I’ve written a new book with my friend Eric and in honor of the book we’ve decided to put together a fun podcast. Check it out!
As a journalist I got tired of transcribing text by hand or paying $1 per minute to have it done so I created CheapTranscription.io. It costs 10 cents a minute for automated, AI transcription and 85 cents a minute for human-edited transcription.
We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback so far and I’d love to hear what you think. You can use the coupon code 10OFF to get 10% your first order.
I know this doesn’t make much sense to folks but I’ve been working on a way to reward users for watching videos. If you like cryptocurrency you can watch this video and get about 44 cents your time and attention. The best part? You can now embed these videos on other websites and create a crazy decentralized way of getting rewards for your attention. Please check it out at HypeHop.com and tell me what you think.
I’ve been working on a new project called TokenReporter and I think you’ll get a kick out of it. It’s basically a bi-weekly newsletter that focuses on token sales AKA ICOs and it explores the intersection of modern startups with cryptocurrency. I’m charging a little bit to support the writers I’ve hired but it’s a pretty cool little newsletter.
We’ve already got 5,000 subscribers and growing so check it out and sign up here.
I’ve spent the last few years trying to help people communicate. I’ve learned that communication, especially intelligent communication about complex topics, is the key to nearly every human advancement. And I’ve learned that modern innovators are quickly leaving the rest of us behind because they can’t communicate their ideas succinctly and interestingly. Great ideas die because they cannot be explained.
I’m working on a new project that’s designed to offer editing on demand. It’s called
Typewriter.Plus (or just Typewriter) and I started in at the and of July and we’ve already seen a few thousand in billings. In short, it seems like something people are really interested in using.
If you’d like a quote simply upload your document and the robot will give you a price. The price is high because I’m using amazing writers and editors instead of bodies in chairs and I think it’s going to be really useful. Let me know what you think.
It’s been a habit of mine since birth and I’m sure you share it: I try to check out bookshelves whenever I can. During dinner parties I gravitate to the host’s stacks in an effort to suss out their taste and opinions. Homes without bookshelves are as sterile as Intel clean rooms. They show that either the host is an insufferable bore or they are one of those weirdos who gave up all possessions. Either way, as John Waters said, “if you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ‘em!”
What’s the point? The point is that we are fast approaching an era when books will be as cumbersome and unnecessary as vinyl. The olds among us will remember the days of packing your vinyl into THOU SHALT NOT STEAL milk crates and driving them cross country next to bulging boxes of paperbacks. These days my music is in my phone alongside my books. I have one crate of vinyl that I haven’t listened to since I was 21 and I have shelves of books that I rarely look at except in quiet reverie.
And printed books are in trouble. Don’t let the publishers tell you otherwise. They’re falling rapidly at a rate that will put them equal ebook sales in 2017. It’s bad news for folks who love slipcovers.
I’ve been messing with the Pipsta mini-printer that connects to the Raspberry Pi. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with it so I decided to learn how to send messages to it via the web. To do this you need to use the example software that comes with the printer and runs on the Raspberry Pi, a third-party MySQL server, and a little PHP.
To start, you have to set up your Pi to ping an addressable database. You can learn how to do that here. You can then then set up the server to receive jobs from the database and test it by sending a few jobs via the command line.
It’s been almost eight years in the making and it’s taken lots of work to get here but here we are: my book, Marie Antoinette’s Watch, is now available in ebook and paperback. I’m working with a publisher called Zola Books to distribute the ebook version and I’ve been working with Victor Marks of A Blog To Watch to solve the myriad issues with printing the paperback version. Both are ready to go and I want you guys to be the first to get them.