Chicago’s Lupe Fiasco has announced a sequel to Food & Liquor — one of my favorite albums of the last decade. I’m gonna hope and pray for some classic “Kick, Push” and “Daydreamin’” caliber awesomeness from Lupe. This first single is a step in the right direction (even if Pete Rock doesn’t like it). Food & Liquor II is due in September.
If the idea of self-limiting tools seems antithetical to technology and capitalism, let me suggest that we already build them. A search engine is a self-limiting tool. As is an online dating site. When these tools succeed, people leave the site. Video games and TVs, on the other hand, are self-reinforcing. Their use doesn’t lead to disuse; their use leads to more use.
The more self-reinforcing a tool is, the more we likely we are to use it at our own expense. On the other hand, the more self-limiting a tool is, the more likely it is to die out.
For those of you living/visiting Chicago today, this song makes obvious sense. For those music loving folks not in Chicago this morning, just press play and you’ll be enjoying the Sunshine in Chicago with us!
Cannot wait for this new Mark Kozelek record, his voice has an amazing warmth yet also there is a distance to it. Here he sings about place and himself and being the source of internet geek affection from people like me. Great new song.
“Sunshine in Chicago makes me feel pretty sad/My band played here a lot in the ’90s when we had lots of female fans and fuck they all were cute/Now I just sign posters for guys in tennis shoes”
“In my time working [at Apple], I must personally have seen years-worth, probably decades-worth (and, from afar perhaps even centuries-worth) of work simply discarded because it turned out not to be ‘right’ or ‘good’. This was done with very little animosity towards the people who did the work. There was a distinct difference between working on something that turned out bad and had to be discarded (fine - admirable, even) and doing bad work (bad)…I think this highlights two things that many other organisations would do well to learn. First, what you have is what it is, it’s not the effort that was put into it. If it’s not worth keeping, it’s not worth keeping. Second, if you want the best results, you need to give good people the room to start over without feeling like they are failing.”—
Separately 9th Wonder and Buckshot are two of my favorite personalities in the Hip Hop universe. So I was beyond stoked when they released their 1st collaboration together, Chemistry, in 2005. All but one of the 14 tracks on the album are produced by 9th Wonder. No comparison is sole track produced by Khrysis, 9th Wonder’s production partner-in-crime from the Justus League camp. Enjoy!
I’m obsessed with “disruptive network-based internet services”. For the sake of ease, let’s call them DNIS from here on out. Tumblr, Twitter, Ex.Fm and Instagram are prime examples of such businesses for me—I consider myself a power user on these platforms. I work at a company that has been/is disruptive and is an internet service, and we’re somewhat network-based.
What is fantastic about DNIS is that they make life simpler and more productive. More of my goals and interests are accomplished and satisfied because of these disruptive companies. My learning experiences have become more frequent and efficient. Today @summittomar introduced me to an iPhone app called Fooducate. As the name aptly suggests the company intends to educate the user about the food s/he consumes. I’ve played around with similar mobile services whose thesis is similar to Fooducate. Runkeeper and Lose It! are two that I’ve personally used. I’m also familiar with Nike+ GPS and Weight Watchers and know people who’ve used them. I have yet to connect with any company in the Health and Wellness space that has served as a DNIS in my life. I’m still on the look out and hope that Fooducate can crack this nut for me. If there is a Health and Wellness DNIS you use that has made a difference in your life, please leave me a note about it.
Priceonomics just raised $1.5 MM in seed funding. Raising seed capital isn’t a triumph by any measure, but we’re enormously grateful we get the opportunity to build something we love. We get to go on the journey to build the definitive price resource so that no one gets ripped off ever again.
We raised the money from SV Angel, Spark Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, CrunchFund, Crosslink Capital, Y Combinator partners, Michael Ovitz, top angels like Joshua Schachter, and early Google engineers. TechCrunch has the full announcement