Steve! Build an Ark!

June 21, 2018

This one spoke to me…

Later, Steve just buys 14,000 inflatable life rafts on Amazon.

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, of course.

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Lefsetz – Stern – Showman

June 20, 2018

I am a huge RSS feed guy, I don’t understand how anyone follows many different topics without it. I started following The Lefsetz Letter because I follow The Big Picture, which often linked to it. The Big Picture is intelligent finance and The Lefsetz Letter is quirky personal music/pop culture. Both are classic blogs in that they have a personal voice.

Lefsetz on Stern:

Netflix is a club.

Just like Howard Stern’s radio show. Occasionally Howard makes news, mostly while interviewing celebrities, the gossip columns go wild, but mostly if you don’t listen, you’ve got no idea what’s going on.

But those who do…

Kind of like Netflix.

Now some news outlets noted that Howard’s appearance was going live last week. But I saw no reviews. It wasn’t deemed NEWS! That’s right, despite all the hype about the internet, the Long Tail, the major and the minor, the truth is something different. We’ve returned to the sixties. There’s a burgeoning underground, even though those in control of the major media outlets deny this.

Kind of like network television. Kind of like Fox. Kind of like Disney.

If you read the so-called news outlets, Howard Stern’s radio show doesn’t exist. And despite the appearance of Obama on Letterman’s Netflix debut, the follow-up episodes had no fallout in the culture.

Unless you were a member of the club.

That was a while back and I’m a fan of the Letterman Netflix show so I noted it. Today he posted something on The Greatest Showman. My youngest daughter plays the soundtrack constantly on Spotify, but I don’t normally think of her as part of a global trend. Maybe I should

I was clueless until my buddy Jeff Laufer hipped me to it, singling out the track “This Is Me,” an empowering anthem straight out of the “Fame” playbook, Why is this phenomenon getting no ink, despite hiding in plain sight for six months, the flick having been released back in December 2017.

And then, today’s “Record of the Day” informed me that in the U.K. the soundtrack was number one for the nineteenth time in twenty three weeks.

But we never hear about it!

Five out of the eleven cuts on “Greatest Showman” have triple digit million streams on Spotify. And the remaining tracks are deep into double digits.

Not a single cut on “Hamilton” breaks triple digits.

As for the iTunes Store, “The Greatest Showman” is number three right now.

So what we’ve learned is despite the lauding of hip-hop, it’s not the only game in town.

Anyway, he’s good for about a post a week. Silly to not check it out (RSS link).


Webster is Trolling

June 18, 2018

Not an isolated example, this one follows the White House press conference on the administration’s “non policy” of separating families. Check out the Twitter feed


Hilarious or Rude?

May 31, 2018

The answer is obviously yes. Kim Thong Un? Only the NY Post…


Origami Rocks Again

May 26, 2018

Origami Risk just keeps winning awards. This time it’s the Inc. Best Places to Work award. There’s a good write-up from Built in Chicago about the Chicago winners.

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We never get tired of winning…


Uber Math

May 25, 2018

I know most Uber drivers use a different maps app than the official Uber app, but this amuses me no end. My daughter regularly has to take an Uber home after late volleyball practice. I have the Uber family plan, so I get notifications for her rides, which I really like. But invariably, about halfway through the ride I get a message that her ride is taking longer than expected.

If I check the app I usually see something like this:

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Yes, that would be longer than expected. Brooklyn traffic can be bad, but I promise you that over two hours from that spot is inconceivable. 15 – 20 minutes is normal. And it always fixes itself after 5 minutes or so.

But honestly.


Happy 135th Birthday

May 24, 2018

While I’m obviously biased, the Brooklyn Bridge is the coolest bridge in the world and the story of its construction is fascinating. Washington Roebling fell ill from what was then called Caisson Disease but is now simply referred to as the bends, and his wife took over. In 1883. Not sure about the rooster…

If you’ve scrolled this far, I’ll say this is one of my favorite pictures also…