“Mayday Tech Advisors have received 35 marriage proposals from customers. 475 customers have asked to talk to Amy, our Mayday television personality. 109 Maydays have been customers asking for assistance with ordering a pizza. By a slim margin, Pizza Hut wins customer preference over Domino’s. There are 44 instances where the Mayday Tech Advisor has sung Happy Birthday to the customer. Mayday Tech Advisors have been serenaded by customers 648 times. And 3 customers have asked for a bedtime story”—EX-99.1
“I’m going to spend an entire year investigating prisons in America. I’ll show you how U.S. prison practices are being exported to the rest of the world and dissect the systems that lead so many to be locked up in this country.”—
Day One @ Percolate also links out to other documents, including our fairly robust internal wiki, a vocabulary of terms frequently used inside the company, a longer document on our mission and vision, and our very down-to-earth employee manual. It’s a living document – people will make comments, ask questions and Noah, our CEO, will actually follow up pretty quickly to update the doc.
Noah borrowed this practice of extensive documentation from his time at The Barbarian Group, where his manager had done something similar. It might be a lot of work to write (and read) so much content, but it’s incredibly helpful for providing context and setting expectations.
“Even if I WERE endowed with some genius insight or idea where I felt the world absolutely needed it and to not bring it to fruition would be somehow immoral, I believe the right and moral thing to do would be to work towards getting that to happen, and put younger, more in need, equally talented people in charge of it. Getting it off the ground, so to speak. I see no moral imperative that *I* need to be the one to do it, and important ideas suffer no difficulty attracting talented people to execute them. It’s hubris and ego to think that I, myself, would be vitally important after the idea came into existence (again, being generous to myself and assuming that somehow I was the only one to ever think of this idea — that does not happen).”—
Got up at 5:30 in the morning, still tipsy from the night before, and managed to get four tickets no problem. I can’t believe all 22 shows sold out so fast.
Actually, I can’t believe this is happening at all. I’ve waited 20 years for this. More probably. I remember she announced tours for both The Sensual World and The Red Shoes and they never materialized.
Litronica LLC, a new brooklyn-based publisher, is creating a new book in the style of an illuminated manuscript, with modern technically-oriented content. It will contain a series of essays and accompanying illustrations. The goal is to look classical, medieval, while recognizing that the content is in fact of the future.
We’re looking for the illustrator, for approximately one dozen full-page illustrations. The content of these will each be based on a single word or phrase that will probably may sound like gibberish to the technically uninclined. It will be up to you to illustrate what it could be, if that word was a thing. We can do this several ways including explaining the concept in advance or leaving it completely to your imagination.
There’s an advance, and you’ll get royalties from the sales of the book.
Interested? Please send some samples of full page illustrations that would sit well in a kind of weird illuminated manuscript. Medieval, steam punk, retro future, technical, internet, or anything vaguely old or futuristic or both.
My friends Gabe, Doug and I started a publishing company on paper last year and now we’re finally getting around to kicking off one of our projects. Tumblr seems like the best place to find an illustrator like the one we’re looking for, so if you’re interested, hit us up via the Ask Box or email! Nerdy technical medieval illustrations! Come on, Tumblr! It’s right up your alley!
“For now, Auerbach says he’s only noticed a handful of changes since the sale: he’s had to file his expenses differently, he has better benefits, and the snack situation in his office has improved.”—Will Tumblr Become The Next MySpace For Music?
““The issue of where we do business is in some ways inextricably linked to where we sell our cars,” O’Connell told Bloomberg this month. “If Texas wants to reconsider its position on Tesla selling directly in Texas, it certainly couldn’t hurt.” Texas laws prevent car manufacturers from selling directly to Texas consumers, and they require manufacturers to sell their cars through tightly regulated franchised dealers. The Texas Automobile Dealers Association and its supporters say the rules protect consumers and ensure the livelihood of Texas auto dealerships, and that the state shouldn’t make an exception for Tesla.”—
“The nominee, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, an internist and political ally of the president’s, has come under criticism from the National Rifle Association, and opposition from the gun-rights group has grown so intense that it has placed Democrats from conservative states, several of whom are up for re-election this year, in a difficult spot.”—
I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
There are not any.
By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that’s at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (on 891 screens) so I hope you like it. Because it’s pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.
Somebody asked me this morning what “the women” are going to do about this. I don’t know. I honestly am at the point where I have no idea what to do about it. Stop going to the movies? Boycott everything?
They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.
I agree with every word of this. It is an absolute wrong.
