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26 Aug 03:59

Rami Malek Filming “Mr. Robot” in Manhattan

by Tom and Lorenzo

No matter what else happens in the world, it’s nice to know Elliot still has his iconic hoodie.

 

We’d swear this one was an upgrade, though.

This is the paragraph where we sum up what happened last season and then talk about how excited we are for the new season. Pretend we inserted all sorts of relevant information here. Because if we’re being honest about it, we have to admit we were so confused by the end of last season that we’re not sure we could string together more than ten words of summary. On the other hand, after re-reading over our review of the finale, we think we might be a bit more open to a more surreal/supernatural turn, as the show had hinted. Blame it on Twin Peaks: The Return re-calibrating our TV settings. We’re a bit more open to weirdness in 2017, for a whole bunch of reasons.

 

[Photo Credit: Jose Perez/startraksphoto.com]

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15 Jun 23:14

Stack Overflow Survey: Developers Who Use Spaces Make More Money Than Those Who Use Tabs

by John Gruber

David Robinson, writing for Stack Overflow:

There were 28,657 survey respondents who provided an answer to tabs versus spaces and who considered themselves a professional developer (as opposed to a student or former programmer). Within this group, 40.7% use tabs and 41.8% use spaces (with 17.5% using both). Of them, 12,426 also provided their salary.

Analyzing the data leads us to an interesting conclusion. Coders who use spaces for indentation make more money than ones who use tabs, even if they have the same amount of experience.

As a devout user of tabs, I find this hard to believe. Jiminy. This is like finding out that people who move their lips while they read make more money.

Peter Bright’s reaction:

Developers who use tabs to indent their code, developers who fight for truth and justice and all that is good in the world, those developers have a median salary of $43,750.

But developers who use spaces to indent their code, developers who side with evil and probably spend all day kicking kittens and punching puppies? Their median salary is $59,140.

11 Apr 05:07

★ The Swiss Watch Industry Should Double Down on Mechanical Watches

by John Gruber
krishoward

Agree. I bought myself a mechanical Swiss watch for my 40th, and I love it!

Jean-Louis Gassée penned a good column a few weeks ago on the Swatch Group making their own watch OS:

Nick Hayek’s father triumphed against Japanese quartz watch makers by playing on his own turf. Trying to defeat the established smartwatch players by playing their game won’t work. Is there something in Swatch Group’s culture that predisposes it to be competitive with Google and Apple software engineers?

Just as Nokia should have embraced Android in 2010, riding on its proven combination of Design, Supply Chain, and Carrier Distribution prowess to keep a leading role in the smartphone revolution, Swatch could use its native — but circumscribed — cultural and technical skills to create beautiful, fun smartwatches … that run on Google’s software. But just like Nokia’s culture and success prevented it from seizing the Android moment, similar factors will keep Swatch from being a powerful player in the smartwatch world.

I agree. If the Swatch Group wants to make smartwatches, they should almost certainly go with Android Wear, and they’re almost certainly doomed with their pre-announced homegrown OS. And it’s crazy that even if they succeed at creating their own OS, that they think it won’t need frequent updates and bug fixes. That’s not how computer platforms work, and make no mistake, smartwatches are computer platforms.

But I think the Swiss watch industry would do well to stick to their mechanical guns. They should leave it to computerized gadgeteers to make smartwatches, and focus on making mechanical watches that stand the test of time (no pun intended). I love computers (duh), but I find mechanical watches to be a source of joy, a bulwark against the ever-encroaching computerization of everything.

The bread and butter for high-end watch companies are aficionados who own multiple watches. Almost no one uses multiple smartwatches. People might have old ones in a drawer, but just as with with phones, it’s only convenient to have one smartwatch in active use at a time. Apple knows this: that’s why they made it so easy to swap straps — multiple looks for variety, but just one watch. For watch fans who actually do want multiple watches and a smartwatch, every watch other than their one smartwatch is likely to be a mechanical.

I don’t think the Swiss watch industry has a chance of out-computer-engineering Apple. Instead they should focus on what they’ve always done: designing and making great mechanical watches — creating a breath of analog fresh air in an ever-more-digitized world.

01 Feb 01:19

Diversity guarantees our cultural survival

by Shaun Usher


In November of 1993, a week after the death of celebrated Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, the New York Times published an article by Bruce Weber in which he made clear his impatience with the supposedly opaque, perplexing movies of directors like Fellini. One person who read the piece was Martin Scorsese--he responded by letter.

(Source: New York Times; Photo: Scorsese in 2006, via Peabody Awards on Flickr.)

The Letter
New York,
19 Nov 1993

To the Editor:

“Excuse Me; I Must Have Missed Part of the Movie” (The Week in Review, 7 November) cites Federico Fellini as an example of a filmmaker whose style gets in the way of his storytelling and whose films, as a result, are not easily accessible to audiences. Broadening that argument, it includes other artists: Ingmar Bergman, James Joyce, Thomas Pynchon, Bernardo Bertolucci, John Cage, Alain Resnais and Andy Warhol.

It’s not the opinion I find distressing, but the underlying attitude toward artistic expression that is different, difficult or demanding. Was it necessary to publish this article only a few days after Fellini’s death? I feel it’s a dangerous attitude, limiting, intolerant. If this is the attitude toward Fellini, one of the old masters, and the most accessible at that, imagine what chance new foreign films and filmmakers have in this country.

It reminds me of a beer commercial that ran a while back. The commercial opened with a black and white parody of a foreign film—obviously a combination of Fellini and Bergman. Two young men are watching it, puzzled, in a video store, while a female companion seems more interested. A title comes up: “Why do foreign films have to be so foreign?” The solution is to ignore the foreign film and rent an action-adventure tape, filled with explosions, much to the chagrin of the woman.

