🤠 Newsletter - Issue #5 - June 2020

Musings on the future of art, technology, & culture.

June 16, 2020

📰 News

💻 Online events suck and we all know it

🤯 How does it feel to be in the middle of the biggest psychological experiment in history?

📈 A founder's story of how his project got acquired in 6 months

🖤 Powerful piece on Black art inspired and produced by a 'Trayvon Generation'

🗡️ Talk about biting the hand that feeds...Amazon uses its sellers' data to private-label competing products

Tesla was not a car, but he was a machine

🌑 Taika Waititi deserves his Star Wars debut

🔮 The Vice Guide to 2030

🍺 "When John and Leo started The Chive, their goal was to create a curated website for viral content that they could eventually sell to The Onion. (They tried, too, offering themselves up for $300,000. The Onion flatly refused.)"

🪑 Documentary: Chair Times, A History of Seating – From 1800 to Today

🌀 Forget pandemic, here's 9 other disasters that experts don't think we're ready for

👾 Wired profile on the 25 year old hacker who saved the internet from WannaCry, but still got arrested

🌎 Here's a great piece from Packy McCormick's Not Boring newsletter on the difference between Shotcallers & Worldbuilders, followed by Worldconnectors, and how it all connects to defining the future

🧠 Mental Model of the Month: Commitment and Consistency Bias

✏️ How to write and what to write about by Ava Huang

🤔 Here's an interactive graph showing when the Simpsons predicted the future

💫 I've been doing a lot of reading into developing paid communities and thought I'd share a few resources: Dru Riley's Trends #0014 — Paid Communities, The New Model Media Star Is Famous Only to You by NYT, 2PM's Open Letter to Creators, How to Create an Online Community That People Will Pay For by HBR

📺 30 Companies Defining the Future of Media & Pop Culture by Trends

🕳️ "So often to achieve while black, is to also stand alone while black."

📱 Is the next coming of social products upon us or is it all just pandemic smoke?

👻 Speaking of social: Snap is low-key killing it

🥤 Houseparty was just a few years too early, an idea repeatedly lost and found, but here's an insider look on what happen

💸 Robinhood & Millennials: "It is about giving more people a feeling of access to the means that might someday rocket them into the top 1%, too."

🕹️ Products

MailThis - Send mail from your computer

Untools - Collection of thinking tools and frameworks for problem solving

Jukebox - A neural net that generates music by OpenAI

Bookshop - Support your local bookshop

Nookazon - Amazon, but for Animal Crossing

Harpoon - Time-tracking and billing

Readup - Track your reading

Distance Disco - A digital matchmaking dance party

Daily.co - API to add video chat to any app or site, in minutes

Faire - Online wholesale for stores

Got Your Back - Artsy Zoom backgrounds

🎧 Music

Gorillaz - Friday 13th ft. Octavian

N*E*R*D - Provider

Buscabulla - Vámono


Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - 1985

Pop Smoke - Make It Rain ft. Rowdy Rebel

Aminé - Riri

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