5 Points – 26

5 Points – 26 – 

I’ve published my 5 Points newsletter installation for 6 months.  My initial goal was to commit to the effort for 10 weeks…and when I met that with relative ease, I just kept going.

So, why am I even doing this?  I’ve been asked this question a number of times.  A few reasons…

  • When I decided to move from Los Angeles to Nashville, I was really worried about being alone in a new city and being separated from a lot of my best friends.  I rely on them so much.  I thought this could be a way to stay connected in a pretty low touch way.  To say the move has had its challenges is an understatement, and I’m not complaining, but getting the occasional note from a friend gives me incredible strength to persevere.  Thank you.
  • I have lots of different interests and enjoy learning about all kinds of things and have lots of ideas…and I feel that if I don’t get them out of my head that they run in the background, kind of like old crummy anti-virus software, clogging up my ability to come up with new ideas and see things differently.
  • Sometimes I come across resources I find valuable and that make my life easier.  I get a lot joy from learning that someone else’s life has been enriched from a tool I turned them on to.
  • Some day, you’ll get the last one of these from me, as a result of my demise.  This is a curated record, the only record, of some of my thoughts.  I am convinced that humans 500 years from now will be so thankful I wrote all this stuff down.
  • I think it’s neat to write.  I struggled as a kid to learn to read…in part because of a myriad of learning disabilities…so I’ve had to really work hard at it to figure it out.  Very differently than, say, math or athletics or spoken communication…part of that working at it has been and still is, writing.
  • The network of folks that read this has proven most valuable to my professional pursuits.  I regularly receive questions and referrals that have resulted in non-trival additions to how I make a living.

So, I’m going to keep at it for now.  I really appreciate your joining me.

I’m speaking at the AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit – 

I’m stoked to have been asked to speak at the Association of Independent Music Publishers event in New York City on June 12th.


My panel will feature resources music publishers can leverage to grow and better maintain their businesses.


I’ll likely be in the city for a few days to bookend the event, so please do get in touch if you’re keen hook up.

Containers – 

I was riding from SOMA to Oakland yesterday with Peretz (https://www.linkedin.com/in/peretzpartensky/) and he pipes up from the back seat of our Uber pool (he gave me the front and he wedged in beside two nice ladies we didn’t know in the back) “Do you know where the first shipping container cranes ever built are?”…like that’s a run of the mill question…I took a crack with Brooklyn and then suggested Long Beach…then he pointed past my ear toward these 3 small black cranes in the near distance…Oakland.  That’s where they are.  The first ones.

Went on to share a lot about containers, as a result of tuning into the Containers Podcast (https://soundcloud.com/containersfmg) – Containers is an 8-part audio documentary about how global trade has transformed the economy and ourselves.

What I’m Listening To –

One of the joys of living in Nashville has been the plethora of truly world class music, everywhere.

So, last week my friends Anna and Jared Cattoor (https://www.facebook.com/twocitiesoneworld/) were in town for a show at the coffee shop down the street, and a couple of the Wooten Brothers played backup for them.  Really…they  just jumped in to play back up for a crowd of 15 at a coffee shop???

Anna and Jared killed it and the show was mind blowing…they weren’t thinking about it or reading the music to play…it was just happening and proliferating out of their being and it was awesome.  I don’t play music, enviously, but I like to compare this sort of phenomenon to athletes playing at the highest level.

Afterward I looked into some of the things Roy Wooten had been involved with …and talk about a rabbit hole.  Also known as Future Man, he won Grammy’s with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones..invented and often plays the drumitar, which resembles a piano but plays notes not found in the traditional western music scales. This instrument is based on the periodic table of elements[3] and the golden ratio..and likes to dress up like a pirate.


Kindness – 

I recently listened to some of the lectures and read the book (https://www.amazon.com/12-Rules-Life-Antidote-Chaos/dp/0345816021) of Jordan Peterson .  He’s a focking idiot.  It may sound like his ideas are worthy of consideration at first glance, because he’s smart and presents them confidently.  But make no mistake, what he’s chirping is vitriol and radioactive.  And when the message is distilled away from the packaging…sounds right out stupid.

Among other things he pontificates is that kindness is over rated.  This is bullsh!t.

I can share with you with absolute confidence that this is patently false.  Being kind and agreeable is without question one of the greatest tools I employ to living a happy life.  The world has an uncanny ability to mimic the shape you present it with..when I smile, others smile back unprovoked.  When I help someone out, others rush over to lend a hand when I need when I haven’t asked.  When I pay it forward, somehow, incredulously, the universe conspires to afford me with the most beautiful and special good fortunes.  I give a lot of credit to these facts as a direct result of being kind.

I saw this sign in the coffee shop this morning and it made me smile 🙂 and it worked

Five Points – 25

GenuisScan  – 

Someone recently told me via their iPhone that they would get the a countersigned contract back to me next week because they were on the road.  Then I made a frown face.