It seems the commercial equates “negative” associations between women and foreign films: weakness, complexity, tedium. I like action-adventure films too. I also like movies that tell a story, but is the American way the only way of telling stories?

The issue here is not “film theory,” but cultural diversity and openness. Diversity guarantees our cultural survival. When the world is fragmenting into groups of intolerance, ignorance and hatred, film is a powerful tool to knowledge and understanding. To our shame, your article was cited at length by the European press.

The attitude that I’ve been describing celebrates ignorance. It also unfortunately confirms the worst fears of European filmmakers.

Is this closed-mindedness something we want to pass along to future generations?

If you accept the answer in the commercial, why not take it to its natural progression:

Why don’t they make movies like ours?
Why don’t they tell stories as we do?
Why don’t they dress as we do?
Why don’t they eat as we do?
Why don’t they talk as we do?
Why don’t they think as we do?
Why don’t they worship as we do?
Why don’t they look like us?

Ultimately, who will decide who “we” are?

—Martin Scorsese
29 Jan 23:02

What’s the Current State of Music Streaming Services?

by Victor Luckerson
krishoward

After trialing Spotify, Play Music, and Apple Music, I stuck with Spotify. Discover Weekly works brilliantly for discovery for me.

You thought picking the right streaming service was going to get simpler? You thought wrong.

Continue reading on The Ringer »

29 Jan 22:59

The Insecurity of the Trump Administration

by Kate Knibbs

With revelations about unprotected email and Twitter accounts, the White House’s approach to operational security is cause for alarm

Continue reading on The Ringer »

09 Aug 01:07

#PadsAgainstSexism: Q&A with Elona Kastrati

You may have seen this picture before. Elona Kastrati’s guerrilla campaign, #padsagainstsexism, was a viral hit on the internet this year. We were intrigued that a German teenager from Karlsruhe fueled a worldwide outcry for gender equality (on pads!), so we reached out to find out more and share her story. 

When did you initially get inspired to speak out on feminist issues? Why did you choose to put your messages on pads?

I once saw a destroyed pad that was sticking on a window in Kreuzberg in Berlin, and I had an intense response. I was wondering why. Instead of not bothering, I was captivated and I asked myself: “why do you feel provoked by a maxi pad?” And that was what motivated me. I realized I should be doing more, so I thought about this for a month, especially about how negatively menstruation is viewed in society. 

The message: “Imagine if men were as disgusted with rape as they are with periods” got the largest reaction. How can we change the way we talk about and deal with rape?

I believe the most important thing is to make sure victims of rape never feel blamed. 

How have people reacted to the pads around Karlsruhe? Was there any negative reaction?

One of the most extreme response was someone telling me: “I will rape you to death.” Or the other day, someone asked me: “Would it be sexist if I felt strange about ‘you’ talking about your periods? Why can’t you just let it be?” There were a lot of different responses. Some asked me not to be so hysterical, others said I should stop whining. The most extreme were death threats.

What was the most positive feedback?

The most positive was that people glued pads with their own messages on different places in the world. That was amazing because everybody could speak about their own experiences. I don’t know what it feels like for women in India or Mexico, for instance. I can only talk about my experiences in Germany and Kosovo, because these are the cultures I was raised in. Some friends saw pads all around Dresden, Hamburg, Heidelberg and Freiburg.

Why is the period such a taboo?

The vagina is an object of lust. The thought that blood might come out of it destroys pictures in peoples’ heads, I think. I try to talk as bluntly as possible about this. There will always be someone who’ll say: “Ew, stop saying that. Stop destroying my idea of the vagina.”

What will you do next?

I’m not really sure yet. I recently bought a vegan menstrual cup and I’m ecstatic about it. Maybe I will do something with them. No pressure, though. I didn’t stress myself with #padsagainstsexism either. Everything was pretty spontaneous and I want to keep it that way. Everything that happens under pressure is forced and it loses its artistic meaning.

Word. To see more from Elona, follow her on Instagram.

19 Jul 00:42

Trailer for the Sherlock Christmas special

by Jason Kottke

With the pace of the excellent Sherlock series slowing down a bit because of scheduling (Cumberbatch, Freeman, Moffat, and Gatiss are increasingly busy), they still somehow found time to shoot a Christmas special that will air in December 2015. Here's a short teaser scene:

Tags: Sherlock   Sherlock Holmes   trailers   TV   video
19 Jul 00:35

Peggy Olsen x Drake

by Jason Kottke

Clips of Peggy Olsen from Mad Men set to Drake's Started From the Bottom.

(via av club)

Tags: Drake   Mad Men   music   remix   video
10 Jul 23:19

A Most Important Discovery

by Shaun Usher
On March 19th of 1953, weeks before it was announced to the public, scientist Francis Crick excitedly wrote a letter to his son and told him of one of the most important scientific developments of modern times: his co-discovery of the “beautiful” structure of DNA, the molecule responsible for carrying the genetic instructions of living organisms; or, as Crick explained it to 12-year-old Michael, “the basic copying mechanism by which life comes from life.” Although DNA was isolated back in the 1860s by Friedrich Miescher, its now-famous double-helix structure wasn’t correctly modelled until the early 1950s by Crick and his colleague, James Watson, thanks in no small part to work already done by Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin, and Raymond Gosling. In 1962, Crick, Watson and Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize for their efforts.

In April of 2013, this letter became the most expensive in history after being sold at auction for $5.3million.

(Source: The Letters of Note book - reprinted by permission of the family of Francis H. C. Crick.)









Transcript

19 Portugal Place
Cambridge

19 March ‘53

My Dear Michael,

    Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery. We have built a model for the structure of dex-oxi-ribose-nucleic-acid (read it carefully) called D.N.A. for short. You may remember that the genes of the chromosomes — which carry the hereditary factors — are made up of protein and D.N.A.
    Our structure is very beautiful. D.N.A. can be thought of roughly as a very long chain with flat bits sticking out. The flat bits are called the “bases”. The formula is rather like this.

|
               sugar —— base
|
       phosphorus
|
              sugar —— base
|
      phosphorus
|
             sugar —— base
|
     phosphorus
:
   and so on.

