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  1. Mar 2024
    1. Kagi


      The Drive's YouTube channel was launched in 2012 with funding from YouTube and became very popular, producing many successful car shows. However, YouTube ended its funding in 2014 and the channel struggled to remain profitable. It went through various ownership changes and attempts to stay afloat but was never able to regain its original success. In 2020 The Drive revived its YouTube channel with a new series profiling car enthusiasts and their vehicles, hoping to recapture the spirit of celebrating car culture, as new technologies have made cars less of a cultural force. They aim to explore the diverse ways people connect to cars and each other through their shared passion.

      Key Moments

      • The Drive's YouTube channel was launched in 2012 with funding from YouTube as part of their original content investment program. It grew a large audience but the funding was shut down in 2013.
      • An attempt to launch a subscription model in 2014 faced major backlash from viewers who weren't used to paying for online content. This contributed to the audience drifting away.
      • The channel's co-founder Emil Rensing was later arrested for fraud unrelated to The Drive, but his legal issues added instability during a difficult period.
      • In 2015-2016 the channel was sold to Time Inc. but they weren't prepared to fully fund video operations, leading most original hosts and crew to leave.
      • Under new ownership, budgets kept shrinking and YouTube uploads became sporadic as the focus shifted to the website.
      • In 2018, Time Inc. was sold and the new owner wasn't interested in continuing automotive media, nearly leading to The Drive being shut down.
      • It was saved by new private investors but efforts to relaunch on YouTube in 2020 were derailed by the pandemic.
      • The author argues new cars no longer drive as much culture as enthusiast communities and modifying older vehicles.
      • Two new YouTube series are announced focusing on enthusiast profiles and explainer stories of automotive history.
      • The relaunch aims to rebuild the legacy of the original channel and celebrate car culture.
    1. LLM Summaries



      The author writes about technology from the perspective of growing up in the 1990s and witnessing rapid changes firsthand. They had early exposure to computers in school and an interest in old machinery through their father's farm. This sparked a fascination with history and how technology changes over time. The author began blogging about gadgets and started following tech YouTubers in high school. They now write about trends in consumer technology development and how it has impacted innovation and the user experience in recent years.

      Key Moments

      • The author was born in 1994 and grew up exposed to new technologies like Windows 98 PCs and the internet at a pivotal time in history.
      • They describe their generation, born in the early 90s, as having a unique experience growing up with technology and witnessing major world events like 9/11.
      • The author had an unconventional childhood, growing up between their father's large farm and their mother's suburban home after their parents divorced.
      • They developed a strong interest in mechanical engineering and historic vehicles/machinery from a young age through experiences on their father's farm.
      • The author credits the History Channel show Modern Marvels with fueling their curiosity about technology and different eras.
      • They shifted from being interested mainly in old technology to present/future gadgets after getting their first iPhone and MacBook in high school.
      • The author feels consumer technology progress has slowed and become more fragmented in recent years since Steve Jobs' death.
      • They question whether new technologies actually improve people's lives or just add more distractions.
      • The passage discusses observing and reflecting on technological and societal changes from an outsider perspective.
      • The author has published their thoughts online to both entertain and demonstrate different ways of reflecting on technology's role.

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      The author writes about technology from the perspective of growing up in the 1990s and witnessing rapid changes firsthand. They had early exposure to computers in school and an interest in old machinery through their father's farm. This sparked a fascination with history and how technology changes over time. The author began blogging about gadgets and started following tech YouTubers in high school. They now write about trends in consumer technology development and how it has impacted innovation and the user experience in recent years.


      The document provides a detailed exploration of the author's personal journey, intertwining their experiences with broader observations about society and technology. It highlights the author's introspection regarding their unique position in time, from being born into a world of evolving technology to witnessing significant historical events like 9/11 and the Trump presidency.

