2 weeks ago
August 6, 2018Thanks to Facebook I just played the "autocomplete your epitath", where you type "here lies [your name]. [pronoun] was " and then let autocomplete run the rest. I got
here lies kirk. he was a good guy at a great timewhich I actually like a lot.
Not only did the Red Sox sweep the Yankees, Boston-area startups are on pace to overtake NYC venture totals thanks in part to companies like my own employer CarGurus...
--Napoleon Hill - it might be good advice but man, that guy's history as a classic American huckster is amazing.
Two related pieces: one is Alex Singh's tweethread on the transition of the web from independent hangouts to the walled-gardens most of us hang out in today:
Over the past 25 years, the web appears to have transitioned from a primarily nomadic culture to a mostly agrarian one, mirroring the Neolithic Revolution 10,000 years ago.(The whole thing is just like five tweets)
The second is Nick Heer on The Bullshit Web, where a 1998 modem-based system might download a basic news article in ten to twenty seconds, and a 2018 article over a blazing fast connection might take about the same amount of time - and how Google is offering AMP as a system, but it's getting a huge benefit of keeping eyeballs in Googlespace merely by offering a forced respite form the extraneous file crap.
I take pride in keeping up my idiosyncratic blog over almost two decades, and how the side projects I'm on are largely clear of the BS. I know I tend to build too much from scratch, and other developers get some amazing results using Ruby-on-Rails-style packages, but that is kind of the path to the BS Web as well... the people who are on the "Buy, Always" side of "Make vs Buy" may or may not have good understanding of the tech they employ... I'm too uptight about being left stranded if I make a bug in the infrastructure and don't really get how the magic is working to diagnose it well.
On my devblog I wrote up an improvement to my photo gallery initial displays, most steadily applied against those best photos of the year series I did a while back. I really like seeing all those photos together in thumbnail form, not sure I've seen that before.
August 3, 2018There's a new Facebook page, Can It Fit a Sousaphone? talking about what horns can fit into what cars. They did some outreach to my company CarGurus, and we did some cross-promotion with them.
Very flattering lens. Also last night we were reminded my car can fit TWO tubas...
On my devblog, the crushing equalizing of modern social mediums.
The Best TV Episodes of the past century. I liked the UI of this, with nicely sized clips starting as they scroll into view.
I always love lists of hard to translate words - this one has some especially important-to-that-culture ones.
August 2, 2018
- Living In America (James Brown) Have trouble not thinking of the Weird Al lyrics but this is pretty great.
- Wicked Game (Hula Hi-Fi) "Hula-fied" cover, very sweet.
- Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) I realized maybe I like this song so much because it reminds me of Regina Spektor's That Time...
- Tighten Up, Pt. 1 (LP Version) (Archie Bell & The Drells) We dance just as good as we want!
- Lay Low; Stay Workin' (Khodi Dill) Used as the theme to the youtube series Movies with Mikey which I'd also reccomend.
- Whoopin' Blues (Leroy James) I play this song with the New Magnolia Jazz Band
- Blow, Blow Tenor (Yockamo All-Stars) Another New Magnolia Song
- Fate Don't Know You (Desi Valentine) Hangover from last month's Desi Valentine kick.
- Ode To The Bouncer (Studio Killers) Odd, "virtual" pop group; I kind of love the visuals especially of the main singer, and her dripped paint mascara and fertility goddess curves.
- Opposites Attract (feat. The Wild Bunch) [7" Edit] (Paula Abdul) Decided I didn't have enough MC Skat Kat. The Roger Rabbit visuals are pretty good!
- She Watch Channel Zero?! (Public Enemy) Furious intensity.
- Get Down Tonight (KC and the Sunshine Band) Heard "Booty Vortex" cover this before New Magnola went on in Somerville... such a classic.
- No Shoes (The Roches) New song for Porch-i-Oke; some tricky rhythms.
- I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me (feat. Scarface) (Parliament) Good to see these guys back, but I think I'm too square to really get it.
- I Can't Get No Nookie (The Masked Marauders) Weird pseudo-band made up for a Rolling Stone article, supposedly of rock's all-stars...
- In the Dub of the Mountain Step (Peer Gynt, Op. 46: In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg) (DJ Zadok) I'll always dig the core song of this.
- American Pharaoh (Jase Harley) Song that influenced "This is America".
- We Are Going To Rob It (Daniel Pemberton) From Ocean's 9, great heist music
Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them. Glad to know there's a word for that pile on my bedside table. And that one reserved bookshelf. And, virtually, on my Kindle.
Actually the other thing it reminds me of is how with some "book clubs" I'm in, everyone else seems a lot more shy of reading large things at once than I am. I'm not sure if that means everyone is so time-stressed, or if I'm just a faster reader, or if they don't have the "from time to time you just sit and read and read" culture in their background. How America Uses it Land:
A kid who actually was Mr. Roger's Neighbor