“Music was better back then”: When do we stop keeping up with popular music?

Skynet & Ebert

After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of parenthood and careers mean devoting less time to pop culture, or just because they’ve succumbed to good old-fashioned taste freeze, music fans beyond a certain age seem to reach a point where their tastes have “matured”.

That’s why the organizers of the Super Bowl — with a median viewer age of 44 —  were smart to balance their Katy Perry-headlined halftime show with a showing by Missy Elliott.

Missy don't brag, she mostly boast Missy don’t brag, she mostly boast

Spotify listener data offers a sliced & diced view of each user’s streams. This lets us measure when this effect begins, how quickly the effect develops, and how it’s impacted by demographic factors.

For this study, I started with individual listening data from U.S. Spotify users and combined that…

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Little One – Beck


Una giornata qualunque a Burning Man


Giuseppe Littera explains how Sardex works in a lecture in Greece

I often find it quite difficult to explain Sardex. Even to highly educated investors and I understand their feelings since it took me literally months to understand it. It’s difficult to grasp since each time I explain how it works, pretty much anyone gets it. But at the end of my explanation the question always arised. “I kind of understand how it works, I just don’t understand why it does”. In this lecture (in Greece, which could benefit a lot from this experience) Peppe Littera, founder and CTO describes how and why Sardex works.

In a nutshell its a social currency that enables to build a sustainable and resilient local monetary system to support communities of trust. A system that can grow in a stable and orderly way, but which is also compliant to law and resilient to financial crisis. The founders came from Serramanna, the poorest area of Italy. They design the currency to address issues such as wealth and unemployment for their community.

This comes pretty evident when Peppe shows the social graph of transactions among member through time.


Google compra OSVehicle, startup di eccellenza Torinese nel campo automotive

Aimè, non è stata la FIAT che ha comprato una delle startup più ambiziose fondate in Italia negli ultimi anni, OSVehicle. Nonostante il progetto più importante su Internet oggi per rilasciare un auto modulare, facilmente costruibile e trasportabile e totalmente open source sia di una startup Torinese, a metterci le mani è stato più veloce di tutti Google. Lo ha annunciato oggi il team di fondatori, amici imprenditori nati intorno a quel crogiolo di talenti che è stato ed è a Torino Bakeca.

Nel frattempo all’ultima I/O Conference Google ha annunciato Android Auto.

ps. riprendo dal sito: even if it seems very realistic, it’s just an April fools’


Mark Zuckerberg racconta in tre minuti la direzione che sta prendendo Facebook

Fantastici tre minuti di Mark Zuckerberg che racconta dove sta andando Facebook alla conferenza F8: una massiva piattaforma immersiva di condivisione di esperienze, contenuti e connessioni. E conclude con un auspicio “let’s go and hack the world”.


2TheBeat 2004 Cioccolato Bianco vs Jake La Furia