Text message conversation with my wife:
ME: "Yo quiero foodo el Mexicano."
WIFE: "Yo quiero comida de Mexicano."
ME: "I think the word is foodo."
WIFE: "No. It's comida."
ME: "Comida is a female comid."
WIFE: "You're not getting food."
Tim Kreider, writing for the New York Times:
The first time I ever heard the word “content” used in its current context, I understood that all my artist friends and I — henceforth, “content providers” — were essentially extinct. This contemptuous coinage is predicated on the assumption that it’s the delivery system that matters, relegating what used to be called “art” — writing, music, film, photography, illustration — to the status of filler, stuff to stick between banner ads.
Such a great article, and so many thoughts. First of all, I'm reminded of a professor and mentor in college, talking about never writing for free. He told a story of a student who invited him to dinner with his parents. The student's father, an attorney, had written a manuscript for a story that he wanted my professor to read and edit.
"Great," said my professor. "I'll bring my will and my writing contracts for him to review."
"Oh no," replied the student. "He won't do that for free. He does that for a living."
Another great quote from the piece:
My parents blew tens of thousands of 1980s dollars on tuition at a prestigious institution to train me for this job. They also put my sister the pulmonologist through medical school, and as far as I know nobody ever asks her to perform a quick lobectomy — doesn’t have to be anything fancy, maybe just in her spare time, whatever she can do would be great — because it’ll help get her name out there.
I've made the mistake in the past of writing for free for this same reason - to drive traffic to my website or to get my name out there. These days, the only place I write for free is here. I go to networking events and hand out cards, link to people on Facebook and Twitter, and build real-life relationships that turn into paid gigs. But I don't write for free. It's never been worth the cost.
Calvin and Hobbes is, quite possibly, the greatest comic strip ever made. It is undoubtedly my absolute favorite. I simply can't wait to see this movie.
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Via TUAW, a look at the state of Apple since Steve Jobs' resignation and death:
Here's a quick list of things that have happened since Jobs left Apple for the last time:
- The third-gen iPad became the fastest-selling iPad
- The iPhone 5 became the fastest-selling iPhone
- The fourth-gen iPad and iPad mini combined to sell 3 million units in three days, another new record
- iTunes sold its 25 billionth song
- The 50 billionth app was downloaded from the App Store
- Apple has been named the most valuable brand in the world, dethroning Coca-Cola for the first time in 13 years
- The iPhone 5s and 5c combined to sell 9 million units in three days,another record
- The iPhone 5s took the title of the fastest-selling iPhone from the iPhone 5
I'll give you the Maps debacle. But I use the app all the time, and I gotta say, it's getting better.
The Tea Party is probably the loudest and most dangerous fringe in U.S. politics today (and that’s saying a lot — both sides have some really whacked-out fringes). But this just shows that the real power in the Republican party is, was, and always be big money. And big money won’t let a debt default happen, because it could be very expensive for them.
Democrats have known this about our party for years: the needs of the people always take a back seat to the needs of big money. Truly liberal policies are rarely even discussed, let alone enacted, even when the Democrats are in power.
The Tea Party was under the impression that they actually had more power over the Republicans. But no — they have enough to cause trouble, but not enough to actually make policies against the interests of big money. (Nobody can.)
Once again, George Carlin was right.
In an episode of the West Wing, Josh Lyman (I believe) says that we have two corporate parties: one pro-choice, one pro-life. The Tea Party has been suffering from delusions of grandeur for some time, but the fact that their 17 day tantrum resulted in them getting absolutely nothing out of it should go to show them how ineffective they really are. Follow the Carlin link and you'll realize how right he really is.
A young Chinese couple are facing criminal punishment for "selling" their daughter and using part of the proceeds to buy an Apple iPhone, state media said Friday.
I wonder if they got the gold one.
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From Marketing Technology Blog:
The Senate has passed a media shield law that defined journalism and where the only protected class of journalist are those involved in legitimate news-gathering activities.
From a 10,000 foot view, the bill seems like a great idea. The LA Times even calls it a “Bill to protect journalists”. The problem is the underlying language that allows the government to define what a journalist is, who a journalist is, or what legitimate news-gathering is.
This is troubling. Historically, there was a very low - virtually nonexistent - threshold of what constituted journalism.
Back when the Constitution was written, any average person on the street who could borrow or afford a printing press was a journalist. If you go back and review some of the single page papers that were printed back then, they were atrocious. Politicians were smeared with absolute lies to misrepresent them to the public in order to bury their political aspirations. Being a journalist didn’t require a degree… you didn’t even have to spell or use proper grammar! And news organizations didn’t appear until decades later as newspapers began to buy up the smaller circulations. This led to the news media moguls we have today.
The first journalists were very much just citizens getting the word out. There was zero legitimacy to who they targeted, how they acquired the information, or where they published it. And yet… our leaders of our country… who were often the target of these attacks… chose to protect the rights of free speech and journalism. They chose, intentionally, not to define what the press was, how news was gathered, or by whom.
Neither Republicans nor Democrats really care about freedom - they just want power. There's not much distinction between the parties now.
A Nobel Peace Prize winner and a former KGB operative walk into a bar and the Nobel Peace Prize winner picks a fight with a small guy at the jukebox. The KGB operative says "Hey, Obama, chill out."
I really don't know what's happening in the world.
Last night Lincoln looked at us and said "Night night" and went to the back of the house towards the bedrooms. Heidi went to find him, and he had crawled into our bed and pulled back the sheets to go to sleep. We decided it was time for him to have a big boy bed.
Today, he picked out his new comforter, and we set everything up in his room. Here's Lincoln in his new big boy bed.
From The Onion:
It’s a good question. And the answer is pretty simple. It was an attempt to get you to click on CNN.com so that we could drive up our web traffic, which in turn would allow us to increase our advertising revenue.
It's called link-bait. When you visit these websites, they get to deliver ads for you to see - these are called impressions. When you click on the links, that's a conversion. Websites get to sell ad impressions to advertisers for a little bit. They get to charge a whole lot more for conversions. When you visit these websites, or even Facebook or Twitter, you're the product. The advertisers - how they make their revenue - are the customers. They're selling access to their product.
When possible, spend the money on a subscription site. Avoid ads. I'd rather pay for an app and support a developer, or pay a monthly subscription to a website and support an author, than to deal with advertisements everywhere I look.