      Furthermore, the author reflects on their upbringing on a farm, emphasizing their deep connection to historic machinery and the agricultural lifestyle. This background shapes their perspective on technology and innovation, as they juxtapose their experiences with the changing landscape of consumer technology.

      The author's narrative also touches on societal trends, particularly regarding the direction of technological development and its impact on everyday life. They express skepticism about the current trajectory of technology, questioning whether it genuinely serves the needs of users or merely adds to the complexity of modern life.

      Overall, the document provides a thought-provoking exploration of personal experiences, societal dynamics, and technological progress, inviting readers to contemplate their own relationships with time, technology, and societal change.

    1. LLM Summaries



      The passage discusses various music apps for the iPhone, including MusicHarbor which allows users to easily track new releases. It also covers Albums, an app that focuses on album playback over individual songs or playlists. While the iPhone can't replace professional audio equipment, some apps like GarageBand allow basic music creation. Last.fm and SongShift are also mentioned as tools for tracking music listening history and transferring playlists. Overall, the passage examines different apps that enhance the music experience on iPhone beyond the built-in Apple Music app.

      Key Moments

      • MusicHarbor is an app that allows users to track new music releases in a chronological feed, which the author finds very useful for discovery. It also allows following artists and deleting songs from one's library with a few taps.
      • Albums is another app that focuses on album playback over individual songs or playlists, providing tools for fans to deeply engage with albums they love.
      • Odesli is an undercovered tool for sharing tracks across different streaming services by linking to the correct version.
      • The author shares a simple Siri Shortcut they made to open a song's Odesli link from the currently playing track in Apple Music.
      • SongShift allows transferring playlists between different music streaming services.
      • Last.fm is still functioning for music scrobbling even after 19 years.
      • Serious music production is still not practical on iPhone due to limitations of mobile DAWs and audio capture capabilities.
      • The best audio quality capture on iPhone is from extracting video recorded in the Camera app.
      • Apple has removed features over time that gave artists more control over their music on Apple Music.
      • Third-party solutions continue to be developed to address problems not solved by Apple Music itself.

      Craft Assistant

      The article discusses various apps and services related to music consumption and creation on iOS devices. It highlights the features of the Soor app, Odesli/Song.Link for music sharing, Last.fm for scrobbling, and SongShift for playlist transfer. It also mentions different digital audio workstations (DAWs) available on iPhone for music creation, and the limitations of using smartphones for professional audio production. Additionally, it touches on Apple Music's history, the removal of iTunes Ping and Connect, and the launch of Apple Music on the web. The author expresses disappointment in Apple Music's lack of features for music makers and suggests that third-party solutions are necessary for a more personalized music streaming experience.

  2. Feb 2024
    1. Kagi Universal Summarizer output:

      Are.na began as a platform for online research and knowledge sharing, created by Charles Broskoski and John Michael Boling as a replacement for the bookmarking site Delicious. They developed it with friends including Dena Yago and Damon Zucconi, seeing it as a way for people to archive and revisit information over time and gain insights. After a period of uncertainty, Broskoski recommitted to Are.na in 2014 and brought others back on board. Today, Are.na aims to cultivate curiosity and sustained thinking online as an alternative to short-term, addictive social media behaviors by allowing users to freely research and assemble information. Notably, Broskoski views Are.na as a lifelong project focused on promoting life-long education and curiosity.

    1. As summarized by Craft Assistant... (lmao)

      The writer reflects on an encounter with a woman in a large SUV and delves into the psychology of American car buyers. They discuss the Volkswagen Atlas and its features, including its VR6 engine and fuel efficiency. The writer also discusses the Atlas Cross Sport and compares it to other SUVs in the market. They conclude that while the Atlas has its strengths, it may not stand out compared to its competitors. The article includes various quotes and references related to the Volkswagen Atlas.

