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Jul 07

ralfmaximus said: Hola, just read your essay on Star Trek economics. Mostly agree, despite Trek being a mess for so many reasons. Just curious: have you read any of Iain M. Banks' Culture novels?

Thanks! I have not read Banks’ Culture series yet. I only learned about them when I first published this essay last year. They are in the reading queue now!

Jul 06

“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

Jul 04

Fifteen years. Happy anniversary, Freezepop.

Fifteen years. Happy anniversary, Freezepop.

Jul 02

pitchfork:

Drone metal godheads Sun O))) and the legendary Scott Walker are working on a collaborative album.

WHAT. This is mind-boggling. 

pitchfork:

Drone metal godheads Sun O))) and the legendary Scott Walker are working on a collaborative album.

WHAT. This is mind-boggling. 

Jun 27

fastcompany:

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Creation Of An Electronic Music Track
Part of the thrill of going to a rock show is getting to watch musicians nimbly interact with their instruments. But at electronic music shows, where performers stand behind barely visible laptops and other mysterious machines, it’s near impossible to get a good look at where, exactly, their symphonies of bleeps and beats are coming from.
Director Mathieu le Dude and French producer 20syl offer a hypnotic behind-the-scenes look at the creation of electronic track “Kodama,” off 20syl’s new EP, Motifs. Seemingly disembodied hands hit drum machines, tap synthesizers, and twist knobs, revealing the origin of each distinct sound in the track.
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I’ve owned TWO of those Sequential Six Traks. They kept breaking. Loved it so, so much though. 

fastcompany:

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Creation Of An Electronic Music Track

Part of the thrill of going to a rock show is getting to watch musicians nimbly interact with their instruments. But at electronic music shows, where performers stand behind barely visible laptops and other mysterious machines, it’s near impossible to get a good look at where, exactly, their symphonies of bleeps and beats are coming from.

Director Mathieu le Dude and French producer 20syl offer a hypnotic behind-the-scenes look at the creation of electronic track “Kodama,” off 20syl’s new EP, Motifs. Seemingly disembodied hands hit drum machines, tap synthesizers, and twist knobs, revealing the origin of each distinct sound in the track.

Read More>

I’ve owned TWO of those Sequential Six Traks. They kept breaking. Loved it so, so much though. 

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Jun 26

Lego Star Wars Epsode VII read through.

Lego Star Wars Epsode VII read through.

(via NSA Denies Any Record Of Snowden Emailing Superiors About Concerns | TechCrunch)

Tumblr appearing mentioned in an NSA FOIA request. A first?

(via NSA Denies Any Record Of Snowden Emailing Superiors About Concerns | TechCrunch)

Tumblr appearing mentioned in an NSA FOIA request. A first?

Jun 25

…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].”

I respectfully dissent.

” — SCOTUS Aereo dissent closing.

“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.” 

Jun 23

I’m joining Percolate

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.

Jun 19

Jack White Debuts At #1, Vinyl Edition Contributes 30% Of Sales - hypebot -

autoreverse:

Bravo, thirdmanrecordsofficial!

Jun 12

My little buddy.

My little buddy.

Jun 11

“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.” —

Adcade Launches HTML5 Ad-building Platform | The Makegood

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Super excited.