“By 2015, every consumer could make a major feature film with a gadget fitted to the hand. We could dial in our imaginary laughing audience for the sound track. If the revolution wasn’t televised, the end of the world was. Millions of movies would be found on mounds of corpses, still flickering in fingers and suitcases. Of the five known mass extinctions in the history of the earth, this was the only one where the dying species seemed to know what it was doing.”—
“Everyone of us at one time or another has lived vicariously through Clint Eastwood and his mythological characters. He’s our equalizer. He’s the one who could settle the score for us. The man that every man would love to be. When a bully was pursuing you and pushing you around in the school yard, you think to yourself “wow there’s just no justice” then you see a Clint Eastwood movie and you realize that bully grows up to become the guy who gets his ass kicked by the man with no name. It’s our salvation. I don’t know if they meant this. It’s really just a theory of mine, but I think the reason why he had no name is so that we could fill in our own.”—Jim Carrey
There were two Japanese tourist girls on the packed train home last evening. Both had fantastically blonde hair and very expansive bags and shoes even I could recognize. People, myself included, had a strange shared reaction to them, like we should say something to them about what’s happening in their home country but not knowing if it’s appropriate to do so. Everyone was looking at the two then at each other before they all eventually returned to their regularly scheduled NYC subway empty & distant stare program. I got up and offered my seat to them. One of the girls domo arigato’d me and sat down with her Gucci bag resting squarely on her supernaturally pale thighs. They couldn’t stop chatting and giggling the whole way until they got off at the 96th street stop. I only caught one thing they said; “Will Smith desu”.
“A good design doesn’t need a refresh or a redesign unless the function dramatically changes. If the changes are subtle, the design should be able to accommodate them effortlessly. What we’re seeing though with website redesigns around the Web isn’t a change in function, but a change in style. The cause of a redesign is an imbalance—a strong focus on style over substance. By focusing on style, you give way to trends, and by their nature, trends come and go. When you imbue your design with the latest trend you sentence it to death. As the latest aesthetic fancy flies away, it will carry off with it that which makes your design so appealing. It will become boring and old, and a redesign will be in order.”—
“There is a company that sells radar equipment to the police as well as radar detectors to the public. Clorox is one of the world’s worst polluters of water, and also sells Brita filters to get the bad stuff out of the water again. Lawyers create mazes that you have to hire a lawyer to escape. Similarly social software both creates and cures FOMO.”—Caterina.net» Blog Archive » FOMO and Social Media