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Shawshank Still Earning Money

The Shawshank Residuals says:

Twenty years after it was released and flopped, "The Shawshank Redemption" has turned in a money machine.

"Shawshank" was an underwhelming box-office performer when it hit theaters 20 years ago this September, but then it began to redeem itself, finding an audience on home video and later becoming a fixture on cable TV.

The film has taken a near-mystical hold on viewers that shows no sign of abating. Steven Spielberg once told the film's writer-director Frank Darabont that he had made "a chewing-gum movie—if you step on it, it sticks to your shoe," says Mr. Darabont, who went on to create "The Walking Dead" for AMC.

If you ask my 11-year-old daughter what her favorite movie is… she'll tell you it's Shawshank Redemption.

Of course, I've skipped "The Sisters Scene" every time we've watched it…

Mule Radio Closes

Mule Radio closes. The loss of The Talk Show hurt them quite a bit, I think, just as gaining it helped them quite a bit.

P.S. I thought it was just "Talk Show" but even Gruber's site says "THE" on it.

Gruber on Beats Management

Not sure why anyone is surprised by this arrangement. Cue has long run Apple’s entertainment/iTunes stuff, and that’s where Beats Music clearly fits. As for the hardware reporting to Phil Schiller, that’s a little less obvious, but makes sense: what Beats needs as an Apple subsidiary is product marketing, a replacement for Ammunition, the firm that previously handled this for Beats.

The weirdest part of this whole thing to me is the idea of Apple acting as a parent company to an independent subsidiary brand. But with Beats Music that might make sense: Cook told the Financial Times’s Tim Bradshaw today that Beats Music will remain available for Android and Windows.

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Apple Buys Beats

Apple Buys Beats. Why? I don't know.

Apple today announced it has agreed to acquire the critically acclaimed subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, speakers and audio software. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple is acquiring the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

“I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple,” said Jimmy Iovine. “The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”

The New Apple

Meet the New Apple and
What Steve Jobs Wouldn't Have Done are both two good articles that look at the changes in Apple since the passing of Steve Jobs.

But the big story — and the big picture — is that Apple seems to have come out of deep freeze. It feels light, like it’s moving forward. Like the cobwebs have brushed aside, and things are going to get fun again. Everything we saw at WWDC’s keynote points to a very interesting next few months for Apple — a period that will undoubtedly come into deep focus around the fall, when the company tends to roll out its major hardware updates. But unlike previous events, which have felt painfully predictable and iterative in the past couple of years, the next move Apple makes should be surprising. If the software and platform work that we saw at the keynote on Monday is any indication, the kind of apps and hardware that follow it aren’t just going to be business as usual.

Reclining Seats on an Airplane

Do you recline your seat on an airplane?
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Setting a Contact’s Default Address in Apple Mail

Setting a Contact’s Default Address in Apple Mail. It shouldn't be this hard.

Amazon Continues to Behave Poorly

Amazon’s Tactics Confirm Its Critics' Worst Suspicions

But the more basic problem here is that Amazon is violating its own code. To win a corporate battle, Amazon is ruining its customer experience. Mr. Bezos has long pointed to customer satisfaction as his North Star; making sure customers are treated well is the guiding principle for how he runs Amazon.

Yet Apple was the one that was taken to court…

Getting More out of LaunchBar

I probably use about 10% of LaunchBar, but I'm bookmarking these here to read up on how I can do more:

Kickstarter Wallets

If you've ever wondered why there are so many wallets on Kickstarter, they've published an article on that.

Wallets are a perennial around here: one of a handful of products you’ll consistently see at least two or three of on the site, well on their way to being funded, any time you look. Minimalist wallets, leather billfolds, elastic card-holders, carbon-fiber money clips, CNC-machined metal wallets, wallets made out of everything from superlight Tyvek to fabric from vintage men’s ties. (The ties were Laura Skelton’s idea: her Jetsam wallet was the first ever funded on Kickstarter.) There are enough wallets that while we were working on this article, Businessweek called us up to ask about them, and published this.

FWIW, I'm still very happy with my MoneyClamp clip/wallet.

Working from Home

Working from Home:

The main problem you’ll encounter when working from home is… well, you. We need constraints in order to reinforce productive behaviour. The idea of a work ethic goes out the window for most people when no-one is looking over your shoulder. Some people can just work diligently, regardless of whether anyone is checking up on them. That’s fantastic. Most of us, however, need some help.

Slacking off (regularly) when working from home is always self-defeating. Either the boss will notice and stop you working from home (or fire you), or if you’re the boss, you’ll suffer everything from shame to the collapse of your business. The secret to working from home is to work, and the secret to working is to have enforced boundaries.

I do a pretty good job of this, though I can always get better.

If you think working from home is easy, then you've probably never run your own business from home. I'm sometimes (only sometimes) envious of the people who can "leave work at work." When your work is right upstairs, or on your lap, you can never really get away from it unless you leave your home. And even then, it's tough, with iPhones and texting and whatnot.

P.S. Self Control may come in handy as well. But it's also somewhat dangerous if you don't know how to edit your /etc/hosts and ipfw lists.

Gyroscopic Precession

Very well done video. The bike tire example is nicely done.

So What’s the Question?

Irrational? What's the question? I don't see it.

Also, I don't think "being offended by something in which you don't believe" is the proper framing of the situation. Would Christians be offended if instead of "under God" was replaced by "under Buddha" or "under Allah"? Probably, and justifiably so.

P.S. I don't consider myself an atheist.

The Importance of Defensive Driving

Don't assume that everyone else is going to drive properly. Others make mistakes, but you can avoid accidents by driving defensively.

Smart ED Acceleration

One gear = no shifting.

I've roasted my fair share of "fast" cars within a city block…