Now we have two of these chains winding round each other — each one is a helix — and the chain, made up sugar and phosphorus, is on the outside, and the bases are all on the inside. I can’t draw it very well, but it looks like this.

[diagram of the double helix]

The model looks much nicer than this.
    Now the exciting thing is that while there are 4 different bases, we find we can only put certain pairs of them together. The bases have names. They are Adenine, Guanine, Thymine & Cytosine. I will call them A, G, T and C. Now we find that the pairs we can make — which have one base from one chain joined to one base from another — are only

       A with T
and  G with C.

Now on one chain, as far as we can see, one can have the bases in any order, but if their order is fixed, then the order on the other chain is also fixed. For example, suppose the
first chain goes ↓ then the second must go

A - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - T
T - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A
C - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -G
A - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - T
G - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -C
T - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A
T - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A

It is like a code. If you are given one set of letters you can write down the orders.
Now we believe that the D.N.A. is a code. That is, the order of the bases (the letters) makes one gene different from another gene (just as one page of print is different from another). You can now see how Nature makes copies of the genes. Because if the two chains unwind into two separate chains, and if each chain then makes another chain come together on it, then because A always goes with T, and G with C, we shall get two copies where we had one before.
For example

A — T
T — A
C — G
A — T
G — C
T — A
T — A

chains
↙ separate ↘
A T
T A
C G
A T
G C
T A
T A

new chains form

A — T                             T — A
T — A                             A — T
C — G                             G — C
A — T                              T — A
G — C                              C — G
T — A                              A — T
T — A                              A — T

In others words we think we have found the basic copying mechanism by which life comes from life. The beauty of our model is that the shape of it is such that only these pairs can go together, though they could pair up in other ways if they were floating about freely. You can understand that we are very excited. We have to have a letter off to Nature in a day or so.
    Read this carefully so that you understand it. When you come home we will show you the model.

Lots of love,
              Daddy


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25 Jun 22:26

Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

by Jason Kottke

Antidote Book

"Success through failure, calm through embracing anxiety..." This book sounds perfect for me. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman.

Self-help books don't seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth -- even if you can get it -- doesn't necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy. We can't even agree on what "happiness" means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way?

Looking both east and west, in bulletins from the past and from far afield, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual group of people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hardheaded business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that in our personal lives, and in society at large, it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. And that there is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty -- the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is the intelligent person's guide to understanding the much-misunderstood idea of happiness.

I learned about the book from Tyler Cowen, who notes:

[Burkeman] is one of the best non-fiction essay writers, and he remains oddly underrated in the United States. It is no mistake to simply buy his books sight unseen. I think of this book as "happiness for grumps."

Given Cowen's recent review of Inside Out, I wonder if [slight spoilers ahoy!] he noticed the similarity of Joy's a-ha moment w/r/t to Sadness at the end of the film to the book's "alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty". Mmmm, zeitgeisty!

Tags: books   Inside Out   movies   Oliver Burkeman   The Antidote   Tyler Cowen
04 Jun 23:06

New in Clue: Accounts for Everyone

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Does this sound familiar? You wake up and track in your Clue app on your iPad that you’re feeling happy. Then when you get to work, you want to log some cramps - but you only have your Android phone with you. Up until now, you’d have to enter them separately.

Today’s update changes that - now, everyone has accounts.

You can now create an account in Clue with an email and password that you can use to log in on any device, iOS or Android - or even both at once. Your data will sync seamlessly between platforms.

Clue on iOS | Clue on Android

This is also our first step toward sharing your cycle data with another person - if you want to give a partner, friend or relative access to your Clue login, they will also be able to view and update your account on their device (but we’re working on an even better version of this soon…)

If you create an Account in Clue, your data will be backed up securely on our servers, providing peace of mind if something happens to your device or if you change phones.

You can read more about our approach to data and your privacy on our Privacy Page.

And of course, you can still use Clue without an account if you prefer (but if you do, remember you data will only be stored locally on your device, so please use another backup method!)

We’re thrilled to launch our new accounts feature, and we hope it makes using Clue an even better experience for you. If you have any feedback or questions, you can always reach us at support@helloclue.com, on Facebook or on Twitter.

13 May 00:26

The Art of the Panel

by Guy Kawasaki

At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too.

A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less air time.

This is what to do if you want to be the person everyone comes up to talk to after a panel:

