Monthly Archives: September 2012

How Clubbing Changed the World

My advice is to set aside 90 minute and watch the video below. It’s one of the best  documentaries I’ve seen all year.

With dance music taking over the USA, a british TV station explores how club culture has influenced almost every aspect of people’s lives (even those who don’t  listen to electronic music at all). I guess this explains why I DJ! The documentary below goes back to the 80s/90s in the US, talks about Britain ruling the underground club scene, and gets insights from Goldie, Pete Tong, Katy B, Skream, Carl Cox. Check it out!

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Is K-Pop the Future of Music?

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Music preferences are changing faster today than every before. I realized this when the most requested song at my last DJ gig was the most popular K-pop (aka Korean Pop) song ever: Gangnam Style by Psy.

K-Pop (an abbreviation of Korean popular music) is a musical genre consisting of dance, electronic, electropop, hip hop, and R&B music originating in South Korea. In addition to music, K-pop has grown into a popular subculture among teenagers and young adults around the world.

Gangnam Style” is a 2012 Korean pop single by the South Korean rapper PSY. It is widely praised for its humor, catchy rhythm as well as Psy’s unusual dance moves. Simply put, the video is HYSTERICAL. As of today, the video has been viewed over 190,000,000 times!! This makes it Youtube’s most viewed K-pop video of all time!

The song has been shared on the internet by celebrities including T-Pain and Katy Perry, covered by others such as Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5, and has been featured in international media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. If you want to laugh, watch this live performance from CNN International.

So is K-pop the future of music? I’m not so sure…but it’s definitely amusing. I now play Gangnam style in all my sets….make sure to like my DJ fan page and follow me on soundcloud to know when I’m playing near you!

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Home Furnishings And Design Site LuxeYard Bets on Social Media for Changing Industry

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LuxeYard, a luxury home furnishings and decor site, launched an interesting e-commerce platform this past January that added a twist to the flash sales model.

Similar to sites line One Kings Lane and Gilt, LuxeYard offers up to 70 percent discounts on furniture, home decor and other accessories in daily sales. However, LuxeYard also offers what it calls ‘concierge buying,’ which allows members to request items they would like to purchase at a discounted price by posting photos to LuxeYard’s Facebook page. The most popular product will be voted up by members, and the startup’s experts will attempt to source either the exact product, or a similar product and offer this on sale to members.

LuxeYard members also have the ability to push product prices down for certain items by using Facebook and Twitter to encourage others to purchase a product, which will drive the price down. For example, members may purchase an item for $100; share the information on Facebook encouraging others to buy the same product; and two days later find out that customer demand, which they helped drive, dropped the price to $50. Everyone who purchased the Group Buy Item will pay the final lowest price.

The site also includes a set of featured design professionals and influencers provide design curation and offers aesthetic insights, product recommendations and special events exclusively for LuxeYard members. Consumers can also enter room dimensions and/or upload a photo of the room in which they’d place the piece to get a sense for how it fits with the current décor and layout before they buy.

LuxeYard has raised $3.5 million in funding from a group of undisclosed investors.

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Gotta love the manhattan woods locker room #golf #baller

from Instagram: http://instagr.am/p/PUm53OtQGa/ September 08, 2012 at 01:02PM
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How Europe is Kicking America’s Ass

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What a BOSS

Guess who’s winning the brains race, with 100% of first graders learning to code? Estonia announced today that it is implementing a new education program that will have 100 percent of publicly educated students learning to write code.

Called ProgeTiiger, the new initiative aims to turn children from avid consumers of technology (which they naturally are; try giving a 5-year-old an iPad sometime) into developers of technology (which they are not; see downward-spiraling computer science university degree program enrollment stats).

ProgreTiiger education will start with students in the first grade (which starts around the age of 7 or 8 for Estonians) and will continue through a student’s final years of public school (around age 16). Teachers are being trained on the new skills, and private sector IT companies are also getting involved (since they will likely end up being the long-term beneficiaries of a technologically literate populace).

The ProgreTiiger program is launching at a few pilot schools and will soon be rolling out to all general education schools in Estonia.

By contrast, the U.S. public education system has been described as “running on empty” when it comes to tech literacy, leaving young adults unprepared to compete in a digitally driven economy.

In 2009 and 2010, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) conducted a joint study and found that most public schools in the U.S. focus only on the consumer aspects of using computers.

Rather than truly teaching kids about computers, we’re teaching them to see the machines and programs as mysterious tools, offering little or no instruction about “the conceptual aspects of computer science that lay the foundation for innovation and deeper study in the field (for example, develop an understanding of an algorithm,” the report’s findings state.

Already, in hacking competitions around the world, Eastern European programmers are often leading the pack. Estonia’s new bid for comp-sci dominance has increased the odds of that occurrence and will likely help Estonia in the international competition for jobs, capital, and talent in a growing tech economy.

Top image courtesy of Kiselev Andrey Valerevich, Shutterstock

via VentureBeat.

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