A few things from the internet (#1)

Hey friends,

In the next few months I can’t wait to share with you all what I’ve been doing recently. This will include Brewery Updates (@DuckMountBrew), T-Shirt Updates (@TeesTeesAndTees) and Epic Cycle Weekends (@TBD) — all coming in 2016.

But first I’m trying something a bit different. Rather than tweets and retweets, a weekly curation of what I’ve found and enjoyed online.

I want to get away from the 24 hours news cycles, real-time twitter feed, and the general noise of ‘news’. It might be bad for you or okay in healthy moderation? Who knows? I’m looking at the long form…and some of these are pretty long, but all really worth it.

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Long form:

  1. Cuba’s Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify — all without the internet [Vox]
    “In Cuba there is barely any internet...But in typical Cuban fashion, the law doesn’t stop a vast underground system of entertainment and news media distributors and consumers.“El Paquete Semanal” (The Weekly Package) is a weekly trove of digital content — everything from American movies to PDFs of Spanish newspapers — that is gathered, organized, and transferred by a human web of runners and dealers to the entire country. It is a prodigious and profitable operation.”
  2. Kanye West: In His Own Words [Paper]
    “There’s a lot of people who want to make sure things don’t become a hybrid, but the Internet has opened up every conversation, literally and metaphorically. It starts as homogenizing, but this hybrid-ing, this interbreeding of ideas, is necessary for us as a race to evolve. (Thank God for Steve Jobs.) For example, there was an embroiderer at a fashion house who was in her 90s and she refused to give anyone her technique. She said, ‘When I die, this technique will die also.’ I think the opposite of that.”
  3. A Better Brew [New Yorker]
    “People would rather pay a little more and have a special product than to pay a lot for a Pilsner and have something banal,” he said. “I like Budweiser, but I wouldn’t pay two euros for a Budweiser…I’m not afraid to pay compliments where compliments are due. Anheuser-Busch’s quality — if quality is consistency — is second to none. But I’m frustrated that that one beer has been hammered down people’s throats.”
  4. Disney’s $1bn bet on a magical wristband [WIRED]
    “The goal was to create a system that would essentially replace the time spent fiddling with payments and tickets for moments of personal interactions with visitors. The MagicBands and MyMagicPlus allow employees to “move past transactions, into an interactive space, where they can personalize the experience,” Crofton says. What started as a grand technology platform has inevitably changed the texture of the experience.”
  5. A Star in a Bottle [New Yorker]
    “Fusion, the most plentiful energy source in the universe, has never produced energy on Earth. Nature had shielded the planet from the punishing conditions it requires with a great buffer: millions of miles of empty space. What the physicists and the engineers in the South of France were attempting to do was to traverse that boundary. Thirty-five countries were trying somehow to cross it together. On some level, the arrangement would necessarily be a messy one.”

Song: A Drug Called Dreaming [ Joel Baker ]

Joel Baker has the winning combination of talent and hard work. A Drug Called Dreaming is a new vibe from Baker followed up by Bran Flakes Vol 1, released today.

Stream: NARCOS [ NetFlix ]

NARCOS is a beautifully told story with Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) at its centre. It charts the rise of the Medellin cartel in Colombia and the word while the US wages their ‘War on Drugs’. At his height Escobar brought in an estimated $420 million a week through cocaine and it is said he spend $2500 a week on rubber bands for the cash. NARCOS portrays the war between a US DEA agent and Escobar.

Book: The Knowledge [ Lewis Dartnell ]

This post-apocalyptic book is a reboot manual for humanity that contain teachings that should all be on the syllabus. From agriculture to advance chemistry the books contains everything to get started when the worst has happened. The book highlights areas that can be skipped over to speed up development and shows different paths that could have been taken during our history.

Dartnell makes complex processes understandable and if anything makes the end of the world as we know it seem like, well…not the end of the world. After reading this I feel like that I want to make my own waterwheel to generate electricity and try to implement long distance communication.

Podcast: The Political Party [ Matt Forde ]

Mixing topical stand-up and political debate the The Political Party with Matt Forde offers something that seems to have gone missing from British Politics. It takes away the day-to-day points scoring and Matt allows the ‘Political Heavyweight’ to relax and often share a little too much. The latest episode is a conversation with Tony Blair and is a must listen. It should noted that Matt is an unapologetic Blairite and fanboy. Scroll down the impressive list of politicians, pick someone that sounds interesting and have a listen.

Right that’s it for now. Let me know what you think. Future post likely being weekly or monthly.

Have a great weekend.