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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. Benefits: Intimidation: It would be scary. And […]
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.
What if we said “European-American” instead of “White?” This thought occurred to me while I was doing some background reading on talking to my sons about race and racism. I have to stop saying nothing about it. “For white people, talking about race is uncomfortable. For people of color, it’s a necessity. ” “European-American” is […]
Air Traffic Controller For Drones Drone deliveries could considerably reduce the energy (and therefore cost) required to deliver small packages from delivery distribution centers to the consumer’s home. These last few miles of the delivery process are most often done by ground based internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Drones would reduce energy expenditure by virtue […]
A nutrient slurry like Soylent is an act of engineering. It costs $X, has Y nutritional impact, requires Z effort. It is not unpleasant to consume, or shouldn’t be, but that is not its purpose. That doesn’t mean sensory pleasure is absent from life, it just means it doesn’t come from the slurry. You are […]