I just read and enjoyed this:
I just read and enjoyed this:
During the brief moment the cat was in the air — and we can’t attest to this for sure, we were all very afraid — we saw the cat’s jaw seem to unhinge. And rather than just one row of teeth in its mouth, we saw at least three rows, like a shark’s.
While Amazon Prime Day turned out to be a bit of a disappointment (at least I saved money by not buying anything), The Verge took the opportunity to reminisce about their first Amazon orders, which got me digging in my account history as well:
Almost 13 years ago, and those DVDs are still in my living room. Looking through the comments at The Verge, it seems that 2002 makes me an early-ish adopter, didn’t expect that.
I hate typing on it, I hate the trackpad, it’s slower than I expected, the screen is noticeably blurry from non-native scaling to get reasonable screen space, and I don’t even find it very comfortable to use in my lap because it’s too small.
I hate returning things, but I’m returning this.
He reaches a worrisome conclusion that I agree with:
Rather than make really great products that are mostly thin, they now make really thin products that are mostly great.
John Herrman digs into the announcement of Facebook Instant with some interesting observations, like this:
Now that we can see Instant in action, we can more clearly see what constitutes a publication on a Facebook-centric internet. A Facebook publication is… a brand? A “vertical?” It doesn’t own its distribution, it doesn’t meaningfully control its sources of revenue. It has no “design” outside of its individual articles. It is composed entirely of its content, as represented to Facebook users by Facebook.
The history of software and web platforms is instructive here: Platforms grow by incorporating the labor of users and partners; they tend, over time, to regard the presence of the partners as an inefficiency. Twitter asks developers to make a bunch of apps using its data, so people make a bunch of mobile apps, then Twitter notices that these apps are actually very important to Twitter, and so Twitter buys one of the apps and takes steps to expel all the other apps, rendering the job of “Twitter app developer” more or less obsolete.
The whole thing is worth a read if you are even mildly curious about online media trends.
It has been interesting to observe reactions to Facebook Instant among media outlets, as they are of course immediately affected. The common sentiment seems to be cautious pessimism with a tinge of envy among those not included in the initial roll-out.
Cox says Paper contained the seeds of what became instant articles. “Pixar spends a lot of time building these short films where they can develop technology that they can then apply to their longer films,” he says. “For us, Paper was like a short film that let us explore a lot of things without the constraint of, a billion people need to be able to use this.”
I was interested before, but now I’m psyched. Money, it was nice knowing you.
The Prentious-O-Meter determines the pretentiousness of movies by comparing critics reviews with public ratings of movies. Mass market means that critics didn’t like it, but audiences did. Pretentious means that critics loved it, but the public didn’t.
Looking at my three favorite movies (off the top of my head: Pulp Fiction, Casablanca and Blade Runner), my taste is more pretentious than I would have imagined.