December 14, 2014

132: Give Me The Krispy Kreme Workflow

I rant about the pointlessness of holiday shopping, why Twitter should be concerned Instagram has passed them in active users, how display advertising on the web is a complete fraud, and why you’ll always be safer in traditional yellow cabs than with Uber & Lyft drivers.

In addition, I share my first impressions of the new Workflow app on iOS, totally rip apart a “sharing economy” startup that wants you to fly with strangers’ belongings, ponder why anyone would find fun in giving random people wake-up calls, and I lambast the idiotic backers of a failed coffee brewer Kickstarter campaign.

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December 5, 2014

131: Trampled On A Keyboard

I rant about the madness of Black Friday shopping, how brawl videos from retail outlets are a way for us to shame those in poverty, why those who decry rampant consumerism need to “check their privilege”, and how we only admonish poor labor practices by companies in which we derive our personal luxuries.

In addition, I poke fun at Amazon’s foray into manufacturing diapers, show the hypocrisy of those outraged over Twitter knowing what apps are installed on your phone, and make the argument that online “hate” speech should be criminally judged through the intent of the perpetrator and not the perception of the victim.

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November 21, 2014

130: It’s All Peachy

I rant about Uber being the poster child of everything that’s wrong with the sharing economy, how we expect too much moral fiber from their executives while applauding their company breaking the law, the double standard that exists in the media when it comes to personal attacks, and why consumers couldn’t care less about Uber’s internal culture.

In addition, I easily shoot down Snapchat as a mobile payment platform, ridicule hapless marketing execs at Victoria’s Secret who believe consumers revolve their lives around their retail app, shed light on “morality” video hoaxes that are purely manufactured to produce a viral loop of shared outrage, and I confidently proclaim that both men and women want vaginas to smell the best they can.

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November 16, 2014

129: You’re Worried About The Shirt?

I rant about the piss-poor voter turnout in the recent election, how Democrats lost due to way too much focus on “privileged” issues, why President Obama’s support of net neutrality is actually detrimental to the movement, and how censorship on social media could indeed be considered a free speech violation within the next decade or two.

In addition, I sound off on the sheer lunacy of making a scientist’s shirt the center of a tremendous human achievement, how technological Kool-Aid is causing media companies to overcomplicate the publishing process, why Taylor Swift’s press battle with Spotify is purely for publicity, how to truly fix the economics of streaming music, and why the Amazon Echo is the right product for the wrong company.

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October 31, 2014

128: All About Swipe Fees

I rant about the bevy of major retailers blocking out Apple Pay in favor of their upcoming CurrentC mobile payment system, why the move has absolutely nothing to do with collecting personal information and all to do with eliminating merchant credit card fees, and how the showdown ultimately comes down to who can shift mainstream consumer behavior first.

In addition, I laugh at Amazon’s poor pricing excuse for abysmal Fire Phone sales, applaud the FTC in going after wireless carriers for data throttling, explain the real psychological reason Google Inbox and e-mail apps of that ilk appeal to people, and how Facebook Rooms even as a concept is too confusing to ever gain adoption.

I conclude with a socio-political diatribe on how preconceived world views shape people’s interpretation of the news regardless of the source and that it’s best to be skeptical of any evidence presented to prove or disprove an issue.

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