A new projector

It’s time for us to get a new projector. Summer is here and it’s time for outdoor cinema!

Every summer for the past few years we watch movies with our neighbors and friends in our backyard. Seattle has some goofy weather but July and August are great; warm during the day but cool enough in the evening to wear a sweater. And it’s rarely buggy.

Our current thought is http://smile.amazon.com/Epson-Cinema-Brightness-Entertainment-Projector/dp/B00EU9V3S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433128774&sr=8-1&keywords=epson+home+cinema+730+HD

This is great – survivalists as gear reviewers

http://www.core77.com/posts/23043/why-survivalists-make-great-bag-reviewers-23043?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3a+core77%2fblog+(Core77.com%27s+design+blog)

Tip to Boing Boing of course: this is is a great way to find gear reviews. Someone really needs to figure out how to grep for this stuff from Amazon.com.

A New Chapter for Path

thepersonalnetwork:

In 2010 a small team of us set out to build a company focused on quality products that bring you a source of happiness, meaning, and connection. Five years later, Path continues to follow that simple mission primarily within communities in Southeast Asia. We have reached a tipping point on our journey and for Path to truly grow we need more resources and a larger local team that deeply understands Southeast Asian markets. That is why today we are announcing a definitive agreement under which Daum Kakao will acquire Path and Path Talk. Kong will continue to operate as part of Path, Inc.

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Path and Daum Kakao share an important core value: we both strive to better connect you to the people, places and things that are the most important to you.

What does this mean for you? Nearly everything you have come to love about Path and Path Talk will remain as is. Daum Kakao’s extensive experience in mobile innovation along with a network of millions of users will ensure continued and reliable service. Future product updates will continue to improve connecting, sharing and communicating in the Path community.

Along our journey we have celebrated some wonderful successes and learned valuable lessons. All of which have shaped Path into the product it is today. Like many social networks and consumer apps, our intent was to create a meaningful product loved and used globally. We are very proud that Path found a home with over 10 million people a month around the world.

On a personal note, thank you for all your support and feedback throughout the years. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity to serve you. I also couldn’t be more proud to be part of a team of people who created a network with happiness at its core – a personal network that brings out the best in all by fostering nearly 600M genuine friendships and 400M moments viewed per day.

I am excited to see what the future holds for Path and feel confident that Daum Kakao will take great care of the Path community.

Thank You,
Dave Morin, CEO & Co-Founder of Path, Inc.

Path was a lovely little social network. The UI was clever and well thought through. But it just couldn’t attract an audience. Good luck, I wish Facebook had hired some of the designers.

Mark Zuckerberg just dropped another $100M to protect his privacy

mostlysignssomeportents:

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Remember when Mark Zuckerberg declared that the age of privacy was over?

Well, that was before he spent $100 million on 750 acres of Kauai North
Shore plantation and beachfront, the majority of which will sit
undeveloped in order to provide a buffer between his private retreat and
the public who might want to pry into his life.

That’s in addition to the four houses he bought around his home in
Silicon Valley, which sit empty, providing an exclusion zone that
protects him against prying eyes.

Then there was the time he flipped out
because his sister screwed up her (deliberately over-complicated and
difficult-to-understand) Facebook privacy settings and shared a photo of
a private family moment.

When Mark Zuckerberg (or Eric Schmidt) declares privacy to be dead,
they’re not making an observation, they’re making a wish. What they mean
is, “If your privacy was dead, I would be richer.”

The best use for Facebook is to teach people why they should leave Facebook.

Read the rest…

Well dang, that was my dream. There goes the neighborhood.

What Sony and Spotify’s secret deal really looks like

mostlysignssomeportents:

The nitty-gritty details of Sony’s deal with Spotify paint a picture
of a very lopsided negotiation indeed, with Sony commanding an
unbelievable “most favored nation” status from the streaming music
provider that entitles it to top-up payments to match other labels whose
music is more popular on the service.

The Verge obtained and published a copy of the contract – possibly from the Sony email dump
– but subsequently removed it after a copyright complaint (presumably
from Sony, though it’s possible that Spotify, or law-firms working for
either company, could have asserted copyright in the documents).

The copyright complaint is at least as eyebrow raising as anything in
the contract. Copyright is only attracted to creative, not factual or
functional works, meaning that any copyright in the contract will be
“thin.” In addition, there are strong, recent precedents for the idea that posting entire newsworthy documents for the purpose of discussion and criticism is fair use.

Digital Music Review has called for copies from anyone who may have saved them.

Even without the contract itself, there’s one clear conclusion from the
details revealed in the article: the labels do not lack for revenue from
the streaming music companies. If artists are getting shafted on
payouts for streams of their music – and it’s clear that they are –
it’s because the labels are screwing them, not because the streaming
companies aren’t paying out.

Read the rest…

What?!? Record labels don’t pass through the money the get from streaming companies? Who could have suspected.

The DNA of Dropping Out

The DNA of Dropping Out

Want Your Car To Talk To Your Nest Thermostat? Now It Can
MARK WILSON, fastcodesign.com

Available today: an app store for your car.

Automatic is a $100 accessory that plugs into any car made after 1996. Sync it to your iPhone or Android device, and it allows you to see otherwise hidden information inside your car’s computer. Automa…

This is fun. Next up, imagine not needing to see a mechanic on a schedule but when something really goes wrong.