TKC 454 Kes Woodward

Kes, right, and I ride the MAX train from PDX to Portland OR

Painter, art critic and historian

Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 41:14

“I remember your talking on one of your programs about Jeff Bezos’s insisting on a one-second [Alexa] response when his staff said, “We can get this down to three seconds,” and he said, “That’s not good enough.” That makes a huge difference. It shouldn’t–we’re so impatient, I’m so impatient. But the fact that it is more more conversational and that I don’t have to wait and think about the fact that this is a machine processing it, makes it much more real to me.”


Jeff Bezos’s 2016 Letter to Shareholders – and the 1997 letter (PDF)

“Over 550 Amazon Employees Are Pressuring Leadership to Cut Advertising Ties With Breitbart” by Charlie Warzel at BuzzFeed – April 13, 2017

Tech Tips

How to connect Amazon Tap to a new wifi network (Amazon help page)

Ask My Buddy skill for Alexa

Interview with Kesler Woodward

Painting in the North, Kes’s web site

Western States Arts Federation

Kes Woodward on TKC 50 – July 1, 2009

iPad Mini 4

Brain Pickings

Bufo Calvin in VR on TKC 453 – April 7, 2017


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Naomi S. Baron, author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World

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Comments 2

  1. SpringfieldMH wrote:

    Regarding “bristling in defense of Amazon”, I’ll offer an alternate interpretation… bristling in offense at the shoddy ‘journalism’ practiced against Amazon by legacy media offended and panicked by Amazon’s rise. That shoddyness was subsequently acknowleged by the New York Times ombudsperson. So I’ll say, if that is bristling, keep on bristling, Len, in your scholarly and gentlemanly way.

    Posted 16 Apr 2017 at 3:51 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    I appreciate that, Michael. I do believe the NYT reporter covering Amazon was doing a deeply flawed job of it. I’m so glad they have replaced him with a Seattle-based reporter who gets the company and provides much more useful reporting on it.

    Posted 16 Apr 2017 at 9:44 am