  • Know the subject. If you’re invited to a panel about a subject that you don’t know, decline the invitation. I don’t care how wonderful the opportunity seems to be. If you can help it, never provide a way for people to learn that you’re clueless.
  • Control your introduction. The first mistake that most panelists make is assuming that the moderator has an up-to-date and accurate bio. The moderator either knows nothing about you or has done a cursory Google search and found a bio that is incorrect. Therefore, before the panel starts, hand the moderator a three-sentence bio and ask her to read it verbatim.
  • Speak up. The optimal distance between your lips and the microphone is one inch. This is because you’re sitting down, you’re hunched over, and you’re not projecting. So get close to the mike and speak up. Make love to the microphone.
  • Entertain, don’t just inform. As in keynotes, your primary goal is to entertain, not inform. The funnier you are, the more people will think you’re smart because it takes intelligence to be funny. I’d go so far as to pick a friendly fight with the moderator or another panelist. Have fun.
  • Tell the truth, especially when the truth is obvious. If you’re lucky the moderator will try to provoke you with tough questions. This is good thing because it provides an opportunity to be (a) funny and (b) a straight shooter. “The truth will get you glee.” If everybody knows the truth, don’t try to lie. It would be far better to say, “I take the Fifth Amendment.” At least that will get a laugh.
  • Answer the question that’s posed, but don’t limit yourself to it. When asked a question, answer it as quickly as possible, but then feel free to take the conversation in the direction you want it to go. For example, let’s say that the moderator asks, “Do you think smart phones will get viruses soon?” It’s okay to answer, “Yes, I think this is an issue, but the real issue is the lack of good cell phone coverage,” if that’s what you want to talk about.
  • Be plain, simple, and short. Let’s assume you are on a panel of experts. Let’s further assume the moderator is an expert. The moderator asks a question. You direct your answer to her and to the other panelists—all experts, so you launch into an alphabet soup, acronym du jour response. Big mistake. The audience is the audience, not the moderator, nor the panelists. Reduce the most complex and technical issues to something plain, simple, and short, and you’ll stand out.
  • Fake interest. This may be one of the hardest aspects of a panel. Let’s say the other panelists are in the middle of a long, boring, jargon-filled response. The temptation is to check email or resist looking bored. Don’t do it. Fake rapt interest because the moment you look bored, a photographer is going to snap a picture or the cameraman is going to put your face on the fifty-foot screen.
  • Never look at the moderator. The moderator is a proxy for the audience. When you answer, look at the audience because the audience doesn’t want to see the side of your head. (FYI, a good moderator will not make eye contact with you—forcing you to look away from him and toward the audience.)
  • Never say, “I agree with the previous panelist.” A moderator will often ask everyone on a panel to answer the same question. If you’re not the first to reply, there’s a temptation to say, “I agree with what my colleague just said…” That’s a dumbass response. Come up with something different, or, say, “I think that question has been answered. For the audience’s sake, let’s move on.”

This post is a tiny part of Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, The Art of the Start 2.0. Read it and reap…

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12 May 05:44

Cumin & Coriander Lamb Stir-Fry

by Worker Bee

Lamb Stirfry 3Stir-fries are a perfect weeknight meal. A stir-fry has meat, it has veggies, and everything is sautéed quickly in the same skillet (or wok). But when your stir-fry starts tasting the same, week after week, it’s easy to get bored. One simple way to change-up your standard stir-fry is to skip beef, pork and chicken and go for lamb instead.

It’s funny that lamb is rarely used in stir-fries because it’s really very good. Lamb tastes great with most Asian-inspired marinades and sauces, and it’s also really delicious if you want a whole new kind of stir-fry, one flavored by toasted cumin and coriander seeds, the warm heat of Sichuan peppercorns and fresh, cool herbs.

Besides offering variety and great flavor, grass fed lamb is near perfect meat, containing all 8 essential amino acids, several B vitamins, niacin, zinc, iron and lots of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Here in the US, lamb is often overlooked at the meat counter or saved for a special occasion. But this lamb stir-fry recipe shows how easy it is to work lamb into a regular weeknight meal: slice it thinly, season it, and throw it in a hot skillet for just a few minutes. Other easy-to-make and easy to love lamb meals are harissa lamb chops, lamb meatballs, and lamb stew.

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

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  • 1 1/3 pounds boneless leg of lamb, cut into very thin strips (600 g)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds (10 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (5 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns (5 ml)
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt (2.5 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil, divided (45 ml)
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar (10 ml)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro (80 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint (30 ml)

Instructions:

Heat cumin and coriander seeds and peppercorns in a skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Let cool, then transfer to a spice grinder/coffee grinder to very finely chop (or use a chef knife).

Mix the spices with 1 tablespoon/15 ml coconut oil (or olive oil) and the garlic and salt. Rub the mixture all over the lamb slices.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until the pan is really hot. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Once the oil is hot, cook the lamb in two batches so the pan isn’t overcrowded, adding more coconut oil for the second batch if needed. Each batch of meat should be nicely browned on both sides in little more than 4 minutes.

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Transfer the lamb to a serving platter and set aside. Add the carrots and red onion to the skillet. Add more oil if needed. Cook until onions are just getting soft, about 5 minutes.

Add the bell pepper. Cook a few minutes more.

Add the lamb back to the skillet. Drizzle in the red wine vinegar. Cook just a minute or two until the vinegar cooks off the meat is heated.

Add cilantro and mint before serving.

stir fry

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12 May 00:46

Mushroom Ragù

by Daniel Gritzer
Mushroom Ragù
This deeply flavorful sauce, made from both fresh and dry mushrooms, tomatoes, white wine, and aromatic vegetables, is so hearty, you won't believe it contains no meat. It's delicious on pasta or polenta. Get Recipe!
05 May 12:56

How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

by Guy Kawasaki

In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue.

For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.

Holding yourself to a mass-scaling test in the early days is a mistake—putting the proverbial horse before the cart. This is akin to wondering if you should start a restaurant because it may be impossible to scale the perfectionism of an executive chef for multiple locations.

How about first ensuring that people within in a twenty-mile radius like the food before working about scaling the restaurant? That is, see if the business will work at all. For example, a company that I advise called Tutor Universe provides tutoring service via smartphones. Think of it as “Uber for tutoring.”

The long-term plan was that students could ask questions about any topic and receive help in under fifteen minutes. However, in the beginning, a critical mass of tutors for every subject didn’t yet exist. Many startups face just such a chicken-or-egg challenge: if you had enough tutors, you’d attract enough students. If you had enough students, you’d attract enough tutors.

What do you do when you’re faced with this kind of challenge? The answer is simple: you cheat! You use your own employees to answer questions and hire tutors in the Philippines (highly educated, English speaking, and cheap) until you can reach a critical mass of a marketplace. Skeptics and inexperienced entrepreneurs might object: you can’t scale if you have to use employees or hire tutors because they are too expensive.

This might be true, but it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you establish three key points:

  • You can get the word out
  • Students are willing to install an app
  • They will pay for help.

