30 New Year’s Resolutions for Brands
Brian Morrissey, digiday.com
We are entering the season of reflection and renewal, when we all take stock of the year that’s about to pass and the new one about to begin. This is a time for resolutions. Digiday wants to help brands become their best selves. Here’s our…
Bjork Explaining Television Is Everything You’d Imagine Bjork Explaining Television to Be
Alexis C. Madrigal, theatlantic.com
Ethereal, tiny, quixotic, Icelandic Björk.
At some point in the past, someone stuck a camera in front of her face and told her to explain television. She does, sort of, referring to the circuit board as a kind of city,…
The internet mystery that has the world baffled
By Chris Bell, telegraph.co.uk
For the past two years, a mysterious online organisation has been setting the world’s finest code-breakers a series of seemingly unsolveable problems. But to what end? Welcome to the world of Cicada 3301
One evening in January last year, Joel…
Tab Closed; Didn’t Read
Couldn’t even be bothered to centre it. via @rasagy
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Want To Work For A Startup? 4 Skills You Need Now
The Muse, forbes.com
How to Build an Interchangeable Wardrobe
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For the man with an unlimited budget, style is easy. The rest of us have to work a little harder to look good with the cas…
I bought an apartment to rent out on airbnb | Need/Want
In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the past year. This post includes everything I learned as well as some revenue numbers.
TED talks are lying to you
By Thomas Frank, salon.com
The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?
The writer had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him that the nation and maybe mankind itself had…
All Is Fair in Love and Twitter
By NICK BILTON, nytimes.com
Right in the center of South Park, a large, grassy oval near San Francisco’s financial district, there is a rinky-dink playground with slides, ladders and firefighter poles, all dented and dinged, connected by gritty brown pylons. Yet…
The Best Watches Under £200
By Will Hersey, esquire.co.uk
It used to be nigh on impossible to get a decent man’s watch at this price. Once you’d tried Argos and the petrol station you were running out of options.
Thankfully in recent years a corner has …
Nice. I’ve got a Braun watch, and it’s ace.
Why Subscribers Still Pirate Game of Thrones
In Australia, 20% of people who subscribed to Game of Thrones still pirated it. Here’s why.
Australia, for its population, pirates an incredible amount of programming. The continent is responsible for 16% of all illegal…
Interesting theory. IMO, AMC got it right with the last series of Breaking Bad, and it’s same day release on Netflix in the UK. The show was still heavily pirated, but the approach was correct - it made consumption easier for subscribers than torrenting.
There’s a lot to learn. Like Spotify have done with music, enabling consumers of subscription services to indulge in content through simple means (Netflix on the Apple TV is something of a joy, despite interface issues) can turn the users head away from dodgier channels. But breaking the habits of content owners (not producers, or artists), and their desire to control all methods of distribution, only plays into the hands of the user.
Balance the approach.
BBC introduces new digital music product, BBC Playlister
I listen to 6music all the time, and I walk up to the radio at least 3 times a day with Shazam fired up so I can identify what’s playing. But soon, I won’t need to do this. The Beeb have just announced Playlister, which will enable users to bookmark tracks and save them to lists, which can then be played through Spotify, Youtube, or Deezer. It sounds like it’s also going to thread through editorial, which makes it sound even cooler.
Colour me excited.
As a teenage, self taught guitar player in the mid 90s, many hours would be spent on Compuserve browsing for Alt-Rock guitar tabs, which would then be printed off, and taken up to my bedroom to receive a thorough butchering with my inexperienced fret work. Having seen the latest iteration of Capo yesterday, it excites the teenage me beyond all belief. It takes songs from your iTunes library, and then turns them into tablature. You can even loop and slow down certain parts so you can get it just right. Wow. Once I have a man cave, this will become a key tool in a newly resurrected pastime.