Wikipedia says the Information Age started in the 1970’s:
The Information Age formed by capitalizing on the computer microminiaturization advances, with a transition spanning from the advent of the personal computer in the late 1970s, to the Internet’s reaching a critical mass in the early 1990s, and the adoption of such technology by the public in the two decades after 1990
I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently as I look at the data I have on myself. I’ve got thousands of pictures a year since 2001 when I got my first digital camera. I’ve got quantified self data on myself since 2012 when I got my first Fitbit. Before those times, there is a stark drop-off.
I was asking my dad the other day what his time and distance was when he was my age and ran. He tried his best to remember his answer. Are they correct? We don’t really know since he didn’t track his runs the way I do now.
If you are younger than 5, there is a good chance your entire life will be photographed, quantified and saved. Since I’m 35, the first 30 years or so were not. It’s interesting to think about our own personal Information Ages. I think about future conversations with my son where I try and explain why there is a large empty period from the beginning of my life. We are the last generation or two where it will be like this.
Hey everyone, we know we’ve been pretty quiet around Exfm’s future, but rest assured we’ve been busy talking with folks figuring out the best path forward. While we don’t have anything to announce today, we are confident we will very soon.
Back in December, we announced we were going to shut down Exfm. While we were able to keep it running for a few more months, unfortunately that is no longer the case. On Monday, May 19th, 4 days from now, we are going to shut down Exfm. This includes the website, mobile apps, extensions and API. We urge you to export your loved songs and sites now.
We will continue to communicate what our plans are via email, our blog and Twitter. We’ll leave you with this — we are very excited for what’s next and believe we will ultimately provide you with the best music service in the seven kingdoms.
It’s not easy rooting against Peyton Manning. By all accounts, he’s one of the best quarterbacks of all time and a great guy. But I’ve been doing just that for 17 years now. Here’s why.
In 1997, even though Manning could have been the first pick in the draft after his junior year, he decided to come back to Tennessee for his senior year to graduate, win a National championship and the Heisman trophy. I started rooting against him then, as a freshman at Michigan when, that year, we won the National championship and Charles Woodson of UM won the Heisman.
It continued into the NFL when Manning and Tom Brady became rivals. Brady also went to Michigan and was the starting quarterback my junior year. I’ve never been a New England Patriots fan, but I always had to root for Brady against Manning.
It then continued when the Giants drafted Eli Manning. Clearly, Peyton was the better quarterback. But after Eli won his second Superbowl, it became fun to always brag that Eli had one more than his older brother.
So here I was, last night finding myself rooting for the Seahawks so that Peyton would not win another Superbowl to tie his younger brother and get some more ammo in the ‘Manning vs. Brady’ comparison. The thing is, I kind of felt bad for him last night. To lose like that, after having such a great year and coming back from 4 neck surgeries must have been so tough. I hope he comes back next year. But I will still be rooting for Eli, Brady or someone else to beat him.
Estonia uses a very simple, unique ID methodology across all systems, from your paper passport to bank records to any government office or hospital. A citizen with personal ID code 37501011234 is a male born in the 20th century (3), on January 1st of year ‘75, as baby #123 of that day. The number ends with a computational checksum to easily detect typos.
Fascinating post on the technology used in Estonia. I visited last March and beyond freezing my ass off, had an amazing time there. One night at the pub, I went to buy a round and was laughed at because my credit card had a magnetic strip and they didn’t have anything that supported that.
Hey everyone, I’m happy to let you all know that we will NOT be shutting down Exfm today. The outpouring of love and support from you all has truly been amazing. Over the last month, many of you have written to tell us how much you love Exfm and asked if there was anything you could do to help…
But where functionality hasn’t persuaded many of us, perhaps price will. Archos is planning to launch a basic smartwatch in the summer for just $50, a price it may be hoping will lead people to stop asking ‘Why?’ and instead ask ‘Why not?’….
I recently picked up the Pebble for $70. There was a discount and I had a gift card knocking the price down from $150. I was interested in the Pebble from the beginning but not so much at $150. Now that I have it, I must say it’s blown away all my expectations. It does just the right amount of things - notifications, music control and time.
I liken the Pebble to the Palm Pilot. It’s really cool, and shows what can be done on a wrist. But I have no doubt that it will take Apple to really blow this market wide open. I am very bullish on Smart Watches. In 5 years I think everyone will have one.
