Playlist: Creativity Boost

NEW PLAYLIST ALERT! Spotify puts together some great playlists based on moods. Here’s their “Creativity Boost” playlist. Enjoy it!


Saturday Night Live‘s Cecily Strong Addresses Weekend Update Exit: ‘I’m Genuinely Happy About It’


Don’t cry for Saturday Night Live MVP Cecily Strong, who earlier this week lost her Weekend Update chair to Daily Show correspondent Michael Che.

In a message on her Instagram page, Strong assured fans that she’s not the least bit angry about Lorne Michael’s (seemingly unpopular) decision. Quite the contrary, in fact.

“I don’t see this as me leaving Update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I’m better at,” she wrote. “And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che!

“No point in being angry or sad for me for something I’m genuinely happy about! Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess play on, playa.”

In an interview with the New York Times, Michaels…

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Scribble and the Failings of Tech Journalism



The Scribble Pen, you may remember, is a project by bay area startup Scribble Technology that puts a color sensor and multiple ink reservoirs in a pen. We’ve talked about it before, right after they cancelled their Kickstarter campaign after netting 366% of their original goal.

Yes, they cancelled their campaign after being successfully funded. To Kickstarter’s credit, the Scribble team was asked to provide a better video of the pen demonstrating its capabilities. The team pulled the plug on the campaign, saying they’ll be back soon.

Here is the new campaign. The attentive reader will notice the new campaign is not a Kickstarter project; instead, it is a Tilt campaign. What is Tilt? It’s a platform that allows for crowdfunding, fundraising, pooling, and other ‘many wallets into one’ Internet-based projects. It’s actually not a bad idea if you’re raising funds for a charity or the Jamaican bobsled team

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Let’s Try This Again: KroKro Playlist Week!

September seems like the perfect time to start playlist week! That’s why I waited a week…not because I got overburdened by things! So yeah!

Welcome again to Playlist Week! This week, lists will take over the site!

  • Starting today, Monday, there will be a music playlist everyday (!). The regular weekly playlist will still be there, but there will be artist playlists every day where I’ll highlight an artist that I really like!
  • Tuesday will bring television content of some kind. All right, I’m still working this one out overall, but it’s gonna be good eventually… right?
  • Wednesday means we’ll be watching something! Online content abundant! PLUS! A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
  • Thursday is a tech-lover’s dream! With technology and science content coming out of my butt!
  • Friday is all about me. SO GET READY!
  • Saturday and Sunday have their usual content still, but with dashes of wonderful playlist splendor!

This week is going to be awesome! You can come to KroKro for new content every day, or follow me on Twitter (@toteskrotzkrotz) for all the online stuff you’d expect from a single person!


Hallucinating in the deep waters of consciousness

Mind Hacks

On Saturday I curated a series of short films about other inner worlds, altered states and the extremes of mental health at London’s Shuffle Festival. I discovered one of the films literally a couple of days before the event, and it completely blew me away.

Narcose is a French documentary about a dive by world champion free diver Guillaume Néry. It documents, in real time, a five minute dive from a single breath and the hallucinations he experiences due to carbon dioxide narcosis.

Firstly, the film is visually stunning. A masterpiece of composition, light and framing.

Secondly, it’s technically brilliant. The director presumably thought ‘what can we do when we have access to a community of free divers, who can hold their breath under water for minutes at a time?’ It turns out, you can create stunning underwater scenes with a cast of apparently water-dwelling humans.

But most…

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