September 2018

This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.

You can follow me more closely at my personal website or if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, you can point them to my real estate website.

Dun-Dun—Dunnnn

An Oral History of ‘GoldenEye 007’ on the N64

GoldenEye 007 was originally planned to be a 2D, single-player side-scrolling game, much like Donkey Kong, another game that British developers Rare were producing at the time for the SNES. However, lead developer Martin Hollis suggested it be a 3D first-person shooter for the Nintendo 64, a system and technology that didn’t even fully exist yet. He got his way, and assembled a ragtag team of new-to-gaming developers to begin working on what was expected to be “just another film license” game — games that typically rode the movie’s fame, but didn’t prove to be smash hits, critically or commercially.

And just to cut to the chase…

Oddjob is cheating: He is banned. That said, I have only played with a caliber of people who would never consider choosing him, so it has never been an issue.

Rich Uncle Pennybags

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

Jerome Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners, and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI launched Operation ‘Final Answer.’

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August 2018

This newsletter is a collection of things I have found in the last month that I enjoyed, found interesting, or simply wanted to share.

You can follow me more closely at my personal website or if you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell a home, you can point them to my real estate website.

Home is Where the Dryptosaurus is

Locate modern addresses on Earth 750 million years ago

300 million years ago the current location of my home emerged from the sea. Some of my neighbors may have also arrived at that time.

Good Design is as Little Design as Possible

Ten Principles for Good Design

Gary Hustwit has a documentary about designer Dieter Rams coming out soon.

From objects to influence, Rams’ contribution to our everyday lives is expansive.

“Dieter Rams’ ability to bring form to a product so that it clearly, concisely and immediately communicates its meaning is remarkable… He remains utterly alone in producing a body of work so consistently beautiful, so right, and so accessible.” – Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer

Bo-Yo

Good One: Can’t Handle This

A part of me loves you,
A part of me hates you,
A part of me needs you,
A part of me fears you.

In this podcast, Jesse David Fox and Bo Burnham discuss the finale to Bo’s special, ‘Make Happy’. In an auto-tuned Kanye-esque rant we hear about Pringles, Chipotle, and Bo’s view of the audience and performing.

Bo has directed a movie called Eighth Grade receiving tremendous acclaim. The production company for the film, A24, has had recent success with Ladybird, Moonlight, The Disaster Artist, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Ex Machina, and The Lobster.

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Book ‘Em

Bill Gates has his 5 books worth reading this summer.

I’ve read some terrific books lately. When I pulled together this list of five that you might enjoy this summer, I realized that several of my choices wrestle with big questions. What makes a genius tick? Why do bad things happen to good people? Where does humanity come from, and where are we headed?

I’m in the middle of Factfulness. Gates provides some great notes about the book.

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