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2023-01-28: Austin Kleon: Waters is what I call a Curious Elder — someone who manages to retain their curiosity …

2023-01-28: I love lobbies like this. Especially early in the morning when it’s empty and the family is still …

2023-01-22: All Human Systems are Enormous Trash Fires: Once you recognize that all human systems are enormous …

2023-01-22: Mandy Brown: We live in a world full of distractions but short on breaks. The time between …

2023-01-15: Will it, though?

2023-01-15: 🔗 Did the Music Business Just Kill the Vinyl Revival? Here’s Ted Gioia on what happened with the “vinyl revival”: On an aggregate level, consumers are …

2023-01-15: John Gruber on shutting off API access to 3rd party Twitter clients: Twitter can of course do what …

2023-01-12: The Strangely Beautiful Experience of Google Reviews I love stories like these: Most of the time, reviews alternate between angry, comically banal, and …

2023-01-12: Oh my, these Japanese portable record players are just lovely.

2023-01-12: Letting books talk to each other I love this bit from Austin Kleon’s Letting books talk to each other: If you read books on …

2023-01-09: Quick links for January 9, 2023 Mechanical mockingbirds, about Apple’s new AI-narrated audiobooks. “We’re drawn to stories to …

2023-01-09: The Death of Hybrid Work Is Greatly Exaggerated I agree with Bruce Daisley in The Death of Hybrid Work Is Greatly Exaggerated: The focus for …

2023-01-08: Quick links for January 8, 2023 Apple patents next-gen Pencil with an Optical Sensor that can pick colors and textures from real …

2023-01-08: Tony Fedell on the two things that matter in our careers I just finished Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making by Tony Fedell and the …

2023-01-07: The Power of Indulging Your Weird, Offbeat Obsessions I love the latest article from from Clive Thompson, in which he talks about the benefits of …

2023-01-06: Quick links for January 6, 2023 Here’s how much top tech jobs in California pay, according to job ads. ”A director of software …

2023-01-06: Amoeba Music asks, 'What's in your bag?' and no algorithm can compete 🎵 This is such a great idea and I can’t believe it’s been going since 2008 and I’ve never heard of it. …

2023-01-06: “Layoffs are an instance of social contagion” and other insights from layoff data Fascinating interview with Stanford business Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer. It covers what the data says …

2023-01-05: A wonderful interview with James Patterson about creativity and ambition This is a completely bonkers interview with James Patterson about creativity and ambition and I …

2023-01-05: Quick links for January 5, 2023 U.S. Moves to Bar Noncompete Agreements in Labor Contracts. Yes please! (NYT 🎁 link) The Great …

2023-01-04: Why are TVs so cheap? I’ll give you 3 guesses but you’ll only need one. Hint: In a sense, your TV …

2023-01-04: This is a bleak take on Generative AI (but also kinda hard to disagree with): We’re about to …

2023-01-04: VCs seem to agree that 2023 is going to start out rough, but by the end things should... be ok? Fred Wilson in What Will Happen In 2023: There is a pattern to much of this and it is that 2023 is …

2023-01-03: Follow the love and the rest will follow This bit isn’t really the point of Kottke’s post but dang it hit me hard: One of the reasons …

2023-01-02: I definitely felt this today. Great post on the reentry to work after vacation: The first day back …

2023-01-02: 🎵 Greta Van Fleet is such a ridiculous band but I am enjoying the heck out of the …

2023-01-02: Reasons to write (even when no one is watching) Since we are currently going through the annual “This is the year blogging makes a comeback!” cycle, …

2023-01-01: 🎵 Three albums that will always represent the pandemic for me Every Sunday morning I get up early and have some coffee and reading time before the rest of the …

2023-01-01: 📚 I finished Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin this morning. It deserves every …

2023-01-01: 🔗 Is Live Music Broken? It’s Not Just Ticketmaster, It’s Everything. I’m not here to defend Ticketmaster but there are some pretty interesting tech details in this …

2022-12-31: 🎵 This is usually the point of the evening when I reach for jazz, but this album caught my eye as I …

2022-12-31: I have such a soft spot for personal year-end reflections. I just love these small glimpses into …

