Things will be slower than usual around here for the next few days. Happy Easter! and hope that spring will bring better weather than the extended winter we’ve been enjoying this year.
Things that have made my day this week:
Listening to the late, great Ronnie Drew telling the story of Cú Chulainn. Cú Chulainn is one of the most famous figures in Irish folklore and Drew’s ravaged voice adds much to the telling.
Nice bit of pop songwriting with Twin Shadow
I’ve been listening to Audio Books on YouTube as higher brow background noise Free Audio Books for Intellectual Exercise – YouTube – YouTube
Buffer is now allowing for direct scheduling of Instagram posts. Its a bit of a kludge. I tried it this week and it worked really well.
You can write the post on the desktop version of Buffer, but you have to do a number of things:
- Have mobile notifications set up on the Buffer iPhone app and Instagram
- Set your Instagram account up with a business account (this includes pairing with a brand page on Facebook)
As far as I can tell the Buffer mobile app then publishes to your Instagram mobile app at the scheduled time. But that’s the kind of BS you have to go through with Instagram’s restrictive APIs that it has to try and ensure it is the source platform for all graphic posts.
My next step is to see if this kludge will help me auto-post from Flickr to Instagram…
Matt Farah goes over the oligarch-like relationship of the Swiss watch industry – Episode 10: The Watchmaking Family Tree – YouTube
BBC Blogs – Technology & Creativity Blog – Shifting gear with the World Service – interesting opportunities for developers, this mirrors the expansion of Chinese and Russian media internationally
Apple manufacturer Foxconn just bought iPhone accessory maker Belkin – great move for Foxconn. Foxconn now gets a number of consumer brands including Linksys and can make better Apple accessories faster based on their knowledge of Apple production – if they can maintain secrecy
What Supreme and streetwear say about fashion today — Quartzy – really nice history write up
The Oral History of Stüssy: Part 1 | Complex – great background on how the brand was built, but with feeling compared to modern day streetwear
I, Cringely The real problem with self-driving cars – I, Cringely – a meditation about everything that’s wrong in the product process for current day Silicon Valley
Louis Vuitton’s new men’s designer Virgil Abloh is known for streetwear, not high fashion — Quartzy – A new generation of consumers is emerging with different values and desires than previous buyers of high-end goods. Instead of spending their money on fancy suits, young shoppers are dropping hundreds of dollars on items like logo tees and sock sneakers. As clothes continue to move away from formality, brands from Berluti to Balenciaga are adjusting their wares accordingly
Fwd to CEO: THE MOST VALUABLE BUSINESS TOOL EVER INVENTED – BBH – the fact that this would have to be said to the CEO says a lot about what’s wrong in boardrooms now
Alibaba to set up Thai logistics centre, extend deepening investment in Southeast Asia | South China Morning Post – interesting how Alibaba is expanding internationally
Chinese tech firm that once vowed to disrupt Tesla and Apple faces delisting under pile of unpaid debt – the LeEco train wreck continues, at the moment it looks unsolvable unless the government gets more involved
Sensor Supplier to Self-Driving Uber Defends Tech After Fatality | Bloomberg – it is interesting how the legal ramifications of this will shake out