It would seem to reason that in the business of getting contracts signed, countersigned, and returned such that a deal is memorialized…that one would go to the end of the earth to do just that.  That collecting all the signatures…signing on the line that is dotted…is the thing!  That is the hard part.

If you do any work that involves the signing of contracts or the need to scan something, you may consider Genius Scan.  The app allows for the taking of a photo of some thing (paper) with your phone, turns it into a PDF, and formats it all to quickly zap it off in an email.  And it costs exactly nothing.  Its free.


Too clever by half – 

I found this article incredibly enlightening.


It personifies two characters present during change – the coyote and the raccoon.  One is too smart for its own good and will ultimately die.  The other is a bandit, has no shame, and unfortunately, will persevere.  It also highlights the meta-game…the game about the game…that is crucial to understand, if one wants to win.  The topic of the article is the blockchain and cryptocurrency, however I extrapolated the lesson to be more about life in general.  There are a lot of moving parts here and I think it’s well worth a look.  15 min read.

World Record Badminton Volley – 108 hits in the 2013 World Championship – 

Holy &*#$ the poise of these guys.  And the fact it was match point as well – https://youtu.be/aFGLXYcKD2M

What I’m Watching –

Dear Basketball by Kobe Bryant – https://www.go90.com/videos/261MflWkD3N

This animated short (5 mins) by Kobe Bryant was captivating.  I believe the sentiment is shared by anyone saying goodbye to something they truly love after having given it their all.  I know I felt some of these things when I finally hung up my rugby boots.  It won an Oscar this year for good reason.

Intercourse by Jonatan Etzler (NSFW) – https://vimeo.com/268661843

This is a short film about a pretty strange twist in the sexual relationship of a couple.  It was a Vimeo staff pick last week and has been featured on a few different outlets.  It pushes a few buttons and made a few people I discussed it with uncomfortable and others’ turned on, so they reported. Swedish with English subtitles. Mature content.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey – https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Stop-Believin-Everymans-Journey/dp/B00BNESEQ4

Do you need to watch a documentary that’ll make you feel good?  Love 80’s rock – Journey!!!  Watch this.  It’s really pretty awesome.  The film follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.

1,000 True Fans – 

I found myself heading back to this iconic article this past week.  Penned by Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review.  It’s become famous in its own right, as it’s dang good advice.

To be a successful creator you don’t need millions. You don’t need millions of dollars or millions of customers, millions of clients or millions of fans. To make a living as a craftsperson, photographer, musician, designer, author, animator, app maker, entrepreneur, or inventor you need only thousands of true fans. …


Five Points – 24

I am speaking at Music Biz 2018 in Nashville next week – 

This conference may be considered one of the most important music business conferences of the year, this particular stanza being the 60th.

Successfully Managing Your Releases: Best Practices and Obligations for the Independent Label or Artist

Successfully releasing your music as an independent label or artist is often times coupled with a unique set of challenges and obligations. This presentation’s aim is to highlight and discuss these obligations, while focusing on the implementation of “best practices” to ensure your music is released legally, and your projects run smoothly.

Items include choosing the right distributor, registering your original compositions with the PRO’s and Streaming Services, registering your master recordings with Sound Exchange, getting a publishing administrator, YouTube Registration and Collections, and acquiring an accounting team assembled to handle the distribution of your earnings, to name a few of the topics.


Please come say hi after this panel or drop me a line if you’ll be at the conference to connect at another time.  A sneaky, adult beverage may be in order.

Selling Your House For More Than It’s Worth – 

I found an interesting article recently that was a bit of a “Buyer’s Beware” message, explaining that features often listed in homes for sale may not be worth it, if purchased a la carte.


And then a neighbor began to ask for advice from me, a younger person, on what they might do to bring their home up to snuff to maximize value, as they prepare to sell.  So, here!  Consider these ideas.

Here’s a sampling of ideas that may pronounce the value of real estate you’re selling.  Of course, if you’re in the market to buy, you may push back when negotiating price, relative to items you know you can (and will probably enjoy) find at the flea market.

Design Feature Sold For (Percentage More Than Home Value)
1. Solar panels 40 percent
2. Craftsman 34 percent
3. Coffered ceiling 29 percent
4. Claw-foot tub 29 percent
5. Mid-century 28 percent
6. In-law 28 percent
7. Landscape/path/outdoor/deck lighting 26 percent
8. Exposed beam or ceiling 26 percent
9. Farmhouse sink 26 percent
10. Wainscot 26 percent

Larry Harvey – 1948 – 2018 – 


What the man built changed the course of my life.  The friends I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned as a result of that gathering in the dust has forever enriched how I view and move through my days.