2022-12-31: There is no “peak newsletter”: Bad newsletters will continue to die, just like all bad products …

2022-12-30: 🎵 Going with a jazz deep cut tonight from one of my favorite labels—the one-man shop Sam Records: …

2022-12-30: 📚 This is a great post from one of my favorite book review newsletters. Wonderful tips for how to …

2022-12-30: Ok this is a great life hack from Austin Kleon: My favorite thing to do when I need something to …

2022-12-30: I think Cal Newport’s take on Quiet Quitting is pretty good. Every generation reaches a point where …

2022-12-30: Spending “Dead Week” on getting my online house in order I spent Dead Week getting my online house in order, and I wanted to share the highlights. If you did …

2022-12-29: 🎵 Stop the presses! Play Dead Live by MUTEMATH is now on streaming.

2022-12-29: 🔗 Plotting the Future of the Most Storied Studio in Jazz I somehow missed this but the New York Times has a fantastic article about Rudy Van Gelder’s famous …

2022-12-29: I love this reminder tucked away towards the end of Austin Kleon’s annual post about the books he …

2022-12-28: 🔗 What Can We Learn from Barnes & Noble’s Surprising Turnaround? Ted Gioia in an interesting post about the Barnes & Noble comeback: If you want to sell music, …

2022-12-27: 📚 8 Quotes from “Dancing With Systems” I think I am really late on discovering Donella Meadows‘s writing on systems thinking, but now that …

2022-12-27: This would be great but I’m not holding my breath: With using Twitter becoming increasingly …

2022-12-27: 🔗 Southwest Airlines Has Fallen Apart John Gruber: From what I’ve gathered, Southwest’s problem this week is a combination of an outdated …

2022-12-26: Oh yes please. I’m all in for this. The Bring Back Blogs January 2023 challenge: During the …

2022-12-25: 🎵 This is definitely my favorite Christmas record.

2022-12-25: 🔗 Mastodon Brought a Protocol to a Product Fight M.G. Siegler believes Mastodon is terrible and it will fail: While it’s impressive that millions of …

2022-12-23: 🔗 Gone Bad, Come to Life Dang. This is a wildly curmudgeonly but endlessly fascinating essay that’s sort of about drinking …

2022-12-23: 🎵 Since everything is frozen outside I’m hanging out with one of my favorite albums of the year. Ali …

2022-12-21: Matt Levine, ladies and gentlemen: He tweeted yesterday: “I will resign as CEO as soon as I find …

2022-12-20: 🔗 The Enduring Metal Genius of Metallica Here’s 9,100 words on Metallica that’s absolutely worth your time. Though the band has made …

2022-12-20: 🔗 Maria Montessori: children were born for “immense work” Like a Bar of Soap: Work, don’t play is a fascinating profile of Maria Montessori: Montessori …

2022-12-19: 🎵 Going full Sonny tonight. Every one of these records is a timeless classic.

2022-12-18: 🎵 Extremely underrated jazz record that really should be more famous. Just look at that lineup.

2022-12-18: I’m not really a podcast person, but today I needed to listen to something as far away from all of …

2022-12-18: 🔗 The micromanager's dilemma Interesting thoughts on micromanagement: In this essay, I’ll show you that micromanagement isn’t …

2022-12-18: 🔗 5 Things We Learned from the 4-Day Week Trials Good summary of what companies learned while doing 4-day work week trials. For instance, while there …

2022-12-16: 🔗 The Trumpification of Elon Musk The Trumpification of Elon Musk: As with Trump, the real story is often what’s going on below the …

2022-12-16: The sneaky economics of Ticketmaster: Rosen believed venues, not concertgoers, were his company’s …

2022-12-16: 🔗 Communicating at the Right Altitude Deb Liu with some great product management and leadership advice in Communicating at the Right …

2022-12-11: 🎵 So far tonight’s jazz selection is all about Freddie Hubbard. Please don’t hate me, but as much as …

2022-12-11: I Don’t Want to Be an Internet Person is so great. Must-read. Internet people, or people whose …

2022-12-11: I can’t help but feel like “Mastodon will never go mainstream” is a feature, not a bug. We don’t …

