For the past month and a half during the radio silence on this blog I’ve been very busy. I’ve helped launched two products, taken two trips, and also started a of new hobby.
Both Spinlist and it’s sub-project Song Share launched during the last three weeks. Spinlist is still in its early days and we’re only letting a few people on the service right now but you can still download the app and get in line for access. Spinlist is a simple (yet pretty complex under the hood) way to share your playlists with anybody no matter what music streaming service the person you’re sending uses—even if they don’t use one at all.
Song Share is a distillation of the song-matching technology that I built for Spinlist into a simple iMessage app. The idea is simple: share any song with anyone. The entire app works within iMessage and has been a fun way for me, personally, to send some of the terrible music that I listened to in years past to old friends. You can send someone a song and be sure they will be able to play on it on the receiving end.
I went to Bolonga, Italy for a week in September. My family stayed behind while I explored the city, ate wonderful food, and consumed better wine for less money than is possible in the US. Bolonga was a wonderful, vibrant city and was the perfect place to spend a week at to get some headspace. If truth be told, I think this cluttered mind prefers to the streets of Lucca (a city my family lived in a for a month right after my daughter was born) to the bustle of Bologna, but Bologna wins on the food-front, bar-none.
This past weekend I went to Louisville, KY with a couple of friends from college to drink and learn about bourbon. If you’ve ever been on a winery tour then you’ve been on one of these distillery tours. The same characters can be seen at both: people there for cheap booze, people there to prove to someone they are with how much the know about the beverage, and yuppies there to buy branded bar tools. This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy it but its always hard for me to get past the over-the-top marketing at these sort of places. Perhaps I’ve gotten more sensitive to marketing since we’ve gotten rid of our TV but the constant barrage of having a brand thrown into my face takes much away from the rest of the experience.
On the hobby front, I’ve reluctantly started playing Dungeons & Dragons with a few friends. While I don’t see myself completely diving into the culture of the game, I’ve very much enjoyed having an excuse to get together with some friends and goof around. I feel like I don’t have a lot of time to not be serious anymore but this is giving me an outlet for that. Being exposed to this subculture has given me some product/app ideas that I’ve started pursuing. However, after the US election these sort of silly ideas seem insignificant and I feel like I should be putting my extra energy toward things that are more important.