Here’s a 2002 T-Mobile ad that tried to justify the expense and absurdity of attaching a camera dongle to a flip phone:
In a wonderful piece on the limits of science, Robert Krulwich concludes with this bit of excellence:
… that’s the beauty of science: to know that you will never know everything, but you never stop wanting to, that when you learn something, for a second you feel crazy smart, and then stupid all over again as new questions come tumbling in. It’s an urge that never dies, a game that never ends.
I’d extend that line of thought to anything that’s tough, tricky, confounding, ambiguous and important: You may never get there, but you always have to try.
Elon Musk = Tony Stark. He’s even got the same interface:
I want to edit web copy in this thing. Deleting entire paragraphs of crappy prose with grand swipes of my middle fingers, then saving and publishing on the fly with a custom fist pump.
I got this in my inbox today from a “marketing consultant.”
I thought you might like to know some reasons why you are not getting enough Social Media and Organic search engine traffic for Foddernetwork.com.
Wait, wait! I know this one!
I’m not getting enough “Social Media” (capital “S,” capital “M”) and “Organic search” (capital “O,” not sure why it’s a lowercase “s”) because it’s been years since those sites were updated.
That little fact is what makes the postscript on the original message so confusing:
PS I: I am not spamming. I have studied your website and believe I can help with your business promotion …
1. When you say you’re not spamming you most definitely are spamming.
2. If you clicked through to any of the sites listed on foddernetwork.com you’d see they ceased publishing quite a long time ago. Your extensive study of my web properties must have missed that. Odd.
And while I’ve got you here, esteemed marketing consultant, here’s a tip: Your tone needs work. You can think I’m an idiot, but don’t let me know that.
“Give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it.”
— Kevin Spacey, James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.
That’s a single quote from this fantastic compilation of Spacey’s recent speech:
The full text from Spacey’s speech is here.
This market value graphic is floating around the Internet:
— Brian Halligan (@bhalligan) August 26, 2013
People are focusing on the Microsoft orbs, and for good reason: Gawking is warranted when you “lose” $313 billion.
But let’s put that aside and focus on a different part of the image.
Take a look at IBM:
- 2000: $209 billion
- 2013: $203 billion
I find IBM’s staying power far more impressive than the blobby expansion and contraction of other firms. It’s hard to build something that adapts, reinvents and perseveres across long stretches of time.
WOW, Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos?! I'd actually return to the journalism world if I could work for him. http://t.co/9zCtgRdLga
— Adrian Holovaty (@adrianholovaty) August 5, 2013
Bezos’ involvement gives the Post potential. Now there’s a chance that something interesting is going to happen there; something that’s not just a repackaging of content or yet another paywall or some other half measure driven by desperation.
I remember playing Atari’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” as a kid. I was fortunate because my friend knew the ins and outs — how to avoid the wells, how to find phone pieces, how to get to the landing site, etc. I didn’t encounter the frustrations that caused many others to revile this game (nor did I realize E.T. game hate was so strong).
Today, in one of those serendipitous click trips (see the “via” segment, below), I was reintroduced to the E.T. game by way of this VHS-era tutorial:
I understand the frustration now. Marching E.T. through dull screens in search of pixellated doodads feels like an exceptional waste of time. And the sound. My God, the sound.
Yet, the thing I always enjoyed about this game is that it had an ending. That appealed to me much more than gathering points or setting a new high score (much of this is due to my complete incompetence as a gamer — I’m really quite horrible).
Google Street View Hyperlapse stitches Street View images into fantastic mini movies. You can build your own hyperlapse here.
Be sure to check out this demo video as well (and try not to smile while you watch this thing — it’s impossible):
Via “Four short links: 10 April 2013” on O’Reilly Radar
Wired’s new Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg includes a slick pullquote/caption unit that glides over a static background image:
It’s creative and interesting, but I wonder if this technique will get old as it becomes more common.
After reading through this Mashable piece, it’s clear that all of the FT’s paywall experience — and, importantly, all of its related data — has made the organization quite savvy. For example:
Looking through some of the reader data — the FT’s data team now numbers more than 30 across three groups — the FT was able to recognize the kinds of patterns readers display before purchasing subscriptions. “We would see the sort of articles they were reading and the frequency they were reading those articles, for instance, and we began to map those,” [CEO John] Ridding explains. “People do behave in predictable ways.”
“… the FT was able to recognize the kinds of patterns readers display before purchasing subscriptions.”
That, right there, is how you put data to use.
If you can get people where they’re thinking out loud and revealing things that they might not have thought about, but they’re so caught up by the engagement, that they feel a desire for themselves and for you to tell you about choices they made and experiences that shaped them, you always want to know, “What was it that made you who you are and enabled you to do what you do?”
“What was it that made you who you are and enabled you to do what you do?”
Isn’t that great?