I had this whole preamble written – and about Amazon, no less – when all hell broke loose and Jeff Bezos decided to post a truly incredible (in every sense of the word) letter – on Medium, no less – that has basically halted the world. Twitter has been subsumed. The world’s Slacks are all likely talking about one topic. CNN has cut away to BREAKING NEWS showing text shots from Medium.
What a weird, fascinating, insane world we live in. Anyway, I’ll post the other post later – maybe tomorrow (I have quite the backlog of links too) – for now, just read the following and try to decipher all the crazy layers alongside me:
“You’d get laughed out of your career at a Hollywood studio if you proposed a KonMari show in Japanese and English 10 years ago,” says Larry Mahl, the former head of acquisitions for Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan. “Netflix is changing the face of what’s possible.”
I feel like this is a more subtle point being lost in all the Marie Kondo hype. Netflix hasn’t just made something work that would not have worked on U.S. television a decade ago, they’ve made something that wouldn’t have even been considered a decade ago, a phenomenom. It’s a cliche to say something has “changed the game” but Netflix truly has.
The service would function like Netflix for games, allowing users who pay a subscription fee to access a bundled list of titles. Apple began privately discussing a subscription service with game developers in the second half of 2018, said the people, all of whom requested anonymity to discuss unannounced plans.
In his second year on-air, Romo is wonderfully unpolished. He’s probably the first announcer to reference the movie American Beauty during a game. Romo doesn’t sound like color guys who have been inhaling the instructions of producers for 20-plus years: Let the play-by-play announcer finish, then do exactly 7.5 seconds of analysis … During his 2017 rehearsals in Dallas, Romo did a lot of things wrong—talking at inappropriate times, say—and CBS producers, after some consideration, decided to let him keep going.
I was very critical of Romo as a player (to put it mildly – I thought he was good, but never worthy of all the hype, as he never really won anything), but there’s no denying that he’s very good in his new role. I think the prediction stuff is overblown, what’s great about him is how fresh his approach is – he legitimately seems to love the game, and doesn’t hide it – in the usually stodgy booth. It’s like what Monday Night Football tried to do with Dennis Miller or Tony Kornheiser, but it works.
Samsung has signaled to partners that the foldable-screen phone could be released in April, though no final decision has been made, according to people familiar with the matter. The device’s name is still being determined, with “Fold” or “Galaxy Fold,” as well as “Galaxy F” as three possibilities, the people said.
“Galaxy Fold” would actually be pretty great branding! The fact they’re even considering “Galaxy F” has to give you pause. Regardless, is there any question that the first generation of these “foldable” devices are going to be garbage? Wake me up when the Westworld tablets get here.
Of all the plastic produced since the 1950s, less than 10% has been recycled. The vast majority ends up being dumped, most of it in landfill. Some is left to litter the natural environment, where it can get into rivers and wash out into the sea (see article). The plastic-waste problem will worsen before it gets better: some 380m tonnes of the stuff are likely to be made this year. That is more than three times as much as the 120m tonnes of bitumen produced annually, most of which goes into building the world’s roads.