Old News is written and produced by Lucio Guido, with ample support from Squarespace and it’s remarkably simple interface.
Lucio is a freelance writer and music producer with a life long passion for learning and conversing for which this website and podcast exist to support. Lucio’s insight has been shaped through years working with incredible people, most recently while helping the general public understand their technology. Before that he worked in the wedding industry helping couples register and stealing the opportunity to observe couples and their relationships while solidifying his understanding of the home and the material goods which can enhance or degrade the quality of our lives in so many unseen ways.
Throughout his professional life Lucio has honed his skills helping people see the value in high end merchandise, putting words to the seemingly indescribable advantages luxury goods provide while helping process the oft forgotten variable of time in any budget equation. Always fascinated by the relationship between money and time, Lucio is keen to recognize when spending a little more time will save a lot of money and frustration or if the cheapest price tag is not the most affordable option.
Prior to turning pro, the theme of Lucio’s life was a fruitless struggle to narrow down his interests. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 with honors with a degree in sociology and minor in philosophy, although by the time he was graduating het was already starting to pursue a career in psychology. Despite this, he had gone to college to study physics and computer science, and had spent a considerable amount of time looking to create a major around sound production and acoustics. With a penchant for taking the most challenging classes available, Lucio pushed the limits of a 4 year graduation as he discovered most of his specialities didn’t share overlapping credits.
Lucio was fortunate enough to attend a high school which offered a large amount of AP classes to feed his addiction to learning and testing as he ended up in AP classes for Latin, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, English, Art History, US and European History demonstrating a complete lack of self control. Scheduling conflicts prevented him from completing AP Biology and Computer Science, but he did as much of the course work as was available.
Living in a town nestled in the charming Great Smokey mountains of North Carolina, Asheville High School was blessed with some great guys and girls with extraordinary running talent. With the help of insight and dedication from some extraordinary coaches, Lucio had the opportunity to run on the national stage with a fantastic cross country team.
With his passion for conversation, Lucio was naturally involved with the debate team at his high school, specializing in what he felt was the most pure form of debate, Lincoln Douglas. Looking to round out his reputation as a cool guy, Lucio joined the Latin club. In a world he viewed mostly as a social club, his keen eye for design powered by his high school’s superior graphic design studio (yes, Macs, he was not enamored at the time, but the design software was clearly superior) allowed him to win several awards for his designs while others competed on their mastery of the actual subject.
Looking back even farther, it was obvious Lucio’s passion to learn did not crop up overnight.
Always a unique guy and fascinated by everything even as a child, he was confused when adults asked the stock question: “What’s your favorite subject in school?”. Immediately grabbed by whatever the subject, the question just didn’t fit. As he turned 10, and riding the selfish streak only children are known for, he decided school was an inefficient way to learn and, with the support of his parents, pulled himself out to begin his own education.
With a world of free time suddenly available to him, this is the alien schedule he developed for himself to the bewilderment of just everyone:
- 6:30 am - Wake up
- 6:35 - 6:50 - Morning meditation
- 6:50 - 7:50 - Sportscenter
- 8:00 - 9:00 - History
- 9:00 - 9:45 - Science
- 9:45 - 10:30 - Vocabulary/Grammar
- 10:30 - 11:15 - Math
- 11:15 - 12:00 - Foreign Language
- 12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch (prepared for himself, the origins of his love of cooking)
- 12:30 - 1:00 - Music (keyboards, tried his hand at sax, music production)
- 1:00 - 2:00 - Sports/P.E.
- 2:00 - 4:00 - Fiction Reading (Lucio loved to read)
Yes, it is weird that he remembers this schedule 20 years later. Lucio loved testing, and so was sure to take all state tests, national tests, and California Achievement tests available each year.
In his free time, Lucio loved playing engineer in his backyard, digging giant holes, damming rivers and building bridges and forts. Fortunate enough to grow up in a home with a full recording studio, at a young age he was able to start playing with reel to reel recording machines and huge switchboards. His earliest memory is the feeling of the kick drum resounding in his torso and the first instrument he taught himself was the drums. As life has gone on he’s learned the guitar, keyboards and is now trying his hand as a vocalist.
Lucio thoroughly enjoyed the experience of running. Hours of baseball, basketball, running, and Tae Kwon Do filled his childhood. By the age of 12 he had achieved the rank of black belt. Later he played more soccer and pickup football. His best ability was always long distance running, which he competed at throughout high school. His love has always been basketball, which he has played throughout his life, sometimes competitively with decent success, and he watches an obscene amount of the NBA every night.
When he was 12 he decided to submit a proposal to organizations for social services in North and South Carolina to present a workshop at their intra-state conference. After creating a survey with a sample of around 150 high schoolers across North Carolina and Illinois he developed a two hour presentation which he delivered at several conferences.
Enamored with computers at a young age, and before the age of the internet, Lucio spent hours digging around in Windows 3.1 trying to find anything that could entertain him. In 7th grade he took an intensive course in Pascal, and over time fiddled around with Basic, C, HTML, Java and Python. As an ardent and vocal supporter of Microsoft, he built his own PC, which he maintaining and upgrading it for years, only to spend countless hours modding it to look and behave more and more like a Mac after OS X 10.4 Tiger came out and stole his heart. As an adult who loves computers and design he now relies on basically the entire lineup of Apple devices.
Now in his 30s, and looking at the foundation he had laid out over the past decades, Lucio looked at both his life and the world at the end of 2016 and decided their was an opportunity. Finding himself agreeing with the narrative that the news media is too often making life worse and is not built to encourage rational discourse. He noticed people were vocalizing a desire to hear a quality conversations. Overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information at their fingertips, people needed more options which would surface not only the answer to a question, but the sources which provided the answer as well as showing the work which had lead to that conclusion.
Lucio felt that his unique combination of depth and breadth of knowledge combined with his finely honed ability to engage people in conversations allowed him to provide this service. In a world where news is being handed over to algorithms, there is a place for a human to provide the context and history which these algorithms educated their guesses with. Wanting to provide himself the opportunity to write at his own pace, and to not constrain himself in anyway around subject matter, the concept for Old News was born, which you can read about here.
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