Life is a series of algorithms...

By Michael Mulvey on November 22, 2014 5:27 PM

Derek Thompson at The Atlantic on The Shazam Effect:

Culbertson wanted to check up on SoMo, an R&B singer from Denison, Texas, whom Culbertson had helped sign last year. Culbertson zoomed in on Victoria, Texas, a small city between Corpus Christi and Houston, where one of the radio stations had started playing a SoMo single called "Ride." Although a town of just 63,000 won't launch a national hit by itself, Culbertson was using Victoria as a sort of testing ground to determine whether the song would resonate with listeners. " 'Ride,' " he told me, "is the No. 1 tagged song in Victoria."

Pop music is a sentimental business, and predicting the next big thing has often meant being inside that crowded bar, watching a young band connect with the besotted, swaying throng. But now that new artists are more likely to make a name for themselves on Twitter than in a Nashville club, Culbertson is finding that the chair in front of his computer might be the best seat in the house.

It's not that I don't want talented artists to get recognized, but there's no gestation period anymore. Artists immediately go from underground and undiscovered to Top 10 and played to death, over and over on TV and radio (and Spotify).

Superhero Fact #486

By Michael Mulvey on November 20, 2014 10:08 AM

The Verge

It Works

By Michael Mulvey on November 20, 2014 9:22 AM

Baby Steps

By Michael Mulvey on November 20, 2014 9:10 AM

MIT Technology Review headline:

Apple Issues Strict Rules for the First Watch Apps

Starting out small and conservative is a smart way to develop a product. It's just as valid for a company like Apple as it is for a someone in his/her apartment launching a Kickstarter project. Your vision can still be grand, just don't try to do everything right from the beginning.

Developers building Apple Watch apps might be frustrated by this, but tough shit. Patience is a virtue.

Living Colour

By Michael Mulvey on November 19, 2014 4:58 PM

From one of the best rock albums of the late '80s.

The iOS 8 Music Player Still Sucks

By Michael Mulvey on November 19, 2014 1:38 PM

Those usability issues I had with the Music Player in iOS 7 last November?

Yeah, they still exist.

Weekly Exhaust Ep. 22: I Kinda Feel Like Interstellar Roofied Me

By Michael Mulvey on November 19, 2014 10:20 AM

This week Michael and Bryan discuss Christopher Nolan's movie, Interstellar. Dassit. The episode opens with Ken Block's 845 horsepower "Mustang".

Weekly Exhaust - Episode 22 (Subscribe on iTunes)

God View

By Michael Mulvey on November 19, 2014 8:41 AM

Verge headline: Uber allegedly tracked journalist with internal tool called 'God View'

A company that tracks all their drivers via GPS has a 'God View' they can enable.

Fucking shocking. Next thing you're going to tell me is Google could read my email if they wanted to, or Facebook sells my data.

The fact that Uber has this feature at their disposal is not surprising, it's how they're using it that matters. In light of all the bad decisions they've been making lately, this story isn't helping.

Play It Again

By Michael Mulvey on November 18, 2014 12:02 PM

Seth Godin's post from this morning is all the more appropriate in light of Nokia's new N1 tablet:

John Koenig calls it vemödalen. The fear that you're doing something that's already been done before, that everything that can be done has been done.

Just about every successful initiative and project starts from a place of replication. The chances of being fundamentally out of the box over the top omg original are close to being zero.

A better question to ask is, "have you ever done this before?" Or perhaps, "are the people you are seeking to serve going to be bored by this?"

Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan—they all imitated, and in some cases stole from folk and blues musicians, but at the end of the day, their music ended up being bigger than the sum of the parts.

Even in the realm of blogging, I used to worry about repeating myself. I don't worry any more when I realize Daily Exhaust has been online since 2006 (almost 9 years). There's new readers every day who have never seen my posts from this past spring, let alone posts from nine years ago.

If something is important to you, talk about it, write about it and make art about it again and again and again.

"Nokia -- We Are Shameless"

By Michael Mulvey on November 18, 2014 9:01 AM

Not only did Nokia copy the iPad, but they copied Apple's website for their tablet.

Apple's page for the iPad Mini:

Nokia's page for their tablet:

[If you dig Daily Exhaust, check out DE contributors Michael and Bryan on their podcast, Weekly Exhaust]

How Very Samsung of You, Nokia.

