The Flash Time Capsule

When a new technology hits the scene, I struggle to recall the old guard. What did I do before my Nokia? Take the exit and find a pay phone at a nearby gas station? Before a pilot flipped the first inflight WiFi switch on, how did travelers function on cross-Atlantic flights? I imagined the world […]

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Spinning Vinyl

Did you have a mullet and live in the cassette era? Do you remember the ribbon falling off the track? Crinkled? Did you pull the brittle rainbow out, stick your finger through the plastic wheel, and turn baby turn? Growing up, cassette tapes possessed a magical quality. You could record your voice, play the recording […]

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Text Based Games

I'm reading The Impossible Fortress (check out a review here). It's a throwback to the glorious 80s. The neighborhood gang. Vanna White (apparently, she still rakes in eight million annually on Wheel of Fortune). Commodore computers. And text based games. It made me think back to those Choose Your Own Adventure style games. You had […]

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Death of the Mechanic

Today, a John Deere tractor self drives using a satellite feed, understands the optimal depth to plant a seed, and predicts part failure before it happens. With these technological advances, business models are challenged. Lock-in happens. When I was a kid, my dad preached about knowing every square inch of your vehicle. Change tires. Swap […]

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Walkie Talkie and Netflix Originals

On a bike ride with the kid it tow, I was having a debate about Netflix originals. “Dad, I can’t think of a good Netflix original,” he said. To the company’s defense, I cried out, “What about Stranger Things?” I forget, he hasn’t seen it yet. When pushed to describe the setting, I told him it was around […]

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Was it Worth It?

I read through this article about what Palmer Luckey is doing next. In typical J-school fashion, it really doesn’t say. When he sold Oculus Rift to FaceBook, here were the reasons cited for the sale in corporate jargon: “Partnering with Mark and the Facebook team is a unique and powerful opportunity. The partnership accelerates our […]

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