“Remember the ads for the BlackBerry Torch? They were entirely done with special effects too. The Torch seemed so fast and cool in those ads. The only problem is the actual real phone didn’t operate nearly as good as it did in the CG ads. The BlackBerry Torch ads are awesome but the phone is crap. Take note.”—
never believe in cg ads. wait for real videos from real users. we sa wa real video of hp-win7 tablet - anyone buying this piece of crap? wait for real videos of blackberry or samsung offerings before participating in hype. cg videos sucks.
Our leaders have given everyone enough rights to shut us up.
Women can vote, but they can’t get equal pay. African Americans can be served along with whites. We can watch two men kissing on national television, but they can’t marry.
All of these things have happened while retaining that last bit of superiority. Women, gays, and blacks are almost equal right? When things are almost equal, only the most passionate people on the fringe care. And those people are quickly deemed radicals.
That’s why Malcolm Gladwell’s piece in The New Yorker is spot on in terms of the internet sparking real social change. “Weak ties seldom lead to high-risk activism.” No matter how much Twitter we have, the vast majority of us are happy enough.
watched all three episodes of this show. i don’t think that the starting selection of six photographers was the best they could find but all in all the show was interesting and even educating. this was one of a few instances of reality tv that i like. real experts with insightful critiques.
“There is less socially engaged photography in the UK now: first, because of the difficulty in actually doing it; secondly because people don’t seem to want to engage. They like this idea of being an elitist artist, working in a studio, and not particularly connecting with the world. You know, for me the fundamental thing about photography – why I’m a photographer – is because I’m a nosey person. And when I go somewhere, I want to find out about it. And you do that by going there and talking to people.” (…)
“Independence of mind requires thinking one’s own thoughts: poor things many of them may be, but they are our own, and we have found some reasons for thinking them.”—Morals & the servile mind (via Instapaper)
“If the girl behind you in the theater consistently kicks your friend’s seat for the second half of the film because your friend told her to stop talking loudly, next time get up from your seat, turn around and announce to the theater that this poor woman’s leg is having a seizure and she requires medical attention. Then immediately say, “Good thing I’m a doctor!” and swiftly throw a cup of water in her face. Then announce that the water has cured her seizure and continue watching the documentary.”—Sharing Time!
“I’m fascinated by the fact that in the math world, many of the best mathematicians hit their peak in their early 20s. Their brains are like athletes bodies in that sense. My brain is not like an athletic person’s body. It’s like an non-athletic person’s body. My body is also like an non-athletic person’s body.”—Sharing Time!
“Radar blogger Nat Torkington tells the story of a taxi driver he met in Wellington, NZ, who kept logs of six weeks of pickups (GPS, weather, passenger, and three other variables), fed them into his computer, and did some analysis to figure out where he should be at any given point in the day to maximize his take.”—(via onwards)
“The networked revolution is creating huge profits, significant opportunities and a lot of change. What it’s not doing is providing millions of brain-dead, corner office, follow-the-manual middle class jobs. And it’s not going to.”—Seth Godin (via brycedotvc)
“It almost feel that there is a very real resurgence for film. A lot of people that were completely digital are now accepting film again for certain things – or they do like the workflow. And the most exciting thing is to see the younger people adopt film. It’s almost a generational thing. They have not shot film growing up, but once they do get a hold of film in a university, they just seem to fall in love with it. And that’s exciting. It just seems to have a lot of influence.”—
“To paraphrase Emily: “The most important innovation that the Kindle introduced was not related to reading. Instead, it was the way in which consumers pay for the data plan for Whispernet. Amazon created a great business development relationship with Sprint to bake the price of wireless communication into the cost of the device up front (the price is also likely baked into the cost of the books purchased on the network).”—Andrew Parker - The Gong Show: Wireless Network Pricing Model
“Shooting in the Wild,” published this year by Sierra Club Books, exposes the unpleasant secrets of environmental filmmaking: manufactured sounds, staged fights, wild animals that aren’t quite wild filmed in nature that isn’t entirely natural.
“Once upon a time, a Latin American political party promised to help motorists save money on gasoline. How? By building highways that ran only downhill.
I’ve always liked that story, but the truth is that the party received hardly any votes. And that means that the joke is really on us. For these days one of America’s two great political parties routinely makes equally nonsensical promises. Never mind the war on terror, the party’s main concern seems to be the war on arithmetic. And this party has a better than even chance of retaking at least one house of Congress this November.”—Paul Krugman, Downhill with the GOP, The New York Times (via vruz)
Here’s a fact that even drug policy reform advocates can acknowledge: California’s 2010 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana does, indeed, pose a real threat, as conservative culture warriors insist. But not to public health, as those conservatives claim.
According to most physicians, pot is less toxic — and has more medicinal applications — than a legal and more pervasive drug like alcohol. Whereas alcohol causes hundreds of annual overdose deaths, contributes to untold numbers of illnesses and is a major factor in violent crime, the use of marijuana has never resulted in a fatal overdose and has not been systemically linked to major illness or violent behavior.
So this ballot measure is no public health threat. If anything, it would give the millions of citizens who want to use inebriating substances a safer alternative to alcohol. Which, of course, gets to what this ballot initiative really endangers: alcohol industry profits.
“According to Peter Gerhardt, what happened next is a textbook example of the kind of misunderstanding that bedevils people with autism. “Tony thought, Well, she offered condolences. I’m supposed to hug her. So he went to hug her.” Gerhardt notes that the woman undoubtedly sent off strong social signals that she did not want to be embraced. But Tony failed to pick up on them: “He hugged her, probably somewhat awkwardly—a little too long, a little too hard, a little too low—because she went home and called the police [reporting] a sexual assault by the man next door.”—Autism’s First Child - Magazine - The Atlantic (via Instapaper)