He estimated that in the 25–44 age group, Seattle “has 119 single men for every 100 single women, slightly better than San Francisco at 121—but equal if you add in the impact from nearby Bellevue, which is an awful 144.

Rafer sez:
Approximately the same problematic statistics as the PRC if I remember correctly.

Amazon is killing my sex life - Salon.com

We’re not an ‘Internet of Things’ company… We make a thermostat, and we make a smoke alarm.

Rafer sez:

CEO Tony Fadell Hates When Nest Is Called An ‘Internet-Of-Things’ Company | TechCrunch

Maj. Gen. Pisit noted that officials will travel to Singapore to discuss the issue with Google and Facebook next month, and would consider visiting the headquarters of Japan-based Line—Thailand’s most popular smartphone messaging app—at a future date.

Users have taken to Line and other services to organize antimilitary demonstrations since the putsch, and Maj. Gen. Pisit said blocking some individual users’ Line accounts was “in progress.”A Line spokeswoman, however, said the company hasn’t been contacted by Thai authorities and that none of its users have been blocked.

Rafer sez:
Photography is finally building the commercial footprint that a bunch of us fogies dreamed about, and the investment world is jumping in to figure it out. Per Instagram and Snapchat, photos have been a fabulous distribution loss leader, but profit is on the horizon. Ubiquitous imaging is about to change the world even more than phone cameras did. I spent a lot of the ’90s on mobile imaging when the phones were still too far from reality. No one could yet make money or even gain distribution. Just 15 years later, Neuromancer is about to show up. Molly Millions might just get her specs this decade. 

While the most visually dramatic apps are still the vertical ones, like APX pictured above, the every day uses are coming. Last year, a pal of mine tried to ship an iPad app that let you point the camera at a pile of Ikea parts and it would highlight the which hole to address with which screw.  Google is getting into the act at an industrial level with a new tablet prototype.

Much as Gibson feared when he wrote Neuromancer, Molly’s eyepieces might well respond to OK GoogleHello Amazon, or FML Facebook. The open source stack for smart mobile and wearable devices has not emerged. History tells us the open stack emerges once the hardware commoditizes, but that’s a nervewracking, decades-long wait. I’m encouraged that open commoditization is happening already in Google, Facebook, and Amazon’s clouds, but I might be rationalizing.  

While we’re waiting, advertising, and ecommerce are going to be footing the bill for whole visual communications shebang. Photo ads will matter on Pinterest, Instagram, and far across the mobile internet. The first real discussion of the challenges and opportunities of profitable businesses in this sector will be at Vision Summit in NYC next week. The guy putting it on — Evan Nisselson — of LDV Capital is an incredibly focused seed investor in imaging, and he’s put together a great day. 

Get to New York next week.

There is no better place in the world to break your phone’s screen than the border crossing into Shenzhen. Within an hour of dropping the phone, I had a new screen installed by skilled hands in Hua Qiang Bei, for a price of $25.
As social networks go, Pinterest doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. … Which will make it even more surprising when Pinterest eats its competitors alive.
Yeah, well, that was then, this is now. I am sorry to report that after exhaustive anecdotal use I have concluded that the new Google Maps is kind of a shit show.
Never compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.
Tablets deserve their own operating system—or at least a distinct user interface
You think about Kodak, where did Kodak go? They ignored the digital camera. I mean, really? Was there nobody at Kodak who said to somebody at Kodak maybe we should look at this digital thing?

Why Jeffrey Katzenberg Thinks You Should Stop Following Your Passion | LinkedIn

Rafer sez:
That’s not how it happened at Kodak; and I doubt that’s how it happens anywhere. The analog sales guys killed Kodak’s well-known, researched, patented, and decently planned digital future to get paid their short-term commissions and quit/retire. When given the choice to suffer short term sales pain versus medium-term death, the board and CEO blew it.