Your priority, in short, is proving that people will use your product at all. If they won’t, then it won’t matter if you can’t scale. If they will, then you will figure out a way to scale. I’ve never seen a startup die because it couldn’t scale fast enough. I’ve seen hundreds of startups die because people refused to embrace their product.

This post is a tiny part of Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, The Art of the Start 2.0. Read it and reap…

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27 Apr 22:05

How to Pick Advisors

by Guy Kawasaki

Once upon a time there were two engineering PhDs who were clueless about how to start a company. All they knew how to do was code. They were so desperate for money and adult supervision that when an experienced businessperson showed interest and offered to help raise money, they, in their own words, “followed him like dogs.”

However, this adult didn’t know much about tech startups and caused them to make many mistakes in legal and financial matters. They parted ways but only after much aggravation and the significant legal expense of undoing incorrect decisions.

This is not an unusual story, and it’s an understandable one. First-time entrepreneurs are looking for any particle of positive feedback, reinforcement, and advice, so they jump at the first sign of interest. The demand for adult supervision in the form of advisors, board members, and investors far exceeds the supply, so you may need to take a chance with people who are untested in these roles. If no one will dance with you, the temptation is to dance with the first person who asks.

Here is a test to separate the contenders from the pretenders. These questions will help you identify good advisors, board members, and investors (if you have the luxury of choosing investors).

  1. What kind of corporation should we form? Answer you’re looking for: “C corporation” assuming the goal is to create the next Google.
  2. In what state should we incorporate? Answer you’re looking for: “Delaware.”
  3. Do our investors have to be accredited investors? Answer you’re looking for: “Yes.” Answer that should scare you: “No.”
  4. Should two founders split the company right down the middle? Answer you’re looking for: “No, you should allocate 25 percent to future employees and 35 percent to the first two rounds of investments. That leaves 40 percent for the founders to split amongst themselves.”
  5. Should we sell common or preferred stock to investors? Answer you’re looking for: “Preferred.”
  6. Should all employees, including founders, go through a vesting process? Answer you’re looking for: “Yes, everyone should vest because you don’t want a founder to leave with a significant percentage of the company after a few months.”
  7. Should we pay consultants with stock options? Answer you’re looking for: “No, stock options are for long-term employees, not short-term consultants. If you can’t afford consultants, do the work yourself.”
  8. Can we get a bank loan to start our business? Answer you’re looking for: assuming it’s a tech business, “No.” Tech businesses don’t have liquid assets to use as collateral.
  9. Should we use an investment bank, broker, or finder to raise seed capital? Answer you’re looking for: “No, angel and venture-capital investors view early-stage entrepreneurs who use a banker, broker, or finder as clueless.”
  10. What do we need our revenue projections to look like in five years to attract investors? Answer you’re looking for: “No investor will believe them anyway, but they should be as good as the closest comparable successful company that has already gone public.” Also, you don’t want money from investors who do believe your projections because they are clueless.
  11. How long should our business plan be? Answer you’re looking for: “You shouldn’t write a business plan. You should get customers.”
  12. Is there someone else you would also recommend who could be a good advisor? Answer you’re looking for: “Sure, my expertise is narrow, but let me come up with a list of other possibilities.” Answer you’re not looking for: “No, you don’t need anyone else; I know everything you need to know.”
  13. Do you think we need a real CEO? Answer you’re looking for: “Maybe, someday. But probably not right now. What you really need right now is a great product.”
  14. Should we use a headhunter to recruit people? Answer you’re looking for: “No, at this stage, you don’t have the money and can’t afford to spend what little you have on headhunting fees.”
  15. What should we tell investors when they ask us for the valuation of the company? Answer you’re looking for: “Find out what three or four investors think is fair, and then get more market traction to push it up.” Wrong answers: “Price it high and negotiate down.” “Price it low and negotiate up.”

These questions are relevant to US companies with Google-esque ambitions, but the same kinds of questions apply in other circumstances. Run away from anyone who wants to advise you who can’t answer most of these questions.

This post is a tiny part of Guy Kawasaki’s latest book, The Art of the Start 2.0. Read it and reap…

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25 Apr 00:21

Surly's, Surry Hills

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
American bbq? Sydney still can't get enough. The newly opened Surly's combines a laidback American bar - complete with neon beer signs, bar stools and widescreen TVs - with a hearty rib-sticking bbq menu of smoked brisket, cornbread and fried chicken. Surly's is the latest venture by the Parlour Group, the same group behind Riley Street Garage and The Stuffed Beaver. In the kitchen is Brendhan
25 Apr 00:20

How to Get Your (Health) Groove Back

by Mark Sisson

Maybe it comes in a heavily mirrored changing room as you wonder when you developed back fat. Perhaps you notice that you can’t keep up with your kids on a bike ride around town anymore. You might see it when you have a hard time moving or carrying things you used to. Maybe you wake up one day and realize you never thought you’d experience so many aches, pains and stiffness at such a young age. Perhaps you’ve just known for a long time that you don’t like how you feel anymore.

We get off track for various reasons – illness, parenthood, divorce, death, job change, moving. In probably every case, we didn’t anticipate losing sight of our health, but upheaval (good and bad) can often divert us in ways we don’t expect.

The question becomes, “What next?”

We certainly have the option of going back to sleep, so to speak, and then “waking up” to the fact again when some more dramatic detail shows itself. Alternatively, we can decide it’s time….

Specifically, we can decide it’s time to start feeling good again, time to get our strength and energy back, time to like how we look again, time to not feel limited in everyday life activities, time to reclaim our physical and maybe emotional resilience. It’s just time to get our groove back.

“Getting our groove back” – it’s a phrase that’s thrown around in lifestyle headlines, self-help columns and pep talks for anyone coming out of transition. From the angle of health, however, what does that process look like?

