Hagan Blount

PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // May 11, 2018

Hagan Blount
PlaceInvaders TableTalk Newsletter // May 11, 2018

Can you really opt out?
If you’re in a room and someone else has their voice attendant set to autodetect (and for those of you who don’t know about this setting, it means that when you start speaking anything, it is listening for “Hey Siri,” or “Alexa,” or “OK Google”), that means you are also being listened to. We turned ours off when a friend suggested this. Someday soon, the first voice pattern recognition arrest is going to be made, but it won’t be because the wanted was next to us in a bar, minding their own business. And this type of shit is already happening. I know you’re thinking “Oh, but that’s China.” Don’t be naive, people.

This Is America
The new Childish Gambino video is mesmerizing; you can watch it over and over again and see new things every time. The whole Internet had a take on it, so we’ll drop some links to the smarties whose input you shouldn’t miss, like Awesomely LuvvieNatty Kasambala, and Doreen St. Fénix. Our thoughts: racism is the root cause, but breaking the stranglehold that money has in reinforcing this vicious cycle is also important to address. The message in this video and stories like this are directly connected. Money = power = media control = our tax dollars going to places they shouldn’t = disenfranchisement

Demand Corporate Wine Transparency
We had this idea last year for a blockchain wine startup. What would be the 10 star wine club experience? We signed up for Gary V’s wine club and thought that might be different and more interesting than any other wine club (as was promised). Nope. It was a wine club with a guy sniffy-sniff riffing on a wine or two for 10 minutes a month, and the rest of the experience was average. This one looks like a winner, though. Buy a bottle of 2018 for cost right now ($5 or so), get it in 2020 (how they’re going to get it to you, we have no idea). Also, you know every cost that goes into making the wine, how it’s farmed, possibly more granular information like brix, rainfall, temperatures, volumes… This is one to follow (disclosure: we didn’t buy any OpenVino yet).

Good NA Beers
You don’t have to get drunk to have a good time, but it sure helps you stay warm. Half of PlaceInvaders is going dry and experimenting with non-alcoholic brews. At an outdoor event in our town earlier this week, he had to source some more layers from the host. Acceptable trade-off. The other trade-off (however acceptable it may be) is the skyrocketing marijuana budget, but we’re guessing that a sativa NA is on the horizon.


Why Is Everybody Getting Married in a Barn?
We’ve fielded a number of wedding requests, but haven’t taken any on yet. Skepticism of the wedding planning industry and fear of bridezillas (mother-of-the-bridezillas, more specifically) are holding us back. We do love to party it up at a good wedding, though, and are on our way this weekend to the union of some friends we can’t wait to celebrate. We suppose jumping on new trends is marginally better than the vast majority of wedding plans that involve doing things just because everyone does them (garter toss, really ya’ll?), but we can say from past experience attending/helping decorate a Pinterest-driven barn wedding that they can be far from the polar opposite to “antithesis of chill” fancy hotel weddings.