An interesting Instagram business model

I love seeing how people do things on the edges of what is possible. In this case, how people make a living off being viral/popular on any social network. Most networks don’t have direct mechanisms to pay users, so instead people have to improvise all sorts of other ways to try and make a living …

California solar is responsible for 10% of all energy production in the state?

My old pal Dinah posted this today: It’s kind of an amazing stat: just 1.5 million solar installs in a state with nearly 40 million people is responsible for 10% of all electricity generated statewide. I can’t read the reference as it is behind a paywall, but that’s an encouraging and incredible stat. For a …

The Muppet Christmas Carol, greatly improved

I had no idea the Muppet Christmas Carol movie I’ve probably seen a dozen times over the last 30 years was missing a key scene. It’s covered well in this video: Having watched the video it’s clear the movie makes SO MUCH MORE sense with the scene added. I remember seeing this the first time …

Said the Gramophone’s best music of 2022 is out!

Said the Gramophone is one of my favorite old school blogs that’s focused on music. I wouldn’t say music is absolutely vital in my life, but I do like to hear new bands and go to shows occasionally, but ever since I left college I basically have no time to keep up on new music. …

An important verified checkmark in real life

The other day I realized (at least in Oregon) there’s a verified checkmark in real life that’s important, and it’s the one you find on exempt license plates on government vehicles. There’s no way for a civilian to get one, so they’re only found on official cars and trucks. Most often they start with a …

How Jamiroquai did it

I guess I assumed the famous Jamiroquai music video from the mid-90s was filmed on some sort of magical Hollywood omnidirectional treadmill in a studio somewhere. The real behind the scenes story (recently uploaded to YouTube) of how they pulled off those shots is way more clever (and cheap!) than a super duper treadmill.