Weekly Reading List: Blake Chastain


On this watchLAB‘s Weekly Reading List we have technology you can sleep with, magic, the Oscars broken down like never before, Microsft’s New Groove (Disney’s new block buster?), and some Modest Advice to start off your weekend.

Here’s what I’ve been reading:

1) I Tried to Design the Perfect Night’s Sleep. Here’s What Happened.

Found on FastCo.Design, by Shaunacy Ferro.

With the Apple Watch announcement right around the corner, wearable technology is about to hit the mainstream consciousness like it never has before. But despite Apple’s high-profile entrance into the market, many, many companies have been in the space for years. At Fast Company, Shaunacy Ferro reviews her experience using multiple sleep trackers.


2.1) Point/Counterpoint on Magic, the newest delivery-on-demand startup.

Found on Gizmodo, by Ashley Feinberg.

Magic is a new delivery-on-demand service that allows you to send a text to their company and make any delivery request. Anything. (So long as it’s legal.)

Gizmodo’s Ashley Feinberg had a delightful experience asking for a live fish and aquarium be delivered to her:

A Same Day Delivery Service Brought Me a Fish We Both Assumed Would Die


2.2) Watch me pull a rabbit out of this hat.

Found on Re/Code, by Jason Del Rey

Meanwhile, Re/Code’s Jason Del Rey had a less magical experience asking for some computer hardware and a chicken-parm sandwich.

I Tried Out Magic, the New Text Message Concierge, and It Was Far From Magical


3)  How to Build an Oscar Winner

Found on Bloomberg, by Bloomberg Staff.

The Oscars happened this past weekend, and Bloomberg broke down the characteristics of all the past winners, in great detail: age, race, height, and more.


4) Microsoft obsesses over giant displays and super thin tablets in future vision video

Found on The Verge, by Tom Warren.

Microsoft is getting its groove back. CEO Satya Nadella was just profiled for a Wired cover story this February. Windows 10 is getting positive buzz. And they have an interesting vision for the future.


5) Modest Advice: Life Lessons from Harper Reed and Inside His New Startup

Found on ChicagoInnoby Dave Thomas.

Harper Reed, former CTO of the 2012 Obama presidential campaign, as well as the former CTO of Threadless, has a new startup called Modest. He spoke to a crowd on 2/25 and dispensed advice on business, reconsidering practicality, and building businesses in Chicago.


This is watchLAB saying, “Keep reading and have a good weekend.”

Blake Chastain

Blake Chastain

IT/Media Specialist at watchLAB
Blake Chastain is a writer and marketer. His obsessions are media, technology, and video games. Blake lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and daughter.
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