By Michael Mulvey on November 18, 2014 8:21 AM

Nokia's new tablet:

Apple's iPad Mini 3:

No better way to validate your competitor than by copying them.

[Nokia image taken from The Verge, iPad image taken from]

I Jump So Hi

By Michael Mulvey on November 14, 2014 5:48 PM

Hat tip to my brother for introducing me to smoking hot and sultry Lion Babe:

Link DrrrrrrrrrrrOP!

By Michael Mulvey on November 12, 2014 9:39 AM

I have a problem with links. I collect too many of them and don't post them. Think of the Hoarders TV show, but instead of a house full of shit, I have a folder full of links.

So here comes a purge. Some of the things that have caught my eye over the past several months:

"Valley Uprising is the much-anticipated documentary from Sender Films about the epic history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of outdoor sports."

Coastermatic"Your instagrams in stone, coasters." Christmas gift ideas. People always need coasters.

Sound City Project"By using a combination of a panoramic view with high quality 3D sound recorded using a custom "soundhead" prototype, you can select places on a map and give yourself a better idea of what it's like to actually be there." If you're the type of person who likes ambient sound while they work, this site is great.

A tumblr about beautiful maps

Neil Gaiman (YouTube): You Learn By Finishing Things

Michael Mark Cohen Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We've All Been Waiting ForI am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I ask them to shout white racial slurs at me. The results are usually disappointing.

On Mindfulness and Quality"Think of a tool you're fond of. What is it that brings about the feelings of endearment? Does it perform a function exceptionally well? Does the quality of the build make the task more enjoyable? Does it feel solid?"

Jason Fried at Basecamp explains how, when designing a UI we usually go right from a quick paper sketch to HTML/CSS. We skip the static Photoshop mockup.

Aeon: We prize originality, yet humans are natural-born copycats and only good imitators survive. Is it time to celebrate the rip-off? They're being provocative and snarky by using the term 'rip-off'. Not new news. Everything is a remix, remember?

Jason Santa Maria: Correspondence with an Ex-Designer"This month I want to share a letter I received from ex-designer, now sheep farmer, Ruth, in reply to my post from a few months back where I wondered what comes next after being a designer. Ruth kindly shared where her life led, and what the other side might look like. I was moved by what she wrote, not only because of her direct experience, but just to hear that I wasn't alone with my own fears about exhuastion and nourishment."

"Huds and Guis was created to form a collection of the most beautiful and innovative examples of HUD (Heads-Up Display) and GUI (Graphical User Interface) design."

Ben Thompson: How Apple Creates Leverage, and the Future of Apple Pay — "This reading of Apple's partnership abilities, though, mistakenly rests on the assumption that business deals grow out of personal affinity. The truth is that while personal likability may help on the margins, the controlling force in Apple's negotiations is cold hard business logic. Thus, in order to understand why Apple has been so successful in previous partnerships - and, looking forward, to better estimate the chances of Apple Pay becoming widespread - it is essential to understand how the company acquires and uses leverage."

Dustin Curtis thinks Amazon is an echo chamber"They make a product, they market the product on, they sell the product to customers, they get a false sense of success, the customer puts the product in a drawer and never uses it, and then Amazon moves on to the next product."

Portishead's "Dummy" at 20. Sheesh. I'm old, but what a great fucking album.

Techcrunch is launching a new show called "Built In Brooklyn" all about startups from that borough.

A calculator that shows you how long it will take you to save one million dollars. (via Lifehacker)

An awesome, letterpressed, linear calendar I bought by The Made Shop (I might steal the format for my own calendar)

"a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents" — The world's first homepage. (via BGR)

"the not-so-straight and the not-so-perfect is the lovely thing of life..."

By Michael Mulvey on November 11, 2014 9:06 AM

via Aeon

h/t chasing Tremendous

Weekly Exhaust Ep. 21: If a Computer Can Beat People at Jeopardy, It Can Write a Poem

By Michael Mulvey on November 10, 2014 10:25 AM

This week Michael and Bryan discuss Formula One corners & turns, Michael begins to talk about Interstellar (but holds off until Bryan sees it this week), being happy Matthew Mcconaughey's sh!tty rom-com days are over, Bryan returning to a fulltime job, the irrelevancy of the 40-hour work week, then they dive into political talk which they probably won't do again. Skype static is brought to you by The King of New York. The episode opens with the exhaust from a 1970 Pontiac GTO.

Weekly Exhaust Episode 21


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