Things That Have Caught My Attention

Dan Hon's Weekday Newsletter

Month: September, 2014

Episode One Hundred and Sixty Three: What The Network Does; How Do You Solve A Problem Like TED; Not A Career, A Careen

0.0 Sitrep 3:28pm, inside at home with what The Wirecutter calls The Best Room Fan busy, well, fanning me. It’s still hot in Portland, even now that XOXO’s finished. The sun is still outside, sleeting down hard UV dispassionately, killing us with warmth. There are two spots on my hand I should probably go see […]

Episode One Hundred and Sixty Two: The Difficult Third Album

0.0 Sitrep 11:03pm on a Monday, the Monday after the three-day XOXO Festival. Very tired. 1.0 The Difficult Third Album This is the third year I’ve been to XOXO[1], the self-billed “experimental festival celebrating independently-produced art and technology,” put on by Andys McMillan[2]¬†and Baio[3]. I think a good description of XOXO is that it celebrates […]

Episode One Hundred and Sixty One: Ecks Oh, Ecks Oh; Just In Time

0.0 Sitrep The first day of XOXO – the Social part. 8:06pm, at home, not being DJ’d to by Anil Dash. My turn – by choice – with our son tonight. A quite night. Tomorrow will be brain exploding. 1.0 Ecks Oh, Ecks Oh There’s a certain kind of person who gets to see their […]

Episode One Hundred and Sixty: After All; 2014 (7)

0.0 Sitrep My wife and I have two pieces of slang that we use around the house: the first, over text message, is invariably SITREP when one of us is looking after our son. How’s everything going? Has he pooped? Is he awake? Has he gone to sleep? What has he broken? Was it his […]

Episode One Hundred and Fifty Nine: She Who Wears The Digital Crown; Designing Community

0.0 Station Ident 12pm on a Sunny Wednesday. Portland is putting on its glad rags for the just-over-a-thousand arriving for annual indie hug-fest XOXO, I’m sitting in a deli thinking to myself: why, with what Apple launched yesterday pundits can keep themselves in business for *years*. It’s enough to make you change your name to […]