subtle as a sledgehammer

welcome to the warm cocoon of validation

(Suggested listening for this edition of EGTttHoBPYNK)

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Oh buddies,

If you publish things online with any regularity, you understand how easy it is to become addicted to the instant feedback of the Web and its warm cocoon of validation. Everyone knows people who are hooked beyond repair — the bro who never had a thought he didn’t Tweet, the newsletter-writing news junkies, the Insta-braggers and thirst trappers.

That feeling — “I MADE THIS THING FOR YOU, INTERNET, PLEASE REACT IMMEDIATELY” — can make analog media’s slow publishing times feel arcane and and pointless. This week I participated in a TV documentary that won’t air until at least December (which I’m told is “an aggressive timeline”), taped a video show that won’t air till the summer, and filed three magazine articles for WIRED’s June issue. By the time they are published I’ll have long forgotten about them. But it feels good to have a few projects stored in the bank. And to inject a little delayed gratification into my life, giving me time to get some distance from the work and, I dunno, ~reflect~ on it before mindlessly moving on.

Now, from the department of I MADE THIS THING FOR YOU, INTERNET, PLEASE REACT TO IT:

Why is the SoftBank Vision Fund going big on real estate?

I Feel Everything: Soul-Searching at TED’s Inspiration Assembly Line

~mindlessly moving on~

Important Business Matters

Startup everyone’s into: Vending machines that spit out short stories.

Startup everyone’s over: TurboTax is an evil parasite.

Reason to go on living: Greg Coffey and Louis Bacon finally found a way to work together, to the delight of breakfast lovers everywhere.

Reason to give up on life: Ugh, the Mooch is now hosting sugar daddy parties?

Latest crush: Janelle Monae’s subtle-as-a-sledgehammer pants.

Also Bey’s attention to detail and Briyonce (click through to watch the video and experience an ever-fleeting moment of pure and simple joy):

Briyonce@imbriyonce

If you thought I was about to sit here, learn choreo & dance like I’m one of Beyoncé's backup dancer... YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!😂👌🏾🔥#BeyChella pic.twitter.com/157vovRFjG

April 18, 2018
Latest heartbreak: Morgan Stanley, the trader who works at Morgan Stanley, got a new job. :(

Latest thing the kids are into: Swiping right for inequality.

Latest thing the 12-year-olds are into: Getting Crypto CEO jobs.

Latest thing the olds are into: Their adult children’s taxes, according to resident millennial trend piece troll, WSJ.

Latest thing the brands are into: Selling you products to ward off the Sunday Scaries.

Latest thing the Florida Man is into: Making a mere 97 MILLION robo-calls.

Latest / Lifelong nightmare: Getting locked in the bar overnight like this guy.

lol nothing matters

How did crypto HODLers handle their taxes?

current status, expressed by stock photography:

“love 2 do my taxes”

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