Prince Performs ‘Purple Rain’ During Super Bowl Halftime Show

The performance that bore a new fan.

Like many others, I’ve been searching the vast internet for any interviews or concerts from Prince. There aren’t many. The man was very good at erasing himself from the internet. Some might call it going overboard.

After watching the ones I could find, I keep coming back to this performance. It was my introduction to Prince. Before this, he was only a person I’d heard of once or twice. This performance changed everything. I went from barely knowing who he was, to reading about him, buying songs, and learning the lyrics.

His musical genius wasn’t only apparent in his songs, but in the many artists he’s influenced. You can tell when a musician is a fan of Prince. You’ll find a very unique funk in the music they create. His style was unlike any other, and his stage presence was unmatched. I will miss Prince.

Kit Kats Fresh From the Factory

You can actually taste the difference.

When I first read Casey’s post on buying chocolate directly from the Hershey’s Factory, I was skeptical. Back in 2015, they were doing a run of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Casey had this to say:

Though Reese’s cups are not my favorite candy (that would probably be Kit Kat or a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bar), I do quite like them. Even as a non-connoisseur, I can assure you that the fresh from the factory Reese’s taste noticeably better. The chocolate is obviously fresher, the peanut butter better.

This year, they did a run of Kit Kat, and I just couldn’t stand idly by, and not try it. Oh my… Casey was right. The taste is so much better. Watch the video, but don’t take my word for it. Next time you can pre-order from the factory, don’t miss your chance.

Traveling Light: Underwear | The Brooks Review

Ben Brooks:

The underwear are all synthetic and comfortable to wear. They are moisture wicking, claim to be anti-bacterial, and anti-stink I guess as well. None of this matters to me on a practical level, but I can say: they don’t seem to get stinky, not that I’ve gone in for the sniff.

I’m so glad Ben writes about stuff like this. Packing five to seven pairs of underwear is such a waste of space. Can’t wait to try these out.

iOS 10: Wishes and Concept Video | MacStories

Federico Viticci on MacStories:

Below, you’ll find a collection of my iOS 10 wishes, organized in tentpole features (the ones also shown in the video) plus additional sub-sections. Some of these wishes have been on my list for years; others are a consequence of the features Apple shipped with iOS 9.

Who knows what Apple is working on for iOS 10, but it would be amazing to see some of these wishes make it. Check these out, the video is very well done.

For a Generation, Kobe Was ‘Our Michael Jordan’ | NBA.com

Shaun Powell writing for NBA.com:

Kobe Bryant is now 37 and ready for retirement, and plenty has been said about Kobe in the two decades in between. He even summed up his profile in a pre-packaged, marketable two-word assessment: “Hero/Villain.” Feel free to choose your side, or accept both. What is undeniable, though, is how he elevated himself a notch above the many great players in this aspect: Only a select handful managed to cast a spell over an entire generation.

I won’t miss the arrogance and selfishness. I will miss those moments where he did the impossible, close a game like no one else could. An era in basketball has ended.

A Manager’s Job Is Making Sure Employees Have a Life Outside Work | Harvard Business Review

Arjun Dev Arora and Raman Frey writing for the Harvard Business Review:

…we want to see [our employees] thrive both in and out of the workplace. It’s a magnanimous attitude with no self-evident ROI, and brings to mind Gary Vaynerchuk’s quip with a venture capital professional who was quizzing him on the worthiness of his new business. She kept repeating, “But what is the ROI on this spend?” and he finally snapped and retorted, “What’s the ROI on your mother?!” In other words, not all the value of a company can be quantified.

I don’t think its humanly possibly to agree harder with this paragraph. Some are so fixated to ROI, they forget the human element of business. It’s typical of the douche-bro breed1 really, who excuse it by saying they’re data-driven. But time and time again, treating people with kindness, and respecting them as adults proves to be the better approach:

A mean boss may get short-term results, but sows the seeds for long-term systemic failure, as has been shown by Stanford’s Emma Seppala and Georgetown School of Business’s Christine Porath in her research.

  1. Try saying that five times fast. Don’t be embarrassed, I tried too. 

Congratulations! You’ve Been Fired | The New York Times

Dan Lyons writing for The New York Times:

Unfortunately, working at a start-up all too often involves getting bossed around by undertrained (or untrained) managers and fired on a whim. Bias based on age, race and gender is rampant, as is sexual harassment. The free snacks are nice, but you also must tolerate having your head stuffed with silly jargon and ideology about being on a mission to change the world…

The Netflix code has been emulated by countless other companies, including HubSpot, which employed a metric called VORP, or value over replacement player. This brutal idea comes from the world of baseball, where it is used to set prices on players. At HubSpot we got a VORP score in our annual reviews. It was supposed to feel scientific, part of being a “data-driven organization,” as management called it.

Haha! These idiots sure love their acronyms, don’t they? This whole mentality is so sad, and my heart goes out to the poor people who work in environments like this. Our industry, our’s, treats people as… disposable. We are in desperate need of change.

Netflix Says Geography, Age, and Gender Are “Garbage” for Predicting Taste | Fortune

This one is from a while ago, but still fascinating. David Z. Morris writing for Fortune:

“Geography, age, and gender? We put that in the garbage heap,” VP of product Todd Yellin said. Instead, viewers are grouped into “clusters” almost exclusively by common taste, and their Netflix homepages highlight the relatively small slice of content that matches their taste profile. Those profiles could be the same for someone in New Orleans as someone in New Delhi (though they would likely have access to very different libraries).

What Will They Say About Me? | Cognition

Dan Delauro writes his thoughts at a funeral he attended:

As I sat and listened to all of his friends and family get up in front of a room full of people to tell stories and share, I couldn’t help but wonder… Will this many people come to see me off? Will they say nice things about me? Will they tell stories that everyone will wish they were a part of? And then it dawned on me. It’s not their responsibility to show up and say nice things. It’s mine to leave them with something special enough to encourage a story.

This made me stop and think about how I’m treating the people in my life. No amount of professional “success” or money can replace human relationships.

Patience and Impatience in the Tech Industry by Manton Reece

Manton Reece:

It has taken 6 years from the original iPad introduction to the iPad Pros we have today that fulfill what I had hoped a tablet could be. Was it worth the wait? Yes. But that’s a long time, and a more impatient company might’ve taken a different path to get here, and they wouldn’t have been wrong.

Patience is good, and I’m glad that Apple has a great balance between innovating on brand new products and perfecting existing concepts. But I’m also glad that not every company is as patient as Apple.

I love this about Apple. They’re able to see people interested in something, learn from the mistakes of other companies, and create something great.

The decision not to ship is a courageous one, and I feel it doesn’t get enough credit. It’s easy for these companies to make new products. Breaking the mold to be patient, refine, iterate (and see that as important or even more important than making something new) is what sets Apple apart.