January 16, 2015

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via The Atlantic:

Shazam searches are just one of several new types of data guiding the pop-music business. Concert promoters study Spotify listens to route tours through towns with the most fans, and some artists look for patterns in Pandora streaming to figure out which songs to play at each stop on a tour. In fact, all of our searching, streaming, downloading, and sharing is being used to answer the question the music industry has been asking for a century: What do people want to hear next?

The whole piece is worth a read. Really amazing how Shazam is driving the record industry in so many ways and in a more profitable way, driving concert sales as well. Just know, everything you consume was presented to you not simply because the art is that good, but because metrics and data points brought that tune to you.

January 15, 2015

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via Uncrunched:

After years running TechCrunch I began to notice significant short term memory loss.

I mentioned it in the Inc. article – “But then at some point in the past year, I suddenly lost my short-term memory,”

But over time it’s become much worse. I have significant trouble putting faces with names, and my memory loss is becoming so obvious to family and coworkers that it’s become sort of a joke.

I also suffer from this and it has improved significantly since I moved away from San Francisco. Michael isn’t alone in this scenario. There are ways to work the brain into improved memory but when your mind-space is so overrun with ideas and activities, there’s very little space left to work itself into remembering more.

January 14, 2015

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via NYTimes:

Gus had never noticed Siri before, but when he discovered there was someone who would not just find information on his various obsessions (trains, planes, buses, escalators and, of course, anything related to weather) but actually semi-discuss these subjects tirelessly, he was hooked. And I was grateful. Now, when my head was about to explode if I had to have another conversation about the chance of tornadoes in Kansas City, Mo., I could reply brightly: “Hey! Why don’t you ask Siri?”

It’s difficult to be an alarmist that technology is ruining us when you read a story so beautiful. I have a half-brother who is autistic and while I don’t talk about him here, the story definitely struck a chord.

January 13, 2015

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via thephilosophersmail.com:

The time has come for a third kind of marriage. The marriage of psychology. One where one doesn’t marry for land, or for ‘the feeling’ alone, but only when ‘the feeling’ has been properly submitted to examination and brought under the aegis of a mature awareness of one’s own and the other’s psychology.

I read this a few months ago and forgot to link to it. Going through a few old articles this week to share here. This one really stood out.

January 12, 2015

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I discovered this blog today and really wish I had known about it years ago when I joined this company. John Fabian’s ‘Mile Post 2.0’ is a travel-blog authored by someone that worked in my office here in New Hampshire. He passed away over the holiday break and although we never met, I can’t stop reading his blog. Every post is filled with adventure, beautiful photos and very candid stories about his time operating a mobile mapping van for our company. 

https://milepost2point0.wordpress.com

Take a few moments this week to browse the blog. It’s a great look into what drives a lot of us at this company to explore and map our world. John literally mapped the globe and made maps used by billions of people and we’re lucky that he created a blog to share these adventures with the world. It’s a shame I never got to know him but the least I can do is pass it on here for my readership. 

If you check out one post, the summer trip to British Columbia is worth a read.