500ish Notes: In a World of Pure Imagination

Trying something new here. As regular readers of 500ish Words will know, I've been thinking a lot abo
M.G. Siegler
500ish Notes: In a World of Pure Imagination
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #1
Trying something new here. As regular readers of 500ish Words will know, I’ve been thinking a lot about newsletters recently. And while I haven’t quite wrapped my head around what I want to do here just yet, I figured the best way to figure that out would be to start experimenting.
So, I set up this space through Revue (which seems like a great service), to test some things out. If you’d like to follow along, feel free to subscribe. I’m not 100% sure what my cadence will be here, but I know that the key to newsletters in general is regularity. So I’m going to attempt to set a regular schedule for these to go out. 
How will this be different from 500ish itself? Good question! As some of you may know, I read quite a bit each day. I used to share some of what I read on my site ParisLemon in the form of a link blog. But given the current state of Tumblr, I’ve largely moved away from that in recent months (and, to be honest, Tumblr was always far better as a visual platform anyway). 
More recently, I’ve been sharing some of the best of what I read on Twitter. I like this and still plan to do it, but for some things, I find the 140 character limit lacking.
So. My initial plan here will be to share a handful – let’s say 5ish ;) – of links I find interesting with some added commentary. Sort of like a link blog, but in your inbox. Revolutionary, I know. 
Anything longer I have to write – though not too long! – will still go up on 500ish itself, of course.
We’ll see how this goes. I don’t mean to be so noncommittal, but I also want to set expectations appropriately. I believe there’s something interesting to be done with newsletters, but I’m also wary of clogging up peoples’ inboxes unless it’s with something meaningful. So stay tuned.

In Memoriam
“Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real.”
Nice, short summary of what made Wilder, Wilder.
"Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker."
5ish Links
The European Union wants Apple to repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) – plus interest. The odds of this happening seem about as Apple paying a 40% tax rate to repatriate the cash they’re holding overseas (most all of their cash) back into the U.S.
A lot has been made about how dumb the UK was in voting to leave the EU – make no mistake, the EU has its moments as well…
A bit bombastic perhaps, but largely rings true. A bunch of media properties have been playing a high-stakes game of musical chairs for some time now – and the music has slowed substantially in recent months. We should see who gets a chair and who doesn’t in the coming months. 
“If the future of your business relies on a dramatic and sudden extension of average human lifespans, your ten-year outlook is murky.”
“You can buy a really good Rembrandt for $40 to $50 million. That’s not a lot of money when you think about how many Rembrandts there are — and how many Jeff Koons.”
Whoa
A map of the visible universe, encompassing more than 1.5 million galaxies. Each dot represents a galaxy cluster.
500ish Words
Some of my thoughts on vacation and the effort to wind down after being wound up.
Swans & Beer
“De Pré and his team constructed three 650-foot sections of beer pipeline by floating them on water, which the workers then inserted, whole, under the ground. The area’s famous swans did not seem to mind. “I don’t know if swans drink beer,” De Pré says, though admits that no one offered.”
Portfolio Highlight
“It was almost a year ago that we first launched the HODINKEE app for iOS. Since then our product team has been tirelessly adding features, adjusting layouts, and generally grinding away to make sure that every time you hit that black and white "H” on your homescreen (and we know it’s on your homescreen) you get the very best experience possible. Well, today we take another big leap forward with a major update: the HODINKEE app has been specially redesigned for iPad to bring you what just might be the best way to read HODINKEE, period.“
Fin
That’s a wrap for issue #1. Really just want to see how this looks in the inbox. And I believe only two of us will be getting it (thanks Megan!).
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M.G. Siegler
Links to stories around the internet that I have thoughts on. Thoughts longer than 140 characters, otherwise I'll tweet them. Thoughts less than 500ish words, otherwise I'll write them.
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