The Case For Holographic Concerts


I was in Las Vegas last week and managed to see two Cirque du Soleil shows. My favorite part of both shows was actually quite similar. And I suspect we’re going to see a lot more of it in the future.

In The Beatles show (more about that here), things kicked off with giant silhouettes of the band playing one of their songs. This was topped in the Michael Jackson show by a hologram of the artist performing “with” the Cirque artists.

One was great. The other was spectacular.

This begs the question: why don’t we see more of this? That is, live performances of music where holograms (or at least silhouettes) stand in for the missing performers?

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How good is air safety?

How good is air safety?

How good is air safety?


Here’s a number that should be on the front page of every major newspaper: 224. That’s how many people died–worldwide–in airline crashes last year. Around 3 billion people boarded some 35 million flights, each of them traveling over 500 miles per hour in an aluminum tube 7 miles above the earth. And only 224 died. That’s simply an incredible number.

Also, 400 people died in the United States died from falling out of bed.

Introducing Facebook Paper


Some thoughts:

Nice visual design, lots of new stuff in interaction and motion that is very much so in harmony with iOS 7.

However, if the use case is: having a more beautiful Facebook experience it’s interesting but definitely not game-changing.

We’ll see.

Paid, Paymium or Freemium?


Dan Counsell discusses three different pricing strategies for apps. Paymium: paid at first, with paid premium features. Interesting stuff.

I look at myself as an artist if anything,” Mr. Jobs said. “Sort of a trapeze artist.

In 1983, Steven Levy interviewed Steve Jobs for hours about his recent breakup and the birth of the Mac.

At some point, Levy asked Jobs what he saw himself as. To which Jobs replied “Sort of a trapeze artist”.

It’s funny that no one noticed this is the exact one liner Bob Dylan used while interviewed in Austin in 1966:

Reporter: What do you consider yourself? How would you classify yourself?

Bob Dylan: Well, I like to think of myself in terms of a trapeze artist.

Now, now, Steve, everyone is going to call you a thief again. 

Specialization might give you a temporary boost in productivity, but it comes at the expense of overall functional cohesion and shared ownership. If only Jeff can fiddle with the billing system, any change to the billing system is bottlenecked on Jeff, and who’s going to review his work on a big change?

David from 37signals shares some interesting thoughts on specialization in a startup. Everyone needs to do (at least a little bit of) everything.