2022-12-11: 🎵 Sunday morning wake-up album. Quiet, neo-classical vibes. Invisible Cities by A Winged Victory For …

2022-12-10: 🎵 This afternoon’s listening is Tash Sultana’s amazing MTV Unplugged album. This version of …

2022-12-10: Robin Sloan wants us to invent new ways to relate online in 2023, and I am here for it. It’s plain …

2022-12-10: 📚 Based on recommendations from pretty much the entire internet’s year-end lists, I started …

2022-12-09: 🔗 Getting more comfortable with productive disagreement In Challenging the status quo at work—a good post that you should read mostly for the excellent …

2022-12-09: 🔗 What exactly are we rushing towards? Alan Jacobs asks a valid question that I also happen to feel personally attacked by. What exactly …

2022-11-30: 🔗 Netflix DVDs and the end of an era Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes is a lovely post about the people who …

2022-11-27: “Hey Siri, show me a happy face.”

2022-11-27: 🔗 Where are you distributing your contributions? Lovely post from Dave Rupert. It takes one person to knock down a silo: Wherever you end up I want …

2018-09-26: 🎵 This article about the jazz scene in South Africa is very good and makes me happy: South African …

2018-09-25: This is Evernote, and I’m the guy in the last panel.

2018-09-25: SiriusXM is buying Pandora in $3.5 billion deal. That seems… like a lot.

2018-09-24: 🎵 Music recommendation: On the Corner Where You Live by The Paper Kites twelvefour by The Paper Kites was one of my favorite albums of 2015. Their new album — On the Corner …

2018-09-24: 🔗 Vinyl Is Bigger Than We Thought. Much Bigger. This is why I never buy vinyl on eBay any more. You just don’t know what you’re going to get: Note …

2018-09-21: Beautiful view of Mt. St. Helens on our approach into Portland today.

2018-09-17: I’m going to be on a long flight today, and I think I’ve got my reading sorted. 198 minutes? Gah! I …

2018-09-16: 🎵 Current mood: Less by Nils Frahm.

2018-09-15: 🎵 Song of the day — especially if you’re in need of something calming and beautiful: Ach, bleib mit …

2018-09-15: The thing I find most confusing as a parent is why kids freak out when you carry them upstairs for …

2018-09-15: 🔗 Fidget spinners, weighted blankets, and the rise of anxiety consumerism It turns out we are anxious as hell, and we’re trying to buy our way out of it. But none of it will …

2018-09-14: 🎵 I bought the new John Coltrane album on release day, but haven’t given it a critical listen until …

2018-09-14: 🔗 How the Weather Channel Made That Insane Hurricane Florence Storm Surge Animation Here’s a rare example of some really cool tech that is also incredibly useful: On one level, yes, …

2018-09-13: Why ‘Find Your Passion’ is awful advice. “It’s through a process of investment and development that …

2018-09-13: 🎵 Sign by VHS Collection is hitting me right in the 80s feels. So good.

2018-09-12: 🔗 The tone in this article is a little weird here and there, but there are some good points about …

2018-09-12: 🎵 If you want to get into John Coltrane but you’re not sure where to start, here’s a good guide to …

2018-09-12: 🔗 The problem that libraries face today isn’t irrelevance. The problem is that so many people are …

2018-09-11: 📚 Oh my. I’ve been waiting for a list like this. Eight Great Science Fiction Reads for the …

2018-09-11: 🎵 In need of a good cry? Here are the saddest songs of the 21st century (so far).

