartphones and tablets. The Makegood recently spoke with Cromer about the launch of the HTML5 ad-building platform.”—
With access to infinite bytes of media, describing a digital object as “rare” sticks out like a lumbering anachronism. YouTube - the official home of lumbering anachronisms - excels at these extraordinarily contradictory moments….
My time with C# and Azure showed me the sharp edges in Objective-C that I wasn’t fully aware of before. It’s not that Objective-C is a bad language (it’s pretty great), but it’s also built on a foundation that makes things that should be simple not so simple.
Even the developer tools were lacking. The iOS publishing and beta experience has been laughably bad for years, especially compared to what Google offers Android developers.
And then in two hours, Apple shut me up. They pretty much offered a solution for every single thing I have bitched about over the past five years. Extensions, CloudKit, a new iTunes Connect. And Swift, an entirely new programming language that will likely power the future of iOS and OS X development for years to come.
I came into this years WWDC fairly mellow to what would or wouldn’t be announced. There wasn’t any anticipation or excitement the night before. Just a standard amount of curiousity. After the Keynote, I can’t remember being that excited since the announcement of the original iPhone. They blew the roof of Moscone.
“In addition to the resources that Apple has provided, Thinkful, an on-line learning platform, launched a landing page for “The world’s first Swift course” on Monday night. Darrell Silver, Co-Founder and CEO of Thinkful, collaborates with a roster of mentors to assist students through the development education process. “We have a subset of mentors that are really interested in curriculum development overall and as soon as [Swift] was announced, they were asking if they could do it and two hours later it was launched,” Silver said. The team is waiting until July to host the class so that they have time to iterate on the course, which Silver said has already received a strong response.”—