Andy Baio and Andy McMillan simultaneously had the idea for an arts-and-technology conference, and the synchronistic good fortune to wind up in the same city, at the same bar, with the same friend who connected them to talk. The result was XOXO, an event that tore the top of my head right off and led directly to creating this podcast. Hundreds of attendees and tens of thousands of video watchers describe similar enlightenment about what’s currently possible — without cynicism, snark, irony, or greed. Andy and Andy talk about the first XOXO in 2012, and preview the second outing, coming in September 2013. (For more, see my photos from 2012 and read an article I wrote for BoingBoing about the event.)
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Kind of Bloop is an 8-bit chiptune music tribute to Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue. A transformative bit of cover art based on a picture by Jay Maisel raised the photographer’s ire (or that of his agents). Andy settled rather than pursue a lawsuit that most thought he could win, but would cost him a pile.
The Yale Union was a Portland laundry (no connection to the university), and is now a contemporary art center. It’s a magnificent building. Andy’s Build 2013 conference will be the last. Sam Adams, former mayor of Portland, opened the XOXO event, was very funny, and plays the mayor’s aide in a recurring role in Portlandia. He’s now the head of the City Club of Portland, a non-profit policy wonk group.
Kickstarter founder Perry Chen explains how the company was funded as a result of his desire to sell tickets for an event without fronting the money or charging people until a goal had been met.
Stripe (not a sponsor! unprovoked recommendation!) has a magnificent system designed for charging credit cards that is optimized for how developers work. Everything is easy in their system. Dumb pipes and smart pipes are networks that carry all traffic equally and ones designed to promote the business of the network operator, respectively. It applies in all electronic commerce in which “flooding” the pipe is a better strategy for a dumb pipe and enables more innovation at the ends.
Musicians have re-recorded their own work under compulsory license when they don’t have access to their recordings. A compulsory license allows them to record already-recorded songs using the same lyrics and music and pay a small fee per recording. Suzanne Vega did it to have her own back catalog that she could sell. Def Leppard did it, and so did Everclear.