A few weeks ago, I took up the concept of inertia. Certainly, I believe that concept figures into this picture, but I think there’s more than the physical stasis to contend with when we’re talking about, well, groove. To feel like we need to get back in the groove suggests two things: 1) that we’ve been out of it for a considerable while and 2) that something about us has shifted on a deeper level than daily activity schedules or diet.

While we could probably have a pretty entertaining conversation about what constitutes groove even if just for health alone, I’m going to venture that it’s caught up in not just our circumstances (what we’re not doing anymore) but our self-concept (how we feel a disconnect between our health values and our daily lives). The result of this incongruity over time can shift how we feel about ourselves. It can erode our health integrity as well as the personal vision we have for our lives. We realize we’re not living in alignment with our values or that we’re forgoing the health related benefits that matter to us. Getting back in the groove, in that sense, means reclaiming our self-identity as well as vitality.

Are you looking to get back into the groove? Have you done so in the past – or are you in process? Let me offer some considerations – and invite everyone to add their experience, questions and perspective in the comment board.

Invest in your self-concept.

When you’ve taken an extended hiatus (however unintentional) from health investment, for most people it’s not enough to simply jump back into practical strategy. Yes, the action is where it’s at, but we’re for better or worse steering our minds as well as our bodies back into a new/renewed way of being.

In these cases, it’s not about returning to what was. It’s also not about emulating and doing what someone else is doing. More than just adopting a routine, getting back into the groove obliges us to move into a new relationship with our health. That means being honest about how we see ourselves these days. What’s happened to us since the last time we were living well, and how have the stories we tell ourselves changed in that time period? Do we have as much confidence in our self-discipline? Are we circumscribing our sense of physical potential in different ways because we’re older than last time we were on the horse?

Be cognizant of – and prepared to work around – the possibility that you may have fundamentally changed.

Depending on how long we’ve been away from our health commitments, our lives might look a fair amount different. Beyond the self-concept piece, this fact may impact strategy and logistics. In other words, trying the same old habits you used years ago to get/stay healthy may not do it anymore. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just information. Be prepared to come up with a new bag of tricks and routines to get you on track.

Do several small things rather than one big thing each day.

While everybody needs to decide what works for them, anytime you’re beginning or beginning again, I’d generally suggest keeping the new routine as doable as possible and front loading as many small wins as you can.

By all means, if you’re a cold turkey, all or nothing person who can totally commit to big changes, go for it. If you’re in any way reticent (or just really busy), break it up into more practical chunks throughout the day.

Engage with people who are living the life you want.

I don’t just mean read a book, listen to a podcast or watch someone at the gym (although these can be helpful, too). Surround yourself with support and modeling. It’s about learning, not comparison. Seek out opportunities to talk to other people who are doing what you know you want – even if they feel ahead of you. They will likely value the chance to help you. Reach out in the virtual world as well by joining an online forum. I think I know one that might be pretty awesome….

Pay tribute to the successes and have fun along the way.

It baffles me sometimes how people will put so much time and effort into long lists and explanations of goals and their respective steps but not consider it worth their time to take pictures or otherwise record what happens after that. Are they afraid of jinxing their own outcomes? Do they not feel they deserve to celebrate anything until they hit some socially identifiable benchmark?

Put aside the goal if you find yourself obsessing, and just revel in enjoying the process. Too often people focus so much on discipline that they forget to feel good about what they’re doing. Combine your commitment to exercise with something adventurous, and take pictures of each endeavor (e.g. album of the trails you hit). As you plan your next vacation, look for active pursuits you’ve always wanted to try. Take pictures of your Primal masterpieces to make your Facebook cadre marvel at your culinary genius. Relishing and celebrating your new choices will go a long way in owning the new direction you’re establishing for your future.

Embrace the mindset of self-actualization – and take time deciding how you want to live that right now.

Be present-oriented but also spend a certain amount of strategic time envisioning the long view. Resist feeling like you have to make everything happen today. The only thing you’re responsible for today is showing up for the intentions you set for this 24-hour period.

That said, make the groove matter by asking what you want out of life in the coming years. What do you want to make of yourself – of your time, of your energy? Get back into the groove not by reinstating the past but by living your way into that future vision through the choices you make and adventures you pursue on a daily/short-term basis.

Thanks for reading, everyone. What are your thoughts and anecdotes about getting back in the groove? Have a great end to the week.

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01 Apr 02:38

Richard Feynman: fire is stored sunshine

by Jason Kottke

In 1983, the BBC aired a six-part series called Fun to Imagine with a simple premise: put physicist Richard Feynman in front of a camera and have him explain everyday things. In this clip from one of the episodes, Feynman explains in very simple terms what fire is:

So good. Watch the whole thing...it seems like you get the gist about 2 minutes in, but that's only half the story. See also Feynman explaining rubber bands, how trains go around curves, and how magnets work.

Tags: physics   Richard Feynman   science   video
12 Mar 21:25

Yam & Beef Stew with Caramelised Onions & Pine Nuts

by Irena

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This rich and hearty stew is a one-pot meal full of delicious, spiced beef and starchy, filling yams (the real yam) and carrots, and a touch of delicate forest flavour of pine nuts and sweet, balsamic onions. It’s rustic and sophisticated at the same time, and most importantly it’s easy to make.

Cook’s notes: Yam is a starchy root vegetable similar to potato and sweet potato but it’s not the same thing. You can learn more about yams in this post, but all you need to know for this recipe is that when fresh, it has firm white flesh and rough, bark like skin and when cooked, it becomes soft and starchy, and not very sweet. It has a lower glycemic index than white potatoes but is still a high source of carbohydrates, potassium, vitamins B6 and C, and fibre. If you can’t find yams in your nearest green grocer, check out specialty Asian, African and Latin American grocers, or use a regular white or sweet potato instead. It will be as delicious!

