Instead of calling myself “White”, I am trying out “Euro.” It’s working so far.
This is part of my effort to break out of the linguistic trap of the one-drop rule.
Why would Amazon stop squeezing the Echo at the half-sized Dot? Why wouldn’t they keep going to reach phone size? And why not keep getting smaller than that, since Echo’s voice-first UX allows the phone to be screenless?
Amazon Nano Echo needs a radio for Internet connectivity. It needs low power bluetooth to connect to wireless earbuds. It needs wireless earbuds so the wearer can keep them on all the time. The earbuds need to be stereo, because music is one the of the main use cases. The earbuds need to be paired out of the box to eliminate pairing hassle. The charger for the device and earbuds need to be consolidated. The earbuds should be stored in the box.
Wearing earbuds all day isn’t ok because it interferes with conversation and reduces awareness? Ok, take one earbud out when you’re not listening to music, and the output switches to mono.
And that’s the product. A featureless box that never leaves your pocket or purse, paired with wireless earbuds which never leave your ears. The box charges from the wall. The earbuds charge from the box.
You can have voice conversations, listen to music, send and receive voice chats, do web searches, figure out tips, get the weather, check your calendar, get the time, take a voice note, look up a recipe, etc. It’s even a fitness tracker.
Like Google Glass the user doesn’t need to take it out of their pocket. Unlike Glass it can’t take video of every casual intimate interaction in your day. You look goofy with a single earbud – the bluetooth headset jerk – but it’s not nearly as bad as the glasshole look, and you can negate the fashion problem by putting the other earbud in. Or going subdermal.
OMFG, *subdermal alexapods.*
Men talk over or interrupt women more often than other men.
This is sexist. Men should be aware of the pattern and take steps against it.
I’m exploring the idea that helping males scale the learning curve related to sexism is a male responsibility.
This is not to claim that I have personally scaled that learning curve. I am in the process of figuring things out and am sharing what I learn.
The 9/11 attacks were clearly meant to sucker-punch the U.S., but also to lure the country into war. A wiser president would have had a thoughtful, sophisticated and less costly response than going into what has turned out to be an enduring state of war in Afghanistan (and bordering parts of Pakistan) and Iraq (and now Syria and bordering parts of Turkey).
Source: We had the wrong president
There are still only 28 search results on Google for "bad metadata is killing music"
— Marc Weidenbaum (@disquiet) September 2, 2016
What can blockchains do for music? A conference working group wrote a whitepaper that maps out both the benefits and drawbacks of how an actual implementation might distribute among industry players and stakeholders – from artists to audiences and all of the many intermediaries.
We brought together a diverse group including some of the world’s leading experts in blockchain technology, cryptography, metadata, music business, songwriting rights and royalties
It soon became apparent that before improvements could be attempted, first there must be agreement what would constitute an improvement.
After many long discussions, ranging from the technical to the philosophical, the group arrived at a number of more specific questions that require serious analysis, leading to a fuller and clearer picture of blockchain technology and its limitations, particularly with respect to how it might apply within the ecosystem of music
Source: #MTFLabs Blockchain
For myself, I am cautious about taking a ride on a hype bubble, but also about glib rejection. Bitcoin took a long time to happen for good reason. I am reading and absorbing whatever I can.
Be patient. Be wary of euphoria without being closed to big ideas.
To understand what Ice Cube and N.W.A. may be doing at AFROPUNK, it is first important to recognize that there is more than one way to be both black and ‘other,’ and that black American counterculture has become a melting pot of ideas about what happens when a person’s racial identity is at odds with their individuality. Since its inception, AFROPUNK has thoughtfully considered black punk as a reappraisal of what it means to be black, not an alternate lifestyle that exists outside of “traditional blackness.” It is impossible to police both who is and isn’t black and who is and isn’t punk.
I often need to sort lines of text in a text document or spreadsheet, so I’ll select and ^C, then go to the command line and do:
echo "...^V to paste..." | sort | pbcopy -
It’s silly to keep retyping that – it ought to be consolidated into something short and sweet. So I created this one-line shell script and linked it to
pbpaste | sort | pbcopy -
To use it, ^C text in a document, go to the command line, type “pbsort”, return to the document, ^V.
A blue sky product idea –
A home security camera mounted on one or more autonomous aerial vehicles (“drones”). The drones are activated by motion sensors. The drone returns to its base station to charge and wait after a sentry pass. It does not follow potential intruders indefinitely.
Drones can swarm. More than one drone could be used. This would allow them to photograph multiple angles at once, preventing an intruder from selectively concealing their face or body. It also increases intimidation.
Baby Internet businesses that need investment can only raise it from venture capitalists. VCs only lend to potential unicorns. There are many fine businesses that are not unicorns. Therefore there are fine businesses not being created.