Individually, I can thank Doug Campbell (http://projectfresh.com/) for inviting me along to my first Burn.  We met in the Mexico City airport in 2010, I on my way home to LA from Buenos Aires after a round of footie and he on the opposite route on a vision quest.  We made fast friends and said goodbye, as you do.  But we stayed in touch, which is a bit more rare in the transient nature of back packers sharing a laugh at a lay-over airport.  Doug returned home several months later and invited me, as promised, to Mind Share LA, a monthly TED-esk event that he curated.  I began to volunteer on my second visit and he generously invited me to the rest of his crew, mostly whom were burners – a group of people that I admire and rely on and have become my family and that I miss dearly at present.  That next burn he invited me to join him to camp with the Phage (our camp name).  And the rest is history, as they say.  I still call Doug one of my best friends and we always laugh so big at the hijinx and realizations and acts of muppethood we’ve committed since we last made time to hang out.  One ritual he’s been awesome at is scheduling at least a FaceTime session in the future during the current hang, to give us something to look forward to.

While Burning Man is most certainly the biggest party on earth, it is so much more. For the uninitiated:


The 10 Principles of Burning Man

Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.

Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Join the conversation in the 10 Principles blog series.
Join the conversation in the 10 Principles blog series.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Thank you, Larry.

Make your web surfing faster and more private –

Cloudflare.com just launched an important option to default settings you may employ to browse the web.


From their site:

DNS: Internet’s Directory

Nearly everything on the Internet starts with a DNS (Domain Name Service) request. DNS is the Internet’s directory. Click on a link, open an app, send an email and the first thing your device does is ask the directory: Where can I find this?

Unfortunately, by default, DNS is usually slow and insecure. Your ISP, and anyone else listening in on the Internet, can see every site you visit and every app you use — even if their content is encrypted. Creepily, some DNS providers sell data about your Internet activity or use it target you with ads.

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Go here ( to learn how to change the settings on your computer of phone to have a faster, more private experience.

What’s on the radio – 

Band of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You – https://youtu.be/cuZo7pLnL7c

Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek – https://youtu.be/UYIAfiVGluk

These two songs are special to me, lately.  Ask me in person.

Five Points – 23

Scratch – 

I do not have children, but if I did, I think I would want them to learn certain things.  I would want them to be kind and empathetic and tolerant.  And I would make sure they ample opportunity to read and write and understand maths.  Among many other other things.

I would definitely expose them to coding computers.  And Scratch is hands down the best way to do that today.  200,000,000 kids interacted with Scratch last year.  If you haven’t shared it with kids you know, you may consider it.


Scratch launched in May of 2007 as a downloadable desktop application. Kids could create their own interactive stories, games, and animations on their computer and share them with the online community by uploading them to the Scratch website. The release of Scratch 2.0 brought Scratch to the web in 2013, resulting in exponential growth in the Scratch community. Scratch is now the world’s largest coding platform for kids; it’s available worldwide, for free.


Friends doing awesome stuff alert – 

Calli Beck just launched her online store.  She uses a laser cutter to make beautiful lamps and wall art and more.  She is also available for commissions and can build amazing spaces for stages, festivals, gatherings.  Her eye for perspective, flow, and feel is remarkable.



Ezra Woods / https://www.instagram.com/ezrawoodsofficial/  is hiring part time staff in Los Angeles at Regime des Fleurs – A Very Special Fragrance Studio For A Most Discerning Clientele.


Ezra would be incredible to work with – smart like crazy smart. driven like you don’t know how many hours are we still working? and funny.  Laughing hard with and at and because of people all over the park. funny.

Read more about the company here:



Joshua Goldbard / https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshuagoldbard/ announced that Mobile Coin / https://www.mobilecoin.com/ is hiring senior developers on the heals of raising $30,000,000 / https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/24/mobilecoin-moxie-marlinspike-binance-labs/

From his post:

We are recruiting our core technical team to build digital cash. If you’d like to help us design a privacy focused, usable, and scalable cryptocurrency that complies with regulation, shoot me a message. We’re looking for engineers who have worked on big systems (>10M dau) and want to work on low-level code. Direct memory access is a critical part of our problem set.

Please reach out to his team directly if you or someone you know might be a fit.  I can say with a large degree of confidence that working with Josh on this project would be a life changer for most.  If you think you even have an inkling of skills to get on board, stop what you are doing and sign up.


A Trip Through New York City in 1911 – From the collection of The Museum of Modern Art

Slowed down footage to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. This film was taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America.

Look at the hats!!!  And look at everyone looking at the camera.  It must’ve have been such a foreign looking instrument.


Hat tip to Lonne Jaffe for the link / https://twitter.com/lonnej

Why Justin Timberlake sings ‘may’ vs ‘me’ – Linguistics and vocal styling converge in this late ’90s pop trend. –

Unpacking southern dialect dynamics.  Diphthongization (new word alert). 90’s pop. Justin Timberlake. …sign me right up.  I found this article to be fascinating.


Hat tip to Alex Kawas for the link / http://alexkawas.com/

What’s on the radio – 

Buddha Bar Radio – https://www.pandora.com/station/play/3764213104724194063

It’s such an easy channel to listen to.  Super loungey.  Put on something comfy.  Chill for a while.