FOMO in China is a $7 billion industry | Marketplace – the Chinese payment for knowledge Podcast business dwarves ad funding and Patreon-like services. Many of them are like bank analyst type reports as audio books
Luxury Daily Rimowa seeks to offer more than suitcases to its ‘purposeful travelers’ – marketing and design is going to rely on community and collaboration – sounds like Stüssy’s playbook for the past four decades
European Union has a plan for Asian infrastructure but will it collide with China’s belt and road? | South China Morning Post – this could get interesting
Google Announces That its Data Studio Tool is Now Available to All Users | Social Media Today – Interesting low end attack on Qlik and Tableau
Poundland To Open Stores At Up To 20 Former Poundworld Locations | Poundland Press Room – Jacks about to get hammered by Poundland with new stores. The stock inflating dream that Jacks is supposed to sell to Tesco shareholders may come unstuck very fast
Aldi and Lidl won’t be scared by Tesco’s new discount Jack’s | The Guardian – visually it might be an Aldi analogue, pricing strategy wise it seems closer to Poundstretcher with a bakery. It’s probably what all post-Brexit UK supermarkets will look like
Yom Kippur, a children’s bike festival on Israel’s deserted roads | Reuters – interesting evolution in consumer behaviour
Amazon Announces Echo Link, Echo Link Amp and Echo Sub • Gear Patrol – the (US only at the moment) Echo Link Amp looks lovely but you’d be better off with Schiit instead
Scott Galloway on the state of retailing at Recode Conference
This data viz maps Facebook connections across the country | Fast Company – well that’s another Facebook myth disproved
How to nail the Q&A portion of your presentation – good bits of advice
Apple-owned software company FileMaker does an ad that take aim at innovation hype
EU Starts Preliminary Probe into Amazon’s Treatment of Merchants | WSJ City – the EU has economic reasons to do this as well
CTS – conserve the sound – a German project that preserves what would have been familiar sounds of now obsolete technology. Most are interesting, though the Krups coffee grinder sounds exactly the same as my more modern model
Things that made my day this week:
Just when you think that Sesame Street can’t get any more awesome, you find out that they’re putting out content like this
Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Googly Eyes’ isn’t just a gimmick but a classic bit of human computer interaction thinking. The cars gaze passes important information to pedestrians in its ‘line-of-sight’
Hypebeast founder Kevin Ma plays blinder; offering to pick up the tab for every ticket to Hypefest.
Culture and learning shouldn’t have a price attached to it.
I will personally cover the cost of tickets to make Hypefest a free experience for all.
Over a decade ago, I began a website documenting the things we love. Next month we will be holding our very first festival @hypefest which will bring our culture to life. To celebrate this moment, I will be personally covering the cost of tickets to provide free tickets for everyone. All are welcome to come share this moment with use. Tickets available tomorrow 12PM tomorrow on hypefest.com
CHiPs ‘roller disco’ – the most Seventies bit of television ever. I’ve heard this being used as the intro track on some of Luxxury’s mixes.
Sit back and enjoy the spectacle.
At the time you had film stars making guest appearances on television. The movie studio system hadn’t glommed on to blockbusters yet and was in the thrall of directors of the American New Wave. There wasn’t a lot of roles at the time for stars of the 1960s like Breakfast at Tiffany’s George Peppard. Others like Lee Van Cleef went to work in the Italian and Asian film industries.
They probably didn’t know that change was just around the corner the launch of the over budget and under-appreciated Heaven’s Gate put an end to the American New Wave.
Steven Spielberg and others brought in the rise of the blockbuster and the studio system was saved. But George Peppard never made another cinematic film.
Finally a 1970 concert film of Miles Davis performing the title track from Bitches Brew
Spike in fraud cases as criminals adopt illegal software – Chinadaily.com.cn – A report released Monday by the SPC’s China Justice Big Data Service Platform said the number of online and telecom fraud cases concluded by Chinese courts rose more than 70 percent year-on-year in 2017. The report did not include exact figures on how many cases were heard in 2016 and 2017.”Not content with cheating people out of money with spam calls or texts, fraudsters have started using WeChat and illegal number-disguising software to deceive victims,” it said – SPC is China’s Supreme People’s Court
Bruce Schneier talks about IoT, surveillance, and cybersecurity – nice interview with Bruce Schneier focused on personal information security. And more here: Bruce Schneier talks about IoT, surveillance, and cybersecurity
For safety’s sake, we must slow innovation in internet-connected things – MIT Technology Review – Bruce Schneier points out the security issues surround the Internet of Things (IoT). Dystopian futures are here
Hyundai car company advert looks like an episode of Black Mirror. Teenagers if you are going to get your parents to buy a car for you, thing carefully. Go for a cheaper, older ‘dumb’ vehicle with no Bluetooth stereo and really shitty fuel economy.
I’ve managed to recover from the crushing ennui of Apple’s Special Event. Here are the things that made my day this week:
Dr Eugenia Cheng talks about the key themes in her book The Art of Logic: How to Make Sense in a World that Doesn’t
Merino wool producers assume that cyber punk is a synthetic dystopia. The ad was done for the Woolmark Company by TBWA Sydney. Do humans dream of technical merino wool?
Live footage of Talking Heads performing Once in a Lifetime in 1980
Zegna’s radical reinvention | How To Spend It – great profile of Gildo and the fashion brand that he manages. The process of reinvention doesn’t seem to create a tension with the heritage.
Jori Hulkkonen – Attack Magazine – he has a great back catalogue, so looking forward to his Simple Music for Complicated People album