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In Defense of Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

December 6, 2015 Featured, Uncategorized

Music that challenged me in 2015, part one I haven’t written a “favorite albums” list in a few years, mostly because I realized that mine were virtually identical to most of those my friends would write up. That’s one of the unfortunate downsides of having friends in the music industry: if a band gets enough hype to be in a Top 10 list, everyone’s talking about that band. 2015 was one of the first years in a while, though, inRead More

Apple Music Connect, the experiment

November 20, 2015 Uncategorized

Federico Viticci of MacStories wrote this yesterday and it got me thinking about Apple Music Connect, which I’ve started to check daily: This should happen on @AppleMusic Connect, but it frequently doesn’t for many artists. https://t.co/4s0uc4hEaP — Federico Viticci (@viticci) October 19, 2015 The responses to this tweet are varied, but they generally echo the sentiment that I've been seeing in music industry writing: it's largely doomed to fail. The UX is somewhat crap (not denying this) and the positioningRead More

The problem of task managers

November 9, 2015 Uncategorized

Wunderlist, Trello, Todoist, OmniFocus. 2do. Things. I have to imagine that most smartphone users haven’t even heard of these apps. That's probably why there's such an apparent subculture around each one. The average person will never break into the most beloved apps, and those who do will defend it to no end. So why don’t so many people, who presumably have things they need to do in their lives, use one of these tools? For all the people that doRead More

Share that you’re still learning (because everyone else is, too)

October 18, 2015 Uncategorized

The Internet is amazing, and Twitter is amazing. I know someone just wrote a post about how Twitter is dying, but the communities of people who are using it in the correct, intended way are great. I bring this up because earlier today, for the first time, I tweeted something that sort of went viral. It didn’t actually go viral (the numbers were clearly not large enough to be considered viral), but for the first time: I shared something IRead More

Morning #coffee / morning #view

October 17, 2015 Uncategorized

Morning #coffee / morning #view

It’s not obsessive-compulsive

October 11, 2015 Featured, Uncategorized

Every day when I get home from work, I walk in the door, kiss my girlfriend Alicia and start organizing things. If it’s Monday, I take the trash and recycling out to the street and line up all our bins neatly in a row. Otherwise I put my keys on the hook, my wallet & sunglasses in a tray next to said hook, pick up the small pile of bags, jackets and/or shoes that Alicia leaves by the door andRead More

Many voices, but only me in the room

October 10, 2015 Uncategorized

There’s an interview with Annie Clark and David Byrne in which they describe their working relationship for Love This Giant: DB: This was a more intertwined collaboration than most I’ve done. In many ways it was more democratic — we were constantly bouncing what we were doing off one another. Which is creatively great, but also slow — democracy is slow. [laughs] AC: The tech-y stuff was a headache, honestly. We’d send files back and forth in [music program] Logic, and because I hadRead More

NYC, then back (for good)

October 6, 2015 Uncategorized

I maintain a theory that the happiest people in New York City are bartenders. They are decently paid, have flexible hours, can usually find work right near home, and pride themselves on being a friendly savior to those who so desperately need their service at the end of another punishing day. Those people, pretty much every other resident of NYC, is either miserable, tired or both. Even the rich ones. NYC is great if you can embrace chaos, the kindRead More

Misanthropy in product management

October 5, 2015 Uncategorized

When I started product managing, I quickly came across and fell in love with the Cranky Product Manager blog. It was everything that I had just started to experience as a new PM — the constant fight for attention in the roadmap, the terribly-defined feature requests, the working ridiculously late for reasons I couldn’t really justify for myself. That blog is no longer active, but the feelings are still alive in many of the PMs I talk to around Boston and NYC — andRead More

I approve, @mosessumney. Beautiful venue, amazing talent. #live #music #Brooklyn

May 3, 2015 Uncategorized

I approve, @mosessumney. Beautiful venue, amazing talent. #live #music #Brooklyn