The Quality of Things

As information becomes more accessible and annoying tasks become easier to accomplish through technological advances, I find myself devaluing the world around me. Despite the large effort in the 1980s to promote recycling, I believe that we still live in a throw-away culture. We get new smartphones every year, our furniture is made of pressed cardboard, and our sincere feelings of love can be summarized by typing two characters: <3. We’re making less long-lasting things in-exchange for convenience and the aura of the “brand new”. Things like real food, real friendships, and products that last longer than two years have become artisan in our instant gratification way-of-life.

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Fenway Park and Wrigley Field: 202 Years in 48 Hours

As a conference speaker for Mad*Pow, we are given our speaking schedule during the first couple months of the calendar year. The possibility of change makes it so that I rarely plan these trips until a week or two before they actually happen. My scheduled speaking gig in Chicago remained unaltered, so I began to plan things to do the week before. I had a very tight schedule and could only really do a couple of things. I decided that I had to visit the second-oldest ballpark in the United States: Wrigley Field. Luckily for me, the Cubs had one final home game for the couple of days that I was there and it was the day that I flew in. 

Once I bought my tickets, I became super excited to experience the historical landmark that is Wrigley Field. It was after reflecting on my excitement that it dawned on me: I’ve lived in Boston for four years and still haven’t gone to Fenway Park—a stadium that is two years older than Wrigley Field. With the baseball season winding down, my opinions were very limited. The only time that I could see the Red Sox play before next season would have to be the night before I left for Chicago. 

I smiled as I clicked “Buy Now”. 

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Sports Contracts for Web Workers

I don’t just like baseball—I love baseball. It combines the physical and the mental—both on and off the field. The business of baseball is heavily rooted in statistics and analysis; the performance of both players and teams can be easily calculated and ranked using very simple statistics. General Managers (GMs) will use these statistics to evaluate a team’s strengths and areas of improvement. When an area of improvement is discovered, GMs will assess the market for a player to help fill the gap to make the team better.

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Carol Kaye

In a time when vinyl was king and Beatles walked the Earth—or, more accurately, ran around while young women chased them—there existed a breed of musician that was unfamiliar to the common man. These musicians were wandering masters who perfectly executed difficult line of music before other musicians could read it. They were not marketable, they were not famous, and that’s exactly how they wanted it. Among these musical nomads was a woman named Carol Kaye, who—by accident—became known as the best studio bass player in the world. 

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Analog Sundays

The Internet is a pinnacle of man-kind that has advanced our society far more than anything that has preceded it—I’m looking at you, the wheel—by making information globally available. It has the added benefit of providing a reason to employ millions of people across the globe. If you have a typical, American 9–5 job, there’s a good chance that you have an e-mail address. E-mails sent to that address can be accessed anywhere that has a mail protocol—including our friend the WiFi fridge. Bottom line: your work can follow you everywhere.

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Automation for the Common Man

We have these tools at-hand to help our lives and we sometimes don’t take advantage of them—one said toosl is the wonderful website If This Then That. IFTTT—as it’s commonly known—allows users to take several online services and connect them together without zero coding knowledge. It’s extremely helpful in doing really mundane tasks that are important, but stuff you wish a robot could do for you. Here are some of the tasks—known on IFTTT as recipes—that I employ in my every day life.

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