2018-09-08: 🔗 I’m aware of my confirmation bias on this, but I agree that science fiction is the most important …

2018-09-07: 🎵I’m still making my way through everything, but Young Sick Camellia by St. Paul & The …

2018-09-07: 📚🎵 Book recommendations: jazz and the creative process I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the creative process of jazz musicians lately. I finished …

2018-09-06: 🔗 Everything You Need to Know About How Streaming Has Transformed the Way the Music Business Works Spoiler — albums are getting longer and songs are getting shorter because it’s more profitable for …

2018-09-06: 🎵 I know they’re not the coolest kids in town any more. But man, when this album came out it rocked …

2018-09-05: 🔗 More people are taking Facebook breaks and deleting the app from their phones Turns out the kids are all right: The Facebook exodus among young people is real, and …

2018-09-05: There is, of course, much to say about this unprecedented anonymous op-ed in the Times today. This …

2018-09-05: 📺 I started watching the new Jack Ryan show last night. I needed a light, mindless break after …

2018-09-04: I love this photo of me and my youngest daughter as we prepare to walk to her first day of …

2018-09-04: 🔗 The Art and Science of Image Discovery at Netflix This is a fascinating technical deep-dive on how Netflix identifies which still image frames to use …

2018-09-03: 🎵 Music recommendation: My New Moon by Amos Lee The new Amos Lee album is dark and brooding while also managing to be strangely uplifting. It feels …

2018-09-01: 🔗 The Internet Is Not Ruining Grammar I’ve definitely come around to this point of view: Yes, standardized rules help people understand …

2018-08-30: 🔗 It’s not all Pepes and trollfaces — memes can be a force for good These days I’m always a little surprised when internet culture has a positive impact: Because memes …

2018-08-30: 🎵 Another lovely list to make your way through in a leisurely fashion… Unreleased Jazz Treasures Are …

2018-08-30: 🔗 Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media One interesting side effect as the kids of the oversharing generation get older… they’re more …

2018-08-30: 📚 I really enjoyed How To Listen To Jazz, so I’m excited to give this one a go.

2018-08-29: 🎵 Today’s surprisingly enjoyable find: Sugarland’s cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Come Talk To Me”. That …

2018-08-29: 🎵 I don’t want to get too excited and have my heart broken, but Mae has a new song and it’s actually …

2018-08-28: Facebook has pretty much created a monster that’s impossible to tame: How to successfully moderate …

2018-08-28: David Perell on The Algorithmic Trap we often fall into when we travel: The world is becoming …

2018-08-28: 🔗 🎵 How “Grand Theft Auto” Is Changing the Way the World Experiences Music These are some staggering numbers, from a really interesting Rolling Stone article: In the five …

2018-08-28: 🎵 Rediscovering the joy of the album I get nostalgic about weird things for long periods of time for no apparent reason. This week …

2018-08-27: On running, and privilege When you’re on a run and there’s traffic around, it’s pretty easy to tell which drivers are also …

2018-08-27: 🎵 I love this profile of Wayne Shorter’s three albums from 1964. He seems like such a wonderfully …

2018-08-27: 🎵 Walter “Wolfman” Washington is 74 years old, and his voice on his new album My Future …

2018-08-26: 🔗 The Persistent Myth of Speed and ‘Productivity’ Virginia Heffernan for Wired: It’s not immoral to want relief from being too slow, scared, and …

2018-08-25: I love these liner notes on the back of this pressing of Nina Simone Sings The Blues. Electronic …

2018-08-24: I’ve been playing with a friend’s Fujifilm mirrorless camera. This thing is insane.

2018-08-24: I heard a couple of songs off this album on ⁦our local jazz station‬⁩ this morning, and it’s kind of …

2018-08-24: 🎵Music recommendation: Ólafur Arnalds — re:member I love Ólafur Arnalds’s work, and on his new album he keeps it up. If you’re into …

2018-08-24: 🔗 ’Searching’ is the rare movie about the internet that actually gets the internet This looks really interesting: Searching feels fluent in that language in large part due to …

2018-08-23: I’m slowly making my way through this list of The 10 Best Modern Jazz Albums To Own On Vinyl. …

2018-08-23: 🔗 New York Public Library turns classic novels into Insta Stories Well this is wonderful: Insta Novels is launching today on the library’s Instagram account, …

2018-08-23: 🎵Music recommendation: Josh Garrels — Love & War (B-Sides & Remixes) I forgot about Josh Garrels a little bit, and then Isaac’s great piece on vinyl and music …

2018-08-22: To hear Over the past few months I’ve been dealing with some health issues related to my ears and hearing. …

2018-08-22: Vinyl Me, Please now lists each album’s “nutritional facts” and it’s brilliant. It immediately …