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 /  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 / announced that Mobile Coin / is hiring senior developers on the heals of raising $30,000,000 /

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 /

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 /

What’s on the radio – 

Buddha Bar Radio –

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