There was a story that took my Twitter feed by storm last week, and it was the tale of a tech company squeezed to death by its own hubris.
Juicero is ‘Keurig but for juice’, with their base product being a $400 machine that uses proprietary packets of diced vegetables and fruits to give you your fresh-squeezed-cold-press-juice fix on the reg.
The device is connected to the internet (because of course it is), and includes strange ‘features’ like the ability for the Juicero machine to scan a QR code on the back of their packets and reject one if its expired or perhaps recalled.
I remember reading about the Juicero when it was first announced a couple of years ago, and I thought it was pretty dumb. I still think it’s pretty dumb — juice has proven to be pretty subpar for your health, and even if it was good for you there’s little to be said about the value of this juicing machine over others which don’t, say, include proprietary technology which locks you in to a system.
Hugh Jackman, actor: “It was the writer’s strike, so we couldn’t have a writer. Literally, the script would say things like, ‘Deadpool comes in, talking a mile a minute, very funny.’ Uh, where’s the dialogue? We’d say: ‘Yeah man, do whatever you can.’”
Ryan Reynolds, actor: “So we were in the middle of production, there were no writers, no anything. Every line I have in the movie I just wrote myself because in the script we had, it said, ‘Wade Wilson shows up, talks really fast.’ I was like, ‘What?! What am I supposed to do with that?’”
What are you supposed to do with that, indeed.
April 18, 2017 - Comments Off on ‘The Hot New Hip-Hop Producer Who Does Everything on His iPhone’
The video is worth watching to see Steve Lacy at work, and I appreciate the article's lede:
A few minutes after Steve Lacy arrived at a dingy, weed-clouded recording studio in Burbank, the 18-year-old musician flopped down in a plush leather chair in the control room. Vince, one of the studio’s proprietors, came in to show Lacy how the mixing boards and monitors worked. Lacy didn’t care; he was just in it for the chair. He picked up his new black-and-white Rickenbacker guitar, then reached into his Herschel backpack and yanked out a mess of cables. Out of the mess emerged his iRig, an interface adapter that connects his guitar directly into his iPhone 6. He shoved it into the Lightning port and began tuning his instrument, staring at the GarageBand pitch meter through the cracks on the screen of his phone.
The most important thing in your studio might soon be the chair—and any tools you have are meaningless without the creativity to match it.
April 17, 2017 - Comments Off on Instagram Introduces Organization for Saved Posts
Last year I wrote about how Instagram had become my guide to the city, and how more and more people are reaching for Instagram instead of Foursquare or Yelp when traveling. This actually had a huge impact on my recent trip to Cambodia as we travelled through Siem Reap: I had initially found a nice hotel through TripAdvisor, but I wasn't positive that my wife and I would love it. Right before we arrived, Kristine showed me a picture of a hotel she found on Instagram, and I immediately cancelled my previous reservation and reserved a room at the spot she found.
It was one of our favorite moments of the entire trip.
When I wrote my own article, there was no way to save posts, but of course a few months ago that feature was rolled out. This is further proof that plenty of other people are using Instagram just like I am…and that the service might not only eat Yelp and Foursquare's lunch, but even Pinterest's.
April 14, 2017 - Comments Off on ‘It starts, yes, when I found this mural at a McDonalds…’
I recently watched the film ‘Lion’, a dramatization of the real-life experiences of Saroo Brierley, and it broke my heart in more ways than I could have anticipated. A tragic story of a boy who becomes an orphan, it is also the story of how childhood trauma works its way into what can feel like a well-adjusted adulthood.