500ish Notes: Look Who's Talking

Day 2 of this experiment. One thing is for certain: I quite like that I can write whatever I want her
M.G. Siegler
500ish Notes: Look Who's Talking
By M.G. Siegler • Issue #2
Day 2 of this experiment. One thing is for certain: I quite like that I can write whatever I want here, without fear of topic
I already have several learnings from day 1, and some quibbles, but overall, I like the workflow Revue allows for this with. Still don’t love the header element, so will have to work on that some more (as you’ll see in this issue, #2!).
I’m still not sure I love this residing on notes.500ish.com – I’m still not convinced this should be a part of 500ish at all (500ish Notes sort of sounds like I’m suggesting there will be 500-ish notes here. 500ish Links is even more problematic. 500ish Newsletter is a bit bland…). I’ve debated making mgsiegler.com the home for this, which could be interesting. But I’m still very much in testing mode – we’ll see. I’m still not convinced I shouldn’t be doing all of this through Medium anyway. And maybe I eventually move it there. I’m also going to try this one without link image previews (save one)…
Enough with the sausage making tutorial. On to some links.

Sonos, Can You Hear Me Now?
To me, the biggest news here is that Sonos is finally (at least implicitly) admitting that they’re not very good at software. That’s putting it mildly. For as long as I’ve used Sonos products, their software has been a nightmare. Great hardware, awful software. So it’s great to see that they’re finally opening up the hardware for use with other software (Spotify being the key example cited). 
Another question: does this mean Apple Music will now work with the Echo/Alexa (at least indirectly, since Sonos works with Apple Music)? 
Finally, is it wrong to presume that future iterations of the Sonos speakers will ship with Alexa built-in? Amazon has said they want Alexa to be a platform on other hardware, so this would seemingly make a lot of sense…
5ish Links
Several crazy elements to this story, starting with the fact that the Russian scientists kept this to themselves for a year. But to me, the weirdest thing is that the signal comes from a star that is almost the exact size of our sun (0.99 solar masses). And we know that star has at least one planet (though a “warm Neptune”). And if it has one, it has more… More on GeekWire as well.
Nice to see all these integrations will be ready out of the gate, but my guess is that it will be hard to remember what you can do now with Siri + 3rd party apps. Time should heal this, and this is still a vital step towards a true vocal computing future. But it may be a bit painful at first. Baby steps.
Amazing chart by Quartz showing just how much all of our favorite game systems growing up would cost in today’s dollars. Unsurprisingly, NEO GEO tops the list – I remember the system being insanely expensive when it came out in 1990 ($650), and in today’s terms you can almost double that cost. 
But hey, 24-bit, baby. 
I was also sort of surprised how relatively cheap the TurboGrafx 16 was – less than the original Xbox! Bonk!
On his decision to walk with a limp and a cane as he emerged as Willy Wonka:
“Because from that time on, no one will know if I’m lying or telling the truth.”
Also of note in his letter to director Mel Stuart:
“I’m not a ballet master who skips along with little mincy steps.”
Dan Ackerman, in an excerpt from his upcoming book The Tetris Effect:
“But a computer screen and its cathode-ray tube create a more manipulative relationship with the player, beaming light at the viewer’s eyes and demanding reciprocal action. A puzzle played on a computer had to be more of a game, and a game required the elements of timing, danger, and a constant push toward action.”
Father Time remains undefeated. Even against Roger Federer. Also a good reminder that it’s the 10th anniversary of David Foster-Wallace’s Roger Federer as Religious Experience piece.
From Italy with Love
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