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Yam & Beef Stew with Caramelised Onions & Pine Nuts
 
Author:
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Serves: 2-3
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Delicious, hearty beef and yam stew cooked in one pot. Use regular white or sweet potato instead of yams if needed. Lamb or even chicken or turkey mince can be used instead of beef. Pine nuts can be omitted or replaced with toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (aged if possible)
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 400-500 grams beef mince/ground beef
  • ⅔ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2-3 cups diced yams (peeled)
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1½ cup vegetable stock (water and stock powder can also be used)
  • ⅔ cup diced tinned tomatoes (about one tin)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • zest of 1 lemon and ¼ cup chopped parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot or saucepan over medium heat. Season onion with salt and sauté over medium heat, covered, for 10 minutes, until softened. Add the vinegar and stir through for 20-30 seconds. Transfer a couple of tablespoons to a bowl and leave the rest in the pot.
  2. In another frying pan, cook pine nuts over medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds. Until lightly browned and toasted. Remove to a bowl.
  3. Add beef mince and ginger to the pot with the onion and turn the heat to high. Stir through well. Then add grated garlic and spices and stir through over high heat for a couple of minutes, break the mince apart in the process.
  4. Once the meat has browned slightly and changed colour, adds the yams, carrots and pine nuts and stir through. Pour in the stock, or water and stock cube, and tomatoes, stir through and season with a little more salt. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring through a few times.
  5. Serve in bowl with a little caramalised onion on top and garnished with parsley and lemon zest for a little zing and freshness.
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02 Mar 20:59

Dancing mathematics

by Jason Kottke

Dancing Math

Mathematical functions depicted as stick figure dance moves. (via @mulegirl)

Tags: mathematics
11 Feb 03:37

LOTR's One Ring explainer

by Jason Kottke

Here's a good explanation of what the One Ring from Lord of the Rings actually is and what it can do:

I transcribed a short passage from the video:

First, the ring tempts everyone (well, almost everyone) with promises that yes, this little ring can be a mighty weapon or a tool to reshape the world and gosh don't you just look like the best guy to use it. Let's go vanquish the powerful demigod who lives over there to get started, shall we? This is why the hobbits made great ring bearers, because they're pretty happy with the way things are and don't aspire to greatness. Of course, there's Gollum, who started out as a hobbit, but all things considered, he held out pretty well for a couple hundred years. Set the ring on the desk of most men and they wouldn't be able to finish their coffee before heading to Mordor to rule the world and do it right this time.

What's interesting about hearing of The Ring in this focused way is how it becomes a part of Tolkien's criticism of technology. The Ring does what every mighty bit of tech can do to its owner/user: makes them feel powerful and righteous. Look what we can do with this thing! So much! So much good! We are good therefore whatever we do with this will be good!

The contemporary idea of the tech startup is arguably the most seductive and powerful technology of the present moment, the One Ring of our times. It's not difficult to modify a few words in the passage above to make it more current:

First, the startup tempts everyone (well, almost everyone) with promises that yes, this little company can be a mighty weapon or a tool to reshape the world and gosh don't you just look like the best guy to use it. Let's go disrupt the powerful middleman who lives over there to get started, shall we? This is why the nerds made great ring bearers, because they're pretty happy with the way things are and don't aspire to greatness. Of course, there's Sergey and Larry, who started out as nerds, but all things considered, they held out pretty well for a decade. Set the ring on the desk of most men and they wouldn't be able to finish their mail-order espresso before heading to Silicon Valley to rule the world and do it right this time.

Ok, haha, LOL, and all that, but it's curious that nerds (and everyone else) shelled out billions of dollars to watch Peter Jackson's LOTR movies in the early 2000s in the aftermath of the dot com bust. Those were dark times...the power of the startup had just been lost after Kozmo's CEO Dave Isildur was slain by economists while delivering a single pint of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby to far reaches of the Outer Sunset and had not yet been rediscovered by Schachter, Butterfield, and Zuckerberg.

And these nerds, whose spines all tingled when Aragorn charged into the hordes of Mordor -- for Frodo! -- and whose eyes filled with tears when Frodo parted with Sam at the Grey Havens, came away from that movie experience siding with Boromir, Saruman, and Denethor, determined to seize that startup magic for themselves to disrupt all of the things, defeat the evil corporate middlemen, and reshape the world to be a better and more efficient place. And gosh don't you just look like the best guy to use it?

Tags: books   business   movies   Peter Jackson   The Lord of the Rings   video
13 Jan 07:07

Every David Bowie hairstyle from 1964 to 2014

by Jason Kottke

Helen Green drew all the hairstyles worn by David Bowie from before he was a star in 1964 on up to the present day. Here's they are in a glorious animated GIF:

Bowie Hair

Green also did a one-sheet of the B&W drawings. See also every Prince hairstyle from 1978 to 2013. (via @Coudal)

Tags: David Bowie   Helen Green   illustration   music
07 Jan 21:11

Mayo-Free Chicken Salad With Kimchi, Ginger, and Scallions

by Daniel Gritzer
Mayo-Free Chicken Salad With Kimchi, Ginger, and Scallions
Mixing mayonnaise into chicken salad is the most common way to add moisture, but it's not the only way. Vinaigrette works well too, like this tangy Korean-inspired rendition with kimchi, pine nuts, and lots of fresh ginger. Get Recipe!
04 Jan 21:22

Pork Belly and Kimchi Soup

by Worker Bee

Soup 1A steaming bowl of pork belly and kimchi soup is like sipping a restorative tonic. It warms you right the core, filling your belly with a good dose of healthy bacteria in a surprisingly delicious way.

It’s likely you already know that fermented foods such as kimchi add helpful probiotics to your gut.

If you find the flavor of kimchi to be overwhelming when eaten straight, fear not, it mellows when simmered in soup. A little bit, anyway. It still has a spicy, garlicky kick but in a less aggressive way.