  3. Jan 2024
    1. Spark AI's "detailed summary" result:

      Casey Newton, the founder of Platformer, announced in an email that the publication will be leaving Substack and migrating to the open-source publishing platform Ghost. Newton explained that while Substack had been a mostly happy home for Platformer, recent controversies over the platform's laissez-faire approach to content moderation led to the decision to leave. Newton cited Substack's promotion of its network of publications and its lack of proactive steps to remove hate speech and extremism as key concerns. After conducting an analysis, Platformer found several publications on Substack that supported Nazi ideologies, prompting them to question Substack's commitment to removing such content. While Substack removed some of the publications, Newton felt that the company did not address their larger concerns. Platformer's move to Ghost is seen as a way to ensure that their journalism is not associated with hate movements and to provide a better home for their readers.

  4. Jul 2023
    1. "After years of research, our engineers have created a revolution in social media technology: a Twitter clone on Instagram that offers the absolute worst of both worlds," said a VR headset-wearing Zuckerberg in an address to dozens of friends in the Metaverse. "At long last, you can read caustic hot takes written by talentless idiots, while still enjoying oppressive censorship and sepia-toned thirst traps from yoga pants models with obnoxious lip injections. You're welcome!"

      Babylon Bee article with made up Mark Zuckerberg quote touting the virtues of Threads. This is some of the Bee's finest writing and not at all inaccurate.

  5. Apr 2022
    1. Wax tablets were the standard erasable surfacefrom antiquity to the Renaissance: one or more boards, often bound togetherin a codex form, were coated in wax to be inscribed with a stylus then erased forreuse.7 In early modern England one could also purchase pocket-sized writingtablets featuring paper that had been treated so as to offer a rigid writing surfaceon which markings made with the accompanying metal stylus could be erasedwith a little moisture.8 The slate blackboard is also attested in Europe in musicinstruction in the sixteenth century, sized either for group or for personal use(as is still the case today), and was used at least by the eighteenth century in theteaching of astronomy. The sand tray, a board or slab spread with a fine layer ofsand that one inscribed with a stick and could easily erase, was another long-lived medium: used in ancient Babylon and medieval Islam for calculations andin Europe principally for children and artists learning to write or sketch down tothe Victorian period.9 None of these temporary notes have left any traces, exceptthrough extant higher- order notes made from them.
  6. May 2018
    1. Set on a space station in the 23rd century, the show revolves around galactic politics, epic alien battles, and secret agendas from a variety of factions

      Maybe I will watch more of it this time around.

  7. Jan 2017
    1. Episode list

      My preferred ordering:

      108-War Zone 107-The Long Road 109-The Path of Sorrows: Box first appears. 113-Appearances and Other Deceits: Uniforms first appear. 102-The Memory of War: Uniforms & box. Nanovirus first appears. (This may have to be switched with 110.) 110-Patterns of the Soul: Nanovirus. 103-Racing the Night: Uniforms & box. 101-The Needs of Earth: Uniforms. 104-Visitors from Down the Street: Uniforms. 111-Ruling from the Tomb: Lockley first appears. 105-Each Night I Dream of Home: Nanovirus. 106-The Well of Forever 112-The Rules of the Game: Lockley

  8. Feb 2014
    1. But as it was, the Persians took them unawares, and because of the great size of the city (those who dwell there say) those in the outer parts of it were overcome, but the inhabitants of the middle part knew nothing of it;

      1.191 Cyrus and the Persian army attack Babylon by lowering the level of the Euphrates and takes the city by surprise.

    2. Cyrus, then, marched against Nitocris' son, who inherited the name of his father Labynetus and the sovereignty of Assyria.

      1.188 Cyrus attacks Nitokris' son Labynetos of Babylon as part of his conquest of Assyria.

    3. When Cyrus had made all the mainland submit to him, he attacked the Assyrians.

      1.178 Cyrus decides to attack Babylon and all of Assyria. This passage marks the end of Harpagos's conquering of Asia Minor (all of which has now come under the power of the Achaemenids).