But i often wonder: why aren’t rich women doing something about this? When the liberals complained there weren’t enough activist liberal films, liberal billionaires such as Jeffry Skoll stepped up and started producing films. When the Christians thought there weren’t enough Christian films in hollywood, they stepped up and started producing them. The military did it. The communists did it. A woman is Disney’s largest shareholder. America has a large, robust independent film community and production capability. The market is most definitely there. There is money to be made.
“But one feature of the upcoming devices was revealed on a recent GMCR earnings call: a new DRM-style system that will prevent unauthorized third-party coffee capsules from working in the machines. A bit of actual high tech in what is really a rather low tech device, designed to further lock consumers into keeping the money flowing to GMCR.”—
Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. It’s a spectacular milestone for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and their remarkable team.
From the moment they opened the doors of WhatsApp,…
Okay, the numbers are huge, so if you look at it per user compared to something like Instagram, it sorta makes sense, and theoretically, Facebook knows how to monetize users and sell ads, so more users = more revenue, etc.
But I don’t completely buy it. Instagram made sense - it was pretty clear how they were going to monetize, stream-based monetization was pretty understood both by advertisers and by users. It was inevitable. Brands loved the “cool” of instagram, users spent a ton of time there, and had a habit of welcoming content from people they knew personally.
And you can compare it to the Twitter market cap and their ad revs, but Twitter is PUBLIC, and it’s basically catnip to advertisers for it’s earned media amplification and easy metrics in a public sphere.
Whats app has none of these. It’s not clear how ads will fit in. It’s not clear brands are dying for more media space on the web. There’s no community, no habit of engagement with content creator strangers (okay, some), and no easy metric solution. No obvious potential for earned media amplification of your paid media.
And it’s GOTTA be ads - Facebook has been woeful in non-advertising revenue - gifts, etc.
That $1/yr per user will amount to some significant revenue, eventually, though I don’t know what their conversion rates will be and I don’t know how easy it’ll be for kids to circumvent that or move on to something else. But best case - everyone converts, they keep their user rate, no one cheats, everyone pays, infrastructure overhead is lean - it comes nowhere near justifying the valuation.
This can all be overcome, and utilitarian ties into Facebook that retain the users in the FB ecosystem will be obvious steps. But the rest? It will be hard, to say the least. A hard sell to advertisers, and hard to retain the users in an ecosystem of numerous low-friction-to-switch competitors.
I doubt many advertisers are sitting here going “OMG YES! NOW THEY WILL SELL ADS!” Like they were with Instagram.
“When we started the company we wanted to build something for the long term and sustainable,” he told interviewer David Rowan of Wired. “It’s not hard to sell a company, but if you look at [leading online] companies today like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter, they didn’t sell. They stuck around and built a great offering for users.” Koum acknowledged that these are all built on advertising, while WhatsApp is not, but the main idea remains: “For us it’s about [building] a company that is here to stay.”—
“I was having lunch with my friend Mike Brillstein [a.k.a. L.A. DJ Thee Mike B] on our way to play golf. This guy came in and started talking to Mike, asking him what he’s up to. He said, “Oh, I just did a remix for the new Afghan Whigs album my friend here made.” I turn around, and it’s Bob Odenkirk! I loved Mr. Show and Breaking Bad. Then he asked me, “So, a new Afghan Whigs record, huh? It’s been a long time!” Bob then took a picture of the two of us together — me looking like a deer in the headlights in my golf shirt, not my finest hour — and said, “I’m going to tweet this. People are going to freak out!” I started saying he shouldn’t, that the label wants to announce it first. But then he did it anyway, said, “Okay, Greg! Good luck!” — then split. It was hilarious — such a Saul Goodman moment!”—
“An incredible political and economic experiment is playing out within San Francisco and its metropolitan area. The tech boom and the hyper-gentrification associated with it are testing the resolve and character of the city in a way the city or any other major American city has never experienced…
We could end up witnessing a San Francisco that reflexively tightens up its tenant protections and votes overwhelmingly against condominium development projects… On the other end, the city could become a Manhattan-esque playground for the rich of haute cafes that serve $4 toast, a place where community development centers get evicted and replaced by fusion restaurants catering to the whims of the latest food trends.”—
I’m not advocating one solution or another, but NY’s building boom is probably THE ONE THING bloomberg allowed that made this stupidly expensive city affordable at all. Zillions of people are moving into SF. There aren’t that many places to move in to. What was going to happen other than send prices through the roof and make it unaffordable.
The same thing happened to Seattle. They build. Lots. And it stayed relatively affordable. And quite a nice place, to boot.
I know I don’t live there anymore, but i don’t think people are advocating tearing down the wonderful old painted ladies and whatnot. But as small as that city is, there are plenty of places to more apartments if they wanted to.