In this soup, kimchi + pork belly + water quickly creates a flavorful and just-spicy-enough broth. A dash of coconut aminos and sesame oil (or a pat of butter) round out the flavor. If you like, crack a raw egg into your finished bowl of pork belly and kimchi soup for a meal that’s even more nourishing.

Servings: 2, with leftovers

Time in the Kitchen: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Ingredients
  • 1/3 pound pork belly, sliced thinly and lightly salted (150 g)
  • 2 cups kimchi, chopped (475 ml)
  • 1 cup kimchi liquid, or close to it (240 ml)
  • 6 cups water (1.4 L)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos (10 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil or 1 tablespoon butter (10 ml)
  • 4 to 6 scallions, thinly chopped
  • Optional: A raw egg for each serving

Instructions:

Add pork belly to a large, heavy pot set over medium-high heat. Once fat starts to render off the pork belly (this won’t take long) add the kimchi. Sauté 5 to 8 minutes until it begins to brown around the edges.

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Add the kimchi liquid and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 to 40 minutes uncovered.

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Add coconut aminos and sesame oil or butter. Add salt to taste. Garnish with scallions.

If you like, crack an egg into your hot bowl of soup right before eating.

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15 Dec 21:17

How to care for introverts

by Jason Kottke

I've read a lot about introverts and extroverts over the years (posted this back in Feb 2003 for example), but this list (found here) of how to care for introverts still hit me like a pile of bricks.

1. Respect their need for privacy.
2. Never embarrass them in public.
3. Let them observe first in new situations.
4. Give them time to think; don't demand instant answers.
5. Don't interrupt them.
6. Give them advance notice of expected changes in their lives.
7. Give them 15 minute warnings to finish whatever they are doing.
8. Reprimand them privately.
9. Teach them new skills privately.
10. Enable them to find one best friend who has similar interests & abilities.
11. Don't push them to make lots of friends.
12. Respect their introversion; don't try to remake them into extroverts.

It's just dawned on me that when something goes wrong in my life, it's often one of the things on this list that's the culprit, especially #4 and #6. And #2 pretty much explains my middle and high school experience. Has anyone read Susan Caine's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking? I've heard great things about it, but haven't had a chance to read yet. Thinking I should bump it to the top of my queue. Holy crap, it's only $2.99 for Kindle...BOUGHT. (via @arainert)

Tags: how to   introversion   lists
09 Dec 02:31

The 100 greatest console video games, 1977-1987

by Jason Kottke

100 Console Games

The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 is a recent book chronicling the best games from the first golden era in console video games, from the Intellivision1 to the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo.

  1. My older cousins from Minneapolis had an Intellivision. And cable. And MTV. And scrambled The Movie Channel which you could kind of make out every few seconds. Which to a country bumpkin like me was certainly sufficiently advanced technology. Anyway, I loved playing Tron: Deadly Discs, Pitfall!, and Kool-Aid Man on the Intellivision whenever I was over.

Tags: best of   books   video games
05 Dec 22:44

Master blacksmith forges a beautiful knife

by Jason Kottke

Watch as a Latvian master blacksmith forges a Damascus steel1 knife with 320 layers of steel. Then he uses the finished knife to make a leather holder for it.

Pound it flat, fold it over. Pound it flat, fold it over. I love that twist he puts on the steel in the middle of the process. You can also see how their chisels are made, how their axes are made, or take a listen to what their knives sound like after being struck with a hammer (headphones on for this one).

The knives are available for sale from John Neeman (for $650), along with axes, chef's knives, longbows, and other handmade items.

  1. Damascus steel was a legendarily tough and resilient steel used to make Middle Eastern swords. The original process for making Damascus steel was lost, but many modern bladesmiths claim to have rediscovered the process or gotten close enough to call their steel Damascus.

Tags: video
02 Dec 11:17

Nine and Fairfax’s streaming service Stan signs content deal with BBC Worldwide

by Miranda Ward

Stan logoNine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media’s joint venture streaming service Stan has announced an exclusive content agreement that will see a selection of BBC Worldwide programs available on the platform.

BBC WorldwideThe consumer name for the platform was announced last month, with the company also confirming it had secured the exclusive rights to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, with the platform since then announcing other content deals including the streaming rights to Fargo and a deal with SBS which sees its World Movies content available on the platform.

Stan’s agreement with BBC Worldwide appears to be rounding out the back catalogue offering, with series currently under broadcast deals with some Australian networks including Sherlock (Nine), Ripper Street (Ten), Orphan Black (SBS), Top Gear (Nine) and Doctor Who (ABC) available to Stan’s members to watch instantly from the launch of the platform.

There will also be other back catalogue shows including The Office, Gavin and Stacey, The Vicar of Dibley, Extras, Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers will also be available on the platform alongside dramas Luther, Wallander, Parade’s End and Torchwood.

Children’s content Charlie and Lola and documentaries from David Attenborough and Louis Theroux round out the content. However, none of the titles have been confirmed to be premieres and recent series shown on BBC First, shown on Foxtel locally, such as Peaky Blinders have not been mentioned as part of the deal.

Stan director of content and product Nick Forward said: “Australians have long been entertained by BBC Worldwide’s great slate of programming. Their shows are especially loved by Australians, with British drama and comedy particularly relevant to our audience.

“We’re proud to include such a broad selection of premium content for our members.”

In announcing the deal, Jon Penn, managing director of BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We’re delighted to be a launch partner for Stan in Australia, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one.”

Titles will be available to watch instantly in full HD on multiple platforms including television, tablets, computers and mobile phones.

A launch date has not been formally announced for the platform, however there is speculation that Nine will push it out before the end of the year to beat the arrival of US streaming giant Netflix locally in March next year.

Stan is set to compete against Netflix, Foxtel’s BoxSets and Presto, with speculation mounting that Networks Ten and Seven will throw their content behind Presto.

Miranda Ward

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