This year was as good as it gets for music. It was incredibly hard to order this list. Except for #1, at times I had each album anywhere from 2-10. Many of these albums could have been #1 any previous year. It was that good of a year. I even left off some perennial favorites like Jack Johnson, Portugal The Man, Cults, Silver Swans, Summer Camp and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Btw, for the geeks, here’s a JSON representation of this list - albums-2013.json
10. ‘Ski Mask’ by Islands
Leaving ‘Vapours’ off my top 2009 list was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made. I made up for it making ‘A Sleep and Forgetting’ my #4 last year. I was surprised they came out with a new album this year but just like last year, it’s very well done. Each song has a hook with some serious auto-tune that gets me every time.
The second song on this album ‘Heavy Feet’ hits me in such a way that I cannot explain. It is so emotional. ‘Colombia’ is damn good too. The entire album is great. I never really listened to their previous album but plan on going back and especially am looking forward to more of their stuff.
There was some confusion with this band because they were originally called ‘Oregon Bike Trails’ and had a song called ‘Cayucos’ (with an o). After I got that sorted out, I found this album and already loved 2 songs from it. The other 6 are just as good. It’s surfer pop which is usually a genre I get tired of quickly. But not this album. It’s short and sweet and enjoyable every time.
7. ‘The Speed of Things’ by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
I first heard of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. from Mike Spinella, the guy I trust the most with music. I voided them because I didn’t like their name. Then a few years ago, I liked their album but not enough to put it on my top list. I went in to this album with moderate expectations and they were easily beat. This album is so good from top to bottom. For some reason they remind me of Simon and Garfunkel, which is probably one of the highest honors you could bestow upon a band.
Starfucker has been one of my favorite groups since 2008 when their debut ‘Starfucker’ was my #8 album. It probably should have been higher too. They came in again at #8 with ‘Reptillians’ in 2011 although it hasn’t held up for me well since then. I was hoping they would reverse the trend and release a better album, and they sure did this year. It’s on the longer side with 15 songs but each one is great.
Bell X1 continues to put out solid albums every couple of years. I got in to them in 2009 when ‘Blue Lights on the Runway’ was my #2 album that year. Then again in 2011 when ‘Bloodless Coup’ was my #4. They have a few albums prior to that and they are all great too. This one is a little more subdued then the previous ones but still hits home for me.
Generationals’ last album was my top album of 2011. This album picks up where that one left off. Every song is great. It’s just pure indie pop goodness that always puts me in a good mood whenever I listen to it.
Caged Animals’ last album came out in 2011 but I didn’t discover it until a year later thus leaving it off the Best of ‘11 list. I was really looking forward to their sophomore record and it didn’t disappoint. It took some listens to really kick in but now I can’t the songs out of my head.
I enjoyed Way Yes’ EP last year and when they released ther debut LP this year, I jumped on it. After listening to it a few dozen times, I started to realize the album had a theme - suicide. I asked them about it on Facebook and they confirmed. Whether it’s depressing or not, it’s damn enjoyable to listen to.
Some years you just know from the first listen that this will be the Album of the Year. It was like that for Jamaican Queens this year. Their debut album blew me away and every time I go back to it I love it even more. The last 3 mins of the album are absolutely sublime. Eagerly looking forward to seeing these guys live and their next album.
When we started Exfm four years ago, we had one goal. To help people discover and listen to new music on the web. What started as a Chrome extension quickly grew to a website, iPhone app, Android app, blog widget and API. Along the way we had people from over 200 countries use our apps and more…
“The idea that the market will solve such things as environmental concerns, as our racial divides, as our class distinctions, our problems with educating and incorporating one generation of workers into the economy after the other when that economy is changing; the idea that the market is going to heed all of the human concerns and still maximise profit is juvenile. It’s a juvenile notion and it’s still being argued in my country passionately and we’re going down the tubes. And it terrifies me because I’m astonished at how comfortable we are in absolving ourselves of what is basically a moral choice. Are we all in this together or are we all not?”—
What a read. I could have picked out any paragraph to quote.
Tomorrow (Thu 10/10) marks the opening of MoMA Art Lab: Movement, a new exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art—and Gilt mobile engineer Ruxy Staicut is one of the featured artists. Ruxy’s piece, titled ” Dra’wii’ng Jackson Pollock,” is an interactive installation that…
Starting to stress over cutting my top albums of 2013 down to 10. My list so far (not in order):
Miracle Mile by Starfucker
Hummingbird by Local Natives
Wormfood by Jamaican Queens
Chop Chop by Bell X1
Heza by Generationals
Quantum Leap by Dumbo Gets Mad
Tog Pebbles by Way Yes
Evil Friends by Portugal. The Man
Bigfoot by Cayucas
A Quiet Darkness by Houses
Psycho Tropical Berlin by La Femme
Summer Camp by Summer Camp
From Here To Now To You by Jack Johnson
Ski Mask by Islands
At Home by Keep Shelly In Athens
II by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
In The Land Of Giants by Caged Animals