Couldn’t find a store that would sell me a microphone in LA this afternoon. But it looked like the dispensaries were doing good business. Made me think of this quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

The PBS doc on Amazon is good. The part that gave me the chills the most is when Shel Kaphan, employee #1 and first CTO of the company, tells it like it is:

Verlan words

Wikipedia informs: Verlan is a type of jargon in the French language, featuring inversion of syllables in a word, and is common in slang and youth language. […] Some verlan words, such as meuf, have become so commonplace that they have been included in the Petit Larousse. Like any slang, the purpose of verlan is to create a somewhat secret language that only its speakers can understand. Words becoming …

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Descript, at the intersection of audio tech, NLP, machine learning and with a snazzy taste and sense of humor, is my new favorite startup. Bonus points: this is one of the best product videos I’ve ever seen. Congrats Lyrebird for the merger!

A postcard from Chyornye Bratya.

This video of a man rescued by divers after surviving for three days in an air pocket on a sunken tugboat is the most shocking thing you’ll see today. If the thought of remaining three days at the bottom of the Atlantic in pitch darkness with freezing water to your waist doesn’t give you the chills, I don’t know what will.